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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.

Susan M. Manzi, MD, MPH
Board Chair, Medical Director  |  Read Bio
Stephen Rabinowitz
Vice Chair - New York
Joseph Arnold, Esq
Secretary - Pennsylvania
Andrew T. Brophy
Treasurer - Maryland
Janine Allen
Director - California
Judy Barlin
Director - Florida
Lynn Blandford
Director - Texas
Lindsay Cafritz
Director – California
Karen H. Costenbader, MD, MPH
Chair, Medical-Scientific Advisory Council  |  Read Bio
Conrad Gehrmann
Director - Washington
Jane Hawley
Director – California
Bridget Jordan Levy
Director - Illinois
Phong Nguyen
Director - Pennsylvania
Tim Nolan
Director – New York
Cheri Perron
Director – Pennsylvania
Carol Ann Petren
Director - Arizona
Barbara Polk
Director - Washington, DC
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
Professor, Center for Autoimmune, Musculoskeletal and Hematopoietic Diseases; Professor, Molecular Medicine and Medicine, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Bonnie Bermas, MD
Professor of Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Rhematology
Andrea Knight, MD, MSCE
Physician, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto; Associate Scientist, SickKids Research Institute; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Toronto; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania
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
Laura E. Schanberg, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, Dept, of Pediatrics; Member, Duke Clinical Research Institute
Betty P. Tsao, PhD
Professor; Richard M. Silver Endowed Chair for Inflammation Research, Division of Rheumatology & Immunology
Brad Rovin, MD
Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Ohio State University; Nephrologist, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center  |  Read Bio
Anne Stevens, MD, PhD
Interim Chief, Rheumatology, Seattle Children's Hospital; Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington
Dawn Caster, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Louisville School of Medicine
Research and Standards Subcommittee
Stacy Ardoin, MD, MHS
Assoc. Professor of Rheumatology, Ohio State University & Nationwide Children's Hospital
Isabelle Ayoub, MD
Asst. Professor of Medicine, Ohio State University
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
Maria Dall'Era, MD
Director, UCSF Lupus Clinic and Rheumatology Clinical Research Center
Andrew G. Franks Jr., MD, FACP
Director, Skin Lupus & Autoimmune Connective Tissue Disease Section; Clinical Professor of Dermatology & Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, NYU School of Medicine
Jennifer M. Grossman, MD
Clinical Professor of Medicine University of California, 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
Mariana J. Kaplan, MD
Senior Investigator and Chief, Systemic Autoimmunity Branch; Acting Director, Lupus Clinical Trials Unit, NIAMS/NIH
Mimi Kim, ScD
Professor, Dept. Of Epidemiology and Population Health; Division Head, Division of Biostatistics; Director, Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design Core; Director, Quantitative Sciences in Biomedical Research Center
Joseph F. Merola, MD, MMS
Assoc. Professor, Harvard Medical School Director, Clinical Unit for Research Innovation and Trials (CUReIT), Dermatology Director, Center for Skin and Related Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, MD
Professor of Medicine, Rheumatology; Research Professor, Solovy/Arthritis Research Society
Ignacio Sanz, MD
Professor, Department of Medicine; Division Director, Division of Rheumatology; Eminent Scholar, Georgia Research Alliance
Anne Stevens, MD, PhD
Interim Chief, Rheumatology, Seattle Children's Hospital; Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington
Sara Tedeschi, MD, MPH
Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Instructor, Harvard Medical University
George C. Tsokos, MD
Professor of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Victoria P. Werth, MD
Professor of Dermatology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Government Relations and Advocacy Subcommittee
Anca D. Askanase, MD, MPH
Assoc. Professor of Medicine, Columbia University; Physician, New York-Presbyterian
Candace Feldman,MD, MPH, ScD
Physician, Division of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital,   |  Read Bio
S. Sam Lim, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Emory University; Chief of Service, Grady Memorial Hospital
Tamar Rubinstein, MD, MS
Clinical Professor of Dermatology & Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, NYU School of Medicine

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
Julie Tune
Chief Financial Officer
Mary T. Crimmings
Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Donna Grogan
Senior Vice President, Development and Fundraising
Leslie Hanrahan
Senior Vice President, Education and Research
Jeanine Smith
Vice President, Network Development
Patrick Wildman
Vice President, Advocacy & Government Relations
Leigh Ann Cardenas
Vice President, Individual Giving and Donor Stewardship
Mike Donnelly
Vice President, Communications
Patricia Davidson
Vice President, Education