MDS is a bone marrow failure disorder
The MDS Foundation Staff
  • Susan Hogan
    Director of Operations

    Susan has been with the MDS Foundation for fourteen years, originally as Office Manager. Susan came to the Foundation with 15 years of prior pharmaceutical experience in the Medical and Scientific Affairs, Finance, and Marketing Research areas. At the Foundation, Susan oversees all daily business activities, including finances, staffing, and staff projects. She works with the MDS Board of Directors and Board Committee members on strategic planning for meeting the ongoing needs of MDS patients and education of MDS healthcare professionals and is currently leading a Foundation Lay Board initiative.


  • Tracey Iraca
    Grants Director

    Tracey joined the MDS Foundation in 2004 as a part-time Patient Coordinator, assisting with patient education programs. Presently, Tracey manages the corporate grants program and is responsible for all corporate relations and new business development. She serves as liaison to the Foundation’s International Nurse Leadership Board, International Working Group for Prognosis in MDS (IWG-PM), and MDS/MPN International Working Group (MDS/MPN IWG), as well as overseeing Foundation development efforts.


  • Janice Butchko
    Production Coordinator

    Janice joined the Foundation in 2008 and is responsible for the coordination, quality control, and production of printed and electronic Foundation material. Janice also manages the Foundation’s donation database, including membership renewals, patient forum attendance and administrative bookkeeping services.


  • Lea Harrison
    Project Manager

    Lea has been associated with the Foundation since 2001. Currently, Lea manages all aspects of various CME programs, live symposia and educational meetings for healthcare professionals. She is also responsible for patient educational projects such as the coordination and translation of our Building Blocks of Hope® patient and caregiver resource and the coordination and management of the Foundation’s Patient Forum meetings.


  • Audrey Ann Hassan
    Patient Liaison

    Audrey joined the MDS Foundation fourteen years ago as the Patient Liaison. She came to the MDS Foundation with over 14 years’ experience in patient services working in the Medical Affairs Department of a leading pharmaceutical company. Her primary role is to provide international support to patients, families, and caregivers touched by MDS. Whether it is face-to-face or by telephone or email, Audrey responds to questions regarding MDS, including information on treatment options, clinical trials, financial assistance, as well as providing patients with a priority referral to any MDS Center of Excellence worldwide.


  • Deborah (Dee) Murray
    Patient Coordinator

    Dee joined the Foundation in 2005 and assists with patient correspondence. In addition to this responsibility, Dee manages the Foundation’s exhibit shipment needs, coordinates mailings, and is responsible for patient information inquiries, ensuring the acknowledgment of requests in a timely manner.


  • Janna Pelle
    Social Media Specialist

    Janna joined the Foundation staff on a part-time basis in January of 2016 and manages the Foundation’s social media platforms. With a background in advertising and communications from the University of Florida, Janna’s tasks include the administration and creation of relevant, high quality social media content, creating a publishing schedule to plan specific and timely marketing campaigns and executing a social media strategy for the Foundation’s online presence.


  • Helen Zhang
    Development Specialist

    Helen has been associated with the Foundation since May of 2016 as a Summer Intern through the Princeton University Internship in Civic Service program. Her primary role is research into unrestricted development and fundraising opportunities for the Foundation and the corresponding grant submission process. Helen will continue with the Foundation on a part-time basis once her studies begin again in the next school semester.

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