Our Board and Staff

The National President

Anthony J. Viola, CAF’s National President, was born in Queens, NY and raised in Long Island, where he currently resides with his lovely wife, Susan, and sons Anthony and James. A graduate of C.W. Post College and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, Tony is  a Senior Partner at the public accounting firm of Sanders Thaler Viola & Katz, LLP (“STVK”) located in Jericho, NY.

He has been involved with CAF for many years, due to his close relationship with cousins Nunzio Cazzetta, Jr. and Ralph Cazzetta, both of whom succumbed to complications related to thalassemia. Starting in 1996, he was involved for several years with an annual golf outing fund raiser for CAF and annually plays a leading role on the committee which plans CAF’s very successful Cigar Smoker.

Tony started volunteering for CAF in 1989.  The first fundraising event in which he took a leading role was a golf outing that raised approximately $40,000.  After several years of spearheading the golf outing, Tony co-founded the annual Cooley’s Anemia Cigar Night, which became one of the backbone fundraising events of the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation.  The Cigar Night event ran from 1999 to 2013 and raised well over $2,000,000 during those years.  In 2014, the Cigar Night Committee transformed the event into an Annual Gala, held each year in June.  The 2014 Gala, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, raised over $300,000.  Because of the money raised from his many events (such as the Cigar Night and the Gala), his own personal fundraising, and the generosity of the Viola family, Tony was unofficially designated the #1 volunteer fundraiser in the Foundation’s sixty-plus years.

Tony is committed to helping those with thalassemia live long and normal lives and to continuing to build upon efforts that are leading to a cure for thalassemia. He is also committed to ensuring that CAF has the financial resources needed to accomplish these goals.

The National Executive Director

Craig3aCraig Butler is the National Executive Director of the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, which has been leading the fight against thalassemia for over half a century. Mr. Butler himself has been an active participant in that fight for over a decade, starting with the Foundation as National Communications Director in 2001.  In addition to directing all communications-related activities in that capacity, he also served as the Principal Investigator on the Foundation’s collaborative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help educate the thalassemia community about effective prevention strategies that can contribute to better outcomes for those with thalassemia.

In addition to advocating on behalf of individuals with severe forms of thalassemia, Mr. Butler directs Cooley’s Anemia Foundation efforts aimed at informing both the general public and specific at-risk populations about thalassemia trait. He also oversees programs to encourage all members of the public to donate blood, as treatment for thalassemia involves frequent lifelong transfusions. Mr. Butler is proud to be the author of “The Cooley’s Anemia Foundation Storybook,” a publication for children with thalassemia.

Mr. Butler received a BFA from Syracuse University and an MA from New York University.

National Office Staff

National Executive Director: Craig Butler
Patient Services Manager: Eileen Scott
Patient Outreach Director: Sandy Gilbert
National Development Director: Henry Ackermann
Finance Manager: Zofia Buczynski
Social Worker: Kathleen Durst
National Communications Director: Mary Woldegiorgis

CAF National Board of Directors


Anthony J. Viola – President, Executive Committee Chairman
Senior Partner – Sanders, Thaler, Viola & Katz, LLP
Member since 1995

Amy Celento – Vice President, Executive Committee Member
Owner/Director, Brain Body Vitality Center; Principal Partner, Alchemical Fusion LLC
Member since 2001

Janet Kwiatkowski, MD, MSCE – Medical Advisory Board Chair; Executive Committee Member
Director of the Thalassemia Program at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Member since 2017

Dean Hernan – Treasurer, Executive Committee Member
Public Accountant, Sanders Thaler Viola & Katz LLP; Chief Financial Officer, The Forum Group
Member since 2000

Janice Cenzoprano – Secretary, Executive Committee Member
Office Manager, The Physical Rehabilitation Center
Member since 1998


Carmine Abruzzo
General Manager, Life Quality BMW
Member since 2002

Robert Aiello
Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, High Rise Fire and Security
Member since 2005

