John R. Wingard, M.D., Chair
Dr. Wingard is professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Price Eminent Scholar, and deputy director for Research of the University of Florida Health Cancer Center. He has held a number of leadership positions over the years, including co-chair of the Late Effects Working Committee of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research, chair of the Steering Committee of the NHLBI/NCI Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network, member of the board of directors of the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapies, and he is a past president of the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. He has published more than 340 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 50 book chapters, and has edited four books. He served on the NMDP Board of Directors from 2007-2012 and has served on multiple NMDP committees, including Patient Services (past co-chair), New Technologies, Cord Blood, and Board Development committees. Dr. Wingard is medical director of a NMDP transplant center, collection center and cord blood bank. He received his undergraduate training at Yale University, his medical training at Johns Hopkins University and has been on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University, Emory University, and now University of Florida for the past 17 years.
Lynn Abrahamsen, Chair-elect
Lynn Abrahamsen has held leadership positions in health care for over 35 years. Most recently she served as chief operating officer and then chief executive officer of Hennepin Healthcare System in Minneapolis, until she retired in 2009. She led this complex public hospital and clinic system through a governance change to a 501c3 public benefit corporation with an operating board structure, and designed and optimized new operating systems related to human resources, purchasing and strategic planning. She also successfully installed integrated electronic records and developed a new strategic plan and master facility plan. These changes resulted in capital investment for additional bed capacity, renewal of the physical plant at the main campus and the addition of community clinic sites. She has a special interest in assuring access to quality health services for all. Abrahamsen has served extensively on boards of community organizations throughout her career.
Ann R. Berkey, Vice Chair
Ann R. Berkey is senior vice president of Public Affairs for San Francisco-based McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 14 corporation and the world’s largest supply management and health care information technology company. She is responsible for all federal, state, and international government relations activities and corporate public policy strategy. Prior to McKesson, she was a principal at Berkey Associates, a government relations consulting firm in the Bay Area, and managed state government relations for Shell Oil Company in the western region and federal government relations in their Houston headquarters. Berkey is on the Advisory Board of the Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation and on the board of directors of the Public Affairs Council in Washington, D.C. Berkey received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mount Holyoke College.
William (Bill) G. Pomeroy, Secretary
Bill Pomeroy is founder and CEO of CXtec and TERACAI. CXtec is a global provider of new and certified pre-owned networking and voice equipment and data center cabling products. TERACAI provides core networking infrastructures that help organizations meet their business goals by enabling virtualization, unified communications and cloud applications. He is also a leukemia survivor, diagnosed with AML in 2004 and received a transplant in 2005. Three years later, he met his donor, an experience that had a profound impact on his life. After his diagnosis, he established The William G. Pomeroy Foundation, which focuses on two of his great passions: historic preservation and research, and funding programs related to blood cancers. Understanding the need to increase diversity of the Be The Match Registry, the foundation works closely with NMDP to conduct recruitment drives in diverse communities. Pomeroy received his MBA from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Daniel D. Arndt, Past Chair
Daniel D. Arndt is a past chair of the NMDP Audit Committee. Under his leadership, NMDP staff and the committee compiled and completed necessary audits, created and implemented an Audit Committee Charter, created the Whistleblower Policy, and have begun a reporting process to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. As staff vice president and General Auditor at 3M for more than a decade, Arndt was directly involved in addressing changes to comply with corporate governance requirements throughout the world. He also participated in initiatives that helped 3M be successful in the ever-changing competitive and regulatory environments. He has served on various boards, including the Institute of Internal Auditors, Twin Cities Chapter; Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce; and International School of Brussels, Belgium. Arndt received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northwestern University and earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago.
Robert L. Baitty
Robert Baitty is a transplant survivor, having had an unrelated-donor bone marrow transplant for myelodysplastic syndrome at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance in 1997. He has served on the board of directors of the National Marrow Donor Program since October 2012. He retired from Federal service in April, 2012. He directed the Blood Stem Cell Transplantation Programs in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), from 1998 to 2012. These programs operate, through contracts, the U.S. system for helping patients find donors for blood stem cell transplants and collects data on the results of those transplants. Previously, Baitty held a variety of positions within HRSA and HHS. Mr. Baitty holds a BS in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Melinda Caltabiano, Council Chair
Melinda Caltabiano is the Director of Clinical Services at New York Blood Center (NYBC). In addition to overseeing NYBC’s three NMDP/BTM programs (Apheresis Center, Donor Center, and Recruitment Group) Melinda manages the Clinical Apheresis Services and Perioperative Autologus Transfusion departments. Melinda has been with NYBC since 1993 in a variety of roles. Melinda took a two-year hiatus from NYBC in 1998 to serve in the United States Peace Corps in Slovakia, working on local environmental projects and youth development programs. Currently Melinda serves as Chair of the Council Advisory Group and is a member of the Board Development Committee, the Phoenix Oversight Committee, Diversity Advisory Group and the Patient Services Advisory Group. Melinda has a BA from Manhattan College and earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Finance from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Michael T. Davenport, Esquire
Michael is vice president, Strategic Planning for Wyndham Vacation Rentals, North America, in Parsippany, N.J. Wyndham Vacation Rentals is the largest professional manager of vacation rentals in the world with more than 100,000 properties in over 500 destinations. Prior to that, he spent seven years at Starwood Hotels and Resorts in a series of roles in Operations, Strategy, and Real Estate. He received his Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Ill., and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard School of Business. He joined the NMDP Board of Directors in 2013 and has served on the Audit Committee and Diversity Advisory Group.
