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Providing Answers, Support and Hope in Missouri, Southern Illinois, & Kansas

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Programs and support in Missouri, Kansas and southern Illinois
Your Lupus Partner in the Heartland

Providing lupus information, education, and support in Missouri, Kansas and southern & central Illinois

The Lupus Foundation of America, Heartland 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. Through a comprehensive program of research, education, support, and advocacy, we lead the fight to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus.

The Heartland Chapter provides programs and services for the estimated 50,000 people living with lupus in Missouri, Kansas and southern & central Illinois.  We provide a variety of services including lupus information and referral, monthly support groups, educational workshops and conferences, and a summer camp for girls with lupus.

2019-2020 Annual Report

2020-2021 Annual Report

2021-2022 Annual Report

2022-2023 Annual Report

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Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all people affected by lupus through programs of research, education, support and advocacy. We are focused on achieving the following disease-specific outcomes:

Reduce the time to diagnosis

Ensure people with lupus have an arsenal of safe and effective treatments

Expand direct services and increase access to treatment

About Our Chapter
Chapter Staff

Amy Ondr, President & CEO

Beka Rich, Chief Operating Officer

Leah Levin, Special Events Manager

Katie Costillo, BSW, CPPN
Program Manager & Patient Navigator 


Heartland Chapter Board of Directors

Chair of the Board
Tony Centracchio

Immediate Past Chair of the Board
Austin M. Dalrymple, DO

Kevin Cheung

Chad Ronholm, MD

Board of Directors

Kimberly Carroll, MD
Alfred Kim, MD, PhD
Morgan Blessinger
Arica Evans

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Contact Information & Office Hours


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