Board of Directors
John Tucker, Co-Chair– Maryland
Vice President of Commercial Lending and Relationship Management at TD Bank
John primarily works with CEOs and CFOs of nonprofit and for-profit entities, crafting strategies that address their long-term and short-term financial management needs. John brings a strong vision for the future of Allergy & Asthma Network that supports all four of the mission areas – outreach, education, advocacy and research.
Dennis Williams, Co-Chair – North Carolina
Pharm.D. – Associate Professor, University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
Dennis practices at the UNC Medical Center with the pulmonary medicine medical service. Dennis has served as a member of the National Asthma Education Program Coordinating Committee, and the National Asthma Educator Certification Board. Dennis serves on the Board of Directors because he feels that one of the most important things that a pharmacist can do is help patients get the most benefit from their medication.
Prem K. Menon, MD, Secretary – Louisiana
Founder and Medical Director – Asthma, Allergy & Immunology Center
Prem is a board-certified allergist andimmunologist. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Tulane Medical School in New Orleans. Dr. Menon is the past president of the Louisiana State Allergy and Immunology society and Cofounder of the Louisiana Primary Immune Network. He has been, since its inception, preceptor for the Family Practice and Internal Medicine Residency programs and has been training of medical students of the Tulane LEAD program. He is a firm believer in community engagement and patient advocacy. Prem’s vision and mission align with the network’s work and dedication. He is serving four generations of his patients with kindness, compassion, courtesy and respect.
Randy Taylor, CPA, Treasurer
President – J. R Taylor & Company
Randy is president of a business that provides tax and financial service to high net worth individual, small businesses and nonprofit entities. Randy is on the board of several nonprofits where he helps with tax, accounting and other financial matters. He was originally recruited to the Board by the organization’s founder to lead the transition from a ‘kitchen table’ entity to a fully functioning organization, and he has continued his involvement since the beginning.
Marla Adair – Tennessee
Managing Director – Ernst & Young LLP
Marla Adair is a corporate attorney who has extensive experience in corporate governance matters, including advising boards of directors and executive leadership regarding a broad range of legal issues. Marla also has experience in establishing and growing a solo physician’s practice, her twin sister, Dr. Margaret Adair’s allergy and immunology practice. Marla is a member of the Board of Directors because she understands the challenges of both physicians and patients in delivering and obtaining quality healthcare and believes deeply in the Network’s mission in this regard.
Jennifer Blair – Oklahoma
Executive Director – Brendon McLarty Memorial Foundation
After Brendon McLarty, Jennifer’s nephew, died of a sudden severe asthma attack at the age of 16, Jennifer co-founded the Brendon McLarty Memorial Foundation, with Brendon’s mother, Lori McLarty. Jennifer is a Medical Social Worker by training and is now dedicated to saving lives through asthma education and awareness. She is proud to serve on the Board of Directors to continue honoring the memory of Brendon McLarty.
William E. Berger, MD – California
Founder – Allergy & Asthma Associates of Southern California
Board Certified in both pediatrics and allergy and immunology, Dr. Berger founded the Allergy and Asthma Associates of Southern California Medical Group in 1981 in Mission Viejo, Calif., where he practices both adult and pediatric allergy. Dr. Berger entered the field of medicine because he wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of others. His commitment to improving patient care has extended beyond his practice to clinical research, publications, leadership in professional organizations and his work with Allergy & Asthma Network.
