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

Paula J. Olsiewksi, Ph.D

Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation


Eric Goldstein, CPA, MBA

Chief Risk Officer, Antares Capital, New York, NY


Hon. Ellen Carroll (Ret.)

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

Board Members

Craig Gimbel, DDS

Retired Dentist and Researcher, Denville, NJ

David Hallegua, MD

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

Arnold M. Podolsky, MD, JD (ret)

Mary Ann Poladian

Regional College Readiness Counselor

Randall Sapadin

Founder and CEO, the Maria Coppola Foundation

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.

Scientific Advisors

John D. Reveille, MD

James Rosenbaum, MD

Michael Weisman, MD

Chief Executive Officer

Cassie Shafer

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Spondylitis Association of America

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


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