Barbara Schillo


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Q: How are you connected to lupus and/or related autoimmune diseases? 
A: I didn't think I had any direct connections to lupus until I became involved with Lupus Link Minnesota. I now know I have colleagues and acquaintances living with lupus which drives home to me the importance of raising awareness.

Q: What inspired you to serve on the board of directors? 
A: Meeting a highly motivated and committed group of volunteers who were willing to do the hard work to get a new nonprofit up and running.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish and contribute as a board member for Lupus Link Minnesota?
A: Help lay a solid foundation for a thriving nonprofit that can meets its mission to advance knowledge and mobilize resources to improve the lives of all those in Minnesota and beyond who are affected by lupus and related autoimmune diseases.

Q: In your own words, why should someone support Lupus Link Minnesota? 
A: Your help will strengthen the community of support for those living with lupus and related autoimmune diseases.

Q: Tell us about your family. 
A: My spouse and I live in Maplewood. We also spend a lot of time on the South Shore of Lake Superior in Wisconsin where we have a lake home. We both love to travel, spend time with our nieces and nephews, and be outside as much as possible.

Q: Name a hero of yours. Why that person? 
A: Maya Angelou because she lived her life true to her soul's purpose and in the course of doing so left our world a better place.

Q: What do you like to do in your spare time?
A: Anything outside but especially hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and gardening.

Q: What's one thing that would surprise us about you? 
A: I hope to raise dairy goats one day and make goat cheese. Having done neither of these, most of my friends are surprised to hear this.

Q: Any other final thoughts you wish to share?
A: I really enjoy being part of Lupus Link Minnesota and invite others to join us. This work reminds me daily that we can "be the change you want to see in the world."