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Leadership and Governance

Building capacity and vision

Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB) is a division of New York Blood Center, Inc. a not-for-profit corporation, and with world-renowned physician-scientists backed up by a stellar support network. 

NYBC, along with its operating divisions Community Blood Center of Kansas City, Missouri (CBC), Innovative Blood Resources (IBR), Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD), and Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC), collect approximately 4,000 units of blood products each day and serve local communities of more than 75 million people in the Tri-State area (NY, NJ, CT), Mid Atlantic area (PA, DE, MD, VA), Missouri and Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Southern New England. NYBC and its operating divisions also provide a wide array of transfusion-related medical services to over 500 hospitals nationally, including Comprehensive Cell Solutions, the National Center for Blood Group Genomics, the National Cord Blood Program, and the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute, which — among other milestones — developed a practical screening method for hepatitis B as well as a safe, effective and affordable vaccine, and a patented solvent detergent plasma process innovating blood-purification technology worldwide. 

NCBB has been saving and sustaining lives since 1968 as an independent nonprofit blood center. In 2016, Innovative Blood Resources (IBR) formed strategic partnerships with New York Blood Center (NYBC) to create one of the nation’s leading blood centers, serving patients in the Northeast, Midwest, and nationally. Nebraska Community Blood Bank, a division of IBR, will continue to build its local connections as a vital community resource that provides quality blood and biomedical services to our customers and partners. 

  • Nebraska Advisory Board

    Brett Baker
    Channel 10/11 News

    Melissa Carpenter
    Bryan Health

    Scott Cushman
    Union College

    Ellen DiSalvo
    Nebraska Community Blood Bank (retired)

    Christy Eichorn
    Mobilitie

    Jim Gustafson
    Nebraska Community Foundation

    Tanya Lebsock
    Union Bank & Trust

    Darek Lester
    Pathology Medical Services

    Pam Lionberger
    Sandhills Publishing

    John Mabry
    Lincoln Food Bank

    Laura Redoutey
    Nebraska Hospital Association

    Cal Williams
    York High School

  • Leadership Profiles

    Kathy Geist, MBA, Senior Executive Director
    Bringing over two decades of experience in healthcare leadership and customer relations, Kathy oversees operations for 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, M.D., MBA, Medical Director and Vice President, Medical and Quality Affairs
    A leading authority in transfusion medicine, Dr. Jed Gorlin 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. He also serves as Medical Director of both Memorial Blood Centers and Nebraska Community Blood Bank, divisions of Innovative Blood Resources. In addition, he acts as a consultant for 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.  Previously 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 also has 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 where he held various positions at Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Board certified in pediatrics, and blood banking and transfusion medicine, he received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, a doctor of medicine degree from Yale University, and a M.B.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.

    Cheryl Warholoski, Director of Operations
    Cheryl brings her background as a trauma nurse to her work at NCBB, where she’s helped fulfil our life-saving mission since 1993. As the Director of Blood Operations, Cheryl oversees all local operations at NCBB, providing leadership to collections teams, support teams, and tele-recruitment staff. Cheryl’s work helps ensure the safety of the community blood supply and NCBB practices, as well as compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. Cheryl also sits on the board of CHAD, engaging with other health charities close to home.