Michael Bowman, MD – South Carolina
Professor Emeritus -, Medical University of South Carolina
Mike is a retired Pediatric Pulmonologist who has spent his career caring for children with chronic lung disease. His key areas of asthma effort include dealing with schools and sports, homes and environmental issues, addressing ethnic disparities and issues of health literacy. A passionate educator, he has been active with the South Carolina Asthma Alliance as well as the Association of Asthma Educators. He has recently shifted his focus to Allergy & Asthma Network in order to achieve a greater impact in the fight against asthma
Cristin Buckley – Connecticut
Co-Founder – Ben Was Here – The Benjamin Buckley Memorial Foundation
Cristin and her husband Jeff founded a nonprofit foundation in their son’s name following Ben’s death from an asthma attack in 2014. They work tirelessly to educate the public about asthma and keep Benjamin’s memory alive. Cristin supports the mission of Allergy & Asthma Network by advocating annually as a part of our Capitol Hill day and providing asthma education and resources to community groups. Allergy & Asthma Network reached out to Cristin and her family soon after they lost Benjamin to offer support and resources. Cristin has served on the Board of Directors for the past 5 years to help prevent the same tragedy from happening to other families. Cristin also currently serves on the Board of Directors for her community’s YMCA and is able to help local schools, charities and families with Ben Was Here. She was named a Leading Lady in her community in 2019. Cristin resides in Connecticut with her husband and their two children. She enjoys reading, gardening and traveling to new places.
Anthony Cook – Virginia
Special Assistant – Pentagon
Tony Cook is originally from Washington, DC. He holds degrees in Human Resources Management and Information Management. Tony was the first post-FDA approved patient to undergo Bronchial Thermoplasty for asthma. He has spent the last 10 years providing information to asthmatics on how Bronchial Thermoplasty can help them better manage their disease. Tony is a member of the Board of Directors because he is committed to helping other people with asthma like himself.
Sharon Dickson – Texas
Associate Vice President – Agilent Technologies
A biochemist by training, Sharon Dickson has spent her career in sales and sales management of technical solutions for the life science market. Her current role is as a strategic program manager. Her participation on the Board of Directors comes from seeing her mother suffer, and eventually pass away from, chronic uncontrolled asthma. An avid road cyclist and “foodie,” she is married with two adult children and lives in Plano, Texas.
Gayle Higgins – New Jersey
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Education Plus Health, Philadelphia, PA
Gayle has been a registered nurse for 34 years with a focus of pediatric nursing for 32 years. She has worked with children with asthma the past 32 years. Her clinical work at this time focuses on school-based health care – a clinic within an elementary school in an urban setting in Philadelphia. She provides services for children who attend school there with a focus on asthma (22% of the students have asthma). Gayle sees her mission as helping children and their families overcome the barriers they face on a daily basis in caring for their child’s asthma, so they can live happy and active lives. She sees her work on the Board of Directors as an extension of that effort.
Donna Matlach – Arizona
President and co-founder of the Severe Asthma Foundation, patient with severe asthma
Donna suffered from asthma as a child, but her condition went away in her teenage years only to return with a vengeance in as an adult. She turned her energy to founding the Severe Asthma Foundation, speaking about her journey with asthma. The Foundation merged with Allergy & Asthma Network. Donna knows that severe asthma impacts nearly every area of patients’ lives. She serves on the Board of Directors to continue to share her experiences and advocate for patients to get the treatment that they need.
Sandra Moritz, RN – Pennsylvania
School Health Consultant, Instructor for Bureau of Education & Research
Sandra Moritz is a nationally-certified and experienced school nurse and school nurse coordinator with extensive experience in addressing challenging school health issues. Sandra was honored as a Pennsylvania School Nurse of the Year and is a frequent presenter at national (National Association of School Nurses) and state conferences and workshops. Sandra is a member of the Board of Directors because she is passionate about patient teaching and sees an educated patient as empowered to create a healthy life.
Jodie Stabinski – Pennsylvania
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Penn State Children’s Hospital
Jodie sees a variety of pediatric patients with pulmonary concerns in the outpatient clinic at Penn State Hershey’s Children Hospital. She also lectures in pediatrics for the Family Nurse Practitioner program and educates professional groups on asthma management. Jodie supports the Network as a Board of Directors member because, as both an asthma patient and practitioner, she believes education and advocacy improve patient health outcomes.