Meet Our Leadership Team and Staff
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) 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 CCFA'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 CCFA, 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.
Executive Vice President, Chapter Growth & Development
Mike joined CCFA 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.
Marie Granieri, MBA
Chief of Staff
Marie holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business Management and Marketing Management from the St. John’s University in Jamaica, NY. Throughout her career, Marie has held Senior Leadership positions for domestic and global leaders in the Information Technology and Biotech industries. Her diverse background in marketing and technology, Web development, database management, CRM, project management and strategic business analysis has helped organizations both large and small successfully adopt new technologies that drive growth and innovation at an accelerated pace.
Marie is responsible for the strategic vision and technical governance of CCFA technologies, team management and technology partner relationships. She values the dedication of CCFA staff members and volunteers and is always looking for ways to improve performance. Born in Queens, Marie and her husband Michael currently live on Long Island with their two children.
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 of America, 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.
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 CCFA 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 fiduciary responsibilities at the Foundation, Bob maintains oversight for matters related to building and leases as well as risk management. He is committed to leading the Finance team in support of CCFA’s efforts to find cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Born in Staten Island, Bob and his wife, Debbie, currently reside in Monmouth County, NJ and are the proud parents of two childern, Lauren and Christopher.