Josephine Bila, MSW
Producer, CNBC; Wellness Consultant
Member since 2016

Cammie Brandofino – Executive Committee Member
Benefits Coordinator, Safeharbor Healthcare Services; Retired Admin. Asst. and Constituent Liaison to State Senator John J. Marchi
Member since 1985

Shirley Cammilleri – Rochester Chapter Representative
Day Care Provider
Member since 1985

Julia Cenzoprano
Senior Auditor – EY
Member since 2014

Mary Ann Cervoni-Iaia – Executive Committee Member; Suffolk Chapter Representative
Patient Advocate
Member since 1986

Thomas Cheng – California Chapter Representative
Senior IT Specialist
Member since 1996

Peter Chieco – Westchester/Rockland Chapter Representative
Family Wealth Director, Morgan Stanley
Member since 1988

Alan Cohen, MD – Medical Advisory Board Member
Hematologist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Member since 1992

Ralph Colasanti – Executive Committee Member
Financial Services Consultant
Member since 1998

Michael DiFilippo
Parent/Child Advocate
Member since 2016

Terri DiFilippo – Executive Committee Member
NYC Department of Education (Retired)
Member since 1987

Joseph DiTrapani
President, Sons of Italy Foundation
Member since 2003

Anthony Ferrino – Queens Chapter Representative
New York City Sanitation
Member since 1995

Robert Ficarra – Executive Committee Member; Representative to Thalassemia International Federation
President, Manrob Textiles Corporation (Retired)
Member since 1975

Antoni Foe
Senior Programmer/Analyst, Intel Corporation
Member since 2000

Frank Fusaro
President, The Forum Group; Chairman, Columbus Citizens Foundation; Board of Advisors, Tobin School, St. John’s Univ.
Member since 1995

Anish Goel, PhD
Professional Staff Member, Senate Committee on Armed Services
Member since 2016

Maria Hadjidemetriou – Executive Committee Member; Alternate Representative to TIF
Real Estate Sales Agent / Writer for Architecture + Lifestyle
Member since 1995

Christine Horton – New Jersey Chapter Representative
Freelance Graphic Artist & Creator
Member since 2006

Richard Kirkendall
Vice President, Worldwide Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs – Immucor, Inc.
Member since 2016

Frank Marzano
Managing Principal, GM Advisory Group
Member since 2009

Gianna Palminteri
Founder – Co President, The Child Reach Foundation; Producer, MGRP Productions
Member since 2006

Chi Pham
Senior Systems Analyst, Marriott International
Member since 2016

Paul Polo
Senior Vice President, General Manager, Adchem Manufacturing Technologies, Inc.
Member since 2007

Michael Pouchie
President & COO, National Distribution Alliance LLC
Member since 2008

Michael Presto
Chairman & CEO, National Distribution Alliance
Member since 2008

Sharon Farrell Radonis – Suffolk Chapter Representative
Senior Paralegal, Law Office of John P. Rosenblatt
Member since 2016

Thomas A. Rotolo – Long Island Chapter Representative
President, Imprenditore OPS
Member since 2001

Phil Rutigliano – Westchester/Rockland Chapter Representative
Financial Consultant
Member since 2005

Joseph Sciame
Vice President for Community Relations, St. John’s University
Member since 1993

Frank Somma – New Jersey Chapter Representative
Vice President / General Manager, Sapphire Office Solutions
Member since 1986

Frank Tidona – UNICO Representative
Hazardous Materials Technician, Unilever Bestfoods (Retired)
Member since 2009

Teresa Tomaino – Chicago Chapter Representative
Patient Advocate
Member since 2006

James Ventola – North Jersey Chapter Representative
Law Enforcement / Government
Member since 2010

Joseph Vigliotti, Esq.
Of Counsel – Bertone Piccini, LLP
Member since 2012

Tom Watral
Vice President, Watral Brothers, Inc.
Member since 2016

Joseph Zuraw
Sr. Director – Patient Relations, Grifols
Member since 2016