Meet Our Team

Lauren Denton, MA
Executive Director

Lauren is responsible for building advocacy and philanthropy, and managing coordinated researcher and clinician collaboration to drive innovation and emerging sustainable models of care for the mast cell disease community. She brings over a decade of experience in healthcare nonprofit sector leading operations and building multi-millions in capacity to enhance health initiatives and increasing patient access to quality and affordable care across the nation. In 2020, Lauren was recognized as one of Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s 40 Under 40 cohort who are shaping the future of the healthcare development industry. She is passionate about her work in part by having a family member who had an incurable disease, she quickly learned the importance of quality and integrated healthcare, the need for advancement of research, along with the role of caregivers. Lauren is honored to work with amazing rare disease patients, caregivers, clinicians and researches. A pivotal step in her career occurred when philanthropy was the catalyst and partner that enacted hospital leadership eliminating barriers to safe care for a single rare disease patient, ultimately improving care for our local, rural rare disease patient population while fostering patient connections. The extensive impact inspired me to help patients, caught in the search for a diagnosis, treatment, and support, while living with debilitating effects of rare diseases.