Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region


Linda E. Voss, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Alleghenies & Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Regions

Linda E. Voss was appointed CEO of the Greater Alleghenies and Chesapeake and Potomac blood services regions on December 8, 2013. For the past five years, Linda served as the CEO of the River Valley Blood Services Region, operating out of Louisville, Kentucky, after having spent eight years at American Red Cross National Headquarters. While at national headquarters, Linda spent most of her time directing the plasma derivative product marketing team. She also had the opportunity to manage the hospital marketing (blood), reimbursement, and market research units and was the recipient of two Tiffany Employee Excellence Awards.

Her more than 25 years in biotech and pharmaceutical positions have been focused in the areas of marketing, strategy, business development and sales. This includes operational leadership as Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, with Core Dynamics, and marketing and sales roles at CSL Behring, Novartis and Schering-Plough. Early in her career, Linda was a human resources professional at S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. (Johnson Wax).

Linda received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and also holds Master of Business Administration degree from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, with concentrations in marketing and finance. She also holds a Master of Science degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 

Linda has two children, no longer living at home, and a husband, Rich.  She enjoys running, reading, cooking and a bit of golf.

Carolyn Kean, Community Chief Executive Officer, Greater Alleghenies Region

Prior to her Community CEO appointment, Carolyn served as the Collections Director in the Northern Ohio Blood Services Region (Cleveland, Ohio) and Senior Program Director for the Great Lakes Division. Such experience has provided her with a solid background for the Community CEO position. Her educational background includes a nursing diploma (St. Vincent Charity School of Nursing), and degrees in Health Care Administration (BSPA), Community Health Education (MEd) and business management (MBA).


Thomas H. Dougherty, MD, COL (Ret.), USAF - Chair, Regional Volunteer Advisory Board, Greater Alleghenies Region

Dr. Dougherty, who resides in Huntington, W. Va. currently serves as the Medical Director of Laboratories at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington and Ironton campuses, and is an Associate Professor of the Marshall University School of Medicine, Huntington, W. Va. Prior to his service at these facilities, he held positions in the pathology departments at several military installations, including the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C.; 48th Medical Group RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom; Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany; Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas; and Kessler Air Force Base Medical Center, Mississippi.

Dr. Dougherty is a graduate of Creighton University and its School of Medicine. He completed his internship at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center, his residency at the Wilford Hall Medical Center and a fellowship at The Blood Center of Southeastern Wisconsin. He is a member of the American Association of Blood Banks, College of American Pathologists – Fellow and Inspector, and American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

John B. Nobiletti, MD, PhD, Medical Officer, Greater Alleghenies Region

Joining the Greater Alleghenies Region in 1998, Dr. Nobiletti received both his Bachelors of Science and Masters of Science in Biology from St. John’s University in Jamaica, NY, and his PhD in Pharmacology and Medical Degree from State University of New York at the Downstate Medical Center. His background also includes working as a clinical chemist. Dr. Nobiletti also provides medical oversight to the Appalachian (Roanoke, Va.) Red Cross blood region and served as Blood Services Physician for the Connecticut Region of Red Cross Blood Services from 1997 to 1998. He has co-authored articles appearing in Transfusion, Environmental Health Perspectives, Psychopharmacology, Neurochemistry and Life Sciences publications.

Joanna Martyak, Director, Donor Resources, Greater Alleghenies & Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Regions

Joanna Martyak joined the Greater Alleghenies Region in March 2012 as Donor Resources Manager for the region's 32-county North Central and South Central zones, returning to the American Red Cross after previously serving as a donor recruitment representative in central Pennsylvania. She was promoted to the Director position in September 2012. Martyak earned a BA in Communications from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and has worked in sales and sales management roles throughout her career, including at companies such as Bayer Healthcare, Schering Pharmaceuticals, Sepracor Pharmaceuticals and SunStone Consulting. Throughout her career Joanna has excelled in growing sales and developing others within the sales profession. Prior to returning to the Red Cross, Martyak was a Business Development Consultant with SunStone Consulting, LLC, of Harrisburg. She worked on numerous national accounts dealing with healthcare reimbursement.


East Division of American Red Cross Biomedical Services

E. Mary O'Neill, MD, Division Vice President

Dr. Mary O’Neill is Vice President for the American Red Cross Blood Services, East Division, which includes 12 blood regions from Maine to South Carolina.  Prior to her appointment in 2004, Dr. O’Neill served as CEO and Medical Director for the former New England Region.

Dr. O’Neill has a medical degree from the University College Cork Medical School in Cork, Ireland. She was a Resident in anatomical pathology at The Mallory Institute of Pathology in Boston, Massachusetts and clinical pathology at the University Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. O’Neill served as the Registrar for the Blood Transfusion Service Board in Cork, Ireland and was a Fellow in clinical chemistry at the University Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. O’Neill is board certified in Anatomical Pathology, Clinical Pathology and Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine. She has served as a Teaching Fellow and Assistant Professor of Pathology at Boston University School of Medicine and as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pathology at Dartmouth Hitchcock School of Medicine in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

Dr. O’Neill currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks) and the National Blood Foundation.

Michael Chaplo, Vice President of Recruitment 

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.

Patricia Pisciotto, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Patricia Pisciotto joined the American Red Cross - Connecticut Blood Services Region as the medical director on November 1, 2005 and was appointed chief medical officer, Northeast Division in January 2007. Prior to joining the American Red Cross she served as the clinical director of Laboratory Medicine and Blood Bank/Hematology at the University of Connecticut Health Center - John Dempsey Hospital. She held the academic title of professor and interim chair for the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Dental Medicine and presently maintains the title of professor emeritus.

Dr. Pisciotto received her BS from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y. and her M.D. from Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y. She completed her training in Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Hospital, in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center/Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and in Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center. She has pursued a career in transfusion medicine with special interest in pediatric transfusion therapy. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine.

Ralph Vassallo, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Vassallo is a Chief Medical Officer in the American Red Cross Blood Services’ East Division. He has been a member of Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region’s regional medical team since 2002. He received his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and subsequently completed a residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.


Prior to joining the Red Cross, for almost ten years, Dr. Vassallo was the Director of Medical Education, an ACGME Program Director, and a hospital administrator for a 3-hospital system in Philadelphia.

An AABB member, Dr. Vassallo chaired their Circular of Information Committee and is a member of the Annual Meeting Education Program Unit. He is on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Association of Blood Bank Professionals and is on the Executive Committee of the international Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion Collaborative. He serves on the editorial boards of Transfusion, Transfusion and Apheresis Science and Immunohematology. He has authored book chapters in Williams' Hematology, Rossi's Principles of Transfusion Medicine, McLeod’s Apheresis: Principles & Practice and more than 30 other articles and reviews. His research interests lie in platelet physiology, platelet transfusion, transfusion safety / performance improvement efforts and collaborating with manufacturers to develop and obtain FDA approval for innovative transfusion medicine technologies.