Debra Winzen, Co-Chair
The energy and optimism that the Arthritis Foundation pours into helping patients (and their families) to improve their daily lives, and into helping researchers work for a cure, are incredibly inspiring and summed up perfectly with the foundation’s new tagline: Champion of Yes.
Walter “Bud” Winzen, Co-Chair
My wife and I gained a new perspective on Arthritis when our four year old niece was diagnosed. We have been so inspired by her (and her family’s) struggles and are compelled to do what we can to prevent other families from experiencing similar pain and disruption in their lives.
St. Louis, MO
My father, Leon Neuman inspired me to support the Arthritis Foundation. Dad was a long standing supporter of the Foundation, serving on the Board of Directors and actively participating on the Silver Ball gala committee for many years. In honor of his tradition of selfless giving the Foundation named its most prestigious award the “Leon Neuman Distinguished Service Award”. I serve as a volunteer in honor of Dad and in support of 52 million Americans with arthritis.
Kathy Conley Jones
Arthritis is the Nations leading cause of disability affecting individuals, families and society as a whole. All of us know a family member, a friend, or co-worker that has suffered from this debilitating disease that has no minimum age. How could anyone say no to help fight for a cure.
Mikkie Monger - Jones
St. Louis, MO
Arthritis has touched several of my loved ones and I am honored to assist in whatever way I can. I met my late husband when he was first diagnosed in his early 30s with Rheumatoid Arthritis… he was my patient and a great love story ensued. Since then I’ve witnessed others I love suffer, including my current husband and two of my dogs. Seeing firsthand how so many suffer drives me to help find the cure.
Deborah and John Palombi
As a professional with over 30 years in the healthcare industry I strive to give back. My passion is to contribute my knowledge and voice to those unfamiliar with The Arthritis Foundations mission and values. Having relatives with arthritis I personally felt a connection to speak for them and others suffering with the disease. My hope is that through conversation and networking you will also become passionate and contribute.
I was introduced to the Arthritis Foundation by a work colleague. Shortly after getting involved in the organization, I realized how many family and friends have been impacted by different Arthritis diseases. I have seen the frustrations while trying to find diagnosis and treatment plans, and sacrifices made to live with Arthritis. I look forward to the day when a cure is a reality.
Amanda R. Sher
My mother was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when I was 13 years old. I have haunting memories of watching my mother grimace as she struggled to walk down our stairs. I volunteer with the Arthritis Foundation because I want to help my mom. I volunteer because I share the foundation's vision: to create a world free of arthritis pain.
St. Louis, MO
My husband and I had the honor of co-chairing the 2013 and 2014 Silver Balls supporting the St. Louis Arthritis Foundation. I continue to be inspired by this worthy organization and it has added a broader dimension to my career in biopharmaceutics research and development.
St. Louis, MO
My interest in the Arthritis Foundation comes from 30 years of drug research. I serve on the Regional and National Boards. The AF is the largest source of non-governmental funding for research leading to new arthritis therapies.
Des Peres, MO
When I attended the 2014 Silver Ball I knew right away that I wanted to support the Arthritis Foundation. I’ve watched too many loved ones suffer and I fear my husband, a former football player who’s had several knee surgeries, might be added to the list. I’m honored to support those working to create a world free of arthritis pain.
I was introduced to the Arthritis Foundation (AF) by another committee member many years ago, as a great way to support the St. Louis community. Not only does AF support St. Louis in amazing ways, but also the those afflicted with arthritis nationwide.I have many family and friends who suffer with varying degrees of Arthritis on a daily basis, and I look forward to the day when the AF vision is a reality -- a world free of arthritis pain.
I've worked for the Arthritis Foundation for 18 years, and have had the pleasure of working with many wonderful volunteers. I am honored to be able to partner with them to raise funds to help support research that will one day lead to a cure.