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.
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.
Catherine Singleton, Patient Care Specialist | Kansas City
Catherine joined the MGA as Patient Care Specialist in July 2022. She comes to MGA with a magnitude of nonprofit experience. And looks forward to cultivating relationship with MG patients, volunteers & medical professionals. When she’s not working at MGA you can find her playing sand volleyball, playing board games with her 4 kids or on a yoga mat.
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.