Leadership and Governance

Building capacity and vision

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.


  • Board of Directors, Innovative Blood Resources

    Mark Schmidtlein
    Chair, American Walnut Company

    Andrew Detlefsen
    Wells Fargo Bank

    Christopher Hillyer, M.D.
    New York Blood Center

    Timothy Kuck
    Crest Healthcare Supply

    Scott Lynch
    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

    Elizabeth McQuail
    New York Blood Center

    Robert Schwartz

    Beth Shaz, M.D.
    New York Blood Center

  • Nebraska Advisory Board

    Brett Baker
    Channel 10/11 News

    Melissa Carpenter
    Bryan Health

    Scott Cushman
    Union College

    Emma Davis
    University of Nebraska

    Ellen DiSalvo
    Nebraska Community Blood Bank (retired)

    Christy Eichorn

    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.