National Blood Clot Alliance Staff Members


Joe Isaacs, CEO, Email:

Joe Isaacs, Chief Executive Officer of the National Blood Clot Alliance, is a Past President of the NBCA and served as a member of its Board of Directors since 2009, after experiencing two blood clots after knee surgery.  Joe has more than 30 years of experience as an association senior executive, public policy specialist and organizational and health care management consultant.  He previously served the Executive Director of the Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative, an educational foundation dedicated to promoting quality assurance and performance improvement in nursing homes and other long-term care settings. Prior to this, Joe was the Vice President for Public Policy for the United Spinal Association, a group dedicated to improving the quality of life of all Americans living with spinal cord injuries and disorders.

He is also the President of New Heights Management Consulting Group, LLC, a professional services firm specializing in association governance and management assistance. Joe is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).    Previously, Joe served as the chief executive officer of such groups as the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), RESOLVE Inc.: The National Infertility Association, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), and the National Health Council. From 1995-2000, he was the Vice President for Trustee and Community Leadership at the American Hospital Association, where he established a Center for Governance Excellence.

His efforts were recognized in 2000 by Chicago’s Association Forum, which presented him with its Management Excellence Award. Joe has received numerous awards for his volunteer leadership, including 1984 Washington DC Volunteer Activist of the Year, 1986 Outstanding Young Marylander, and the 1989 Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Regional Leadership Award, while serving as Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Greenbelt, MD.  Joe was named outstanding graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine’s Master’s degree program in Health Services Management.  A native New Yorker, he received his Bachelor’s degree from the City College of New York, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He and his lovely wife Deborah reside in North Potomac, MD and have three delightful daughters.


Judi K. Elkin, Director of Regional Development and Education, Email:

Judi KaplanJudi Kaplan Elkin began working with the National Blood Clot Alliance in June 2008.  As the Director of Regional Development and Education, Judi focuses on the development of patient education forums and fundraising activities across the United States.  As part of the National Blood Clot Alliance’s strategic plan, the organization seeks to develop grassroots support at the local level to continue to strengthen our awareness, advocacy and outreach efforts.

A graduate of Boston University, with a Masters degree from the University of Massachusetts, Judi’s non-profit career has spanned more than 25 years.  She has served in fundraising and executive staff and consulting roles at the local and National level for many organizations including the Arthritis Foundation, American Liver Foundation, National Pancreas Foundation, ALS Association, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Franciscan Hospital for Children.

Judi and her husband, Steve, reside outside of Boston and are the parents of a son, Todd, who lives and works in New York.


Barbara L. Kornblau, Director Health Learning, Email:

KornblauMs. Kornblau brings an extensive background in health care, patient advocacy, health professions education and the law.  She is an academician, attorney, an occupational therapist, a certified case manager and pain educator, and an avid promoter of patient involvement as e-patients (i.e., equipped, enabled, empowered, and engaged) in their own care. In addition to serving as the Executive Director of the Society for Participatory Medicine, Barbara has served as Dean of the School of Health Professions and Studies at the University of Michigan-Flint and Professor of Occupational Therapy and Public Health at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.

A former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow for U.S. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Barbara has also served as a government relations consultant for Special Olympics, International and was instrumental in advocating for the disability public health sections of the Affordable Care Act.  She is a past president of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the founder of the Coalition for Disability Health Equity. She is widely published, including several books and numerous peer-reviewed articles and presentations, and is often an invited speaker on health policy. She holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a J.D. from the University of Miami.