Meet Our Board

The Spondylitis Association’s volunteer Board of Directors is made up of recognized leaders across many areas of expertise. They represent the broad diversity of our membership and contribute significant amounts of time, talent, and energy to further the mission of the organization.



Charlotte K. Howard

Retired Public Affairs Advisor, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Houston, TX

"Being on the board of directors of SAA is my way of giving back to the organization that was there for me when I needed information and support. I am excited to be leading the volunteer board during this period of growth – supporting a larger patient community, reaching a greater number of the undiagnosed, and funding more of the vitally important research that may one day lead to a cure."

Vice Chair

Michael Pianin, Esq

Pianin and Associates, P.C., Scottsdale, AZ

"Understanding the devastating effect this disease can have on people's lives, I'm proud to help SAA's efforts to work to find a cure."


Leslie Kautz, CFA

Principal at Angeles Investment Advisors LLC, Santa Monica, CA

"I joined SAA's Board because I wanted to join in its passion and creativity for making life better for people with AS."


Eric Goldstein, CPA, MBA

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, New York, NY

Board Members

Hon. Ellen Carroll (Ret.)

United States Bankruptcy Judge, Central District of California, Los Angeles, CA

Craig Gimbel, DDS

Retired Dentist and Researcher, Denville, NJ

"It definitely takes a great organization, delivering superior performance, to make a great impact. That sounds like SAA!"

David Hallegua, MD

Rheumatologist specializing in clinical research, patient care and teaching, Los Angeles, CA

"SAA is a beacon of hope to achieve better therapies and a cure for all patients affected by spondyloarthritis. There is no better cause than SAA for me to support in order to improve the lives of patients with arthritis."

Paula J. Olsiewksi, Ph.D

Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Dr. Olsiewski directs the Microbiology of the Built Environment Program and the Synthetic Biology Initiative. From 2000-2010, she directed the Biosecurity Program.

John D. Reveille, MD

Linda and Ronny Finger Foundation Distinguished Chair in Neuroimmunologic Disorders
Division Director, Professor, Vice-Chair - Rheumatology and Clinical Immunogenetics
Chair of SAA's Medical and Scientific Advisory Board

Randall Sapadin

Founder and CEO, the Maria Coppola Foundation

(named in honor of my daughter who suffers from AS)

“Quality Life, Faith and Laughter; For One and For All.”

Laurie Savage

Executive Director, SAA (nonvoting)

Robert Ulrich, Pharm.D., BCPS

Clinical Research Scientist, Abbott Laboratories

"Working with SAA enables me to participate in an organization dedicated to bring about a positive change. Coming from a family suffering with AS, their lives have been impacted through education and research. To be engaged in this process which has helped my family as well as many others is humbling but oh so necessary."

Honorary Board Members

Jane Bruckel, BSN, RN

Co-Founder of SAA, first President of the Board of Directors and the first Executive Director.

Harry Bruckel, CPA

Volunteer accounting consultant from SAA’s inception through 2005.

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Spondylitis Association of America

PO Box 5872
Sherman Oaks, CA 91413


Toll Free Hotline

(800) 777-8189 U.S. only
or (818) 892-1616

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