Staff

The Arthritis National Research Foundation Staff is committed to finding a cure for arthritis. As we grow so does the Arthritis National Research Foundation staff. Currently we’re small administratively, but that allows us to ensure that 91 cents of every dollar donated to this organization is placed into research programs. Please take a moment to read about the Arthritis National Research Foundation staff below.

Zaher Nahle, PhD

Zaher Nahle, PhD, MPA

Executive Director
@SolveComplexD

 

Dr. Nahle is an award-winning scientist with interdisciplinary training in biomedical research and public administration. He is the incoming Executive Director of the Arthritis National Research Foundation. Prior to joining ANRF, Dr. Nahle was as the Chief Scientific Officer of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, a debilitating disease. He oversaw a comprehensive investment program with medical centers and industry partners. He also directed a robust scientific portfolio including peer-review grant programs in basic, translational and epidemiology research as well as specialized biobanking services and Electronic Health Record platforms. That is in addition to numerous medical education, research communication and community engagement initiatives.

 

Dr. Nahle is a frequent speaker at international conferences and serves on panels at federal agencies, including the NIH and the CDC. Earlier in his career, he was on the faculty of leading universities and co-founded a nonprofit organization focused on the disability agenda in Africa. His work is featured in prestigious journals like Science and Nature. He received numerous awards including ones from the American Heart Association (AHA), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)/Genetic Alliance (GA). He holds a PhD in Physiology and Biophysics from Stony Brook University/Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (New York) and an MPA from Harvard University, where he completed a fellowship in public policy and management at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

 

Join Dr. Nahle by supporting arthritis research and make a donation today or read more about him here.

Anita Rodriguez, CFRE

Fund Development Director
@AnitaBFit

 

Anita joins the Arthritis National Research Foundation bringing with her 16 years of experience in fund development. As a Certified Fund Raising Executive, Anita has helped raise millions of dollars for both local and nationally based nonprofit human service and voluntary health organizations. Anita holds a Master of Arts degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in English and one in Liberal Studies from California State University of Fullerton. Her career began in marketing for nationally recognized corporations and then transitioned to the nonprofit sector in 2001.

 

“I am thrilled to join this dynamic team here at ANRF and look forward to working with everyone to help build up funding for more research. My grandmother suffered greatly from osteoarthritis and now my mother does too. I have a personal interest in seeing major advancements in this field.”

 

Join Anita by supporting arthritis research and make a donation today!

Derek Belisle

Derek Belisle

Marketing Director
@DB_562

 

Derek graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2009 with a degree in Communication and a minor in Sport Management. Since graduation he has worked full time for the Arthritis National Research Foundation serving as Marketing Director.

 

“My passion is marketing and making a difference. Life is bigger than just ourselves so having the opportunity to help over 54 million Americans and millions more worldwide is an incredible opportunity and privilege.”

 

With over seven years of professional experience at ANRF, Derek is continuing to grow the team and influence of CureArthritis.org in the community. Soon he hopes to have a team of ambassadors and crew members working together to help #CureArthritis!

 

Join Derek in his efforts to cure arthritis by making a donation today!

Brandi O'Kelley | Cure Arthritis

Brandi O’Kelley

Marketing Specialist
@Brannok

 

Brandi is the newest edition to the Cure Arthritis Family. A Virginia native, Brandi moved to California to work with the Arthritis National Research Foundation. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Media Studies. She now serves as the Marketing Specialist, co-handling the social media accounts, writing articles, handling donations, and interacting with donors, supporters, and patients.

 

“The most rewarding part of the job is seeing the impact we make on the personal lives of individuals with arthritis and their families. Interacting with our supporters has broadened my perspective; I learn something new from our community every day.”

 

When Brandi isn’t working, she enjoys photography, trying new foods, working out, and looking at photos of cute, furry animals.

 

Join Brandi in her quest to cure arthritis by making a donation today!

Terri Bishop

Terri Bishop

Controller

 

Terri Bishop joined the cure arthritis team in January 2018 to streamline the bookkeeping and financial administration. She is passionate about the work at ANRF, having been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) herself. Terri knows first hand the vital importance of research to find new treatments and cures. As a Long Beach local, Terri has deep connections to the waterfront community and is passionate about sailing. She has owned and operated her own business and has a vast experience in operations management and finance. She firmly believes that advances in research is the key to finding a cure that will improve the lives of Millions, including hers. Terri’s professional and life experience has given her a keen sense of focus. She is investing her time and energy in advancing the mission of ANRF.

 

Join Terri by supporting arthritis research and make a donation today!

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