Meet the Staff

Our internal team is made up of a diverse group of professionals with a wide range of expertise in nonprofit management, fund development, program development and evaluation, financial management, technology solutions, communications strategies, and more. Together, we aim to provide responsive programs and services of the highest quality to the spondylitis community.

SAA receives no government funding and relies on the generous donations from individuals to create and maintain the programs and services aimed at improving the futures of the 2.7 million Americans affected by spondylitis and its family of related diseases.


SAA’s talented staff is a major reason the organization has been able to impact the lives of so many people dealing with one of the various forms of spondylitis. Here are the people that make it all happen.

Laurie Savage, MS, FLE
Executive Director

Richard Howard, MBA
Associate Executive Director

Diann Peterson, CFRE
Associate Executive Director

Elin Aslanyan
Programs Director / Editor-in-Chief, Spondylitis Plus

Robin Kindrick
Executive Associate

Erich Eilenberger
Digital Communications Specialist

Helene Hart
Membership Associate

Linda Powell
Administrative Associate

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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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