The Heart of America Association of Blood Banks is a nonprofit, professional organization dedicated to improving Transfusion Medicine by fostering the exchange of information and bringing education opportunities to blood bank and transfusion medicine professionals.  The HAABB hosts two annual meetings for the Kansas City & St Louis areas. 








HAABB Board of Directors Contact Information

Each of the officers and board members offer their time to plan the annual educational meeting. Any suggestions for topics or speakers are welcome. Please contact your board members with any feedback about previous meetings. We look forward to hearing from you!

Board Members 2018-2019

 Faith Nilhas, MLS(ASCP)CM


 Lawrence Memorial Hospital

 Lawrence, Kansas


 Michelle Burgin, MT(ASCP), SBB

 President Elect

 Bothwell Regional Health Center

 Sedalia, Missouri


 Charles McDonald Jr., MBA, MT(ASCP)  

 Past President

 Cerner Corporation

 Kansas City, Kansas


 Krystal Tray

 Vice President

 University of Columbia Healthcare 

 Columbia, Missouri


 Gina Gramlich, MT(ASCP)

 SSM Health - St. Mary's Hospital

 Jefferson City, Missouri


 Megan Dupont


 Community Blood Center

 Kansas City, Missouri


 Kathryn Harrison

 Member at Large

 American Red Cross

 Wichita, Kansas


 Daniela Hermelin

 Member at Large

 SSM St. Louis University Hospital 

 St. Louis, Missouri


 Gagan Mathur, MD, MBA

 Member at Large

 Saint Luke's Health System

Kansas City, Missouri


 Ryan Pyles, MLT(ASCP)CM

 Member at Large

 SSM Health Cardinal Glennon

   Children's Hospital

 St. Louis, Missouri


 Misheil Cocoya Savage

 Member ar Large

 Barnes Jewish Hospital

 St. Louis, Missouri


 Susie Shaw, MT(ASCP)

 Member at Large 

 Via Christi 

 Manhattan, Kansas


 Julia Huelsmann

 Vendor Representative

 American Red Cross

 St. Louis, MO


 Pat Parton

 Vendor Representative

 Community Blood Center

 Kansas City, MO


 Jennifer Jung, MT(ASCP)

 Web Master

 American Red Cross

 St. Louis, MO