Meridith O’Connor joined the Myasthenia Gravis Association as the Program Coordinator of St. Louis, MO. Meridith was diagnosed with generalized Myasthenia Gravis at the young age of 13 and 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, Meridith graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in healthcare ethics. In 2018, Meridith earned her master’s degree in social work with a concentration in health from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Meridith has utilized her academic background and personal experience with chronic illness to advocate for others going through similar situations. Meridith also serves as a writer, speaker and entrepreneur in the chronic illness community and works diligently to support people with invisible disabilities. When not busy working, Meridith enjoys spending time with her close friends and family, volunteering for various nonprofits, and daydreaming about all things fashion
Tanya Renner began as the Program Coordinator 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 school. Tanya’s looking forward to this new opportunity to learn and meet new people.
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.
Allison began her partnership with the MGA in 2010 when she initiated the MGA Triple Crown Showdown (formerly the MGA Walk Run and Roll). Allison served on the Board of Directors for the MGA from 2014-2017. Allison brings to the MGA her passion for community spirit and recognition of those in need.