Joseph M. (Trey) Loughran, Chair
Mr. Loughran owes his son Jordan’s life to Be the Match. When Jordan needed a second bone marrow transplant, Be the Match found a match in Carla, a wonderful mother of 2 from Chicago. Jordan recently celebrated his 10th anniversary post transplant, which included catching up with Carla and her family, who have become part of the Loughran family.
Mr. Loughran has served in a number of senior executive roles across financial services, financial technology, data and analytics, and digital marketing. He currently serves as CEO of Purchasing Power, LLC, an online consumer products and educational service company based in Atlanta. Prior to that he was President of Banking for Red Ventures, a digital marketing company, and he served in a number of senior executive roles at Equifax for 12 years, including leading two of its business units and chief marketing officer for the company. Prior to Equifax Mr. Loughran held roles at BellSouth Corporation, McKinsey & Company, King & Spalding, and Lazard Freres & Co.
Mr. Loughran is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar (now Morehead-Cain Scholar). He and his family reside in Charlotte, N.C.
Anne McGeorge, Vice Chair
Ms. McGeorge has 35 years of experience working with health care clients. She recently retired as the Global Managing Partner, Health Care Industry Practice, Grant Thornton LLP, where she worked extensively with large health systems, managed care organizations, insurance companies, and life sciences companies. She has assisted clients in all aspects of financial and strategic consulting, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, physician contracting, executive compensation, tax planning, risk assessment, regulatory issues, and IRS matters. Ms. McGeorge was formerly a partner with Deloitte and Touche LLP and Arthur Andersen LLP.
Ms. McGeorge is an operating partner for Havencrest Healthcare, a growth buy-out private equity firm based in Dallas, TX. She is also on the faculty of the Gilling Global School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She sit on the board of directors and is also the Chair of the Audit Committee for Magenta Therapeutics (NASDAQ:MGTA), a clinical stage biotech company based in Cambridge, MA. She is also an advisory board member of Dioko Ventures, a health care venture capital firm based in Winston-Salem, NC.
Ms. McGeorge received a BBA, Business, Accounting, from The College of William and Mary, and an MS, Accounting/Taxation from the University of Virginia. She is member of Women Business Leaders in Health Care, Women on Boards 2020, and the 1918 Society of the College of William and Mary. She sits on several non-profit boards.
Roger Paschke, Secretary
Mr. Paschke was named Chief Investment Officer for the Hearst Corporation and Hearst Foundations on January 1, 2008. In this role, he manages the Hearst Corporation's pension assets, those of The Hearst Foundations and related entities, with a combined total of approximately $6 billion. Previously, he was named to Chief Investment Officer's Power 100 list of the most influential people at pensions, endowments, foundations, insurance funds and sovereign wealth funds worldwide.
Previously, Mr. Paschke served as chief financial officer and senior vice president of OIL Group of Companies in Hamilton, Bermuda, world leaders in the provision of insurance products specific to the needs of the energy industry. From 1997 to 2006, he was responsible for the Company's approximately $5 billion in assets under management, including its corporate and pension investments, capital initiatives, credit ratings for the company's insurance entities and related debt issuances.
From 1978 to 1996, Mr. Paschke held a variety of positions at the University of Minnesota. Beginning in 1992, he was treasurer and associate vice president for finance, responsible for nearly $3 billion in assets under management, involving approximately 20 major investment management relationships and numerous other private equity partnerships and mutual funds.
Mr. Paschke holds a B.A. in Political Science and Criminal Justice Studies from the University of Minnesota.
Diana J. Clarke-Carter, Treasurer
Mrs. Clarke-Carter is a Minnesota native. She and her husband sold their company and retired at the end of 2018. They started and operated Summit Mortgage Corporation for 26 years, which they sold to their son-in-law.
Mrs. Clarke-Carter is a goal-oriented, strategic thinker and a philanthropist. Their family foundation, The Carter Family Foundation, supports a wide range of charitable priorities, including endowed scholarships at several educational institutions, helping women in the Congo, funding wells and other projects in Ethiopia, advancing social justice and housing issues, supporting medical research and supporting the missions of Be The Match.
Mrs. Clarke-Carter serves as a trustee and is a past chair of trustees at Westminster Presbyterian Church. She served for 9 years on the St. Cloud State University (SCSU) foundation board, serving both as chair of the finance and audit committee and as board chair. She was awarded the Outstanding Service Award at SCSU. She also served for several years as a member of the finance committee of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.
