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I am a professor of pediatrics and a bone marrow transplant physician at the Children's Medical Center Dallas. My research interests are in immune recovery after bone marrow transplant and the supportive care of bone marrow transplant recipients.
Victor Aquino, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
UT Southwestern Medical Center
AIMS Speaker
Dr. Bates is the Medical Director of the Transfusion Service, Hematopoietic Cell Progenitor Processing Laboratory and Coagulation Laboratory at University of Oklahoma Medical Center. She completed her fellowship in Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, Texas. 
Stephanie Bates, MD
Medical Director
Oklahoma University
ENGAGE Speaker
Nancy Benitez has been in the Blood Bank community for over 25 years, as a Laboratory Director for OneBlood, she is responsible for the technical operation of the Immunohematology Reference Laboratories. She completed the Specialist in Blood Bank training (SBB- ASCP) at the Deaconess Hospital in Boston and obtained a Masters Degree in Health Management at Nova University. Nancy has trained many staff members in the South Florida area and Central-South America for many years. She is serving on the IRL SCABB Board, AABB Reference Laboratory and Rare Donor Program Committees. 
Nancy Benitez
Laboratory Director
OneBlood
ENGAGE Speaker
Mary Berg received her BS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She completed an internship at Evanston Hospital before starting anatomic & clinical pathology residency and blood banking & transfusion medicine fellowship at Case Western Reserve/University Hospitals of Cleveland. She is Medical Director for the Transfusion Service, Blood Disorders Center Apheresis Service, and AutoTransfusion Service of the University of Colorado Hospital, as well as the Associate Program Director for the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Residency and Program Director of the Fellowship in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine at the CU School of Medicine. 
Mary Berg, MD
Medical Director
University of Colorado
ENGAGE Speaker
Katrina Billingsley is a graduate of the LSU Medical Technology program and the UTMB Master of Transfusion Medicine program. She is the manager of the John J Moulds Scientific Support Laboratory at LifeShare Blood Center in Shreveport, LA. Her primary duties include management of the molecular testing lab as well as serving as the education coordinator for the LifeShare on-line SBB program.
Katrina Billingsley, MSTM, SBB
Manager, Scientific Support Services
Lifeshare Blood Centers
ENGAGE Speaker
Dr. Arthur Bracey graduated with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972 with a BA in Biochemistry. He obtained his MD from Georgetown University Medical School in 1976. He completed a year of internship in Internal Medicine and two years of Anatomic Pathology residency training at Georgetown University Hospital. This was followed by training in Clinical Pathology at the NIH Clinical Center. He serves as Professor of Pathology & Immunology at Baylor College of Medicine. He currently serves as the Chief of Clinical Pathology at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. Dr. Bracey has served on numerous boards and professional groups including President of SABM. Publications include 59 articles in peer-reviewed journals and numerous abstracts at national and international meetings. His professional interests are transfusion medicine practice and peri-operative coagulation disorders.
Arthur Bracey, MD
Chief of Clinical Pathology
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
ENGAGE Speaker
Carvin began his career in blood banking with the Oklahoma Blood Institute, managing the storage and distribution department serving southwest Oklahoma and north Texas. His commitment to lean processing, cost savings, and best practice initiatives has allowed him to hold leadership positions with multiple roles in Logistics, system development, training and special projects. He has devoted his 5 years at OBI to finding the fastest, uninterrupted line of service to the patients that depend on our blood products.
Carvin Brown  
Manager,Inventory Mgmt, Training, & Special Projects 
Oklahoma Blood Institute
ENGAGE Speaker
Barbara Bryant, MD is Professor and Vice Chair of Pathology and Blood Bank Medical Director at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She earned her degree in medical technology from LSU Medical Center and worked for 17 years as an SBB before attending medical school and completing a pathology residency at UTMB. Dr. Bryant received her transfusion medicine fellowship training at the National Institutes of Health. She is board-certified in clinical pathology and blood banking/transfusion medicine. Dr. Bryant currently serves on the Board of Directors of AABB, the FDA's Blood Product Advisory Committee, and is President-Elect of SCABB. 
