Chairman
Robert Fishman
Producer/Director, CBS Sports
New York, NY

Bob Fishman is a founding member of the Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors. He was elected to the Board in 1993 and currently serves as President.

Bob has been a major supporter of bone marrow transplant recipients since the time of his own transplant in 1990. He created the Sports Legends Golf Classic in Delray Beach, Florida, to benefit the Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation, raising over 2.5 million dollars for patients. When not advocating for the Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation, Bob is a producer and director at CBS Sports. He has directed over a thousand network telecasts and many major championships where he has been responsible for “calling the shots”. He has numerous television recognitions for sports and entertainment, including 14 Emmys and three Directors Guild of America awards. Bob was also elected to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2019.

Vice Chairman
Charlotte Moss
Designer
New York, NY

Approaching her 35th year in the business of design, Charlotte Moss has received numerous honors, including the New York School of Interior Design’s Centennial Medal, Housing Works’ Groundbreaker’s Award, The Royal Oak BMCF’s Timeless Design award, and is named one of Elle Décor Grand Master List of Top Designers.

Charlotte has used her experience culled from thirty-four years of decorating homes to design collections of furniture and upholstery with Century Furniture, fabrics and trims for Fabricut, carpets and sisals for Stark Carpet, china for Pickard and clothing with IBU Movement. Last fall, Charlotte collaborated with PE Guerin to create a collection of cuff bracelets based on their archive of historical designs.

Charlotte lectures widely and is a prolific author, having published ten books to date. CHARLOTTE MOSS ENTERTAINS, is her most recent title (Rizzoli, 2018).  Of all her work, philanthropy plays an important role in her life.  Charlotte is a Trustee of Thomas Jefferson BMCF at Monticello, the Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation, American Corporate Partners, The Madoo Conservancy, a member of the International Council of Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, and on the Advisory Board of The New York School of Interior Design where she holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree.

Treasurer
Andrew Robin
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs
New York, NY

As Treasurer of the Board of Directors, Andy Robin plays an integral part in the efforts of the Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation. Managing Director at Goldman Sachs since 2011, Andy lives in New Jersey with his wife, Cheryl, and together they continue to be avid supporters of the BMCF.

Secretary
Aimee Eberle
Philanthropist
Muttontown, NY

Aimee serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors and has an extensive background in volunteer work.

Prior to living in New York, Aimee lived in San Francisco where she sat on the Board of the March of Dimes. She also served on various other philanthropic committees in the Bay Area.

Aimee also currently serves as a Board Member for the Glen Cove Boys and Girls Club. Aimee lives in Muttontown, NY with her husband and four children.

President & CEO
Christina Merrill
Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation
New York, NY

Christina Merrill is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation.

Since beginning the BMCF in 1992, Christina has dedicated her life to improving the quality of life for cancer patients and bone marrow/stem cell transplant patients and their families. While attending Columbia University School of Social Work, Christina interned at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in pediatrics and worked with adult cancer patients at Mount Sinai Hospital. These hands-on experiences changed her life, and she knew she wanted to provide patients and their families the necessary financial, emotional and educational support to navigate their cancer journey. Her passion for patient support and advocacy lead to founding the Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation.

Seun Adebiyi, Esq.
Founder, Bone Marrow Registry in Nigeria
New York, NY

Senn Adebiyi has been on the Board of Directors since 2012. A Yale Law graduate and formerly with Goldman Sachs & Co., Seun launched The Bone Marrow Registry in Nigeria which is dedicated to increasing African and African American donors all over the world. Seun established a historic partnership with Ghana that lays a BMCF for a pan-African donor registry, unbounded by national borders. Seun was also recently elected to the Health Law and Policy team of the Nigerian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies, where he will collaborate with top legislators and policy makers to institute meaningful reform to the healthcare laws in Nigeria. Seun is himself the recipient of a cord blood transplant.

Jonathan Alter
Journalist, Author and Television Producer
New York, NY

Jonathan Alter is an award-winning journalist, best-selling author, as well as television producer. Since 1996, he has been an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. Along with his dedication to reporting and writing, which has been published for acclaimed sources like the New York Times, Newsweek, and Vanity Fair to name a few, Jonathan has been a valuable and dedicated member of the Board of Trustees. He is based out of New York, NY.

