Nation’s Oldest Anti-Leprosy Organization Welcomes New Hire

Gary Fischer Joins South Carolina-Based American Leprosy Missions as Chief Development Officer

The nation’s leading voice in the fight to cure leprosy and related diseases and care for those affected by them is strengthening its team with the hiring of a new chief development officer. Joining American Leprosy Missions’ work to bring disease prevention and awareness, cutting-edge treatment and quality care to people worldwide is Gary Fischer of Naperville, Ill. A seasoned professional with experience in both the private-sector and nonprofit worlds, Fischer brings more than 30 years of experience and key relationships to American Leprosy Missions as its new chief development officer.

“Gary’s expertise in and knowledge of nonprofits, fundraising, communications, marketing and organizational management make him a great addition to our team,” said President Bill Simmons. “In addition, Gary shares our passion sharing the love of Jesus with those affected by leprosy. We look forward to his contributions as we continue American Leprosy Missions’ 106-year effort to serve to those affected by leprosy.”

Fischer comes to the organization having most recently worked with Douglas Shaw & Associates, where he collaborated with clients nationwide as vice president of business development. He previously served as the first U.S. executive director for Questscope, an international aid group working with at-risk youth in developing countries. His professional background also includes work at the Alzheimer’s Association and Prison Fellowship, where he oversaw direct response and charitable giving development. Fischer earned his undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

“Leprosy is a common condition in more than 100 countries in the world today. American Leprosy Missions serves those impacted by leprosy – who have often been marginalized and mistreated – with dignity and respect,” said Fischer. “This is important work and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

About American Leprosy Missions

American Leprosy Missions, based in Greenville, South Carolina, is the oldest and largest Christian organization in the United States dedicated to curing and caring for people affected by leprosy and related conditions. American Leprosy Missions currently operates in 15 countries in Africa, Asia and South America. During its more than 100-year history, American Leprosy Missions has provided holistic care to 4 million people around the world including medical treatment and training, Christian outreach, prevention of disability, community development, education assistance and vaccine research.

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