Mrs. Clarke-Carter attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth and St. Cloud State University from which she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.
Mr. Ahlgren holds the position of client relationship manager with Riverbridge Partners, LLC, an investment management firm in Minneapolis, MN. In this role since February 2014, he deepens relationships with clients through regular contact and portfolio review meetings, develops business through networks to increase assets under management, develops investment plans and administers portfolios, assists colleagues with client services and maintains adherence to models through quality control and drift measures.
Previously, Mr. Ahlgren served as a retirement planning specialist with Ameriprise Financial, as a financial consultant with Thrivent Financial, and held accounting and finance positions at Valspar Corporation and Regis Corporation.
Mr. Ahlgren holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation, the Certified Financial Consultant designation (ChFC) and Series 7 and 66 Licenses. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he majored in finance.
Mr. Ahlgren is a volunteer member of the Be The Match Foundation Twin Cities Leadership Council where he participates in strategy and execution of increasing charitable support and awareness for Be The Match’s mission.
Gustavo A. Alcocer
Gustavo A. Alcocer joined OLIVARES Y COMPAÑÍA, S.C., as a partner in 1999. He manages the Corporate and Commercial Law Group and is Co-Chair of the Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals Group. Prior to joining OLIVARES, he acted as In House counsel for Banamex for 11 years in various positions, including Vice President of International Legal Affairs in New York and Executive Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Grupo Financiero Banamex in Mexico City.
Mr. Alcocer possesses a wealth of transactional experience in M&A, finance and business law and advises our clients on complex M&A, finance, asset sale & acquisition, licensing, franchising, real estate transactional work, and regulatory work. Clients routinely turn to him for sophisticated strategic advice regarding structuring maintaining, and expanding operations in Mexico and intellectual property valuation and monetization. Additionally, Mr. Alcocer has worked with international companies in FCPA and anti-bribery compliance, as well as privacy and personal data protection.
Annie Ballantine is a grateful stem cell transplant recipient, because of Be The Match. Her volunteer role for Be The Match Foundation started in 2014 and continues today; Annie’s primary focus is raising funds through the annual Be The Match Gala in Minneapolis, MN.
Professionally, Annie has many diverse experiences. For 12 years, the primary focus of her career was the operation of her high-end interior design firm. In addition to her design work, Annie served as an adjunct professor and curriculum consultant at St. Catherine University.
After her transplant, seeking more meaning and a new professional experience, Annie ventured into a new career. Through her current consulting business, Annie empowers women to live their best lives through cultivation of meaning and expression of joy in their daily lives.
Annie and her husband Nick live in North Oaks, Minnesota with four fur kids.
Andrew Block is a highly strategic, values-driven executive with extensive experience in high growth public sector businesses. As a proven enterprise leader, he has a track record of developing strategy, achieving business objectives and providing strong shareholder return. He has experience across multiple sectors including hospitality, finance, distribution and logistics, and high-tech manufacturing.
Andrew joined ABM in 2018 as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). A veteran CHRO with 25 years of experience, Andrew is responsible for setting enterprise HR strategy. He is focused on attracting, developing and retaining talent at all levels of the organization through talent planning, organizational effectiveness and an enhanced HR operating model.
Before joining ABM, Andrew served as Senior Vice President, Talent and Organizational Performance for Buffalo Wild Wings. He also led Human Resources and Talent capabilities for C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., Wells Fargo, Ecolab, and Sony DADC.
Andrew holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Andrew also serves as a Board member for Be The Match Foundation, a non-profit organization that saves lives by helping those diagnosed with blood cancers through cellular therapy and donor matches.
Andrew’s many interests include running marathons, biking, traveling and learning about other cultures.
Dennis L. Confer, M.D., Ex Officio
Joining 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.
Bruce S. Manasevit
Mr. Manasevit began his career as a wealth management advisor in 1998 and previously served as president and CEO of his family’s third-generation business. Today, his team at Merrill Lynch works closely with a select group of high net-worth families, individuals and business owners who value a tailored, comprehensive strategy to help them achieve their personal and financial objectives. Mr. Manasevit is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor.
Mr. Manasevit is an Ally member of the Finance Committee of the Triangle Community Center, a nonprofit organization supporting the LGBT community with social services for over 25 years. He is also a trustee of the Fairfield Museum and History Center and former board member of The Fairfield Theater Company.
Mr. Manasevit received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and his Masters of Business Administration in finance from Columbia Business School in New York City.
In 1998, Mr. Manasevit and his father-in-law, Martin Strelzer, partnered with the National Marrow Donor Program and Be The Match Foundation to establish The Amy Strelzer Manasevit Research Program for the Study of Post-Transplant Complications (Amy Research Program). It was established to honor the memory of his wife, Amy, who died from complications following a bone marrow transplant. The Amy Research Program bestows one of the largest and most coveted research grants in the field of cellular transplantation to develop the next generation of physician-scientists by supporting and encouraging the discovery of new ways to treat and prevent post-transplant complications.
Nicole Moore earned a master's degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Central Florida in 2007. She practices medical speech-language pathology with the adult and geriatric populations in Central Florida
Nicole is married to Lee Moore, lawn and garden division manager of Sunniland Corporation. Sunniland is a family owned provider of lawn and garden fertilizers and roofing supplies with 20 store locations throughout Florida and South Georgia that was founded in 1884.
Together, Nicole and Lee have two children; Lauren, 8 and Tommy, 6. In 2009, Lauren underwent an unrelated donor allogenic stem cell transplant. This procedure has allowed her to remain leukemia free for 6 years and counting. Lauren and her family met her donor in 2013 on Good Morning America and have remained close ever since.
For the last 5 years, the Moore family have volunteered with Be The Match by recruiting over 1300 individuals to join the Be The Match registry with 4 becoming bone marrow donors. In addition, the Moore family has committed to funding an Amy Scholar for three years.
Other community activities include serving as a liaison for fundraising efforts with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and with Children's Miracle Network by speaking at events and directly raising funds. In 2018, Nicole and Lee committed $25,000 to the Faine House; a group home associated with Children’s Home Society that provides guidance to young adults exiting foster care in central Florida.
Mr. Pearce is a Senior Client Partner in Korn Ferry’s Global Supply Chain and Consumer Practices based in the Minneapolis office.
Mr. Pearce has 25 years of consumer packaged goods, start-up and turn-around business experience. His network is broad and diverse, having served in various sales and marketing leadership roles with Glaxo Smith Kline, Brach’s Candy, the Pillsbury Company/Green Giant, SimonDelivers.com and Wells Fargo. His roles at each of these companies have been in sales. marketing, supply chain/logistics and general management, including new products, consumer marketing and business development.
Mr. Pearce served as a member and Chair of the Be The Match Foundation Twin Cities Leadership Council. He serves on the Marketing committee for Make A Wish, and formerly on the boards of Fraser Autism and the YMCA.
Dave holds a BS in Marketing from Cal State-Chico & MBA from Golden Gate U.
Deryn Pomeroy serves as Trustee and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, based in Syracuse, NY. The Foundation was created to advance two specific objectives: (1) to raise awareness, support research, and improve quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis; and (2) to help communities celebrate their local history and folklore, and to document these descriptive moments with commemorative roadside markers.
In 2004, Deryn’s father, William Pomeroy, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Then, while Bill Pomeroy’s life hung in the balance --- it was Be The Match that came to the rescue. Be The Match located a perfectly matched donor and Bill received his stem cell transplant. This life-saving experience would serve as a catalyst for Bill Pomeroy to create the Foundation.
Prior to joining the Pomeroy Foundation, Deryn’s credentials have been highlighted by her accomplishments in the field of education and working with young people. Her career began as a Case Manager for pregnant and parenting teens at The Salvation Army. She served six years as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Syracuse University as well as a primary application reviewer for the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and Whitman School of Management. Subsequently, Deryn accepted the offer of a two-year stint where she trained new members at The Common Application’s corporate headquarters in the Washington, D.C. area.
Deryn holds a master’s degree in Secondary Education with honors from Niagara University and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Language & Literature from The George Washington University.
William G. (Bill) Pomeroy, Emeritus
Bill established the William G. Pomeroy Foundation® following his diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). He was matched with a donor and received a lifesaving stem cell transplant in 2005. The Foundation raises awareness, supports research and helps improve the outcomes for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. They work closely with Be The Match and other organizations to support bone marrow drives in diverse communities to enable more transplants for people who cannot find a matching donor. As of 2018, the Foundation has registered almost 30,000 people, producing more than 80 donor/patient matches. Bill also has a passion for history and genealogy. The Foundation’s other initiative is expanding nationwide: helping people celebrate their community’s history by providing grants for historic markers and plaques.
Bill is the founder and former owner of CXtec & TERACAI, two technology companies in Syracuse, N.Y. Now retired, he maintains a minority stockholder interest and is a member of the Board of Directors. He was honored as Entrepreneur of the Year by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Syracuse University and Ernst & Young.
