About Us

LFA, PNW seeks to help people who are affected by lupus.  We also work hard at raising funds to support research leading to its cure or cause.

Mission:   The Lupus Foundation of America, Pacific Northwest Chapter (LFA, PNW) is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, and advocacy.

Vision: LFA, PNW envisions a world without lupus.  Our Chapter will advance the science and medicine of lupus to find a cure and improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus.

LFA, PNW is affiliated with the national offices of the Lupus Foundation of America, based in Washington, D.C.  We are a 501(3)c non-profit residing in the state of Washington, and serving Washington and Oregon.

How LFA, PNW Works:

We recognize that lupus is a complex disease that requires a comprehensive strategy. Our programs and services all have a common purpose: To improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus, and their loved ones.  Here are our primary organizational functions:

  • Research
    We raise money to support research through the Lupus Foundation of America’s National Research program, Bringing Down the Barriers™, which seeks answers to advance the science and medicine of lupus. Our national research program leads special initiatives, fund outstanding scientists and researchers at leading universities across the nation, and advocates for expanded investment.
  • Education & Support Services
    We answer questions about lupus, sponsor free support groups, disseminate knowledge about the disease, and provide information about doctors who treat lupus.
  • Awareness Efforts        
    We share stories of those who are surviving and thriving with lupus, as well as those who have lost their lives to this disease.  By doing so, we broaden lupus awareness, bring greater attention to the disease, and rally public support to join the fight to end lupus.
  • Advocacy Efforts
    We advocate on behalf of people with lupus, their families, and the health professionals who care for them. We educate government officials and industry leaders on the urgent need to expand public and private investment in lupus research, education and support.

Our Leaders

Celia Y. Weisman, Chief Executive Officer, President

Board of Directors Officers:

Lori Campbell, Interim Chair
Cori Lewis, Vice Chair
Jane Gross, PhD, Secretary

Board of Directors Members:

Scott Crouch
Toni Freeman
Jim Keough 
(On leave until 9/1/14)
Katherine Moore, MD
Afshin Miraly
Joe Warren
Kristi Thomsen,
Immediate Past Chair
Jan HillsonMD, Medical Liasion
Nila Tyrell, Administrative and Program Coordinator

Website Development Group:

Dina Nichols, Webmaster
Nila Tyrell
Kristi Thomsen

Lupus Foundation of America, Pacific Northwest Chapter, Inc.
241 S. 4th Pl
Suite D
Renton, WA 98057

Contact: 1-877-774-2992
Email: info@lupuspnw.org

Disclaimer: Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Only your health care provider should diagnose your health problems and prescribe treatment.