Steve DeSalvo, general manager of the Mississippi Braves, has joined the board of directors of The ALS Association Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter. A native of Centereach, NY, and a resident of Brandon, DeSalvo is in his 29th season with the Braves’ AA franchise and his 35th season in professional baseball. He was named Executive of the Year by the Southern League in 1990, 1998 and 2007. DeSalvo was a Magna Cum Laude graduate of St. John’s University in New York City with a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management.
DeSalvo has made community service a priority throughout his career. Among DeSalvo’s accolades are the “Outstanding Community Service Award” from the Southern League in 1997; “Man of the Year” in 2001, 2002 and 2003 from the Upstate Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in Greenville, S.C; the “Vocational Service Award” from the Pleasantburg (S.C.) Rotary Club; the American Medal of Honor from the American Biographical Institute in 2002; and the Pearl Kiwanian of the Year for 2010-2011. Most recently, he was elected to the Greater Greenville Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.
He has served as vice president of the Southern League, as a member of the Minor League Baseball Marketing Committee and the AA Braves representative on the Southern League Board of Directors. He sits on several community boards including The Salvation Army, The Pearl Chamber of Commerce and the Pearl Kiwanis Club.
DeSalvo’s involvement with The ALS Association began in 2014. His support of the organization has included hosting events at Trustmark Park, leading advocacy efforts on a local and national level; and raising funds for programs to provide a better quality of life for people with ALS. In 2014, DeSalvo served as the Walk to Defeat ALS Chairman in Jackson.
Additional board members of The ALS Association Louisiana-Mississipip Chapter include Claire Drummond, RD, PA-C, president; John P. Schittone Jr., SPHR, vice president; Peter Louviere, CPA, treasurer; Brent W. Allain Jr., MD; Meredith Miceli, JD; Becky Oakman; Thomas Sandahl; Carolyn Scofield; Patty Prats Swanson; Jimmy Waters; Meghan Harris, MD; Nic Ourso, CPA; Mickey Broussard and Terry Singer.
ALS is a progressive and fatal neuromuscular disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.
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