When Sara Baird Amodio attended the 2017 International Vasculitis Symposium, she summed up the experience as simply, “life-changing.” As a patient with EGPA—eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis—she found the event to be a powerfully positive opportunity to learn how to manage her illness, and to connect with both patients and medical specialists.
The symposium clearly showed her the Vasculitis Foundation’s (VF) mission of providing education, research, clinical, and awareness initiatives. When Suzanne DePaolis, president of the VF Board of Directors, suggested she apply to be on the board, Sara agreed it was the right move.
She brings a strong background working in the nonprofit world to the VF. In addition to being an Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management at Regis University in Denver, Sara served in key roles on numerous boards including City Club of Denver, the Longmont Performing Arts Initiative, and the Longmont Youth Symphony.
Sara lives in Erie, Colorado, with her husband, two teenage daughters and “a menagerie” of pets. The Amodios love to travel, with Italy being a favorite destination. She also enjoys practicing her crochet skills, reading, and tutoring.
Sara believes that her experience in strategic planning, marketing and development, and donor cultivation aligns with the goals of the VF. As a patient, Sara feels that she can address the needs of the vasculitis community and help translate them into the organization’s goals.
“I am honored to serve the VF in this role,” said Sara. “To be able to connect with such strong, inspirational, and passionate people who share similar experiences is a gift I could’ve never imagined when I was first diagnosed. Living with a rare disease can sometimes make you feel so isolated and alone, but the VF has given me the virtual and face-to-face support that I need to live my best life now.”