Executive Leadership

Dr. Merlyn Sayers
Dr. Merlyn Sayers
President and Chief Executive Officer

With over 35 years in transfusion science medicine, Dr. Sayers has led the blood program since 1996. He is responsible to the board of directors and oversees quality assurance and regulatory compliance, human resources, grant proposals and research.

Dr. Laurie Sutor
Dr. Laurie Sutor
Vice President Medical and Technical Services

Dr. Sutor oversees medical services and consultation, cellular therapy, reference and transfusion, donor notification, special donations and therapeutic donation and transfusion (clinical apheresis).

B.J. Smith
B.J. Smith
Vice President Regional Operations and Business Development

Smith’s responsibilities are the operations of Central and East Texas headquarters; organizational contracts, finance and materials management; he also oversees the production, testing and labeling, and hematology services for blood products, as well as inventory distribution. He also oversees the operations related to mobile blood drives and blood collection.

Shankar Goudar
Shankar Goudar
Vice President Corporate Services

Goudar’s responsibilities include all information services and technology related to operations, and blood collection and distribution as well as data protection. He oversees facilities and fleet, and all operations related to blood donation administration, donor recruitment and donation collections within the donor center locations.

Veronica Moore
Veronica Moore
Vice President Organizational Relations

Moore fosters hospital client relationships for customer retention, secures client service contract agreements, as well as managing research requests, developing corporate culture, and overseeing marketing and communications, and public relations.

Nancy Jones
Nancy Jones
Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Jones oversees finance and purchasing functions, including financial preparation, analysis and presentation to the board of directors; budgeting; treasury; tax compliance; and contract price negotiations. Jones reports to the vice president of regional operations and business development.

Directors and Board Members
Our team is made of leaders who are passionate about the communities we serve and making a lifesaving impact.
Saving lives since the 1950s
We have been saving lives by making transfusion possible since 1951.