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 2017-2018 HAABB Board of Directors would like thank all those who made recommendations for the 2018-2019 HAABB Board of Directors.  We would also like to thank Liz Isgriggs, Laura Potter, and Julia Shrader for serving on the 2018 Nominating Committee and providing an excellent slate of nominees.  


The 2018-2019 HAABB Board of Directors slate of nominees is as follows:

 

President Elect:  Michelle Burgin

 

Vice President:  Krystal Tray


Treasurer:  Gina Gramlich


Secretary:  Megan Dupont

 

Member at Large #1:  Misheil Coyoca Savage

 

Member at Large #2:  Kathryn Harrison


Member at Large #3:  Daniela Hermelin





 Meet the Nominees



President-Elect - Michelle Burgin

Michelle Burgin received her certification as a MLT from Michigan Paraprofessional Training Institute from Romulus Michigan in 1986.  She was a certified MLT through AMT for about 3 years after which she was eligible to test for her MT certification.  In January of 1991 she decided to return to school to work towards her bachelor's degree.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from University of Central Missouri in Warrenburg, Missouri in May 1997.  She has worked at Bothwell Regional Health Center since December 1986 except for 3 years from May 1997 - July 200 where she worked at Capital Region Medical Center.  She returned to Bothwell in July of 2000.  She took the Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) course through the Gulf Coast School of Blood Bank Technology sponsored by Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in Houston, Texas in 2008.  She has been certified as a SBB since August of 2009.  She has served on the board of HAABB since 2010 holding various positions including Secretary, Member-at-Large, Vice President, and President. 

Vice President - Krystal Tray


Graduated from University of Iowa and has been a Medical Technologist for 35 years.  The first 5 years of her career were spent at the VA hospital in Iowa City, Iowa and then she moved and worked in  California for 14 years (doesn’t everyone want to be nearer the ocean) before returning to the Midwest.  Krystal started as a Lead Tech in Blood Bank with American Red Cross at the University of Missouri.  Krystal is currently the Transfusion Services Supervisor for both the University of Missouri Hospital and Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia, MO.  It is challenging and yes, it is exhausting, but also fun.  She is a returning member to the board.

 

Krystal and her husband, Chris, have 2 children and the youngest will graduate from college in the spring of 2018! 



Graduated from University of Iowa and has been a Medical Technologist for 35 years.  The first 5 years of her career were spent at the VA hospital in Iowa City, Iowa  and then she moved and worked in  California for 14 years (doesn’t everyone want to be nearer the ocean) before returning to the Midwest.  Krystal started as a Lead Tech in Blood Bank with American Red Cross at the University of Missouri.  Krystal is currently the Transfusion Services Supervisor for both the University of Missouri Hospital and Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia, MO.  It is challenging and yes, it is exhausting, but also fun.  She is a returning member to the board.
 
Krystal and her husband Chris have 2 children and the youngest will graduate from college in the spring of 2018! 
Graduated from University of Iowa and has been a Medical Technologist for 35 years.  The first 5 years of her career were spent at the VA hospital in Iowa City, Iowa  and then she moved and worked in  California for 14 years (doesn’t everyone want to be nearer the ocean) before returning to the Midwest.  Krystal started as a Lead Tech in Blood Bank with American Red Cross at the University of Missouri.  Krystal is currently the Transfusion Services Supervisor for both the University of Missouri Hospital and Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Columbia, MO.  It is challenging and yes, it is exhausting, but also fun.  She is a returning member to the board.
 
Krystal and her husband Chris have 2 children and the youngest will graduate from college in the spring of 2018! 

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.  

 

Secretary - Megan Dupont

Megan Dupont holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia and graduated from North Kansas City Hospital’s School of Clinical Laboratory Science in 2010.  Megan’s career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist began at North Kansas City Hospital where she held positions as a generalist working both day and nightshifts and eventually accepted a full-time dayshift position in the Transfusion Services department.  While at NKCH, she enjoyed having many opportunities to teach the future laboratorians of tomorrow in both a clinical and lecture setting.  In 2015, Megan attended Indiana Blood Center’s Transfusion Medicine Education program and completed her certification as a Specialist in Blood Banking (ASCP) in 2016.  Megan currently holds a night owl position in the Immunohematology Reference Laboratory at the Community Blood Center of Kansas City where she enjoys applying her knowledge as a SBB to complete complex serological workups as well as educate the community on varying topics in Blood Banking.
In her time away from the lab, Megan enjoys being a wife and stepmother, being active in church, and volunteering for Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter.  
 

Member at Large #1 - Misheil Coyoca Savage

Member at Large #2 - 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.

Member at Large #3 - Dr. Daniela Hermelin

Dr. Daniela Hermelin is a currently a 4th year AP/CP pathology resident at St. Louis University School of Medicine and will continue as the transfusion medicine fellow at SSM St. Louis University Hospital and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in July 2018.    She has a passion for medical education and currently serves on the AABB eLearning committee.   Dr. Hermelin is honored and excited to serve on the HAABB Board of Directors and looks forward to expanding educational and collaborative opportunities. Please click here to view CV.