Sept. 3, 2019
After the recent resignation of long-time President and CEO, Kimberly Haugstad, Hemophilia Federation of America has named its Vice President of Advancement, Sharon Meyers, as interim President and CEO.
Meyers, who began her role on Sept. 1, brings a wealth of experience to the position while HFA’s board of directors finds a replacement for Haugstad, who had been with the bleeding disorders organization for 11 years. Meyers has been with HFA for nearly four years, most recently overseeing fundraising, marketing and communications, and information technology.
“As HFA moves into the next phase, I am very excited to have Sharon Meyers step in as the interim President and CEO while the HFA board of directors works through this transition,” said Board Chair Josh Hemann. “HFA is in a great position with the leadership currently in place at various levels and an all-around excellent staff. Sharon has done some great work with the organization already and we are looking forward to her serving in this capacity.”
Prior to joining HFA, Meyers was President and Chief Development Officer of the St. Anthony North Health Foundation in Denver, Vice President of the Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation in Colorado Springs, Foundation Executive Director and Director of Advancement of the St. Michael’s Catholic Academy in Austin, and Associate Executive Director of the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation.
She is a Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) and holds a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She is currently working on a doctorate in education at the University of Southern California in Organizational Change and Leadership. Additionally, she holds a master’s in political science from the University of Southern Mississippi.
She has 15 years of healthcare and university nonprofit leadership experience at the local, state, regional and national level. Meyers previously led major organizational change initiatives, multimillion-dollar fundraising campaigns, and served as an interim organizational leader multiple times in her career.
She is a strategic, energetic, action-oriented nonprofit leader with an innate ability to motivate and lead a team. She is skilled in public speaking, writing, teaching, and coaching.Â Sharon’s background also makes her uniquely qualified to lead HFA’s efforts to assist, educate, and advocate for the bleeding disorders community.
Earlier in her career, she was a public servant working on an ambulance as a nationally-certified EMT-I and answering 911 calls. She’s also led many financial assistance and scholarship programs at hospitals and in educational settings throughout her career. She has volunteered and served as a board member for various nonprofits serving the poor and those in need.
She has experience teaching nonprofit management, public policy and government at the university levels, and teaches various education sessions across the country on behalf of HFA, including a session on emergency preparedness.
“HFA has always put its mission of serving the community first, and I am honored to continue that tradition while we search for a new CEO,” said Meyers. “Our team is dedicated and committed to serving people living with a bleeding disorder and our work will not waver in the coming months. We’re excited for the future of HFA and will continue to bring innovative and needed services to the community.”
As a nonprofit, the board of directors holds the task of finding a replacement for HaugstadÂ and is already actively moving forward with its search for a new president and CEO.