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Cultural Diverse Working Group Biographies
 

Marisela Trujillo, MSW
Marisela is the Administrative Director for the Gulf States Hemophilia and Thrombophilia Center. She has her Masters in Social Work from the University of Houston and has been with the Hemophilia Center for over 15 years. She works closely with her local chapter and provides educational presentations to the community regarding bleeding disorders. Marisela has also served on many national boards within the community.

   

Gregory McClure, MA, MS, LSW
Greg McClure, an ordained minister, has two adult sons who have severe Hemophilia A.  He is a pediatric and adult medical social worker for the Rush University Medical Center’ Hemophilia and Thrombophilia Treatment Center in Chicago, Illinois. Greg holds an MA in Social Work from the University of Chicago and an MS in Public Services from DePaul University. He is an advisory board member for the Hemophilia Federation of America and serves on the advisory council of the National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University.

   
Blanca Ramirez
Blanca Ramirez, has a daughter with type 3 von Willebrands Disease (vWD) and she is von Willebrands Disease type1. A native Texan and she has also lived in several parts of Mexico. Being a bilingual and bicultural, have helped her communicate with a variety of people. Her primary goal is, informing other Parents and Families of an available resources and information on von Willebrand (vWD) and Hemophilia and she is part of Cultural Diverse Working Group and Steps for Living (Stepping Out Task Force).
   

Casey Nakatani
Casey is a father of three children, one with severe Hemophilia A. He continues to be an active member of the Bleeding Disorders Foundation of Washington (State), and has volunteered at numerous summer camps as a counselor and staff member.

   
Connie Montgomery
Ms. Montgomery was educated at Francis Marion University and the Medical University of South Carolina. She is married and has two children. Ms. Montgomery is very active in her local community of Pawleys Island SC. She is a retired business owner and occupational therapist. Also, Ms. Montgomery keeps active with the Manners Program she founded in SC and in her spare time enjoys travelling. In earlier years she spent time in Washington DC working on Healthcare public policy. Since that time she has published several pieces on various topics and works closely with two groups from NHF (the National Hemophilia Foundation) the Steps for Living Taskforce and the Cultural Diversity Working Group. Her family is directly impacted by bleeding disorders. Ms. Montgomery has served on countless boards and she has participated in many organizations namely MUSC’s Family Advisory Committee and several review boards for grants and scholarships nationally and internationally. She and her son are FACTOR 7 Deficient.
   
Elizabeth Fung
Elizabeth H. Fung, PhD, LCSW, was a senior social worker for 34 years at Lurie Children's Hospital (formerly known as Children's Memorial Hospital Hemophilia) Bleeding Disorders clinic until 2012. Elizabeth was an adjunct faculty member at Loyola School of Social work. Since retirement from Children’s hospital, she maintains a part-time private practice focusing on stress management. She is a past recipient of the National Hemophilia Foundation’s Social Worker of the Year and "Walking in our shoes" award from Bleeding Disorders Alliance Illinois.
   
Sharon Ingram
Sharon Ingram is a Board Certified Human Services Practitioner. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Services with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling. Sharon currently works as a substitute teacher while pursuing her masters’ degree in Health & Wellness. Sharon has been involved with advocacy and outreach in the hemophilia community for over 14 years along with her husband, Warren, who has hemophilia, severe factor 8. Sharon’s love for the hemophilia community is evident by the ongoing volunteerism and support she constantly gives. Sharon and her husband Warren live in Charlotte, North Carolina, with their two daughters, Emma and Jasmine.