Executive Leadership

Kate Fry

Executive Director 

Kate FryWith over a decade of health care association experience at the manager and director level, Kate brings significant bench strength to ABC. While in leadership positions at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Kate was responsible for building member value, having accountability for website development, meeting and event planning, communications, volunteer member committees, educational programming, fundraising and grassroots initiatives.   

In her previous roles, she directed multi-faceted national advocacy campaigns to achieve significant legislative and regulatory victories and managed nationwide grassroots programs to execute on targeted advocacy goals to key members of Congress and regulatory agencies. Kate brings significant expertise in representing the views of associations before members of Congress and congressional staff. 

She graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. In 2013, Kate was the recipient of the prestigious Public Affairs Council "Volunteer of the Year" award.  The Public Affairs Council is made up of nearly 700 organizations, including Fortune 500 corporations, associations and consulting firms, all at the forefront of public affairs profession.  The member community includes about 8,000 professionals in the field, ranging from public policy analysts to senior vice presidents of international affairs.  

Louis Katz, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Headshot_Katz2015Dr. Katz is chief medical officer of America's Blood Centers and formerly the executive vice president of Medical Affairs of the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center in Davenport, Iowa. He is also a clinical infectious diseases physician who has overseen a Ryan White Title 3 comprehensive AIDS clinic, served as hospital epidemiologist for Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, and medical director of the Scott County (Iowa) Health Department. 

His bibliography includes presentations, abstracts, and publications; they cover topics like the pathogenesis of Legionellosis, the implementation and utility of computerized blood donor screening, and the impact of Mississippi River flooding on the incidence of gastrointestinal illness. 

He received his medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, where he trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases, and he is board certified in both. Dr. Katz has served as the chair of the America's Blood Centers' Scientific, Medical, and Technical Committee; as a member and chair of the AABB Transfusion Transmitted Diseases Committee; and as a member and chair of the FDA Blood Products Advisory Committee. 

Organizational memberships include the AABB, the American Society for Microbiology, the American Academy for the Advancement of Science, the International AIDS Society, and the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care.

Sameer Ughade

Director, Information Technology & Business Intelligence 

Sameer UghadeSameer brings with him over 10 years of experience in designing and developing Information Technology Systems and managing and leading IT departments and teams. His areas of expertise include IT Infrastructure Design, Network & Security Management, Virtualization and Cloud Computing, Design and Development of Business Intelligence Systems, and Information Systems like CRM/ERP/WMS. In his previous role, Sameer lead a large complex project responsible for converting multiple information systems to a single health care enterprise technology platform.

 He has Business domain expertise in in Health Care Financial Services, Pharmaceutical, and the Logistics industry. Sameer earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering from the George Washington University and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics Engineering from the Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology in India.


Lori Beaston

Manager, Conferences & Executive Services

Mack C. Benton, MJ

Manager, Advocacy, Communications, & Marketing

Tammy Burkhardt

Manager, Information Technology

Luleadey (Lula) K. Jembere, MSc

Manager, Business Intelligence

Toni Mattoch, MA, MT(ASCP)SH, SBB

Director, Quality Services

Leslie Maundy

Manager, Partnerships & Events

Ruth Sylvester, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB

Director, Regulatory Services

Trudy Thompson

Business Manager