Bruce Goodman, Chair
Service/Systems Coordinator, Premier Pump, Inc.

Bruce Goodman has been involved with CCBC since its inception in 2008. Bruce is recognized as a dedicated volunteer in the field of medical research. Goodman credits his commitment to CCBC and its visionary mission to his family’s experience following his father’s diagnosis with acute myelogenous leukemia in 2000. Classified as terminal, Goodman’s father was given the then experimental drug Mylotarg, which rendered his father cancer-free. The Goodman family enjoyed another seven years together in which they committed to making a difference in their local community. The Goodman Family Foundation has made a generous gift in perpetuity to CCBC. As Board Chair, Goodman has played an important role in leading the organization through its startup phase and has been instrumental in moving the organization into a key role in the biomedical industry. Under Bruce’s leadership the organization has achieved FACT accreditation, been designated as a HRSA bank, and become a member of the National Marrow Donor Registry.

Alexander Katz, Treasurer
President, Kason Industries, Inc.

Alexander Katz is the founding chairman of CCBC, which was launched with key support from his family foundation, The Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation. From inception, Katz has been a guiding force, not only with generous funding, but in helping set a strategic path for its success. With a combination of business acumen and community compassion, he has supported the organization and its staff with guidance in budgeting, financial accounting and strategies for revenue development. Katz has been the president of Kason Industries in Newnan, Georgia since 2009. He holds degrees in mathematics from NYU and finance and accounting from SUNY Binghamton. He is a licensed CPA. Katz proudly continues the mission of the Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation to support both the arts and science. The Foundation has contributed more than $26 million to nonprofits and institutes of higher learning since its inception.

Mary J. Laughlin, M.D.
Founder, Medical Director, Cleveland Cord Blood Center

Mary J. Laughlin, M.D., is the Founder and Medical Director of the Cleveland Cord Blood Center. Dr. Laughlin is an internationally recognized hematology expert in allogeneic cord blood transplantation for adults and pediatric patients with leukemia and other hematological malignancies, and hemoglobinopathies including sickle cell disease. Dr. Laughlin, who has been a practicing physician in bone marrow and stem cell transplantation since 1992, performed one of the world’s first successful umbilical cord blood transplants in an adult leukemia patient in 1995 and conducted studies over the ensuing 25 years to establish cord blood as a new standard in the field. She previously served as President for the International Society for Cellular Therapeutics. She received her medical degree from SUNY in Buffalo, New York, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Rochester.

David Woolf
Executive Director, Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation

David Woolf joined the CCBC Board in 2018 after being integrally involved with the organization for four years as Executive Director of The Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation, a generous supporter of CCBC. Woolf has spent his life working in the not-for-profit sector. With degrees in mathematics and music, he began his career with the Dallas Opera and Dallas Theatre Companies in Dallas, Texas. In 1984, he was named Vice President for Development of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and went on to spend much of his career at Emory University, working in development for the Emory Eye Center. Woolf joined The Abraham J. & Phyllis Katz Foundation as Executive Director in 2014. He is dedicated to making organizations better and stronger for the constituencies they serve, working directly with organizations in very tangible ways.

Barbara Drobney
Director of Finance, Lifebanc

Barbara Drobney has served with Lifebanc for over 18 years, rising to the top financial person in the nonprofit organization. Previously, Drobney served with Forest City Residential Management, working with residential property managers and government contracts. In the community, Drobney’s passion is mission-driven organizations. Barbara is presently serving as the Board Treasurer for Donate Life Ohio, a statewide nonprofit, and is a member of the Finance Committee for AATB (American Association for Tissue Banks). She was formerly a member of the Transplant House of Cleveland. Drobney has Master’s degrees in both Accounting and Human Resources. Beside finance and human resources, Barbara has experience with Malcom Baldrige Performance Excellence, Studer Group, and Lean Six Sigma, to name a few. In 2015, she was named to the class of Crain’s CFOs of the Year.

Marcie Finney
Executive Director, Cleveland Cord Blood Center

Marcie Finney is the Executive Director of the Cleveland Cord Blood Center. With an extensive background in the field of cord blood, she spent over 10 years at Case Western Reserve University where she participated in cord blood research. As Executive Director, her responsibilities include strategic planning, finance, administration and quality product development. She is active in the cellular therapy community, sharing knowledge and experiences in cord blood banking research and cellular therapy in presentations throughout the U.S. and globally. Prior to her current role, she served as the organization’s Director of Hospital Relations where she headed the education and training of collection coordinators and medical staff at hospital collection sites. She received a Master of Science in Chemistry and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Slippery Rock University. Finney serves on the Board of Directors for the Cord Blood Association, one of the industry’s foremost organizations. She is a member of the Advisory Board for Gamida, a cell therapy company that is pioneering new standards of care for patients with blood cancers and other blood diseases. Finney also serves on the Board of Directors for the Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio.