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


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 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 PhD in Medical Immunology at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. 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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Trudy Foland

Program Specialist


Trudy Foland comes to the ANRF team after a successful career in account management and product marketing.  Her work is focused on supporting and developing research and educational activities through engagement on Social Media and Digital Marketing platforms as Programs Specialist. Trudy believes strongly in the mission of the Foundation and in finding cures for Arthritis and Autoimmune Diseases. She has family members with autoimmune diseases and knows that cutting-edge research at ANRF is the key to breakthroughs and discoveries. Trudy has recently completed her Digital Marketing education at University of California, Irvine with a subspecialty in Project Management. In her off hours, Trudy enjoys a different type of creativity in the form of painting, with an emphasis in mixed media.  She can often be found carrying around a good book to read or simply one to sketch in because we can never know where inspiration will come from next.


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Caitlin Morrison, MPA

Director of Development


Caitlin came on board as the Director of Development with ANRF in August, 2019. She brings several years of experience working with national non-profit organizations developing relationships with constituents and corporate partners. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with an organization dedicated to curing arthritis and other auto-immune disorders. She has witnessed the difficulties of friends and family members who suffer from such conditions and has seen how the development of innovative treatments can transform lives for the better. While she lacks the scientific know how to develop cutting edge treatments, her position with ANRF allows her to live by the motto- those who can’t do raise money for those who can.


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