Written on June 11, 2021
These experts and leaders join the Phoenix Society Board of Directors from a variety of fields including medical devices, fire protection, and burn recovery research. Their passion and commitment to serving the burn community will help us amplify our impact and ensure no one recovers from a burn injury alone.
Vice President, Phoenix Board of Directors
Sara Ann (Sam) is the President of Exsurco Medical, a medical device company based in Northeast OH, serving the burn, trauma, and tissue bank markets with innovative surgical devices. Exsurco Medical’s vision is to advance the healing power of skin, improving the lives of patients by improving the technology of burn care.
Exsurco is an active member of the American Association of Tissue Banks, Donate Life, the American Burn Association, and the Phoenix Society. These organizations are bound together by honoring donations, patients, and burn survivors.
Sara Ann’s professional background includes commercial roles at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics (a Johnson & Johnson company) and at Smith & Nephew Wound Management Division where she held the position of Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
A graduate of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sara Ann received her Master of Science degree and is also the author of several peer-reviewed articles. Now a resident of Avon, OH, she is the Board Chairwoman at University Hospitals St. John Medical Center in Westlake, OH.
Tom Cycyota has more than 35 years of experience in the medical device and orthobiologics industry. As President and CEO of AlloSource, Tom develops and implements strategies that align with the company’s mission to honor the gift of tissue donation by maximizing its impact to the medical community and patients.
Under Tom’s leadership, AlloSource has become one of the largest and most respected tissue banks in the country. The company is a world leader in fresh articular cartilage allografts, which help promote joint restoration, allowing people to regain mobility and active lives after disease or trauma. In addition, AlloSource is one of the nation’s largest providers of human allograft skin for the treatment of severe burns.
Prior to joining AlloSource, Tom was the Vice President of Alternate Care Business with Johnson & Johnson Medical (JJM). In this Board-level role, he led the company’s movement into the alternate healthcare market. Previous positions also include serving as Worldwide Director, Marketing, Wound Management for JJM and Vice President of Marketing and Materials Management with New Dimensions in Medicine. He also spent 10 years at Kendall Healthcare Products Company.
Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Loyola University. He is the Past President of his national fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi, and serves on the Colorado Advisory Council for Organ and Tissue Donation.
Tom is inspired by the act of donation because this incredibly selfless gift allows AlloSource to do great things to help heal patients. His inspirations are the miracles that are accomplished because of the act of donation.
Andy Jenks is Vice President of Marketing and Technology for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). In this role, Andy leads both the Marketing and IT teams and is helping drive the digital transformation efforts at NFPA.
Earlier in his career, Andy spent 15 years owning and operating his own software company, which was acquired by Benjamin Moore Paints in 2010. This company worked with many top brands in the home improvement space to provide custom virtual design applications to their customers. After joining Benjamin Moore in 2010, Andy spent eight years leading various development and marketing teams, acting as a true change agent. Andy also enjoys using his many years of experience to help small businesses succeed.
Andy lives in Massachusetts with his wife Julie and three children. Andy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Dr. Kazis is Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Health Outcomes Unit at Boston University School of Public Health. Concurrently, Dr. Kazis was recently made Research Director for the newly established Spaulding Rehabilitation Outcomes Center at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston.
For over 25 years, he has been involved in the study of patient-reported outcomes and quality of life assessments, and is a recognized national leader in this area. He was the recipient of the prestigious Research Career Scientist Award from the Veterans Administration for almost a decade, where his work focused on legacy measures including the development of the well-known ‘Veterans Rand 12 Item Health Survey’ for measuring patient-reported physical and mental health.
Professor Kazis has collaborated as a lead investigator with the Shriners Hospitals for Children for more than 20 years, working with children and adults with traumatic burn injuries. He has been one of the principals in the development of the Burn Outcomes Questionnaires (BOQ) and the development, validation, and tracking of the recovery of children with burns.
More recently, Dr. Kazis is the principal developer of the Life Impact Burn Recovery Evaluation, also called the LIBRE Profile. This cutting-edge questionnaire measures the social reintegration of burn survivors in the community. Dr. Kazis has collaborated with the Phoenix Society for the past seven years in the development of this important tool for use by the burn survivor community.
Mark has over eight years of industry experience in the Fire Suppression sector. In addition to his most recent position as Vice President and General Manager of the Global Special Hazards Fire Suppression Product business at Johnson Controls, he served as Senior Vice President, Process Engineering at Bank of America. Before that, he spent 20 years with General Electric in a variety of progressing roles, including operations, engineering, and executive leadership.
A resident of Newtown, Pennsylvania, Mark graduated with a B.Sc. Degree in Welding Engineering from The Ohio State University, has earned three patents, and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
At an early age, Mark had close personal experience with burn survivors, which has led to a passion to serve this industry.