Vice President of Operations
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, Houston, Texas
Theresa Pina, a graduate of the University of Houston, serves as the Vice President of Operations for Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center located in Houston, TX. With over 25 years of management experience, expertise in operations, marketing, public relations and donor recruitment, Theresa provides the vision and strategic direction for the organization and ensures they maintain an adequate blood supply. Theresa began her blood banking career in 2005 as a Recruiter, then moving onto various roles before being promoted to the Director of Donor Recruitment in 2009. In 2015, Theresa's responsibilities increased when she took on a second department, Mobile Collections, and then further expanded in 2017 when she became VP of Operations. She currently oversees multiple areas of the organization; a team of sales professionals responsible for the recruitment, planning, and logistics for over 7000 mobile blood drives each year in a rapidly changing business environment; a group of 185 healthcare professionals responsible for the blood collections in a highly regulated industry and a team of marketing and public relations professionals responsible for the marketing efforts needed to recruit and collect over 320,000 blood donations each year. Theresa provides the strategic direction for media and advertising and leads the development and implementation of the organization's brand, community awareness, and engagement.
Theresa's work with ADRP started in 2015 as a committee member before becoming a Board Member in 2017. Theresa has executive oversight of the ADRP Public Awareness Committee and has been the Master Class Co-Chair for two years. She is honored to serve as ADRP President for 2021-2023.
Immediate Past-President Lisa Entrikin
CEO Rock River Valley Blood Center
Lisa Entrikin is the CEO at the Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC), headquartered in Rockford, Ill.RRVBC serves ten hospitals in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.Lisa has been a member of ADRP for more than 20 years and during her time on the ADRP Board has served as the Awards Committee co-chair and Secretary before becoming President.She brings more than 25 years of experienceand expertisein blood banking to ADRP.
vice president AMANda Farrell
Director of Blood Donor Recruitment Connectlife, Buffalo, New York
Amanda Farrell has been with ConnectLife since January 2007, prior to the formation of the community blood back. In her time with ConnectLife Amanda has served as donor recruiter and recruitment manager before assuming her role as Director of Recruitment. In her current role, Amanda is responsible for oversight of all aspects of donor communications and donor recruitment for both mobiles and fixed sites. Amanda graduated with bachelor degrees in both psychology and Human Development from Binghamton University.
treasurer Claude LeBoeuf
Donor and Volunteer Recruitment Manager
Claude began his journey with the blood industry as a volunteer. Then, while completing his bachelor's degree in education, he joined the Red Cross donor recruitment team in 1995 and occupied various positions within the organization. Since 1998, the year Hema-Quebec was created, he worked as a call center agent, then technician and telerecruitment supervisor. Amongst his many achievements, he played a key role, along with the IT development team and marketing services, in the development and implementation of an efficient platform for donor relations. Launched in 2004, the platform has been improved a few times. Since 2012, Claude has been head of donor and volunteer recruitment services.
Secretary amanda hess
Vice President Donor Relations and Marketing ImpactLife
currently lives in Davenport with a husband and six-year old son. With roots in
the Quad Cities, Amanda has spent the last 18 years of her career in healthcare
first in Marketing and Business Development with Genesis Health System and
currently as Director of Donor and Public Relations for ImpactLife, a 501(c)3 regional blood bank serving 115 hospitals in
Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Missouri.
Advisory Board Members
Chief Executive Officer
Kate Fry currently serves as the CEO for America’s Blood Centers (ABC) and Executive Director of the Foundation for America’s Blood Centers (FABC). Kate joined ABC in 2016 as Chief Administrative Officer. A recognized leader in healthcare association management and advocacy, Kate heads ABC’s strategy development and advocacy work before federal legislators, regulators, and strategic partners. Kate brings significant expertise in representing the views of associations before members of Congress and congressional staff, having directed multi-faceted national advocacy campaigns to achieve significant legislative and regulatory victories during previous positions at the National Association of Nurse Anesthetists and National Association of Chain Drug Stores. Kate received a Masters in Business Administration from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from Dickinson College.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Versiti
Brian brings a diverse set of leadership and problem-solving experiences to our organization. He has depth in leading teams and strategic thinking across Marketing, Sales and Corporate Strategy. Brian brings a clinical background and has dedicated his 20+ year career to health care with a focus on serving patients, providers and the individuals he leads. He currently serves Blood Operations as the Chief Operating Officer and was hired in April 2018. Prior to Versiti he was at Shire as the Area Vice President leading an Institution-based Plasma Franchise through significant internal culture changes and navigating the dynamic healthcare landscape. Throughout his assignments at Abbott, Abbvie, Baxalta and Shire, Brian has demonstrated a track record of high achievement and delivering results by building high-performing teams and inspiring leaders. In a short amount of time at Versiti Brian has focused on building new capabilities for the Operation with a focus on Communication, Training and Change Management.
