We are happy to introduce the Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Southern Colorado team. Committed to bring hope, health and independence to those with MS.
Nikki Pfeiffer has served as Executive Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Alliance of Southern Colorado for over a decade, fulfilling MSA’s mission of helping clients live their lives with hope, health and independence. During this time, she has greatly expanded services to local clientele and increased community awareness of multiple sclerosis.
A successful business owner in both California and Colorado, Nikki began raising money for charities with her husband and children over 20 years ago. After Nikki was diagnosed with MS, the MS Society became the family’s charity of choice, and their family-run events brought in over $100,000.
MSA soon reached out to Nikki and invited her to join the board as their fundraising director. There, she was instrumental in turning an $8-9,000 yearly casino night fundraising event into a $40,000 affair.
It was about this time that she realized MSA’s budget couldn’t afford the large administrative fees charged by the parent organization. So she helped MSA split from the parent and become a completely independent, locally-supported organization. The newly constituted board appointed Nikki Executive Director of the independent MSA, where she has served ever since, helping families cope with the financial, physical and emotional effects of MS.
Nikki Pfeiffer earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree with honors in Speech Pathology from the University of Mississippi for Women.
Tara Clark joins our staff as Office Administrator effective April 2021. She comes to us with 13 years of Medical Field experience -- the last 10 years of which was spent heading up the Front Office of a busy urology clinic. She has a strong Customer Service background and stands ready to help our clients in any way possible.
We first met Tara after her husband Don was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis In March of 2020 -- just as the mandatory shutdowns for Covid-19 were beginning. It was a frightening time for everyone, and perhaps the worst possible time for Tara and Don to be deluged with information about life with MS. Tara felt overwhelmed. The couple was given MSA’s contact information, and Tara reached out to Nikki. The compassion she received during her very first phone call with Nikki was, as she describes it, “life-changing.”
Today, Tara strives to offer that same hope and compassion as she interacts with clients and family members from her perspective as an MS caregiver. We are so pleased to have her join the MSA team!
Amy has been working with the MSA as a grant writer since 2017. Prior to this she worked for a brief time as an Art Therapist for the Women’s Group. Amy’s received a certificate in Grant Writing, Management and Program Evaluation from UCCS and also received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University. She is passionate about helping people and making that which is invisible, visible.
Joy is a 2020 addition to the MSA staff, and she came to the table prepared. Her career in advertising and marketing spans across four decades and three continents, and includes TV, print, multimedia, social media, website development, museum exhibits, and the design and development of visitor centers. She’s a published writer in both English and Spanish and is the author of the soon-to-be-released book, “The AutiMom Club.”
Joy has long held Nikki Pfeiffer in high regard and has tremendous respect for the MSA. She is honored to now grab an oar and help propel the organization along in its mission.
Kaitlyn has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than five years in various positions, always in fields centered around client interactions and quality-of-life improvement. From a very young age, Kaitlyn has wanted to give a voice to those who don’t have one. Her focus in college was Human Services. At the MSA, her training and passion are both put to their fullest use. When she's not working, Kaitlyn enjoys traveling and spending time in the mountains with her family.
A 2020 addition to the MSA staff, Bryan Koenig has worked in customer service and tech support for over seven years. He specializes in helping clients with everyday tech needs from setting up new tablets, to diagnosing and repairing computer systems and everything in between. He is patient and able to talk the client through any tech issue that may arise. In his free time, Bryan enjoys spending time with friends and family, as well as progressing in certifications and education. You can reach him directly at (662) 769-3126, or by clicking on his name to begin an email to him.