Board of Directors

Board of Directors | Cure Arthritis
Schalon Newton | Trefoil Therapeutics

Schalon Newton, DBA

Chair, ANRF Board of Directors


Trefoil Therapeutics
Chief Business Officer


Why Schalon Newton is involved in ANRF:


“With family members who have arthritis I am acutely aware of the challenges of this category of diseases and the limitations that exist with currently available therapies. The early research support that ANRF provides for innovative new approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of these autoimmune conditions is a critical need as government funding is under increasing pressure and corporations increasingly prioritize spending on development projects rather than pure research. ANRF is a uniquely focused organization with the single goal of advancing early stage research.”

Douglas A. Granger, PhD.

Vice Chair, ANRF Board of Directors


Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research (IISBR)
Director, Chancellor’s Professor
University of California Irvine

Kevin Donohue | Morgan Stanley

Kevin Donohue

2nd Vice Chair, ANRF Board of Directors


Morgan Stanley
Vice President


Why Kevin Donohue is involved in ANRF:


“I know that many millions of individuals are affected by arthritis – and that many more will be affected in the future. I’m glad to be part of an organization working to end the suffering of people by funding top research scientists with cutting-edge ideas. Our goal is a cure.”

Jonathan Rose

Treasurer, ANRF Board of Directors


Capital Group

Sally Anne Sheridan | Sotheby's

Hon. Sally Anne Sheridan

Secretary, ANRF Board of Directors


Mayor of Irvine – 1990-92, City of Irvine City Council – 1984-92
Sotheby’s HOM Real Estate Group


Sally Anne Sheridan is involved in ANRF:


As a former nurse, Mrs. Sheridan has a special passion for the work of the Arthritis National Research Foundation (ANRF). “By funding young researchers with cutting-edge ideas, ANRF is putting money to work in the most effective way to find a cure for these debilitating joint diseases,” she said.

Carl Ware, PhD | Arthritis Research

Carl F. Ware, Ph.D.

Chairman, Scientific Advisory Board


SBP Medical Discovery Institute, La Jolla, CA
Director, Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases Center
Professor, Laboratory of Molecular Immunology


Why Carl F. Ware, Ph.D. is involved in ANRF:


Possibilities and challenges are what this researcher, who currently has two important discoveries at various stages of the drug development process, seems to be all about. Dr. Ware hopes that his discoveries will help the 30 to 40 percent of rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn’s sufferers who don’t respond well or at all to the existing TNF based therapies …

Jeffrey Bates

Board Member


Special Counsel Attorney


Jeffrey Bates has been practicing health care law for almost forty years.  His primary focus has been on Medicare and Medi-Cal reimbursement issues, including audits and appeals of audit determinations, compliance, fraud and abuse, and licensing and certification of health care providers.  He practiced in big law firms in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, and as an in-house attorney for a long-term care provider in Pasadena, California and Ft. Smith, Arkansas.  Since he retired from full-time practice in 2013, he has been working part time as a solo practitioner out of his home office in Santa Monica, California.  

Theresa Hansen

Board Member


RISE Partnerships

Human Resource Director

Kelli Matthews

Board Member


University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication

Senior Instructor

Verve Northwest Communications

Managing Director


Kelli Matthews has more than 20 years of public relations experience with a focus on research, planning and strategy. She’s been directly responsible for high-level communication, strategic planning, budget management and leadership for a wide variety of organizations.


Kelli has also been an instructor for more than 15 years and her work with undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism & Communication has required her to stay on the cutting edge of research and practice in public relations. It’s also given her a chance to work with some talented educators and researchers.


Matthews holds a B.A. in Journalism: Public Relations and an M.A. in Communication and Society from the University of Oregon. Her graduate work focused on international public health promotion.

Kelly Rouba-Boyd | New Jersey

Kelly Rouba-Boyd

Board Member


State of New Jersey
Program Officer


Why Kelly Rouba-Boyd is involved in ANRF:


“What impresses me most about the Arthritis National Research Foundation is the sincere compassion demonstrated by both staff and Board members. As someone suffering from severe rheumatoid arthritis, it’s comforting to know that I can always turn to them for support. And on those really tough days, it also gives me hope knowing that they are focused on finding better treatments and ultimately a cure.”

Richard Salter, Jr.

Board Member


The Salter Group

Debbie Sampson

Debbie Sampson

Board Member


Philanthropist and Community Advocate


Why Debbie Sampson is involved in ANRF:


“We all know someone who suffers from some form of arthritis or auto immune disease. It affects millions of people and the hope of a cure is through research. I’m a firm believer in the fact that the young minds are the key to the future success of finding a cure and at ANRF we look for the best research from young scientists to fund. I’m proud to be a part of this.”

Mark Schulten | Wells Fargo Advisors

Mark Schulten

Board Member


TSG Wealth Management
Managing Partner


Why Mark Schulten is involved in ANRF:


“It is a pleasure to be part of an organization that has made such important inroads in the field of arthritis research — especially when I see the degenerative impact of arthritis on so many of my family members.”

Craig Walsh, PhD | UC Irvine

Craig Walsh, Ph.D.

Board Member


University of California, Irvine School of Biological Sciences
Professor, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
Co-Director, Institute for Immunology
Director, Multiple Sclerosis Research Center


Dr. Walsh is an expert in Immunology and his research focuses on the role apoptotic signal transduction plays in the development, activation and homeostasis of the immune system. His lab’s current interests…

Director Emeritus

Travis A. Montgomery


The Queen Mary
Retired Vice President and Chief of Staff


Why Travis Montgomery is involved in ANRF:


“It’s exciting to see how far the Foundation has grown from funding research grants only in California to funding quality research programs at some of the most prestigious research centers in America.”

In Memorium

Gale Morrie Granger, PhD | UC Irvine

Gale A. Granger, Ph.D. (1937-2018)


University of California, Irvine
Professor of Immunology, Retired


Why Gale A. Granger is involved in ANRF:


Early in his career as a researcher at the University of California, Irvine, Dr. Granger received funding from ANRF to study the immunological processes occurring in the tissue destruction observed in Rheumatoid Arthritis. His subsequent findings changed the world’s treatments in many related fields…

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