Stuart Schlossman, President
Mr. Schlossman is the founder and President of MS Views and News (MSVN). Since his diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 1998, Stuart has been an active and vocal voice in the MS community. Stuart was previously a Vice President and principal of Mico International Corp., a distributor of industrial parts and supplies to the apparel industry. From 1980 to April 2001, his company activities included responsibility for sales in South Florida and Latin America. Stuart has traveled throughout many regions of Mexico and Central America. He was responsible for sales and upkeep of inventory as well as intricately involved in corporate planning and quality control.
Prior to MSVN, Stuart was a Chairperson for several years for local National MS Society MS Walks and their annual MS Expo. Additionally he volunteered countless other hours for the South Florida MS Society chapter helping wherever he could for the benefit of the MS patient and caregiver(s).
In order to make information more available, everywhere, in 2005 Stuart formed what is now known as MS Views & News. In 2008 he formalized plans to turn the organization into one of the premier outlets for MS information and reached out to the community for consultants and directors. The Board of Directors for MS Views & News has been meeting since September of 2008 and gained non-profit (501(C)(3)) status in May 2009. As President, Stuart voluntarily oversees the daily operations of the organization and is the driving force behind its successes.
MS Views and News provides educational information and resources via live seminars and via the internet. The organization currently hosts at least one live educational seminar somewhere in the State of Florida each month.
In 2015 MS Views and News planned to expand its field of providing educational programs for persons affected by Multiple Sclerosis to those in 10 States. In 2016 MSVN hopes to continue to expand to other towns and cities in these 10 States and possibly bring their comprehensive educational programs to other persons in other U.S States as well. There is a great need for learning about Multiple Sclerosis and MS Views and News will continue to educate.
In addition to the MS Views and News website and live learning programs, the organization provides a bi-monthly MS e-Newsletter. Since the inception of MS Views and News, the website and/or e-newsletters are read by thousands of recipients each month. This e-Newsletter is being received by e-recipients in greater than (90) Countries. Quite an accomplishment.
Social Media is another outlet that Stuart and MSVN use to provide information and anybody with internet access cancontact us on Facebook, Twitter or Linked-in plus view The MS Views and News Learning channel on Youtube found here: www.youtube.com/msviewsandnews .
Stuart, who is a workaholic, has learned to moderate his days in order to be able to work on his causes and still maintain his health. Stuart finds that his work for the MS community actually helps him to keep distracted of his own disease progression.
His passion is to bring awareness of MS news to the afftected community and spread that news throughout the world.
To many, Stuart when attending functions is simply known as that guy from Stu's Views & MS News.
He is humble in his role but will continue to make himself known in the MS community, simply because, also as an MS patient, he feels he knows just a little bit more, of what the patients want to read, see, hear and learn.
Carmen Benitez, Treasurer
MS Views and News Board Treasurer
Joseph Slater Forer, Secretary
Mr. Forer has been involved in the cellular industry since its inception in 1986 and has an extensive background in all aspects of cellular technology from product development to consumer needs and fulfillment.
In July 2004 Mr Forer founded TRIP PHONE, Inc. which has become a leader in the international prepaid wireless rental communications field. TRIP PHONE Inc. offers the international business or leisure traveler the convenience of using a cellular phone at a reasonable price while traveling abroad.
From July 2003 until July 2004, Joseph Forer was the Managing Director of New Technologies at Cetro-Tek ,International, Inc in Miami, FL. In November 2003 he took on the additional responsibilities of Executive Vice President of Ximon North America, a Korean cellular telephone manufacturer.
From June 1997 until June 2002 - Joseph Forer has served as Director of International Business Development for Brightpoint Latin America. Prior to holding this position he held a seat on the Board of Directors of Brightpoint Inc., served as President of Brightpoint Latin America and was Managing Director of the Latin America division of Brightpoint, Inc.
Prior to their merger in 1996 with Brightpoint,Inc. Mr. Forer was a co-founder of Allied Communications of Florida, Inc. and Allied Communications of Puerto Rico, Inc., as well as President and a director of such companies from 1992 and 1994,respectively. From 1988 until joining Allied Communications, Mr. Forer served as Executive Vice President of Cellular World, Inc., a distributor of cellular telephone and paging equipment.
Volunteer Charity work:
Joseph Forer has been involved with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society South Florida Chapter for ten years. He was a member of the planning committee for the Coral Gables MS Walk for four years and has served as co-chairman of the event. He has been awarded membership in the National MS Society Mission Possible Club for his fund raising achievements and is a sponsor of the South Florida MS Society Gala Luncheon. Mr. Forer spent three years as a volunteer at the Miami Children's Hospital. He has actively been involved in raising awareness and funds for various breast cancer charities including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Former CEO of REM Inc.,
I was diagnosed with MS in 1990 when I was 9 years old. My mother was diagnosed in 1965 with a progressive form of Multiple Sclerosis. She was treated for five years before losing her battle. I've had the pleasure to serve the public all my life, which included work in a variety of food and catering businesses.
I needed to retire in 2000 when I couldn't keep up with the demands of an extremely long work week. My family and I changed our life style at that time with a move to the Florida Keys. Continuing my life-long style of working and serving others, l got a part time job, started volunteering in a 5th grade math class, and coached kids in Odyssey of the Mind which I'm still fortunate to be able to do today.
In 2005, I was approached by Stuart Schlossman, who wanted something new for the MS. community; a different approach and service. I became involved and am honored to be a part of MS Views and News, Inc. I am also a facilitator for the MS FOUNDATION, helping with support groups and facilitating. In 1987, I began helping the MS Society with various fundraising activities and programs.
In 2010, our oldest daughter was diagnosed with MS. Now third generation in our family. I always need to remember, I have MS but MS doesn't have ME!
Carmen Chediak, Media Advisor
Carmen Chediak has more than 25 years experience in sales, marketing and customer service. She is a graduate of Florida International University, School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her work experience and education paved the way for Chediak’s career and private entrepreneurial endeavors.
Laura Kolaczkowski is the Lead Patient Representative and Co-Principal Investigator for iConquerMS, a research initiative by and for people affected by multiple sclerosis. In addition to her research interests she writes articles for MultipleSclerosis.net, Multiple Sclerosis News Today, and her personal blog, Inside MyStory. She is a patient advocate working to empower people to take command of their health care, and a patient activist by spending considerable time on health care reform issues. Her writing comes from her own interests and experiences in research as well as living with multiple sclerosis since her diagnosis in 2008. She lives in Ohio, has moderated MS Views & News programs in her home state, and was appointed to the MS Views & News Board in 2017.
Maria Zaldivar has lived in Miami since she was two years old when she was brought from Cuba by her parents and has lived here sine for 56 years. Early on, she attended the Catholic Schools of St. Michael the Archangel and Immaculata-La Salle. Maria furthered her studies at Miami Dade Community College with an AA in Elementary Education and graduated from FIU with a Bachelors in Social Work. She went on to work in the Reinsurance industry in which she has been employed for over 30 years. She has gotten good use of her social work skills being a patient advocate for her MS therapy of Copaxone. Maria has held this role since 2005, even though she started on the therapy the day after her diagnosis. Maria's diagnosis with MS in 2002 did not deter her from continuing her active work lifestyle. She not only does her advocacy work with Copaxone but also attends a multitude of MS events around town and is present at many MSVN programs in Dade County.