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Become a Board Member

Bringing in new board members with varied experiences and fresh ideas is vital to our continued growth and development as the nation’s leading nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus and providing support and services to all people affected by lupus.

The Board determines the Foundation’s mission and strategic direction, sets policies, monitors progress toward goals, and provides oversight and accountability.

If you are interested in serving on the LFA, GOC Board, please download our application and send it to Suzanne Tierney, CEO & President, at  If you have any questions or if you’re ready to send in your application, please contact Suzanne.

Suzanne Tierney


Suzanne Tierney through her own adversity living with chronic illnesses has the passion and commitment to invest in those whose lives have been affected by lupus. She is driven to surpass all the challenges and demands this chapter meets in its efforts to fulfill its mission. Her perseverance in helping lupus patients will not falter until a cause or cure is found.

Maria Rey Woyma

Chair of the Board
Budget, Finance, Audit, Development, Nominating, Public Relations and Marketing Committee

Jeannine Valenti

Fund Raising & Membership Committee
Jeannine Valenti assists in Marketing for Harmony Homes. Harmony Homes Realty has over 30 years of experience serving the Greater Cuyahoga County area.

Dr. Stanley Ballou

Medical Advisor/Director
Advocacy, Education and Literature Committee

Dr. Stanley Ballou is the Director of Rheumatology at Metrohealth Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, and Director of the MetroHealth Lupus Clinic, the only such clinic in Cleveland, serving over 250 patients with SLE. He serves as an advisor to the chapter on medical issues, local and regional research activities, and access to professional care.

Mark W. Wester

Community, Development, Finance – Audit

Mark Wester is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Waxman Industries, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of specialty plumbing and floor and surface protection products to retailers and industrial customers. Mr. Wester is an inactive certified public accountant, graduating from John Carroll University in 1976.

Diana Fleming, MSN, RN

Advocacy, Education and Literature Committee

Diana Fleming is a faculty member at Kent State University College of Nursing and teaches the SLE lecture content. She also works part-time at Akron General Medical Center. Mrs. Fleming has seen the effects of lupus throughout her family. Her maternal grandmother and mother both suffered the effects of lupus. Currently, her sister is battling lupus. Her goal is to increase the public’s and health care professionals’ awareness and understanding of the impact of lupus.

Anthony Sagaris


Anthony Sagaris is the co-owner of Top Dawg delivery and Logistics Company located in Cleveland, Ohio. Top Dawg has grown from a small basement office with one account, one driver and one computer to one of the most prestigious delivery companies in Northeast Ohio ,serving customers locally and nationally. His company opened in April of 1999 with one goal: provide quality service at affordable prices. Anthony equates his rapid success to the loyalty of his customers, who recognize the value of honesty, integrity and the “can-do” mentality.

Lisa Bordner

Natalie Lindsay-Smith

Greg Tavrell

George Sagaris


Kenny Yuko
Mark Perkins
Brian Knepper
Sam Sylk

Elaine M. Roscoe
Beloved Past President

Elaine Roscoe battled with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis for years. In 1991, Ms. Roscoe began her efforts in helping The Lupus Foundation of America, Greater Ohio Chapter, Inc., achieve their mission. Ms. Roscoe was the Office Manger of Eaton Corporation, Law Department for sixteen years until her disease forced her to go on disability. Ms. Roscoe was a vibrant woman who stayed active with the lupus community until her passing in January of 2012.

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