Over 250 CARRA members and supporters have already registered for the Annual Meeting in Toronto, April 14-17. We are appreciative of the work Executive Director Kelly Mieskalski has done to develop the program with the planning group including Stacey Ardoin, Suzanne Li, and Peter Blier. They have designed a vibrant meeting with a schedule that includes scientific discussions, work group planning, organizational and research updates, networking, and fun.
Becky Bosworth, Meetings and Conventions Manager, Arthritis Foundation has been very involved in the logistics of hotel, food, and transportation. We are grateful for the support.
The Arthritis Foundation recently underwent a strategic and geographic reorganization. They have a new office in Atlanta where we met in January and learned about the new regional division of the United States. Each of these regions is led by a regional vice president, and this team, along with Rick Willis, Senior VP, Strategic Affairs; Laura Marrow, Director, Partnerships Liaison; Cindy McDaniel, Senior VP, Consumer Health; Andrea Ring, Senior Director, Community Help & Support; and Anne Palmer, President and CEO, will be among representatives from AF attending the Toronto meeting. Many of you will be in meetings with all or part of the AF team, and we encourage you to seek them out, discuss CARRA and the difference their support is making, share your experiences working with the local AF teams.