The Friends of the University of Arizona Arthritis Center (UAAC) organization 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 the past 25 years. Each year, contributions from the Friends support the UAAC's wide variety of activities and interests.

Charitable gifts to the University of Arizona Arthritis Center of $100 or more annually place individuals on the Friends of the Arthritis Center membership roster. Friends receive invitations to multiple Arthritis Center special events throughout the year and are included in the live studio audience programming for all UAAC events and programs. For further information, please email

UAAC Friends' Board Members:
Linda Andrews
Nancy Ermoian
Lisa Gustafson
Nancy Kwoh, Chair
Loretta Pedraza
Tracy Shake (UAAC Representative)