Barbara Bryant, MD, MT(ASCP)SBB
Vice Chair Pathology and Medical Director, Transfusion Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
ENGAGE Speaker
Ms. Butch was employed by Michigan Medicine Department of Pathology and the Blood Bank before retiring and doing consulting in laboratory management. She is certified as clinical laboratory scientist, a specialist in blood banking technology, as a Diplomate in Laboratory Management, and has published multiple books and articles about computers, management and auditing. Ms. Butch is active in professional organizations including the AABB, ASCLS, and ICCBBA. 
Suzanne Butch, MLS(ASCP)SBB, DLM
Pathology Administration
Michigan Medicine
AIMS Speaker
Dr. Chen received her MD and PhD degrees from Baylor College of Medicine. After completing her residency in Clinical Pathology and fellowship in Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking, Dr. Chen held a faculty appointment at Baylor with research interests in hematopoiesis and clinical responsibilities in Transfusion Medicine. She subsequently joined the staff at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital as Medical Director of the Molecular Pathology Section and Associate Medical Director of the Donor Center and Transfusion Service. Dr. Chen is presently on staff at Memorial Hermann Hospital providing Hemotherapy, a unique Clinical Pathology Consultation service.
Alice Chen, MD, PhD
Transfusion Medicine Physician
Gulf Coast Pathology Associates
ENGAGE Speaker
Kelley Counts is a Data Scientist with OneBlood where he is responsible for leading the design, development, and maintenance of predictive analytics applications. He has a Bachelors in Biochemistry, Masters of Science, and a MBA in Business Analytics. He is also a contributor and designer for graduate level Predictive Analytics course work utilizing Python. Kelley has frequently lectured around the country on topics including the practical applications of machine learning within a variety of fields. His current work is focused on pioneering innovative machine learning applications with in the blood banking industry. 
Kelley Counts, MS, MBA
Data Scientist
OneBlood
ENGAGE Speaker
Eric T. Crawford has been with South Texas Blood & Tissue Center since 2009. Originally a Call Center Manager focusing on fixed site recruitment, Eric currently oversees a staff of 4 and oversees the relationship with the vendor who manages call center operations. Eric's team is focused on recruiting and scheduling Brothers in Arms blood donors. Eric is currently a member of the U.S. Army Reserves with over 25 years of service. 
Eric Crawford
Recruitment Manager
South Texas Blood & Tissue Center
ENGAGE Speaker
Rosalva Calderon-Cruz has been an employee of South Texas Blood & Tissue Center for 14 years. She has served in various capacities including Telerecruitment, customer service and most recently has been tasked to coordinate the Brothers in Arms (BIA) program. As coordinator for the program, Cruz-Calderon will manage relations with program partners and stakeholders, internally and externally to STBTC. She will manage and coordinate BIA donor scheduling to ensure the required product inventory is on-had as needed. In addition, she will plan and coordinate donor recognition and recruitment initiatives. Thus far the program has enlisted 2587 eligible donors in the program and has 488 active/regular donors. 
Rosalva Cruz- Calderon
Brothers in Arms Coordinator
South Texas Blood & Tissue Center
ENGAGE Speaker
Chad has spent over 20 years in HealthCare, with 15 plus years focusing in Blood Banking. He has held various roles within the industry starting with phlebotomy. Having worked for 5 different blood centers in as many states, he has been exposed to numerous approaches to this business. Chad has a Bachelor's of Health Science from the University of Florida where he graduated Cum Laude and a Master's in Healthcare Administration from the University of Central Florida. Lastly Chad served in the United States Air Force as a medical specialist where he functioned as a Combat Medic, EMT, Organ Transplant and ICU technician. 
Chad Douglas, MHA
President & CEO
LifeShare Blood Center
ENGAGE Speaker
Brett Dunlap is a Medical Laboratory Scientist who works with LifeShare Blood Center in Shreveport, LA. After working nearly four years in the Immunohematology Reference Lab, she is now full time in the Scientific Support molecular lab. Prior to working for LifeShare Blood Center, she worked in the blood bank at St. Dominic¿s Hospital in Jackson, MS for three years. Brett holds a BS in Management and Marketing and a MS in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is also a new graduate of the LifeShare Blood Center SBB program. 
