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Meet the Team

From the humble beginnings of three friends believing in changing the conversation of what life with Lupus looks like, The Lupe Ends Here (TLEH) Foundation began to take shape. TLEH is actively working towards developing a strong sense of community made up of those personally affected by lupus, as well as those who may not even know what an autoimmune disease is. We believe you don’t need a diagnosis to be part of the solutions and that together, as a community, we can change how life with lupus is viewed, researched, and experienced!


The Lupe Ends Here is a 501c3 Non-profit organization based in San Diego.

There are effective strategies to manage your health after diagnosis so you can continue conquering life!

-TLEH

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Jessica Manning is a native San Diegan with a passion for advocacy and community development. She obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2013 from SDSU and is currently pursuing her licensure to become a LCSW. 

 

Her range of experience includes working with adults with developmental disabilities, community organizing with Peace Corps Ghana 2016-2018, and facilitating end of life supports and services for those on hospice. She is excited to be a founding member of The Lupe Ends Here Foundation and looks forward to redefining the ways in which people living with Lupus and other autoimmune diseases are engaged within the greater San Diego community.  

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Born in San Diego, Dieanira Erudaitius is passionate about bridging the gap between scientific advances and actual patient needs. She obtained her Ph.D. in Bioengineering in 2017 from UC Riverside. 

 

Her experience ranges from scientific bench work to computational modeling of complex diseases. With a particular interest in lupus and other autoimmune diseases, Dieanira looks forward to developing patient-driven tools, serving as a liaison, and creating a new landscape that provides a transformative approach for research within the greater San Diego community.

Adam Lucier is a San Diego transplant with a steadfast commitment towards making the world a happier, healthier home.

 

He joins the team with a background in event coordination, and a passion for health and fitness. In his words, he is "STOKED" to be a founding member of The Lupe Ends Here Foundation and can't wait to bring the San Diego community together to raise awareness and resources for those affected by SLE.

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Jessica Manning is a native San Diegan with a passion for advocacy and community development. She obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work in 2013 from SDSU and is currently pursuing her licensure to become a LCSW. 

 

Her range of experience includes working with adults with developmental disabilities, community organizing with Peace Corps Ghana 2016-2018, and facilitating end of life supports and services for those on hospice. She is excited to be a founding member of The Lupe Ends Here Foundation and looks forward to redefining the ways in which people living with Lupus and other autoimmune diseases are engaged within the greater San Diego community.  

Born in San Diego, Dieanira Erudaitius is passionate about bridging the gap between scientific advances and actual patient needs. She obtained her Ph.D. in Bioengineering in 2017 from UC Riverside. 

 

Her experience ranges from scientific bench work to computational modeling of complex diseases. With a particular interest in lupus and other autoimmune diseases, Dieanira looks forward to developing patient-driven tools, serving as a liaison, and creating a new landscape that provides a transformative approach for research within the greater San Diego community.

Adam Lucier is a San Diego transplant with a steadfast commitment towards making the world a happier, healthier home.

 

He joins the team with a background in event coordination, and a passion for health and fitness. In his words, he is "STOKED" to be a founding member of The Lupe Ends Here Foundation and can't wait to bring the San Diego community together to raise awareness and resources for those affected by SLE.

Why the Wolf & Butterfly?

You may have noticed that the TLEH logo is a combination of a wolf and a butterfly, but why? We pulled inspiration from the history of lupus. Dating back to the 4th century, it was believed that lupus originated from wolves because the common skin rash of lupus resembled wolf bites.      Lupus, Latin term for wolf, was thus forever associated with the disease. The facial malar rash is also commonly referred to as the “butterfly rash” and is one of the classic presentations of the disease. 

 

Take a look at the video to see how artist Ivan Preciado brought our vision to life. 


[a] Norman, R. (2016). The History of Lupus Erythematosus and Discoid Lupus: From Hippocrates to the Present. Lupus Open Access 1:102.

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