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Regional Update: Connecticut Hemophilia Society (CHS)

Originally published by NEHA via email. Read email here.
Published: Friday, April 14, 2023.


NEHA Community,

We are excited to announce changes to our organization, leadership team and staff to better serve the New England bleeding disorders community.

The board of directors of the Connecticut Hemophilia Society (CHS) recently voted to dissolve their non-profit status and officially join forces with NEHA! While this decision was not made lightly or quickly, we believe this will help eliminate redundancies in services and better utilize resources for those living with a bleeding disorder in Connecticut. We are looking forward to the opportunities and experiences this new collaboration will bring as we remain committed to improving the lives of those affected by bleeding disorders in all six states New England states.

We are pleased to welcome, Saurabh Vaidya, former board president of CHS, to the NEHA board of directors. With his help, we are confident that we will continue to provide high-quality support, advocacy, and education to the bleeding disorders in Connecticut and entire New England region.

Kate Bazinsky rolled off our board of directors after four years of service. She has been invaluable in helping us shape our Board structure and initiatives, including our strategic plan, grassroots development efforts and our Mental Health and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Task Forces. Fortunately, Kate won’t be going far, as she is now dedicating her time and effort toward running the national Bleeding Disorders Substance Use and Mental Health Access Coalition (BD SUMHAC), which NEHA helped launch. Thank you for your service, Kate!

Finally, we are thrilled to announce a restructuring of our staff. After four years of serving as a program sub-contractor, Diane Bruno, is now a full-time employee as our Program & Engagement Manager. After a year as our Outreach and Engagement Manager, Jodi Weeks, transitioned to our Development Director role. In January, Gabby Roth, our former Development Manager, took an exciting opportunity to continue working on behalf of the bleeding disorders community on the national level by joining the Hemophilia Federation of America.

Please let us know if you have any questions and thanks for being part of our community!

Nancy Messina, President, Board of Directors
Rich Pezzillo, Executive Director