Brett Dunlap MS, MLS(ASCP)
Medical Laboratory Scientist II
Lifeshare Blood Center
AIMS Speaker
Laura is the Senior Director of Learning and Total Compensation at BioBridge Global in San Antonio, TX. She joined her current team 5 years and has held a number of HR and Training roles since moving to the United States in 1996. Laura was born and raised in Italy. She is working on her dissertation for a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership. Laura loves spending time with her family, traveling, reading, and relaxing with yoga when possible. 
Laura Eickhoff, EdM, PHR
Director of Learning and Total Compensation
Biobridge Global
ENGAGE Speaker
Dr. Gammon is a subject matter expert in the area of patient blood management. His programs provide hospitals with current evidenced-based transfusion thresholds, management of the transfusion committee and emphasize the importance of appropriate transfusions. Dr. Gammon holds Board Certifications in Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine as well as Clinical Pathology. He is a Medical Director for OneBlood and Transfusion Medicine Specialists and an Assistant Professor of Pathology for the University Of Central Florida College Of Medicine and a Clinical Associate Professor of Pathology at NOVA Southeastern University College of Allopathic Medicine. 
Rich Gammon, MD
Medical Director
OneBlood
ENGAGE Speaker
Eric A. Gehrie, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Pathology with a joint appointment in Surgery. He is medical director of the blood bank at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and is the associate director of the pathology residency program. He is a board certified clinical pathologist with subspecialty board certification in transfusion medicine.
Eric Gehrie, MD
Medical Director
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
AIMS Speaker
Heather is a Digital Marketing Analyst with OneBlood. She began her career at the blood center as a copywriter and quickly moved into the Social Marketing space. In 2019 she was promoted to Digital Marketing Analyst and works across social and digital marketing platforms to create awareness about the lifesaving power of donating blood. She loves building relationships with donors across all generations and celebrating their generous gift of life. 
Heather Georgoudiou
Digital Marketing Analyst 
OneBlood
ENGAGE Speaker
Laboratory Director with over 20 years of experience in blood center blood banking. I am truly passionate about our field and love being able to work in patient, donor, and product testing daily. 
Phyllis Haines, MLS(ASCP)CM SBB
Director of Laboratory Services
The Blood Center
AIMS Speaker
Laboratory Director with over 20 years of experience in blood center blood banking. I am truly passionate about our field and love being able to work in patient, donor, and product testing daily. 
Janis Hamilton, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB
Manager, Immunohematology Reference Laboratory
American Red Cross-Southeastern Michigan Region
AIMS Speaker
Nelson Hellwig has over 25 years of experience working for healthcare entities, testing laboratories, and nonprofit organizations. In 2017, Mr. Hellwig became the Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance for Community Transfusion Services (ACTS), a collaborative of 12 community blood centers that collect, process, test and distribute more than 1.5 million units of blood to patients in more than 750 hospitals and provide various technical services, therapeutic treatments and stem cell laboratory operations in multiple locations throughout the U.S. Mr. Hellwig previously served as Chief Financial Officer of CrescentCare Health and The Blood Center in New Orleans, and has served as a guest lecturer on healthcare management at Louisiana State University. Mr. Hellwig received a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Southern Illinois University, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of New Orleans. He serves as the Board Chair of the Health and Education Alliance of Louisiana and was a 2015 recipient of the New Orleans CityBusiness Healthcare Hero award.
Nelson Hellwig, MBA
CEO
Alliance for Community Transfusion Services (ACTS)
ENGAGE Speaker
 Dr. Lisa Hensch is a member of the Transfusion Medicine & Coagulation team at Texas Children's Hospital. She serves as the Medical Director for Perioperative Coagulation and helps the clinical teams taking care of pediatric patients with various coagulopathies. She is also actively involved in hemostasis management for children on mechanical circulatory support devices (ECMO and VAD). 
