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    Marilyn Ricci, RN

    Marilyn Ricci, RN, MS, CNS, CNRN, Marilyn, has been a Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for over 35 years. At St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center/Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona, Marilyn served in the roles of CNS, Research Nurse Clinician, and Faculty at Grand Canyon University College of Nursing in partnership with St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center. Marilyn is currently the Nurse Advisor and member of the Jim L. Walker Arizona Chapter MGFA Board of Directors and Nurse Facilitator for the AzMGFA Phoenix Support Group. She has made many presentations related to Myasthenia Gravis at the local, state, national, and international level. She has several publications related to Myasthenia Gravis in addition to other neuroscience nursing topics. Marilyn has made an impact on her MGFA Chapter, her support group, and her field of nursing making a major difference for MG patients locally in Arizona as well as nationally.

    AWARDED: The Chairman AWARD

    The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA) is pleased to announce that Marilyn Ricci, RN, MS, CNS, CNRN, Chairperson of the MGFA Nurses Advisory Board has been awarded Chairman’s Award. Marilyn, who is from Phoenix, Arizona, has been a Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for over 35 years. At St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center/Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona, Marilyn served in the roles of CNS, Research Nurse Clinician, and Faculty at Grand Canyon University College of Nursing in partnership with St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center. She has served appointments on the Nursing Faculty at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, University of North Dakota, and Texas Woman’s University. She received her MS and Clinical Specialty in Neuroscience Nursing from Texas Women’s University in Dallas Texas. Marilyn is currently the Nurse Advisor and member of the Jim L. Walker Arizona Chapter MGFA Board of Directors and Nurse Facilitator for the AzMGFA Phoenix Support Group. She has made many presentations related to Myasthenia Gravis at the local, state, national, and international level. She has several publications related to Myasthenia Gravis in addition to other neuroscience nursing topics. Marilyn has made an impact on her MGFA Chapter, her support group, and her field of nursing making a major difference for MG patients locally in Arizona as well as nationally.

    Her other professional activities include being the past president of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN), founding member and past president of the American Board of Neuroscience Nurses (ABNN – the Neuroscience Nursing certification organization) and an ABNN representative to the American Board of Nursing Specialty (ABNS). She was a founding member and served as the first President of the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC).

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    RONALD LUNA

    Ronald Luna joined AZMGFA as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Security Officer (CSO). Mr. Luna was recently elected as the 2nd Vice Chairman and holds a voting seat on the local chapter Board of Directors. Mr. Luna serves as a Solution Architect and Principal Consultant at Sonadora, LLC, where he led the technological alignment of the entire portfolio. Previously, he held positions with IBM, American Express and other Fortune 1000 companies. An experienced technology leader, Mr. Luna has spearheaded strategic technology acquisitions and solutions development, and possesses expertise designing highly available systems, data security and performance management. Mr. Luna holds a B.S. degree completing a dual major of Business Information Systems and Management from the University of Phoenix and has continued professional education coursework in Telecommunications, Project Management, Certified Information Systems Security Professionals and ITIL framework. Mr. Luna is currently certified in the ITIL framework. Mr. Luna is a former U.S. ARMY Specialist.

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    STEPHANE BORSKI (MARILYN)

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    JIM LOVECCHIO

    Has been involve with the MG community beginning in 1996, when his wife was diagnosed with MG.

    In 1997, along with another couple, started the Tucson support group with very little backing. In 1999, Jim L. Walker asked him to be on the board and represent the southern Arizona community.

    In 2001, Jim LoVecchio was elected as vice-chair and continued to run the support group. In 2007, Jim was elected as Chairman.

    He talks to MG patients who are newly diagnosed, and provides resources to guide them to proper treatment and community resources.

    Jim LoVecchio is a retired Air Force veteran, married 25 years.

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