Asthma and Allergy Foundation Names David Guydan as ED

David Guydan
October 1, 2018 — The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, New England Chapter, a nonprofit based in Braintree that advocates for people suffering from asthma and allergies and raises funds for research, recently announced that David Guydan has been named executive director.

He succeeds Karen Carlton, who held the post last year.

Janet Hanson, board president of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, New England Chapter (AAFA New England),said ,“After searching to find the right person to lead the organization, we are excited to have David at the helm as we move forward and continue to grow. The passion, experience and skills he brings to the foundation as our new executive director will be invaluable in our ability to reach our goals.”

After a career in banking, Guydan founded and led a company in the financial payments industry in which he served as CEO for 10 years.

For the last six years, he served as director and lead consultant of Empower Success Corps, which provides consulting services to nonprofits in collaboration with a corps of senior level executives and professionals.

“I am honored to be in a position to work with the board and a committed volunteer corps to provide education, advocacy and support on behalf of all who are impacted by asthma and allergies across the New England region,” said Guydan. :I look forward to building AAFA New England’s capacity to make good on its promise to our constituencies."

Guydan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Business Administration degree in general management and marketing from Harvard Business School.

AAFA New England was founded in 1979 to control and prevent asthma and allergic conditions through patient education, public awareness, and support for research. It advocates for allergy-friendly schools, smoke-free public places, clean air, access to medical care, and other public policies that make life safer for people with asthma and allergies and healthier for everyone.

According to the organization, New England has one of the highest asthma rates in the country affecting one in every nine people; one in every five has allergies. Approximately 3% of the population is susceptible to anaphylaxis, a life-threatening allergic shock reaction to foods, medications, latex, and insect stings. In the last decade, there has been an 18% increase in food allergies in children.