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Tonya Winders

President and Chief Executive Officer

Tonya has more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles within the allergy and asthma industry. From sales and marketing leadership to managed markets access, she has worked tirelessly to ensure patients have access to effective diagnostic and treatment tools.

Tonya serves on several expert panels including PRECISION & ATS Public Advisory Roundtable. She is on the Board of Directors of the American Respiratory Care Foundation and is the current president of the Global Allergy & Airways Patient Platform representing more than 50 respiratory patient organizations throughout the world.

Tonya is so passionate about her work in part because she is the mother of five children, four of whom have asthma and/or allergies. She is a fierce patient advocate who overcame cancer 16 years ago and now enjoys spending time with her husband and cheering on her children in various sports.

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Charmayne Anderson

Director of Advocacy

Charmayne Anderson raises awareness of issues related to asthma and allergies at state and federal levels and provides a voice for the millions of Americans who suffer from these conditions. With a career in government affairs and advocacy that spans 20+ years serving both public sector and nonprofit organizations, Charmayne brings to the Network a unique capability of engaging nonprofit organizations in the public policy process, enhancing partnerships with policymakers and building networks with national associations and other constituencies.

Charmayne has lived with asthma her whole life and brings her passion and expertise to organizations that make a difference in the lives of children as a volunteer and actively participates in charitable events as a member of the Washington Redskin Cheerleader Alumni.

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Kelly Barta

State Advocacy Project Manager

Kelly is a life-long eczema patient who, after experiencing a health crisis due to an adverse response to medication, was propelled into the world of advocacy. Her advocacy efforts have led her to serve several dermatological non-profits bringing awareness to the great needs of this community in both academic and political arenas.

Kelly assists Allergy & Asthma Network by overseeing legislative priorities on the state level, connecting and empowering patient advocates and health care professionals to help pass bills that benefit and support allergy and asthma patients. Kelly works from Atlanta, Georgia, where she enjoys spending time with friends and family, especially in the out-of-doors.

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Don Bukstein, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Bukstein is a board-certified Allergist/Immunologist, Pediatric Pulmonologist, and Former Director of Allergy and Asthma Research. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; and American Thoracic Society. He currently volunteers at a Medicaid clinic in inner city Milwaukee and with the Allergy & Asthma Network.

Dr. Bukstein has ongoing interests in shared decision making in allergic disease and asthma, problem-based learning, and treatment of the underserved which aligns with the Network’s mission.

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Jacqueline Eghrari-Sabet, MD

Telehealth Medical Director

Dr. Jacqueline Eghrari-Sabet is board-certified in Allergy/Immunology and Pediatrics. She is the founder of Family Allergy & Asthma Care and FAAR Institute where she has been in private practice treating children and adults since 1994 in the Washington, D.C. area. She is the president of White Coat Resources, a health education consulting service that helps connect patients to therapy through innovative medical messaging and educational programs.

Dr. Eghrari-Sabet’s bucket list goal was realized when she became Assistant Clinical Professor at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences where she mentors the next generation of doctors. She is a native New Yorker, and lives in metro DC, now empty nested with two sons and her very supportive husband. Her love is to travel having schlepped from Norway to Antarctica, with many miles more to go!

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Gary Fitzgerald

Senior Editor and Communications Strategist

Gary is an award-winning writer and editor with a diverse background that includes producing content about healthcare, education, physical fitness and professional sports. Gary joined Allergy & Asthma Network in 2012. He manages the organization’s flagship publication Allergy & Asthma Today magazine, E-newsletter, digital and social media platforms, press releases and other communication efforts.

Gary previously worked 10 years as director of the Washington Redskins official website and managing editor of the team’s publications including GameDay magazine. At Allergy & Asthma Network, Gary produces practical information that is understandable and relatable for every patient and healthcare professional.

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Marcela Gieminiani

Director of Development

Marcela is a Journalist and Communication Specialist with more than 30 years of experience working with Hispanic audiences. Prior to joining the Network, Marcela was editor and publications manager at the Pan American Health Organization (Family and Community Health Area), where she developed health-related resources for print and digital use.

Marcela has overseen multiple grants for the Network and has provided leadership for the Network’s outreach efforts for many years. Marcela is bilingual and works to be sure that our publications and resources are accessible to our Spanish speaking patients.

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Mary Hart

Director of Research

Mary is a registered Respiratory Therapist, Certified Asthma Educator and has a strong background in pulmonary research. She has a long career in respiratory care from working at the bedside and managing both in- and out- patient hospital departments.

Mary has special interest in the work she does with the Allergy & Asthma Network. She has a daughter with severe asthma and has witnessed the struggle to breathe on a personal level. Researching ways to help meet the mission of the Network truly has a special meaning to Mary. She works from Dallas, where she spends time with family and friends, and her rescue dog Hershel, when she isn’t traveling to Pittsburgh to see her son and grandchildren.

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Lynda Mitchell

Patient Engagement and Digital Health Consultant

Lynda is a certified association executive with a background in consumer health informatics. She works with patient organizations to strategically use digital outreach to improve business models, constituent engagement, operational effectiveness and mission impact. As the parent of a child with asthma and food allergies, she has been a long-time advocate for connecting patients and caregivers with high-quality education and support resources to enable them to improve their health and quality of life, and to become empowered consumers and patient advocates. She also was the founder and chief executive for the nation’s first online community for parents raising children with food allergies. Lynda works from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, where she enjoys spending time with her husband, their adult son, and running every day with their two Labrador Retrievers.

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Sally Schoessler

Director of Education

Sally has a strong background as a school nurse and nursing educator. She spent many years in school health offices before serving as the Executive Director of the New York Statewide School Health Services Center and as Nursing Education Director for the National Association of School Nurses.

Sally joined Allergy & Asthma Network in 2015 and became an asthma educator in 2019. Sally oversees and participates in the development of publications and resources with the Network’s Education Team. She is all about the unique patient – and helping each one learn to manage their health concerns and live a full and healthy life. Sally works from Hershey, Pennsylvania, where she enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren.

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Paul Tury

Creative Director

Paul is an award-winning graphic designer and illustrator. He controls the imagery of Allergy & Asthma Network, providing a consistent look and feel across a wide variety of products from the website to the Network publication Allergy & Asthma Today.

Prior to joining the Network, Paul was Senior Art Director in charge of three business-to-business magazines. Paul believes that graphics help convey the meaning of the information that we receive and works to make that information accessible to every patient.

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