Meet the individuals who are dedicated to our mission of improving the lives of people with inheritable blood and bleeding disorders through research, education, and advocacy.

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President and CEO

Philip M. Gattone

Philip M Gattone, M.Ed.

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President & Chief Executive Officer

Philip M. Gattone, M.Ed., is the president and chief executive officer of the National Bleeding Disorders Foundation (NBDF). He was named president in February 2024.

 

Gattone is a seasoned leader dedicated to amplifying the impact of nonprofit organizations through his distinctive blend of leadership and strategic insight.  As the previous president & CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation, Gattone orchestrated unprecedented growth, expanding the organization’s reach and influence. Through innovative partnerships and streamlined operations, he spearheaded record-breaking community engagement and financial performance. Under his stewardship, annual revenues surged from $10 million in 2012 to over $25 million in 2020, marking a significant milestone in the Foundation’s trajectory. Gattone’s collaborative approach also forged alliances with key stakeholders, bolstering the Foundation’s standing within the national and global epilepsy community. 

 

Prior to his transformative role at the Epilepsy Foundation, Gattone elevated community impact and served as a senior executive in local, regional, national, and global nonprofit organizations and healthcare companies. His experiences provide a rare perspective and deep understanding of the unique needs facing nonprofit and healthcare company leaders. 

 

Gattone earned his bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from Bradley University and his master’s degree in education from National Louis University in Chicago. He resides in North Carolina with his wife, Jill, where they remain steadfast in their commitment to making a difference in the epilepsy and bleeding disorders community and beyond. 

Officers

Dawn Rotellini

Dawn Rotellini

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Chief Operating Officer

Dawn has been a leader in the bleeding disorders community for many years.  As a parent of a son with hemophilia, she founded the Rocky Mountain Hemophilia & Bleeding Disorders Association in Bozeman, Montana, served as its Executive Director, and began their Family Camp. After moving to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dawn worked for the American Diabetes Association (ADA) as an Area Manager. Concurrently, she served as a board member for the Hemophilia Center of Western Pennsylvania for six years. Dawn left the ADA for a position as the Executive Director of the Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the NHF in Pittsburgh, where she became actively involved with Camp Hot to Clot and eventually became the Director. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Montana State University in Bozeman.

Michael Recht

Michael Recht, MD, PhD, MBA

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Chief Medical and Scientific Officer

Dr. Michael Recht entered the role of Chief Medical and Scientific Officer at the foundation in early 2023.

Prior to this role, he served as the Chief Science Officer (CSO) of the American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network (ATHN).  As ATHN's CSO, Dr. Recht worked at the strategic and policy level to inform the scientific direction of the organization. 

In addition to his role as ATHN's CSO, Dr. Recht, a pediatric hematologist and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine, sees children and young adults affected by non-malignant blood conditions, particularly bleeding and clotting disorders. As a member of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, he contributes to the care of children with blood disorders at Yale New Haven Children's Hospital.

Before assuming his role as ATHN's CSO, Dr. Recht was previously the director of the Hemophilia Center at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR as well as the director of the Mountain States Hemophilia Network, the federally-supported collaboration of Hemophilia Treatment Centers in the states of Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Dr. Recht has actively participated in over 110 clinical research trials testing new treatments for children with bleeding and clotting disorders, including being a leader in research involving gene therapy for hemophilia.

Peter Harvey

Peter Harvey, MBA

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Chief Business Officer

Peter Harvey serves as the Chief Business Officer for NBDF including oversight for finance & accounting, business development, conference & travel services, payer relations, and IT. Peter is a senior healthcare finance and operations executive with diverse experience in healthcare nonprofit finance & accounting, pharma/biotech HEOR and medical affairs business operations, academic medical/pediatric department and Hemophilia Treatment Center administration, plus PM&R medical practice and research foundation executive leadership. Peter has volunteered at a number of non-profits and is a founding volunteer board member of a nonprofit providing education and humanitarian support to children and families in Mariani, Haiti. He has a B.A. in Biology from Augustana College and a M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business in Finance and Healthcare.

Advancement

Chapter Development

Michael Craciunoiu

Michael Craciunoiu, M.Ed, PCC

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Vice President of Chapter Services

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Conference & Travel Services

Maria M. Salas-Pilla

Maria Salas-Pilla, HMCC, DES


Vice President, Conference & Travel Services

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Education

Kate Nammacher

Kate Nammacher, MPH

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Vice President of Education

New York, NY

Finance and Administration

Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Keri L. Norris

Keri L. Norris, PhD, JM, MPH, MCHES

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Vice President, Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

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Marketing & Communications

Medical Programs and Information

Neil Frick

Neil Frick, MS

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Senior Vice President for Medical Programs and Information

New York, NY

Responsible for the overall strategic and operational leadership of the National Bleeding Disorders Foundation's medical programs and HANDI Information Resource Center including oversight of the processes of material development, update and distribution channels. Supervise the awarding of clinical fellowships and other health care provider awards. Support the work of NBDF's Medical and Scientific Advisory Council and supervise NBDF's continuing education program serving bleeding disorders treatment professionals. This includes the development of healthcare provider publications, pre-conference symposium and medical program tracks at NBDF's Bleeding Disorders Conference and webinars.

National Chapter Staff

Pathway to Cures

Public Policy & Access

Nathan Schaefer

Nathan Schaefer, MSW

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Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Access

Chicago, IL

Research

Maria Santaella

Maria E. Santaella, PhD(c), MSN, RN-BC, CPHON

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Vice President of Research Strategy

Miami, FL