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Our Leadership

New York-Penn



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. 



Kay Schwartz
Chief Executive Officer, New York-Penn Blood Services Region

As an American Red Cross employee for more than 20 years, Kay Schwartz was appointed CEO of the New York-Penn Blood Services Region in January 2005.

As the region’s CEO, Schwartz oversaw the completion of the restructuring and consolidation of the New York-Penn and Northeastern Pennsylvania Blood Services Regions into the former Empire-Keystone Division in 2005, as well as mergers with the Northeast Division and, most recently, the East Division.

Utilizing such programs as lean manufacturing and Six Sigma, she has seen the Region make significant strides in efficiency, production and quality. Schwartz coordinated the launch of the Life Share Plus program, which fosters key relationships with area hospitals while keeping the region competitive in a time of escalating medical costs. She has also spearheaded diversity initiatives to inspire a new generation of blood donors.

Prior to being appointed CEO, Schwartz served as regional quality director.

A graduate of the Fredonia State University with a Bachelor of Science in
biology, she completed an internship in medical technology at the W.C.A. Hospital School of Medical Technology, Jamestown, New York, where she received the Evelyn V. Gustavson Award for the Outstanding Medical Technology Student.

Schwartz is a Certified Quality Auditor, AABB assessor and a member of the Blood Banks Association of New York State, AABB, American Society of Clinical Pathologists and American Society of Quality.