Welcome to the first installment of our "Three Questions" feature on CMSC Chatter. We didn't have to go very far to track down our first interviewee -- our CEO June Halper was the natural choice to kick off the series.
Anyone who has worked with June will tell you that she is a tireless advocate for the MS population, but June herself is reluctant to accept the praise that her co-workers, partners, friends and family are quick to bestow upon her. So perhaps dynamic and humble are better descriptors for June. True to form, her answers to this week's Three Questions show her tendency to share credit for CMSC's work and her commitment to making a difference:
CC: Tell us about a patient who made a profound impact on you.
JH: It is hard to name one patient with MS that stands out; they all do. Remember, when I first started working in MS, no one disclosed they had the disease because there were no treatments and there was a stigma involved. The first people with MS I worked with in 1980, banded together to ask for more programs and services, better care, and an MS Center. They were my heroes and heroines. They went to newspapers, mayors of their towns, and friends and families to ask for help to treat the disease and no longer be ashamed. This group of 40 people still stands out in my mind as my friends, role models, and why I love working in multiple sclerosis.
CC: What is your favorite aspect of being CEO of CMSC?
JH: My favorite aspect of being CEO is the wonderful team I work with and the terrific leadership of our organization. Our staff is dedicated to our mission, creative, and almost like an extended family. Our leadership, board of governors, committees, task forces, and program leaders volunteer untiringly.
CC: Tell us something that not many people know about you.
JH: I am an eclipse chaser and have traveled all over the world with my family to see total solar eclipses. Africa, China, Japan, Argentina, the Caribbean, and Denmark are places we have gone to see the “hole in the sky” when the moon covers the sun for a brief period of time and the world stands still. A breathtaking experience.
Thanks so much, June, for taking the time to share your answers with CMSC Chatter! See you all next time.