Meet Our Leadership Team and Staff
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is able to fulfill its mission and continue its battle against Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis because of our dedicated leadership team and inspiring staff members. If you would like to join our team and help make a difference, here is a list of our latest career opportunities.
President and CEO
Michael Osso has spent his entire professional career in the non-profit sector. His background in staff and volunteer development; fundraising and marketing; strategy development and implementation; financial management and operations; and community-outreach and board development has benefited a variety of nonprofits over the last 25 years. Michael initially served as the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's Chief Business Development Officer from 2013-2015, where he was instrumental in expanding its revenue portfolio and was an integral member of the senior leadership team. Prior to joining the Foundation, Michael spent seven years at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – first as the Executive Director of its New York City Chapter and then as SVP of Revenue at the national office. His responsibilities included oversight of LLS’s national fundraising campaigns including Team In Training and Light The Night Walk, as well as its major and planned giving efforts.
Before his work in the health arena, Michael was the Executive Director of Careers through Culinary Arts Program, and spent many years working for a variety of cultural organizations, among them the Mark Morris Dance Group, Jose Limon Dance Foundation, and City Center Theater.
Michael is a graduate of The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.
Allison Coffey, MBA
Senior Vice President of Advancement
Allison Coffey has spent the majority of her career in the non-profit sector, working in the health arena. Her experiences have shaped her expertise in fundraising, staff development, financial & operational management, and community engagement. Prior to her current role, Allison served the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation as an Executive Director, Regional Director, and Senior Business Development Officer. In these positions, she successfully built strong chapters and robust relationships with colleagues, volunteer leaders, donors, and corporate partners.
As Senior Vice President of Advancement, Allison is responsible for the strategic vision of the Foundation’s major gifts strategy, overseeing the development of enduring partnerships with our individual and foundation major donors. She is inspired daily by the commitment of the Foundation's passionate, loyal supporters. Allison currently resides in Baltimore with her husband, Michael.
Mike joined the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where he worked for 16 years as Regional EVP for the Northeast. In this capacity, he oversaw seven chapters as well as a budget of $42 million dollars. Mike was one of 15 staff and volunteers chosen to chart the future of the National MS Society moving toward a more effective and efficient organization.
Prior to being named EVP at MS, Mike was a Chapter President for 12 years. He also worked for the American Diabetes Association for 10 years in various chapter capacities.
Caren Heller, MD, MBA
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Heller received her medical degree from Columbia University and a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Chicago. She has extensive professional experience within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries and academic medical centers. As the Chief Scientific Officer at the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Dr. Heller is responsible for all mission-related activities, including the research efforts and patient and provider support and education programs.
She previously worked for Weill Cornell Medical College, where she was Associate Dean of Intercampus and Industry Initiatives. In that role, Dr. Heller implemented plans to promote interdisciplinary collaborations between the medical school and Cornell University faculties, facilitated the development of an NIH-funded intercampus center, promoted collaborative research projects with industry partners, and managed the intercampus pilot grant program. Prior to Weill Cornell Medical College, she was at Athena Healthcare Consulting, working with industry and academic centers regarding new product opportunities, new drug development, and clinical and translational research. While there, she developed Models of Care, a health care information series that identified and described best practices in disease management.
In addition, Dr. Heller has experience in pharmaceutical drug development, including design and implementation of clinical development plans and involvement in new drug applications resulting in drug approvals. She has been published in more than 20 publications and is the recipient of the “Best Journal Article on Disease Management” honor.
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Sheri Markus-Kennell began her career in non-profit 13 years ago and joined the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation in 2007. Sheri’s prior experience in banking, coupled with non-profit experience from both the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and Cancer Support Community, have served her well in growing the Foundation’s corporate partnerships as well as educational programs. Her knowledge of fundraising, operational and financial management, and staff and volunteer development have allowed her to collaborate well with the Mission team, volunteers and corporate supporters at the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation to create mutually beneficial, long-term partnerships benefiting our constituents. As Senior Vice President of Business Development, Sheri develops strategic partnerships, and oversees the growth of corporate partnerships and cause marketing, with a specific focus on the healthcare industry.
Sheri has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, which she received from Florida International University.
Chief Technology Officer
Rohit joined the Foundation as our chief technology officer in November 2017 bringing more than 25 years of experience leading large, global, cross-functional teams. For the past 20 years, Rohit has specialized in the health IT (HIT) industry developing, delivering, and supporting enterprise software solutions.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Rohit served as the Product Line Owner, VP of Product Management at Edifecs Inc, a leading product development organization providing solutions to payors and providers enabling value base care partnerships. Rohit has served in a variety of roles throughout his extensive career, most notably as head of product delivery and operations at Active Health Management, a subsidiary of Aetna Healthcare a global medical insurance provider and healthcare technology company; Director of SOA integration and Eastern U.S. operation at United Healthcare’s OptumInsight, a provider of health information exchange solutions; and director of enterprise integrations and clinical information systems at Montefiore Hospital, a leading healthcare institution in NYC.
Rohit earned a Bachelor of Science from M.D. University, India.
Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer
Bob joined the Foundation as Chief Financial Officer in 2012 after thirty-three years at Verizon Communications. At Verizon, Bob held several Finance roles of increasing responsibility and size. His specific focus was leading finance and operations for the Northeast market - Verizon’s largest. Working with senior leaders, he was instrumental in obtaining FiOS franchise approval for New York City. Bob comes to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation with extensive experience managing large revenue, expense, and capital budgets in support of executive decision making for marketing, operations, sales, strategic planning, and business case analysis. He successfully completed extensive leadership training at the Wharton Business School, Babson College and University of Maryland and attended SUNY Empire State College in upstate NY.
In addition to his Finance responsibilities at the Foundation, Bob maintains oversight of the Foundation's Legal, Human Resource, and Operations departments. Born in Staten Island, Bob and his wife Debbie currently reside in Monmouth County, NJ and are the proud parents of two children, Lauren and Christopher, and have one grandchild, Jackson Thomas.