Tri-State Bleeding Disorder Foundation

Board Members

The people behind the foundation.

Keith Peterson
Keith became involved in the TSBDF because he has Hemophilia A and joined the board in 2016. Keith is currently serving as Board President. His father was the first Board President of the chapter. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Northern Kentucky University, an MBA from Xavier University, and a Professional Certificate in Computer Support Technology from the University of Cincinnati. Keith is married to Vicki and has two daughters who are both nurses and a son in school at NKU. He has retired after working at Clippard Instrument Laboratory for over 30 years.
Scott Daniels
Scott Daniels joined the board in January 2017. He is currently serving as Vice President. He is a Physical Therapist with over 20 years of experience in orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. He currently works for Mercy Health – Cincinnati where he manages the outpatient therapy locations associated with Mercy Anderson Hospital, Mercy Clermont Hospital and The Jewish Hospital. Scott and his wife Jennifer live in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and have 3 children, Gavin, Avery, and Max. Max has mild, hemophilia A. Scott enjoys spending his spare time with the family dogs, Moe, Maisy and Meika.
Scott Crawley
Scott Crawley joined the board in late 2020. He is currently serving as Board Treasurer. Scott is the Controller and Principal Accounting Officer at First Financial Bank. Scott lives in White Oak and has 3 children, 2 of which have mild hemophilia A. In his spare time Scott enjoys spending time watching his kids participate in various activities, reading, travelling, and hanging out with his dog Griff.
Ralph A Gruppo, M.D.

Dr. Gruppo holds an MD degree from Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, MD. He completed his pediatric training at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Cincinnati, OH and the Harriet Lane Pediatric Fellowship Program at Johns Hopkins Medical School. He completed a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH. He has had a lengthy career, most notably Director of the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Program and the Special Hemostasis and Research Laboratory at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital since 1974 until his retirement in 2018. He served on the board of directors of the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Research Society, on the Medical Advisory Board for the U.S. Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, and on the Medical Advisory Board for Hemophilia for the Ohio Department of Health. He is currently an emeritus member of the American Society of Hematology, the International Society of Hemostasis and Thrombosis, and the Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society.

Dr. Gruppo’s research interest in hemophilia particularly included prophylaxis and immune tolerance of inhibitors. He has over 80 book chapters and publications in peer-reviewed journals and was principal investigator for several federally sponsored and industry sponsored studies. He joined the TSBDF board in 2020 and currently serves as Board Secretary.

Lisa Littner
Lisa Littner joined the board in 2007 and served as Board President for three years. She has been with the Hemophilia Treatment Center (HTC) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical since 2006. She began working with HTC as a social worker and is currently their program manager. She is married and has two daughters.
Jeff Kersting
Jeff joined the Board of Directors in 2016 and is currently serving as the Chair of the Communication Committee. Jeff is a patent attorney with Frost Brown Todd LLC. He became involved with the chapter because his son has Mild Hemophilia A. In addition to spending time with his wife, Kacey, and his two children, he also enjoys reading and following the Bengals, Reds and Bearcats.
Les Gunzenhaeuser, M.D.
Les joined the board in December 2019. He has lived in Cincinnati since 1988 and is married with 3 adult children. His youngest son has severe Hemophilia A. Les works part time at Christ Hospital as an Interventional Pain Physician. His hobbies include golf, walking and spending time with his grandkids.
Nina Turner
Nina Turner joined the board for a second time in January 2020. She is a NP at St. Elizabeth Edgewood Inpatient Oncology but worked at the Adult Hemophilia Treatment Center at the University of Cincinnati from August 2014 to October 2022. She is married with one son, a stepdaughter, and a stepson. Both of her stepchildren have von Willebrand disease and are followed at CCHMC.
Joseph Palascak, M.D.
Dr. Palascak received his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia, completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and his Fellowship in Hematology at The Cardeza Foundation for Hematologic Research at Jefferson. He was Director of The Cardeza Foundation Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Center from 1976 to 1979, after which he became the Director of The New England Area Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Center in Worcester, MA. In 1981, he became Director of The University of Cincinnati Adult Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Center and retired as Emeritus Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cincinnati in 2021. He and his wife, Mary, live in Wyoming, OH, and have two children: Joseph and Alexis, and two grandsons JB and Wesley.
Alex Yastrebenetsky
Alex joined the board in December 2020. He is the co-founder and CEO of InfoTrust, a global marketing technology and consulting company with offices in Cincinnati, Chicago, Columbus, Toronto, Dubai, and Barcelona. He is married to Karina; the couple has two daughters and a son. In Alex’s spare time, he enjoys playing with his children and helping them grow an early appreciation for science and technology.