Division of Transfusion Medicine

Graduates of SBB Program

1971 - 1972 +
Patricia Eska
  • Winn, L. C., Eska, P. L. and Grindon, A. J. (1975), ABO Discrepancy Caused by an Auto Anti-N. Transfusion, 15: 612-613.
  • Winn, L. C., Eska, P. L. and Grindon, A. J. (1976), Anti-Rd (Radin) Following the Transfusion of a Radin Positive Unit of Blood. Transfusion, 16: 351-352.
  • Grindon, A. J. and Eska, P. L. (1977), Error Rate, Precision, and Accuracy in Immunohematology. Transfusion, 17: 425-430.

1972 - 1973 +
Sandra Alm Buck
Has 5 grandchildren
Second home in Vermont
Hobbies: running, biking, bridge, knitting and babysitting - not in that order.

Randi Passamaneck

Spouse: Leonard Friedman
I am retired and keep active with extensive traveling, participating in two book clubs, working out at the Gym, and swimming. I am also the "Queen" of a local Red Hat Society Chapter, the Chic Red Hatters of Merry Land.

Patricia Wright

I finally retired last year (2016) and now spend my time working with my Rotary Club, traveling, photography, fixing up my new home and exploring my new state, Delaware.
1973 - 1974 +
Christine Barrasso


Sarah Haley Hixon, MT, (ASCP), SBB
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, SBB class 1973-74
Greenville Hospital System, Greenville, SC, 1974-1979
Carolina-Georgia Blood Center, Greenville, SC, 1979-1988
St Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC, 1988-1998
Retired and enjoying living in South Alabama.

Mary Ellen (Mel) Rosché
Retired from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Practice Management Analyst
Clinical Practice Association, Greenspring Station Foxleigh Building
Baltimore, MD

Ginny Tyler

Linda C. Winn MA, MT(ASCP)SBB

I am retired living in San Francisco, CA enjoying my passions of urban living, traveling and being a "foodie".
  • Winn, L. C., Eska, P. L. and Grindon, A. J. (1975), ABO Discrepancy Caused by an Auto Anti-N. Transfusion, 15: 612-613.
  • Winn, L. C., Eska, P. L. and Grindon, A. J. (1976), Anti-Rd (Radin) Following the Transfusion of a Radin Positive Unit of Blood. Transfusion, 16: 351-352.

1974 - 1975 +
1975 - 1976 +
Jane Kuchta
Retired (2010)
1976 - 1977 +
Gilliam (Gill) Conley

At the end of September, 2016, I retired from my position as the Director, Division of Inspections and Surveillance in FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research / Office of Compliance and Biologics Quality.
1977 - 1978 +
1978 - 1979 +
Evelyn Hunt

Sandra Nance

Sr Director, Immunohematology Reference Laboratory
Biomedical Services
American Red Cross

Mary Adrian Vansickel

Columbia, MD
1979 - 1980 +
JL Nina Salamon

Executive Vice President, Blood Centers of America, Inc.
West Warwick, RI
  • Gibble JW, Salamon JL and Ness PM. Comparison of antibody elution techniques by enzyme linked antiglobulin test (ELAT). Transfusion, 23:300, 1983.
  • Ness PM, Salamon JL. The failure of post injection Rh immune globulin titers to detect large fetal maternal hemorrhages. American Journal of Clinical Pathology, 85-604, 1985.
  • Kickler TS, Salamon JL, Welsh F, Ness PM, Braine H. A microtiter plate technique for the detection of platelet antibodies and platelet antigen typing. Transfusion, 24:247, 1984.
  • Druzin ML, Wolf CFW, Eidersheim T, Hudon JM, Kogust EA, Salamon J. Donation of blood by the pregnant patient for autologous transfusion. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 159:1023, 1988.

Jo Anne Zujewski, MD

Medical Oncologist, National Cancer Institute 1993-2016
Currently retired
1980 - 1981 +
Donna Fitzpatrick MT(ASCP)SBB, CHS(ABHI)

Retired in 2015 as Technical Director, Histocompatibility Laboratory
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA
Our laboratory supports the solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplant programs. We also do a lot of training of med tech students, pathology residents as well as various other transplant personnel. I was also involved with various research projects and participated in several team publications.
I'm still "de-stressing" and enjoying my summer cottage in Maine. I also keep busy with hiking and biking tours in the US and abroad and am currently living in Massachusetts.

