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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

Richard Murray, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Spire Health

Immediate Past Chair
Chair, Governance

Heidi Bayer

Kelli Wood Cross
CROSS CONNECTION Executive Coaching and Consulting

Chair, Finance and Treasurer
Calvin Anderson
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (retired)

Jacob Heller, JD
Foley & Lardner LLP

Chair, Certification Program
Ritesh Patel
Finn Partners

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

AAFA Board Members

Phyllis Arthur
Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

Renuka Babu Brown
DOTS Technology Corp

Alex Buzby
Projector PSA

Jodi Daniel, JD, MPH
Crowell & Moring LLP

James Flood, JD
Crowell & Moring, LLP

Meighan Girgus Vafa

Evalyn Grant, MD

Julie L. Jones
Marcum, LLP

Katherine Lai

Peter M. Loupos
Princeton Healthcare Strategies

Emmanuel M. Mahlis, MD
Acadia Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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

Vice Chair, Finance
Chris Ward
Marizyme, Inc.


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.