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
kahmed@lupusdmv.org

Courtney Bishop
Director of Development
(202) 787-5390
cbishop@lupusdmv.org

Eva Gaskins
Database Coordinator
(202) 787-5380
egaskins@lupusdmv.org

Akilah Hill
Health Education Associate
(202) 787- 5389
ahill@lupusdmv.org

Cat Ianni 
Special Events Coordinator
(202) 787- 5393
cianni@lupusdmv.org

Amy Schlepphorst
Program Associate
(202) 787- 5391
aschlepphorst@lupusdmv.org

 

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
Raffa

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

Susan Bateson 

John D. Berman

Carla Davies

Howard Hauptman

Kristin B. Dufrene
Engility Corporation

Pamela B. Greenberg
Association for Behavioral Health and Wellness

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

Priya Srinivasan
Contract Solutions 

Trevor W. Williams, CPA
Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman 

 


 

Medical Scientific Advisory Council

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

Donald E. Thomas Jr., M.D., FACP, FACR, CCD, Emeritus
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

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

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

Victoria Shanmugam, MBBS, MRCP, FACR
Associate Professor of Medicine Director, Division of Rheumatology, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

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

Founder
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

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