Amy L. Ronneberg
Chief Executive Officer, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
With more than 20 years as a proven leader in multiple industries, Amy Ronneberg has demonstrated exceptional financial and operational leadership coupled with strategic business acumen. As CEO of the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®, Amy leads an organization of more than 1,300 professionals and 3,000 volunteers, fighting so all people, irrespective of background, get the cell therapy they need.
Amy joined the NMDP/Be The Match in July 2013 as the chief financial officer and was responsible for planning, implementing and directing NMDP/Be The Match finances, facilities and real estate management, reporting and tax management. In that role, Amy partnered with and advised NMDP/Be The Match executives and board of directors in developing and implementing an operating and financial business plan to meet the changing health care environment.
Along with her finance duties, Amy was also president of Be The Match BioTherapies business and led new business development while overseeing the development and delivery of a strategic plan to grow and expand our portfolio of product offerings.
Prior to joining NMDP/Be The Match, Amy spent 12 years at Capella Education Company, where she served as chief accounting officer, vice president of finance and led enterprise-wide operations and customer service. She also worked for Ernst & Young for several years as an audit manager.
Amy has served on several boards and is currently on the board of Magenta Therapeutics (MGTA), board observer of Tmunity Therapeutics and the Finance Committee for Allina Healthcare and the World Marrow Donor Association.
Amy earned a Master of Business Administration from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minn. and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Dennis L. Confer, MD
Chief Medical Officer Emeritus, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
Joining the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match as chief medical officer in 1999, Dr. Confer is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and oncology, and has worked in blood and marrow transplantation, immunobiology and clinical research for more than 30 years. In addition to his role as chief medical officer, Dr. Confer is leader of the Be The Match Innovation Laboratory.
His experience as a practicing transplant physician includes 10 years at the University of Minnesota and five years as director of bone marrow transplantation with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He is the co-principal investigator for the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network data coordinating center. He has led the NMDP/Be The Match Phase III study of PBSC versus marrow transplants and is experienced with FDA regulatory matters. In addition, he has been the author or co-author of six book chapters and more than 120 publications.
Dr. Confer received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1977 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, where he also served as a resident from 1977-1979 and chief resident from 1979-1980. He served a fellowship in hematology/oncology from the University of Minnesota Medical School from 1980-1983. He became interim medical director of NMDP/Be The Match in 1991, and served as medical director from 1993-1999, while serving as associate professor and director of bone marrow transplantation at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Steven Devine, MD
Associate Scientific Director/Senior Vice President of Research, CIBMTR® (Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research®)
Chief Medical Officer, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
Dr. Devine is a board-certified oncologist and was the director of the blood and marrow transplant program at Ohio State University Hospitals in Columbus. Prior to that, he held positions at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Illinois in Chicago, and Emory University in Atlanta. He also served on the graft-versus-host disease advisory boards of Bristol-Myers Squibb and Incyte pharmaceuticals, the Kiadis advisory board, and the Genzyme advisory board.
Dr. Devine is immediate past-chair of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute/NCI-sponsored Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network. He has also served as a member of the board of directors of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Alliance for Clinical Trials and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation.
Dr. Devine received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Massachusetts. He completed his internship and residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, then went on to complete a clinical fellowship of hematology and oncology at the University of Chicago, and completed his fellowship in bone marrow transplant at Emory University.
Senior Vice President, Marketing, Donor Registry Growth and Development, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
Erica Jensen brings 20 years of experience driving strategic growth for Fortune 500 corporations to the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match® as Senior Vice President of Marketing, Donor Registry Growth and Development.
At General Mills and Bank of America, Erica shaped multicultural marketing strategies, working closely with internal and external partners to accomplish mutually beneficial goals. She also developed multicultural consumer training for brand marketers and crafted African American and Hispanic integrated marketing campaigns for numerous General Mills brands.
One of her enduring legacies at General Mills was birthed during her 20 months working on Yoplait. She helped launch Firefly Sisterhood, which fosters one-to-one connections between women diagnosed with breast cancer and inspirational survivors. Firefly Sisterhood quickly thrived, becoming its own 501c3 and hiring its own executive director. It’s completed 1,000 Firefly matches in just five years and has been honored by numerous organizations, including the Minnesota Lynx and Timberwolves.
For Erica, serving the community has been a constant and a joy. At Northwestern University, she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta, a historically African American sorority committed to community service. Currently, she’s an elder at Sanctuary Covenant Church in North Minneapolis and remains on the board of Firefly Sisterhood.
Erica graduated with degrees in Communication and African American studies from Northwestern University, and earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Regis University.
She lives in a suburb of Minneapolis with her husband, two children and dog.
Patricia “Patty” L. Jones
Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Communications, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
Patty Jones joined the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match® in 2020 to lead the Human Resources and Communications functions. In her role, Patty is responsible for shaping strategies to create employee experiences that ensures employees are able to put patients first. A transformational leader and creative problem solver who knows how to focus on what works, Patty has the business acumen to solve real problems and create authentic cultures.
Patty’s deep leadership experience includes running her own consulting business where she has assisted Boards and CEOs to achieve their objectives and C-suite experience in transportation, manufacturing, financial services and healthcare. Patty joined the NMDP/Be The Match from her leadership consulting business, Culture Circus LLC. Her previous experiences include leadership roles at TCF Bank, Allina Health, H.B. Fuller and Northwest Airlines, Inc. She has served on several boards and is currently chair on the Governance Committee at Royal Neighbors of America Insurance Company.
