About Us

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS ALLIANCE OF VIRGINIA

 The Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Virginia (MSAV) focuses on helping people living with MS by providing programs, services and events for people living with MS, including veterans (our Founder is a Veteran).  Our offices are in the Roanoke Area MS Center (RAMS) in Salem, Va.

What started as the nonprofit brainchild of Suzanne Oconnell, leader of the Roanoke Valley MS Support Group that was bursting at the seams, is continuing to grow in leaps and bounds.  This local 100% volunteer led organization helps those that live with MS, including their families and caregivers, by supporting support groups, starting new groups, and holding educational programs and empowering events for people whose lives have been affected by MS.  Our annual MS Patient Conference and March Awareness Mini-Retreat help build a more informed community with better understanding of this many times ‘invisible disease’.  We bring upbeat, happy, sets of activities such as Cinderella’s Closet complete with makeovers and fashion shows, Strike Out MS pool and ball tournaments and exercise specifically geared to people with MS by partnering with Carilion Wellness and Radford University PT.

We also contribute to awareness in the community. Please invite us to speak at your school, civic organization, business, nursing home, church or club. We want more people to understand this unpredictable disease that affects the entire community, not just the person diagnosed.

The MSAV is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

 

MS ALLIANCE OF VIRGINIA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Suzanne Oconnell
President/Founder
Suzq852@yahoo.com 

Christy Taylor
Secretary
Founding Board Member
Ctaylor.msw.med@gmail.com

Robert H. Griffin, Jr., CPA
Treasurer/Financial Director
rob@bestacctg.com
Best Accounting Practices LLC
Tel:  (804) 513-0356

Judy Johnson
Founding Board Member
Judyb625@aol.com

Kristi Litchard
Board Member
Special Projects Chair
ks.litchard@gmail.com

Toni Quesenberry
Board Member
Fundraising
toniluree@icloud.com

Mari Evelyn Sours
Board Member
mesours@gmail.com

Kenny Wingfield
Founding Board Member
Emergency Services Chair
kennyw@rev.net


ADVISORY BOARD

Dr. J. Gordon Burch
Neurologist
Advisor to the Board

Curtis Wood
Advisor to the Board
Founding Board Member

Dianna Weiner
Advisor to the Board
Founding Board Member
Former President