Susan A. Strachan
President and Founder
Prior to founding MS Cure Fund, Susan was involved for more than 20 years in development work for many different charities ranging from The Wang Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, The Genesis Fund, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Susan was the owner of Sudiko Marketing Group, Inc., Boston, MA. a full service event management and marketing company covering New England and Palm Beach, Florida. Today, her focus is about creating awareness and raising research funds for her disease of Multiple Sclerosis.
After suddenly losing her vision for 4 months on 11/13/99, she was then diagnosed with MS. Today, her primary symptoms are fatigue, depression, cognitive memory loss, and optic neuritis of her left eye –loss of vision is 80%.
Since being diagnosed, she participates in the Harvard Multiple Sclerosis Natural History Study conducted by Dr. Howard Weiner at The Partners Multiple Sclerosis Center at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA.
Jack B. Cowie III
Director Patient Advocacy
As Director of Patient Advocacy, Jack is also known as our chief listener. Jack listens, listens to patients, listens to providers, listens to insurers, listens to whomever has involvement or impact with people living with MS. He has refocused MS Cure Fund to be truly patient centric.
In 2015 MS Cure Fund introduced the first ever standardized MS patient education programs of excellence. Working with world leading MS providers, MS Cure Fund was able to bring “The Risks & Benefits – How When and Why to talk to your doctor about switching disease modifying therapies”; “Women Thriving – How to be a Woman, a Partner, a Mother FIRST, a patient second”; “Living Beyond MS Progression Relapse Management and Rehabilitation - A Guide to Better Outcomes”; and, “Maximizing Access to Care,” to a national audience. These are timeless topics affecting most people afflicted with MS. Jack has brought these programs to audiences in more than 26 cities all over the United States.
Jack is an accomplished senior executive with more than 30 years experience in marketing, management, business development, and strategic corporate partnerships. Jack has lead marketing efforts as diverse as a multi-national event for the United Nations; the Lillehammer and Atlanta Olympic Games; Wimbledon; the World Match Racing Series and the America’s Cup. Past clients include IBM; UPS; BMW; Motorola; Nautica; Helly Hansen and Omega. In addition, Jack has a successful track record as an entrepreneur in mobile marketing. Jack’s career includes significant exposure with both for profit and nonprofit organizations, giving him an acute understanding of the potential for synergistic partnerships.
Kelly A. Watson
Website Calendar & eNewsletter Administrator
Kelly is from Holbrook, MA, an MS patient diagnosed in 2005 and has worked for MS Cure Fund since 2008 providing administrative support on the website and event calendar. Her responsibilities include managing, coordinating and marketing New England MS Programs and Events to the local community. She is extremely organized, accurate and knowledgeable in this content heavy duty.
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Andrea is from Foxboro, MA and will graduate from UMass Amherst in 2020. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Administration in Business Management as well as a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. Andrea began as a Marketing & Events Coordinator at MS Cure Fund in June 2018 and has been helping with event planning, database management, social media and other organizational operations.
Marketing & Events Coordinator
Rachel is from Windham, NH and will graduate from Bentley University in 2020. She is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Marketing. Rachel began as a Marketing & Events Coordinator at MS Cure Fund in May 2018 and has been helping with event planning, database management, and other organization operations.