Patty holds a J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Spanish from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Executive Director, Be The Match Foundation®
Chief Advancement Officer, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
Joy King is Chief Advancement Officer of the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match® and
Executive Director of Be The Match Foundation®. Joining the team in 2016, Joy’s primary role is to shape the foundation’s strategy and aid in overall direction of the organization. Her philanthropic work aids NMDP/Be The Match in ensuring patients get the
cellular therapy they need when they need it, helps patients live longer healthier lives, and offers hope for a cure to thousands more patients in need of cellular therapy.
In her time with NMDP/Be The Match, Joy has secured the first of many principal gifts in the history of the organization. Additional successes include launching Be The Match México, funding research programs to reduce post-transplant complications, providing increased grants for patient assistance, and aiding in diverse recruitment to the Be The Match Registry®.
Joy brings 19 years of experience to advance the life-saving mission of NMDP/Be The Match. Her career began with the American Cancer Society in 2000 as Field Representative for Relay For Life® in Texas. Elevating to the role of Senior Vice President of Operations, for the Midwest division of the American Cancer Society overseeing 250 staff members with an annual fundraising goal of $32 million. She is passionate about curing cancer and serves as an executive leader, board member, and transformational catalyst.
Joy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tarleton State University, is a member of several Minneapolis based and nationally recognized women leadership organizations, a board member for Be The Match México, a trustee of the Minneapolis Jeremiah Program, as well as a member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. Joy has also been recognized by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal as a 2015 Women in Business.
Brian L. Lindberg
Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
Chief Policy Officer
Since joining the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match® in 2005, Brian Lindberg has established the in-house legal department and implemented the organization's formal enterprise-wide risk management function.
In addition to overseeing the legal affairs and risk management areas, he is also responsible for the Contracts and Procurement Department, the internal audit function, and the Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs Department.
As chief policy officer, Brian provides leadership and direction for NMDP/Be The Match's public policy agenda, with focus on federal legislative and executive agency activities in support of the organization's mission.
As compliance officer, he is responsible for maintaining compliance with the full scope of legal, regulatory, and ethical requirements faced by the organization in its efforts to accomplish its mission. As the institutional official, Brian ensures that the NMDP/Be The Match's Human Research Protection Program functions effectively and that it complies with all requirements applicable to research involving human subjects.
Prior to joining NMDP/Be The Match, he served as assistant general counsel (Clinical Advisory Counsel) for a large hospital and clinics system. Brian began his legal career in large firm private practice, during which time he served as outside legal counsel to NMDP/Be The Match.
Brian received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and American Racial and Multicultural Studies from St. Olaf College, and his Juris Doctor degree from Mitchell Hamline School of Law.
Jamie Margolis, PhD
Senior Vice President, Donor Services, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
With more than 10 years of experience managing cellular therapies, Jamie Margolis is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the teams that work directly with adult stem cell donors. Along with our partners, her team oversees the management and facilitation of all donor activities, from the point of donor identification by a provider or client to the collection and recovery of stem cells, while ensuring all functional areas meet regulatory and quality standards.
Jamie joined the the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match® in 2009 and spent her first six years in patient case management, supporting the operational needs of health care providers for stem cell transplantation and troubleshooting unexpected disruptions that occur throughout the complex product delivery process. She served for four years as Director of Cell & Gene Therapy Operations for Be The Match BioTherapies®, responsible for overseeing supply chain management, development and management of collection networks, and identifying and sourcing allogeneic donor cells.
Jamie holds her PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Minnesota.
Chief Information Officer, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
Mike McCullough joined the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match® in 2015 and is responsible for ensuring that the organization’s information technology systems meet the needs of our patients, donors and transplant centers. In this role, he leads the development and implementation of information technology strategies that uphold NMDP/Be The Match as a sustainable organization with a best-in-class registry and as a global leader in research.
Mike has 25 years of experience across information technology, finance and operations and spent much of his career at General Electric and Citigroup.
Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College and a Master of Business Administration from Williams College of Business at Xavier University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Minneapolis/ St. Paul Business Journal 2017 Titans of Technology honoree.
Senior Vice President, Provider Services, National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®
Julie Smolich is the senior vice president of provider services at the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP)/Be The Match®. She provides leadership and strategic direction to the teams focused on product and service delivery to transplant center customers and partners, as well as commercial entities leveraging NMDP/Be The Match’s vast capabilities.
Julie is responsible for identifying and understanding market and customer needs and translating that into the development and implementation of new and/or improved services and solutions that will ultimately help more patients who may benefit from transplantation or other emerging cell and gene therapies.
She has extensive and varied experience in leadership roles, product/portfolio management, new product development, strategic planning, and process development and improvement.
Prior to joining Be The Match in 2017, Julie spent 16 years at Capella Education Company where she held several leadership positions. Most recently, she was the vice president and general manager of a multi-million dollar business unit where she led the innovation of a ground-breaking academic delivery model called FlexPath. Earlier in her career, she worked in the financial services industry at Piper Jaffray and Ernst & Young.
Julie earned her Master of Business Administration from Capella University and holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from St. Cloud State University.