Team Altair at Bike MS 2014

(Above from left: Dana Barthlow, Rick Darling, Alhad Joshi, Dragi Gasevski, Mario Scalzo, Brett Mlinek, Jeff Hopkins)

In June, eleven riders with Team Altair spent an amazing weekend in Holland, Michigan for the West Michigan Great Lakes Breakaway 2014 to show their support for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society!

12 - rider's up!

From Left: Mario Scalzo, Dragi Gasevski, Rick Darling, Alhad Joshi

MS is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. The cause of MS is still unknown, and it has affected more than 2.3 million people worldwide with over 20,000 in Michigan alone.

From Left: Mario Scalzo & Dragi Gasevski

From Left: Mario Scalzo & Dragi Gasevski

The team biked a combined total of 750 miles through West Michigan’s spectacular scenery and have committed to raising $10,000 this year for the MS Society. So far this year, around $7,000 has been raised. Altair has been participating in the MS Bike fundraising effort for the past 18 years.

After the ride, members of Team Altair enjoyed visiting small towns on their own or with family. The weather was perfect for cycling, as well as for additional activities and entertainment in Holland and Saugatuck, where many organizations and venues joined the team in support of the cause.

Bike MS is only one way for cyclists, and all those seeking a personal challenge for a world free of MS, to get involved. The MS Society also hosts an MS Walk, an MS Golf outing and a number of other events throughout the year, seven of which involve Team Altair participation.

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Michelle Smith is Vice President of Human Resources at Altair. She joined Altair in 2011 and is responsible for corporate human resources (HR) including talent acquisition, benefits, immigration, and Altair Health Services, a unique on-premise clinic available to employees and their families. She has a strong background in HR, global HR management and recruiting. Previous to Altair, Michelle spent seven years with TTi Global, an instructional systems, training, research, and consulting services company, as Global HR Director. In addition, Michelle has global manufacturing HR experience from ConAgra foods, one of North America's largest packaged food companies. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development from Oakland University.