International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations Staff
Rachel Patterson, General Manager
Currently based in Trenton, New Jersey, Rachel Patterson began working for the Alliance in 2012; she was promoted to the title of General Manager in 2014. In her role as GM, she drafts and executes the Alliance’s annual operational plans, working closely with the Board of Directors, and manages the Alliance’s staff. She also organizes the Alliance’s Annual Meetings, builds relationships with industry partners and travels internationally to support member associations, particularly in developing and underserved regions. Rachel is passionate about the Alliance’s work to improve the quality of life and care for people with ALS/MND worldwide. Before joining the Alliance’s staff, she had experience in teaching, publishing and university administration. She is fluent in Spanish and also speaks conversational Italian, Portuguese and Greek. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Comparative Literature and Spanish, as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry. Email Rachel Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with her on LinkedIn.
Rachel Blanton, Administrative Coordinator
Rachel Blanton began her work for the Alliance in October 2016. Rachel comes to the Alliance with over four years of experience in community outreach and advocating for low-income individuals. Her main duties in her role include: ongoing Alliance communications including the quarterly Alliance newsletter, administrative duties, awareness-raising and fundraising campaigns, grant writing and managing the Alliance Facebook and Twitter pages. She is a graduate of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Public Policy. Previously, Rachel worked in the nonprofit medical field and served as a Board Member and Communications Director for a reproductive health fund. She lives in Atlanta, GA and is currently working toward becoming fluent in Spanish. Email Rachel Blanton at email@example.com or connect with her on LinkedIn.