Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region
E. Mary O’Neill, M.D.
American Red Cross Blood Services – East Division
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.
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.
Chief Executive Officer
Penn-Jersey and Northeastern Pennsylvania
Blood Services Regions
An American Red Cross employee for over 21 years, Bob Kessler was appointed Chief Executive Officer 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 Blood Services Region, Bob spent ten 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.
Bob received his Bachelor of Science from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. He continued his education at Rutgers University in Camden, N.J. receiving his Master’s degree in Public Administration in Health Care Management and Policy.
Ralph R. Vassallo, Jr., MD
Dr. Vassallo is the Chief Medical Officer of the American Red Cross Blood Services’ East Division, based at the Penn-Jersey region in Philadelphia. He has been a member of Penn-Jersey’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.
David Moolten, MD
David Moolten, MD, is the medical director of Clinical Services for the Penn-Jersey Region of the American Red Cross Blood Services, which offers programs that help physicians and hospitals meet the transfusion needs of their patients.
During his more than 10 years of Red Cross service, he received the national 2000 Norman Augustine American Red Cross award for his outstanding work in cellular therapy. Dr. Moolten and the staff of the Penn-Jersey Region, one of 36 Red Cross regional blood centers, were honored for their excellent teamwork in building a cell processing center and introducing cellular therapy at the Region.
After graduating from Harvard College, Dr. Moolten received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship year in blood banking and tranfusion medicine at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine. He has an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he also did his residency. He is licensed to practice medicine in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and is certified by the American Board of Pathology. His work has been published in Transfusion, Seminars in Oncology and Science.
Laurene Cianfrani MT (ASCP) SBB
Laurene Cianfrani is the Senior Director, Hospital Relations Management for the Penn-Jersey Region of the American Red Cross Blood Services and has responsibilities for the overall relationship between the Red Cross and the hospital, medical and patient needs of the region.
She is certified as a Medical Technologist and a Specialist in Blood Banking from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. She received her BS degree in medical technology from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and SBB training at Mt. Sinai Hospital/American Red Cross, Mid America Region in Chicago.
Cianfrani has held numerous positions with the American Red Cross Blood Services, Penn-Jersey Region since 1981, including administrator, patient/hospital services which included oversight of Reference Laboratories, Hospital Services, and blood manufacturing; compliance officer and director of Quality Assurance.
Cianfrani is currently serving on the Medical Advisory and Policy Board for the Gift of Life Donor Program, the region’s organ and tissue transplantation network. She is an active member of the American Association of Blood Banks, the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management, the Clinical Laboratory Management Association. She is a recipient of the Employee Excellence Award of the American Red Cross.
Sandra Nance, MS, MT (ASCP) SBB
Sandra Nance is Senior Director, Immunohematology Reference Laboratory (IRL) for the Penn-Jersey Region of the American Red Cross Blood Services, and the Director of the American Rare Donor Program and Senior Director of IRLs for Biomedical Services Operations at American Red Cross Headquarters.
A graduate of the University of Maryland, Nance has a Master’s Degree in Pathology. She received her SBB from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.
Nance has been with the American Red Cross since 1981 and the Penn-Jersey Region since 1990. She started out as Assistant Director of Technical Services for Special Services.
Prior to that, she was a Research Associate for the Los Angeles-Orange Counties Region of the American Red Cross Blood Services and a Lead Technologist for the blood bank laboratory at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Nance is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She is active in blood banking Societies having held posts on State and National nominating committees for ASCP, AABB and Pennsylvania Association of Blood Banks. She has led and been a member of numerous committees for AABB and currently is the American Red Cross liaison on the AABB Molecular Standards Committee. Active in the American Society of Clinical Pathologists she is currently the Chair of the ASCP Teleconference and Web-based Education Committee, and has served on the Steering Committee for the Invitational Conference for Investigative Immunohematologists. Internationally, she is the Chair of the International Society for Blood Transfusion Working Party on Rare Donors and is a member of the ISBT International Scientific Committee.
Susan H. Hsu, Ph.D.
Susan H. Hsu, Ph.D., is the Director of the Histocompatibility/Molecular Genetics Department of the Penn-Jersey Region of American Red Cross Blood Services. Dr. Hsu joined the Red Cross in 1987 as scientific director and director of the histocompatibility laboratory. Prior to joining the Red Cross, Hsu was Co-Directors of the Immunogenetics Laboratories in the Division of Medical Genetics of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Hsu received her Ph.D. and her Master’s Degrees from the University of Illinois. Her Bachelor Degree of Science is from the National Taiwan University, Taiwan. She is a board certified Lab Director by the American Board of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics.
Her professional memberships include the American Society of Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, and the International Transplantation Society.
In 2001, her laboratory was chosen to perform confirmatory typing for the cord blood unit and for cord blood recipients by the National Marrow Donor Program.
Her work has been published in American Journal of Human Genetics, J. Exp. Med., Human Gene Mapping, The Human Immunology, J. Immunology, Tissue Antigens, Bone Marrow Transplantation, The Journal of Pediatrics, Arch Pathology, Arthritis Rheum, The American Journal of Medical Science, The Johns Hopkins Medical Journal, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Nature.