Meet Our Team

Karen Aydt Curtiss, Founder In 2005, Karen’s father, Bill Aydt, passed away after suffering a dozen preventable medical errors following a lung transplant for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. A few months later, her husband, Sandy, nearly succumbed to errors in routine surgery and in his care afterward. Fueled by grief, anger and regret, Karen spent the next three years researching how she, as their advocate, could have been better informed and prepared to prevent the medical errors that took her father’s life and jeopardized her husband’s. The result is CampaignZERO with just the kind of quick information and checklists Karen wishes she and her family had when they sat bedside – so hopeful – yet so uninformed about common hospital hazards that work against safe care for all patients. CampaignZERO is Karen’s way to transform her family’s tragedies into better outcomes for others.   Trisha Torrey In 2004, Trisha was diagnosed with a rare, fatal form of lymphoma and told she had only months to live. But her intuition told her otherwise, and through some steps and trials she eventually proved she had been misdiagnosed – no cancer. As a marketing consultant, Trisha realized how vital communications are in finding the best outcomes for both patients and providers. So, based on her misdiagnosis experience, she changed careers to focus on improving patient-provider communications, including the tools they use to share information. Today Trisha is known as Every Patient’s Advocate. She is the author of three books, founded and manages the Alliance for Professional Health Advocates, is About.com’s expert in patient empowerment, and speaks to groups across the country on communications...