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ALS Association Announces Change in Leadership

Calaneet Balas to Succeed Barbara Newhouse as President and CEO

Washington, D.C. (November 2, 2017) — The ALS Association today announced that it is embarking upon an orderly transition in its senior leadership. Over the next few months, Barbara Newhouse will be stepping down from her role as President and CEO, to be succeeded by Calaneet Balas, currently the Association’s Executive Vice President for Strategy.

“Barb has done a remarkable job during her tenure at the Association, leading the organization through multiple developments, including the Ice Bucket Challenge,” said Stephen Winthrop, Board Chairman of The ALS Association. “We feel fortunate to have such an eminently qualified successor in Calaneet, who has done a masterful job integrating our core mission areas – research, care services, and advocacy.”

Newhouse started with The ALS Association in June 2014, six weeks before the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge became a global phenomenon, raising $115 million for the Association. Newhouse successfully elevated the organization’s strategy, tripling spending on research and doubling the budget of the Association. She also initiated the organization’s efforts to provide a roadmap for the pharmaceutical industry to navigate the drug development and approval process at the FDA.

“It has been a tremendous honor to serve the ALS community by leading The ALS Association these last three and a half years,” Newhouse said. “The ALS Association is lucky to have Calaneet ready and able to lead the organization into its next phase while I concentrate on international ALS efforts.”

Balas was hired in June 2016 to oversee the integration of the organization’s research, care services, and advocacy missions. She had previously served as CEO of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. In this role, she successfully collaborated with a partner organization to create the largest global organization dedicated to ovarian cancer research, advocacy, and patients. Her extensive experience also includes roles at the Arthritis Foundation, where she was Chief Strategy Officer of the Mid-Atlantic Region and President and CEO of the foundation’s Metro DC Chapter.

“I am honored to serve in this new role and I look forward to continuing to work with our dedicated staff, chapters, and volunteers throughout the Association who are helping to advance our mission of finding treatments and a cure for ALS,” Balas said.

About The ALS Association
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The ALS Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. For more information about The ALS Association, visit our website at

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