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Marty Lempres
Vice President, East Blood Services Division

Marty Lempres is 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, Marty served as a senior leader in Red Cross Humanitarian Services for a year, after 25 years working in financial services.  During this time, Marty 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. 

Marty holds an Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College. 


Michael Chaplo
Vice President of Recruitment, East Blood Services Division

Michael Chaplo is the Vice President of Recruitment for the East 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, Michael served as Vice President of National Sales for Preparedness and Health and Safety Services (PHSS) with the American Red Cross in Washington, DC.  In this capacity, he brought extensive experience in growing revenue to the not for profit industry, making incalculable contributions to the evolution and growth of PHSS.

Michael 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 that resulted in extraordinary revenue growth.

Michael holds an MBA 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 MIT Sloan, Wharton and Penn State University. 


Sharon Pitt
Chief Executive Officer, Carolinas and South Carolinas Blood Services Regions

Sharon Pitt is the chief executive officer of the Carolinas and South Carolina Blood Services Regions – the largest combined blood services region in the American Red Cross system.

Sharon began her career with the Red Cross in 2004 as the Director of Collections for the South Carolina Region. Six years later, she assumed the same role in the Carolinas Region, where she was responsible for all aspects of daily collections operations for the region, which provides blood products and lab services to 103 hospitals in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. In this role, she also built and led a team of over 400 cross-functional staff in whole blood, automated and special collections.

Before joining the Red Cross, Sharon was a Registered Nurse for 15 years with a range of management roles in acute care and long term care settings and worked in medical equipment sales.


Corinne Goldberg, M.D.
Medical Director, Carolinas Blood Services Region

Dr. Corinne Goldberg has served in the capacity of Medical Director for the Carolinas Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross since 2009. She received her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC) followed by an Anatomic and Clinical Pathology residency at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (Hershey, PA). She is board certified in Transfusion Medicine fellowship from the University of Cincinnati, Hoxworth Blood Center. 

Along with her duties in managing blood donor and transfusion recipient complications, Dr. Goldberg served as Assistant Medical Director at the Charlotte based National Testing Laboratory from 2010 – 2013, becoming Clinical Laboratory Director in 2013 to the present. 


Thomas Lightfoot, M.D.
Medical Director, Carolinas Blood Services Region

Dr. Thomas Lightfoot joined the American Red Cross-Greater Alleghenies Region in 2000. He is currently Medical Director for the Carolinas Region in the Eastern Division of the American Red Cross. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Zoology from Duke University. He received his Medical Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then completed a pathology residency at Georgetown University and a fellowship in Transfusion Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Lightfoot is Board Certified in Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology. 


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