Editor's note: In honor of Women's History Month, we're bringing you stories of the women who shaped NPF's past.
Kathleen Gallant developed psoriatic arthritis in 1985 when she was 20. Her condition worsened until she went on disability in 1992. After starting Enbrel (etanercept) in 2004, she felt better – good enough, in fact, to get involved with NPF.
Like most volunteers, Gallant began in her own backyard: She joined a Psoriasis Network Support Group in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 2005. She became their leader in 2008. She served on NPF’s Board of Directors from 2006 to 2015 and worked on two of the board’s subcommittees: governance and outreach.
Gallant advocated with us before Congress on Capitol Hill Day in 2006, 2007 and 2008. She attended the National Volunteer Conference in 2007, 2013 and 2015 and the National Leadership Conference in 2013.
At the 2013 conference in Chicago, Gallant received the Global Health Champion Award for her work with Lars Ettarp, president of the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations, for winning recognition by the World Health Organization of psoriasis as a serious disease. Today she chairs the IFPA Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases.
Gallant, who still lives in Pittsburgh, holds a master’s in Public Administration/Nonprofit Management from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
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For more than 50 years, we’ve been driving efforts to cure psoriatic disease and improve the lives of those affected. But there’s still plenty to do! Learn how you can help our advocacy team shape the laws and policies that affect people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis – in your state and across the country. Help us raise funds to support research by joining Team NPF, where you can walk, run, cycle, play bingo or create your own fundraising event. If you or someone you love needs free, personalized support for living a healthier life with psoriatic disease, contact our Patient Navigation Center. And keep the National Psoriasis Foundation going strong by making a donation today. Together, we will find a cure.