American Brain Tumor Association Names New Executive Director

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Elizabeth Wilson to succeed retiring ABTA Leader Naomi Berkowitz

We are very fortunate to have found in Elizabeth someone who shares our vision and who has the credentials and necessary skill set to lead the organization to new heights in the search for a cure and service of individuals and families affected by brain tumors.

American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) has named Elizabeth Wilson to the position of executive director. Wilson replaces Naomi Berkowitz who is retiring June 30 after having served as ABTA executive director for 20 years.

"Naomi has done a remarkable job in guiding the ABTA's growth and development and she will be missed," said Michael Sharkey, ABTA Board President. "We are very fortunate to have found in Elizabeth someone who shares our vision and who has the credentials and necessary skill set to lead the organization to new heights in the search for a cure and service of individuals and families affected by brain tumors."

Wilson is an accomplished marketing communications professional with a successful track record in integrating business and strategic planning, institutional positioning, reputation management, constituent relations and global communications to advance the causes of mission-driven organizations.

Recently, Wilson served as executive director, Communications and Public Affairs for the National Safety Council (NSC). As a member of the senior management team, Wilson led NSC efforts to redirect brand strategy to expand awareness and influence of the Council, its mission and its initiatives.

Prior to NSC, Wilson was national director of public relations for the Alzheimer's Association. Wilson's global marketing communications strategy for the Association's 2002 international scientific research conference in Stockholm generated unprecedented interest in and awareness of the disease and of the need for increased research funding.
Wilson's corporate, non profit, health and medical management experience also includes increasingly senior positions at Loyola University Chicago, American Hospital Association and Edelman Public Relations.
A resident of Woodridge, Wilson (52) holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University and a Graduate Management Certificate from Loyola University Chicago's Graduate School of Business.

Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association (http://www.abta.org) is dedicated to eliminating brain tumors through research while meeting the needs of patients and their families. ABTA is a national organization serving patients globally and awarding research grants in the United States and Canada.

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