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Our Leadership

New York-Penn



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
American Red Cross Blood Services – East 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.



Kay Schwartz
Chief Executive Officer
American Red Cross Blood Services – New York-Penn Region

An American Red Cross employee for more than 20 years, Kay Schwartz was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Blood Services, New York- Penn Region in January 2005.

As the Region’s CEO, Kay oversaw the completion of the restructuring and consolidation of the New York-Penn and Northeastern Pennsylvania Regions into the former Empire-Keystone Division in 2005, as well as its recent merger with the Northeast Division.

Utilizing such programs as LEAN manufacturing and Six Sigma, she has seen the Region make significant strides in efficiency, production and quality. Kay coordinated the launch of the Life Share Plus program, which helps relationships with area hospitals 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, Kay served as Regional Quality Director (RQD).

A graduate of the Fredonia State University with a Bachelors 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.

Kay is a Certified Quality Auditor (ASQ), 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.


Patricia Pisciotto, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
American Red Cross Blood Services – Northeast Division

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 oining 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.