CLEVELAND - The Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio welcomed six new members to its Board at its Annual Meeting held July 15 at the Shaker Heights Country Club in Shaker Heights.

Mark McLendon, Sales Manager, ComDoc; Nicholas DiNicola, MD, orthopaedic surgeon, Akron General Medical Center; Elizabeth Quinn, Owner, Massage Envy Spa; Julie Khieu, Senior Benefits Analyst, Aleris International, Inc.; Grace Rice, Vice President, Business Training Manager - Risk Management, PNC; and Gary Calabrese, PT, DPT, Senior Director, Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy, Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute, Cleveland Clinic, accepted three-year terms.

Glade T. Pauley, MA, ATC began a one-year term as board chair with Mark Froimson, MD, serving as immediate past chair. Abby Goulder Abelson, MD, Daniel P. Walsh, Jr. and Steven A. Carter were thanked for their service as their terms expired.

Several volunteers and institutions were honored for their outstanding contributions and leadership: Joanne and Don Epstein, Volunteer Leadership Award; Legacy Village, Partnership Award - Financial Development; Jennifer Meyer and Beth Hutchison, Volunteer Leadership Award – Financial Development; John and Megan Faust anddaughters Anna and Sarah, Terry Manville Memorial Award for Public Policy and Advocacy. Cleveland Magazine was honored with the Chair’s Award celebrating 20 years of Cleveland Magazine’s Silver Spoon Awards Party collaboration.  The annual food and wine-tasting event benefits the Arthritis Foundation.

Also recognized as outstanding Arthritis Foundation program trainers were volunteers: Karen Dudash, Joani Huber, Sandy McLeod, Linda McVey, Nikki Cross, Lauren Evans, Gretchen Julian, Linda Lavalle, Stephanie Lowery, Carol Mabry, Stacey Murray, Theresa Sambor and Debby Speck. Staff member and national trainer Maribeth Curry was also recognized.

Join us on July 23 from 5-8 p.m. for Jingle in July at Lilly Pulitzer at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst, OH. Enjoy complimentary cocktails and special treats. Ten percent of all sales benefit the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis on December 14. To RSVP, call 216-291-8670.

For more information about arthritis or local Arthritis Foundation programs, services or events call 216-285-2836 or 800-245-2275, ext. 6416 or visit

About the Arthritis Foundation

Striking one in every five adults and 300,000 children, arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. The Arthritis Foundation ( is committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of this serious, painful and unacceptable disease, which can severely damage joints and rob people of living life to its fullest. The Foundation funds life-changing research that has restored mobility in patients for more than six decades; fights for health care policies that improve the lives of the millions who live with arthritis; and partners with families to provide empowering programs and information.























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