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.
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.
Angelica is a communications and outreach specialist with experience working with both private and non-profit organizations. Angelica has deployed strategic communication campaigns targeting a wide array of audiences, from policy buffs to underserved populations. Angelica is using her expertise to share the availability of The Sepsis Alliance Institute’s resources to healthcare providers and provider organizations nationally.
Brittney joined the Sepsis Alliance team in 2020, bringing nearly five years of fundraising and event experience. Prior to Sepsis Alliance, Brittney worked for the Mid-Atlantic chapter of a international non-profit that serves children with critical illnesses. She has also previously worked in community engagement and events and promotions for two National Basketball Association teams. Originally from Houston, TX, Brittney graduated from Louisiana State University in 2014. In her free time, she can be found at the gym, biking, or playing with her rescue dog. She is currently based in the Washington, DC area.
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.