Sam Greenberg, Founder and CEO

My name is Sam Greenberg and I am the Founder and CEO of MS4MS. I grew up in Guilford, CT, currently live in Annapolis, MD and am the youngest of five siblings. I went to college at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) where I received my degree in Interpersonal Communication back in 2012.

I was a student-athlete at Southern where I played shortstop for the baseball team for four years. As my college career came to a close, I took the leap and began this incredible non-profit organization. Through the help of so many people I was able to turn an idea into a reality and could not be more thankful for everyone who helped make this possible. MS4MS will positively change the lives of so many and more importantly, we hope to help find a cure for MS! Together, we are #spreadingORANGE!

More About Sam

  • Graduated from Guilford High School in 2008
  • Graduated College from Southern CT State University in 2012
    • Major: Interpersonal Communication
  • Earned a Business Essentials Certificate from UNC Chapel Hill in 2015
  • Member of Sigma Pi Eta; National Communication Honor Society
  • Former College student-athlete for SCSU (Baseball)
  • Former Professional Baseball Player with the Bridgeport Bluefish (Independent League)
  • Former Intern at The Walking Connection (non-profit organization)
  • Former Sales Representative for Tucci Limited, LLC (professional baseball bat company)
  • Former Sales Representative for Cross Cuisines, LLC (paleo catering service)
  • Former personal care assistant
  • Former Varsity High School baseball coach and current Head Coach for a 13U baseball team in Annapolis, MD
  • Currently works for “2U” (education technology company) as an Admissions Director

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Tina Marchese, Multiple Sclerosis Warrior and MS4MS Lead Ambassador

My name is Tina Marchese and I am an official MS4MS Ambassador. I was born in Baltimore, MD and currently reside in Perry Hall, MD. I am a wife to my college sweetheart and a mom to an amazingly strong little boy, Masen. I have always loved helping others and giving back to my community. I attended the Community College of Baltimore County receiving my Associates Degree in Biology. Science has always been a big passion of mine. I live a very active lifestyle, taking on many road races and recently Spartan. 

I was diagnosed with Remitting-Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS) in October 2016. My diagnosis stemmed from Optical Neuritis. What I thought would be a typical eye doctor appointment turned into the biggest fight of my life. I stepped into that emergency department at Johns Hopkins Hospital not knowing what was happening. Scared, worried and so many other emotions. That night neurology sent me for an MRI since the migraine medicine combination was not taking effect at all and I had lost vision in part of my right eye. That night is when I first heard the words RRMS. I could not believe this was happening to me and after a very long conversation with my nurse, this was my lemon in life. I was determined to crush that lemon. I have an amazing, strong group of family and friends that keep me strong and positive. 

I truly believe I gained my strength from my son. Masen was born with Hirschsprung’s Disease. A rare genetic disease that affects the digestive system. At 6 weeks old, he underwent a total resection of his bowels. For the first year of life, he spent most of the time at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center battling infections and undergoing many treatments. To this day we have some HD issues but always overcome them. 

Since my diagnosis, I knew there was a place for me somewhere to be a voice for those suffering with MS and that is when I found MS4MS. I want my fellow MS warriors to know that they should never give up and always keep moving forward. The more we talk and Spread Orange the greater the impact we have on finding a cure for MS! 

#CrushingLemons

More About Tina

  • Graduated from Sparrows Point High School in 2000 
  • Graduated College in 2005 
  • Associates in Biology 
  • Worked in Donor recovery & Stem Cell bone regeneration at Osiris 
  • Currently working for her family business as an Executive of Finance at Applied Technology Services 
  • MS4MS Ambassador

 

Dario Pizzano, Professional Baseball Player and MS4MS Lead Baseball Ambassador

My name is Dario Pizzano and I am the MS4MS Lead Baseball Ambassador. I am honored to be a part of this organization and use the game I love to help spread awareness of Multiple Sclerosis and raise funds to ultimately help find a cure for MS.

