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2008 Annual Conference and
Research Symposium

2008 Annual Conference Highlights

This year's Annual Conference celebrated the heights reached by those who want to do something about MS NOW! This year's conference was expanded to include a research symposium which soared above and beyond years’ past by welcoming four researchers in the field of MS.  The Research Symposium opened with keynote speaker Dr. Tariq Bhatti, a neuro-ophthalmologist from the Duke University Eye Center.  Dr. Bhatti helped us “keep an eye on MS” and presented the latest research being conducted at Duke University.

Following Dr. Bhatti, the chapter hosted a clinical trial panel discussion featuring Dr. Stanley Krolczyk of the University of South Florida; Dr. David Honeycutt of Neurology Associates in Orlando; and Dr. Daniel Jacobs of Neurological Services of Orlando.  They took some of the mystique and fear away from participating in clinical trials and shared information on the promising clinical research they are conducting locally.  Finally, participants were part of lively question and answer period.  

Mission Awards Celebration
The Annual Conference Culminated with the Mission Awards Celebration.  This year’s winners were not cookie cutter individuals.  They each achieved great things in their own unique way

Congratulations to all
Award Winners
annual meeting award winners group photo

walkMS Top Fundraising Team
Friends of Hope - $30,873
2008 Annual Meeting Friends of Hope


 walkMS Top Fundraiser
Jenna Felder- $11,750
2009 walk ambassadors felder family 

bikeMS Top Fundraising Team
Kangaroo Express 180 Riding Team- $86,277
Kangaroo express logo


bikeMS Top Fundraiser
Mike Esmonde- $37,027
Mike esmonde

Corporate Star Award
Foresters Financial Partners, Inc.
2008 Annual Meeting Foresters photo


Making A Difference Award
Ryan Todd Lacey Foundation
2008 Annual Meeting Lacey's photo


Advocate of the Year Award
Jane Hayman
2008 annual meeting Jane Hayman photo


Visionary of the Year Award
Chuck Norman
annual meeting chuck norman photo


Volunteer of the Year Award
Joe Renshaw
annual meeting joe renshaw photo


“Above and Beyond” Leadership Award
Mark Mohler
Mark Mohler photo


Sally Buegeleisen Memorial Impact Award
Nayda Cuevas
annual meeting nayda cuevas photo


New Mid Florida Chapter Board of Director’s Elected

The following slate of board members was approved at the chapter’s annual conference: 


Susan Tatum, Chair
Owner, Vinca Marketing

Robert Lacey
Owner, RyChris Contracting Company

Mac Lewis
Branch Manager, Taylor White

Michael Morgan, Treasurer
Director of Finance, SeaWorld Orlando/Discovery Cove/Aquatica

Russell Buhite, Secretary
Attorney, Fowler White Boggs Banker, PA

Members At Large (with 3-year terms expiring 9/30/10):

Jean-Marc Allard
President, Custom Renovation Specialist, Inc.

Thomas Mirek
Technical Director, Fire Control Systems,
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control

Joseph Robinson
Mayor’s Office, City of Orlando

John Tucker
Managing Shareholder/Attorney, Tucker & Ludin, PA

Members At Large (with 3-year terms expiring 9/30/11):

William Bishop
VP Private Banking, M&I Wealth Management

Michael Bryan
Program Director, WXXL-FM
Clear Channel Communications

Joan S. Okun
Attorney, Law Offices of Joan S. Okun

Wendy Zehngebot
Community Volunteer


Chapter Financials:

A review of Fiscal Year 2008 Financials as presented:
Click here to review 2008 Financial Report