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Meet Our Team

Susan K. Stewart

Executive Director

As Executive Director and founder of BMT InfoNet, Sue is responsible for overseeing allAcute lymphoblastic leukemia. operations of BMT InfoNet. A transplant survivor herself, she brings great insight and perspective to her work and is widely considered a vital resource to the entire transplant community. Sue authored Bone Marrow and Blood Stem Cell Transplants: A Guide for Patients and AutologousTaken from an individual's own tissues, cells, or DNA. Stem Cell Transplants: A Handbook for Patients. She graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Sociology/Urban Affairs.

Marla O'Keefe

Director, Outreach

Marla is BMT InfoNet's project director coordinating, among other projects, the online Transplant Center Directory and the national Celebrating a Second Chance at Life Survivorship Symposium. She has a BA in Journalism from Indiana University. Marla was also a stem cell donor for an unrelated patient, an experience she describes as very humbling.


Cindy Kessler

Director, Patient Support Services

Cindy oversees BMT's Caring Connections program where transplant survivors and their loved ones  share their stories and provide emotional support to newly diagnosed patients and their families. As the parent of a child diagnosed with leukemia at a young age, Cindy understands the emotional turmoil families face when a loved one is diagnosed with a life-threatening disease.


Lynne Spina

Director, Development and Marketing

Lynne manages BMT InfoNet's corporate partnership programs, the production of literature and social media. Empathetic to the caregiver experience, Lynne became involved in the vital work of BMT InfoNet after her brother recovered from a stem cell transplant. Lynne received her MBA from Drexel University, Pennsylvania and a BS in Communications and AA in Art Advertising from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut.


Margaret Overholt

Office Administrator

Margaret manages orders for BMT InfoNet's patient handbooks and other products and general office needs.  She also applies her creative writing skills to various BMT InfoNet projects including the Celebrating Life Calendar. Margaret graduated from Carthage College where she majored in English.


Patty O'Machel

Celebrating Life Calendar

Patty coordinates the production of the Celebrating Life calendar which honors transplant survivors each month. Patty graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and earned a Masters Degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago.



Last updated on 09/28/2016
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