Our mission is vital, and it cannot be fulfilled unless many join together with common goals. As a volunteer-driven organization, the Arthritis Foundation relies on the time, expertise and resources of volunteers at many levels. 

Our local Leadership Councils work with staff and fellow volunteers to lead the way in the implementation of the Southeast Region’s strategic direction. We recognize and appreciate their commitment to make the pain and limitations of arthritis unacceptable in every community we serve.


2013 Mississippi Leadership Council

Vikas Majithia, M.D., UMMC Rheumatology, Chair

Charlotte Algood, Community Activist

Amy Ayers, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Bryan Barksdale, M.D., University Heart Cardiology

Jill Beshell, Community Activist

Richard D. deShazo, M.D., UMMC Rheumatology

Myra Grissinger, Pfizer

Dannette Johnson, M.D., UMMC Rheumatology

Sheila Lindley, M.D., UMMC Orthopedics

Ann Myers, M.D., Mississippi Arthritis Clinic

Fred Price, Community Activist

John L. Rings, Regions Bank

Joan Senteney, Arthritis Associates of Mississippi

Lisa W. Shuff, Community Activist

Jennifer Sinclair, St. Dominic’s Hospital

Cecile Wardlaw, Community Activist

Mississippi Representatives: Southeast Region Board of Directors

Lisa W. Shuff, Community Activist

Cecile Wardlaw, Community Activist


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