RSDSA Executive Vice President & Director To Retire

To the RSDSA Community,

We hope this message finds you well. Today, we are reaching out with an important announcement regarding a change within our organization.

After 25 years of dedicated service and outstanding leadership to the CRPS/RSD community, our Executive Vice President & Director, James W. Broach, MSW, has decided to retire effective March 31, 2024. Jim’s leadership and contributions have been invaluable, and we are immensely grateful for his unwavering commitment to the CRPS community.

Under Jim’s guidance, RSDSA has achieved remarkable milestones and grown in ways that have positively impacted countless lives. During his 25 years of service, RSDSA became the go-to patient advocacy organization for people with CRPS. It invested more than $2.2 million in basic and clinical research, conducted numerous conferences and educational presentations on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of CRPS, published evidence-based Treatment Guidelines, established an emergency financial assistance program, offered accredited CME courses on adult and pediatric CRPS to healthcare professionals, and created a compassionate patient-centered culture.

His vision, passion, and dedication have set a high standard for excellence, and he will be deeply missed in this role. His skills are not entirely lost to us, however, as he has promised to remain available to our incoming Executive Director, and ease her transition into the position.

While we bid farewell to Jim, we are excited to announce that current RSDSA Board Vice President, Sharon L. Weiner, will assume her new role as Executive Director. In addition to having CRPS for over 25 years, Sharon was also a founder and the president of Living with RSDS, Inc., a New Jersey not-for-profit that offers multiple support groups. Sharon is a co-founder of our Young Adult Weekend Retreat, a member of our Executive Committee, and the chair of our Support and Board Nomination Committees. She brings a wealth of personal and professional experience, including her numerous presentations at RSDSA conferences, that we believe will continue to honor our mission and give vision to RSDSA’s future.

We are organizing a special farewell fundraiser to honor Jim’s legacy. Please consider supporting the campaign by clicking here. RSDSA will also organize a virtual meet and greet in March to introduce Sharon to our community. Details about this event will be shared in the coming weeks.

Again, we express our heartfelt gratitude to Jim and our warmest wishes to Sharon in her new position. We are confident that together they will effect a seamless transition which will enable Sharon to expand upon the strong foundation built by Jim and his 25 years of RSDSA stewardship.

Thank you for your ongoing support, and we look forward to the exciting journey ahead.


The RSDSA Board of Directors

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