Charis is a disabled chronic disease advocate, writer, speaker and model living with Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. She graduated in 2009 from Meredith College, Magna Cum Laude, with a BA in Sociology and minors in Psychology and Women’s Studies. She is also a self-titled Episcopal Geek and gives really good hugs. When able, she enjoys sewing, cooking (she’s mostly vegan), gardening, soccer, running, and her two very furry Maine-coon mixed cats, Dora and Juno.
Charis’ story has been featured in dozens of publications and media outlets including Arthritis Today Magazine, Mother Jones, CNBC, the Associated Press, and in an upcoming documentary, Becoming Incurable (currently in post-production). She is a Sacramento Women’s March and TEDx speaker and has spoken on healthcare panels, with pharmaceutical organizations and in legislative hearings.
In 2014 Charis was awarded the Progress in Policy Award by the Arthritis Foundation, Pacific Region for her efforts in statewide and national legislative advocacy efforts. She co-leads the Sacramento area Spondylitis Association of America Support Group and is a volunteer member of the Spondylitis Association of America advocacy committee. Charis is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California and was a Deputy to the 2018 General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Austin, Texas.
Charis is available for speaking engagements, awareness campaigns, press inquiries, and more.
Reach by email: Charis.Anna.Hill[at]gmail.com
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