Jennifer Jones, Esq.
Jennifer Jones is the chief executive officer and executive director of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), a prominent New York City social policy and advocacy organization with over 200 member human services agencies operating throughout New York City. Prior to joining FPWA, she served as senior vice president of United Way of New York City. In 2006 Austin was appointed New York City's first Family Services coordinator by Mayor Bloomberg. She also served as deputy commissioner for the Administration for Children's Services, Civil Rights deputy bureau chief for Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, and vice president for LearnNow/Edison Schools Inc. Jones has served on numerous boards including: Children for Children, the New York Women's Bar Association Foundation, and the Bethany Baptist Church Child Development Center. She currently serves as chair of the City of New York Procurement Policy Board, board member of the Icla da Silva Foundation, the Citizen's Committee for Children, and the New York Blood Center. Jones earned her law degree from Fordham University School of Law, a Master's degree in Management and Policy from New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and a Bachelor's degree from Rutgers University. She resides in Brooklyn with her husband and children.
Pankaj (P.J.) Kamani
P.J. Kamani operates ABC Language Services, a company that provides translation, interpretation and website localization services. He has also served as managing director and partner for Alexander FX, a financial services company specializing in innovative investment banking, and as vice president of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. He has served as a member of the NMDP’s Finance Committee for the past six years and on the NMDP’s Investment Committee for four. Kamani holds an MBA in international finance from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Business Administration in international management from Haile Selassie I University.
John McMannis, M.D., Ph.D
John McMannis is executive vice president, Manufacturing, Mesoblast, Inc., Melbourne, Australia. His prior experience includes serving as director, Cellular Therapy Laboratory, Department of Stem Cell Transplantation; and technical director, Cord Blood Bank, both at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. He has had numerous peer-reviewed, original research articles published, as well as abstracts and book chapters. He currently serves as editor, Transfusion, and reviewer of the journals: Cytotherapy, European Journal of Hematology, AABB Reviews, Experimental Hematology, Transfusion, Bioprocessing, and Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. He is a member of American Association of Blood Banks Cell Therapy Committee, American Red Cross Blue Ribbon Panel Research and Development Committee, American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, American Association of Immunologists, American Society of Hematology and many others. McMannis received his Ph.D. in immunology from Rush University, Chicago, Ill.
Miguel-Angel Perales, M.D.
Dr. Perales is the deputy chief for the Adult Bone Marrow Transplantation Service and the director of the Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Fellowship Program for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He currently serves on committees for several organizations including the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT), the American Society of Hematology (ASH), the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN), the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology. He is the co-chair for the ASBMT educational committee and co-chair for the Graft Sources and Manipulation Working Committee for the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR). Dr. Perales has over 100 publications including peer-reviewed articles, position papers, guidelines, book chapters, editorials and invited reviews. He has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international seminars over the past 15 years. Dr. Perales completed his MD at the Free University of Brussels. His postdoctoral training was completed at the Tufts Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
David L. Porter, M.D.
Dr. Porter is a member of the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. He is a recipient of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Service to Mankind Award, which is bestowed for “dedicated service to the highest standards of the medical profession, his humanistic approach to patient care, and his tireless efforts in researching cures for blood cancers.” He has authored more than 100 research articles, abstracts, and book chapters, is an associate editor for the American Journal of Hematology and has served as a manuscript reviewer for numerous medical journals, including Blood, Annals of Internal Medicine and The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Porter has expertise in the care of patients with hematologic malignancies including acute and chronic leukemia, and in all aspects of autologous, related donor, unrelated donor and umbilical cord blood SGT. He has developed or been an active participant in numerous local and national research activities. He is an accomplished clinical investigator and has published extensively in the field of stem cell transplantation and hematologic malignancies. His principal research interests are in development of novel methods of cellular therapy, stem cell transplantation and of allogeneic adoptive immunotherapy.
Brian J. Reithel, Ph.D.
