Miranda Klassen founded the AFE Foundation shortly after recovering from a near-fatal amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) during the birth of her son in 2008. After months of fruitless searching for support and information related to AFE, Miranda recognized the immediate need for the foundation. Drawing from her experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors, Miranda was able to take it from an idea to an internationally recognized, physician-supported organization assisting families all over the world. Miranda’s efforts are currently working with the medical advisory board and Baylor University on developing the AFE Foundation Patient Registry, which is scheduled to be in operation by fall of 2012. Additionally, Miranda is also spearheading discussions with the NIH on opportunities for prospective AFE research, and collaborating with various organizations to develop a protocol for management of this devastating complication.
Miranda has spent 20 years in the banking and finance industry. She is currently Vice President of a San Diego Trust Bank and is involved in several local philanthropic and professional organizations. Most notably, she serves on the ScrippsCare board for Scripps Health as the patient advocate. She also serves as a member of the Community Advisory Board at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. Miranda serves as the Executive Director of the AFE Foundation.
Miranda is married and enjoys spending time with her husband, Bryce, and their 4 year old son, Van. She recently supported her husband’s return to school after their birth experience inspired him to become an ICU nurse. He is now an ICU nurse working in the very facility where Miranda received her lifesaving care. Miranda is committed to improving the health and well-being of mothers and their children by devoting her time to activities that will effectuate the greatest level of change.