This cause holds a special place in my heart as my mother, Tracie Pizzano, has been suffering from MS for over 20 years and this is the perfect opportunity to help support her by using my love for baseball. My two siblings and myself are ready to join the fight against MS in support of all MS Warriors, but specifically for our mom. She has been there for us every step of the way and now it is our turn to be there for her.

I am extremely excited about the my new involvement with MS4MS and I look forward to one day saying my mom “had” MS!

 

               

More About Dario

  • Played in the Little League World Series in 2003 for Saugus, MA
  • Malden Catholic High School Graduate
    • MA state player of the year and all American in 2009
  • Drafted from Columbia University in 2012 in the 15th round by the Seattle Mariners 
    • Rookie of the year and Freshman All-American 2010
    • Ivy League player of the year, first team all region and All-American honorable mention in 2012
    • 3-time first team all Ivy League
  • Appalachian League post season All-Star and batting title in 2012
  • Midwest League mid-season All-Star in 2013
  • Southern League mid season All-Star in 2015
  • MLB Spring Training invitee in 2016
  • Assists with the Columbia baseball winter clinic in the offseason

 

Garrett Owen, Executive Editor

My name is Garrett Owen and I am the Executive Editor for MS4MS. I grew up and currently live in Stratford, CT. An important aspect of my life is I have been living with a disability my entire life. I was born with Arthrogryposis, which is a muscle and joint disease and recently have been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disorder causing progressive muscle degeneration. Having been in a wheelchair since I was 10 years old, I have learned many valuable life lessons. This has given me a unique perspective that helps me get through each and every day with a positive attitude. I truly believe that the best way to make a positive impact on the world is to serve others that need help the most, which is why I chose to  work for a great cause and an incredible organization. I went to college at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) where I received a degree in Journalism. 

In 2009, my college try was cut short because of a medical emergency. I had developed pneumonia which compromised my breathing to a point where I had to miss the next two years of school. A few hospital stays later I was finally able to turn the corner and return home. After a short break to regain my strength, I returned to SCSU to finish what I started. For a few years after graduation, I worked on my book but I was still trying to find the right opportunity to focus my time and energy on given my new medical diagnosis. That is when I was asked to join this incredible non-profit organization as the executive editor. My mom has MS so this is a cause that is very important to me. I take this opportunity as a blessing and hope my work along with the work of many other wonderful people at MS4MS can help those who are fighting MS! 

More About Garrett

  • Graduated from Bunnell High School in 2006 
  • Graduated College from Southern CT State University in 2013 
    • Major: Journalism 
  • Delegate of the Youth Leadership Forum; CT Youth Leadership Project Alumni
  • Former Intern at the Connecticut Post (Sports Department) 
  • Former Executive Vice President and Director of Media for Owen Bros. Entertainment, LLC 
  • Worked as a Stars of Hope sales representative associated with Regal Entertainment Group 
  • Currently working as an independent writer and editor for his own personal blogs

 

Multiple Sclerosis Warriors and MS4MS Ambassadors

Melinda Lund           Alison Mannino

                                        

 

Special Events Photographer and Volunteer

Wendy Greenberg

 

Advisor and Volunteer

Ryan Yerina

Additional Volunteers

  • Vin Gaeta
  • Sean Leahy
  • Matthew White
  • Anthony Grasso
  • Adam Quinn
  • Steve Bushnell
  • Grant Sasser
  • Jamie Lee Le Roux
  • Eric Schlitter
  • Nick Hahn
  • Ben Biddick
  • Ian Remmington
  • Vrithika Anandham
  • Sarah Moore
  • Mike Pavelko
  • Eric Braumann
  • Bryce Koloseus
  • Kelsey Hodge
  • Katie Walter
  • Zack Spencer
  • Rob Lumento
  • Julian Weisser
  • Stacey Lyras
  • Molly Saunders
  • Geoff Hirko
  • Natasha Boyko
  • Posey Daves
  • Emily Garczynski