Barbara Smith, MT(ASCP)SBB

The Johns Hopkins Hospital (1977 to 1985, 2012 to present)
American Red Cross, Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region (1998 to 1999)
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine (1986 to 2012)
  • Ko YH, Smith BL, Wang Y, Pomper MG, Rini DA, Torbenson MS, Hullihen J, Pedersen PL. 2004. Advanced cancers: eradication in all cases using 3-bromopyruvate therapy to deplete ATP. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 324:269-275.
  • Walz T, Hirai T, Murata K, Heymann JB, Mitsuoka K, Fujiyoshi Y, Smith BL, Agre P, and Engel A. 1997. The three-dimensional structure of aquaporin-1. Nature. 387:624-627.
  • Smith BL, Preston GM, Spring FA, Anstee DJ, and Agre P. 1994. Human red cell Aquaporin CHIP: I. Molecular characterization of ABH and Colton blood group antigens. J Clin Invest. 94:1043-1049.
  • Smith BL, and Agre P. 1991. Erythrocyte Mr 28,000 transmembrane protein exists as a multisubunit oligomer similar to channel proteins. J Biol Chem. 266:6407-6415.
  • Denker BM, Smith BL, Kuhajda FP, and Agre P. 1988. Identification, purification, and partial characterization of a novel Mr 28,000 integral membrane protein from erythrocytes and renal tubules. J Biol Chem. 263:15634-15642.
  • Greenberg A, Winkler R, Smith BL, and Liebman J. 1982. The negatively charged nitrogen in ammonium ion and derived concepts of acidity, basicity, proton affinity, and ion energetics. J Chem Ed. 59:367-370.

Mary Beth Trich Spaeth, MAS, MT(ASCP)SBB
American Red Cross, Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Region, (1981 to present)
Immunohematology Reference Lab
Retired full-time in 2003; Work per-diem at present
Enjoy traveling, winter in Florida.
1981 - 1982 +
Janice Davis-Sproul, MAS, MT(ASCP)SBB

Manager, Cell Therapy Laboratory
Technical Director, GMP Biologics Facility
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Faculty Position: Research Associate
  • Noonan KA, Huff CA, Davis J, Lemas MV, Fiorino S, Bitzan J, Ferguson A, Emerling A, Luznik L, Matsui W, Powell J, Fuchs E, Rosner GL, Epstein C, Rudraraju L, Ambinder RF, Jones RJ, Pardoll D, Borrello I. Adoptive transfer of activated marrow-infiltrating lymphocytes induces measurable antitumor immunity in the bone marrow in multiple myeloma. Sci Transl Med. 2015 May 20;7(288):288ra78. PMCID: 25995224
  • Karantalis V, DiFede DL, Gerstenblith G, Pham S, Symes J, Zambrano JP, Fishman J, Pattany P, McNiece I, Conte J, Schulman S, Wu K, Shah A, Breton E, Davis-Sproul J, Schwarz R, Feigenbaum G, Mushtaq M, Suncion VY, Lardo AC, Borrello I, Mendizabal A, Karas TZ, Byrnes J, Lowery M, Heldman AW, Hare JM. Autologous mesenchymal stem cells produce concordant improvements in regional function, tissue perfusion, and fibrotic burden when administered to patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting: The Prospective Randomized Study of Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery (PROMETHEUS) trial. Circulation research. 2014;114(8): 1302-10. PMCID: 4104798.

Janis F. Smith, MAS, MT(ASCP)SBB

Administrative Director, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Baltimore, MD
1982 - 1983 +
Senior Director, Technical Services
Community Blood Center, an affiliate of New York Blood Center
Kansas City, MO
1983 - 1984 +
Sandra Thoman
Supervisor, Transfusion Medicine
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD
1984 - 1985 +
Gail S. Freund MT(ASCP)SBB
IRL Technologist, Reference Lab
American Red Cross, Massachusetts Region
Dedham MA
1985 - 1986 +
Kevin B. Lawton MT(ASCP)SBB

Transfusion Service Supervisor
MedStar Harbor Hospital
Previous employment:
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. Medical Technologist. Blood Bank. (1978 to 1985)
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. Specialist in Blood Banking Program. (1985 to 1986)
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. Lead Technologist. Blood Bank. (1986 to 1988)
The University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore, Maryland. Clinical Laboratory Supervisor, Blood Bank. (1988 to 1998)
MedStar Harbor Hospital Center, Baltimore, Maryland. Clinical Laboratory Supervisor, Transfusion Service. (1998 to present)

1986 - 1987 +
Bernadette Graves, MT(ASCP)SBB
Johns Hopkins SBB class 1986-87
St. Joseph Hospital, Omaha, NE
    -Manager, Transfusion Service (1987-1993)
Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
    -IRL Tech (1993-2003)
    -Lead IRL Tech (2003-present)

