As an educator, clinician, and researcher, Dr. von Scheven says, “I feel privileged to be invited to serve on the board of directors of the ACR. The breadth and depth of the organization’s initiatives are admirable, and as a member of the board I hope to learn more about these programs. I look forward to bringing my expertise and experience as a pediatric rheumatologist, clinician, and clinical investigator to the development of the next phase of the organization’s growth.”
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Lori Cyr is the practice coordinator for occupational therapy for the Arthritis and Neuromusculoskeletal Programs at Vancouver Coastal Health, in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is also clinical assistant professor with the University of British Columbia’s department of occupational science and occupational therapy.
A proud Canadian who has been an ARHP member since 1992, she is always happy to share a Canuck perspective. “I am honored to be joining the executive committee this year, having thoroughly enjoyed both the work and the people I have met through volunteering with ARHP,” says Cyr. “I am so impressed with the range and responsiveness of the association’s educational offerings to members and am happy to be back. I’m looking forward to being stimulated and challenged—and rewarded—by the work of this group.”
Elizabeth A. Schlenk, PhD, RN, is associate professor of nursing at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches and conducts research. Her research program is focused on adherence to physical activity regimens in older adults with comorbid chronic disorders. She has a particular interest in osteoarthritis of the knee, which is a barrier to physical activity. She currently has a grant funded by the NIH to investigate an intervention to promote physical activity in older adults with osteoarthritis of the knee and comorbid hypertension. She teaches graduate courses in research and chairs PhD dissertation committees and DNP capstone committees. She has been an active member of ARHP since 1998, most recently serving as the ARHP liaison to the ACR REF Scientific Advisory Council.
“The ARHP is a dynamic interdisciplinary professional organization that provides multiple opportunities for learning and networking,” says Dr. Schlenk. “ARHP members are committed to improving the care and treatment of persons with rheumatic diseases through practice and research. I look forward to serving on the ARHP executive committee as the member-at-large, finance and liaison to the ACR Finance Committee, gaining insight into current and upcoming initiatives of the ACR and ARHP.”
Robert R. McLean, DSc, MPH, is a musculoskeletal disease epidemiologist at the Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. McLean has been an active participant in the ARHP research community for the past six years, and has presented research methodology workshops at the ACR/ARHP Annual Scientific Meeting for each of those years. As a member of the ARHP Research Committee since 2008, he has helped develop web-based tools for rheumatology researchers and served as chair of the Clinical Care in the Rheumatic Disease Task Force. For 2012, Dr. McLean will join the ARHP executive committee as chair of the ARHP Research Subcommittee.