Lorena Aranda is the Director of the Immunohematology Reference Laboratory for BioBridge Global. She has her Masters in Science in Health Science and her SBB. She is an AABB assessor and is in the 2017 AABB Annual Meeting Education program, she also involved in the Last Chance Review Committee.

Lorena Aranda MSHS, SBB (ASCP)    
Director, Immunohematology Reference Laboratory, BioBridge Global - QualTex Laboratory       
Dr. Armitage is CEO of the Oklahoma Blood Institute and chair of the Global Blood Fund. Trained as a pathologist, he has over 20 years' blood center experience in medical and executive roles. He is passionate in advocating for better integration of patients and donors into the transfusion medicine culture. 

John Armitage, MD    
President & CEO, Oklahoma Blood Institute       
Dr. Bates is the Medical Director for the Transfusion and HPC Services and the Coagulation Laboratory at University of Oklahoma Medical Center. She trained and worked in St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas, after completing her fellowship in Transfusion Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.
Stephanie Bates, MD
Medical Director, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center   
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 Master?s 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, Ms
Lab Director, OneBlood,Inc.   
Barbara Bryant, MD
Barbara Bryant, MD is the Vice Chair of Pathology and Medical Director of the Blood Bank at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas. 
Vice Chair, Department of Pathology, Medical Director, Blood Bank, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Technical Scientific Award Lecturer

