Chris Klocke is the Board Chair of MS Moments. Chris promotes and supports the mission of MS Moments by organizing fundraising events and cherishing all opportunities to educate others on MS and how MS Moments brings a positive impact to the community and the state of Iowa. Chris also has the honor to welcome grantees to the MS Moments family and set-up their services as grants are approved.
Upon Karrie’s diagnoses with MS, Chris immediately began to participate in fundraising events on behalf of Karrie and the National MS Society. Upon the creation of MS Moments, Chris assisted Karrie with organizing a successful board that allowed the foundation to organize and create several fundraising events and raise money to provide grants to those living in Iowa with MS.
Chris has been employed with Wells Fargo for 27 years. Chris is an Iowa Hawkeye fan and Minnesota Vikings fan. Chris lives in Urbandale, Iowa and in her spare time enjoys spending time with friends and family.
Karrie Anderson is the founder of MS Moments who tirelessly advocates for Iowa families living with Multiple Sclerosis. As a wife, mom, daughter, sister, aunt and friend living with Multiple Sclerosis for more than twelve years, Karrie's advocacy efforts span from Iowa to Washington, DC.
Karrie's passion for helping people reached a pinnacle while coping with her diagnosis and making the transition from her demanding corporate management role to being a full-time mom. Her desire to turn a life-altering diagnosis into something positive and rewarding for herself and others has become her life's purpose. Karrie is forever indebted to her amazing tribe of family and friends for helping further this purpose.
Through her efforts to help others, the National MS Society, Upper Midwest Chapter has named her Advocate of the Year and honored her with their Hope Award in 2018. She also proudly served on their Board of Trustees for over four years.
Karrie lives in Urbandale with her husband Cris and son Kellen, and they all adore their soft coated wheaten terriers, Maggie and Wrigley and their Australian Shepherd. She is an avid Cubs, Illinois and Chiefs fan - and she will even root for Iowa and Iowa State as long as they aren’t playing Illinois!
Jennifer is a middle child, only daughter (preacher's kid), rock star girlfriend, proud mom of Devin (a robotics engineer in food manufacturing) and Christian (a general manager in food service) and gushing Glamma to the sassiest, smartest, little, red head, Haley. Jennifer resides in Des Moines, Iowa, with her long-term love, Nate (guitar god), and is the Owner of Salon 86, a full-service salon and spa near Jordan Creek Town Center. Her hair and makeup talent has been featured in many local and national publications... She has worked with local, national and international celebrities... She is the official salon sponsor and personal stylist for the Iowa Wolves dance team, event sponsor of the Iowa Wild hockey team as well as the official hair salon sponsor and stylist for Miss Iowa USA and Miss Iowa Teen USA. Aside from all of that, Jennifer is passionate about and actively involved in awareness and fundraising for the National MS Society and Susan G. Komen Foundation. Multiple Sclerosis and breast cancer have affected special people in Jennifer's world and it has become her mission to make a significant change to that world. As an advocate and board member of MS Moments, she will be diligent in creating the awareness and funds needed to effect change. Friends don't let friends fight MS alone.
Ross Lincoln has always felt the desire to give back, donating time and money to various charitable and community organizations. His focus shifted a bit when his sister was diagnosed with MS, feeling the need to do more. Assisting charities that funded MS research became more important. However, it was when he started attending events for MS Moments through an old high school friend that he saw the power of helping local families in need, being able to meet them and see the results of the energy being expended and the fundraising being done.
Ross brought his passion for numbers and organization to the MS Moments Board in 2015. He very much enjoys working behind the scenes, ensuring that the foundation's finances are taken care of. His mission is to provide detailed and timely financial information to the Board. By doing so, they can make sound decisions that enable MS Moments to reach its full potential and fulfill its mission to provide needed assistance to as many Iowa families living with MS as possible.
Ross is the Manager of Financial Reporting for The Waldinger Corporation, a large mechanical and sheet metal contractor headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. He lives in Urbandale with his wife, Terri and their 4 children. He spends his free time rooting for the Cubs, Bears and Hawkeyes, and playing golf as much as he can fit into his busy schedule.
