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Northeastern Pennsylvania Region



Marty Lempres
Vice President, East Blood Services Division

Marty Lempres is the vice president of the East Blood Services Division of the American Red Cross, a role in which he is responsible for operations in 12 Blood Services Regions spanning 17 states, from Maine to South Carolina. 

Prior to this role, Lempres served as a senior leader in Red Cross Humanitarian Services for a year, after 25 years working in financial services. During this time, he led integrated global business units and large functional organizations with industry leaders including State Street, Fidelity Investment and Salomon Brothers, after beginning his career with management consultant McKinsey & Company. 

Lempres has a master’s in business administration from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College. 


Michael Chaplo
Vice President of Recruitment, East Blood Services Division

Michael Chaplo is the vice president of Recruitment for the East Blood Services Division, where he works in partnership with Recruitment Process and Planning leadership, key recruitment-related functions and field leaders to drive improvements in how the organization recruits blood and platelet donors.

Prior to this role, Chaplo served as vice president of National Sales for Preparedness and Health and Safety Services (PHSS) with the American Red Cross in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, he brought extensive experience in growing revenue to the nonprofit industry, making incalculable contributions to the evolution and growth of PHSS.

Chaplo is a sales and marketing industry leader with more than 20 years of experience and a proven track record of success. He has contributed immeasurably to the high-tech and telecom industries through his executive tenure with several leading companies, where he developed sales and marketing strategies resulting in extraordinary revenue growth.

Chaplo has a Master of Business Administration in management and finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Bachelor of Science from Utica College of Syracuse University. He has also completed executive education programs at the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University.  



Robert Kessler
Chief Executive Officer, Penn-Jersey and Northeastern Pennsylvania Blood Services Regions

An American Red Cross employee for more than 21 years, Bob Kessler was appointed CEO of the Penn-Jersey and Northeastern Pennsylvania Blood Services Regions in December 2013. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as the Penn-Jersey Region’s director of Donor Recruitment.

Between posts with the Penn-Jersey  Region, Kessler spent 10 years with the New York Blood Center and five with The Blood Center of New Jersey, serving in various capacities in blood center operations and management. He currently serves as a member of the New Jersey Blood Bank Task Force.

Kessler received his Bachelor of Science from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. He continued his education at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey, receiving a master’s in public administration in health care management and policy.