COTT contributors, staff and inspirational leaders


Carl Weixler, President

Executive Committee Member

Carl started his involvement with the bleeding disorder community at the age of 4 when he met with the Governor of Kentucky to discuss a “hemophilia program” for the state. He is a Past President of HFA and the Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation. He served as Chair of the KY Hemophilia Advisory committee and on numerous advisory boards for governmental agencies and manufacturers. He has been a public speaking advocate here and abroad. He is currently a member of the board of directors for the Committee Of Ten Thousand. Carl is very passionate about his: community, family and God. If you’ve ever met him, you know he says… “I woke up this morning and was NOT in hell or the hospital, it’s a Good Day!”

Mary Lou Murphy, Co-Vice President

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Executive Committee Member

Mary Lou is the longest serving COTT Board member. She has served as Co-VP for the last 6 years and is an integral part of the COTT family and history. Her son Matt was an early founding member; her other son Leo, was the co-founder of COTTWEST. Mary Lou also manages the Murphy Fund, COTT's emergency community support fund. She lives in Massachusetts and is active in the New England area. She is also one of the co-leaders of the move to establish a physical memorial for the Hemophilia AIDS/blood epidemic in the State of Massachusetts.

Terry MacNeill, Co-Vice President


Executive Committee Member

Terry MacNeill came to the Board of Directors in 1998 at our retreat in Sedona Arizona. Ever since, she has been an active and important player in the direction and actions of COTT. She has run a pediatric HIV/AIDS Foundation for years and is active in New England. Terry is the one of the co-leaders working to establish a memorial to the thousands who were sacrificed in the AIDS/blood epidemic in Hemophilia.

Terry lost her son Shawn to AIDS in 1996 and her son Brian (41 years old) is a long term survivor of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.

Larry Allen, Executive Secretary 

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Executive Committee Member

Larry Allen came to the COTT Board in 1999, at which time he was a member of the U.S. Health & Human Services Department's Advisory Committee On Blood Safety & Availability. Larry was appointed to bring the Sickle Cell community to the regulatory table. COTT soon became aware of the lack of blood safety education or grass roots information in the Sickle Cell community. Larry Allen was then asked to join the COTT Board of Directors, and has remained an active member since then.  Larry has two children afflicted by Sickle Cell. He continues to be a vibrant member of the COTT landscape.

Chad Blair, Treasurer

Executive Committee Member

Chad first started advocating for the bleeding disorders community when he was 7 and spoke at a meeting with the Red Cross and FDA.  He has been involved with a Summer camp for boys with bleeding disorders, first as a camper then as a counselor for the past 20 years.  Over that time he has served as a Board Member, Secretary of the Board and is currently Past President.  Chad served on the Board of Directors for the Bleeding Disorders Association of the Southern Tier for several years where he acted as a coordinator for the Blood Brotherhood Program as well as chairing the advocacy committee.  Chad's educational background is in forest biology and is passionate about science in general.  His favorite quote is "In order to do what's right in the word, you must first know how the world works, then what is right."

Ray Dattoli

Original image source: Hemophilia Federation of America VIA Facebook

Original image source: Hemophilia Federation of America VIA Facebook

Ray participated in clinical trials for cryoprecipitate and factor VIII concentrates as a young child. His involvement in these trials taught him the importance of helping his community, and drove him to be an advocate as an adult. Ray has now been in advocate for over 20 years. He was on the Board of Directors for the Texas Central Hemophilia Association from 93’ to 99’. He co-founded the Texas B-HIV (Blood-HIV), served as an advocate in Washington DC and was involved in the effort pass the Ricky Ray Act. Ray was also one of the original coordinators for the Men’s Advocacy Network of the National Hemophilia Foundation (MANN) from 93’ to 04’. In 2000 Ray joined the Hemophilia Federation of America. Ray started with COTT around 2006, in 2010 Corey Dubin asked him to be on COTT's Board of Directors. 


Corey Dubin, President Emeritus


Corey Dubin came to the COTT Board in late 1992. He was, at that time chair of the Santa Barbara County HIV/AIDS Ryan White Title II Consortia. He served in that role for 5 years and was also appointed to the State of California State-wide Title II Working group. In 1993 he was also appointed to the California Community Planning Working Group. The CPWG was tasked to draft California's HIV/AIDS Prevention Plan for the 1990's. He served on that Group until 1999 and served as one of the Co-Chairs of the Working Group for one year. Previous to the HIV/AIDS Hemophilia epidemic he was a successful radio and print journalist covering Latin America and US foreign Policy. He also served in the mid 1980's as News & Public Affairs Director for KPFK, Pacifica Radio in Los Angeles. He is a person with severe hemophilia who has three daughters and six grandchildren. Dubin is a 22 years survivor of HIV and HCV. He an Faviana currently reside in Goleta California.

Current Staff

Michael Allen, Operations Director

Michael is a 27-year-old man with Sickle Cell disease, in a family with three children over two generations with Sickle Cell disease. He Is a Government Major and cut his grassroots teeth in Cleveland Ohio. Climbing the ladder by volunteering for the local Democratic Party, first handing out fliers and registering voters, then working his way up to eventually being asked to be assistant to the Campaign Manager for an Independent candidate, Terri Hamilton brown. Brown was running for the first County Executive seat of Cuyahoga County after the Federal corruption scandal forced a reorganization of the County. The candidate came in second place. He is representative of another recipient community dependent on this nation’s blood supply to maintain a relative modicum of health and wellness as well as quality of life. He can be reached at our D.C. office by email or at 1-(800) 488-2688 (488-COTT) or (202)-543-0988.

The Board Spiritual

The Board Spiritual was implemented in the mid 1990s. It was done to honor and celebrate the lives of the many COTT Directors who have passed into the spirit world as a result of the AIDS/blood epidemic. What the men and women of COTT call, the hemophilia holocaust. No disrespect meant to holocausts of the past, however, for us at COTT, the preventable deaths of three generations of persons with hemophilia in a decade, over 50 percent of the entire American hemophilia community, can only be termed a holocaust. The community has been physically, emotionally and economically devastated by this preventable nightmare that is the result of corporate avarice and indifference, government inaction and in general, silence from the medical community. The Board Spiritual is part of our commitment to never forgot our lost loved ones and to always celebrate their lives and our own, always remembering for COTT, Action=Life. More...