Our Board


Maria Rey Woyma

Chair of the Board

Budget, Finance, Audit, Development, Nominating, Public Relations and Marketing Committee 






George Sagaris


Development Committee

George Sagaris is the owner of Top Dawg delivery and Logistics Company located in Cleveland, Ohio. Top Dawg has grown from a small basement office with one account, one driver and one computer to one of the most prestigious delivery companies in Northeast Ohio,serving customers locally and nationally. His company opened in April of 1999 with one goal: provide quality service at affordable prices. George equates his rapid success to the loyalty of his customers, who recognize the value of honesty, integrity and the "can-do" mentality. George has a long standing relationship with the Lupus Foundation of America Greater Ohio Chapter and has served as past President.




Jeannine Valenti


Fund Raising & Membership Committee

Jeannine Valenti assists in Marketing for Harmony Homes. Harmony Homes Realty has over 30 years of experience serving the Greater Cuyahoga County area.






Dr. Stanley Ballou

Medical Advisor/ Director

Advocacy, Education and Literature Committee

Dr. Stanley Ballou is the Director of Rheumatology at Metrohealth Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, and Director of the MetroHealth Lupus Clinic, the only such clinic in Cleveland, serving over 250 patients with SLE. He serves as an advisor to the chapter on medical issues, local and regional research activities, and access to professional care.






Mark W. Wester


Community, Development, Finance - Audit

Mark Wester is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Waxman Industries, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of specialty plumbing and floor and surface protection products to retailers and industrial customers. Mr. Wester is an inactive certified public accountant, graduating from John Carroll University in 1976.






Diana Fleming, MSN, RN


Advocacy, Education and Literature Committee

Diana Fleming is a faculty member at Kent State University College of Nursing and teaches the SLE lecture content. She also works part-time at Akron General Medical Center.
Mrs. Fleming has seen the effects of lupus throughout her family. Her maternal grandmother and mother both suffered the effects of lupus. Currently, her sister is battling lupus. Her goal is to increase the public's and health care professionals' awareness and understanding of the impact of lupus.






Suzanne Tierney


Suzanne Tierney through her own adversity living with chronic illnesses has the passion and commitment to invest in those whose lives have been affected by lupus. She is driven to surpass all the challenges and demands this chapter meets in its efforts to fulfill its mission. Her perseverance in helping lupus patients will not falter until a cause or cure is found.






Mark Shelton











Kimberly Kalista









Lisa Bordner









Rachel Scava


Community, Legal







David Masciarelli (Not Pictured)




Greg Tavrell (Not Pictured)





Kenny Yuko
Karen Butler
Mark Perkins
Brian Knepper
Sam Sylk

Elaine M. Roscoe (Not Pictured)
Beloved Past President
Elaine Roscoe battled with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis for years. In 1991, Ms. Roscoe began her efforts in helping The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter, Inc., achieve their mission. Ms. Roscoe was the Office Manger of Eaton Corporation, Law Department for sixteen years until her disease forced her to go on disability. Ms. Roscoe was a vibrant woman who stayed active with the lupus community until her passing in January of 2012.