about us

The Lupus Society of Illinois (LSI), formed in 1973, is the Midwest’s leading non-profit health organization dedicated to finding the causes and cure for lupus.

Our Mission

LSI promotes lupus awareness and complements the work of health care professionals by providing personalized resources for the lupus community while supporting research.

Making a Difference

With the help of informed volunteers, lupus medical experts, and committed and caring supporters, we support research and conduct education programs so everyone affected by lupus can have an improved quality of life; provide information to ensure people with lupus and their families get answers and health professionals know about new means to diagnose and manage the disease; and conduct activities to increase awareness of lupus, rally public support for those who are affected by lupus, and advocate on their behalf.

our fantastic team

Mary Dollear


Lisa Klaslo

Community Relationship Manager

Kelli Denard

Finance Manager

Board of Directors

The LSI’s Board of Directors is comprised of individuals who generously donate their time, talent and expertise to advancing our mission in Illinois.

Robert Katz, M.D., Chair

Dianne Moriarty, Secretary

Gigi Allen

Gregory W. Cappelli

Craig Griffith

Donald F. Ransford

Daniel W. Ryan

Medical Advisory Board

The LSI is fortunate to have a group of physicians who dedicate their time and expertise to advancing our mission.

Robert Katz, M.D. (Chair)

James Curran, M.D.

Meenakshi Jolly, M.D., M.S.

Rosalind Ramsey- Goldman, M.D., Dr.P.H.

Linda Wagner-Weiner, M.D.

Associate Board

Associate Board members serve as ambassadors for the younger generation by promoting the Lupus Society of Illinois’ programs and services.  The Associate Board is made up of individuals aged 21+ who want to have fun while raising awareness of lupus.  Their main objective is to promote the mission of LSI by engaging youth through social, volunteer and fundraising activities.

If you would like to know more about LSI’s Associate Board please email [email protected] or call 312.542.0002.

Stacey Kennedy Conner, President

Robert Knapel, Vice President

Beth Horan, Secretary

Nancy Magana, Social Media

Carissa Calascibetta, Event Coordinator

Karen Timmons Brown

Terry Conner

Danny Flores

Nicole Franklin

Natalie Martinez, D.C.

Rosemary Rojas

Achieving the Mission

The Lupus Society of Illinois (LSI) understands the uncertainty and heartache that often accompanies lupus. We work to accelerate the search for a cure and new treatments for lupus by funding research.

Our primary focus is to offer answers to questions and practical resources to help the lupus community manage the impact of this often devastating disease.

Making a difference since 1973!


The Lupus Society of Illinois works to support the entire lupus community in Illinois. To fulfill this mission, the LSI provides programs and services designed to help people with lupus and their families live well with this often disabling disease.

As an organization we are proud of how we ensure donor funds are put to the best possible use in achieving our mission.

We Are Here to Help!

If you are newly diagnosed, new to the Lupus Society of Illinois or new to asking for help, please contact us. We are here to help you! email [email protected] or call 312-542-0002.

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