Stomp MS America was founded by sisters Kimberly Ashe Reichard, President and Megan Ashe McDonald, Vice President to increase the awareness of Multiple Sclerosis.
Our testimony starts with sister Megan. In 2007, Megan (at the of age 23) was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Megan's first signs of Multiple Sclerosis began with a subtle yet constant tingle/shocking pain that would appear randomly in her feet and arms. As an athlete, Megan thought these uncomfortable attacks were nothing more than over-exerting herself in daily exercise. The day came to contact a doctor when Megan became completely numb in her mid-section of her belly. Nervously, Megan awaited for her doctor's explanation and/or theory of what could be doing this. When asked to have an MRI done of her brain, Megan was very hesitant. After completing the MRI, results confirmed that Megan had MS. Shocked and in disbelief, Megan seeked a second opinion and then a third opinion. All doctors confirmed that she did have MS. (Please note: no one in Megan's family had Multiple Sclerosis.) Learning and seeking all the information Megan could find about MS led her to fight from that point on and to be determined not to let this disease stop of her from living her life. With God at her side and amazing support from her husband Cory and sister Kim she knew she could overcome this minor bump in the road.
It wasn't soon after being diagnosed, Megan's dear friend Hannah Head asked her to participate in the MS Walk of Atlanta Georgia. Would we need to raise at least $100 dollars for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Atlanta Chapter. Excited and eager to start raising money, awareness, and share her testimony, Megan and Hannah started a team called the Megan Mac's Marchers! It wasn't soon after we contacted just our close friends and family that the news spread like wild-flowers and ended up raising $8,500!!! The day of the MS Walk, Megan Mac's Marchers consisted of 50 members that supported her and those suffering for MS!
From that moment, Kim asked Megan to start a new journey in life and to start a non-profit organization to help raise money for all those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and to help aid in the research for organizations such as the National MS Society. Because we have FAITH and TRUST in our Lord Jesus Christ we know we can be the support, the love, and a part of the puzzle that will someday be the cure for MS!
And that is how STOMP MS America was established.
"STOMP" stands for "Standing Together Overseeing Megan's Plan"
Anyone wishing to get involved with the STOMP MS to help raise money for MS research can make a donation to PAYPAL located on our website, or by mailing a check or money order to STOMP MS, 1213 Beautiful Valley Court, Nashville, TN 37221. Donations will be used to provide funding for individuals and/or programs that impact people living with Multiple Sclerosis, and to help fund research towards a treatment or cure!
Meet Our Team!
Kimberly Reichard - President
Kimberly lives in Nashville, TN. She is married to Brian and they have two daughters. Kimberly "aka" Kimber has been very active in charity work for over 20 years. She has donated her time with many organizations such as the Susan G. Komen, The Elephant Sanctuary, Sherry's Run any many others. Kimberly got involved with the MS Society in 1997 when she won the title of Mrs. Tennessee US and went on to be 3rd runner up at Mrs. USA. She said she never knew of anyone with MS but started meeting many people who dealt with it on a daily basis. My great friends who are no longer with us, Jim and John Hager from HeeHaw invited me to play golf at Bob Muller's MS Golf event. For over 12 years I helped with and met wonderful people with MS. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think my sister Megan would soon be diagnosed with this devestating disease. A year later my step father also was diagnosed. On my steamed shower door I wrote the word STOMP (Standing Together Overseeing Megan's Plan) TO STOMP OUT MS. To find a cure for Megan, my stepfather and so many in our great country America! Multiple Sclerosis affects over 400,000 people in the United States and Worldwide it is over a million. Everyday that number keeps growing and my mission is to help those in need now and to be a part of finding a cure for so many!
Megan McDonald - Vice President
Megan is Lebanon, TN native. Co-Founder of STOMP MS. Megan was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis February 2007. She also is happily married to husband Cory McDonald and they have 3 beautiful girls Ellie Beth, Annsley and Ivy. They currently reside in Carthage, TN. Megan is a 2002 graduate of Lebanon High School and a 2006 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in Speech Communications. Megan and her family are members of First Baptist Church Gordonsville. Megan has participated in many charities such as the National MS Society MS Walk of Atlanta, Jordan Hackett Foundation, Sherry's Run, Susan G. Komen, Run4Don, Haleys Hearts Foundation, St. Judes, March of Dimes, The Ronald McDonald House and many others. Megan enjoys running in 5ks, half marathons, painting, crafting, and shopping.
Frances Baker - Secretary
Frances is a Lebanon, TN native. Married to Cliff Baker (who has also been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis). Frances is a graduate of Lebanon High School and of Draughous Business College. Frances has worked in the medical field for 25 years. She is an active church member at Leeville United Methodist Church and active in the Order of the Eastern Star.
Dana Wirth- Director of Volunteers
Dana Comte Wirth is a Nurse Practitioner at Vanderbilt University at the Asthma, Sinus and Allergy Program. Dana has a Bachelors of Science with an emphasis in Microbiology and Chemistry from Middle Tennessee State University and a Masters in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. Dana enjoys sewing, reading and just being creative when I have down time. Dana is happily married for 14 years and have 2 fabulous children. MS is near and dear to Dana's heart because my best friend's father throughout grade school, high school and college suffered from MS and the impact it had on their family was extremely hard. That is why I am proud to be a part of this organization.