Lisa Hensch, MD
Assistant Professor
Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine
ENGAGE Speaker
Trina Horn is the Manager of the National Molecular Laboratory at the American Red Cross located here in Philadelphia where she has over 12 years of experience in molecular blood group genetics. She is a certified MLT(ASCP) and received her Bachelor and Master of Science in Biotechnology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She has over 17 years of experience as a Blood Bank Technologist in multiple large center city hospitals and was certified as a Specialist in Blood Banking by the ASCP in 2014.
Trina Horn, MS, MLT(ASCP)SBB
Manager, National Molecular Laboratory
American Red Cross
AIMS Speaker
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.
Monica  Kalvelage, MS, MT(ASCP)MB, SBB
Chief Operations Officer
LifeShare Blood Center
AIMS Speaker
Dr. Keller is the Senior Director of the AABB accredited American Red Cross National Molecular Laboratory in Philadelphia where she is involved in both donor and patient testing for red blood cell and platelet antigens. She is adjunct Associate Professor at Thomas Jefferson University. Margaret Keller received 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.  
Margaret Keller, PhD
Senior Director, National Molecular Laboratory
American Red Cross
AIMS Speaker
Chris Lough, M.D. earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, completed residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the University of Kentucky, and served as the Transfusion Medicine fellow at Hoxworth Blood Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Lough¿s areas of interest are the immunohematology reference laboratory, molecular testing, donor testing, process improvement, and promoting education regarding appropriate transfusion therapy. He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, as well as Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine. He enjoys spending time with his 2-year-old son, raises livestock, and is a bourbon whiskey writer/enthusiast.
Chris Lough, MD
Vice President of Medical Services
LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, Inc.
AIMS Speaker
Sandra Nance is the Senior Director for Immunohematology Reference Laboratories for the American Red Cross providing leadership to the American Rare Donor Program, National Reference Laboratory for Blood Group Serology and Specialized Testing and Process Design for 45 Immunohematology Reference Laboratories across the United States. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Division of Transfusion Medicine & Therapeutic Pathology Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. She has a master¿s degree in Pathology from the University of Maryland and received her SBB from the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. 
Sandra Nance, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB
Senior Director, IRLs
American Red Cross
AIMS Speaker
John Moulds Memorial Lecturer
I am the associate medical director at BioBridge Global. I have been in my position for the last 4 years. Prior to my position at BioBridge Global, I completed a fellowship in blood banking and transfusion medicine.
Samantha Ngamsuntikul, MD
Associate Medical Director
South Texas Blood and Tissue Center
AIMS Speaker
I got my medical degree in India and migrated to USA with my family in 1998. I trained in Clinical Pathology and Transfusion Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. I am board certified in both. I have worked at Carter BloodCare for the last 16 years. I am fascinated by cell threapies and help oversee cell therapy product collection and processing at Carter BloodCare in addition to other responsibilities.
Technical Scientific Award Lecturer
Geeta Paranjape, MD
Medical Director of Clinical Services
Carter BloodCare
ENGAGE Speaker
Theresa Pina is the Vice President of Operations for Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center located in Houston, Texas. Theresa began her career in blood banking in 2005 as a Recruiter before moving onto various roles in Donor Recruitment management. She was promoted to the Director of Donor Recruitment in 2009, making her responsible for recruiting over 198,000 blood products from mobile donors. In 2015, Theresa's responsibilities increased when she took on a second department, Mobile Collections, and then further increased in 2017 when she became VP of Operations. Her areas currently include Donor Recruitment, Marketing, and Mobile Collections. She is a current 2018 - 2019 ADRP Executive Advisory Board member, serving as Treasurer. Theresa is a graduate of University of Houston.
