About DMV Chapter

About Us

The Lupus Foundation of America, DC/Maryland/Virginia Chapter is part of a national force devoted to solving the cruel mystery of lupus, while providing caring support to those who suffer from its brutal impact. With the help of informed volunteers, lupus medical experts, and committed and caring supporters, we: 

  • Support research and conduct education programs, so everyone affected by lupus can have an improved quality of life;
  • Provide information to ensure people with lupus and their families get answers and health professionals know about new means to diagnose and manage the disease;
  • Conduct activities to increase awareness of lupus, rally public support for those who are affected by lupus, and advocate on their behalf

Our Mission

We are dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus and providing support and services to all people affected by lupus.

Our Chapter provides services in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. We offer current information, education programs, support groups, and personalized help with the questions that arise for those living with lupus and their family and friends.  We also support research and promote lupus awareness.

Our Vision

Our vision is a world without lupus.


Staff Members

Katy Ahmed
President and CEO
(202) 787-5383

Courtney Bishop
Development Programs Manager
(202) 787-5390

Eva Gaskins
Database Coordinator
(202) 787-5380

Akilah Hill
Health Education Associate
(202) 787- 5389

Cat Ianni 
Special Events Coordinator
(202) 787- 5393

Amy Schlepphorst
Program Associate
(202) 787- 5391


Current Job Openings


LFA-DC/MD/VA Board of Directors

Sharon Christie, R.N., Esq, Chair
Sharon Christie Law

Pernell Choren, Vice Chair
Berman, Sobin, Gross, Feldman & Darby, LLP

M. Michelle Bradley, Secretary
Principal SOX/Audit

Dan Maffey, CPA, CGMA, Treasurer

John H. Axley III, CFP®, CIMA
Merrill Lynch

Susan Bateson 

John D. Berman

Carla Davies

Kristin B. Dufrene
Engility Corporation

Pamela B. Greenberg
Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness

Kiran K. Patel, Esq.
Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP

Benjamin Lockshin, M.D.
Dermatologist at DermAssociates, PC

Priya Srinivasan
Contract Solutions 

Donald E. Thomas Jr., M.D., FACP, FACR
Arthritis and Pain Associates of Prince George's County, Greenbelt, MD

Trevor W. Williams, CPA
Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman 



Medical Scientific Advisory Council

Donald E. Thomas Jr., M.D., FACP, FACR, CCD, Chair
Arthritis and Pain Associates of Prince George's County, Greenbelt, MD

Arthur Weinstein, M.D., FACP, MACR, Emeritus
Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC

Christopher Collins, M.D.
Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC

Rodolfo V. Curiel, M.D.
GW University Medical Center, Washington, DC

Tara Dall, M.D.
Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc, Richmond, VA

Paul J. DeMarco, M.D., FACP, FACR
Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates, P.C., Washington, DC

Howard Hauptman, M.D.
Good Samaritan Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Aroti Hedge, M.D.
MedStar Health, Washington, D.C.

Lawrence K. Jung, M.D.
Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC

Rachel Kaiser, M.D., MPH, FACR, FACP
Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates P.C., Washington, DC

Phillip W. Kempf, M.D.,
IMG Arthritis Clinic of Northern Virginia

Donald L. Kimpel, M.D.
UVA Health Systems, Charlottesville, VA

Benjamin N. Lockshin, MD, FAAD
DermAssociates, Silver Spring, MD

Phong Q. Nguyen, M.D.
Northern Virginia Center for Arthritis, P.C., Reston, VA

Shauna F. O’Sullivan, M.D. 
Rheumatology Service, Department of MedicineNaval Medical Center Portsmouth, Portsmouth, VA

Aarat M. Patel, M.D.
Bon Secours Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center of Richmond, Richmond, VA
University of Virginia Children's Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology, Charlottsvile, VA

Michelle Petri, M.D., FACP, FACR
Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore, MD

Vikram Raya, M.D.,
Capitol Cardiology, Lanham, MD

Beth Rubinstein, M.D., MPH,FACR,FACP
VCU Medical Center, Richmond, VA

Jonathan D. Solomon, M.D. 
Solomon Eye Physicians & Surgeons,Bowie, MD, Greenbelt, MD, McLean, VA

Tammy C. Spring, M.D.
Premiere HealthCare Associates, Richmond, VA

Alan G. Stern, M.D. 
Bon Secours Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center of Richmond, Richmond, VA

Sean A. Whelton, M.D.
Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC

Benedicta Monsen

Related Links

Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA Committees

2014 Lupus Advocacy Award

2012 Innovative Services Award for the Patient Navigation Program

2012 Innovative Board Leadership Award

Lupus Foundation of America, DC/MD/VA Chapter
1319 F Street NW - Suite 305
Washington, DC 20004