Family First: Amy Basken Steps Down as Executive Director

On May 13, the 20-year-old son of our Executive Director Amy Basken, suffered from a severe traumatic brain injury as the result of a fall.

In keeping with Conquering CHD’s core value of family first, Amy understandably needs to prioritize her family and has resigned from her position as Executive Director, effective immediately. 

Amy will transition to a board director role where she can continue to share her passion and expertise with the organization for years to come.

In the interim, please reach out to the Directors accordingly:

For Program and Education issues please contact Becca Kalivas – bkalivas@conqueringchd.org

For Marketing and Communication issues please contact Jessica Chenevert – jchenevert@conqueringchd.org

For Community and State Chapter issues please contact Melanie Toth – mtoth@conqueringchd.org

For Development and Fundraising issues contact Anne Reitzes – areitzes@conqueringchd.org

We ask that you respect Amy and her family’s privacy at this time. For more information about her son and their journey please visit their Caring Bridge Site:


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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