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BOARD OF DIRECTORS


Our Board of Directors govern and advise the BE GREAT Foundation in its efforts to help improve the lives of children with immune deficiency. We are proud to be surrounded by these leaders.

Alison R. Plotas
Pete G. Plotas
Kim Gifford
Brett J. Loechelt, M.D.
Michelle Potter, M.D.

Alison R. Plotas
BE GREAT Foundation co-founder & Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton
Alison has professional experience in strategy, management, and business process consulting to government, industrial, and commercial clients. Alison is a PMI Certified Project Management Professional and has a B.A. in Business and Studio Arts from Lake Forest College, in her home state of Illinois. Beyond BE GREAT, Alison is also volunteering her time on various Parent Advisory Councils at Children’s National Medical Center to share Alexander’s journey and the family’s experience with others.

Pete G. Plotas
BE GREAT Foundation co-founder & Director Channels and Partners at GXS, Inc.
Pete has over 19 years of experience in leading business development teams, corporate development initiatives and creating strategic alliance networks. He has led partner strategy for start-up and enterprise corporations, establishing over 50 global alliance, channel and technology partnerships across his career. Pete has served in various leadership roles at Accenture, Agentrics LLC, RollStream, Inc. and Norseman Defense Technologies. Pete holds an MBA and a B.S. in Finance from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.
 

Kim Gifford
Executive Director/CEO American Society of Transplant Surgeons
Kim Gifford, MBA, is the Executive Director of the American Association of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS). The ASTS is a professional society representing transplant surgeons, physicians, scientists and allied health professionals with a focus on fostering and advancing the practice and science of transplantation for the benefit of patients and society. Ms. Gifford is also the project manager for the National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC). In collaboration with the University of Michigan, the NLDAC is operated out of the ASTS National Office and is the first of its kind program in the United States to provide greater access to transplantation for persons who want to donate but cannot otherwise afford the travel and subsistence expenses associated with the donation. She earned a Bachelor of Science, Business Management from Park University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business.

 

Brett J. Loechelt, M.D.
Director Hematopoietic Stem Cell Laboratory, Director Clinical Immunology, Children's National Medical Center and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Dr. Brett J. Loechelt, is a recognized expert in the fields of clinical immunology and blood and marrow transplantation. Dr. Loechelt is the director of Clinical Immunology and the director of the William and Shirley Howard Hematopoietic Stem Cell Laboratory in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center. Prior to that, Dr. Loechelt was the medical director at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, and a member of the Immunology team and assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati. He earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, and his medical degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. Dr. Loechelt is also part of a collaborative effort with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) .
 

Michelle Potter, M.D.
Pediatrician, Private Practice
Dr. Michelle Potter is a board certified pediatrician and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Potter was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and grew up in Silver Spring, MD. After graduating from the George Washington University, Dr. Potter attended the Medical College of Wisconsin where she was awarded a scholarship for service to the school and community. She returned to DC for her residency at Children's National Medical Center.
 
 
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