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AAFA Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors provide leadership and oversight to help us fulfill our mission. These volunteer board members donate their time and wisdom. We thank them for their valuable guidance and commitment to building a strong and effective organization.

AAFA Board Executive Committee

Ritesh Patel
FINN Partners

Immediate Past Chair
Chair, Governance

Richard Murray, MD
Spire Health

Kelli Wood Cross

Chair, Finance
Calvin Anderson
Clear Strategies Group

Jacob Heller, JD
Foley & Lardner LLP

Chair, Certification Program
Alex Buzby
BigTime Software

Chair, Policy and Advocacy
Prue Fitzpatrick, MPH
Kaiser Permanente

Chair, Medical Scientific Council
Mitchell Grayson, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Chair, Community Relations
Mary Ellen Conley, RN
Abington Public Schools (retired)

Chair, Development​
Lynn Hanessian

Chair, Ad Hoc Strategy
Monica E. Randall, PhD
Bridge2College Consulting
The College Food Allergy Consultants

Chair, Audit
Phyllis Arthur
Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

AAFA Board Members

Heidi Bayer, MPH
Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations, WorkWell NYC

Jodi Daniel, JD, MPH
Crowell & Moring, LLP

James (Doc) Dockery

Folashade Farri, MD, MPH
Kids Breathe & Thrive
RWJBarnabas Health

James Flood, JD
Crowell & Moring, LLP

Meighan Girgus Vafa
American Heart Association (retired)

Evalyn Grant, MD
Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Julie L. Jones
Marcum, LLP

Katherine Lai

Peter M. Loupos
Princeton Healthcare Strategies

Emmanuel M. Mahlis, MD
MTF Biologics
Mahlis Medical Consulting

Sarbjit (Romi) Saini, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Lawrence Schwartz, MD, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University

Jerry M. Shier, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Asthma and allergies are chronic diseases with no cure. But you can help. Your generous donation allows AAFA to:

  • Provide education and support through our newly diagnosed kitsImage of physician giving a child a high five. Text on image states: You can drive the future of asthma and allergy research to help improve and save lives
  • Educate health care professionals on guidelines- and evidence-based care
  • Help the 6 million U.S. children with asthma learn about managing their symptoms
  • Advocate for patient's rights to improve quality of life
  • Fund patient-centered research

On behalf of those affected by asthma, thank you for the difference you make.