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

2020-2021 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

Andrew Robinson, MSW, LMSW
Lupus Patient Navigator


Heartland Chapter Board of Directors

Chair of the Board
Austin M. Dalrymple, DO

Vice Chair
Tony Centracchio

Jewel L.  McDaniels

Chad Ronholm, MD

Board of Directors

Kimberly Carroll, MD
Kevin Cheung
Therese Tryniecki Cross, PhD
Alfred Kim, MD, PhD
Mitchelle Price
Brian Schmidt
Marti J. Thomas
Thanh-Mai Vo, MD

Careers & Internships

Contact Us

Contact Information & Office Hours


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