meet-dr-sara-wassenaarSara Wassenaar, DDS, Board President

Dr. Sara Wassenaar practices general dentistry in Alma, Michigan, at Wassenaar, Frutiger, Moeggenborg DDS. She has been active in her community and on several boards. She is a past City Commissioner and Chamber of Commerce board member. Dr. Wassenaar currently serves on the Board of Directors for Mid-Michigan Medical System and is Past-President of the Mid-Michigan Medical Center-Gratiot Board of Directors. She is active in many of her local community organizations and in local, state and national dental organizations. Dr. Wassenaar has been honored with the Gratiot County Athena Award for her community leadership and as a role model for women.

Dr. Wassenaar received her B.A. from University of Michigan and her M.S. from University of Denver College of Law. She received her dental degree from University of Detroit and completed her General Practice Residency at Danbury Hospital, Danbury, Connecticut. She serves as a Visiting Faculty member of Spear Education.

She is married to Dr. Richard Frutiger. Their son, John Frutiger, is also a volunteer and organizer of several Stop the Clot events. In 2010, they lost their 23-year-old daughter and sister, Anna, as a result of an undiagnosed deep vein thrombosis and subsequent fatal pulmonary embolism.


Eric O’Connor, Board Vice President

Eric O’Connor is a family man, marathon runner and the successful owner of a wedding photography company. By looking at him, you could never tell that in 2011 he survived a nearly fatal dance with pulmonary embolisms. But Eric is no stranger to deadly diseases. At a young age he contracted and beat hepatitis C, and at 17 traveled the country speaking to physicians and lawmakers on behalf of the American Liver Foundation.

As a volunteer he has provided leadership for NBCA in developing a highly dynamic new website and the strategic direction for social media outreach to advance NBCA’s educational mission. Eric has a BA in marketing from Drake University and currently resides in Chicago, IL, where he continues to run his photography business and help his wife raise their three young sons.

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Teresa Bordeaux, CPA is a Technical Manager with the Peer Review Program of the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) in Durham, North Carolina. Prior to joining the Peer Review Team, Teresa was a Technical Manager for the AICPA Professional Ethics team. She began her career in public accounting and later worked with the North Carolina Local Government Commission and the City of Raleigh before joining the AICPA.

Teresa holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Accounting from North Carolina State University. She also serves on the Government Accounting and Auditing Committee of the North Carolina Association of CPAs.  Teresa and her husband Larry, have two sons and live in Cary, NC.  Larry developed portal vein thrombosis in 2007 and in 2009 the clot extended into his superior mesenteric vein and he began treatment with Coumadin.  Teresa wants to help NBCA spread awareness about all clotting issues including those like Larry’s that don’t involve the extremities.

bio_holcombeKay Holcombe, Board Secretary

Kay Holcombe is Senior Vice President for Science Policy, BIO, the Biotechnology Industry Organization. Prior to that, she was a Senior Policy Advisor at the Genzyme Corporation, a subsidiary of the Sanofi Healthcare Company. Her background as a lobbyist extends beyond her current position. Previously she was Vice President of Policy Directions Inc., a government relations firm specializing in strategic planning and legislative and regulatory advocacy regarding healthcare and related issues.

In addition to this she has held leadership positions on a long list of federal healthcare committees. Given her background, she plays a critical role in our government and pharmaceutical relations. Kay received her MS in chemistry from Virginia and currently resides in Washington D.C.

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Michael B. Streiff, MD, FACP, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, NBCA Medical & Scientific Advisory Board Chair

Associate Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Associate Faculty, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Anticoagulation Management Service and Outpatient Clinics, Medical Director, Special Coagulation Laboratory, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Baltimore, Maryland

Dr Streiff’s research focuses on the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and evidence-based management of anticoagulation. He chairs the Venous Thromboembolism Guideline Committee for the National Comprehensive Cancer Center Network and has served on several international consensus panels to develop evidence-based guidelines for the management of VTE. He is a board member of the Anticoagulation Forum and a has been a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board for the National Blood Clot Alliance for several years. As a member of the Johns Hopkins VTE Collaborative, he spearheaded efforts to develop evidence-based specialty-specific VTE Prophylaxis computer decision support “smart order sets” that have led to dramatic improvements in VTE prophylaxis across Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Dr. Streiff and the Johns Hopkins Anticoagulation Management Service team have played a key role in developing evidence-based guidelines and electronic order sets for anticoagulation therapy at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He has published more than 100 articles and book chapters focusing on topics in VTE management and thrombosis and hemostasis and delivered more than 250 lectures at local, national and international meetings.


Shawna Russo Baffone

Shawna Russo Baffone is a regional human resources business partner for Take Care Health Systems a Walgreens Health and Wellness Company. She has over 15 years HR experience in the banking and health care industry.  Shawna is an active member of Society of Human Resource Management. Shawna is a graduate of New England Institute.

Shawna survived several pulmonary embolisms while in her twenties and is committed to increasing awareness of thrombosis and thrombophilia.


Justin Barch

Justin Barch is the Director of Corporate Sales for the Association of Financial Professionals. Headquartered outside Washington, D.C., the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) is the professional society that represents finance executives globally. AFP established and administers the Certified Treasury Professional and Certified Corporate FP&A Professional credentials, which set standards of excellence in finance.  Prior to joining AFP, Justin was Executive Vice President at Pharmagen Inc, a publicly traded health care company.

