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​Meet the Team

Allison Foss, Executive Director

Allison Foss joined the Myasthenia Gravis Association as the Executive Director in December 2017.  Allison is no stranger to Myasthenia Gravis; diagnosed at age 5, she is one of those rare MG patients with the MuSK antibody.  Raised in southeastern Iowa, Allison graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Child & Family Services.  Prior to the MGA,  Allison spent 18 years working with and advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities and special needs. She comes to the MGA from Johnson County Developmental Supports where she was a Service Coordinator.

Kami Brendel, Patient Care Specialist

Kami Brendel is a communications professional with a deep commitment to healthcare. A graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, she comes to the Myasthenia Gravis Association with years of experience helping patients in the rare disease community write and share their stories of perseverance and strength to inspire newly diagnosed patients and their loved ones. Formerly Client Services Director and Training Specialist for VPR Patient Outreach Program in Kansas City, Kami is excited to join the Myasthenia Gravis Association and looks forward to both raising awareness about myasthenia gravis and furthering the goals of the association.

Meridith O'Connor, MSW, Program Coordinator | St. Louis

Meridith O’Connor joined the MGA as Program Coordinator of St. Louis, MO in November 2019.  Diagnosed with generalized MG at the age of 13, she has been managing her illness since 2005. Meridith graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in healthcare ethics in 2014 and earned her master’s degree in social work with a concentration in health from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis in 2018. Today, Meridith utilizes both her academic background and personal experience with chronic illness to advocate and support people with invisible disabilities.

​A small, but mighty team, the staff works every day to fulfill the MGA mission. With over 40 years of combined expertise, the MGA staff is equipped to support patients as early as their initial diagnosis and shed light on all the different aspects of this rare, auto-immune disorder. Get to know a little bit about them and their roles at the MGA.​​