Rebecca Gillett, MS OTR/L has hosted 53 episodes.
Rebecca was diagnosed at age 26 with rheumatoid arthritis. She also has osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease. 18 years later – after hundreds of injections, 15 surgeries, and becoming a licensed occupational therapist – she is happy to be working at the Arthritis Foundation to educate and raise awareness about what it's like living with arthritis.
Julie Eller has hosted 48 episodes.
Julie was diagnosed with arthritis at 7 years old. Like Rebecca, she has been living with arthritis for 18 years. Julie talks about the ups and downs, including her worst days when she needed an ambulatory wheelchair, to her most resilient ones when she biked 525 miles down the California coast. Julie loves working at the Arthritis Foundation and elevating the patient voice.
Steven Taylor has hosted 1 episode.
Steve joined the Arthritis Foundation in February 2021. In his role, Steve is in charge of helping accelerate scientific discoveries, improve quality of life for arthritis patients and address access to care issues, as well as oversee our finance operations.
Steve comes to us from the Sjögren’s Foundation (SF), where he most recently served as the organization’s chief executive officer. Since joining SF in 2003, Steve worked to make Sjögren’s a household name, increasing awareness among the general public and health care professionals.
Steve led SF through major strategic initiatives, including development of the first ever Clinical Practices Guidelines for Sjögren’s, giving physicians a roadmap on how to treat, manage and monitor their patients. Steve was instrumental in tripling SF’s fundraising budget, introducing new avenues of individual giving and amplifying their signature fundraising events.
Since his childhood, Steve has been devoted to worthy causes, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s telethon and American Heart Association’s Jump Rope Heart program. He has also served in staff leadership positions at the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society and in 2019, served as volunteer chair of the National Health Council board of directors.
Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston University and received his executive MBA from Auburn University in 2013. He lives in northern Virginia and is the proud father of three sons.
“I am humbled by the patients we serve and their fortitude to challenge the life-altering effects of arthritis,” says Steve. “I am honored to be a part of their story as we all work together to champion the fight against arthritis.”
Courtney Wells, PhD, MSW, MPH, LGSW has hosted 1 episode.
Courtney Kellerman Wells, PhD, MSW, MPH, LGSW, is assistant professor and field coordinator at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, specializing in the psychosocial aspects of chronic illness and disability, social work in healthcare, adolescent development and qualitative research. As a social worker who grew up with juvenile arthritis, she has personal experience with mental health challenges and is now a researcher who focuses on mental health during times of transition. She is also an Arthritis Foundation volunteer, advocate and a true Champion of Yes!