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Our Team.

Our Board of Directors, staff and Medical Advisory Board bring immense experience in a wide range of fields.

Our Board of Directors includes a hepatologist, an attorney, patient leaders, and other experts who are advancing our mission.

Our first staff member joined us in early 2020, and we are expanding our programming significantly thanks to a dedicated team member.

Our Medical Advisory Board includes specialists in hepatology as well as other fields related to the treatment and care of autoimmune hepatitis patients.

Craig Lammert, M.D.

Executive Director

Craig Lammert, M.D., a clinician investigator who focuses on autoimmune hepatitis (AIH), is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and also serves as the executive director for the Autoimmune Hepatitis Association. The aim of his research in AIH is to better understand the genetic and environmental contributions to AIH and how these could modify outcomes of AIH patients. Dr. Lammert is the principal investigator of the Genetic Repository of Autoimmune Liver Disease and Contributing Exposures (GRACE) Study, a program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to build a database of AIH patients that includes disease details, genetic samples, and environmental exposures.. He is an innovator in the recruitment of AIH patients using social media and is well-connected to the autoimmune liver disease field as an active member of the International Autoimmune Hepatitis Group. He also is a co-investigator in autoimmune liver disease drug trials and multicenter studies.

"The Autoimmune Hepatitis Association is a vital resource for patients and families affected by AIH. We provide disease education and support but also offer opportunities for patients to connect with—and learn from—one another. As an advocacy organization, we also seek to advance research by bringing together patients, clinician scientists, and drug companies, all in hopes of eventually driving new treatments that improve the quality of life for patients living with this rare disease."

Luke Britt

Executive Member, General Counsel

Luke volunteers with the Autoimmune Hepatitis Association as both a legal counsel and a board member.  He holds a doctor of law degree from the University of Detroit and a master of business administration degree from University of Indianapolis. He currently works as a public official and attorney for the state of Indiana and lives in Indianapolis.

"I enjoy playing a supporting role in the AIHA and helping facilitate a resource for an underserved medical community. It is satisfying to know that a rare disease such as autoimmune hepatitis is receiving attention."

Lisa Devereaux

Executive Member, Secretary/Treasurer

Lisa has been a recruiter for the University of Texas Medical Branch for 12 years. Her first career was in medical research with Baylor College of Medicine, and she has used the technical and academic knowledge from that career to gain a deeper understanding of the needs of the medical professionals she provides recruitment services to now. She has a bachelor's degree in biology from Baylor University. 

 

When first diagnosed with AIH in 2013, she found the Autoimmune Hepatitis Support Group on Facebook. It was the support she found there that inspired her to help others, first as a group moderator, and later as a founding member of the AIHA.

Andrew Eye

Board Member

Andrew’s executive and entrepreneurial experience spans over 20 years in B2C and B2B for startups and Fortune 500 companies. Andrew founded and sold three technology companies and today is the CEO and Founder of ClosedLoop.ai - Healthcare’s Data Science Platform. ClosedLoop makes it easy and affordable for healthcare organizations to use data science to improve quality and reduce costs.

 

Prior to founding ClosedLoop, Andrew co-founded the mobile software company Boxer. Boxer developed mobile productivity software for individuals and large corporations. Boxer's flagship email product was downloaded by millions of users and received significant industry praise for its exceptional user interface, including a 2015 Webby Nomination as one of the top 5 productivity applications in the world. Boxer was purchased by VMWare (one of the top 10 largest software companies in the world) in 2015.

Andrew graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virgina Tech with a degree in management information technology. Andrew lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, two daughters, and champion “Dock Dog” Sophie.

Veronica Williams

Board Member

Veronica has worked in higher education for 17 years, providing enrichment and holistic support to students and colleagues. She has high-caliber leadership experience in strategic planning, program design, policy development, and operations management within a broad spectrum of the higher education environment. Veronica is currently serving as the Director of Academic Advising at Indiana University Northwest.

 

She is a Ph.D. candidate in the educational leadership program at Indiana State University and earned her master of science in student personnel administration from Buffalo State College.

 

As a new board member, Veronica vows to remain committed to being a patient advocate to individuals diagnosed with AIH by helping connect them with essential resources, support, and education.

Board of Directors.

 
 

Staff.

Erin Anderson

Director of Programs and Advancement

The AIHA hired its first employee, Erin Anderson, in early 2020. Erin had served on our board for two years before accepting the role of Director of Programs and Advancement. In her new position, she is developing our educational initiatives, fostering programs that provide support to families, expanding our collaborations with researchers, and growing our organization to better meet the needs of patients. Erin brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of communications, fundraising, nonprofit strategy, and marketing. She has spent the past 15 years in the nonprofit sector, most recently at the University of Minnesota Foundation, where she primarily worked on fundraising initiatives for the medical school. 

 

Erin graduated at the top of her class from the University of Missouri-Columbia with degrees in journalism and political science. She spent the first part of her career working as a newspaper reporter before finding her true passion in nonprofit work. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her husband and young children. 

 

"I’m thrilled to work for the AIHA, an organization that supports a cause that is so personal to me. When I was first diagnosed with AIH, the AIHA was the only place I could find information about the disease specifically geared for patients. The organization helped me understand the disease and become a better advocate for myself. I’m excited to grow our organization and provide even more meaningful support and education for families."

 

Medical Advisory Board.

David Assis, M.D.

Yale School of Medicine

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Therese Bittermann, M.D.

University of Pennsylvania

"Clinical researchers depend immensely on patients’ perspective to better understand what important questions should be asked. Patient advocacy organizations like the AIHA can help inform where new research is most needed. This is particularly important for rare diseases, such as autoimmune hepatitis."

Naga Chalasani, M.D.

Indiana University School of Medicine

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John Eaton, M.D.

Mayo Clinic

"I am excited to volunteer on the Medical Advisory Board to help advocate for those affected by autoimmune hepatitis, deliver quality patient-centered information, and advance our approaches toward treating those with this condition."

Samer Gawrieh, M.D.

Indiana University School of Medicine

"I am thrilled to be part of the Medical Advisory Board for the AIHA as the AIHA continues to be an amazing source of valuable education for patients with AIH, their families, and physicians. Since its inception, the AIHA has created an exciting and vibrant community that supports and advocates for patients with AIH. It has also created new important resources that enable research in AIH."

Cynthia Levy, M.D.

University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

"New and better treatments for AIH are sorely needed. Not all patients respond completely to available medical therapy, and even those who respond often have side effects, sometimes requiring drug discontinuation. In addition, patients face the possibility of relapse once drugs are withdrawn. Ideally we should be able to develop and offer more targeted and better tolerated therapies to our patients."

Steven O'Hara, Ph.D.

Mayo Clinic

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Jean Pappas Molleston, M.D.

Indiana University School of Medicine

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Anne Mary Montero, Ph.D.

Indiana University School of Medicine

"I am excited to serve on the AIHA Medical Advisory Board and contribute to the community actively working to advance research, advocacy, and support for people living with autoimmune hepatitis. As a health psychologist, I appreciate the opportunity to better understand how patients and families cope with this condition, including ways it can affect patients and people they love in terms of both symptoms and quality of life.  I feel deeply honored to come alongside people as they navigate both medical and other intersecting life challenges, and look forward to the opportunity to work with the Autoimmune Hepatitis Association."

Raj Vuppalanchi, M.D.

Indiana University School of Medicine

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Howard Waksman, M.D.

Deborah Heart and Lung Center

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Ethan Weinberg, M.D.

University of Pennsylvania

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