The Friends of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center (UAAC) was founded by Eva M. Holtby in 1997. Mrs. Holtby’s outreach to the Tucson community led to a wide circle of admiring friends drawn to her strong leadership skills and her caring for those in need. It was her steadfast leadership and vision that gave birth to the concept that through education, public awareness and community involvement, organizations like the Friends of the UAAC could build community support and make a significant contribution to improving quality of life for those affected by arthritis. That mission has become the cornerstone for the diversified efforts of the members of the Friends for nearly 20 years. 

Each year, the Friends support the UAAC with a wide variety of activities and interests.

Friends membership includes the following:

Meet the UAAC Researchers Fall Luncheon and Silent Auction

Noted arthritis researchers provide the latest information on the many forms of arthritis.
(held annually in October member discount)

Eva M. Holtby Arthritis Conversations Luncheon

A prominent national or international speaker updates Friends and faculty in February.
(member discount)

Living Healthy With Arthritis Conference

An annual event held each January with workshops dedicated to living well with arthritis, conducted by significant researchers and healthcare providers.
(free to Friends’ members)

Canyon Ranch Breakfast Chat

A lovely morning at the beautiful Canyon Ranch Health Resort with buffet breakfast and an
enlightening speaker.
(held annually in March ~ free to Friends’ members)

The University of Arizona Arthritis Center Update

Bi-annual newsletter provides updates on the Center’s accomplishments and priorities.
(free to Friends’ members)

How to Join

Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center Friends!
To become a member, please click on the link below and print the Membership Registration Form:
Please explore this website to find out more or call (520) 626-7901 for membership information.
Your membership will help the UAAC Friends support the important work of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center.
Thank You!
UAAC Friends' Board Members:
Lisa Gustafson
Nancy Kwoh
Sarah Lee-JoVon
Nina Mamula
Toni Coleman-Miller
Maggie Moreland
Tim Nakasawa
Sandra Reiter
Gail Riggs, Interim Chair
Yesenia Varamonte
Catherine Welty
Marcia Wolf