American Society of Hematology

Staff Directory

Executive Office

Martha Liggett, Esq.
Executive Director

LaFaundra Neville, CAP
Executive Assistant

Anita Braxton, AS
Receptionist/Office Coordinator

Holland Ruttagah
Administrative Coordinator

Chase Willett
International Programs Specialist

Michelle Lara
International Programs Specialist 

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Office of the Deputy Executive Director

Matthew Gertzog, MBA, CAE
Deputy Executive Director

Business Services

Rodney Hunter
Business Services Specialist

Information Technology and Customer Relations

Karina Fernandez, MS
Director of Information Technology

Ghennet Aklilu
Database Administration Manager  

Peggy Meng
Applications Development Manager

Stephanie Franklin
Customer Relations Associate

Alexandra Steinheimer
Business Analyst/Trainer

Caroline Cumberbatch
Customer Relations Assistant

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Communications Department

Jenifer Hamilton, CAE
Director, Communications

Karen Learner
Communications Manager, Publications

Michael Mersky
Web Manager

Andrea Slesinski
Communications Manager

Alexander Kireyev
Marketing Manager

Juana Llorens
Managing Editor

Rebecca Deprey
Web Specialist

Amanda Szabo
Communications Specialist

Akaliza Shalita
Web Assistant

Alicia Davids
Communications Associate

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Development Department

Patricia Frustace
Director, Development

Lisa Fanning
Awards and Diversity Programs Manager

Meley Gebremedhin
Awards Coordinator

Malva Mangan
Corporate Relations Manager

Thelma Barnett
Corporate Relations Coordinator

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Education, Training, and Quality Department

Charles Clayton
Senior Director, Education, Training, and Quality


Mark Smith, PhD, CAE
Director, Education

Julie Orlando-Castro
Director, Education

Margaret Bogie
Senior Manager, Education

Marshall Nayer
Education Meetings Manager

Tara Rodgers
Digital Education Manager

Ana Velarde
Education Specialist

Michelle Thurston, MA
Education Coordinator


Cara Molinari
Director, Training

Karen Kayoumi
Senior Manager, Training and Evaluation

Joseph Basso
Training Manager

Kathleen Cruder
Training Coordinator

Mary Barkley
Training and Education Associate


Robert Plovnick, MD, MS
Director, Quality Improvement Programs

Rob Kunkle
Senior Manager, Practice Guidelines

Patrick C. Irelan, MA
Quality Improvement Specialist

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Finance Department

Tiffany Ake, CPA
Director, Finance

Tamiko White
Accounting Manager

Anita Tillery
Senior Accountant

Gladys Ogoe
Accounting Associate

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Government Relations, Practice, and Scientific Affairs

Suzy Leous, MPA
Director, Government Relations, Practice, and Scientific Affairs

Ulyana Desiderio, PhD
Director, Scientific Affairs

Brian Whitman
Senior Manager for Policy and Practice

Stephanie Kaplan
Government Relations and Practice Manager

Tracy Roades
Research Advocacy Manager

Alice Kuaban, MS
Scientific Affairs Coordinator

Deon Nelson
Policy and Practice Coordinator

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Meetings Department

Bill Reed, FASAE, CMP
Senior Director of Meetings

Tammy Huber, CMP
Meetings Coordinator

Leona Zahn
Meetings Coordinator

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BLOOD Publishing Department

Nina Hoffman
Senior Director of Publishing

Anna Trudgett, MA, ELS
Editorial Director and Senior Managing Editor, Blood

Patrick Baggott
Publications Marketing Senior Manager

Ken April
Production Senior Manager

Deborah Christian
Publications Manager

Keith Gigliello, MS
Blood Journal Digital Manager

Virginia Ramsey
Peer Review Manager

Joanna Robertson
Annual Meeting Publications Manager

Naddia Wiklund
Journal Business and Subscription Manager

Brian Cannon
Editorial and Graphics Coordinator

Helen Okeke
Peer Review Specialist

Dax Blemberg
Data Integrity Specialist - Publications

Eyob Alemu
Marketing and Operations Coordinator

Daniel Lambert, MA
Production Coordinator

Elizabeth Stern
Editorial Associate

Mark Paglia
Editorial Assistant- New Submissions

Lauren Townsend
Annual Meeting Publications Assistant

Rosa Warren
Peer Review Associate

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