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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.

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. In spite of the physical limitations MG has brought forth, Meridith continues to live a very fulfilling life. In 2014, she graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, minor in healthcare ethics, and in 2018, earned her master’s degree in social work with a concentration in health from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Today, Meridith utilizes both her academic background and personal experience with chronic illness to advocate for others and works diligently to support people with invisible disabilities.

Tanya Renner, Program Coordinator | Kansas City

Tanya Renner began as Program Coordinator of Kansas City, MO in September 2018. Tanya previously worked as a Pharmacy Technician and took some time off to spend at home raising her family. Tanya resides in Roeland Park with her husband Mike and three children Cohen (11), Abigail (5), and Jax (1 ).  She is very involved in her church and volunteering at her kids' schools. Tanya’s looking forward to this new opportunity to learn and meet new people. 

​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.​​