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Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region

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. 

Robert Kessler
Chief Executive Officer, Penn-Jersey and Northeastern Pennsylvania Blood Services Regions

An American Red Cross employee for more than 21 years, Bob Kessler was appointed CEO 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  Region, Kessler spent 10 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.

Kessler received his Bachelor of Science from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania. He continued his education at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey, receiving a master’s in public administration in health care management and policy.

David Moolten, M.D.
Medical Director, Clinical Services, Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region

David Moolten is the medical director of Clinical Services for the Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region, which offers programs that help physicians and hospitals meet transfusion needs.

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. Moolten and the staff of the Penn-Jersey Region, one of 36 Red Cross blood regions, were honored for excellent teamwork in building a cell processing center and introducing cellular therapy in the region.

After graduating from Harvard College, Moolten received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship year in blood banking and transfusion 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 completed 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
Senior Director, Hospital Relations Management, Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region

Laurene Cianfrani is the senior director, Hospital Relations Management, for the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region and has responsibilities for the overall relationship between the Red Cross and the hospital, medical and patient needs in the region.

She is certified as a medical technologist and a Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. She received her Bachelor of Science in medical technology from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and SBB training at Mt. Sinai Hospital/American Red Cross, Mid-America Blood Services Region in Chicago.

Cianfrani has held numerous positions with the Penn-Jersey Region since 1981, including administrator, patient/hospital services with oversight of Reference Laboratories, Hospital Services, and blood manufacturing; compliance officer and director of Quality Assurance.

Cianfrani currently serves 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 and the Clinical Laboratory Management Association. She also is a Red Cross Employee Excellence Award recipient.

Sandra Nance, MS, MT (ASCP), SBB
Senior Director, Immunohematology Reference Lab, Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region

Sandra Nance is senior director of the Immunohematology Reference Laboratory (IRL) for the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region and the director of the American Rare Donor Program and senior director of IRLs for Biomedical Services Operations at Red Cross Headquarters.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Nance has a master’s degree in pathology. She received her Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

Nance has been with the Red Cross since 1981 and in the Penn-Jersey Region since 1990. She started as assistant director of Technical Services for Special Services. Prior to that time, she was a research associate for the Los Angeles-Orange Counties Region of the 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 the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), AABB and Pennsylvania Association of Blood Banks. She has led and been a member of numerous committees for AABB and currently is the Red Cross liaison on the AABB Molecular Standards Committee. Active in ASCP, she is currently the chair of the ASCP Teleconference and Web-based Education Committee, and served on the steering committee for the Invitational Conference for Investigative Immunohematologists. Internationally, she is the chair of the International Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT) Working Party on Rare Donors and is a member of the ISBT International Scientific Committee.

Susan H. Hsu, Ph.D.
Director, Histiocompatibility/Molecula Genetics Department, Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region

Susan H. Hsu, Ph.D., is the director of the Histocompatibility/Molecular Genetics Department of the American Red Cross Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region. Hsu joined the Red Cross in 1987 as scientific director and director of the histocompatibility laboratory. Prior to joining the organization, Hsu was a co-director of the Immunogenetics Laboratories in the Division of Medical Genetics of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Hsu received her doctorate and her master’s degrees from the University of Illinois. She earned her Bachelor of Science 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.