Cheryl Koehn

Cheryl is a national arthritis advocate, a community leader and a published author. In November 2000, Cheryl founded Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) and its JointHealth™ family of programs.

As a 23-year survivor of rheumatoid arthritis, Cheryl brings the arthritis consumer's perspective to ACE, and to decision-making processes at government, research institutions, not-for-profit and for-profit organizations across Canada and internationally.

Cheryl has served on provincial and national committees and been a standard bearer for the inclusion of people with arthritis in all decision-making processes related to the field of arthritis. Her remarks from the floor during the final Arthritis 2000 plenary session have been widely recognized as the catalyst for the creation of the Canadian Arthritis Network (CAN). She is an invited speaker at National and International arthritis and health-related conferences as a leading arthritis advocate in Canada.

In May 1999, Cheryl became the consumer representative on CAN's management and research and development committee, and was elected chair of its Consumer Advisory Council (CAC). She was re-elected co-chair of this volunteer council in September 2002. She served as a consumer community representative on the CAN Partnerships and Sustainability Committee and along with her Aboriginal colleague, Joyce Greene, spearheaded the development of CAN's Aboriginal Research Initiative, the first of its kind in Canada.

Cheryl’s other committee memberships include:
  • Member organization representative, Alliance for the Canadian Arthritis Program
  • Co-Founder and member organization representative, Best Medicines Coalition
  • Co-chair, Summit on Standards for Arthritis Prevention and Care
  • Current and two-time Chair and Member organization representative, Better Pharmacare Coalition
  • Developer of the 2009-2010 National Arthritis Awareness Program, a partnership between ACE and The Arthritis Society
In addition to these, Cheryl and her ACE colleagues regularly represent the views of Canadians living with arthritis at governments across Canada.

Along with co-authors Dr. John Esdaile and Taysha Palmer, Cheryl Koehn authored Rheumatoid Arthritis: PLAN TO WIN, published by Oxford University Press and in bookstores in January 2002.

Kelly Lendvoy

Kelly is responsible for aligning and integrating internal and external communication strategies for patients, stakeholders and governments.

Kelly brings more than 20 years experience working in corporate communications and public affairs with both agencies and private sector clients in Vancouver and Toronto, leading integrated teams on complex projects to manage critical issues, enhance corporate reputation, raise brand awareness and establish thought leadership.

Most recently, Kelly served as Vice-President, Communications with H+K Strategies, one of the world’s leading public relations, public affairs and strategic communications agencies where he led major corporate communications initiatives for leading national clients across a multitude of industries, with a focus on healthcare.

As a senior strategist, Kelly draws upon his background in issues and crisis management and coalition advocacy and is credited with creating innovative communications methods and successful government relations and stakeholder relations programs for healthcare clients, including Arthritis Consumer Experts, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, Better Pharmacare Coalition, Rick Hansen Foundation, BC Coalition of Osteoporosis Physicians and Canadian Society of Intestinal Research.

Victoria Kline

Anita is responsible for research as part of the development and implementation of communications and public affair strategies. She plays a large role in media and social media outreach. She also coordinates special event plans and programs and is responsible for creative input into program design and implementation.

Peter Mitchell

Peter is a freelance graphic designer. He creates all visuals for the JointHealth™ website and programs, including print and online editions of JointHealth™ monthly, and is the guiding force behind the graphic appearance of JointHealth™ programs.

Peter has been a designer for more than thirty years, and has a diverse portfolio; his clients have included multi-national corporations and small non-profit organizations.

Daryl Fernquist

Daryl Fernquist, Fern Web Design Services, is responsible for managing functionality of the JointHealth™ website and online communications.

Daryl has been in the web design and hosting business since 1996, and plays an important role in keeping online JointHealth™ programs and communications up-to date and accessible.