The Myositis Association is excited to introduce our newest staff member, Tricha Shivas. She joins TMA as Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships.
With an academic background in biomedical ethics, Tricha has spent her career in health care services and administration, working with an organ donation program and coordinating a camping program for children with disabilities. After several years in clinical services, Tricha decided to make a shift into fundraising and moved to the nonprofit WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease where she worked with TMA’s executive director, Mary McGowan.
Tricha first became acquainted with myositis when she worked at the Washington, DC area chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. As Director of Health Care Services and Family Support at this clinic, Tricha saw people with all forms of myositis, and she worked directly with a number of folks with inclusion body myositis.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to work closely again with those in the myositis community as we continue to seek understanding, treatments, and cures,” Tricha says. “This is such a passionate and energized community of patients, caregivers, researchers, and providers, and I look forward to collaborating with everyone.”
“TMA is thrilled to have Tricha join our growing dynamic team,” says Mary McGowan. “We will now have a more dedicated focus on enhancing and building strategic partnerships and raising more money for research, patient support, and other initiatives. Working together in the past, Tricha and I accomplished great things in the fight against heart disease in women, and I am confident the future is very bright for new opportunities and growth for TMA and the myositis community. Making major inroads in finding cures for myositis continues to be our highest priority.”