Provide programs and support for those living with lupus, advocate for their needs, and collaborate with other government and lupus organizations to strive toward improving quality of life, and ultimately finding a cure.
Bring awareness in a world where many still do not know what lupus is, nor take it seriously, and allow lupus to finally be recognized and supported by the public and government. Additionally, to provide desperately needed services to those living with lupus, so that no person feels like he or she is fighting alone.
Board of Directors
Patti Casas is the Southern California business owner of Casas Career Search and CCS Resumes and serves as More Than Lupus’ Financial Secretary. Having worked with various nonprofits in the past, she brings a financial savvy and unique understanding of bookkeeping and strategic financial planning to the Board of Directors. While Lupus has not physically affected Patti’s life, it has emotionally affected it as she is Founder Kelli Roseta’s Mom and has been by her side throughout her 28-year Lupus journey. She travels to Portland on a regular basis to assist with events and fundraising and her greatest pride is being Kelli’s mom and Luca’s Nana.
Anita J. Love is from Portland, OR where she graduated high school from St. Mary’s Academy and college from Portland State University with a degree in Speech Communications & Journalism. Over the course of their marriage Anita and her family lived in five states, in which they also raised six foster children. Her professional career includes employment with The Chicago Sun Times, NPR radio WGTE Toledo, OH, United Way of the San Francisco Bay area, NBC Affiliate WNWO, and KATU TV, Portland, OR.
Upon Anita’s return to Portland she was the Program Manager for Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, a Girl Scout Troop created to reduce inter-generational incarceration at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville, OR. Anita’s lupus diagnosis forced her to retire from Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington. Anita has lived with & battled lupus for more than twenty years and at age 66 shows no signs of slowing down with her involvement with More Than Lupus.
When not helping to increase the awareness of SLE Anita enjoys spending time with her three children and ten grandchildren. Anita has many sayings about lupus and her most favorite is “I may have lupus but lupus does NOT have me.” Anita finds much joy in being one of the oldest More Than Lupus support members and says it’s rewarding to be able to share her journey of balancing life, family, career and juggling being a daughter, woman, wife, mother and best lupus advocate she can be!
Nick Roseta is a Portland, OR native. Whether in his personal or professional life, one of Nick’s greatest strengths is connecting with people on an authentic level and developing and maintaining long-term relationships. Nick has been a Certified Porsche Brand Ambassador since May of 2011, but has been in the automotive industry off and on over a span of 17 years. He received the 2014 and 2017 Porsche Sales Excellence Award “Top 100 Worldwide.” When he is not working, he spends time with his wonderful wife, Kelli and their son, Luca. Nick’s involvement with helping the lupus community began the moment Kelli shared with him her personal story with lupus. It is his goal to help in anyway he can, not only to improve his wife's life, but anyone suffering with this devastating illness. Through his business and marketing experience, diverse clientele connections, and love for event planning, he is able to apply these attributes to his role at More Than Lupus and hopefully, make a difference.
Ana Bick RN, BSN
Ana Bick is originally from Southern California and spent seven years of her childhood in Mexico. She has been in Portland, Oregon for over ten years and now calls it home with her husband, two young sons and small yorkie dog. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Biology in 2004. After this, she worked at Amgen, Inc. doing molecular cloning research for five years until deciding for a career and life change to focus on more direct people care. She entered the University of Portland nursing program graduating with a degree in 2012. She has worked at OHSU Comprehensive Pain clinic, Nursingale (a non-profit company caring for medically fragile children) and is currently employed by Vancouver Public schools as a school nurse.
Ana has had Lupus for over 10 years and dealt with the struggles and triumphs of some challenging milestones in her life like finishing school, trying to find a job and having a family. Nursing has helped develop her strength in empowering others, assisting with advocating for their care, and emphasizing education for self advocacy. She believes in promoting self care not only physically but also healing the spirit and the mind.. She is excited to be more involved with More than Lupus as the group has always been there each step of the way. Ana will always be as transparent and honest in all her interactions with everyone.
HONORARY ADVISORY MEMBERS
Dr. Lisa Shadburn, PhD, RPT-S
Shannon Prestella, MFA, BA