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. Memorial Blood Centers, 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
The PrivateBank and Trust Company
American Walnut Company
Wells Fargo Bank
Christopher Hillyer, M.D.
New York Blood Center
Crest Healthcare Supply
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
New York Blood Center
SS&C Technologies Holding
Beth Shaz, M.D.
New York Blood Center
Tendler Beretz LLC
- Metro Advisory Board
James Burroughs II
State of Minnesota
Kevin Croston, M.D.
North Memorial Medical Center
Alpha Source, Inc.
Phillip Kibort, M.D.
Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Urban Mass Media
HealthEast Care System
Navigant Consulting, Inc.
- Northland Advisory Board
Gary L. Doty
Doty Development Group
Essentia Health System (retired)
City of Duluth
Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College
City of Superior
St. Luke’s Hospital
Minnesota Judicial Branch
University of Minnesota-Duluth
The College of St. Scholastica
Lake Superior College
HomeStar Home Health
- Leadership Profiles
Jeffrey D. Allen, MBA, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
With over 25 years’ experience, Jeff Allen provides operational and financial leadership for Innovative Blood Resources, and its divisions Memorial Blood Centers and Nebraska Community Blood Bank. Jeff’s strong background in healthcare and biomedical services helps the organization optimize opportunities for expansion while focusing on bottom line results. He provides leadership for key areas within the organization, including Client Services, Donor Services, Finance, Human Resources, and Information Services. Jeff previously served as CEO for the American Red Cross Pacific Northwest and Northern CA Regions. He also was Chief Strategy and Finance Officer for Blood Centers of Wisconsin, and held a variety of executive finance and business development roles for Baxter Healthcare.
Kathy Geist, MBA, Vice President, Donor Services
Bringing over two decades of experience in healthcare leadership and customer relations, Kathy provides guidance to Memorial Blood Centers and Nebraska Community Blood Bank’s blood drive recruitment and operations teams. 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.
- Key Management
Director, Marketing and Development
Elizabeth Perry, M.D.
Associate Medical Director and Director, Physician Services
Director, Quality and Regulatory Affairs
Director, Finance and Controller
Senior Manager, Information Technology
Nancy Van Buren, M.D.
Associate Medical Director
Director, Hospital Services