Hannah Head - Co- Fundraising Chair Person
Hannah is a Clinical Pharmacist with Kroger Pharmacy in Georgia. A graduate of Mercer University in 2009. Married to Brandon Head and they have one son, Brayden. They are members of Crosspoint Baptist Church in Perry, Georgia. Hannah is a volunteer and donate to several organizations including Joanna Mcafee Childhood Cancer Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the Humane Society of the United States. Hannah has became involved with STOMP MS because her dear friend, Megan, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007. Hannah has participated in Walk MS in either Atlanta or Macon, every year since. Hannah enjoys working with STOMP MS toward a world free of multiple sclerosis.
Joseph "Ron" Ashe - Community Leader
Joseph R. Ashe a native of Wilson County Tennessee. Married to Rita Ashe, Five children, Baptist, State Government Administrator, Worked in Transportation, Health, Public Service Commission and the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. Ron is a Lebanon High School graduate and studied at Middle Tennessee State University. Active in STOMP MS, Leukemia Society Of America, United Way, other charities. Ron has volunteered with the America Heart Association, America Cancer Society. Ron is also a Member of Farm Bureau, TSEA, Public Health Association.
Haley Simpson - Director of Fundraising
Haley is a Lebanon, TN native and a sister of Megan and Kim. She is happily married to husband Nate Simpson and they have a "4-legged kid" named Clyde. They currently reside in McKinney, TX. Haley is currently in school finishing up her associates degree in nursing. Haley works for HCA (Healthcare Corporation of America) as a manager overseeing the payer enrollment for new physicians-in 24 states. Haley enjoys being outdoors and crafting. Haley is a proud supporter of many organizations such as; Susan G. Koman, The National MS Society, the National Psoriasis Foundation and Stomp MS. Stomp MS is a worthy cause and she is proud to be a part of such a great organization.
Alicia Holland - Director of Publications and Web Design
Alicia is the owner and operator of Alicia's Delightful Designs for 3 years. She has at least 15 years of design experience. Designer of the STOMP MS logo and designs. Alicia has been an advocate for raising awareness of Multiple Sclerosis for many years.
Lorrie McDonald - Developmental Chair Person
Lorrie McDonald is Megan McDonald's step-mother-in-law and a great advocate of Stomp MS! She spends most of her days home schooling her three children. She considers herself, " a jack of all trades, master of none!". She has written a book on being the caregiver of an Alzheimer's patient that is scheduled to be published in winter 2012. She loves photography, cooking, running, and loving on her grandbabies. She has been blissfully married to Dr. David McDonald for 20 years. "I am thankful God brought Megan into our lives. I am happy to do all I can to find a cure for MS. She has brought much help to others through her organization, Stomp MS, I am proud to be a part of such a worthy cause. "-Lorrie
Norton "Skip" Smith - Volunteer Consultant
Connor McDonald - Production Assistant
Connor is a huge supporter of MS. He is the brother-n-law to Stomp MS America's co-founder Megan. He is a dedicated volunteer with a passion to help others struggling with this disease. As an avid runner who has participated in the Music City Half Marathon twice, as well as, many 5Ks in the state of Tennessee...being a part of the Stomp MS Glow Race each year has been a treat. Connors future plans are to finish law school and become an attorney and continue to support his local charities.
Leanne Campbell - Volunteer Consultant
Lea Anne Campbell has been in the non-profit sector for over thirteen years. She started her non-profit career at the National MS Society, Middle Tennessee chapter as a Special Event Coordinator. During her tenure with the National MS Society, Lea Anne moved from Coordinator to Director of Development to Vice President of Development & Major Gifts for the state of Tennessee. “I feel honored to have helped to fight and advocate for those with MS especially in Tennessee. I have had the privilege of acquiring many friends with this debilitating disease as well as seen the services and research increase to help them and many others”.
Lea Anne has also worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee as Executive Director and President/CEO. “I am proud to say that during my tenure with Make-A-Wish, we were able to allocate 78% of all funds received to granting wishes to children in Middle TN. This is well above the non-profit standards and many of our local children benefitted”.
Lea Anne decided to create L Campbell Consulting in the fall of 2011 to help others to manage their not for profit needs. She enjoys working with clients on a variety of levels from research, strategic plans, fundraising and webinar presentations. She has worked with Community Health Charities of Tennessee as well as Grassland Youth Sports League, Cottonwood Neighborhood and Stomp MS. Lea Anne has also be an on-going member of AFP, Center for Non-Profit Management, CABLE and numerous chambers.
Born in Virginia and raised in Nashville she moved to Ohio then Virginia to complete high school and college at Longwood University. She obtained a BFA in secondary education and visual and performance arts with a concentration in performance. She relocated back to Nashville in 1993. Lea Anne is married to Bryan and they have two children, Isabel and Warner, and live in Franklin, Tennessee. Lea Anne enjoys volunteering for her community sports and schools as well as decorating, creating newsletters and continuing to sing.