Thomas Bryer, PhD
Thomas Bryer, PhD, is previous director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Central Florida, chief researcher at Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania) and visiting professor at Edge Hill University (United Kingdom). He researches and teaches in the area of cross-sector collaboration and citizen participation.
Associate Professor, University of Central Florida
Michael L. Cheatham, MD, FACS, FCCM, is the Chairman of the Orlando Health Surgical Group, Chief Surgical Quality Officer, and a practicing acute care / trauma surgeon at the Level I Trauma Center at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Dr. Cheatham has published over 200 abstracts, manuscripts, and book chapters. For over 30 years, he has been active in medical missions and international disaster relief through Samaritan's Purse having worked in Africa, Asia, and South America. He was one of the six trauma surgeons who responded to the Pulse Nightclub tragedy in Orlando on June 12, 2016.
Michael Cheatham, MD
Chief Surgical Quality Officer, Orlando Regional Medical Center 
Dr. Denomme is a laboratory scientist with clinical and academic training in immunology and immunohematology. He completed post-doctoral training in transfusion medicine at the Canadian Red Cross Society and McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. Following his training, he was a Medical Research Council of Canada scholar. He is Senior Director of Immunohematology & Innovation at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin and is a Senior Investigator at BCWs Blood Research Institute. His clinical and research interests are in molecular immunohematology, including blood group genetics and immune system polymorphisms that affect Fc-receptor mediated phagocytosis. Dr. Denomme?s work integrates immunogenetics and immunopathology in transfusion medicine.
Gregory Denomme, PhD, FCSMLS(D)
Senior Director of Immunohematology and Innovation, BloodCenter of Wisconsin
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 Centers
As Vice President of Marketing & Communications for OneBlood, Susan impacts the visibility of the organization through expert orchestration of strategic marketing, communications and brand positioning. Susan has been recognized for creating a robust multi-faceted social media and video storytelling program that drives engagement and business growth.  She leads a team of 15 including marketing, social media and public relations specialists, graphic designers and an in-house production team. Susan is also a seasoned journalist having spent nearly 20 years in the television news industry.
Susan Forbes
VP, Marketing & Communications OneBlood ,Inc
I have worked in Laboratory Medicine for over 30 years. I joined Orlando Health in 2009 in the blood bank at DPH. I am currently the Lab Mgr for DPH
Carol Fortier, MT (ASCP)
Laboratory Manager, Orlando Health
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 has served as the Florida Association of Blood Banks President and as the Chair of the Medical/Technical Committee. He is cochair of the scientific and technical committee of the South Central Association of Blood Banks. He is a member of the Scientific Medical and Technical, Blood Bulletin and ABC Professional Institute Committees, Chair of the Journal Club and a member of the transfusion safety working group for America's Blood Centers. Dr. Gammon serves as an assessor, member of the Transfusion Safety/Patient Blood Management Committee and CME Advisory and Blood Banks/Transfusion Service Standards Program Units for AABB and is a manuscript reviewer for the journal Transfusion. Dr. Gammon serves as a peer reviewer for UpToDate.
Richard Gammon, MD
Medical Director, OneBlood ,Inc
18 years ago, James came to Carter BloodCare as a mobile phlebotomist. After realizing that he did not like driving in the DFW Metroplex, he transitioned into Donor Center Management. When the apheresis technology he loved became 'outdated', he made the move to Donor Notification where he has remained. This is due to emerging transfusion issues, such as Zika and testosterone therapy, which keep him busy explaining to any willing ear the complexities of donor eligibility. Generational differences in the workplace are a favorite topic James loves to speak about.
James Giacoletti
Asst Mngr, Donor Notification-Medical Services, Carter BloodCare
Jed does blood. His wife, Pediatric Nursing Faculty at St. Catherine's college does blood. His three daughters hate blood.
Jed Gorlin, MD, MBA
Uncle Jed, Innovative Blood Resources
As Regional Director, Ashley Herman oversees the recruitment and collections operation in the Central Florida region for OneBlood. She is responsible for compliance and the donor growth and retention in the area. Ashley leads a team of over 160 employees and has worked in the industry for the past 8 years. Prior to OneBlood, Ashley worked in the pharmaceutical field. Ashley earned her master's degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. 
Ashley Herman
Regional Director, OneBlood, Inc
Roser Hoffman graduated from Arizona State University with a BSc in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. She completed the two-year Blood Bank Technology program from UT Southwestern School of Allied Health and proceeded to obtain her Specialist in Blood Bank certification from ASCP in 2008. She completed the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory program at Michigan State University in 2012. Roser worked for Laboratory Sciences of Arizona ? Banner Health System for five years. She transferred to Blood Systems Laboratories where she worked in various capacities over a period of twelve years. She also authored an instructional module covering molecular testing for the Blood Systems Blood Bank Technology training program. Roser became the manager of the Grifols Immunohematology Center Molecular Laboratory in August of 2015.
Roser Hoffman, MT(ASCP)SBB
Molecular Laboratory Manager, Grifols Diagnostics
Dr. Ipe is the Medical Director of Donor Services and the Associate Medical Director of Transfusion Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital. She is an Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medical School. She completed her medical school at the Medical College of Virginia, her residency in Clinical Pathology and a fellowship in Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  
Tina Ipe, MD
Medical Director of Donor Services, Houston Methodist Hospital
Dr. Katz is a board certified infectious diseases clinician with more than 30 years of blood banking experience. He is currently the Chief Medical Officer at ABC and a member and past chair of the AABB Transfusion Transmitted Diseases Committee.
Louis Katz, MD
Executive VP/Chief Medical Officer, America's Blood Centers
Martin "Marty" J. Landon has 25+ yrs. of experience in the health care industry. Landon has held senior positions in public and private companies and is recognized for leading value-creating initiatives. In 2016, he joined BioBridge Global as CEO. Landon began his career as an internal auditor at UT Health San Antonio and later was an auditor for 4 years at public accounting firm Arthur Andersen & Co. From 1994 to 2012, Landon was an executive at KCI, now Acelity, a global medical device company, where he led many financial and securities transactions and strategic initiatives. Landon recently served as CEO of CeloNova BioSciences Inc., an early-stage, innovative medical device company that develops, manufactures and sells products with multiple vascular applications, where he increased shareholder value by nearly $300 million.
Martin J. Landon
Chief Executive Officer, BioBridge Global
Born in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Studied Medicine(1998) and decided to subspecialize in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology with a fellowship in Surgical Pathology at Danbury Hospital (Yale University) in Connecticut(2008), continued training in Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine at Hershey Medical Center (Penn State University) in Pennsylvania(2009). Traveled back to Dominican Republic and experienced first-hand difficult situations regarding blood donation and transfusion processes that contributed to my knowledge and skills on how to exchange up-to-date information and translate into better practice and improved donor and patient care for the community. Current position, since 2012, Medical Director at LifeSouth Community Blood Centers.
Juan Merayo-Rodriquez, MD
Medical Director, LifeSouth Community Blood Centers
Lourdes Miller is the Blood Bank Supervisor at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Lourdes joined Orlando Health in September of 2010. Prior joining Orlando Health, Lourdes worked in blood banks at Waterbury Hospital and Bridgeport Hospital, both in Connecticut. She earned her bachelor¿s degree in Biology from University of Puerto Rico in Cayey, and her medical technologist certificate at Bridgeport Hospital
Lourdes Miller, BS, MT(ASCP)
Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
Joann graduated with honors from Arizona Sate University with a BS in medical technology.  Her Specialist in Blood Bank (SBB) training was done at Irwin Memorial Blood Bank in San Francisco.  She has published ~250 manuscripts, abstracts and review articles as well as edited several books.  Joann is an active member of AABB, ISBT and SCABB.  Joann is a past recipient of the Ivor Dunsford award from AABB, the Larry Trow Memorial Education award, and both the SCABB Technical/Scientific and the Administrative Award Lectureships.
Joann Moulds, PhD, MT(ASCP)SBB
Scientific Director,
Grifols Immunohematology Center

