Michael has served on the Boards of Turtle Nest Village and Kids@Home, two programs designed to help young people transition from Foster Care to successful adulthood. He was a member of the UJA (now JFNA) National Young Leadership Cabinet, serving on the Executive Committee, as well as the regional and national committees for Oversees Allocations. With UJA, he was trained as a solicitation trainer, and has traveled to communities throughout the country teaching lay leadership effective fundraising skills and techniques. He has also been honored to work with the Peter and Vicki Halmos Family Foundation, helping them to promote opportunities in the arts for young people. Where most people have no idea what MG is, Michael comes to MGFA as the nephew and the cousin of two people fighting MG.
Marilyn Ricci, RN
Marilyn Ricci is the current chairperson of the MGFA Nurses Advisory Board and has been a Neuroscience Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) for over 30 years. She was employed by St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center/Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, Arizona 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. She 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 multiple presentations related to Myasthenia Gravis at the local, state and national level, and has several publications related to Myasthenia Gravis in addition to other neuroscience nursing topics. 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 certifying organization) and an ABNN representative to the American Board of Nursing Specialty. She is currently serving as the President of the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification.