Executive Staff

Brian G. Gannon

Brian G. Gannon

President/CEO

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.

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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.

Dr. Susan Rossmann

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.

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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.

Granville Betton

Granville Betton

Vice President, Operations

Granville Betton joined Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center as Vice President of Operations in February 2015. He oversees the areas of Donor Collections, Product Management, Client Services, Donor Recruitment, Regional Operations and the Commit for Life Program.

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Mr. Betton has 30 years of experience in operations, manufacturing, quality and process improvement and has successfully guided teams across multiple locations, driven revenue growth and ensured excellence in service delivery.

After graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, he accepted a position as an engineer with DuPont before then joining GE.  Over the course of his 17 years with GE, he held positions of increasing complexity and responsibility, eventually becoming General Manager, Global Quality and Environmental Health and Safety for GE Healthcare Services. 

From GE he joined Momentive Specialty Chemicals, Inc. in upstate New York.  He was subsequently recruited to Houston and worked at Nexeo Solutions, a chemical and plastics distribution company, and InterWrap, Inc., a manufacturer of innovative woven products headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, before joining Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.

Caron Cousins

Caron Cousins

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.

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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.

Melissa Fisher

Melissa Fisher

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. 

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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, Ms. 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 served on its steering committee for many years; is a member of the Community Blood Centers’ Exchange Finance Committee; has been a member of the finance committee of America’s Blood Centers; and has been a member of the audit committee of the American Association of Blood Banks. She has served as a board member and is a past president of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) - Texas Gulf Coast Chapter. She was recognized for outstanding service by HFMA with the Medal of Honor Award. She also has achieved the status of a Fellow of the HFMA.  Ms. Fisher and her husband Howard are avid outdoors people, native Texans, and active members of Bellaire United Methodist Church, where Ms. Fisher is a board member of the Bellaire United Methodist Church School for Little Children and has served on the finance and audit committee for the church.

Blood Center News
2015 Luncheon and Awards Ceremony

Gold-level blood drive groups – those that host at least four drives per year – were honored at Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s annual “A Celebration of Life” Luncheon and Awards Ceremony on Feb. 12, 2015 at the Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria. 

February 2015 Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the February edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Roll the Dice for Life

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s Marrow Donor Program hosted its 17th annual Roll the Dice for Life fundraiser Friday, Feb. 6, at The Bell Tower on 34th.

January 2015 Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the January edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Patrick McDonald is 26th 100-Gallon Donor

On Wednesday, Jan. 14, Patrick McDonald of Deer Park became the 26th blood donor in the Texas Gulf Coast region to give 800 donations, the equivalent of 100 gallons.

December Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the December edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

November Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the November edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Workshop Prepares Students to Host Blood Drives

Last week, 180 local high school students took over the halls and conference rooms of Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s headquarters for the 2014 High School Workshop.

October Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the October edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Circle of Life Bike Tour Rides into Houston

The Lone Star Circle of Life Bike Tour rode into Houston on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, to raise awareness of the need for more lifesaving blood, bone marrow, organ and tissue donors in Texas. 

September Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the September edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

August Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the August edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Congratulations to Our Gas Card Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in July’s gas card giveaway and congratulations to our winners. Here are last month’s winners and where they donated.

July Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the July edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Congratulations to our Family Vacation Month Winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in June’s Family Vacation Month giveaway and congratulations to our winners.

June Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the June edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

New License Expands Impact on Rare Donor Patients

Thanks to a recently approved FDA license, patients across the country in need of rare units of red blood cells may breathe a little sigh of relief. 

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Gives Back

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center serves more than 170 hospitals and health care institutions in the 26-county Texas Gulf Coast, Brazos Valley and East Texas regions. 

May Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the May edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Commit for Life Creative Scholarship Winners

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center has selected the winners of its Commit for Life Creative Scholarship. 

April Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the April edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

New Rare Donor Program: One 2 One

You may have recently received a letter in the mail from us thanking you for your donation along with a new green and white donor ID card with the words “One 2 One” on it.

March Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the March edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Gold-level Groups Honored at Annual 'Celebration'

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center hosted its annual “A Celebration for Life” luncheon and awards ceremony at Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel on Feb. 28.

February Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the February edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Six Days a Week to Help Save Lives!

Starting Feb. 17, most Houston-area Neighborhood Donor Centers will be open six days a week!

Creative Scholarship Deadline is March 1

The deadline for The Blood Center’s Commit for Life Creative Scholarship is rapidly approaching, and eligible high school seniors are encouraged to apply by March 1!

January Commit for Life Newsletter

Welcome to the January edition of the Commit for Life Newsletter, your source for the latest Commit for Life news and updates!

Additional Donor Centers Now Open Mondays

Beginning Monday, Jan. 6, donors in the Clear LakeThe Woodlands and Westchase areas will have extra opportunities to help save lives! These Neighborhood Donor Centers will now be open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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