Lauren Dunlap has always had a passion for advocacy and helping others. As an individual who is affected by Primary Immunodeficiency Disease (PI), which are due to genetic defects in the immune system that an individual is born with, Lauren spends much of her time volunteering and advocating for patients. After being diagnosed with PI in 2010 and feeling the isolation that often follows such a diagnoses, Lauren began volunteering both locally and nationally by educating patients, caregivers and healthcare providers about PI. Lauren wanted to ease the feeling of isolation for patients and to help patients understand that such a diagnoses does not have to control every aspect of ones life.
Lauren attends various Advocacy Days on Capitol Hill throughout the year to educate lawmakers on healthcare policies that affect the patient communities AAIDA serves . She also volunteers with CSL Plasma where she educates donors and staff members about the life-saving medications that plasma donations contribute to.
A native of York, S.C, Lauren received her Bachelors of Arts Degree from Belmont Abbey College and currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. Lauren also obtained a certification as a Prior Authorization Certified Specialist (PACS) with the Accreditation Council of Medical Affairs in order to help patients maneuver and better understand the PA process with insurance companies. Lauren enjoys whitewater rafting, climbing, traveling, spending time on her farm and studying different cultures.
Andrea Anker, principal of Anker Marketing, has over thirty years of in-depth communications, marketing and public relations experience as Marketing Director for a wide range of businesses ranging from the Trade Commission of Spain’s US Tile Promotion Board to the Charlotte Division of Centex Homes, a Fortune 100 company.
Ms. Anker is experienced in all phases of strategic marketing and communications planning and creative problem solving with the ability to maintain a clear perspective of targeted goals. She has a history of proven success in creating strong market recognition plus creating and enhancing community, industry and media relationships.
Diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) in 2010, Ms. Anker has become well acquainted with the immune compromised and autoimmune community, as well as the misinformation and confusion that affects how people respond to them. She is excited about the opportunity of working with AAIDA to create and manage communications strategies including marketing and public relations.