Charis is a chronic disease advocate, writer, and model who lives 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 vegan), gardening, soccer, running, and her two cats Dora and Juno.
Charis’ story has been featured in dozens of publications, including Arthritis Today Magazine, Mother Jones, and CNBC. She 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 (watch her in action). She leads the Sacramento area Spondylitis Association of America Support Group, is on the CreakyJoints Patient Council, and is a speaker with the Stop Stigma Sacramento Speaker’s Bureau. Charis is additionally a member of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California and will be 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. Watch her September 2016 TEDx talk in Sacramento, CA. To see Charis in the news, please refer to the News & Media Mentions page.
Reach Charis at: Charis.Anna.Hill[at]gmail.com