Meg Braff
Designer
New York, NY

Meg Braff is an interior designer and antiques dealer based in Locust Valley, NY. She embarked on her interior design career after attending Vanderbilt University and the prestigious Parsons School of Design. Beginning as an associate at Ellen McCloskey Associates, she later worked with Jeff Lincoln before launching her eponymous firm in 1994.

A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, Meg is married to Douglas Braff and is the mother of four boys. When she is not traveling for clients she crisscrosses the country to cheer on her boys at squash competitions; she also sits on the board of The Decorator’s Club. Her work has been appeared in Veranda, House Beautiful, Traditional Home, Coastal Living, Southern Living, and Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, among others. Her first book, The Decorated Home: Living with Style and Joy, was published by Rizzoli in April 2017.

Lisa M. Eastman
Philanthropist
Locust Valley, NY

Lisa Eastman serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. As well as focusing her philanthropic efforts on the Bone Marrow BMCF, Lisa has been serving her community on the North Shore of Long Island as well in Manhattan for 25 years. She is based out of Locust Valley, NY.

Vasilianna Fakiris
Social Worker/Philanthropist
Flower Hill, NY

Vasilianna Fakiris serves on the Board of Trustees and gives to her community as a philanthropist and also a social worker. In addition to her position at the BMCF, Vasilianna is also an Advisor for St. Catherine’s Philoptochos Society, a women's philanthropic organization. Vasilianna also serves on the Board of the North Shore Sheltering Program, a men's homeless shelter in Glen Cove, NY. She currently resides in Flower Hill, NY with her husband and two children.

Jules Filicia
Founder/Chief Creative Officer, Hell's Kitchen Advertising
New York, NY

Jules Filicia has long been considered a highly strategic, conceptual leader in the advertising industry with a steady, experienced hand integrating creative, business development, and client management while building, growing and running a marketing firm and its brand accounts. Filicia and his adept team of industry experts at Hells Kitchen have created multi award-winning marketing programs for a diverse group of clients including Asurion, Tabasco, Alger, Phelps Hospital, The CFA Institute and Tequila Avion. 

Before founding Hells Kitchen Advertising, Filicia spent 8 years with Young & Rubicam Brands as SVP, Creative Director. His background in both advertising and direct marketing has proved invaluable as he led integrated marketing efforts that built brand equity and drove record sales. During this time, he led the AT&T account, the largest account in the New York office, and, for the first time in Y&R’s history, partnered to oversee creative across multiple disciplines.  This is where he led some of the most successful acquisition campaigns in AT&T history. AT&T’s introduction of their web and phone bundled program resulted in an award winning creative campaign as well as receiving so many calls it shut down call centers, holding, to this day, a record for the most successful campaign in AT&T history.

The creation of Young & Rubicam’s Team AT&T and the success of the AT&T business remains a test model for future clients.

Filicia was later tapped by the MDC Group to launch and develop a new agency, Frank, a division of Margeotes Fertitta Powell that had an Accountable focus. He led Sun Com, their largest client, as well as bringing other award-winning clients to the team including US Trust and St. Vincent’s Hospital.

Jules has created award winning integrated marketing programs for a diverse number of blue chip clients including American Express, Cannon, Citibank, Guinness, Ryder, Seagram’s and Pfizer. With an extensive background in product and new campaign launches for both B2B and B2C, designed to drive clients business without losing their creative edge.  

Jules worked at Ogilvy & Mather and DCA Advertising creating multimedia-advertising campaigns. He has a B.F.A. in Advertising Design from Syracuse University, and splits his time between New York City and Wainscott, NY with his wife and two daughters.

Steven Fruchtman, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Onconova Therapeutics

Dr. Steven Fruchtman is the President and Chief Medical Officer at Onconova Therapeutics. Onconova is a biotech company focusing on discovering small compounds to target cancer, with a major focus on myelodysplastic syndromes. Before joining Onconova, he was the Chief Medical Officer of Syndax Pharmaceuticals, where he led the clinical development of entinostat for breast cancer. Dr. Fruchtman previously held senior positions at Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Allos Therapeutics, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Ortho Biotech.