Dr. Brian Reithel is Professor of Management Information Systems at The University of Mississippi. He has been a faculty member and consultant in the information technology field since 1984. In addition to serving as Dean of the School of Business Administration, he has served in a variety of other leadership roles at UM including: Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations, Co-Director of the $525 million Commitment to Excellence Campaign, Interim Director of the Trent Lott Leadership Institute, Co-Chair of the Sesquicentennial Celebration, and Chair of the MIS/POM Department. A prolific scholar, he has authored more than 80 research articles and papers for leading journals and scientific conferences. He is also a trusted source for the popular press on questions related to emerging information technologies with appearances in PC World magazine, Inc Magazine, The New York Times, ComputerWorld, National Public Radio and more. In 2005, he served as the national President of the Association of IT Professionals, the world’s oldest association for the information technology industry. He has also served as the President of the national Foundation for Information Technology Education. Since 2002, he has provided strategic guidance for the development of one of today’s leading blood establishment computer systems, LifeTec Elite, through his involvement with IT Synergistics, LLC.
Harpreet Sandhu is Chief Executive Officer at Stanford Blood Center in Palo Alto, California. Prior to Stanford Blood Center, Harpreet worked for BSI Corporate Office, supporting technical operations for California BSI centers. She is also a trained Histocompatibility Technologist. Originally from Canada, Harpreet began her career working for a donor screening laboratory for Canadian Blood Services and a transfusion service of a level 1 trauma hospital in Vancouver. She holds a Bachelor of Science (with honors) in Medical Laboratory Science and a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science (magna cum laude).
David M. Schubert
David M. Schubert is Chief Operating Officer of Accelerator Corporation, a biotechnology-focused venture capital backed investment vehicle, located in New York City, Seattle and Washington. From May 2012 to August 2014, he served as Executive Director of the Houston Area Translational Research Consortium (HATRC) at Rice University, a biotechnology-based non-for-profit organization that focused on filling the gap between R&D investment and translation of discovery to the clinic in the form of marketable products to treat diseases. While at HATRC, David was a Venture Partner at Accelerator. Prior to Accelerator, in 2001 David spun CellExSys Corporation out of Targeted Genetics Corporation (where he led Business Development and Investor Relations from 1997-2001), and then successfully led the acquisition of CellExSys by Chromos Molecular Systems (Vancouver, BC). David began his career in 1993 at Baxter Healthcare Corporation where he served in various roles in strategic planning, sales and marketing in both Europe and the United States. He hols an MBA degree with concentrations in Marketing and Management from Pennsylvania State University, an MS in Biology with a concentration in Immunology from Utah State University and a BS in Biology, and a BA in Psychology from Eastern Nazarene College (Quincy, Mass.). David currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and Eventure (Houston, Texas).
Robert J. Soiffer, M.D.
Dr. Robert Soiffer received his M.D. from the New York University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he also served as Chief Medical Resident. He completed fellowship in medical oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Robert J. Soiffer, M.D. is currently Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is Chief of the Division of Hematologic Malignancies, Vice-Chairman of Medical Oncology, and Co-Director of Bone Marrow Transplant Service at DFCI. Dr. Soiffer is a former President of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. He served on the advisory board for the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research and the Executive Steering Committees for Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network. He has published more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Soiffer’s research focuses on modulation of immune responses in the setting of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The ultimate goal for his clinical trials and research grants is to optimize graft-versus-leukemia activity without inducing graft-versus-host disease.
Abby West is an established journalist and publishing exec with a long history at prominent national magazines. Most recently, she was the Executive Editor of ESSENCE.com, the preeminent African-American women's magazine, where she oversaw the development of digital growth strategies as well as the site's editorial strategy. Prior to joining ESSENCE, Abby spent nine years at Entertainment Weekly, rising from reporter to Senior Editor with the website, where she managed and launched various sections and helped drive digital growth. She has also had numerous reporting roles for newspapers and national magazines, such as People. Abby also became a PBSC donor in 2014, answering the call 17 years after she was moved to join the Be The Match registry while she was reporting on a drive to recruit more African-American donors.
Lori White is the director of government, national accounts and support services for San Francisco-based McKesson Corporation, a Fortune 14 corporation and the world’s largest supply management and health care information technology company. She is responsible for implementing and overseeing business relationships with the US government and state entities within Health Systems National Accounts (HSNA). Lori was recognized with the McKesson President’s Sales Award for her role in negotiations that led to renewal of $7 billion in customer business. In addition to her professional experience and accomplishments, Lori is a two-time bone marrow donor. She was able to meet Molly, who at six-years-old was given a new chance at life thanks to Lori’s bone marrow donation.
Kimberly Kasow Wichlan, D.O.
Kimberly Kasow Wichlan, an associate clinical professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the director of Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant program, the medical director of the Bone Marrow Collection Facility , and the Transplant Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement medical director. She is a member of the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the only public comprehensive cancer center in North Carolina. She previously served as medical director of Bone Marrow Collections and Transplant Quality Officer at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee, where she was the 2008 recipient, Outstanding Physician of the Year. She began her academic career as a Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology/ Bone Marrow Transplant Fellow at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and later became an assistant member prior to her move to North Carolina. She completed her pediatric residency Columbus Children's Hospital (now Nationwide Children’s) in Columbus, Ohio. She is involved in the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) and her academic interests include transplantation for osteopetrosis and late effects/quality of life after hematopoietic cell transplantation.