August 18, 2017
 
New Director of Development for Neurofibromatosis, Northeast

Paul Laurent
December 29, 2013 — Neurofibromatosis, Northeast, based in Burlington, which seeks to find a cure and treatment for neurofibromatosis, recently announced that Paul H. Laurent has been appointed director of development.

Paul joined Neurofibromatosis, Northeast (NFNE) from United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley where he was senior director, major donor engagement responsible for cultivating and stewarding relationships with major donors and prospects across all industries.

Karen Peluso, NFNE’s executive director, said “We are delighted to have Paul join our team. He brings enthusiasm and a commitment to furthering the mission of Neurofibromatosis Inc., Northeast.”

The organization said Laurent’s appointment comes at a pivotal point in its 25-year history, and cited his development experience, international nonprofit and private sector work, especially in the conduct of donor outreach, business development, marketing, and brand development as being important to NFNE’s prospects.

Neurofibromatosis is a genetic disorder of the nervous system that causes tumors to form on the nerves anywhere in or on the body at any time.

Laurent said that he is pleased to be part of the vital effort to find a cure for a disease that affects more people than cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy combined,

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, and a mater’s from the University of Birmingham, England. He has served as director and deputy chairman of the Midlands chapter of the British American Business Council (the largest transatlantic business network), served as a member of the board of overseers at Plimoth Plantation, and currently a member of the Natick School Committee.

NFNE provides research grants to scientists at leading institutions around the country, advocates for federally funded research, has launched an ongoing public awareness campaign using print and radio ads, and provides resources to assist patients and families by providing literature, referrals to NF specialists and introductions to other NF patients and/or families for support.

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