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. 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.