Board of Directors

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

Peggy Francour lives in north central Wisconsin with her husband. They have 4 grown sons, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter who is the light of their life. Grandchild #2 will be joining the family soon. She works at an agency that serves educational needs for schools in Wisconsin. She has 2 siblings and several friends who struggle with rheumatoid disease. She has seen the impact that this disease has on family and wants to be a part of spreading awareness in the hope that someday no one will have to suffer from this disease. She grew up in a large faith-filled family and is very thankful for the life she has been given. She enjoys sewing and reading and loves those rare times when the entire family gets together. You can contact Peggy 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 O'Neill 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


Shannon Young lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two daughters. She works as a principal and counselor in a small charter school and credits her faith in God and the work she gets to do with kids for keeping her going while dealing with this disease. Shannon enjoys time with family and friends, the beach, reading and photography. She was diagnosed in April of 2012 and has unfortunately not found the right combination of meds yet. She is grateful for the connection with other warriors through the RPF and is determined to use her experience to educate others. You can contact Shannon by emailing


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