Leadership

Learn more about the people that have made the Arthritis Foundation such a successful non-profit, including our National Leadership Team.

National Leadership Team

ANN M. PALMER

President & Chief Executive Officer

With more than 30 years of experience within the voluntary health space, Ann has revolutionized the organization’s approach, structure and focus to deliver the greatest impact in the lives of those with arthritis. Since joining the Arthritis Foundation in 2013, Ann has established the organization’s four pillar areas, introduced an annual planning process to identify and measure priority outcomes and successfully implemented a consolidated structure.

With a BS in education from the University of Delaware, Ann has a strong background at three large voluntary health organizations: the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Beginning her career with the American Cancer Society in 1979, she held numerous roles of increasing responsibility over 18 years. In 1997, she joined the American Diabetes Association to oversee increased fundraising for their Mid Atlantic region and led a nationwide operational restructuring that increased efficiency. During her 12 years at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Ann’s leadership brought new business systems and a great team of staff and volunteers who annually raised a net income of more than $100 million.

Ann is vice chair of the board of directors of the National Health Council, which consists of voluntary health agencies committed to helping people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their caregivers. She’s also recognized as one of the 100 most influential leaders in the health care industry by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Ann is passionate about her work as the Foundation’s leader: “I am truly inspired by the dedication of our volunteers and the courage and perseverance of people with arthritis and their families. We are responsible for helping more people say Yes to conquering everyday challenges and to fulfill our mission of audaciously attacking arthritis and its effects.”

DAVID McLOUGHLIN

Chief Operating Officer

With more than 17 years of experience leading nonprofit operations, Dave is no stranger to our work. He held a number of roles at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, most recently as senior vice president of operations. He also served on the board of directors of ATCC (American Type Culture Collection) Global, a leading biological materials resource and standards organization. Dave holds a BS in accounting from the University of Maryland, and earned his MBA at the George Washington University. Today he leads our operations, legal, information technology and human resources functions. 
 
In Dave’s words: “I’ve embraced the timeless call to service made by Roman philosopher, Cicero: ‘Not to ourselves alone are we born.’ Answering the call to improve the lives of those with arthritis was easy. They deserve our best.”

GUY S. EAKIN, PHD

Senior Vice President, Scientific Strategy

Leading the Arthritis Foundation’s science department, Guy works to engage the scientific community as we chart the course to conquering arthritis. Previously, he was at the BrightFocus Foundation for almost 10 years where, as vice president of scientific affairs, he led nearly $90 million of international biomedical research initiatives for Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration and glaucoma, identifying projects that could change patient lives in the shortest timeline possible. Guy earned his PhD from Baylor College of Medicine and pursued research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
 
“I find inspiration in the moment when patients and research recognize one another and understand what they can achieve together,” says Guy. “I’m honored to lend my time on this earth to making that happen.”

CINDY McDANIEL

Senior Vice President, Consumer Health and Impact

Cindy’s 30-year tenure with the Arthritis Foundation, coupled with her extensive consumer insights expertise, equips her well for the role of seamlessly integrating our key mission areas of Advocacy, Help & Support and Juvenile Arthritis – which are at the heart of our commitment to meet people’s needs. Cindy was founding editor of Arthritis Today magazine and today leads our consumer outreach initiatives. She’s a 2008 graduate of Leadership Buckhead, and in 2009 was awarded the Clifford M. Clarke Award for Outstanding Leadership, our highest employee honor.

“For the past 30 years, the Arthritis Foundation has been more than a life’s career for me; it’s been a life’s cause,” says Cindy. “My commitment is stronger than ever to pursue the ultimate answer that will end the pain of so many.”

ANN McNAMARA

Senior Vice President, Revenue Strategy 

Ann has spent more than 20 years in fundraising and constituent management roles, touching the lives of thousands of staff, volunteers and people needing assistance. At the Arthritis Foundation, she oversees all revenue strategy and an integrated fundraising plan to support our organizational priorities, including corporate development, special events, planned giving, major gifts and direct response. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Ann served as executive vice president and chief development officer at the Muscular Dystrophy Association prior to joining the Foundation. She previously held several leadership positions at the American Cancer Society.

“Throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege of contributing to improvements in many people’s lives,” says Ann. “At the Arthritis Foundation, my goal is to help increase our impact and restore the quality of life this disease often takes away.”

RICK WILLIS

Senior Vice President, Field Management

A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Rick got his start in fundraising in 1997 at the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and went on to hold leadership positions at the American Diabetes Association and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, expanding local events and opening new markets. He has a strong history in field management and fundraising strategy, and extensive experience working with volunteers. Rick joined the Arthritis Foundation in 2014, and today he oversees field operations, in addition to major gift and planned giving programs.

“I’m profoundly inspired by the multitudes of caring people who give so generously of their time, talents and resources,” says Rick. “Not only do they fuel our mission; they drive our success. I’m grateful to work alongside them.”

Board Chair

Laurie Stewart

Chair, Board of Directors

Laurie Stewart was named chair of the Arthritis Foundation’s board of directors in November 2018.

Ms. Stewart is the president and CEO of Sound Community Bank, headquartered in Seattle and serving the Puget Sound region through eight branches and two loan offices. Sound Community Bank is recognized as one of the top performing community banks in the country and is also a leading philanthropic organization.

Active in the industry, Ms. Stewart was one of 14 bankers selected to serve on the inaugural FDIC community bank advisory board. Subsequently, she was appointed to the inaugural Consumer Finance Protection Board (CFPB) community banker’s advisory board. She is active in trade associations, serving two terms as chair of the WBA, and she chaired the ABA flagship governmental affairs committee.

In 2017, Ms. Stewart was one of nine community bankers invited to the White House for a listening session with the president. She was recently named chair-elect of the American Bankers national trade association and will serve as chair in 2019-2020. In December 2018, she was named Community Banker of the Year by American Banker.

Ms. Stewart has been recognized in the Most Powerful Women in Banking’s women-to-watch category four times, most recently in 2018. In 2016, she also earned the prestigious Woman of Influence Award from the Puget Sound Business Journal. Ms. Stewart’s community volunteer work includes serving as immediate past chair of the Woodland Park Zoo, volunteering as a court-appointed special advocate and decorating Christmas trees for Festival of the Trees. 

Meet Our Board 

2019 National Board Roster

Officers & Executive Committee

Laurie Stewart  | Chair | Washington

Frank Longobardi | Vice Chair | Connecticut

Tony Bihl| Treasurer | North Carolina

Matt Mooney | Secretary | Georgia

Rowland W. (Bing) Chang | Immediate Past Chair | Illinois

Ann M. Palmer | President/CEO | Georgia

David McLoughlin | Assistant Secretary | Georgia

David McLoughlin/Jane Bascle | Assistant Treasurers | Georgia

 

Board of Directors

Robin Dore | California

Dennis Ehling | California

Thomas Fleetwood | Georgia

Mark Froimson | Ohio

Randeep Kahlon | Delaware

Martin Lotz | California

Diana Milojevic | Florida

David Pleasance | Georgia

Jay Yadav | Georgia

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The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.


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Live Yes! INSIGHTS


Give Just 10 Minutes.

Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 


How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.

Trailblazer

Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000

Visionary

Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.

Pioneer

Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.

Pacesetter

Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.

Signature

Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.

Supporting

Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.

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