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How are you connected to lupus and/or related autoimmune diseases?
I worked as a clinic RN Care Coordinator at the University of Minnesota Rheumatology Clinic for five years. I learned a lot about autoimmune disease and how lupus and other autoimmune disease affects the lives of people living with these conditions. I also had the opportunity to learn about some of the research efforts at the University and the importance of supporting research so that someday there are better treatments and hopefully cures.
What inspired you to serve on the board of directors?
I've been looking for an opportunity to serve a community and I was excited about this opportunity since I have a background in rheumatology and nursing.
What do you hope to accomplish and contribute as a board member for Lupus Link Minnesota?
I hope to be an advocate for people living with lupus/other autoimmune diseases by being able to assist with patient education resources and to promote fundraising for the mission.
Let's hear your best pitch: Why should someone support Lupus Link Minnesota?
Donating to Lupus Link Minnesota helps support people living with lupus and related autoimmune diseases. Research is necessary to advance the understanding and treatment of these diseases.
Tell us about your family.
I've been married to Ismael for 26 years and we have two college-aged daughters, Megan and Kelsey, and we’ve lived in Minnesota for 10 years. We have a dog and two cats.
Name a hero of yours. Why that person?
All of our past and present veterans who have sacrificed and fought for our nation's freedom and continue to do so.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Spend time with family and friends. Traveling is so much fun; I hope to be able to do more in the next few years.
What's one thing that would surprise us about you?
I'm from a very small town in Michigan. Atlanta, Michigan (population 827) is known as the Elk Capital of Michigan!
Any other final thoughts you wish to share?
My favorite quote: "Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle." (author unknown)