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Jodi Estep Jodi Estep, a constant figure at most Chapter events, became a member of the board in 2011 due to concerns with declining attendance. She has a true passion for the Chapter and cherishes the relationships she and her whole family have developed through their participation. Jodi is a mother of a 12 year old son who has severe Hemophilia B and the niece of three uncles also with severe Hemophilia B. Jodi works full time as an Unemployment Insurance Consultant and tries her best to juggle the world. As one of our Chapter’s newest advocates, you will definitely see Jodi storming the steps of the Statehouse to speak with legislators about the needs of the bleeding disorder community. Read more about Jodi’s experience with Statehouse Day on page 12-13.

Kathleen Chesser Kathleen Chesser is a member of the Central Ohio Bleeding Disorder Community and has attended many NHF programs on Von Willebrand Disease, Platelet Storage Pool Deficiency and most recently, is organizing a group for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Patients with bleeding disorders. See article on page 14-17. She is a Registered Nurse who has worked in the past as a clinical trial coordinator for investigational new drugs. Kathleen has worked on fundraising for several area charity groups including The Mount Carmel Foundation, The Childhood League, The Champagne and Diamonds Ball, and was the Asst. and later a Co-Director of “Merry-Go-Round.” Kathleen is a resident of Bexley where she lives with her two daughters- Alyssa, 16 and Haleigh, 11. She is looking forward to an exciting and productive first year as an NHF Board Member and is grateful to her family and significant other, Mick Burdge.

Cynthia Ottavio

Cynthia Ottavio joined the board in December of 2013. She is a Food Industry leader in product, recipe and menu innovation and development, providing consumers with exceptional food offerings for over 25 years. Originally from Wantagh, New York, Cynthia graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s of Science in Consumer Service in Food. Cynthia has been involved with the community through The Ohio State University Chadwick Arboretum, Ohio State Fair Culinary Judge, Mid-Ohio and Broad Street Food Pantries, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Boy Scouts of America Committee Chair, Powell Citizen’s Police Academy, ORT and Congregation Beth Tikvah. Cynthia resides in Powell with her husband, Andrew. They have two children - Natalie, an RN at The Ohio State University Hospital, and Alexander, a recent graduate of The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

Frank Gao

Frank Gao has been a board member since 2013, but has been involved with the bleeding disorder community since his daughter was found to have von Willebrand Disease in 2002. Born and raised in northeast part of China, Frank finished undergraduate school and graduate school majoring in Chemistry, then studied at Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, the Ohio State University, and finally received his J.D. in 2009. Frank is an intellectual property attourney and has four children who were all born in Columbus, Ohio with various degrees of bleeding disorder.

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New Year, New Leadership, New Partners, New Direction. LIFEBLOOD is a publication of the Central Ohio chapter of the National Hemophilia Fou...

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New Year, New Leadership, New Partners, New Direction. LIFEBLOOD is a publication of the Central Ohio chapter of the National Hemophilia Fou...

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