Professional Position: Retired Medical Manager
Location: Jackson, Ohio
Millie is a graduate of Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She taught both elementary and secondary education in Ohio & Texas. After her marriage to Donald Arnold, she resided in Arizona for over 26 years where she worked as Office Manager for a medical management firm that assisted physicians in becoming licensed in the state and setting up a practice. She later served as the Executive Assistant to the Medical Director of a rehabilitation facility and managed the private practice of a Physiatrist in Tucson until taking a leave to care for her husband.
In September 1998, Don was diagnosed with Bulbar Onset ALS and they attended a support group provided by the Arizona Chapter of the ALS Association. That was the beginning of Millie and Don’s education about Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Don lived a little more than 16 months and died in February of 2000. After his death Millie moved back to her home town of Jackson, Ohio.
In 2002 Millie contacted The ALS Association Central and Southern Ohio Chapter and started attending a support group in Dayton. In 2004, at the request of the Chapter Events Associate, she organized the first Dayton Walk to Defeat ALS. This volunteer effort with no budgeted funds raised nearly $20,000. She served for a number of years as the Dayton Walk City Chair and in 2007, she received Honorable Mention as an Outstanding Senior Volunteer in Ohio.
In 2008, Millie became a board member and served as Board President beginning in 2010. During her tenure as President, the Chapter Board had a review and update of the By-Laws and led the development of a 3-year Strategic Plan (FY 2014-2017), which fit into the Continuous Improvement Program which was being considered at the time.
Millie has been a member of the Board of Representatives, both as an alternate or voting representative. She is currently serving her sixth year on the Board of Trustees and has served on both the Chapter Relations and Care Services Committee.