Brian G. Gannon
Since Brian G. Gannon joined Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center as president and CEO in February 2006, The Blood Center's Commit for Life program has seen phenomenal growth, with more than a quarter of a million current Commit for Life donors giving blood and saving lives on a regular basis.Read
Mr. Gannon brings more than 20 years experience as a health care administrator and executive and eight years in corporate product management, and he is uniquely qualified to meet the challenge of providing for the transfusion needs of the world's largest medical community.
Serving for 14 years as president and CEO of The Blood Center for Southeast Louisiana excellently prepared Mr. Gannon for his role here. Prior to his tenure in Louisiana, he held numerous leadership positions, including chief operating officer of Belle Bonfils Memorial Blood Center and Neurosciences Program Administrator at the Swedish Medical Center, both in Denver. His appointment as president and CEO of Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center was a homecoming for Mr. Gannon, as earlier in his career he was a product manager at Armco Steel in Houston.
Mr. Gannon holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.
Chief Technical Officer
Caron Cousins, a member of Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center's management staff since 1997, served as director, national donor testing services until 2000. In this position, she was responsible for all infectious disease laboratory testing at The Blood Center as well as for client blood centers in and outside of the Texas Gulf Coast region.Read
She also directed all aspects of the planning and implementation of nucleic acid testing protocols. Additionally she has had responsibility for required quality planning and implementation of new technology providing improved efficiencies and enhanced cGMPs for testing processes.
Ms. Cousins received her BS degree in biology from Marian College and completed her specialist in blood banking requirements at Milwaukee Blood Center. Prior to joining The Blood Center's staff, Cousins held positions of increasing responsibility at LifeSource Blood Services in Chicago, IL. Just prior to her move, she was managing director, quality programs and responsible head. She also gained critical blood banking background with Gamma Biologicals in Houston, the American Red Cross, and the North Suburban Blood Center in Glenview, IL.
In 2000, Cousins was appointed chief technical officer at The Blood Center. In this position, she assumed responsibility for laboratory services, national testing services and education and training.
Ms. Cousins is a past president of the Chicagoland Blood Bank Society and held various positions with the Council of Community Blood Centers. She is also active with the AABB and America's Blood Centers.
Chief Financial Officer
Melissa Fisher joined the Blood Center staff in August 1995 as director of business operations. Before coming to The Blood Center, Fisher had been an audit manager with the public accounting firm of Ernst and Young in Houston, Texas.Read
As an audit manager, Fisher gained valuable experience serving public and privately held companies from development stage to mature, multi-location, with domestic and international operations.
Ms. Fisher received her BBA in accounting from the College of Business Administration at Texas A&M University in 1989. She received her CPA license in 1992. In August 1999, Ms. Fisher was appointed chief financial officer. In this position, she has the responsibility for the departments of risk management, business operations, and building and fleet management.
During her Blood Center tenure, Fisher has also involved herself in community and professional activities. She is a member of the Greater Houston Partnership's Executive Women's Partnership and currently serves on its steering committee; has been a member of the group purchasing committee of America's Blood Centers; and, has participated in the Texas Medical Center's wayfinding and signage subcommittee. Additionally, Ms. Fisher has been a member of the audit committee of the American Association of Blood Banks and the finance committee of America's Blood Centers. She was a board member and co-chairman of the programs committee and is currently vice president of the Healthcare Financial Management Association - Texas Gulf Coast.
Ms. Fisher and her husband Howard are avid outdoors people, Native Texans, and active members of Bellaire United Methodist Church, where Ms. Fisher has served on its finance and audit committee.
Chief Information and Donor Services Officer
Douglas W. McClain joined Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in 1996 as director of information services. He received his BA in business administration from Lake Erie College, and came to The Blood Center after 13 years of increasing responsibility with the American Red Cross Blood Services in Cleveland, Ohio.Read
He brought with him a broad history of experience in project management, software development, regulatory compliance, strategic planning and staff development. Mr. McClain is credited with having brought The Blood Center to the forefront of information technology. Developing and implementing an intra and internet capability and developing a comprehensive website were important advances. However, installing a blood bank software system was most critical to the day-to-day operations of The Blood Center and the overall safety of the blood supply.
In 1999, Mr. McClain was appointed chief information officer and in late 2000 assumed responsibility for the departments of donor recruitment, marketing and public relations, product management and donor collections in addition to information services. Mr. McClain also oversees operations of The Blood Center - East Texas and The Blood Center of Brazos Valley.
Dr. Susan Rossmann
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Susan Rossmann is the first Chief Medical Officer of The Blood Center. She joined the staff in September 2001 from her position as director of the blood bank and director of the microbiology and serology departments at Texas Children's Hospital.Read
Dr. Rossmann completed her undergraduate studies at Mount Holyoke College and received an MA and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan. In 1989, she received her M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine, where she also completed her residency in anatomic and clinical pathology. She is board certified in both anatomic and clinical pathology and certified in blood banking/transfusion medicine by the American Board of Pathology.
Dr. Rossmann was actively involved with The Blood Center, even before joining the executive staff. She held memberships on the technical advisory and the education and research committees. Rossmann is also an inspector with the College of American Pathologists' laboratory accreditation committee and a blood bank standards assessor with the American Association of Blood Banks.