Prior to his time in industry, Dr. Fruchtman served as the Director of the Stem Cell Transplantation and Myeloproliferative Disorder Programs at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. His commitment to the areas of hematology/oncology and myeloproliferative disorders are exemplified by his service as an external reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Experimental Hematology, European Journal of Haematology, Leukemia, and his role as a member of the editorial board of The Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine. Dr. Fruchtman is an author of more than 170 lectures, presentations, books, chapters, and abstracts. He received his Bachelor of Arts with Honors from Cornell University, and his medical degree from New York Medical College with the distinction of membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha honorary medical fraternity.

Sergio Giralt, MD
Chief, Adult BMT Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. Sergio Giralt serves as trustee of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Medical Advisory Board. In 2010 he joined the faculty at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center where he leads as Chief of Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Services.

Dr. Giralt has focused his clinical research efforts in developing safer and more effective ways of conducting stem cell transplantation in patients with myeloid leukemias or myeloma. He was one of the first to pioneer the use of reducedintensity conditioning regimens to allow older and more debilitated patients to undergo stem cell transplants from related and unrelated donors. This seminal work has resulted in a significant increase in the number of patients over the age of 60 who have been able to benefit from the curative potential of allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Dr. Giralt has occupied many of the most important leadership positions in his field and, in February 2014, he took the position of President of the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplant.

Evan Handler
Actor/Author
Los Angeles, CA

Board of Trustees member Evan Handler is widely known as one of the stars of the TV series “Sex and the City,” “Californication,” and dozens of other film and stage appearances. Evan was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age 24. In 1988 he underwent a bone marrow transplant, and has been dedicated to helping others seek second chances. His medical journey inspired him to write two books, “Time on Fire” and “It’s Only Temporary: The Good News and Bad News of Being Alive”. He is based out of Los Angeles, CA.

Calvert Moore
Philanthropist
New York, NY

A lifelong resident of New York City, Calvert Moore attended The Chapin School, followed by The Pomfret School and the University of Virginia. Upon her graduation, she held jobs in the United States Senate, ABC News World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and The United Nations Association before deciding to raise a family.

Calvert has been very involved at the University of Virginia for over 30 years where she served on the College of Arts and Sciences BMCF Board of Trustees as Chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee and on the Development, Academic Affairs and Executive Committees. She was on the UVA Art Museum Board as Chairman of the Nominating Committee and on the Executive, Development, Architectural Advisory Committees. She is currently serving as Chairman of Advancement on the Jeffersonian Grounds Initiative Board, which oversees the preservation of Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village, a World Heritage UNSECO site.

Calvert was a member of the Board of Trustees of The Chapin School, the Chapin Alumnae Association Executive Committee and a Co-Chairman of the Centennial Capital Campaign. She was also on the Colony Club 564 BMCF Development Committee and was the Chairman of Knickerbocker Cotillion.

Calvert is on the Board of Trustees of the Boys’ Club of New York serving on the Committee on Trustees and Development Committee. She was also Vice-President of the BCNY Women’s Board and on their Executive and Nominating Committees. She is on the Bone Marrow & Cancer Foundation Board of Trustees, and she was formerly on The Museum of the City of New York Board of Trustees and the Women’s Board of The Central Park Conservancy where she served as Chairman of Membership.

Calvert was closely involved in the fight against the Whitney Museum’s proposed development of a 25-story building directly behind 812, attending and speaking at Community Board 8, Landmarks Preservation Committee and local organized concerned citizen meetings.

Along with her husband George, Calvert has raised her 3 children Carter, George and Schuyler.

Stephen D. Nimer, MD
Director, Sylvester Comp. Cancer Ctr.
Univ. of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

Dr. Stephen Nimer serves as trustee of the Board of Directors. Dr. Nimer is a hematologist, molecular biologist, bone marrow transplant physician. Since 2012, he serves as the Director of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida. He was at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for nearly 20 years where he held the Alfred P. Sloan Chair and served as Head of the Division of Hematologic Oncology, Vice Chairman for Faculty Development, and Chief of the Hematology Service. Over the years, Dr. Nimer has conducted extensive research on topics such as leukemia and bone marrow failure states and exploring ways to improve the treatment of blood based cancers. He has served on the BMCF’s Medical Advisory Board since its inception.