Board & Staff


Karla Digirolamo

Executive Director

Karla came to the BDANENY in April 2019, continuing a career spent in non-profit and public agency executive management.  She has experience in overseeing the operations of complex human services organizations including staff and volunteer recruitment and management. She has successfully helped human services agencies identify, track and assess the impact of their services and engage community stakeholders, partners and public officials to support the critical work undertaken by community-based organizations.   She is skilled at negotiating the delicate balance needed to engage these critical allies in the work of the agency they serve. 


Karla notes that her experiences in the non-profit world and at the highest levels of New York State government taught her the importance of identifying and responding to the challenges faced in providing services in an environment of rapid, sometimes seemingly constant, internal and external change.   She is an articulate writer and public speaker and passionate advocate who has dedicated her professional life to serving people in need and to mobilizing the public and public officials to support the policies and programs needed to serve the community and promote broad community-level change.  Karla is a great asset to the bleeding disorders community and is excited to serve our chapter. 

Please reach out to her at with any questions, concerns, or comments! 

Melissa Deeb

Program Director

Melissa has been working with the BDANENY since September of 2017. She is working part-time as our new Program Director, as she attends SUNY Albany full-time to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Communications.  Melissa has a heart to serve and has learned a lot in her time at the BDA.

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Board of Directors:

Michael Deeb- President

Bruce Weiner- Vice President

Cindi Keeler- Treasurer

Don McKay- Secretary

Jeff Bostwick- Member

Dave Huskie- Member

Maria Peart- Member

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