McLEAN, VA, DEC. 30, 2013 – Allergy & Asthma Network, a leading nonprofit patient education and advocacy organization, is kicking off the new year with two exciting changes: the appointment of Tonya Winders as Chief Executive Officer and the relocation of The Network’s headquarters to a larger office space in Northern Virginia. Located in a vibrant part of the business and retail district of Tysons Corner, Va. (8229 Boone Blvd., Suite 260, Vienna, VA 22182), the new office location will help accommodate current and future growth of the organization.

Winders joined the Network as Chief Operating Officer in January 2013 and will begin her new position on Jan. 1, 2014. She succeeds The Network founder Nancy Sander, who led the organization for 28 years before retiring last September.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce Tonya’s promotion,” said board chairman Michael T. Amato. “Working closely with Tonya during the last year, I know that her expertise and proven leadership will build on The Network’s strong foundation and position the organization for the future.”

“My personal and professional passion is to preserve the quality of allergy and asthma care by keeping patients at the center of the discussion,” Winders added. “With its priority to eliminate needless death and suffering due to asthma and allergies The Network is well-positioned to help others live and breathe better.”

Since joining the Network, Winders has strengthened partnerships with leaders of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology to address challenges currently facing the specialty throughout the United States. She has also established partnerships with the American Association for Respiratory Care, Association of Asthma Educators and American Academy of Physician Assistants in Allergy, Asthma & Immunology to spread awareness and preparedness messages to patients and caregivers.

Prior to joining The Network, Winders spent more than 15 years in leadership roles in the allergy and asthma industry. From pharmaceutical, diagnostics and device sales to marketing leadership, she has worked tirelessly to ensure patients have access to effective diagnostic and treatment tools. She has also volunteered and worked in leadership roles in charitable settings.

Winders holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Human Resources Management and a Master’s in Business Administration and Marketing from Louisiana State University.

The mother of five children ages 8-15, four of whom have asthma and/or allergies, Winders enjoys spending time with her husband of 18 years, Brian Winders, and coaching cheerleading.


Allergy & Asthma Network is a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending needless death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. AANMA specializes in sharing medically accurate, family friendly information through its award-winning publications Allergy & Asthma Today magazine and its web site at and numerous community outreach programs. Follow AANMA on Facebook at and on Twitter at