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April 2001 Volume 4, Issue 4:
New Directions
By Stephanie Colman
Report From The IMF Board Of Directors Retreat

On February 2-4, the staff and Board of Directors of the International Myeloma Foundation met in Phoenix, Arizona to review and discuss the many successes of 2000 as well as to brainstorm new ideas and strategies for 2001 during the IMF’s Annual Board Retreat.

Just about everyone from the IMF’s 16-member board was in attendance, including Eric Low, Executive Director of the IMF(UK) and Isabel Lousada, an IMF(UK) Board member. In addition, the IMF had the opportunity to welcome two new Board members, Dr. Edith Mitchell and Charles Newman. Dr. Mitchell currently serves as Clinical Professor of Medicine, Program Leader, Gastrointestinal Oncology, Division of Neoplastic Diseases at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. She has served several years as a physician with the United States Air Force both on active duty and on reserve. She is a member of numerous professional associations and has been the recipient of many awards and research grants. Charles has been a dedicated IMFer for many years, representing the foundation at many important medical meetings as well as serving as Chair of the IMF Fundraising Committee. In addition, he and his wife Sharon have spearheaded a letter-writing campaign that to date has raised more than $70,000 and allowed the Newmans to fully fund an IMF Junior Research Grant for 2001. He brings not only his vast business experience to the table, but also experience in working with several non-profit organizations such as Hillel. We are honored to welcome both Dr. Mitchell and Charles Newman to the IMF’s Board of Directors.

The staff of the IMF each had the opportunity to present highlights of their individual departments to the Board. The overall presentation format was designed to encourage an open dialogue among everyone in attendance. Presentations included an overview of the IMF’s “live” and “print” education programs and services for both patients and health care professionals; advocacy efforts; community relations and public affairs; research; outreach to the under-served; fundraising; and special events.

Working together, the Board mapped a clear path for us to follow. Over the next five years we will focus our energies and resources on the goals and objectives that they identified – all of which will provide a huge benefit to patients and give a much needed boost in furthering myeloma research. These are very exciting times and the IMF geared up and ready to go! 

In our efforts to improve our services to the myeloma community, we are currently in the process of re-designing the IMF’s Internet website. The new and improved website has a re-launch date of June 2001. 

At the conclusion of the retreat, Board member Irv Skolnick presented Romi Brozeit, IMF Director of Development, with a $7,000 check representing the proceeds from his 3rd Annual Sharon Skolick-Rudolph Memorial Golf Tournament.
The event came to a close with Team IMF ramped up and ready to go, energized by the open exchange of ideas and the strategies and tactics that had been discussed. As a result, you can expect to see many exciting new programs and changes on the horizon, all designed to help the IMF meet its overall mission of improving the quality of life for myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure. 
The best is yet to come! 

The IMF would like to once again thank its dedicated board members for their ongoing leadership and support of the myeloma community and the IMF. We sincerely thank you for your time, talent and overall commitment!

(l-r) Michael B. Bell, Charles L. Briscoe, Robert A. Kyle, Mark DiCicilia, Kenneth C. Anderson, R. Michael Shaw, Susie Novis, Michael S. Katz, Gregory R. Mundy, Edith Mitchell, Brian G.M. Durie

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