Neurofibromatosis Northeast is pleased to announce that Diana E. Flahive has been appointed Director of Special Events. Diana is charged with leading and growing NF Northeast’s special events program at a pivotal point in the organization’s 28 year history. She brings to the role significant development events experience and a passion for health care.
“We are absolutely delighted to have Diana join our Development Team. She brings experience, enthusiasm and a commitment to furthering the mission of Neurofibromatosis Northeast, and we know she will add a new level of sophistication to our events program,” said Karen Peluso, NF Northeast’s Executive Director.
Many of the special events Flahive will lead are long established and are intended to raise awareness about neurofibromatosis, a chronic genetic disorder of the nervous system that causes tumors to form on the nerves anywhere on or in the body at any time. While most tumors developed as a result of NF are initially benign, the disorder can be debilitating and may cause disfigurement and psychological issues.
“I am thrilled and excited to be part of the NF Northeast family and am looking forward to organizing events that will increase awareness about this challenging disease, while growing support for our efforts to find a cure for NF,” Flahive said. “Neurofibromatosis affects all races, all ethnic groups and both genders equally. And, sadly, it affects more people than cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy combined. This is vital work, and I am pleased to be a part of this effort.”
Flahive comes to NF Northeast from Lahey Health where she was Associate Director of Special Events & Projects. In that role, she was responsible for the planning and management of some of the health system’s largest events. Previously, Flahive spent many years working with the affiliates of Partners HealthCare, consulting and implementing a magnitude of successful fundraising events.
Diana holds a BA in Organizational Communications from Northeastern University and an MA in Communications Management from Simmons College.