National MS Society Chapter Announces New Leadership

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Marianne Jackson became Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at the chapter's Annual Meeting on December 4. She succeeds Brian R. DiDonato who served a three-year term.

Jackson, a resident of Phoenixville, Pa., is a global commercial vice president for AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. Before that, she worked at Merck in the human health division as a sales representative and quickly moved into strategic marketing roles. She has been honored as a "Top 100 Marketer" by MedAd News and with the "Rising Star Award" by the Healthcare Business Women's Association.

The chapter is also pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Trustees.

Gina Clark, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, AmerisourceBergen Corporation. Clark leads strategic marketing and integrated branding initiatives across the company and its business units.

Pari Hashemi, financial advisor, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. Hashemi has become a major mover and shaker at the Greater Delaware Valley Chapter. Her support of the National MS Society includes leading an MS young professionals committee; being the top fundraiser for the 2011 MS Leadership Class; participating in the Bike MS: City to Shore Ride, MuckRuckus MS Philly and Women Against MS events.

The following trustees were re-elected to another three-year term: Mike Bogdonoff, Pat Eiding, Laura Grossi-Tyson, Robert Kimmel, Nick Maiale and Jeff Petty.

"It was my honor to announce the new members of the Board of Trustees. They are truly dynamic people who I believe will make a big difference in the years to come," said Larry Kane, vice chair of the Board of Trustees.

The Greater Delaware Valley Chapter of the National MS Society serves 14,000 local people living with MS. To learn more, visit

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CONTACT: Media Contact: Yarissa Reyes 215-271-1500, ext. 24110 yarissa.reyes@nmss.orgSource:National MS Society Greater Delaware Valley Chapter