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Tri-State Support Groups

Each support group provides a setting which is conducive to sharing concerns, information and feelings, in a confidential environment, where members provide encouragement, coping strategies and mutual support.  Meetings have both a social and an educational component which may include a guest speaker or DVD presentation.

We encourage patients to attend with their caregivers and family members allowing all to come to a better understanding of a patient’s journey with scleroderma, how this journey affects their relationships with others and to voice their own concerns when needed.

For meeting dates and times, please contact the support group leader.  There is no charge to attend meetings and all are welcome.  However, solicitations or conducting research during meetings is prohibited.


Eastern CT
Leader: Rachel Barta
Tel: (860) 262-4578
Meeting Place: Canterbury Library - Mtg Rm 1 
1 Municipal Dr, Canterbury, CT  06331 

Greater Enfield
Co-Leader: Teri Beebe
Tel: (860) 741-5028
Meeting Place: Enfield Public Library 
104 Middle Rd, Enfield, CT 06082

Yale/New Haven
Leader: Adam Cerilli
Tel: (203) 927-4330
Meeting Place: North Haven Medical Center – Suite 2B - Waiting Room
6 Devine St., North Haven, CT 06473

New Jersey

Northern NJ/Bergen County
Co-Leader: Anita Ryan
Tel: (917) 815-9415
Co-Leader: Natalie Puccio-Murdolo
Tel: (201) 838-4408
Meeting Place: St. Joseph's Wayne Medical Center
224 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, NJ 07470

New York 

Co-Leader: Carla Gage
Tel: (518) 573-0259
Co-Leader: Raymond Littlejohn, Jr.
Tel: (518) 271-7025
Meeting Place: Sunnyview Hospital
1270 Belmont Ave, Schenectady, NY 12308

Co-Leader: Amanda Hebert
Tel: (716) 997-6551
Co-Leader: Deborah Golinski
Tel: (716) 563-4790 |
Meeting Place: Our Lady of Peace Church - Community Center
10950 Main Street, Clarence, NY 14031

Co-Leader: Rebecca Davidson
Tel: (607) 644-4203
Co-Leader: Marilyn Waterhouse
Tel: (607) 432-7115
Meeting Place: Jackie's Restaurant 
3688 Main Street, Milford, NY 13807

Greater Rochester
Leader: Marilyn Sibley
Tel: (585) 723-1026 or (585) 234-0398
Meeting Place: University of Rochester Medical Center - Conference Room ACF-A/B
601 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY 14642

Long Island
(Spanish Speaking Leaders)
Leader: Beatriz Nunez
Tel: (631) 949-8265
Assistant Leader: Myrna Carrasquillo 
Tel: (631) 398-3024
Meeting Place: Northwell Health Southside Hospital - Board Room
301 East Main St, Bay Shore, NY 11706

Co-Leader: Heidy Dornau
Co-Leader: Evamarie Cole
Tel: (646) 270-3452
Meeting Place: St. Philip & St. James Church - Parish Hall, back door
432 Lakeville Rd, Lake Success, NY  11040

New York City
Co-Leader: Tiese Mahabir
Tel: (917) 821-4831
Co-Leader: Zeba Hyder
Tel: (212) 777-2832
Meeting Place: Hospital for Special Surgery - 5th floor St. Giles Conference Room
535 East 70th St, New York, NY 10021

Orange County, NY
Co-Leader: Jodi Lynn
Tel: (845) 778-7442
Co-Leader: Barbara Celnick
Tel: (845) 986-9112
Meeting Place: Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP | 2nd Floor - Conference Room A
158 Orange Avenue, Walden, NY 12586

Support Volunteers
These volunteers help provide support to those in areas where currently there is no local support group.

Adirondack Region, NY
Support Contact: Wendy Faubert
Tel: (518) 566-1280

Central NY Region
Support Contact: Suzanne Craft
Tel: (315) 953-4011

Staten Island NY Region
Support Contact: Jeanne Ryan
Tel: (917) 531-6564

Volunteer Support Coordinators
These volunteers provide support with meetings and special events such as Scleroderma Walks, Health Fairs, and Patient Education Forums.

Rochester Area
Support Contact: Diane Reynolds

Support Contact: Shaleeya McFadden

Support Contact: Tracy Mieszczak

Support Contact: Mona Isler

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The scleroderma community on is thousands of individuals affected by scleroderma talking to each other about their experience with the disease, covering a very wide range of topics. Inspire is a secure, monitored online community where your privacy is protected. It is particularly convenient for anyone who does not live near one a support group meeting place, or cannot attend meetings.

Support Groups are so important because they keep us connected with those we serve. If you are interested in starting a new group in an area that is currently underserved, please call the Tri-State Chapter (800) 867-0885 or email Thank you!