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Thank you for visiting the MDS website. The MDS International Secretariat is here to answer any questions regarding the Society.  

Please note any phone calls received will go straight to voicemail until all staff returns to the office. All messages will be returned as quickly as possible, but please be aware that there may be a delay. The best way to reach the MDS Secretariat during this time would be to send an email to the email address listed below that is most closely related to your question.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

MDS International Secretariat

555 East Wells Street, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3823 USA
Tel: +1 (414) 276-2145
Fax: +1 (414) 276-3349

Jennie Socha, CAE, Executive Director
Drew Whalen, Director of Administration
Amanda Domer, Administrative Coordinator
Finoula Harrington, Administrative Coordinator
Sarah Wahlstrom Helgren, Senior Scientific Communications Manager
Shelby Shuster, Scientific Communications Manager

Communications & Membership

Elizabeth Clausen, Director of Communications and Membership
Erica Halmstad, Assistant Director of Communications
Brandon Hamilton, Senior Membership Manager
Shelby Ott, Membership Coordinator
Amber Flatland, Communications Manager

For questions regarding MDS membership, please contact

For questions regarding MDS Communications related issues or general questions, please contact

Rating Scales

Shazia Ali, Director of Scientific Programs
Sandra Videmsky, Senior Scientific Programs Manager
Margaret Smith, Scientific Programs Manager
Rachel Guzowski-Travia, Scientific Programs Coordinator

For questions regarding the MDS Rating Scales Program, please contact

International Congress and Regional Congresses

Jenny Quebbeman, Director of Meetings
Sarah Smith, Congress Meetings Manager
Kate Hausner, Congress Program Manager
Larissa Mickelson, Meetings Coordinator

For questions regarding the International Congress, please contact

For questions regarding the PAS Congress, please contact

For questions regarding the AOPMC, please contact


Brett Kell, Director of Development
Ken Buesing, Development Manager
Alisa Streets, Exhibits and Sponsorship Manager

For questions related to Development or Sponsorship, please email


Annette Schott, Director of Education
Kate Rudolph, Assistant Director of Education
Heather Vitale, Senior Program Manager
Allie Oakley, Program Manager
Eric Johnson II, Program Manager
Nura Said, MDS-Africa Regional Program Manager
Stephanie Jensen, MDS-AOS Regional Program Manager
Ericka Blackford, Senior E-Learning Program Manager
Nilda Toro, Regional Section Program Manager

For questions related to Regional Sections or any MDS Live Courses or Outreach Education, please e-mail

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