My favorite thing is summertime. I love playing softball and going out on the lake and doing pretty much anything outside. And, I can wear flip flops every day without people asking me if my feet are cold! However, I can’t play all of the time, so I work in Table Games at Prairie Meadows. I’ve been in the casino business for a little over 17 years, but every day is still an adventure. In 2014, a very good friend of mine was diagnosed with MS. I really had no idea what that meant, but I found out pretty quickly how terrible MS actually is. That friend of mine found out about MS Moments, which opened up a whole new world for me. Lots of information, lots of new people, lots of new friends (with lots of laughs) and an amazing support system. I think that friend of mine said it best. “If you don’t need a supporter, be a supporter.”
Reese is a proud husband, and a father to Lydia, who is six and Brock, who is three. As a family of four, we like to spend as much time together as possible. Our favorite places to be are at our family lake homes in Clear Lake and Panorama. Summer is our favorite time of year and you can likely catch us in the water somewhere. Reese works for the City of Des Moines as a Firefighter which was his dream job after growing up watching his father be a firefighter. Reese and his brother, Adam, were hired together at the Fire Academy in 2016 as the first brothers to be hired together in over 20 years in Des Moines, IA. It's been an honor to get to serve the community of Des Moines.
In early spring of 2017, my wife and I were in the market for buying a new home. I noticed that things began to take a turn for the worst when my wife Jessica began having issues with memory. We would talk about a certain home and 5 minutes later she would ask me the same questions. She was also complaining of dizziness as well as numbness in her hands. We began talking to her doctor. After different diagnosis and different meds, an MRI was ordered. In July of 2017, Jessica was diagnosed with MS. We were unfamiliar with MS. My only experience with MS was with patients in the 911 system with MS.
We knew we needed to learn more and we met Karrie Anderson. My family, as well as many other families, have been positively impacted by this great organization. As someone who has a passion for helping others, I am honored to give back to this organization. I look forward to working with MS Moments to help the lives of people and their families affected with MS.
Erin and Ki have been married for 16 years and have three beautiful children: Christian (11), AJ (10), and Lia (7). They live in Waukee and enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling, and watching the kids play sports. Erin works with leadership executives doing training and leadership development for organizations.
In 2015 Ki noticed some odd symptoms: bouncing eyesight, trouble tracking a pop fly through the night sky during a softball game with friends, and a mysterious sensation throughout his spine when he would look down. These symptoms sent him to the doctor for an MRI and in April 2016 everything changed for their family. While driving home from a work trip in Omaha one evening, Ki received a call and pulled over to a Panera parking lot: you have MS.
Being sent to a local neurologist it was confirmed, and without anyone else for much guidance, Ki and Erin felt like many who have received a new diagnosis feel - alone and overwhelmed. Family and friends rallied around, providing as much support as possible. And, in June of 2017 a dear friend spotted Karrie Anderson on the local news, calling Erin right away, hoping MS Moments would be a resource for Ki. Erin connected with Karrie, and soon after Karrie and Ki met for coffee. Karrie was the first-person Ki met who had MS. It didn't take long for Ki to start attending educational dinners, meet other MSer's, and for the Shearer's family and friends to also become engaged in events.
You’ll often hear Erin say that MS Moments has been like a lighthouse for their family. Serving the organization as a member of the board is her way of supporting individuals and families impacted by MS, and continuing the MS Moments mission.
Rebecca is a public health professional, working on both state and federal grants at the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services, beginning in 2013. She has experience in family, child & adolescent health as well as COVID-19 health disparities . Rebecca also serves as the Head Girls Cross Country Coach for 7th and 8th graders in the Roosevelt School District. Rebecca and her husband Rajee reside in Des Moines where they are raising their toddler son, Lawson, and their 2 bengal cats.
Due to her background and education in public health, Rebecca is extremely passionate about the health & well-being of Iowans, particularly through her work on the board of MS Moments.
Meg Kinnetz has been serving those living with MS for over a decade. As a nurse practitioner specializing in Multiple Sclerosis, she understands the impact that MS can have on families. She has been advocating for MS Moments since its conception and has been honored to serve as a board member.
Meg resides in Johnston with her husband, Nate, and two sons, Evan and Levi. You can often find her volunteering at the Johnston Food Pantry or cheering on one of her kiddos at their many sporting events.