Conquer Myasthenia Gravis is led by a volunteer board of trustees and supported by a knowledgeable staff.
Board of Trustees
Conquer Myasthenia Gravis trustees all have direct experience with MG. Officers’ terms are two years and members’ terms are one, two or three years. The board meets regularly to direct Conquer MG’s strategy, programs, finances and goals. They are a dedicated and caring group, committed to serving the needs of MG patients. Comments to the board may be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Rosecrans – Chair
Board of TrusteesBob joined the Conquer MG Board in June 2014. Diagnosed with MG in 2002, he’s done the roller coaster ride of medications, IVIG therapy, hospitalization and finally a thymectomy. Bob lives in Glen Ellyn and is very grateful to his wife Marlene for her support. He serves as lab director and educator for NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Department of Pathology. “I believe in the mission of MGF of IL and want to help and support members of our community."
Edward Rickert – Vice-Chair
Board of TrusteesEd joined the board shortly after attending a Conquer MG educational seminar in 2010. His daughter had been diagnosed with MG the previous year. Using information from the event, she found the medical intervention she needed and experienced dramatic and lasting improvement in her health. Retired since 2011, Ed has worked in the behavioral healthcare field as a counselor and administrator. He lives in McHenry with his wife Cherie.
Laura Austin – Treasurer
Board of TrusteesLaura joined the board in 2015.
Tammy Carter – Secretary
Board of TrusteesA native of Munster, Indiana, Tammy balances the roles of wife, mom, foster parent, chauffer, cook, fundraiser and more. She regularly experiences “not enough time in the day” with three children active in band and sports, and knows how MG can complicate the mix. While husband Ernest cheers her on, Tammy is chief cheerleader for the rest of the family and is active in spreading MG awareness.
Anne Flanz – Board Member
Board of TrusteesAfter retiring from her marketing research firm, Anne was elected to the MGF of Illinois board in December 2013. She first learned about MG 30 years ago when her son was diagnosed with the disease. "I appreciate that this organization serves the MG community in the short term by offering patients and their families educational and support resources. And it provides longer term benefits in funding scientific research to better diagnose, treat and hopefully find a cure."
Tiffany Rivera – Board Member
Board of TrusteesTiffany joined the board in 2015.
Peggy Cashman – Trustee Emeritus
Board of TrusteesPeggy (shown here with husband Jack) wrote the book on MG…literally. She authored The Mystery Guest, MG: A Personal Plan for Dealing with a Chronic Illness which details her journey with MG and provides a plan for dealing with chronic illness. Peggy is a long-time Elmhurst resident, and served on the Conquer MG board for many years. Her knowledge and volunteer spirit make her the perfect MG ambassador.
James Griffith – Trustee Emeritus
Board of TrusteesJim has provided faithful support to MG patients through his board service since 2005. Retired since 2009, he spent 53 years working in the insurance industry. Now he embraces the MG mission, noting, “I hope someday a cure will be found for this disease.” Jim lives in Roselle with his wife; they have a son and daughter-in-law, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
The organization has knowledgeable staff members, led by Executive Director Joan Wincentsen. We are ready to take your call Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time just call us directly at 800.888.6208. Our staff is committed to being the best resource possible for patients and their families, recognizing and respecting the individual patient’s situation and needs.
The people who make up Conquer MG are good listeners, can help you find answers to your questions and understand confidentiality.
Regular StaffJoan joined the staff in 2011 and became executive director in 2013, having served on the board four years prior to that. She has first-hand knowledge of MG symptoms, treatments, and (best of all) remission. “The encouragement I received from others to get back to work and the activities I love was invaluable. I want to offer others the same.” Joan has extensive experience with nonprofits and communication projects.
Information on this page updated June 2016.