Board of Directors

The ANRF Board of Directors is a group of individuals joined by their mutual commitment to funding cutting-edge arthritis research. They have dedicated their time and resources to the Arthritis National Research Foundation. This common thread binds them together and, through their governance and vision, ANRF continues to fund the most promising arthritis research projects in its search for a cure.

Shaun Skeris, CFA
President, ANRF Board of Directors
Pioneer Wealth Advisors

Why Shaun Skeris is involved in ANRF:
With arthritis in my family, I felt a desire to give back to those who suffer from this disease, and the ANRF provides me with a tremendous opportunity to work with extraordinary people to help find a cure. And now, with Racing For A Cure, I am able to do something I love, run, and help the cause even more!

sallyannesheridan Hon. Sally Anne Sheridan
Vice President, ANRF Board of Directors
Mayor of Irvine – 1990-92, City of Irvine City Council – 1984-92
Sotheby’s HOM Real Estate Group

Sally Anne Sheridan is involved in ANRF:
As a former nurse, Mrs. Sheridan has a special passion for the work of the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF). “By funding young researchers with cutting-edge ideas, ANRF is putting money to work in the most effective way to find a cure for these debilitating joint diseases,” she said.

Kelly Rouba
2nd Vice President, ANRF Board of Directors
Communications & Emergency Management Specialist
State of New Jersey

Why Kelly Rouba is involved in ANRF:
“What impresses me most about the Arthritis National Research Foundation is the sincere compassion demonstrated by both staff and Board members. As someone suffering from severe rheumatoid arthritis, it’s comforting to know that I can always turn to them for support. And on those really tough days, it also gives me hope knowing that they are focused on finding better treatments and ultimately a cure.”

Mark Schulten
Treasurer, ANRF Board of Directors
Managing Director – Investments
Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Why Mark Schulten is involved in ANRF:
“It is a pleasure to be part of an organization that has made such important inroads in the field of arthritis research — especially when I see the degenerative impact of arthritis on so many of my family members.”

Helene Belisle
Executive Director and Secretary
Arthritis National Research Foundation

Why Helene Belisle is involved in ANRF:
“When I saw how juvenile arthritis robbed my little cousin of her childhood, I knew I wanted to do something so that others would not have to suffer as she did. Research holds the key to a better life for millions in our country who face each day in pain.”

Vic Braden
Vic Braden Tennis Colleges

Why Vic Braden is involved in ANRF:
“I lost my sister to lupus and then, several years later, lost my own daughter to the same disease. The ANRF is about creating healthier lives for people who suffer all sorts of auto-immune disorders. I appreciate the fact that they provide specific funding to researchers who are determined to help lupus patients enjoy long, fulfilling lives, and I want to do what I can to promote this even further.”

Kevin Donohue
Vice President
Morgan Stanley

Why Kevin Donohue is involved in ANRF:
“I know that many millions of individuals are affected by arthritis – and that many more will be affected in the future. I’m glad to be part of an organization working to end the suffering of people by funding top research scientists with cutting-edge ideas. Our goal is a cure.”

Kathryn Ferris
Vice President
Morgan Stanley

Why Kathryn Ferris in involved in ANRF:
“I know that help for me and others like me with debilitating arthritis will come from research. That’s why I chose to join the Arthritis National Research Foundation Board of Directors so many years ago (1999).”

Gale A. Granger, Ph.D.
Professor of Immunology, Retired
University of California, Irvine

Why Gale A. Granger is involved in ANRF:
Early in his career as a researcher at the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Granger received funding from ANRF to study the immunological processes occurring in the tissue destruction observed in Rheumatoid Arthritis. His subsequent findings changed the world’s treatments in many related fields…

Dave Israelsky
Co-Founder, Summit Team

Why Dave Israelsky is involved in ANRF:
“My late wife suffered from RA for many years, and I was frustrated because I could not do anything to help. I looked for an organization that was searching for a cure and discovered ANRF…

Kristy McPherson
Pro Golfer

Why Kristy is involved in ANRF:
“Research is the key to finding new treatments and cures and the ANRF concentrates its entire effort only on research.”

Britt L. Meyer
Meyer Properties

Why Britt Meyer is involved in ANRF:
“My father suffers from arthritis. However, I am most concerned that today’s fast-paced society and its attendant stress levels are increasing the numbers of individuals affected by autoimmune disorders. ANRF is for putting the most donation dollars into the hands of researchers by keeping our overhead low – this is so critical to research success.”

Lynn E. Moyer
Attorney at Law

Why Lynn E. Moyer is involved in ANRF:
“ANRF provides the means for young doctors to pursue cutting-edge projects that may produce the next breakthrough for arthritis victims. I can only believe that my own Grandmother “Edith” would smile at the attention being given by young scientists to this debilitating disease and the progress being made to eradicate it.”

James Rose, Pharm.D.
Director of Pharmacy
CareMore Health Plan

Why James Rose is involved in ANRF:
“As a lifelong athlete, I suffer with arthritis in my knees and my back,” says Dr. Rose. “Volunteering for ANRF is an opportunity to work for the one area that will ultimately help the most people – arthritis research.”

Christine Schwab
Television Personality and Author

Why Christine Schwab is involved with ANRF:
“My doctor got me into a research program for the first biologic. After nine months I went into medical remission. I owe my life to research,” Schwab said. “Research is the answer. Through research we will find more medicines and a cure. This is a special group of dedicated people. I am delighted and honored to join their efforts.”

Kathleen Tepley
Managing Director
Los Angeles Consulting Group

Why Kathleen Tepley is involved in ANRF:
“Of her five immediate family members, four suffer with arthritis, including her 19-year old daughter who was diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis at the age of 18 months. Kathy was a Minnesota Vikings cheerleader when Rheumatoid Arthritis ended her career at age 23. “My family and I are fully engaged in the ANRF’s work. Each day we hope that the research ANRF funds will help our family enjoy life without pain.”

Carl F. Ware, Ph.D.
Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board
Director, Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases Center
Professor, Laboratory of Molecular Immunology
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, La Jolla, CA

Carl F. Ware, Ph.D. is involved in ANRF:
Possibilities and challenges are what this researcher, who currently has two important discoveries at various stages of the drug development process, seems to be all about. Dr. Ware hopes that his discoveries will help the 30 to 40 percent of rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s sufferers who don’t respond well or at all to the existing TNF based therapies …

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