Gray told The CMTA Report: “I am honored to have been selected by the board as the next CEO of the CMTA. I firmly believe there has never been a more exciting time in the organization’s history than now. The CMTA has seen tremendous progress the last five years and I look forward to building on this success in the years to come. My most important priority will be to aggressively pursue potential treatments, and ultimately a cure for CMT, with the Strategy to Accelerate Research (STAR). I firmly believe the CMTA is on the brink of advancing game-changing breakthroughs for the entire CMT community and I intend to tirelessly dedicate myself to this effort every day with the highest sense of urgency.”
Gray brings to her new position more than 17 years of management experience in national voluntary health agencies, combined with a strong understanding of mission-driven organizations. Her experiences working for three major non-profit health care organizations have shaped her expertise in fundraising, staff development, financial and operational management, strategic planning and community engagement.
Gray was most recently the senior vice president of constituent and community relations for the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), responsible for providing the overall leadership, strategy and vision for the foundation’s fundraising efforts, planned giving legacy society and network of chapters. She joined the NPF in 2013 in the role of vice president of chapter relations and community partnerships, providing guidance to its nationwide network of affiliates in organizational, mission, board and fund development activities. In 2014, she led the foundation and its affiliate chapters through a process of unification, integrating the chapters and foundation into one organization.
Before joining the NPF, Gray served in executive roles at the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In these roles, she successfully built strong chapters and robust relationships with donors, volunteer leaders and key stakeholders.
Gray is a graduate of St. Cloud State University and lives in South Florida with her husband and children.