The ALS Association Appoints Kim Ann Mink, Ph.D. to National Board of Trustees

The ALS Association Appoints Kim Ann Mink, Ph.D. to National Board of Trustees

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, Nov.14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The ALS Association has
appointed Kim Ann Mink, Ph.D. as a member of The ALS Association's National
Board of Trustees. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is also known as Lou
Gehrig's Disease, named for the New York Yankee Hall of Famer who died of ALS.
Mink currently serves as president of Dow Elastomers, Electrical and
Telecommunications for The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the
brain and the spinal cord. Eventually, people with ALS lose the ability to
initiate and control muscle movement, which often leads to total paralysis and
death within two to five years of diagnosis. For unknown reasons, veterans are
twice as likely to die from ALS as the general population. There is no cure,
and only one drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration modestly
extends survival.

Mink's family has been touched twice by ALS. After a five-year battle with the
disease, Mink's mother died from ALS in 2003. A short time later, her
mother-in-law was diagnosed with ALS and died just four months later. As a
result, Mink is doubly motivated to join The ALS Association in the fight
against this devastating disease.

"I am very excited to participate on the Board of Trustees.My passion for and
commitment to the fight to cure ALS is grounded in my personal experience with
this devastating disease," said Kim Ann Mink."Being on the Board is a
wonderful way to remember our Mothers and to help those who are currently
battling the disease."

Mink holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Hamilton College and a Ph.D.
in analytical chemistry from Duke University. In addition, she is a graduate
of the Wharton School of Business Management Program. This combined with more
than 20 years of leadership experience at Dow positions Mink as an outstanding
addition to The Association's National Board of Trustees.

In addition, Kim Ann Mink is a member of the Catalyst Board of Advisors.
Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization
working globally with businesses to build inclusive workplaces and expand
opportunities for women and business.

"The ALS Association is proud to welcome Kim Ann to our National Board of
Trustees," said The ALS Association President and CEO Jane H. Gilbert. "She
has exceptional leadership qualities and a strong passion for our mission to
create a world without ALS."

About The ALS Association
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou
Gehrig's Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research,
providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of
chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care
centers, and fostering government partnerships. The Association builds hope
and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments
and a cure. For more information about The ALS Association, visit our website
at www.alsa.org.

SOURCE The ALS Association

Website: http://www.alsa.org
Contact: Carrie Martin Munk, The ALS Association, cmunk@alsa-national.org,
(571) 319-3047
 
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