Justin is a graduate of the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University where he studied Finance. Justin lives in Kensington, MD with his Wife Kelly, and their two children.

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Joe Harouni is a digital strategy and  commerce consultant with Deloitte Digital.

During his junior year of college, Joe was hospitalized due to pain in his chest and fluid in his lungs. Joe recovered but the hospital was unable to determine the cause of the issue. It was not until months later, during a routine check-up, that a doctor was able to piece together the puzzle and determine that he had developed a clot in his leg weeks before suffering from a pulmonary embolism. Joe is committed to raising the awareness of clots among the public and among healthcare professionals.

Joe has a BS in Computer Science from Washington & Lee University and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with his partner Dori and their dog and cat.


Steve Hartley

Steve Hartley is currently  a national field director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where he provides supervision, guidance, and management to a network of employees and volunteers. In addition to this, Hartley has also served as an independent consultant, providing professional consultation services to nonprofit organizations.

His extensive background in the nonprofit sector extends 38 years into the past, when he started his first position as Program Director for the Western Maryland area with the American Cancer Society. Between 1975 and today he has held twelve leadership positions within eight nonprofit organizations. He places a strong emphasis on the importance of efficient organization within a nonprofit organization, and is responsible for increased productivity everywhere he has worked.

He brings valuable experience and an emphasis on organizational change to NBCA. Steve received his BS with departmental honors in Political Science from Frostburg State University and currently lives in a suburb of Washington D.C.

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Mark Jablonski

Mark Jablonski is a founder and served as the first president of the National Blood Clot Alliance.  Mark is a Director of Marketing and Global Product Owner for Infusion Pumps at Baxter Healthcare. Mark has over 25 years of management and consulting experience in pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Mark’s passion and commitment to the blood clot community stems from his experience with his nephew who suffered a blood clot at age 2, after a routine surgery. Further testing showed that Mark’s nephew had several genetic thrombophilias that were also present in Mark, his wife, and two of his three children.  His nephew’s story caught the attention of the Centers for Disease and Prevention and resulted in Mark being invited by CDC to a formative meeting of patients, family members, and doctors that highlighted the needs of the blood clot community and served as the genesis for the National Blood Clot Alliance.

Mark received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Maury L. Lieberman

Maury L. Lieberman, MSW, MURP, is a community services planner and organizational consultant based in Washington, DC. He has been treated for DVT. For more than 20 years at the National Institute of Mental Health, Mr. Lieberman developed and administered extramural research programs involving urban and social problems, work and mental health, mental health services and training, and prevention/intervention research. He later headed the state mental health planning program, and was responsible for developing a federal mental health response to such concerns as workplace violence, suicide, and trauma. Mr. Lieberman’s early career focused on community organization and housing development for immigrant populations, including Mobilization for Youth in New York, whose experiences formed the basis for the national anti-poverty program.

Since retiring from the federal government, he has been active in local, regional and national organizations, as well as consulting and serving as adjunct faculty member and lecturer in graduate schools of social work and city planning. He currently serves on the Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He has also served on the Board of the Green Door in Washington, DC, which helps people recovering from mental illness to live and work in the community, as well as active volunteer roles with the American Councils for International Education and Children International. Mr. Lieberman holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, a MSW from Rutgers University, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from the University of Pittsburgh School of Public and International Affairs, and completed doctoral studies (ABD) in City and Regional Planning at Cornell University.


Stephen Rodner

Stephen Rodner, a member of Pryor Cashman’s Media & Entertainment and Intellectual Property Groups, has been a vanguard in entertainment transactions and intellectual property matters that have transformed the industry landscape over the past forty plus years. Steve represents entertainment companies as well as individual writers, producers and artists, all of whom benefit from his in-house experience with Columbia and Paramount Pictures.  Steve’s extensive intellectual property experience includes trademark selection, procurement, registration and clearance, advising on the proper use of trademark rights and trade names throughout the world, and copyright registration and protection. His IP insights are particularly valuable relative to complex transactions involving intellectual property and confidentiality agreements.

Stephen is Chair of the New York State Bar Association Entertainment, Art and Sports Law Section, and he serves on the boards of Music for All Seasons and Maplewood Community Music.  Stephen received his B.A. from Columbia College, and he received his law degree from New York University School of Law.

His expertise is very important to NBCA, as he advises the organization on matters concerning its logo, trademarking certain NBCA program components, and supporting any contractual agreements we may need to enter with those supporting or representing NBCA and NBCA’s fund raising events.

Traci Wilkes

Traci Wilkes Smith

Traci Wilkes Smith is the Vice President of Broadcasters, News and Entertainment in the Client Representation group at CSE. Traci previously worked as a broadcast talent agent at WTA where she represented numerous anchors, reporters and entertainment hosts at various networks throughout the United States. Her eye for talent has helped her to identify and represent the best upcoming on-air talent in news, sports, weather and entertainment from around the country and work to place journalists in networks such as CNN, Fox News, Al Jazeera America, ABC, NBC and CBS News, ESPN and Discovery. Traci has also developed the careers of journalists in top 30 local stations around the country and is passionate about their success.

Traci serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the National Blood Clot Alliance and is a member of several journalist organizations such as NABJ, AAJA and NAHJ. She obtained her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law.  She is a member of the New York and New Jersey state bars and began her legal career as an associate at the law firm of Arent Fox, LLC in New York. Traci enjoys spending time with her husband Charles and their two children.

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