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Capasso Named 2008 MS Corporate Achiever

HAMDEN, Conn. - The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter has named Marissa Capasso, kindergarten teacher at Bethany Community School, a 2008 MS Corporate Achiever — one of only 18 leaders within the New Haven region to be so named.

Marissa CapassoA resident of Hamden, Conn., Capasso received her Bachelor of Arts degree in public and community service from Providence College in Providence, R.I., in 2001 and earned her master’s degree in elementary education at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Conn., in 2003. Capasso received a four-year annual scholarship in public and community service and graduated with cum laude honors at Providence College. Capasso is also certified as an elementary educator for kindergarten through sixth grade with the State of Connecticut.

“My uncle Joseph Carbone developed MS six years ago,” says Capasso. “I’ve seen firsthand his daily struggles with this disease and how it affects him. I wanted to help, so I joined the National MS Society to raise funds for ongoing research and to assist others who are battling this debilitating disease.”

Capasso participated in the implementation of the “New Haven READS” program in 2000, where she coordinated book drives, special library programs and instituted a marketing campaign to establish and promote “New Haven READS” within the community. Capasso also organized a local celebrity appearance to help launch and gain support for the program.

Established by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter in 2000, MS Corporate Achievers is a recognition program honoring some of Connecticut’s most influential leaders, while at the same time raising critically needed funds to ensure ongoing scientific research and the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to the more than 6,000 Connecticut residents diagnosed with MS. Honorees are nominated by their peers and selected by an advisory council board for making outstanding contributions to business, civic and cultural enrichment.

Through participation, honorees join an elite leadership network sharing a commitment to making Connecticut a better place in which to live. Since 2000 honorees have raised nearly $550,000 to help end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.

“Ms. Capasso is truly an effective leader throughout her community,” said Lisa Gerrol, Connecticut Chapter president and chief professional officer. “She is committed to raising funds in the fight against MS and devoted to elevating life within the New Haven region, her hometown of Hamden and the state.”

To nominate a candidate for MS Corporate Achievers 2009, please contact Kara Preston, associate vice president of development, at 860-714-2300, ext. 233 or kpreston@ctfightsMS.org. To learn more about MS and its effects, please visit http://www.ctfightsms.org/.

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Phone: 860.714.2300, ext. 249


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