About PDSA

 
PDSA Leadership


Caroline Kruse, Executive DirectorCaroline Kruse | Executive Director

Caroline Kruse is Executive Director of the Platelet Disorder Support Association. Prior to her appointment in January 2009 by the PDSA Board of Directors, Caroline was PDSA’s first Director of Public Relations. Before joining the PDSA staff, she served for two years as a PDSA board member, the second year as Vice Chair. Caroline co-founded the first local ITP support group in the country, in Cleveland, Ohio, and still serves as its co-facilitator.

Her focus on mission has resulted in PDSA’s greater emphasis on advocacy, growing the local support groups, creating more programs for children, teens and families affected by ITP, education initiatives to improve the quality of life for those living with ITP, and the designation of National ITP Awareness Month.

Before joining PDSA, Caroline worked as a broadcasting professional for over 20 years, working on-air and behind-the-scenes at WCPN, Cleveland’s National Public Radio affiliate, and at FOX and CBS TV affiliate stations. She is the creator, producer and co-host of the nationally syndicated talk radio program, Family Matters. Caroline is the recipient of numerous broadcasting and journalism honors, including Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards, Cleveland A.I.R. Awards from the March of Dimes, Distinction in Media Excellence Awards, and Cleveland Communicators’ Award from Women in Communications. Her award-winning programs focused primarily on health and family issues.

Caroline has a B.A. degree in Communications from Cleveland State University. Personally, Caroline had ITP for three years and has been in remission ever since, so she knows firsthand the physical and emotional struggles ITP patients face on a daily basis.


PDSA Staff

Jeff Cooper, Website and Social Media Manager

Brenda Foster, Administrative Manager

Alexandra Kruse, Research Coordinator

Nancy Potthast, Director of Marketing

Jody Shy, Programs and Events Manager

Jared Whitman, Research Coordinator

Joan Young, PDSA Founder

Susan Zemon, Chief Financial Officer


Board of Directors

Peter Pruitt, Board Chairman
Potomac, MD

Jay Charness, Vice Chair
Arvada, CO

Beth Siegelbaum, Secretary
Norwalk, CT

Kim Everett, Treasurer
Mishicot, WI

Karen Avrick
Woodbury, NY

Linda McGuirl
Basking Ridge, NJ

Dale Paynter
Ontario, Canada

Derek Zimmerman
Royal Palm Beach, FL


Medical Advisory Board

Donald Arnold, MD | McMaster University
Hamilton, ON (Canada)

James Bussel, MD
| Cornell University
New York, NY

Douglas Cines, MD | University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Nicola Cooper, MD | Hammersmith Hospital
London, UK

Amy Geddis, MD | Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, WA

Terry Gernsheimer, MD
| University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Andra James, MD | Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC

Craig Kessler, MD | Georgetown University
Washington, DC

David Kuter, MD | Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Michele Lambert, MD | Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Howard Liebman, MD | University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Diane Nugent, MD | University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Orange, CA

Drew Provan, MD
| Barts & The London Queen Mary’s
London, UK

John Semple, PhD | St. Michael’s Hospital
Toronto, Canada; Lund, Sweden

Michael Tarantino, MD
| The Bleeding and Clotting Disorders Institute
Peoria, IL

Emeritus

Robert McMillan, MD | Scripps Research Institute
La Jolla, CA

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