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Leadership and Governance

Building capacity and vision

Memorial Blood Centers has been saving and sustaining lives since 1948 as an independent nonprofit blood center and is a vital community resource that provides quality blood and biomedical services to our customers and partners.

  • Metro Advisory Board

    Tom Whelan 
    Wheels Brewing Company 

    Rebecca Blaesing
    Past Chair

    Damon Fitzgerald
    Community Leader

    Steve Heintze 
    Alpha Source, Inc.

    Phillip Kibort, M.D.
    Children's Minnesota (retired)

    Timothy Kuck
    Crest Healthcare Supply

    Erik Lindell 
    U.S. Bancorp

  • Northland Advisory Board

    Gary L. Doty
    Doty Development Group

    Dave Beattie

    James Cherveny 
    Senior Community Representative

    Sara Clark
    Enbridge Energy

    Carl Crawford
    City of Duluth

    Courtney Edwards-Johnston
    Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College

    Greg Grell

    Matt Harrold
    Lamar Advertising

    Jesse Hurtig
    United Healthcare

    Shelly Moen
    Essentia Health

    Justin Pederson 
    Minnesota Judicial Branch

    Gina Pudlick
    University of Minnesota-Duluth

    Brandon Skaudis
    Minnesota Power

    Stephanie Sklors
    The College of St. Scholastica

    Gayle Taylor

    Keith Turner
    Lake Superior College

  • Leadership Profiles

    Kathy Geist, MBA, Vice President of Operations
    Bringing over two decades of experience in healthcare leadership and customer relations, Ms. Geist oversees Operations for New York Blood Center Enterprises’, Innovative Blood Resources and its divisions, Memorial Blood Centers, and Nebraska Community Blood Bank. With a background in managing recruitment efforts, effectively maintaining lean processes, and forging collaborative relationships, her focus is on growing our presence in the community while expanding partnerships with businesses and organizations. She aims to ensure a positive experience for all who sponsor blood drives and donate at blood drives in the community. Kathy previously served as Director of Hospital Services for LifeSource, and held leadership roles with Hu-Friedy and Baxter Healthcare.

    Jed Gorlin, MD, MBA, Medical Director and Vice President, Medical and Quality Affairs
    A leading authority in transfusion medicine, Dr. Gorlin serves as Medical Director for Memorial Blood Centers, Nebraska Community Blood Bank, and Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City. In his role, he oversees Quality and Regulatory Affairs and Physician Services, provides medical education and transfusion support to hospital partners, and carries the organization’s mission and expertise to national blood centers, worldwide healthcare organizations, and prospective hospital and laboratory clients. In addition, he is a consultant with the Minnesota Department of Health and is Co-director of Transfusion Medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

    Having held positions on the boards of AABB and the National Blood Foundation, Dr. Gorlin has been a consultant to AABB-PEPFAR (President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) projects in Rwanda and Tanzania and to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on national blood development programs in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. He has also presented on a variety of topics in Armenia, Peru, China, and Korea.

    Dr. Gorlin was formerly Acting Medical Director for Transfusion Services at Children’s Hospital in Boston. There, he held various positions at both Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Board certified in pediatrics as well as blood banking and transfusion medicine, he holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, a Doctor of Medicine degree from Yale University, and an MB.A from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Business.

    Mark Janzen, Ph.D., Vice President, Laboratory Services
    A member of the organization since 2003, Dr. Janzen is responsible for donor testing, manufacturing, and the organization’s industry-leading Immunohematology Reference Laboratory. Over his tenure, Janzen has overseen the redesign and relocation of the organization’s advanced testing laboratories, the transition to automated testing equipment, and the upgrade of the laboratory information systems. Prior to joining Memorial Blood Centers, he was with the National Marrow Donor Program.

    Wendy Capetz, Senior Executive Director, Enterprise Marketing
    Ms. Capetz joined Memorial Blood Centers in 2009 and has more than 20 years of health care marketing experience. She has been instrumental in the growth of the organization and is part of the New York Blood Center Enterprises leadership team.

    In her time at Memorial Blood Centers and now New York Blood Center Enterprises, Ms. Capetz has contributed to organizational growth and implemented efforts to streamline and improve productivity. Her work directing the marketing and communications efforts for the organization centers on  securing ongoing support of our mission from blood donors, businesses, hospital customers, health care organizations, and community organizations. Wendy’s marketing and communications experience includes work with not-for-profits, Fortune 100 companies, and Inc. 100 companies.

  • Key Management

    Angela Engblom
    Senior Manager, Duluth Operations

    Tracy French
    Senior Manager, Technical Operations

    Lindsey Garfield
    Director, Component Laboratory

    Aelgifa Kehr
    Director, Donor Testing

    Jen Kaluza
    Director, Operations

    Heidi Lund
    Senior Manager, Collections

    Maryann Malec
    Senior Manager, Donor Recruitment

    Kendra Reynolds 
    Director, Quality and Regulatory Affairs

    Nancy Van Buren, MD
    Medical Director

    Cheryl Warholoski
    Director, Nebraska Operations

    Jen White
    Director, Hospital Services