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.
president-elect AMANda Farrell
Sr. Director, Hospital and Donor Relations, Blood Division 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.
vice president 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.
treasurer Tammy Whiteley
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.
Advisory Board Members
Canadian Blood Services
Austrian Red Cross
LifeServe Blood Center
MEDIC Regional Blood Center
LifeShare Blood Center
Chief Executive Officer
America's Blood Centers
Head of Nursing for Donor Services Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service
Director of Donor Resources Rhode Island Blood Center, New York Blood Center Enterprise