WELCOME TO THE HAABB!

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 2019-2020 HAABB Board of Directors would like thank all those who made recommendations for the 2020-2021 HAABB Board of Directors.  We would also like to thank Charles McDonald, Pat Parton, and Miche Swofford for serving on the 2020 Nominating Committee and providing an excellent slate of nominees.  


The 2020-2021 HAABB Board of Directors slate of nominees is as follows:

 


President Elect:  Dr. Gagan Mathur

 

Vice President:  Kathryn Harrison


Secretary:  Mary Signaigo


Treasurer:  Gina Gramlich


Member at Large #1:  Dr. Emily Coberly

 

Member at Large #2:  Shay Jones


Member at Large #3:  Marvin Twenter



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 - Dr Gagan Mathur

Dr. Gagen Mathur is currently the Clinical Pathologist, Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking for Saint Luke's Health System in Kansas City, MO.  

Vice President - Kathryn Harrison

Kathryn graduated with her BS in Medical Technology from Wichita State University.  After which, she  began her  MT career at Midwest Transplant Network performing HLA typing and providing solid organ transplant support for the local kidney program.  In 2006, she joined the American Red Cross as a Reference Lab Blood Banker.  After taking an 11-month hiatus in 2015 to do customer support for the transfusion software company, Haemonetics, Kathryn returned to the American Red Cross to become IRL Manger.  She received her Specialist in Blood Bank Technology in August 2016.  Currently, Kathryn is serving as the Vice-President of the SafeTrace TX User’s Group which provides the exchange of ideas and experiences as well as influencing product changes maintained by Haemonetics, Inc.  In her free time, Kathryn enjoys reading, sports, and spending time with her two sons and husband.  

Secretary - Mary Signaigo

Mary is the Clinical Lab Educator for the Blood Bank at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.  Her primary role as CLE is to teach college students or graduates with a Bachelor of Science the clinical requirement for obtaining MLS certification.  Mary is also responsible for all procedures, training, audits and competencies for the Blood Donor Services and Transfusion Services departments.  Mary was born and raised in St. Louis but went to college at Avila University in Kansas City then lived in Dallas and Austin, Texas before returning to her hometown.  Flexibility is one benefit of being an MLS.   

Treasurer  - Gina Gramlich

Gina is a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (ASCP) with extensive experience in areas of Transfusion Medicine and Special Coagulation (factor assays, inhibitors, lupus).  She currently oversees transfusion service for 150 bed hospital in mid-Missouri as Blood Bank Lead Technologist/Supervisor (12 years - ongoing).  Services include emergency and massive transfusion, oncology services, sickle cell and therapeutic apheresis, as well as complete antibody identification and product procurement.  Responsible for maintaining all regulatory compliance, new processes and equipment evaluation and validation, and staff competency/training.  She is also the Mediware HCLL Product Specialist and perform any blood bank test/table changes to the system as well as perform all upgrade validations.  EPIC Beaker LIS "Super Users" responsible for assisting with upgrade validations and assisting/mentoring staff during upgrade implementation.

 

Her past experience includes:
 HLA/Transplant laboratory (1 yr) performing donor and recipient testing prior to solid organ transplant for the University of Missouri Columbia/employed by American Red Cross.  Also selected HLA matched Platelet Products.
Coagulation Laboratory Supervisor for University of Missouri Columbia/Employed by American Red Cross (4 years)- manage department with 10 employees.  Test menu including extensive special coagulation testing: Protein C, S, factor assays and inhibitor assay, VWD workup, platelet aggregation, and APCR.
Memorial Hospital Jefferson City, MO (2 years) - Blood Bank Lead Technologist for 50 bed hospital.
Blood Bank Lead Technologist/ Staff Technologist for University of Missouri Columbia/Employed by American Red Cross (9yrs) - performed all testing for 350 + bed full service hospital and Class 1 Trauma Center.  As Lead Technologist, supervised laboratory assistants and assisted Blood Bank Supervisor with duties as assigned (procedures/training/billing).
She previously served 4 years as a General Board Member for HAABB and was responsible for the upkeep and redesign of the organization’s website and 2 years as Treasurer.

Member at Large #1 - Dr. Emily Coberly

Emily Coberly, MD completed medical school and residency training at the University of Missouri-Columbia, followed by a fellowship in Transfusion Medicine at Vanderbilt University. She currently serves as Medical Director of the Missouri/Arkansas Region for the American Red Cross. She is interested in Quality Improvement and Patient Blood Management, and is a member of the AABB PBM Standards Committee.



Emily Coberly, MD completed medical school and residency training at the University of Missouri-Columbia, followed by a fellowship in Transfusion Medicine at Vanderbilt University.  She currently serves as Medical Director of the Missouri/Arkansas Region for the American Red Cross. She is interested in Quality Improvement and Patient Blood Management, and is a member of the AABB PBM Standards Committee.  



Emily Coberly, MD completed medical school and residency training at the University of Missouri-Columbia, followed by a fellowship in Transfusion Medicine at Vanderbilt University.  She currently serves as Medical Director of the Missouri/Arkansas Region for the American Red Cross. She is interested in Quality Improvement and Patient Blood Management, and is a member of the AABB PBM Standards Committee.  

Member at Large #2 - 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.

Member at Large #3 - Marvin Twenter

Marvin's path to becoming a medical laboratory scientist was somewhat circuitous. After living and working in Oklahoma and Texas as a manager/district manager for a lumber company, he and his wife decided to move back home to central Missouri to be near family. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a minor in chemistry, as well as a bachelor’s in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Missouri in Columbia. He received 10 plus years of great experience in transfusion medicine and coagulation studies working with wonderful people at University Hospital and Women’s and Children’s Hospital, employed first as an American Red Cross employee and then a University of Missouri employee. Two years ago, he “moved across the street” where he serves our veteran’s as the supervisor of transfusion services and the immunology laboratory at the Truman VA Medical Center. He also oversees the surgical pathology report process at that institution as well as working with Clinical Laboratory Science students.

He and his wife, Sharon, enjoy spending time with their five children, but even more so with their grandchildren. Marvin is an active member of his parish, as well as the Knights of Columbus where he is a 4th Degree member and serves in the Honor Guard. He enjoys golf, woodworking and helping family, friends and neighbors with their construction projects.