Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

President and Founder
Nancy Sander founded Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) in 1985 to eliminate death and suffering due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. AANMA’s core areas of expertise are education, advocacy and community outreach. Highlights of recent AANMA activities include lifesaving federal and state legislation on behalf of students with asthma and anaphylaxis, exposure of unregulated asthma and COPD medications and groundbreaking Medicaid patient/provider research.

Editor-in-chief of Allergy & Asthma Today magazine and The MA Report newsletter, Nancy is a prolific writer of asthma and allergy publications, children’s books and videos. She is also a frequent speaker at conferences nationwide and testifies at the national and state level on patient rights to safe, reliable medications and healthcare.

Nancy participates on asthma- and allergy-related committees, boards and government panels, including:

  • Medicaid Quality Improvement
  • Patient Access to Specialty Care Coalition
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) –National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Coordinating Committee
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Allergenic Products Advisory Committee
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Indoor Air Quality Partners
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) — Assessment of Ozone-Depleting Agents Committee and Lay Charitable Organizations Committee
  • American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) — Public Relations Committee

Among Nancy’s many awards are:

  • 2012 – American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Distinguished Service Award
  • 2008 – Harlequin “More Than Words” award for inspiring community service
  • 2006 – Summit Award from the American Society of Association Executives and The Center for Association Leadership: “Breathe: It’s the Law” education and advocacy campaign
  • 2000 – Care and Share Humanitarian of the Year 2000 Award
  • 1994 – Dr. Charles H. Hudson Award for Cardiopulmonary Public Health, American Respiratory Care Foundation
  • 1992 – The Distinguished Lay Award, The American Academy of Allergy & Immunology
  • 1990 – Asthma Patient Conferences Award, American College of Allergy and Immunology
  • 1989 – Pennsylvania Allergy Association Award
  • 1988 – ACAI Layman of the Year, American College of Allergy and Immunology