ISELIN, N.J., May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Arthritis Foundation, New Jersey Chapter (AF-NJ) welcomes its new President, Lorna Krkich, who assumed her duties on April 26. She succeeds nine-year Chapter President, Dennis Hirschfelder, who will retire at the end of May. He will remain associated with the organization in a fundraising capacity.
"We are thrilled to have Lorna begin leading the Foundation. Her track record proves that she has the skills and dedication to advance the cause of arthritis patients across the state," said Zvi Eiref, volunteer Chairman of the Board of Directors, AF-NJ and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Church & Dwight, Inc.
Before joining AF-NJ, Krkich served for the past fifteen years with the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the last five as Executive Director of the Northern New Jersey area, based in Somerset, New Jersey. She also developed important advocacy relationships with corporate and retail audiences, broadening the Association's message and therefore, its impact in the communities it serves.
Krkich's achievements include initiating a Leadership Council composed of business leaders to help lead Association efforts; a cultural diversity program that ensured representation for all patients in chapter planning and programming; and executing the second-largest Diabetes Expo in the country, which attracted 3,000 attendees in its first year.
Before joining the ADA New Jersey affiliate, Krkich worked as Affiliate Executive Director at the ADA's Northern New England Affiliate and as Chapter Director for the San Jose, California Chapter, as well. She is an honors graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz and now lives in Flemington, NJ.
"I am excited to take on the challenges of the AF-NJ and to continue to create a climate of patient advocacy and arthritis awareness in the state. Arthritis is reaching epidemic proportions across this country, with over two million New Jerseyans affected by arthritis and other rheumatic disease. We owe it to the people of this state to contribute to their quality of life through programming, funding research and disseminating important resources and information. I am proud to help lead this effort," said Krkich.
The Arthritis Foundation is the only nationwide, nonprofit health organization helping people take greater control of arthritis by leading efforts to prevent, control and cure arthritis and related diseases. Arthritis affects over one in three adults, two million in NJ, and is not a normal condition of age. People with arthritis must take early action, getting a diagnosis from a physician and using a physician's treatment plan to prevent this progressive, debilitating disease from impacting their quality of life. AF-NJ is the central resource for information about physician referrals and physical/educational programs in New Jersey. For more information about arthritis or the Arthritis Foundation, New Jersey Chapter, call 888-467-3112 or visit http://www.arthritis.org/.
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