Jane Mills, MT(ASCP)SBB
Howard County general Hospital 1987-1996
Reference Technologist American Red Cross 1996-January 2017
Volunteer in IRL at American Red Cross January 2017-present
Over the next six month, I will be moving to Wilmington Delaware

Anita Richardson, MAS

Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (1990 to present)
Office of Compliance and Biologics Quality
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
1987 - 1988 +
1988 - 1989 +
Suzy Nicol, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB

Pathology Laboratory Manager II, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (2005-present)
The Johns Hopkins Hospital (1993-present)
Baltimore, MD

Roxanne M. Tata, MT(ASCP) SBB; CQA(ASQ)

Senior Corporate Director Quality
Bloodsystems, Inc.
1989 - 1990 +
Joan Boyd
Manager, Transfusion Medicine
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD
1990 - 1991 +
1991 - 1992 +
William M. Montgomery, Jr., MT(ASCP)SBB

Quality Assurance Technologist
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Transfusion Medicine Division
1992 - 1993 +
Nanette C. Johnson, MT(ASCP)SBB

Director, IRL
American Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Blood Services Region
Baltimore, MD

William Turcan
Program Director, Blood Bank Fellowship
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Bethesda, MD
1993 - 1994 +
1994 - 1995 +
Donna Marquess, FACHE, MA, MT(ASCP), SBB, DLM

Assistant Vice President, Laboratory Services
LifeBridge Health Laboratories
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
Northwest Hospital
Carroll Hospital
Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital

Gerald Rogalski MSc, PMP, MT(ASCP)SBB
Lead IT, Regional Systems Support
Roche Support Network
1995 - 1996 +
Donna Mirabella MS, MT(ASCP)SBB

Associate Technical Director, Blood Bank
Stony Brook University Medical Center
Stony Brook, NY
  • Shirey, R.S., Mirabella, D.C., Lumadue, J.A. and Ness, P.M. (1997), Differentiation of anti-D, -C, and -G: clinical relevance in alloimmunized pregnancies. Transfusion, 37: 493-496.
  • Velliquette, R.W., Hu, Z., Lomas-Francis, C., Hue-Roye, K., Allen, J.L., Mirabella, D. and Reid, M.E. (2010), Novel single-nucleotide change in GYP*A in a person who made an alloantibody to a new high-prevalence MNS antigen called ENEV. Transfusion, 50: 856-860.
  • David M Nguyen, MD, Hun J Lee, MD, Donna Mirabella, MT(ASCP) SBB, Ding Wen Wu, MD, PhD Delayed Hemolytic Transfusion Reaction due to Anti-Jkb: Case Report Highlighting the Importance of Early Blood Bank Consultation and Literature Review North American Journal of Medicine and Science Oct 2010 Vol 3 No.4 187

2003 - 2004 +
Parveen F. Halim MT(ASCP)

Lead Technologist, American Red Cross, IRL
Previous Employment:
Pascack Valley Hospital (1996-1999)
    -Medical Technologist, Generalist
The Johns Hopkins Hospital (2000-2006)
    -Technologist, Transfusion Medicine
    -Lead Tech, Transfusion Medicine
American Red Cross, IRL (2006-present)
Baltimore, MD
    -Technologist II
    -Technologist III
    -Lead Technologist

2004 - 2005 +
Lorraine Blagg, MA, MLS(ASCP)CMSBB

Education & Development Coordinator, Transfusion Medicine Division
Program Director, Specialist in Blood Bank Technology Program
The Johns Hopkins Hospital (2001-present)
Assistant Editor, Transfusion News (2016-present)
Award: 2005 SBB Scholarship Award: Honorable Mention
  • Bell MJ, Stockwell DC, Luban NL, Shirey RS, Shaak L, Ness PM, Wong EC. Ceftriaxone-induced hemolytic anemia and hepatitis in an adolescent with hemoglobin SC disease. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2005 May;6(3):363-6.
  • Blagg LN. Transfusion Science, 2nd ed. Joyce Overfield, Maureen Dawson, and David Hamer. Oxfordshire , Scion Publishing Ltd , 2008. (book review). Transfusion 2010; 50: 2281.
  • Eipl K, Nakabiito C, Bwogi K, Motevalli M, Roots A, Blagg L, and Jackson, JB. Seroprevalence of unexpected red blood cell antibodies among pregnant women in Uganda. Immunohematology 2012;28:115-117.
  • Karafin MS, Blagg L, Tobian AAR, King KE, Ness PM, and Savage WJ. ABO antibody titers are not predictive of hemolytic reactions due to plasma-incompatible platelet transfusions. Transfusion, 2012 Oct; 52(10): 2087-2093.
  • Blagg LN. Sulfhydryl treatment of serum or plasma for the reduction of IgM antibodies. Immunohematology 2018;34:135-139.

