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Staff Directory

Executive Office

Martha Liggett, Esq.
Executive Director

Matthew Gertzog, MBA, CAE
Deputy Executive Director

LaFaundra Neville-Ingram, CAP
Executive Administrator

Tiffany Williams
Administrative Coordinator

Domonique Porter

Jakub Konysz, MA, CAE
Senior Manager, International Programs

Michelle Lara
International Programs Manager

Erin Sheek
International Programs Coordinator

Information Technology

Karina Fernandez, MS
Chief Information Officer

Kevin Parker
Senior Manager, Information Technology

Shell Walser
Senior Manager, Information Technology Projects

Stephanie Franklin
Data Integrity Specialist

Alexandra Steinheimer
Manager, Information Technology

Brienne Simien
Desktop Support Specialist


Jenifer Hamilton, CAE
Chief Communications Officer

Andrea Fischer
Deputy Director of Communications

Kristin Hubing
Managing Editor, ASH Clinical News

Amanda Szabo
Communications Manager

Alexander Kireyev
Senior Manager, Marketing

Juana Llorens
Managing Editor

Alice Stankovitch
Content Marketing Specialist

David Willard, MPP
Digital Content Specialist

Leah Enser
Communications Specialist

Laura Santini
Editorial Specialist

Akaliza Shalita
Web Coordinator

Sara Khalaf
Communications Coordinator

Josi Suslov
Marketing Coordinator

Luis Vargas
Marketing Associate

ASH Foundation

Stephen Tanne
Director of ASH Foundation

Caitlynn McGuin
ASH Foundation Coordinator

Professional Development and Diversity

Charles Clayton
Chief Professional Development & Diversity Officer


Carrie Smith, CAE
Director of Education

Ana Velarde
Senior Manager, Education Programs

Michelle Thurston-Harvey, MA
Education Programs Manager

Maya Sanford
Education Programs Coordinator


Robby Reynolds, MPA
Director of Training

Josel Fritz, MPH, MCHES
Senior Manager, Training and Evaluation

Morgan Homer
Training and Evaluation Programs Manager

Awards and Diversity Programs

Patricia Frustace
Senior Director, Awards and Diversity Programs

Lisa Fanning, MA
Senior Manager, Diversity Programs

Jeremiah Worrell
Awards and Diversity Programs Coordinator

Vonnie Calemine
Awards Programs Specialist

Allison Samis
Awards Programs Specialist

Cole Thompson
Awards & Diversity Program Analyst

Afiya Bey
Diversity Programs Specialist

Finance and Administration

Tiffany Ake, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Tamiko White

Milen Yordanov
Assistant Controller

Charles Oboh
Financial Reporting Manager

Jamiliah Wilkins
Senior Accountant

Marketa Widmer
Senior Accountant

Gladys Ogoe
Accounting Associate

Rosina Atsu
Accounting Associate

Business Services

Kim Benford
Manager of Business Services

Rodney Hunter
Business Services Specialist

Government Relations and Practice

Suzanne Leous, MPA
Chief Policy Officer

Stephanie Kaplan
Deputy Director, Government Relations and Public Health

Tracy Roades
Senior Manager, Legislative Advocacy

Leslie Brady
Policy and Practice Manager

Shantá Robertson, MA
Sickle Cell Disease Programs Manager

Foster Curry
Government Relations Coordinator

Katherine Stark
Policy and Practice Coordinator

Meetings and Community Engagement

William Reed, FASAE, CMP
Chief Event Strategy Officer

Marshall Nayer, MBA
Senior Manager, Meetings

Tammy Huber, CMP
Meetings Manager

Nneka Iwuchukwu, MS
Meetings Manager

Julia Gaudet
Meetings Specialist

Brandi Suttles
Corporate Support Manager

Jacqueline Wright
Meetings Coordinator

Lori Beaston
Administrative Coordinator, Meetings


Nina Hoffman
Chief Publications Officer

Glenn Landis
Senior Director, Publications

Patrick Baggott
Senior Manager, Publications

Ken April
Senior Manager, Production

Keith Gigliello, MS
Senior Manager, Digital Publications

Joanna Robertson
Senior Manager, Data Integrity - Publications

Dax Blemberg
Senior Manager Editor, Blood Advances

Naddia Wiklund
Journal Business and Subscription Manager

Gwen Travis
Digital Specialist

Brian Cannon
Editorial and Graphics Specialist

Helen Okeke
Peer Review Specialist

Mark Paglia
Editorial Specialist

Daniel B. Lambert, MA
Production Manager

Aviva M. Westheim
Annual Meeting Publications Manager

Kiya Myers
Publications Coordinator, Blood

Michelle Lee
Annual Meeting Publications Coordinator

Kyle Nguyen
Institutional Licensing Coordinator

Beah Thompson
Marketing and Operations Coordinator

Tiffany Clark
Editorial and Social Media Specialist, Blood Advances

Quality Improvement Programs

Robert Plovnick, MD, MS
Chief Medical Quality Officer

Rob Kunkle, MA
Deputy Director, Quality Improvement Programs

Patrick C. Irelan, MA, MPM
Senior Manager of Clinical Quality Improvement

Emily Cahill, MPH
Senior Manager of Clinical Quality Improvement

Starr Webb, MPH
Manager of Clinical Quality Improvement

Kendall Alexander, MPH
Manager, Practice Guidelines

Jenny Castano, MPH
Manager, Practice Guidelines

Kailee Boedeker, MPH
Clinical Quality Improvement Specialist

Eddrika Russell, MPH, CPHQ
Clinical Practice Guidelines Coordinator

Vonda Howard
Quality Coordinator

Scientific Affairs

Gabriella Ryan, PhD, PMP
Senior Manager, Precision Medicine

Alice Kuaban, MS
Senior Manager, Scientific Affairs

Human Resources

Dennis Sawyers, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Senior Director, Human Resources

Julie Gallion
Senior Human Resources Consultant

Shaunna McElveen
Human Resources Consultant

Chere Sanders
Human Resources Manager

ASH Registry Inc. d/b/a ASH Research Collaborative

Matthew Gertzog, MBA, CAE
Executive Director

Data Hub

Robert Plovnick, MD, MS
Chief Medical Quality Officer

Kathleen Hewitt, DNP, RN, CPHQ
Director, Data Hub

Uchenna Onyeachom
Senior Manager, Data Hub Informatics

Emily Tucker
Senior Manager, Evidence Department

Brendan Dolan, MS-MMI
Relationship Manager

Latoya Scales
ASH Data Hub Coordinator

Sickle Cell Disease Clinical Trials Network

Charles Chesson, PhD
Director, Sickle Cell Disease Clinical Trials Network

LaTasha Lee, PhD, MPH
Senior Manager, Partnership Engagement

Louis Grue, RN, BS, BSN, CCRA
Senior Manager, Clinical Trials Operations

Shauna Whisenton
Manager, Patient Engagement

Kamille Turner
Sickle Cell Disease Clinical Trials Network Coordinator