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. 








Thank you!

The 2023-2024 HAABB Board of Directors would like thank all those who made recommendations for the 2024-2025 HAABB Board of Directors.  We would also like to thank Krystal Tray, Gina Gramlich, and Diana Moroney for serving on the 2024 Nominating Committee and providing an excellent slate of nominees.  We are so excited for things to come!

The 2024-2025 HAABB Board of Directors slate of nominees is as follows:


President Elect:  Shay Jones


Vice President:  Dr. Zhan Ye

Secretary: Gabe Metzler

Treasurer: Brain Easley

Member at Large #1:  Kathryn Harrison


Member at Large #2:  Lynsi Rahorst

Member at Large #3:  Nancy Quaney

Member at Large #4:  Dr. Daniel Walker

Nominee Election

The slate of nominees will be presented to the HAABB members at the Annual Business Meeting. The members shall vote to accept or reject the slate of nominees for board of directors as put forth by the nominating committee.  

 Meet the Nominees

President Elect - Shay Jones

Shay Jones received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Franklin College in Franklin, Indiana and his Medical Technologist training from St. Francis Hospital in Beech Grove, Indiana. Upon completion of Medical Technology training, he was hired on as an Immunohematologist at Community Blood Center. Shay has broadened his training to include training as a genomics tech at the National Center for Blood Group Genomics. Shay is also the Kansas City Education Coordinator where he enjoys passing on knowledge to CLS students and pathology residents. He has presented numerous case studies at HAABB.

In his free time, Shay enjoys spending time with his wife and his dog Gracie, watching movies, reading, and taking on house projects throughout the year.

Vice President - Dr. Zhan Ye

Zhan Ye, MD PhD completed medical school at Zhengzhou University Medical College in China. He received his PhD and pathology residency training at the University of Kentucky. He joined Department of Pathology of the University of Kansas in 2017 after finished fellowship training in Transfusion Medicine at University of Pittsburg Medical Center. He is currently Medical Director of KU Health System and associate professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine of KUMC. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, gardening, fencing and classic music.  

Secretary - Gabe Metzler

Gabe Metzler received an undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the University of Kansas in 2008, followed by an undergraduate degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2010.  He performed his clinical rotations at Children’s Mercy Hospital and was hired on full time upon completion of the program.  Gabe worked 3 years as a generalist on night shift before moving to day shift blood bank full time.  He completed the UTMB online SBB program in 2016 and was briefly promoted to Blood Bank Senior Technologist prior to being promoted again to Blood Bank Supervisor, which is the role he is currently serving.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his dog, traveling, reading, watching sports and movies, and his newest hobby is homebrewing beer (under the guidance of Brew Master Brian Easley!)

Treasurer - Brian Easley

Brian Easley received an undergraduate degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2008.  He performed his clinical rotations at Heartland Regional Medical Center (now mosaic) in St. Joseph Missouri and was hired on full time upon completion of the program.  Brian worked 1 year as a generalist on evening shift before moving to Kansas City where he was hired full time at Saint Luke’s Northland on the night shift, but continued PRN at Heartland for many years. While working nights at Saint Luke’s, Brian completed his Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) from Park University. Wanting a change of pace he then accepted a position on nights at Children’s Mercy Hospital for 3 years before becoming the coordinator of the Broadway laboratory for Children’s Mercy Clinics. Missing Blood Bank, Brian accepted the Blood Bank Supervisor position at Truman Medical Center for 2 years before returning to Saint Luke’s Health System as the Blood Bank Manager at the Plaza. He completed the UTMB online SBB program in 2021 after being in awe of his staff’s knowledge.  Brian has been with his wife since they were teenagers, they have been married for 14 years and enjoy traveling and reading Harry Potter with their twin 8 year old daughters. In his free time Brian likes to homebrew beer, and is always accepting new students!

Member at Large #1 - Kathryn Harrison

Kathryn Harrison graduated from Wichita State University with her degree in Medical Technology.  She started her MT career working for Midwest Transplant Network for 10 years.  She then worked for the American Red Cross for 16 years as a an IRL technologist and then as the IRL Manager in Wichita, Kansas.  She currently works for WellSky as a Clinical Consultant, a position that provides implementation support for hospitals that purchased WellSky Transfusion software.   In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends boating and camping.  She also loves traveling to almost anywhere.

Member at Large #2 - Lynsi Rahorst

After working for several years in the Immunohematology Reference Laboratory at Community Blood Center in Kansas City, Lynsi is now Manager of Education and Training for IRL/Genomics for New York Blood Center Enterprises (NYBCe). In this role, she supports training of laboratory staff and coordinates educational programs and content offered by NYBCe for the greater transfusion medicine community. She earned a Masters of Health Professions Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is ASCP-certified as a Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB). She has served on multiple AABB committees, is an AABB Assessor in training, and participates in Spanish language initiatives in transfusion medicine education. Lynsi is passionate about educating and training the next generation of leaders in immunohematology and genomics.

Member at Large #3 - Nancy Quaney

Member at Large #4 - Dr. Daniel Walker

Daniel Walker came to Missouri after a 25 year career in the United States Air Force retiring in the rank of Colonel. He has extensive experience in the transfusion medicine, blood donor center, apheresis and cellular therapy aspects of blood banking.  He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, teaching medical students, residents, fellows, and laboratory scientists.  He holds board certification in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology in additional to Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine.  He is happily married to his current spouse of more than 30 years and is the father of 8 children. He believes that only working together can all goals be reached.