Board of Directors

Steve Wygonowski, Board Chair

Eric FisherVice Chair

Eric Fischer is a Senior Director at UnitedHealthcare, part of an internal National Accounts communications team—Consumer Communication Solutions. As a consultant, he works with internal and external clients to develop objectives, strategies, and tactics that encourage clients’ employees to make better health care decisions. Prior to 15 years’ experience in health care, he spent 20 years in packaged goods marketing. He is Vice-Chairman of the Lupus Foundation of America, has been an active Board member for over six years, and has watched the Chapter make significant strides in fund-raising for research and patient support. He graduated from The University of Michigan and has a graduate degree from Michigan State University.  In his spare time, he enjoys golf,  reading, cosmology, classical music, and chess.

Sean Morse, CPA, Treasurer

Marilyn Sousa - Rest in Peace Marilyn!, Founder & First President

Interim Secretary


Board Members

Dr. Frank Santoro, M.D.

Dr. Frank Santoro, a Connecticut native, is the Medical Director of Dermatology at Hartford HealthCare Medical Group. He specializes in autoimmune diseases of the skin and oral mucosa, with a special interest in lupus. Dr. Santoro aims to improve the quality of healthcare in this area by incorporating evidence-based medicine and collaborating with primary care physicians and other specialists on a patient's care team. In his spare time, Dr. Santoro enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and cooking.

Catherine Bergstrom

John Livingston

Jessica Karle

John Victory

Lisa McCabe

Veda White


Medical Consultants

Joseph Craft, M.D.

Ann Parke, M.B.B. M.D., F.A.C.R.


Phone: 860.269.6240
Fax: 860.269.6243
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