Head of Nursing for Donor Services Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service
Debbie McNaughton is Head of Nursing, for Donor Services in the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service. Within this role she passionately leads a team of senior nurses, the clinical support team, the National Standards Quality and Innovation team and is responsible for the strategic direction of apheresis collection within SNBTS. Debbie graduated from Abertay University with a BSc Nursing degree. She completed her MA in Leadership and Management in, focusing her dissertation on – “The perceptions of the follower: Do Leaders behaviors have a positive or negative impact on the empowerment and motivation of the nursing workforce within SNBTS”. Debbie started her career in clinical practice in 1992 and worked in various settings including general medical, Renal Dialysis and surgical. She then specialized into Blood Transfusion where she has held numerous clinical and senior operational roles over the last 22 years. Debbie is highly experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of blood and apheresis collection and is currently leading on a major transformational project within SNBTS ‘on session digital redesign’.
Director of Donor Resources Rhode Island Blood Center, New York Blood Center Enterprise
Nicole holds a BA in Public Relations from the University
of Rhode Island and has worked at the Rhode Island Blood Center for over 16
years specializing in donor recruitment. Her roles have included Marketing
Assistant, Account Manager, Marrow Donor Recruiter, Recruitment Supervisor for
RIBC's National Marrow Donor Program, and Manager of mobile blood drive
recruitment. She was promoted to Director of Donor Resources in 2015 and became
the Director of RIBC's National Marrow Donor Program in 2018. Nicole was the recipient
of the ADRP Rolf Kovenetsky Recruitment Leader of the Year Award in 2019.
A past participant of the Patient Services Committee of
the RI Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Nicole says, “I can’t
think of a better way to spend my time than helping to ensure that patients
receive the life-saving blood they need when they need it. The donors, patient
families, drive sponsors and coordinators I’ve been blessed to work with over
the years have enriched my life in so many ways. I’ve learned important lessons
like, tell the people you love that you love them...and cherish life’s simple
Nicole lives in North Kingstown, RI with her husband, Lt.
Col. Dennis Pineault, and their two children, Caleb and Aubrey.
Vice President of Donor Recruitment and Community Relations
Oklahoma Blood Institute
Tammy Whiteley is the Vice President of Donor Recruitment and Community Relations for Oklahoma Blood Institute, the sixth largest non-profit blood collector in the United States. Named to this position in 2014, Whiteley has 22 years of blood banking experience. She joined Oklahoma Blood Institute as a blood program consultant in 1997 before serving as Oklahoma Blood Institue's Director of Southwest Oklahoma and North Texas operations for five years. In 2005, she was named Director of Donor Recruitment.
In her current role she leads blood donor recruitment for ten mobile operations, sixteen donor centers, a contact center with 80 employees, as well as marketing and public relations for Oklahoma, Arkansas, north central Texas and Amarillo. More than a quarter-of-a-million units of blood from volunteer donors are needed annually to meet the needs of patients in these areas.
In 2011, Whiteley was named Manager of the Year by ADRP, an international honor awarded for exemplary leadership.
Director of Research and Innovation
Blood Centers of America
Hunter Shaffer is currently the Director of Research and Innovation at Blood Centers of America, a member owned cooperative headquartered in Providence Rhode Island. Hunter joined the BCA team in 2015 and works within the Collections and Recruitment silo by exploring patterns and discovering new ways to connect in a changing world to enhance their life saving mission.
Hunter holds a Bachelor of Science in Aquaculture and Pathology from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to entering the world of transfusion medicine, he worked in various capacities pertaining to the cultivation and research of aquatic organisms worldwide.