A Letter from Melanie Roach-Bekos, Executive Director

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Dear Friends,

As I shared in our Chapter-wide communication in early February, I have been presented with a new and exciting career opportunity with the The ALS Association Home Office and made the decision to transition from my role as Executive Director of the ALS Association Wisconsin Chapter.

The last 14 years have been incredible, and I consider myself lucky to have met countless patients and families who welcomed me into their lives and became dear friends.

Melanie & WI Team

I am excited to stay in the fight versus ALS through my new role with The ALS Association Home Office on their Sports & Entertainment Alliance team. I will be transitioning to the role over the next few months and working with Josh Nuss, Territory Executive and former President & CEO of The ALS Association Iowa Chapter, on the future leadership of development in our Wisconsin community.

I have attended inspiring events that spoke to the tireless dedication of the ALS community.

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I have been humbled by those who stood up to lead — from fundraising to the visionary talent of the creative community to the formation of a leadership team to individuals who did their best as runners and skiers and golfers — all in an effort to raise awareness and contribute to our cause. 

I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have met such amazing individuals and families.

You truly define strength and courage in the face of adversity. I am so proud of all that we have accomplished as a team, united in our goal to defeat ALS. 

Melanie & Birkie Crew

When I think of these last 14 years , I can’t help but reflect on the countless memories we made together, like going to DC and meeting with Paul Ryan, waiting to cheer for exhausted skiers at the Birkie, looking out at Greenfield Park and seeing 5,000+ people coming together to let ALS patients know they aren’t alone, filming with Courtney Vance in LA, listening to first-hand accounts of a loved one’s journey at the Evening of Hope, brainstorming with the Leadership Team, and so many more.

It has been a privilege and an honor being on this journey with each and every one of you.

I thank everyone who has allowed me to be part of their experience, sharing stories, dreams, laughter and tears. 

Melanie Skiing

Your passion and dedication will never cease to inspire me, even as I embark on a new role with ALS National. Please know I will continue to be here, and am always just an email or phone call away. Most importantly, I want you to know my commitment to end ALS is stronger than ever. As I move forward, I will carry all of you, as well as the memories and momentum of the last 14 years, with me always. 

With much love-