Karen Williams Memorial Award Lecturer

Farm Kid, Heavy Equipment Mechanic, US Marine Aviator, Tank Driver, Mathematician, Mainframe Computer Operator and Programmer, Neurophysiologist, Pilot, Parachutist, Astronaut, Trauma Surgeon, Concept Artist, Professor of Design, Landscape Architect, Heavy Equipment Operator, Tree Surgeon, Dad and Grand-Dad. 
Story Musgrave

Dr. Kristin Reddoch is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Coagulation and Blood Research Task Area at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research in Fort Sam Houston, TX. She received her PhD from the University of Texas at San Antonio/UT Health Joint Biomedical Engineering Program. As a doctoral student she received numerous accolades for her research endeavors including an American Heart Association predoctoral fellowship. Dr. Reddoch is a pioneer in platelet storage technology and an AABB, ASH, and Military Health Science Research Symposium junior investigator award winner. Dr. Reddoch's current research involves platelet death mechanisms, platelet additive solutions, and pathogen reduction technology.
Kristin Reddoch,  PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, US Army Institute of Surgical Research
Clayton Rodriguez has brought 10 years of sales experience to blood banking. Through this outside perspective he is working to influence change in his market and deliver higher collections and a better donor experience.  
Clayton Rodriguez
Director of Operations, LifeShare Blood Centers
As Senior Vice President, Donor Operations, Michael Rogers oversees marketing, donor recruitment and collections for OneBlood. He is responsible for strategic donor growth and retention, implementing new company initiatives, donor services support, rare donor and bone marrow recruitment. 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. 

He is a member of the Palm Beach County School Board’s Wellness Promotion Task Force and on the Education Board of the American Skin Association Michael earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Florida in Gainesville.
Michael Rogers
Senior Vice President, Donor Operations, OneBlood, Inc
Tara Scott has been with the Oklahoma Blood Institute for 19 years. She has had several roles within Donor Recruitment at OBI. Inspiring others and motivating people to make connections within their relationships is her goal when speaking. She has presented abstracts at ADRP and she helped organize entertainment when OKC hosted SCABB. 

Tara Scott, BA
Director of Donor Recruitment,
Oklahoma Blood Institute
Geri Venable, Executive Director, Donor Operations for LifeShare Blood Centers responsible for planning, organizing, directing blood center operations including strategy and goals. Her team collects blood in Louisiana and Texas and partners with the National Marrow Donor Program. She previously worked in Illinois and Missouri as part of blood centers in those regions. Prior to her service in the blood industry, Geri, worked in multiple states for CSL plasma. She has a BA in Business Administration and AT degree in Environmental Engineering. She currently serves on the AABB Abstract Selection committee and is a member of SCABB and ADRP.

Geri Venable
Executive Director of Donor Operations,
LifeShare Blood Centers
Leslie is a technologist at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, CO. She obtained her SBB in 2014. She enjoys teaching and provides bench training to Pathology Residents and Fellows completing their Transfusion Service rotations at the University. She served on the Board of Directors of CACMLE, The Collaborative Association of Continuing Medical Laboratory Education, for 3 years. 

Leslie Vinson, MT(ASCP)SBBcm
Medical Technologist,
UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital
Elizabeth Waltman is a devoted member of the transfusion medicine industry. Since 1979, Elizabeth has worked to improve the availability, safety and quality of blood products provided to patients. She has served in numerous blood center operational roles beginning as a phlebotomist and now as a chief operating officer of South Texas Blood & Tissue Center as well as The Blood & Tissue Foundation executive director. Elizabeth has served on various industry committees and boards, including her tenure with SCABB as president. In addition to being passionate about saving lives, she loves her husband Paul, her animals and her Ducati. 
Elizabeth Waltman, MBA
COO, South Texas Blood & Tissue Center

Administrative Award Lecturer

Mr. Weales has worked at The Blood Center in New Orleans for over 30 years. He started his career as a Distribution Tech II, and worked his way up through the ranks. He was Vice-President of Hospital and Community Resources before being promoted to President and CEO in 2006.
Billy Weales
President & CEO, the Blood Center
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