Our Board and Staff

The National President

Peter Chieco is the National President of the Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, and has been involved in the Foundation as a volunteer since 1988.  Currently a Senior Portfolio Management Director at Morgan Stanley’s Portfolio Management Group, Peter began his career at Paine Webber and later joined Smith Barney. He attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Fordham University in 1982 and received the Certified Investment Management Analyst®SM (CIMA®) in 2003 from the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA), in conjunction with Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.  In 2018, Peter was ranked once again as one of Barron’s Top 1,200 Advisors and was recognized as one of The Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisors. A frequent guest speaker and writer, his seasoned perspectives on investment strategies and markets have been featured by various media outlets throughout Connecticut and the United States. Peter and his wife, Rose Ann, reside in Bedford Corners, NY. They have three daughters.  He also enjoys tending to his large organic garden and sharing food with his neighbors, friends, and a local community center, as well as traveling and spending time with his family. Peter’s philanthropic efforts focus on health disorders, and far and away his most passionate volunteering since 1989 has been for CAF.

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 Outreach Director: Steve Hemraj
Patient Services Manager: Eileen Scott
Social Worker: Kathleen Durst
Finance Manager: Zofia Buczynski
Office Administration: Jonathan Dacuag

CAF National Board of Directors


Peter Chieco – President; Executive Committee Chairman
Managing Director – Morgan Stanley
Member since 1988

Janice Cenzoprano – Vice President; Executive Committee Member
Office Manager, The Physical Rehabilitation Center
Member since 1998

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

Maria Hadjidemetriou – Secretary; Executive Committee Member
Real Estate Sales Agent; Writer for Architecture + Lifestyle
Member since 1995

Joseph Vigliotti, Esq. – Treasurer; Executive Committee Member; Alternate Representative to TIF
Of Counsel, Bertone Piccini, LLP
Member since 2012


Carmine Abruzzo
General Manager, BMW of Brooklyn
Member since 2002

Tracy Antonelli
Patient/Parent Advocate
Member since 2018

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

Cammie Brandofino – Executive Committee Member
Benefits Coordinator, Safeharbor Healthcare Svcs.; Ret’d. Admin. Asst. and Constituent Liaison to State Sen. John Marchi
Member since 1985

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

Amy Joan Celento – Executive Committee Member
Owner/Director, Brain Body Vitality Center
Member since 2001

Julia Cenzoprano
Assurance Manager, EY
Member since 2014

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

Thomas Cheng – California Chapter Representative
Adjunct Professor – West Los Angeles College
Member since 1996

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

Sarah Baqueri Connolly
Owner, Sir Speedy Plainview, NY
Member since 2018

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

Joseph DiTrapani
CEO – Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America
Member since 2003

Anthony Ferrino – Queens Chapter Representative
New York City Sanitation; Sergeant at Arms – Columbia Association
Member since 1995

Robert Ficarra – Executive Committee Member; Representative to Thalassemia International Federation
Owner, Bob Ficarra Associates
Member since 1975

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

Frank Fusaro
President – The Forum Group; Member – Board of Governors Columbus Citizens Foundation
Member since 1995

Anish Goel, PhD
Senior South Asia Fellow – New America
Member since 2016

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

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

Michelle Chieco Lenz – Westchester/Rockland Chapter Representative
Pediatric RN – Yale New Haven Hospital – Greenwich
Member since 2018

Ben Li
Member since 2020

Laurie Messina
Creative Director, MRM
Member since 2020

Cindy Morrison
Executive Director/Founder, Knowing Hope Inc.
Member since 2020

William Pisano – Suffolk Chapter Representative
Member since 2020

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, LLC
Member since 2008

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

Phil Rutigliano
Marketing Consultant
Member since 2005

Pranav Saha
Senior Associate – Booz Allen Hamilton
Member since 2020

Radhika Sawh
Faculty at Joan H. Marks Graduate Program in Human Genetics Sarah Lawrence College
Member since 2020

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

Frank Somma – Executive Committee Member
Keynote Speaker/Sales Trainer
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

Anthony J. Viola, CPA
Senior Partner, Katz Viola Lebenhart & Mauro, LLP
Member since 1995

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

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

Emeritus Member

Nunzio Cazzetta – Past Board Chairman
Retired Foreign Language Teacher

Honorary Member

Hilary Cooley 

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