Board of Directors

Volunteers are a vital part of the HFA’s success in serving the bleeding disorders community. Their lasting contributions of time, talent, and dedication ensure that the HFA fulfills its mission. Accordingly, volunteers make up the HFA Board and also serve as chairs and members of HFA program committees.

2018 HFA Board of Directors

The Board of Directors and officers of Hemophilia Federation of America as of April 2018:


  • Josh Hemann, Board Chair
  • Open, Vice Chair
  • Lianne LaPierre, Board Secretary
  • Lesa Kaercher, Board Treasurer
  • Sophia Minhas, Member at Large
  • Carletha Gates, Member at Large
  • Ashley Gregory, Member at Large
  • Stephen Long, Member at Large
  • Tracy Cleghorn, Past Chair


First Name Last Name Organization
John Palmatier Alaska Hemophilia Association
Open Seat Arizona Hemophilia Association
Anthony Llanes Rodriguez Asociación Puertorriqueña de Hemofilia y Condiciones de Sangrado
Open Seat Bleeding Disorders Alliance Illinois
Michael Deeb Bleeding Disorders Association of Northeast New York
Lesa Kaercher Bleeding Disorders Association of the Southern Tier
Allison Ritcey Bleeding Disorders Foundation of Washington
Jeffery Watkins Blood Bond Bleeding Disorder Network
Open Seat Central California Hemophilia Foundation
Katherine Rosevear Connecticut Hemophilia Society, Inc
Open Seat Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of NHF
Maria Rubin Florida Hemophilia Association
Anne Parrott Gateway Hemophilia Association
Lianne Lapierre Hemophilia Alliance of Maine
Joe Markowitz Hemophilia Association of New Jersey
Tyshawn Constantine Hemophilia Association of New York, Inc.
Stephen Long Hemophilia Association of the Capital Area
Austin Holland Hemophilia Foundation of Arkansas
Natasha Burroughs Hemophilia Foundation of Maryland
Patrice Thomas Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan
Kristine Manns Hemophilia Foundation of Minnesota / Dakotas
Ashley Gregory Hemophilia Foundation of Northern California
Cody Holman Hemophilia Foundation of Oregon
Cruz Casas Hemophilia Foundation of Southern California
Kasey Shade Hemophilia of Indiana
Open Seat Hemophilia of Iowa
Gillian Schultz Hemophilia of North Carolina
Bonnie Phifer Hemophilia of South Carolina
Yolanda Ortiz Hemophilia Outreach of El Paso
Laura Portales Lone Star Hemophilia Chapter
Erica Simpson Louisiana Hemophilia Foundation
Lindsey Hooper Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Center
Janya Roland Mississippi Bleeding Disorder Foundation
Open Seat New England Hemophilia Association
Matthew Porges New York City Hemophilia Chapter
Tanya Ricchi Northern Ohio Hemophilia Foundation, Inc.
Clyde Brawner Oklahoma Hemophilia Foundation
Brad Benne Rocky Mountain Hemophilia & Bleeding Disorders Association
Sophia Minhas Sangre de Oro Hemophilia Foundation of New Mexico
Open Seat Snake River Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders
Robert Bond Tennessee Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorder Foundation
Traci Mayer Texas Central Hemophilia Association
Carletha Gates United Hemophilia Foundation
Scott Muir Utah Hemophilia Foundation
Daniel Warren Virginia Hemophilia Foundation
Open Seat Western Pennsylvania Chapter of NHF
Darcy Zwier Wisconsin Bleeding Disorders Network
Joshua Hemann Independent
Tracy Cleghorn Independent
Michael Birmingham Independent


Professional Advisors

  • Donald Akers, Jr., JD, Legal Advisor
  • Christopher Walsh, MD, PhD, Medical Advisor
  • Robert Sidonio, MD, MSc. Medical Advisor
  • Linda Wyman-Collins, RN, Medical Advisor
  • Detrice Barry, RN, PhD, Medical Advisor
  • Greg McClure, LSW, Medical Advisor
  • Shannon L. Meeks, MD, Medical Advisor
  • “Bobby” Duc Tran, MD, MSc, Medical Advisor
  • Edgar Guedry, LCSW-BACS, ACHO-SW, Medical Advisor
  • Annette Von Drygalski, MD, Medical Advisor
  • Erika Mora, Pharm D, BCOP, Medical Advisor
  • Dave Robinson, PhD, LMFT, Medical Advisor
  • John Hendry, D.D.S, Medical Advisor
  • Susan Geraghty, RN BSN, Medical Advisor
  • Claudia MacKaron RN, BSN, CPON, Medical Advisor


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