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.



Michael Pianin, J.D.

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

Vice Chair

Eric Goldstein, CPA, MBA

Chief Administrative Officer, Antares Capital, New York, NY


Leslie Kautz, CFA

Principal at Angeles Investment Advisors LLC, Santa Monica, CA


Charlotte K. Howard

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

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

David Hallegua, MD

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

Paula J. Olsiewksi, Ph.D

Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Randall Sapadin

Founder and CEO, the Maria Coppola Foundation (named in honor of my daughter who suffers from AS)

Cassie Shafer

Chief Executive Officer, SAA (non-voting)

Robert Ulrich, Pharm.D., BCPS

Clinical Research Scientist, Abbott Laboratories

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

16360 Roscoe Blvd.  Ste. 100
Van Nuys, CA 91406


Toll Free Hotline

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

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