A New Chapter Begins

Announcing Amy Basken as Next Executive Director

Conquering CHD has named Amy Basken as its next Executive Director. Basken, co-founder and the current Director of Programs, succeeds David Kasnic, fellow co-founder who is transitioning to the role of Board Chair.

Basken and Kasnic co-founded Conquering CHD in 2013. Shortly thereafter Kasnic assumed the role of Executive Director. In her role as Director of Programs, Basken worked with patients, families, providers, and policymakers to educate and advocate around critical issues such as federal research funding, and the importance of life-long care. Amy has become a nationally recognized expert on patient engagement and the importance of data transparency and public reporting.

“I am so honored for this opportunity to lead Conquering CHD, building on the energetic momentum of the past eight years under David’s incredible leadership and I look forward to continuing to work with him in his role as Board Chair. I am excited to be part of the effort to grow Conquering CHD to the next level, having a greater impact on patients and families as we work to conquer the most common birth defect.”

Congratulations Amy on your new role! We are so excited for this new chapter, and we know that together, we are Conquering CHD!


About Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) – CHD is the most common birth defect and a leading cause of infant death. In 2021, 40,000 babies will be born with CHD in the United States alone, joining the 1.35 million new patients born this year around the world. 1 in 100 people worldwide are diagnosed with CHD.

Thanks to advances in medical technology and surgical procedures, more adults than children are now living with congenital heart disease. CHD is a chronic, lifelong condition that presents significant challenges for the patient and their family. CHD has no cure.

About Conquering CHD –  Conquering CHD exists to conquer the most common birth defect. We engage, listen, learn, and act. We create visibility and empower all impacted by congenital heart disease, accomplishing this through awareness, knowledge, community, and research. Visit our website at www.conqueringchd.org.

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