April 28 - 29, 2018
Renaissance Phoenix Glendale


Lorena Aranda

Director, Immunohematology Reference Laboratory
​QualTex Laboratory 

Lorena Aranda is the Director of the Immunohematology Reference Laboratory. She is an AABB assessor and is also an adjunct professor for the Univeristy of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She is also the Education Coordinator for the San Antonio Specialist in Blood Bank Program.

Katrina Billingsley, MT(ASCP) SBB

Manager, Scientific Support Services
LifeShare Blood Center 

Katrina Billingsley is the Manager of the Scientific Support Services lab at LifeShare Blood Center. She earned her BSMT from Louisiana State University and her SBB certification from UTMB. She is actively involved in the industry both at the technical/clinical level as well as the educational level.

Geoff Daniels, BSc, PhD, FRCPath


Until retirement in 2015, Head of Reference Services at the International Blood Group Reference Laboratory, Bristol, UK. Previously worked at the Medical Research Council Blood Group Unit, the unit established by Race and Sanger, the pioneers of human blood groups. Published over 200 papers on human blood groups plus three editions of the textbooks Human Blood Groups and Essential Guide to Blood Groups. Secretary General of the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) and President of the British Blood Transfusion Society (BBTS). Received awards from the ISBT, BBTS, AABB (Ivor Dunsford Award), and the German Blood Transfusion Society.

Michael Gannett, MLS(ASCP)CM

Lead Technologist
OneBlood, Inc.- Orlando IRL 

Lead Technologist at OneBlood, Inc. Orlando- Immunohematology Reference Laboratory. Protege of Marilyn Moulds and Kirk Kitchen through the SCABB Protege/Mentor Program. 

Stan Hance, MT(ASCP)

Platelet Services Coordinator
Carter BloodCare

40 years experience as a Blood Banker; 24 years and counting at Carter BloodCare. Widely known as Stan the Platelet Man  

Hank Hanna, MD

Medical Director
American Red Cross

Dr. Hanna is the Medical Director for the American Red Cross Blood Services in the Arizona, Nevada and Pacific Northwest regions. He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Transfusion Medicine.

Tobie Kaufman, MT(ASCP)SBB

Blood Systems International


Monica Kalvelage, MS, MT(ASCP)MB, SBB

Exec Director, Technical Operations
LifeShare Blood Center

A Med Tech by initial training, I've been in blood banking for over 20 years and love both educating as well as constantly learning as this industry changes.

Margaret Keller, PhD

Director, National Molecular Laboratory
American Red Cross

Dr. Keller is the director of the AABB accredited American Red Cross National Molecular Laboratory in Philadelphia. Margaret Keller received her bachelors degree in biochemistry from Rutgers University and her PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is American Red Cross liaison to the Molecular Testing Standards Unit of the AABB and a member of the ISBT Working Party on Blood Group Allele Terminology and Immunogenetics. She is molecular editor of the journal Immunohematology. Dr. Keller has a strong interest in Rh genetic variants and exploring best practices in Rh genotype matching in patients with Rh alloantibodies.

Kevin Land, MD

Vice President, Clinical Services
Blood Systems Inc

Dr Land is Vice President of Clinical Services for Blood Systems. He is a popular speaker and is interested in a variety of donor and patient safety initiatives. He is currently chair of ISBT's working party of Haemovigilance.

William Lane, MD, PhD 

Medical Director, Tissue Typing Lab
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Some of you might know Bill as co-founder of the Transfusion Medicine Question of the Day. He did Clinical Pathology residency at Brigham and Women¿s Hospital where he also did fellowships in Clinical Informatics, Molecular Genetic Pathology and Transfusion Medicine Blood Banking. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and faculty at Brigham and Women¿s Hospital where he is an Assistant Director in the Tissue Typing Lab and Director of Clinical Lab Informatics. His research focuses on creating novel algorithms and automated software to type red blood cell and platelet antigens from next generation sequencing data.

Fernando Lerma, SBB(ASCP)

Reference Lab Technologist
Carter BloodCare

My Name is Fernando Lerma and I have been working as a Reference technologist for Carter Bloodcare for the past 15 years. I enjoy challenging patient workups and training of new employees.

Gorka Ochoa, PhD 

Lab Director​
Grifols Diagnostic Solutions

Completed his MD at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain. Received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Southern California. Worked as Technical Supervisor at Progenika in Medford, MA. Currently, Lab Director at Grifols Diagnostic Solutions Labs in San Marcos, TX.

Virginia Reyes, M.Ed MT(ASCP)SBB

Reference Lab Technologist
Carter BloodCare

I am currently employed in the IRL at Carter BloodCare in Bedford,TX where I totally enjoy the challenging patients and teaching any one who asks a question. This has been my home for 34 years, and my advice to anyone is to obtain the SBB certification from ASCP.

Heather vonHartitzsch, MT(ASCP)SBB

Tulsa Reference Lab & Transfusion Services Manager
Oklahoma Blood Institute

From beginning as a clerk at a busy transfusion service, to becoming an SBB and manager at the Oklahoma Blood Institute, I have spent my entire career in blood banking. I love solving the mysteries of antibody identification. 

Sandy Wortman, MT(ASCP)SBB 

Director of Reference & Transfusion Services
Carter BloodCare

Medical Technology training through Tarleton State University and received MT(ASCP) certification 9/2002, graduated with a B.S.M.T from WTAMU 12/2002, & received SBB(ASCP)certification 11/2008. Started working for CBC in the IRL 10/2002, transferred to satellite Transfusion service (CMCD) 8/2003, promoted to Transfusion Service Supervisor 3/2005, promoted to Compliance Manager 8/2011, promoted to IRL Manager 8/2011 and finally promoted to CBC R&T Director 3/2013. Member of: ASCLS, ASCP, AABB, SCABB, ICII and currently the AIMS Committee Co-Chair. Graduated the SCABB protg program 2013 & became an AABB Assessor 12/2013 to present.