Bill serves on the Board of the Be The Match® Foundation and the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society. He is a First Connection Volunteer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and a Caring Connection Volunteer for BMT InfoNet. Bill is a former member of the Board and Executive Committee for the National Marrow Donor Program, the Onondaga Historical Association, and Syracuse Chamber of Commerce. He also served as a member of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lally School Advisory Council. He is Trustee Emeritus for the Erie Canal Museum and The Salvation Army of Syracuse.
Bill earned his Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Richard P. Rieger
Richard Rieger is a global healthcare leader with more than 25 years of experience as an executive and consultant to pharmaceutical, biotech, medical technology and private equity companies. Includes general management, marketing, business development and management consulting roles.
Richard is currently a managing director at the Huron Consulting Group, which is a global consultancy that serves clients across all healthcare sectors. He advises life sciences clients on corporate and business unit strategies, R&D portfolio management, partnering/M&A transactions, commercial strategies, pricing and market access, and organizational development, among other areas.
He is the former vice president of business development at Horizon Therapeutics where he led rare disease strategy and business development. Prior to that, Richard was the head of global pharmaceuticals at Baxter Healthcare where he had general management responsibility for its pharmaceuticals, medical device and drug delivery business. He has also served as a Principal at L.E.K. Consulting, and has held positions in business development and marketing at Abbott Laboratories and other biotech companies.
Richard earned a Master of Business Administration in finance and general management from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, and a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board at The Gateway for Cancer Research, and the Corporate Council at the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD).
Richard lives in Chicago and has a personal connection to Be The Match®. His late wife passed away in 2012 due to medical complications associated with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) after a blood stem cell transplant. His four adult children also reside in the Chicago area.
Michael L. Rose, CFRE
Mr. Rose is Principal, McMillan Rose, LLC in Charlotte, North Carolina. Established in August 2014, McMillan Rose, LLC is a small boutique firm assisting client\partners in exploring philanthropy as a solution, and to achieve excellence in its application. The Company assists in learning how to identify, explore, and pursue viable opportunities in a rapidly changing philanthropic world. Additional McMillan Rose leadership solutions include personal and team coaching, mentoring relationships, board and executive development, crisis management and interim leadership services.
From 1987 through July 2014, Mr. Rose led Carolinas HealthCare Foundation (CHF) as executive officer. In 2007, CHF completed a $65 million capital initiative in support of the new Levine Children’s Hospital raising more than $73 million. Continuing to build on its momentum, in February 2010, CHF formed the Carolinas KIDS Cancer Research Coalition, a group of eight organizations collectively committed to raise $5.7 million in support of introducing Phase I and Phase II clinical trials. During his 27-year tenure at CHF, Mr. Rose led the Foundation in generating more than $250 million in philanthropic contributions and led/participated in securing more than $200 million in additional grant and contract support.
In addition to managing the overall philanthropic process for Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS), Mr. Rose Chaired the CHS Partnerships program and served in a variety of roles benefiting developing CHS programs and services. Reporting directly to the System CEO, he was frequently called on to provide advice and direction to other foundations within the CHS family and to other organizations throughout the nation. Upon his retirement, community donors and friends of Mr. Rose created a $200,000 endowment for excellence in his honor.
A graduate of Mississippi College, Mr. Rose also holds advanced credentials in counseling and gerontology.
Mr. Rose is a member of the Board of Directors of the Council for Children’s Rights, Charlotte, NC. He is also an Advisory member of the Board of Directors, Leon Levine Foundation, and a member of the Board of Directors of Heineman Foundation. He was a founding Director of the Leadership Gifts School and served as initial Chair. Mr. Rose’s previous service to the community includes Chair, Child Care Resources, Inc., and Chair, The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Council on Aging.
Rene' M. Sigman
Rene´ M. Sigman is a devoted mother of three who was born and raised in Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University and went on to law school at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas. At South Texas, she joined the nationally recognized South Texas advocacy program and graduated from law school receiving the Dean’s Most Outstanding Advocate Award. Rene became the first attorney in her family and one of the first woman attorneys in Texas to practice First Party Insurance law on the policyholder/plaintiff side. She has spent most her of legal carrier representing policyholder’s who have been underpaid or denied by their insurance carriers on their insurance claims. She is currently Merlin Law Group’s Regional Litigation Manager running the firm’s Texas operation. She is revered by her peers as one of the pioneers in first party practice in Texas.
