My name is Amy Anderson. I am 42 years of age, from the village of Santa Rita, and I have a beautiful 16 year old daughter. I am the Executive Director for the Lupus Awareness Group of Guam, and I have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.
I was first diagnosed with Discoid Lupus by a General Practitioner in 2005. I was then properly diagnosed, by a specialist, with SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) in September 2006. I have two other siblings that have also been diagnosed with two different types of Lupus.
It has been a long ongoing, sometimes very challenging, battle for my family and I and there were many times we felt alone. Now with our newly developed support group, getting through the rough times seems a bit easier. We now know that we are not alone! After finding out that there are many others affected with the condition, we wanted to bring the awareness to Guam. After a friends sister contacted me informing me of what they wanted to do, and finding out that we all wanted the same things, I was ecstatic! A friend arranged a meeting with several of us and Congress woman Bordallo. From there, with eight other women, four of us diagnosed with Lupus, our thoughts and plans took off. We created the Lupus Awareness Group of Guam and have been active now for two straight years. Today, we are moving strong… “The Lupus Awareness Group of Guam is an organization dedicated to provide support, increase awareness, and advocate for individuals and their families affected by Lupus, on Guam.” We will continue to strive to provide our community with up to date information and references that can lead us toward a stronger healthier life.
Ms. Cruz’s professional experience has been primarily in the financial services industry. She is currently employed as the Manager for the Programs & Compliance Division of the Guam Economic Development Authority. Current professional affiliation as a member of both the Association of Credit & Collection Professionals Intl. and the Government Revenue Collectors Association.
She has served on a number of community Boards and organizations, among them as Vice President of Finance for the American Institute of Banking, Guam Chapter, as President for the Pacific Jaycees, and now as an Advisor to the LAGG Board of Directors.
Hafa Adai, my name is Lucinda Cruz and I am from the village of Santa Rita. I am 34 years old, married to Johnny Cruz and have a beautiful daughter name Gisele Reese. I am currently employed in the distribution business as a Key Accounts Manager for Beverage Sales. A few activities I enjoy include playing soccer & paddle-boarding. I love to travel, decorate, and spend time with my family.
Along with the things I enjoy, I am a Board Member and a Lupus patient myself. I was diagnosed with Discoid Lupus in 2009. I am blessed to be a part of a wonderful organization and along with this group, I will continue to strive in spreading awareness of Lupus.
Joleen is the wife of Timothy and together they are blessed with two beautiful daughters, Selena and Victoria.
Her advocacy for her sister living with lupus, keeps her dedicated to increasing the awareness of lupus on Guam.
currently employed at a worldwide logistics provider as a sales executive, her knowledge and network allows her to communicate effectively to conquer the mission of the Lupus Awareness Group of Guam.
Currently a member with the National Association of Women in Constuction and the Guam Contractors Association her passion of developing new relationships keeps her inspired on increasing awareness of lupus on Guam.
Her passion for the organization, keeps her inspired on the blessings of touching the lives of others one day at a time.
Loling is from the village of Agana Heights, Guam She is happily married to Harold Field. Together they have three children, a daughter, Karen married to Rick Williamson, two sons, Kelly, and Michael married to Supawadee (Thim) Suponpong. She is blessed with two handsome grandsons, James Sawyer Williamson and William Edward Williamson.
Loling obtained an AS degree at the University of Guam and traded her Nursing certificate for a Banking certificate. She graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School in 2009 and is an officer at the Bank of Guam. Loling has been in banking for 32 years and counting.
Besides being a board member of the Lupus Awareness Group of Guam (LAGG), Loling is quite busy with other community services. She’s a board member of Notre Dame High School, Soroptimist International of the Marianas and assists her parish, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church. On her occasional free time, she enjoys shopping with her sisters, cooking, baking, and gardening and spoiling her pets, Lily, Daisy & Ginger.
Loling’s world changed drastically when she was diagnosed with Lupus (SLE) in April of 2003. Dealing with this chronic illness is very challenging for her. She continues to cope with all obstacles that’s manifested with Lupus. Her families and friends have been her inspiration and support through this journey with Lupus. She lives her life day to day and always looking for a brighter tomorrow.
Lupus Awareness Group of Guam is truly God-sent to Loling. She is actively working with the members of the organization on awareness campaign, fundraising events and forum planning. She is always willing to share her trials and tribulation with those afflicted with Lupus.
Love, Life & Lupus. “Every day holds the possibility of a miracle.” – Unknown
I have been employed with a local financial institution for 25 years. I am married to Paul Q. Pinaula and we have 5 children and 1 grandchild. Being a part of this organization holds special meaning to me because I have 3 of my younger siblings who have different types of Lupus. This organization has taught me the importance and meaning of lupus awareness. For this, I will continue to support the group and be a strong advocate of lupus awareness.
Alicia serves as a Board Director on the Lupus Awareness Group of Guam Board and is the Executive Board Secretary. Alicia also leads the LAGG Fundraising Committee as Chairperson and has spearheaded several successful fundraising events over the last few years. Her involvement in LAGG was through her longtime friendship with LAGG’s chairperson Joann Santos. She was invited to attend a brainstorming session with Joann, Joleen her sister and a few of their longtime friends to discuss the possibility of forming a group to serve as advocates in our community back in 2012. Ideas to form the group were very preliminary and rough but other Board of Directors were named and worked together weekly for many hours a night to formulate LAGG’s mission.
Through these many planning sessions and meeting many people afflicted with the condition of Lupus, Alicia has been greatly inspired to do what she can to assist in LAGG’s mission. Alicia is a full time Admin Hub Manager in the private sector at the world’s leading travel retailer. She also is a member of the International Women’s Club of Guam. Alicia manages to keep her work / life balance with her husband and 2 sons by staying committed to their Catholic faith by attending weekly masses at the Agana Cathedral with her family. She is very active in her 13 year old son’s sport interest of jiu jitsu by ensuring that he makes it to his rigorous training up to 6 days a week and is always in attendance of his tournaments locally and off-island. Her family has recently started aquaponics gardening and will soon have garden to table chemical free organic vegetables.
Joann currently leads the Lupus Awareness Group of Guam as Chairwoman of the organization. It was through the outreach of a few close friends who were diagnosed with lupus and the constant encouragement from her sister that inspired her to form the organization.
In April 2012, she along with five other women, met with Congress Woman Madeline Bordallo to discuss how the disease affects many island residents living with lupus on Guam and to encourage her participation in the Congressional Lupus Caucus, a forum where members of Congress and staff actively engage in discussion on how to improve the quality of life for individuals who are affected by lupus. It was then that the organization was formed.
Joann was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus in March of 2002. She resides in Santa Rita and is married to Melvin who continues to be her biggest supporter especially in trying to cope with the mysterious disease. She enjoys cooking, crafting and spending time with her family and 3 dogs, Hilo, Ozzy and Rucca.