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Providing Answers, Support and Hope in Missouri, Southern Illinois, & Eastern Kansas
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Your Lupus Partner in the Heartland

Providing lupus information, education, and support in Missouri, eastern 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, eastern Kansas and southern 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



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

Andrew Robinson, MSW, LMSW
Lupus Patient Navigator


Heartland Chapter Board of Directors

Chair of the Board
Austin M. Dalrymple, DO

Immediate Past Chair 
Burnis J. Chitwood

Jewel L.  McDaniels

Tony Centracchio

Board of Directors
Kevin Cheung
Alfred Kim, MD, PhD
Mitchelle Price
Chad Ronholm, MD
Katherine Temprano, MD
Marti J. Thomas
Therese Tryniecki Cross, PhD

Careers & Internships

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Contact Information & Office Hours