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The MDS Foundation Staff
  • Tracey Iraca
    Executive Director

    Tracey joined the MDS Foundation in 2004 as a part-time Patient Coordinator, assisting with patient education programs. As Executive Director, Tracey now oversees all daily business activities, including finances, staffing, and staff projects. She works with the MDSF Board of Directors on strategic planning for meeting the ongoing needs of MDS patients and healthcare professionals. 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).

  • Audrey Ann Hassan
    Patient Liaison

    Audrey joined the MDS Foundation eighteen 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.

  • Lea Harrison
    Senior Project Manager

    Lea joined the Foundation in 2001. 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. Lea is also leading our new pediatric MDS initiative.

  • Janice Butchko
    Project Manager

    Janice joined the Foundation in 2008. Janice manages our database of patients and healthcare professionals. She is responsible for the coordination, quality control, and production of printed and electronic Foundation materials. Janice is also responsible for patient correspondence and registration for our live patient events.

  • Deborah (Dee) Murray
    Administrative Support

    Dee joined the Foundation in 2005. Dee manages the Foundation’s exhibit shipment needs, coordinates mailings, and is responsible for patient information inquiries, ensuring the fulfillment of requests in a timely manner. Dee is also responsible for administrative bookkeeping services.

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