Betkoski Named 2008 MS Corporate Achiever
BEACON FALLS, Conn. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Connecticut Chapter has named John Betkoski, III, vice chairman of the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control, a 2008 MS Corporate Achiever one of only 12 leaders within the Hartford region to be so named.
A resident of Beacon Falls, Conn., Betkoski received his Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., in 1974, his M.S. Certification in special education from Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) in New Haven, Conn., in 1977 and his Sixth Year Professional Diploma in advanced studies in Administration and Supervision from SCSU in 1992. Betkoski has been at the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control, 10 Franklin Square in New Britain, Conn., since 1997.
“My sister Jill passed away from the complications due to multiple sclerosis,” says Betkoski. “Her fight against the disease provides the motivation for me to do everything I can to further the mission of the Connecticut Chapter to end the devastating effects of MS.”
Betkoski is involved in several volunteer activities including serving as a past board member of the United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Griffin Hospital. In 1995 he received the Wilbur Cross award for “Outstanding Contributions to the Humanities” from the Connecticut Humanities Council. He also serves on the Connecticut Chapter’s Board of Trustees.
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.
“Mr. Betkoski is truly an effective leader at the Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control, and throughout his community,” said Lisa Gerrol, Connecticut Chapter president and chief professional officer. “He is committed to raising funds in the fight against MS and devoted to elevating life within the Hartford region, his hometown of Beacon Falls 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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