Making a Difference…

WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO

Headquartered in Pittsburgh and with offices in Milwaukee, the Community Liver Alliance has grown to have a national presence while still holding true to a mission to invest in local communities and give voice to patients and providers. The CLA is dedicated to supporting the community through liver disease awareness, prevention, education, advocacy and research.

Supported by a network of patients, caregivers, health care professionals and community leaders, CLA develops and runs educational workshops, coordinates support groups, facilities linkage to medical care and provides education to health care professionals, patients and caregivers.

CLA collaborates with community leaders, interest groups and policy makers on issues related to liver disease health.

CLA's goal is continued growth aligned with mission and strategic plans. With the support of key funding partners, CLA continues to build capacity to address autoimmune liver diseases, the elimination of viral hepatitis and the other rising liver-related epidemics like Fatty Liver/NASH and Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

CLA gives back to local communities through our Liver Hero funds that support Patients, Research and Pediatric Initiatives.

CLA is involved in advancing policy related to healthcare issues at both the state and federal level, regularly providing expertise and amplifying patient and provider voices to help advocates communicate to legislators about important health care issues such as non-medical switching, out of pocket costs for prescription drugs, co-pay accumulator issues, as well as other barriers to health care access, and seek state-level and federal policy remedies.

CLA is YOUR community partner and is dedicated to working with you providing support to the liver community. CLA lives the mission and is committed to providing excellent outcomes for all endeavors, achieved through solid relationships with strategic partners, volunteer leaders and by selecting highly experienced and dedicated staff members to meet the needs of the liver communities across the nation.

CLA is dedicated to supporting harm reduction as a practice and a theory. Meeting people where they are, using proven practical public health strategies to help remove barriers, increasing educational opportunities, expanding health access and treating people with love, respect and dignity has and will continue to help eliminate health disparities including all forms of liver disease.

STAFF

Dee Ann Girard

Dee Ann Girard
National Director, Midwest Region

Suzanna Masartis

Suzanna Masartis
Chief Executive Officer

Murock

Johanna Murock
Office Administrator

Ariel Mookherji
Development Director  

Clayton Ruley 
Director of Diversity and Inclusion 

Harlans

Jill Harlan
Program Director

Alison Kost

Alison Kost
Program Director

Sam Mazzei 
Digital Marketing & Social Media Manager

NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kelly Martin

Kelly Martin, CRNP
Chair
Independent Nurse Practitioner
MedExpress

Wempler

Adele Wampler
Vice President
Field Examiner
Department of Veteran’s Affairs

Skertich

Jennifer Skertich
Education Chair
Security Analyst
FedEx

Wasko

Mark Wasko
Secretary
Transplant Account Manager
CareDx

Chopra

Kapil Chopra, MD
Transplant Hepatologist and Gastroenterologist
UPMC Center for Liver Diseases

DeGregorio

Nick DeGregorio, MD
Senior Medical Director
UPMC Health Plan

Geller

David Geller, MD
Director
UPMC Liver Cancer Center

Mastroianni

Bruno Mastroianni
Chief Information and Supply Chain Officer
Center for Organ Recovery and Education

Mazariegos

George Mazariegos, MD
Chief, Pediatric Transplantation
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

Aaron Martin
Investigative Reporter
WPXI-TV

Stainbrook

Tuesdae Stainbrook, DO, MPH
Principal Owner
TruCare Internal Medicine & Infectious Diseases

Williams

Renee Williams, Esquire
Executive Director
National Center for Victims of Crime

Wolfe

Ivana Wolfe
Director, Communications
Bravo Group

Acevedo

Stacy Acevedo, RN, BSN, MSN
Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator
UPMC Starzl Transplant Services

Starzl

Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD
Posthumous Member

MIDWEST REGIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kelly Martin
Wempler
Kaleida
Wasko
Acevedo

Kelly Martin, CRNP
Chair
Independent Nurse Practitioner
MedExpress

Adele Wampler
Vice President
Field Examiner
Department of Veteran’s Affairs

Sandeepa (Sandy) Kaleida
Treasurer
Founder & CEO
Sigma Resources, LLC

Aaron Martin
Education Chair
Investigative Reporter
WPXI-TV

Mark Wasko
Secretary
Transplant Account Manager
CareDx

Stacy Acevedo, RN, BSN, MSN
Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator
UPMC Starzl Transplant Services