Today, she is recognized as one of the best policyholder insurance lawyers in Texas and beyond. She has been named to the Texas Super Lawyer’s lists consecutively since 2011, an achievement gained through her dedication to her clients. She was also named to the Top Woman Attorneys list in Texas in 2019. She has been recognized by her peers for outstanding results in consumer protection and insurance.
In addition to the law, Rene’s other passion is working with Texas Children’s Hospital and NMDP/Be The Match to make a difference in pediatric cancers and bone marrow transplants. Rene’s son, Blake Chandler, is a cancer survivor and a bone marrow recipient. In 2015, at the young age of 9, Blake was diagnosed with ALCL (Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma) and received 6 rounds of traditional chemotherapy to save his life. Unfortunately, after completing all 6 rounds of chemotherapy and being declared “cancer free”, Blake relapsed in early March 2016 back to stage 4 ALCL. At this point, the only chance for a cure and survival was to have a bone marrow transplant. Fortunately, for Rene’s son, there was a perfect match across the world in Israel. Through the Be The March registry, Blake was able to find his match and have a bone marrow transplant in August 2016 at Texas Children’s Hospital. Today, her son is alive and well and living cancer free.
Her journey with her son through cancer and transplant shaped her desire to help others in similar situations. Since then, she has made it a primary goal and mission of hers to help others who find themselves on similar journeys with cancer and transplant, as well as advocate for access to life saving drugs and procedures so that all pediatric cancer patients can have a chance at life free of cancer.
Born in Pittsburgh, now residing in Colorado, Regional Vice President Michael Stewart has lived and worked across three time zones. With an undergraduate degree in Government from the City University of New York - John Jay College and a law degree from the Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, Michael brings a diverse background to his role overseeing all aspects of Hartford Insurance Company’s Staff Counsel operations in 20 states, including litigation management, strategic planning and budgeting.
Aside from his 25 plus years as a litigator handling trial and appellate matters in state and federal court in Louisiana, he also spent time working for a Washington, D.C. firm specializing in Government Contracts. While in New Orleans, Michael was a volunteer attorney representing children in Family Court through the CINC (Children in Need of Care) program.
A Bone Marrow recipient in 2016, Michael has become an active volunteer with Be The Match, including acting as a Volunteer Courier. He served on the Board of Directors for the Southeast Louisiana Inline Hockey Club from 2007 through 2011 and has volunteered as a coach for the past 12 years in Louisiana and Colorado.
Thomas A. Teach
Thomas A. Teach owns operates Century Foam in Elkhart, IN, Exemplary Foam in Elkhart and Cleveland, TN, and Great Western Eagle Packaging in Ontario, CA. Prior to purchasing Century Foam in 1991, Mr. Teach held various positions at two polyurethane foam manufacturing companies where he increased sales and profitability and went through acquisitions at both companies as general manager.
Mr. Teach began his distinguished military career in 1964 upon entering the U.S. Naval Academy. He was a first team All-American soccer player and served as class vice president, graduating from the Academy in 1968. He was assigned to the U.S.S. George K. Mackenzie (DD-836) home ported in Yokosuka, Japan and served as Communications Officer and Navigator. In 1970, he completed a six-month department head training and was assigned to the USS McCloy (FF-1038), Newport, RI, serving as Operations Officer until 1972, and was deployed twice to the Mediterranean and once to Northern Europe. He then served at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Arlington, VA until September 1973 when he resigned commission and entered private industry.
Mr. Teach and his wife, Alexandra (Sandie) Tatusko have three grown children, Tom Jr. of South Bend, IN, Todd of Newport Beach, CA, and Megan Levy of Frankfort, IL.
They have two grandsons, Max Teach and Brennan Levy, and a granddaughter, Willa Levy.
Mr. Teach became interested and involved with Be The Match during his now deceased grandson’s battle with leukemia. Ben was diagnosed in October 2013 with ALL and AML. His chances were slim, but the team at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) were able to get him into remission. In April 2014, Ben underwent a successful bone marrow transplant facilitated by Be The Match. Unfortunately, in October 2014, the cancer returned. He passed away in February, two months before his fifth birthday.
In September 2014, Mr. Teach and his son, Todd, addressed the Brigade of Midshipmen (Naval Academy) and with the help of the Department of Defense, over 2,000 joined Be The Match Registry as potential donors. He and his family plan to hold drives on a regular basis.
Team Ben, which includes Teach family members, many friends and colleagues, have won awards for raising thousands in support of Be The Match over the years.