Meet Our Team

Our dedicated staff includes transplant survivors and caregivers who understand first-hand what it is like to undergo a transplant.

Susan K. Stewart
Executive Director
M. Stewart is responsible for overseeing all 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 Autologous Stem Cell Transplants: A Handbook for Patients - both of which are used extensively by transplant centers throughout the U.S. and Canada to educate patients.  She is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Sociology/Urban Affairs.

 

Marla O'Keefe
Director, Outreach
Marla coordinates BMT InfoNet's online Transplant Center Directory and the annual, 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 InfoNet'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 for AML. 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 earned her BA in English from Carthage College.  Her own experience with chronic illness sparked her interest in patient advocacy.

 
Marsha Seligman
Patience Assistance Fund 
Marsha manages BMT InfoNet’s Patience Assistance Fund (“PAF”).  The PAF was established to provide support to transplant patients during a time of financial hardship. 
 
 
Julia AG Pan Aguilar 
Bilingual Specialist
Julia Pan is a retired Argentinean career diplomat who served as Consul General in Chicago. She later served as Director of Latin American Division at Minnesota International Medicine where she assisted Spanish speaking BMT patients and families through their medical treatments before, during and after transplants, being knowledgeable in their experience and needs. Julia earned a BA in International Relations and a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires and the University of the Republic, Montevideo.
 
 
Mary Clare Bietila
Social Media
Mary Clare manages social media for BMT InfoNet. She is a writer, artist & educator based in Chicago. She was diagnosed with AML Leukemia in 2014 and again in 2017. She is a two time transplant survivor and passionate advocate for young adults with cancer and transplant patients.