MSAA strives to be a leading resource for the entire MS community by improving lives today through vital services and support – and we could not accomplish this without the help of our volunteer board members. MSAA’s Board of Directors is comprised of accomplished professionals from across the country who volunteer their time to further MSAA’s mission. With our new series, Meet the Board, we hope to introduce you to our wonderful volunteer board members!
MSAA is proud to highlight two volunteer board members this month – Eric Bossard and Steve Bruneau
Member of the Audit and Finance Committee, Communications and Marketing Committee, and Development Committee
Professional Background: Eric Bossard founded Commonwealth Insurance Advantage in 2016 in an effort to expand his outsourced risk management and insurance expertise globally. In addition, he co-founded Archway Insurance in 2002 as an outsource risk manager, which placed insurance coverage on behalf of brokers nationwide. In 2006, Mr. Bossard was instrumental in the acquisition of Alliance National Insurance Company (formally UMI Insurance Company), a New York domiciled property and casualty insurance company where he originally served as president and chief operating officer. He is currently one of the owners.
Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee
Professional Background: Steve Bruneau is a product-development expert and business leader who draws upon his engineering, information-technology (IT), and business skills to develop award-winning, patented products and services that have jump-started businesses ranging from startups, to Fortune 500 companies, to programs for the United States Military. Mr. Bruneau is presently the Chief Operating Officer for Pulsar Informatics Inc. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Steve also presently serves as the Business Manager for Bruneau Family Care, P.C. in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.
What inspired you to join MSAA’s Board of Directors?
Bossard: “Former chair and current board member Jim Anderson and I are longtime friends. I was in the process of making a professional change and he was aware that an integral part of this change was to become more involved volunteering. When I met with newly elected president Gina Ross-Murdoch she displayed a level of enthusiasm rarely seen in the nonprofit arena. This organization truly demonstrates there is more to life than the moment we all live in.”
Bruneau: “From the time I was young I have been involved in service organizations. I came from a modest family and appreciated the help that we got from so many places growing up that continuing to pay it forward is not only the right thing to do, but it is very rewarding. When my kids aged out of youth sports and the local school system, I wanted to find other organizations where I can apply my energy to do good things…and I stumbled across the MSAA in all seriousness.
My wife is a primary care physician and we have our own medical practice. There are many patients who need assistance in one way or another and when I came across the MSAA and its mission of helping people today, it struck a chord with me that I couldn’t help but get excited about.”
What are your goals as an MSAA Board Member?
Bossard: “I am dedicated to expanding the awareness of what we as an organization provide to the MS Community which is to Improve as many Lives as we can Today…be it cooling vest, our help line or covering the cost of an MRI. In addition, I am eager to help develop new and exciting fund-raising activities for the organization.”
Bruneau: “I want to bring my professional experience and talents to the team to help the organization grow and expand its value to the MS community. MSAA has such a tremendous, dedicated staff of people who work tirelessly to help those with MS get the support and services they need and with my IT background, I think I can help evolve our internal and customer facing systems to ease the burden of providing our services while increasing the impact, responsiveness, and value to those with MS and their caregivers.”
Editor’s Note: MSAA is extremely proud and honored to enlist the support of Eric Bossard, Steve Bruneau and all of our dedicated Board Members who volunteer their time, expertise, compassion, and leadership to help us achieve our mission of improving lives today for the entire MS community. We are very grateful for their service and look forward to their continued support as we strive to serve more people in more places than ever before. Thank you once again Eric and Steve!