Board of Directors

The founding board consists of several people who are currently living with RA.



Barbara Cloues is a clinical psychologist in private practice. She is a very enthusiastic fan of the Washington Redskins. She is devoted to music, the space program where her husband works, and playing with her two Maltese dogs.
Barbara was diagnosed with JRA when she was only 12 years old. She overcomes obstacles and inspires others with her tenacious spirit and patience. You can contact Barbara by emailing


Dana Symons RPF board member


Dana Symons lives in Michigan with her husband, Tom, and works as a marketing manager in the food and beverage industry.  She enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, camping – and just about anything outdoors. She has a passion for learning new things.  Dana was diagnosed with RA at the age of 19, during her first year of college.  Her faith in God is what keeps her going strong and she has become dedicated to finding ways to use her own experiences to encourage others. You can contact Dana by emailing



Kelly Young began the Rheumatoid Arthritis Warrior community in 2009. She is the author of RA Warrior, the most comprehensive website about RA with over 700 pages of information and encouragement about RA. She is passionate about finding ways to make life better for people with Rheumatoid disease.
Kelly was diagnosed with RA in 2006 after many years of periodic flares. The focus of her life is being mother to five children and helping others to know the hope of God’s love. You can contact Kelly by emailing


  • To learn about the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation, please visit our About page or FAQ page.
  • See our list of Advisory Board members.
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