Our 2017 Board

Meet the outstanding volunteers who serve on our Board of Directors and lead our Chapter:


Camie Wright

 

Camie Wright, M.D.
Chair

Dr. Cameual “Camie” Wright is a nationally recognized physician as one of Indianapolis Monthly’s “Top Docs”. Dr. Wright is a practicing OBGYN with Riverview Health. She received her M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. In addition to her MD, Dr. Wright also earned an MBA from Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. She serves as a teacher, mentor, role model, and is regarded as a passionate and exemplary medical figure with transformative leadership experience. With family members, friends, and patients who have been affected by the lupus, Dr. Wright joined us as Chair of the Board of Directors in order to help increase awareness for the condition and raise funds to find a cure for this terrible disease.

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Tammara Porter
Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair 

Tammara D. Porter, Esq., practices law with Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP, and has been a dedicated volunteer of LFA, Indiana Chapter since her move to Indianapolis in 2013. Tammara’s sister was diagnosed with lupus six years ago, and it is because of her, that Tammara continues to support our organization. She joined our Board in 2017 to further her efforts supporting the mission of LFA, Indiana Chapter.

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Tonya Sullivan

 

Tonya Sullivan
Secretary

Tonya Sullivan is a Product Marketing Manager at Roche Diagnostics Corporation in Indianapolis. Tonya enters her third year on our Board, as Board Secretary. Her dedication to LFA, IN Chapter is to improve and place encouraging influence in the lives of those who are affected by the disease. Having previously worked in healthcare for more than a decade, she is driven in her non-profit work to make an impact in peoples’ lives.

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Carla Day

Carla Day has been volunteering and serving LFA, IN Chapter for more than eight years. In 2013 she was named our Chapter Volunteer of the Year, in 2015 was inducted into our Volunteer Hall of Fame, and in 2016 was honored to be named the national LFA Volunteer of the Year! She herself was diagnosed with lupus in 1988, and having struggled and persevered over the disease for more than twenty years, she is an exemplary role model for others who are trying to do the same. Carla is married to Happy Day, who is also an avid LFA, Indiana Chapter supporter and volunteer. Carla currently serves as the Nurse’s Guild president at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, where she has been a member for more than 30 years. She has been employed by Ricoh USA for over 25 years. She enjoys reading cooking, traveling and spending time with family.

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Mezan Elyan

 

Mazen Elyan, M.D.

Mazen Elyan, M.D., M.S., is currently a Rheumatologist with Indiana University Health. Dr. Elyan is a member of various non-profit organizations including: American College of Rheumatology, Spondylarthrosis Research and Treatment Network, and Obesity Medicine Association. Dr. Elyan aspires to contribute to the efforts to increase awareness and understanding of lupus and improve the health of patients who are affected by the disease.

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Steve Evans

Steve Evans lives in a Georgia with his wife Lisa. When Steve’s daughter, Shea, was diagnosed with lupus in 2011, as a student at IU Bloomington, Steve and Shea began volunteering and raising money for the Lupus Foundation of America in Indiana and Georgia. Together, they have raised more than $325,000.00 and have been recognized as volunteers of the year for the Indiana chapter, the Georgia chapter, and the national chapter. Steve has served on the LFA, IN Chapter Board since 2013.

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Amy Higdon

 

Amy Higdon

Amy E. Higdon was admitted to the bar in Indiana in 1999.  Born in Marion, Indiana, Ms. Higdon obtained her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Ball State University in 1996 and her law degree, cum laude, from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1999.  Ms. Higdon commenced her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Margret G. Robb, Indiana Court of Appeals, in 1999, and thereafter began practicing law in 2001.  Ms. Higdon is a Certified Family Law Specialist, certified by the Family Law Certification Board.  Amy serves on the LFA, Indiana Chapter Board of Directors to improve life for individuals and families affected by lupus.

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Eugene Shane Lee

Eugene Shane Lee received his BA in Public Administration from Florida Memorial University, and a BS in exercise science from American Public University. Mr. Lee is currently the Attendance Dean at North Central High School. He also is a Certified United States Track & Field Coach.  He has his own company called The E. Shane Lee Company, Inc. where he does a lot of personal training and track & field training.  He is a published author of a book titled “Fundamentals of Sprinting”.  He has been diagnosed with lupus and he joined our Board in order to better understand and fight this terrible disease.

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Robin Miller

 

Robin Miner

After a career focused on process improvement working for Eli Lilly and Company and Dow Agrosciences, Robin Miner retired to work with not-for-profits to streamline their processes and help people achieve their full potential by assisting non-profit organizations achieve their mission. She has done projects with the Julian Center, Gleaners Food Bank, Wheeler Mission, Shepherd Community Center and others. Robin has degrees in statistics and computer science, industrial engineering, and business. Robin is married and has two adult children.

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Michelle-Marie Polanco

Currently the Outreach and Education Specialist at the Indiana Latino Institute, Michelle-Marie Polanco holds a BA in International Affairs with a concentration in Contemporary Cultures and Societies from the George Washington University. Prior to attending college in Washington, DC, Ms. Polanco earned her international baccalaureate from the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales, UK. Having experienced up close the effects of autoimmune conditions, Ms. Polanco sought the opportunity to participate in programs of advocacy, awareness, and education benefitting those who struggle with lupus and similar autoimmune diseases. Given that lupus affects a large segment of the Latino population, Ms. Polanco especially hopes to make a difference in her community.

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Sharon Reed

 

Sharon Robinson-Reed

Sharon Reed serves as Director of Administration at RCR Technology Corporation. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Sharon graduated from North Central High School and then attended Ohio State University earning a BS in journalism with a minor in communications. Sharon enjoys volunteering and is an active leader in numerous philanthropic organizations. She joined our Board to lend her leadership skills and talents to fundraising efforts and spreading lupus awareness. Three years later, she’s still here. And we’re grateful to have her.

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Maria Silk

 

Maria Silk

Maria Silk received her BS in chemistry and PharmD from the University of Kentucky and moved to Indianapolis for a pharmacy practice residency and fellowship with Indiana University Health and Butler University. She has worked as a clinical research scientist at Eli Lilly in Indianapolis since 2008 and has been involved in the design and conduct of SLE clinical trials for 8 years.  She joined our Board in 2017 to support the LFA, IN Chapter in improving the lives of patients with SLE and promoting understanding of the disease and strives to ensure patient voices are represented in clinical trials.

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