Joe Pugliese – Chairman

Joe Pugliese has been involved in the hemophilia community for the last 37 years. He started in 1978 as a sales representative in Chicago with the Armour Pharmaceutical Company. He held a variety of positions

over the years including General Manager of Hemophilia Business Unit, and Vice President and General Manager of North America for Aventis Behring (successor company of Armour)

He joined Amerisource Bergen Specialty Group as President of the Specialty Pharmacy business in 2004, and departed in 2005 to pursue other interests in the hemophilia community. He joined the Hemophilia Alliance as a consultant to start their group purchasing organization in 2006 and was named the President of the Hemophilia Alliance in 2008. The organization has grown from 38 members in 2007 to 95 members today. Joe is looking forward to seeing this organization deliver its goal of achieving operational excellence in providing services for the hemophilia community.

Joe became Chairman of The Alliance Pharmacy in late 2010. The pharmacy, a 501c 3 is licensed as a pharmacy in all 50 states, has received ACHC accreditation , is URAC pending and has received it’s VAWD accreditation . The pharmacy manages an number of very successful trial programs for sophisticated pharmaceutical products , like subcutaneous immune globulin and alpha one antitrypsin.

Joe has been married to Karen for 40 years. They have five children, two daughter-in-laws, two son in laws and seven grandchildren.

Sean Singh – Director

Sean started in healthcare 24 years ago when he was the administrator for an individual private practice in New York. He was then recruited to be the administrator of a multispecialty group, before being recruited to larger and more complex groups. Before leaving New York, Sean served as the Chief Financial Officer for a large Ophthalmology group with multiple locations, retail store and an Ambulatory Surgery Center. Upon arriving in Florida, Sean was the Manager of Physician Services at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, a position that was created for him. He was at Moffitt for five years before being recruited to the University of South Florida, where he served as the Business Manager for the Department of Internal Medicine and the Hemophilia Treatment Center. Sean is honored to hold his present position as Vice President of the Hemophilia Alliance.

Stephanie Gustafson, M.S., R.Ph. - Vice Chair

Gulf States HTC and Pharmacy
Pharmacy Manager
6655 Travis Suite 490
Houston, Texas 77030
phone: (713) 500-8385

Stephanie Gustafson is the Pharmacy Manager for Gulf States Pharmacy, the 340b pharmacy for the Gulf States Hemophilia and Thrombophilia Center in Houston, Texas and the contract pharmacy for six other Hemophilia Treatment Centers in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. She has held this position since 2007.

Ms. Gustafson is a licensed pharmacist in New York, Maryland, Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. She received a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Connecticut and completed a Pharmacy Residency at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. She received a M.S. in Healthcare Administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

She has pharmacy experience in hospitals, clinics and chemotherapy infusion centers, as well as administrative experience in hospital and physician practice management.

Vincent Fusaro – President and Pharmacist in Charge

The Alliance Pharmacy
44 Bond Street
Westbury, NY 11590
Phone: (516) 876-0100
Email: VFusaro@thealliancepharmacy.org

Vincent is the Co-Founder and President of Positudes, Inc., June 2000 now dba The Alliance Pharmacy. As President and Director of Pharmacy for The Alliance Pharmacy, he is responsible for all Pharmacy and Wholesale Distribution Services and Operations.

Vincent graduated St. Johns University Pharmacy School in 1981. He has the unique distinction of having over 30 years of Professional experience in healthcare industry along with a life time of experience as a person living with Severe Hemophilia B. He holds active Pharmacy licensure in 8 states and maintains in good standings approximately 90 professional licenses for The Alliance Pharmacy.

He is married to Maryann for over 30 years, has 2 Children and 2 grandchildren

Mark A. Plencner, R. Ph. – Director

Coordinator
Roger Maris Cancer Center Pharmacy
820 4th St. N
Fargo, ND 58122
Phone: (701) 234-6142
Email: Mark.Plencner@meritcare.com

Mark graduated from NDSU, Fargo, ND. He is the Past President of Hemophilia Alliance Group Purchasing Organization, Past Board Chair of the Hemophilia Alliance, Coordinator, Roger Maris Cancer Center Pharmacy, Adjunct Faculty-Pharmacology for Technicians, North Dakota State College of Pharmacy.

His duties include: Management of USP 797-compliant clean room and a staff of six pharmacists and seven technicians who procure, prepare, and dispense Oncolytic and support medications.

Management of retail pharmacy to support pain and symptom and side effect management of Oncology patients.
Management of 340B blood factor inventory for the North Dakota Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center.
Externship rotation coordinator of North Dakota State University Pharm D students.

On-line instructor of Pharmacology for Technicians through the North Dakota State College of Science. Education
Mark is married to Stacy and has two sons. He enjoys golfing and relaxing at his lake home.

Roland Lamy – Vice President of Payer Relations

The Alliance Pharmacy
44 Bond Street
Westbury, NY 11590
Phone: (603) 491-0853

Roland Lamy has held a variety of leadership positions in the healthcare industry since 1991 including sales management, underwriting, employee benefit and rate development, hospital and physician negotiations, network development and contracting, and government programs.

Prior to joining Helms & Company, Roland served as the Assistant Director of Health Planning and Medicaid for the State of New Hampshire, Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity, he was responsible for budgeting, forecasting, and deficit reduction strategies for the Medicaid program.

Roland has spent much of his career in leadership roles with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire and, subsequently, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield where he was Executive Director of Provider Network Management for Anthem, with responsibility for a $500 million dollar healthcare budget and a $10 million administrative budget.

As a member of the Anthem Executive Team, Roland led several work teams to refine operations, following the Blue Cross and Blue Shield acquisition. With his extensive experience in healthcare operations, Roland was also instrumental in the merger between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire and Matthew Thornton Health Plan in the mid 1990’s which significantly improved the market share of the Plan.

In addition to his work with the hospital and physician community, Roland also has extensive sales and underwriting experience as a licensed NH Producer, he has worked with large employers on the design and negotiation of healthcare benefits to positively impact health care trend, and has assisted manufacturers, unions, and government agencies to achieve optimum use of their healthcare dollar.

At Helms & Company, Roland has provided clients with expertise in provider contract negotiations, hospital labor benchmarking and operational assessments, physician practice management, physician practice evaluations, payer strategies on new technology and new clinical programs, and evaluation of commercial insurance options for employers and government agencies. He has also served as Executive Director of a behavioral health association, providing consultation and management services in organizational development, key communication strategies, and financial management for the association in the midst of significant payment reform from primary payment sources including Medicaid.

Roland has worked extensively with Hemophilia Treatment Centers (HTC) in each region of the Country since 2005, assisting them with strategies for patient retention, participation in payer networks, and education around environmental changes in the insurance market that impact the HTC. He continues to advocate for HTC’s by working with Medical Center contracting leadership, education to payers, and participation in various national conferences in order to inform the industry of the value of the HTC system in controlling costs and delivering high quality care to patients with bleeding disorders.

Roland has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Bloomsburg University and a Masters in Business Administration from New Hampshire College. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of New Hampshire Healthy Kids.

Paul Limberis – Director


Gladys Lee – Director


Maryann Fusaro – Vice President


Stacy Kollar – Pharmacy Tech