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Our Leadership

The Board determines the Foundation's mission and strategic direction, sets policies, monitors progress toward goals, and provides oversight and accountability.

Officers
Susan M. Manzi, MD, MPH
Board Chair, Medical Director   |   Read Bio
Stephen Rabinowitz
First Vice Chair - New York
Andrew T. Brophy
Treasurer - Maryland
Joseph Arnold, Esq
Secretary - Pennsylvania
Conrad Gehrmann
Immediate Past Chairman - Washington
Directors
Janine Allen
Director - California
Judy Barlin
Director - Florida
Lynn Blandford
Director - Texas
Bridget Jordan Levy
Director - Illinois
Phong Nguyen
Director - Pennsylvania
Carol Ann Petren
Director - Arizona
Barbara Polk
Director - Washington, DC
Kathleen Ruiz
Director - New York
Peter M. Schwab
Director - Illinois
Christine Smith
Director - Texas
Marjorie S. Susman
Director - Illinois
Fran Tsimoyianis
Director - New York
Hallie Vanderhider
Director - Texas
Amy Yalden
Council of Professional Staff - Florida

The Medical-Scientific Advisory Council (MSAC) is composed of thought leaders from multiple medical specialty areas related to lupus, including adult and pediatric rheumatology, nephrology,  dermatology and epidemiology. The Council plays a critical role for the Foundation, advancing the science and medicine of lupus not only through work in research and advocacy, but also by supporting professional and patient education efforts, conducting peer-review of our funding opportunities, and developing evidence-based research programs that address urgent and unmet needs. Each MSAC member serves on one of the three sub-committees listed below.  Learn more about the subcommittee roles.

Grant Review Subcommittee
Cynthia Aranow, MD
Investigator, Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disease, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research-NSLIJ
Stacy Ardoin, MD, MHS
Assoc. Professor of Clinical Medicine, Adult & Pediatric Rheumatology, Ohio State University & Nationwide Children's Hospital
Bonnie Bermas, MD
Professor of Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Andrea Knight, MD, MSCE
Attnd. Physician & Asst. Professor of Pediatrics Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Toronto
Chandra Mohan, MD, PhD
Hugh Roy & Lillie Cranz Cullen Endowed Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Houston
F. Jorge Sanchez-Guerrero, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine, University Health Network, Toronto / Mount Sinai Hospital
Laura E. Schanberg, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Betty P. Tsao, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina
Research and Standards Subcommittee
Christie M. Bartels MD, MS
Asst. Professor Department of Medicine Rheumatology Division, University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine & Public Health
Eliza F. Chakravarty, MD, MS
Assoc. Member, Arthritis & Clinical Immunology Research Program, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Andrew G. Franks Jr., MD, FACP
Director, Skin Lupus & Autoimmune Connective Tissue Disease Section, NYU School of Medicine
Jennifer M. Grossman, MD
Assoc. Clinical Professor of Medicine University of Californai, Los Angeles
Johann Gudjonsson MD, PhD
Assoc. Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan
Diane Kamen, MD, MSCR
Assoc. Professor, School of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina
Mimi Kim, ScD
Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Joseph F. Merola, MD, MMS
Asst. Professor of Medicine, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD
Professor of Medicine, Solovy/Arthritis Research Society Research Professor, Northwestern Medicine
Brad Rovin, MD
Nephrologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center   |   Read Bio
Ignacio Sanz, MD
Professor of Medicine, Emory University
Anne Stevens, MD, PhD
Assoc. Professor of Medicine, Seattle Children's Hospital
Sara Tedeschi, MD, MPH
Instructor in Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
George C. Tsokos, MD
Professor of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Victoria P. Werth, MD
Professor of Dermatology & Medicine, Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Cynthia Aranow, MD
Investigator, Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disease, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research-NSLIJ
Government Relations and Advocacy Subcommittee
Anca D. Askanase, MD, MPH
Assoc. Professor of Medicine, Columbia University
Candace Feldman,MD, MPH, ScD
Asstistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
S. Sam Lim, MD, MPH
Assoc. Professor of Medicine, Emory University
Tamar Rubinstein, MD, MS
Asst. Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Rheumatology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Cynthia Aranow, MD
Investigator, Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disease, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research-NSLIJ

The day-to-day affairs of the Foundation are led by a management team that possess years of experience in all aspects nonprofit organization operations.

Stevan W. Gibson
President & CEO   |   Read Bio
Sandra C. Raymond
Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Advisor   |   Read Bio
Susan M. Manzi, MD, MPH
Board Chair, Medical Director   |   Read Bio
Joan T. Merrill, MD
Chief Advisor, Clinical Development   |   Read Bio
Seung-Ae Chung, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Mary T. Crimmings
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Donna Grogan
Vice President, Development and Fundraising
Leslie Hanrahan
Vice President, Education and Research
Jeanine Smith
Vice President, Network Development
Patrick Wildman
Vice President, Advocacy & Government Relations