Lawrence “Rick” Phillips

Lawrence Rick Phillips Rheumatoid Arthritis Community Advocate

Lawrence has spent over 30 years in local government and local school district administration in Indiana. He has, at various times, been a Director of Finance, City Controller, Personnel Director, Development Director, and all-around computer guy (that position lasted one year). He grew up and lives in central Indiana with his wife Sheryl of more than 40 years. They have two sons and three grandchildren. Rick was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1974 and RA in 2000. He was also diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis in 2105. Rick has used six biologic medications and has had several surgeries related to RA.

He loves to ride his bicycle, not far or fast, but for fun. He often writes about RA and diabetes issues on his website, Rick will discuss his grandchildren, given even a slight chance. He credits his father and years of work in the public sector for his dry sense of humor. Rick earned his BS and MS from Indiana University in 1979 and 1989, respectively and an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University in 2012.

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