14 HAPPY RETIREMENT TO A GREAT EMPLOYEE Sharon Underwood began her career with the National MS Society, Michigan Chapter back in April of 1988. She answered an ad in the paper and over 25 years later is now retiring from the Society. Her last day was the end of December. When Sharon was hired, she began in the fundraising department as the assistant to the executive of Marketing and Development. Since Sharon’s been an employee at the Michigan Chapter, she’s gained a lot of experience by working in various departments and positions working on all events including Walk MS, Bike MS, and Golf MS. For the last 10 years, Sharon has dedicated her time to the finance department as the Chapter’s Database Manager. Times have changed drastically since Sharon started. “My greatest accomplishment was learning how to use a computer,” Sharon said laughing. She explained that when she began her career at the Society, computers didn’t exist and everything was done via paper, index cards, and ledgers.
MS CONNECTION: WINTER 2014 As the Database Manager, Sharon enjoyed her job as a whole as she had many responsibilities. Her favorite part of her job was data entry. “I just love it,” said Sharon. Personally and professionally, Sharon is a very devoted and dedicated individual. While committing to the Society for over 25 years, she’s been with her husband for 52 years. She has four children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
“THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY [MEANINGFUL MOMENTS] OVER THE YEARS, BUT BASICALLY I THINK EVERY TIME A CLIENT OR PARTICIPANT AT ONE OF THE EVENTS WOULD THANK ME FOR WHAT I DO.” During Sharon’s retirement, she’s really looking forward to spending time with family and having the freedom of doing what she wants to do, when she wants to do it. When asked what Sharon’s most meaningful moment over the last 25 years was, this is how she responded. “There have been so many of them over the years, but basically I think every time a client or participant at one of the events would thank me for what I do.” The National MS Society, Michigan Chapter will certainly miss Sharon at the office and we wish her the best in her retirement.
The Multiple Sclerosis Society - Michigan Chapter Newsletter - Issue | Winter 2014