2005 - 2006 +
Rosalinda "Leny" M. Catamisan, CLS (California), SBB(ASP)CM

Blood Bank Manager-Transfusion Service & Blood Donor Center
Torrance Memorial Medical Center
Torrance, CA
2006 - 2007 +
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Microbiology (2003-2004)
Blood Bank Technologist/Lead Tech, Transfusion Medicine (2004-present)
Baltimore, MD

Penn State Health, Milton S Hershey Medical Center (2016-present)
Manager Pathology & Lab Medicine- Laboratory Administration
Hershey, PA
2007 - 2008 +

Supervisor, Transfusion Service
Stanford Health Care
  • Shirey, R. S., Cai, W., Montgomery, R. A., Chhibber, V., Ness, P. M. and King, K. E. (2010), IMMUNOHEMATOLOGY: Streamlining ABO antibody titrations for monitoring ABO-incompatible kidney transplants. Transfusion, 50: 631-634.

2008 - 2009 +
2009 - 2010 +
Justina Pangallo, MS, MLS (ASCP) CM SBBCM

Multi-Site Administrator Clinical Laboratory Operations
    MGSH/MUMH Transfusion and Tissue Service
    MUMH Immunology
MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital: 443.444.4176
MedStar Union Memorial Hospital: 410.554.2373
2010 - 2011 +
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2011 - 2012 +
Alissa B. Ducharme, MLS(ASCP)CMSBBCM
Medical Technologist
St. Agnes Hospital
Baltimore, MD

Heather Smetana
Technical Specialist, Transfusion Medicine
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD
  • Smith, H.M., Shirey, R.S., Thoman, S.K., and Jackson, J.B. (2013), Prevalence of clinically significant red blood cell alloantibodies in pregnant women at a large tertiary-care facility. Immunohematology, 29: 127-130.

2012 - 2013 +
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Rebecca Perry Coward, BS, MT(ASCP)SBBCM
Supervisor, Transfusion Services
WakeMed Raleigh Campus (2016-present)
Raleigh, NC
Award: 2013 Suzanne Ledin Travel Award

  • Brunker, P.A.R., Ravindran, K., and Shirey, R.S. (2017), Modeling alloantibody formation to high-incidence red blood cell antigens in immune responders using genotypic data. Immunohematology, 33: 9-14.

2014 - 2015 +
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Lead Tech, Transfusion Medicine
The Johns Hopkins Hospital (2012-present)
Baltimore, MD
2016 +
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Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Transfusion Medicine
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD
2016 - 2017 +
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Chief Technologist, Blood Bank
Penn State Health, Milton S Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA
  • Erony, S. M., Marshall, C. E., Gehrie, E. A., Boyd, J. S., Ness, P. M., Tobian, A. A., Carroll, K. C., Blagg, L. , Shifflett, L. and Bloch, E. M. (2018), The epidemiology of bacterial cultureâpositive and septic transfusion reactions at a large tertiary academic center: 2009 to 2016. Transfusion, 58: 1933-1939.

  • Lokhandwala, P.M., O'Neal, A., Patel, E.U., Brunker, P.A., Gehrie, E.A., Zheng, G., Kickler, T.S., Ness, P.M. and Tobian, A.A. (2018), Hemostatic profile and safety of pooled cryoprecipitate up to 120 hours after thawing. Transfusion, 58: 1126-1131.

2017 - 2018 +
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Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Transfusion Medicine
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD
Award: 2018 AABB Future Leader, Specialty in Blood Banking Scholarship Award
  • Haddaway, K. , Bloch, E. M., Tobian, A. A., Frank, S. M., Sikorski, R. , Cho, B. C., Zheng, G. , Jani, J. , Lokhandwala, P. M., Lawrence, C. E., Blagg, L. , Ness, P. M., Kickler, T. S. and Gehrie, E. A. (2019), Hemostatic properties of cold-stored whole blood leukoreduced using a platelet-sparing versus a non-platelet-sparing filter. Transfusion, 59: 1809-1817.

2018 - 2019 +
Kayla Erculiani, MLS(ASCP)CM
Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Transfusion Medicine
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs