About Us


The Lupus Initiative® (TLI) is a program of the American College of Rheumatology’s Collaborative Initiatives (COIN) Department. COIN staff members include the following:

Sheryl McCalla, JD
Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Sheryl brings two decades of expertise in creating and managing programs that increase diversity and raise awareness of disparities. Prior to beginning her work in the nonprofit sector, Sheryl was a practicing attorney representing a primary-care-focused medical school, individual physicians, and a hospital. Most recently, she has earned a significant and measurably successful track record leading results-driven projects related to health disparities in lupus. Sheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Minnesota and a Doctor of Law from Emory University School of Law where she was a Robert Woodruff Fellow.

Starla Hairston Blanks, MBA, MPH, CPHP
Director, Collaborative Initiatives

Starla Blanks serves as the Director of Collaborative Initiatives for the American College of Rheumatology. Starla brings experience from working in academic, association and community settings on chronic disease management, help-seeking behavior, community health workers, public health practice and health policy to her current position. She is a nationally recognized trainer with certifications in public health practice, adult learning, community organizing, smoking cessation and chronic disease who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, Master’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in non-profit leadership and a graduate degree in public health.

Stacey Boyd, MS
Senior Communications Manager, Collaborative Initiatives

Before joining our team, Stacey worked in the education department at the American College of Rheumatology where she served as Senior Specialist, Annual Meeting Abstracts and Marketing. Prior to beginning her work in the nonprofit sector, Stacey established a long record of accomplishment in creating and leading integrated marketing campaigns in the corporate space. Stacey holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville; and is a member of the American Society of Association Executives.

Robin Campbell, MA, MS
Senior Specialist, Project Manager

Robin brings project management and education expertise to the COIN team. She started her career as a civil and construction project engineer, during which she planned projects and managed subcontractors for aviation and wastewater-related construction projects. Robin also enjoyed a career as an educator specializing in adult and adolescent learning. She has applied her combination of skills to the American College of Rheumatology since 2012. Robin holds a Master of Arts in Teaching in Middle-Secondary Mathematics Education from Georgia State University, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

L.B. Morris
Coordinator, Collaborative Initiatives

L. Beaman Morris joined the ACR in the role of Administrative Assistant for the Practice, Advocacy, & Quality Department in 2016. In her current role she provides our department with project and administrative support, meeting logistics, research, and database management. Before joining the ACR she served as a legislative and project coordinator in the Atlanta City Council, where she lead several projects, provided meeting and legislative support and coordinated constituent services. Among her other past roles she has also provided administrative support, research, database management, constituent case reconciliation and meeting staff support for a Georgia state senator. She holds her B.A. degree in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University. L. Beaman is currently a certified Health Coach and is in the process of completing her Masters of Nutrition and Wellness.