Staff

The Arthritis National Research Foundation Staff is committed to finding a cure for arthritis. As we grow so does the Arthritis National Research Foundation staff. Currently we’re small administratively, but that allows us to ensure that 91 cents of every dollar donated to this organization is placed into research programs. Please take a moment to read about the Arthritis National Research Foundation staff below.

Zaher Nahle, PhD

Zaher Nahle, PhD, MPA

Chief Executive Officer
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Dr. Nahle is an award-winning scientist with interdisciplinary training in biomedical research and public administration. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Arthritis National Research Foundation. Prior to joining ANRF, Dr. Nahle was as the Chief Scientific Officer of a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, a debilitating disease. He oversaw a comprehensive investment program with medical centers and industry partners. He also directed a robust scientific portfolio including peer-review grant programs in basic, translational and epidemiology research as well as specialized biobanking services and Electronic Health Record platforms. That is in addition to numerous medical education, research communication and community engagement initiatives.

 

Dr. Nahle is a frequent speaker at international conferences and serves on panels at federal agencies, including the NIH and the CDC. Earlier in his career, he was on the faculty of leading universities and co-founded a nonprofit organization focused on the disability agenda in Africa. His work is featured in prestigious journals like Science and Nature. He received numerous awards including ones from the American Heart Association (AHA), the Department of Defense (DoD), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)/Genetic Alliance (GA). He holds a PhD in Physiology and Biophysics from Stony Brook University/Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (New York) and an MPA from Harvard University, where he completed a fellowship in public policy and management at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

 

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Terri Bishop

Terri Bishop

Controller

 

Terri Bishop joined the cure arthritis team in January 2018 to streamline the bookkeeping and financial administration. She is passionate about the work at ANRF, having been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) herself. Terri knows first hand the vital importance of research to find new treatments and cures. As a Long Beach local, Terri has deep connections to the waterfront community and is passionate about sailing. She has owned and operated her own business and has a vast experience in operations management and finance. She firmly believes that advances in research is the key to finding a cure that will improve the lives of Millions, including hers. Terri’s professional and life experience has given her a keen sense of focus. She is investing her time and energy in advancing the mission of ANRF.

 

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Stacey-Lee Leijenaar

Research Communications Manager

 

Stacey-Lee Leijenaar is the research communications manager at ANRF. She is uniquely qualified having first completed a degree in Communications and Media before continuing her education in the sciences, obtaining her Mphil at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is currently in the process of submitting her PhD thesis for her doctorate in Immunology. Her role at ANRF has allowed her to pursue a long-held passion – disseminating scientific research and information in a manner which increases its impact within the scientific community and beyond. Improving accessibility and delivering data to a wider audience fosters relationships and collaborative efforts between researchers, clinicians, patients and other role players in the field of arthritis and autoimmune research. Together a cure is possible! In addition to her role at ANRF Stacey teaches Biology and English at the British International College, hoping to inspire and contribute to the next generation that will take up the fight against complex autoimmune diseases through patient-centered research and trusted, credible communications.

 

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Amanda Dove

Program Specialist

 

Amanda Dove is our newest addition to the team. She uses her skills in biochemistry and knowledge of business management to bridge the gap between research and business. She graduated from Juniata College with a degree in biochemistry degree in 2019 and has 5+ years of experience with business management. In her spare time, she enjoys keeping her body healthy by swimming laps and keeping her mind healthy by reading books. With close friends and family who are struggling with arthritis and arthritis related conditions, Amanda is grateful to be working with a foundation doing such important research.

 

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