Tanner Foundation

About the Foundation

The Tanner Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 started in 2003 by Dr. Emily Riser to provide educational opportunities to persons with multiple sclerosis, family members and health care professionals. The Foundation is named after Anthony Tanner, a former executive of a health care institution, who has MS.  Tony Tanner continues to be a great advocate, philanthropist, and champion for individuals with MS.

In 2015 the Foundation's Board identified a need within our community to broaden the Foundation's mission to include all neurological diseases. A primary goal of the Foundation's work is to provide support to help reduce the financial and psychological burdens experienced by people living with neurological diseases, particularly ALS, MS and Parkinson's Disease. 

 The Tanner Foundation has participated in the CMSC Rehabilitation Fellowship Program sponsoring fellows from across the United States and Canada interested in specializing in MS care.

To donate, sponsor, or inquire about programs and services provided through the Foundation please contact Janet Thorn, Executive Director at JanetThorn7@gmail.com 



Janet Thorn
Executive Director

Tracy Tracy
Clinical Research Coordinator


To enhance the lives of individuals living with neurological diseases through promoting, conducting, and sponsoring research and education.

Board Members

Janet Thorn, Executive Director

Tracy Tracy, Clinical Research Coordinator

Kevin McGovern, Esq Assistant General Counsel, Harbert Management Corporation

Yolanda Harris, MSN, CRNP, CPNP-AC, UAB School of Nursing, UAB Center for Pediatric Onset Demyelinating Disease

Jon Michael Ogletree, CPA, CFO Cahaba Safeguard Administrators

Bonnie Browning, Retired, BellSouth



Advisory Committee

Billy Blair

Susan Carrington Lowder

Coach Frank Orgel

Sarah Orgel

Emily Riser

John Riser

Caitlin O. Tanner

Christopher B. Tanner

Elizabeth A. Tanner

Elizabeth B. Tanner

Jonathan A. Tanner

Laurie E. Tanner

Tony Tanner

Gail Willis



The Foundation is committed to providing ongoing educational opportunities for people living with neurological disease, health care professionals and the community at large.  An annual Neurological Conference is offered each fall with continuing education credits for health care professionals.

The Foundation provides support for monthly clinics including a newly diagnosed MS Clinic and a multidisciplinary ALS Clinic.

A variety of programs and services are availalble for people living with neurological diseases.  For additional information, contact Janet Thorn, Executive Director : JanetThorn7@gmail.com


Tanner Foundation Upcoming Events

Neurological Conference 2018

October 19, 2018

CEU's provided for Health Care Professionals.

               Register here:
Click Here For the Brochure!

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