AAFA’s 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

Chair
Richard Murray, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Spire Health 

Immediate Past Chair
Chair, Governance

Heidi Bayer
Numodo

Secretary
Kelli Wood Cross
CROSS CONNECTION Executive Coaching and Consulting

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

Counsel
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
Edelman

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
Novartis

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.