Executive Director, Sepsis Alliance
Tom has been part of Sepsis Alliance since 2007, serving as a consultant, board member, and now President and Executive Director. Tom has led Sepsis Alliance to consecutive years of growth including the organization’s drive to increase sepsis awareness from 19% to 65% and the expansion of sepsis.org to a site serving more than 4 million patients, family members, caregivers, and medical professionals each year. Tom envisions The Sepsis Alliance Institute as strengthening the healthcare safety net around sepsis, by offering high quality medical education to providers across the continuum of care.
Lisa Anderson, PhD
Director of Education and Training
Lisa is the project manager for The Sepsis Alliance Institute on its founding federal contract with DRIVe. She is a research scientist by training and manages grant applications and research support for all Sepsis Alliance programs. Lisa is enthusiastic about improving sepsis recognition among healthcare providers across the continuum of care through education.
Manager of Provider Education & Training
Hannah strives to improve healthcare and patient outcomes through continuing education. Hannah has worked for over 6 years in the field of online medical education with prior experience as the medical education manager for a medical device company. She had gained accreditations through the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, Board of Certification, American Psychological Association, and other accrediting bodies in her prior role.
Alex graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in Communication. After spending her senior year as Fundraising Chair for the women’s rugby team, Alex returned home to San Diego to plan events for military housing and then work as an Independent Contractor in marketing and events.
Alex is excited to be part of the Sepsis Alliance team and support the mission of raising sepsis awareness by helping plan fundraising events and assisting the board and staff.
Though no longer a competitive athlete, Alex still likes to keep active outdoors by paddle boarding and hiking as much as possible, especially with a dog or two.
Clinical Education Manager
Claudia Orth earned her BSN from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and has over 20 years of experience working as a registered nurse in critical care, clinical quality, patient safety, and sepsis.
In her nine years serving as the Sepsis Coordinator for her hospital, Claudia collaborated with multi-disciplinary stakeholders across a northern Michigan hospital system to implement a robust sepsis program, and developed evidence-based electronic early warning alerts, screening tools, and order sets. She also led system-wide didactic education, and high- and low-fidelity simulation education, and performed data abstraction and data analysis to identify key performance improvement opportunities for the organization.
Claudia has been an enthusiastic and passionate participant, supporter, and follower of Sepsis Alliance’s great work for many years, and she is excited to join the organization to help further its mission to save lives by improving sepsis awareness and education among the public and healthcare providers.
In her free time, she loves watching her two children play sports, spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, and taking advantage of all the beautiful bodies of water and surrounding nature that northern Michigan has to offer.
Communications and Advocacy Specialist
Amanda joined Sepsis Alliance as its Communications and Advocacy Specialist in early 2021, bringing experience in journalistic writing and editing as well as operations and communications for small nonprofits. She’s thrilled to be supporting Sepsis Alliance’s life-saving work raising sepsis awareness through education and advocating on behalf of those impacted by sepsis.
Amanda holds a BA in English from Vassar College and an MA in Cultural Journalism from NYU. She serves as a nonfiction editor for the literary magazine Guernica and lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Provider Education & Training Coordinator
Savannah joined Sepsis Alliance as the Provider Education & Training Coordinator in early 2021. She brings a passion for nonprofit work as well as experience in grant writing.
She graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, California in 2018 where she majored in Economics and minored in Studio Art. A Colorado native, Savannah happily moved back to her home state after graduating and began her career in finance and accounting. After several years of volunteering with healthcare nonprofit organizations, Savannah began to pursue a career in field.
Savannah is thrilled to be a part of Sepsis Alliance to continue the life-saving work of improving patient outcomes and continuing provider education.
She enjoys spending her free time outdoors skiing, hiking, climbing, and most recently is learning to golf.
Kelly Nguyen, MSN, RN, PHN
For over ten years Kelly has worked to improve care for patients with sepsis. With a background in emergency nursing and performance improvement, Kelly created the sepsis program for a hospital system in the Bay Area and initiated a county collaborative of sepsis coordinators to enhance care delivery for patients with sepsis throughout the healthcare continuum. Kelly has presented both educational and facility specific outcomes at a number of venues locally, nationally, and abroad.
Sara McMannus, MBA, BSN, RN
Sara has been a nurse for 40 years, including having worked as a staff and charge nurse in critical care. Her recent work in the field of education has been devoted to development of clinical education programs and new educational tools to help promote clinical excellence. Sara is passionate about the importance of clinical knowledge, life-long learning, and helping others, and she brings this passion to her advisory role in content development to The Sepsis Alliance Institute.
A sepsis survivor, Jon helps Sepsis Alliance continue to strengthen its education and communication initiatives. In addition to providing regular counsel to Sepsis Alliance and The Sepsis Alliance Institute, Jon is now working on several projects focused on the healthcare and social needs of the frail elderly. Before his most recent engagements at United Rheumatology and Manatt Health (a pro bono supporter of Sepsis Alliance), Jon served in executive roles at Ascension Health, Avalere Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Aetna, and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Jon lives in Maryland with his wife Jennifer, and together they enjoy time with their children, grandchildren, gardens, and sailboats.
Steven Q. Simpson, MD
Senior Medical Advisor
Steven Q. Simpson, MD is Professor of Medicine at the University of Kansas in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, where he previously served as Division Director, Director of three ICUs, Chair of the Sepsis Team, and Chair of Multidisciplinary Critical Care. Dr. Simpson is president-elect of the American College of Chest Physicians.