Theresa Pina
VP of Operations
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
ENGAGE Speaker
As Senior Vice President of Donor Operations, Michael Rogers oversees donor recruitment, collections and marketing for OneBlood. He is responsible for strategic donor growth and retention, implementing new company initiatives and donor services support. Prior to the OneBlood merger, Michael served as Senior Vice president of Operations for Community Blood Centers of Florida. Before joining Community Blood Centers, Michael spent 11 years as a regional manager in the telecommunications industry. There he was responsible for a variety of functions including managing sales and retail locations from South Florida to South Georgia, administrative management and retail store construction. He is a on the Education Board of the American Skin Association 
Mike Rogers
Senior Vice President of Operations
OneBlood
ENGAGE Speaker
Dr Rogers has been caring for children with hemoglobinopathies and managing their transfusion needs at Children's Medical Center/UT Southwestern for more than 30 years. As Professor of Pediatrics and former clinical head of the Hematology program she has a longstanding interest in maximizing collaboration between the lab and the clinic. She is speaking to us today about the Clinical Care of Children with Thalassemia. 
Zora Rogers, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
UT Southwestern
AIMS Speaker
Currently President and CEO Carter BloodCare, Bedford, TX and serving on faculty at University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, TX. Previously Chairman of the Blood Products Advisory Committee, President Of Americas Blood Centers and Vice-Chairman of the Washington State Board of Health.
Administrative Award Lecturer
Merlyn Sayers, MD
President and CEO
Carter BloodCare
ENGAGE Speaker
Registered Medical Technologist who received master's degree from American University, medical degree from Georgetown University Medical School and law degree from Catholic University. ABP Board certified in AP/CP and in BB/TM.50 years of practice in community and academic hospitals, blood centers, the FDA and as a consultant. Published 50+ papers, presented >500 lectures (most invited in both national and international venues). Past President of AABB and SABM. Prior recipient of awards from South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, SCABB, AABB and British Blood Transfusion Society. Happily fully retired Professor of Laboratory Medicine from the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center for 10+ years, Chief Medical Officer from LifeSouth Blood Centers for 6+ years and consultant in cord blood banking with LifeSouth and San Diego Cord Blood Bank for 4 years
Kathleen Sazama, BSMT, MT(ASCP); MS; MD; JD
Retired
ENGAGE Speaker
Karen Williams Memorial Award Lecturer
Dr. Smith received her PhD degree from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and her MD degree from the University of Texas at Houston Medical School. After completing residency in Clinical Pathology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Transfusion Medicine fellowship at Bloodworks Northwest, Dr. Smith began her current position as Associate Medical Director at the Oklahoma Blood Institute in 2016. She enjoys practicing in all areas of transfusion medicine and blood banking, with special interest in cellular therapy processing and cord blood banking. 
Debra Smith, MD, PhD
Associate Medical Director
Oklahoma Blood Insititue (OBI)
ENGAGE Speaker
Over the last 10 years, Dr. Srinivasan has worked in the area of the assay and product development. His work has resulted in the development of nano-scale technologies for drug development. In the regenerative medicine and cell therapy space, his work has led to the development of osteobiologics, xeno-free supplements for stem cell expansion, and several characterization assays.
Anand Srinivasan, PhD
Senor Scientist, Research and Development Division
Biobridge Global
ENGAGE Speaker
Nikki Stephens is the Digital Marketing Manager at OneBlood. She has been working in the digital space for close to 10 years, specializing predominantly in converting website traffic into leads (and donors). Her areas of expertise are content strategy, Search Engine Optimization, digital advertising and social media. With a love for data, Nikki enjoys digging into analytics in order to understand website visitors and their respective digital behaviors and interests. 
Nikki Stephens
Digital Marketing Manager 
OneBlood
ENGAGE Speaker
Currently I am a Clinical Laboratory Supervisor in the Immunohematology Reference Laboratory at Vitalant - Arizona that services facilities in Arizona and surrounding states. Prior to starting in the IRL in 2014, I spent five years as a generalist in Des Moines and two years in microbiology at Mayo Clinic Hospital - Phoenix. In 2018, I completed the Specialist in Blood Banking program at LifeShare and obtained my ASCP SBB certification. Outside of work I enjoy cooking, spending time out with friends and family, attending concerts and cuddling up with my cats watching a good show or playing video games.
Kristin Vail, MLS(ASCP)CM SBBCM
IRL Clinical Laboratory Supervisor
Vitalant
AIMS Speaker