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Preeclampsia Foundation Expands Board of Directors, Reflecting Growing Influence and Impact

Last Updated on Friday, July 27, 2018

Melbourne, FL – July 27, 2018 – The Preeclampsia Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors as the organization grows in influence and impact. The all-volunteer Board provides oversight, governance, and strategic direction for the Preeclampsia Foundation.

It is the Board’s responsibility is to ensure the Preeclampsia Foundation’s mission is being executed as effectively as possible while ensuring fiscal responsibility and transparency, all within the duties of care, loyalty, and obedience to which every not-for-profit board of directors is beholden.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Anne and Kim to our Board of Directors, and to have them bring their respective professional skills as well as lived experiences,” said Eleni Tsigas, Chief Executive Officer of the Preeclampsia Foundation.

Anne Musacchio Croslow is an attorney at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. In her previous role as an auditor at Deloitte LLP, Annie has been recognized by the D.C. Bar for her commitment to pro bono practice. She graduated magna cum laude from Belmont University, where she led the women’s soccer team to its first appearance in the NCAA Division I national tournament. Annie is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and a master’s degree in accountancy from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business. As a survivor of severe preeclampsia, Annie is dedicated to raising awareness among both mothers and fathers about preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome, and she advocates for early screening to improve prenatal monitoring of at-risk women. Annie lives in Northern Virginia with her husband Lucas and their daughter Agnes Winnifred.

“Mothers in the United States are dying at increasing rates from preventable complications due to preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders while maternal health outcomes worldwide are improving,” said Anne. “The Preeclampsia Foundation is unsurpassed in its efforts to reverse this trend. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors alongside the talented men and women who share my commitment to educating mothers about preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome and to improving the standard of treatment mothers receive from their healthcare providers.”

Kim Smith, MHA, serves as the National Manager of Practice Operations Development and Transitions for Tenet Healthcare. In her role, Kim supports the growth of physician practices and its leaders across 26 markets from California to Florida. Kim, a native of Greenville, North Carolina, has served in progressive leadership roles for healthcare organizations, such as Duke Medicine, for the past 12 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Public Health from Wake Forest University. Kim received her master’s degree in Health Administration and Policy from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. Kim began supporting the mission of the Preeclampsia Foundation in 2012 after the tragic loss of her daughter Lauren Kelly due to HELLP syndrome. As a HELLP syndrome survivor, she has devoted the past several years in bringing awareness to pregnancy related illnesses like preeclampsia to patients and clinicians. An advocate for healthy moms and babies, she is passionate about reducing maternal and infant mortality. Kim and her husband Terrell launched the first Promise Walk for Preeclampsia in South Carolina in 2013. Additionally, she has served on the Internal Infant Death Review (IIDR) Committee for the purpose of improving the health outcomes of moms and babies who participated in the Palmetto Healthy Start Program. Kim is most proud of her role as a wife to Terrell and mom to Tyson and Cameron.

“The Preeclampsia Foundation was the first resource I found after the loss of my baby due to HELLP syndrome,” said Kim. “After volunteering for the past five years, I am excited about offering more value as a member of the Board of Directors. My goal is to help expand the awareness of the Preeclampsia Foundation with patients and providers nationwide.”

Photos and more information about each can be found on the Preeclampsia Foundation’s here.

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