2021 HFA Annual Awards
Each year HFA recognizes the service of special volunteers who have stretched beyond the norm. Please join HFA in honoring this year’s true champions for the bleeding disorders community.
Allie Ritcey, MHA
Allie is the Chair of the Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) Board of Directors and has been a Board Member for 4 years. Allie has her Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Washington and works in healthcare leadership at MultiCare Health System. Allie lives in Tacoma, WA with her husband, AJ, and has von Willebrand Disease (vWD).
Ann LeWalk, MA
Ann LeWalk is Vice President of Education for the Hemophilia Federation of America. As part of the senior leadership team, Ann leads the Education Team and its efforts to develop and deliver quality educational modules to the bleeding disorders community through HFA’s partnership with local member organizations and its online learning management platform. Ann also serves as the leadership liaison to HFA’s 50 member organizations.
She began her career in bleeding disorders in 1998 at the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan, where she held leadership positions in youth programs, advocacy, and development. Ann holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in Counseling from Wayne State University in Detroit. Ann lives in Michigan.
Sharon Meyers, EdD, CFRE
Dr. Sharon Meyers is the current president and CEO at Hemophilia Federation of America and was formerly the vice president for advancement overseeing fundraising and communication. Prior to HFA, she was president and chief development officer of the St. Anthony North Health Foundation in Denver, and vice president of the Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation in Colorado Springs. She was also associate executive director at the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation. Earlier in her career, Sharon worked as an EMT on an ambulance and as a dispatcher answering 911 calls. She also taught government, public policy and nonprofit management at several universities. Sharon holds a bachelor’s in American Studies and master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. She recently earned a doctorate of education in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California. She also holds a nonprofit management certificate from Georgetown University, a leadership certificate from the Disney Institute, and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). In her spare time, she is a career coach, teacher, speaker, and author. Sharon lives in Denver with her husband and son but works remote out of HFA’s office in DC.
Tracy unexpectedly became a member of the bleeding disorders community 18 years ago when her son was born and diagnosed with severe Hemophilia A – with no known family history. She served on the Virginia Hemophilia Foundation Board from 2005 – 2009 and on the Virginia Governor’s Hemophilia Advisory Board from 2006 – 2010. She joined the Hemophilia Federation of America Board in 2006 as a board member and then served as Secretary, 1st Vice President and Board Chair and currently serves on the Executive Committee as the Past Chair as well as the Chair of the Symposium Committee. She is also currently serving as a board member for the Hemophilia Alliance Foundation.
She works as a Trust and Estate Paralegal at Pender & Coward, P.C., Attorneys at Law.
She received her Bachelor of Science in Governmental Administration from Christopher Newport University, Newport News, Virginia, 2000.
In her spare time, she can usually be found at a baseball field. Her son will be attending Chowan University in the fall to play baseball, something they thought impossible at the time of his diagnosis.