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.

Eric Eaton

Eric Eaton

Chief Financial Officer

Eric Eaton joined Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in January 2007 as Director of Business Operations. Mr. Eaton was promoted to Chief Financial Officer of The Blood Center in March 2016. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing the Risk Management, Building and Fleet Management and Business Operations departments at The Blood Center.

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He graduated with his Bachelor of Business Administration from Sam Houston State University and received a CPA certification from the State of Oklahoma. Following his graduation, he accepted a job at the Oklahoma State Auditor’s Office as a State Auditor and was promoted to Audit Manager, where he not only led and performed audits of many state and local agencies, but was responsible for quality control reviews and preparation of the State’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports and State-Wide Single Audit Reports.

Following his time with the Oklahoma State Auditor’s Office, he accepted a job with McConnell, Jones, Lanier, & Murphy LLP as an Audit Manager. During his tenure there, he was promoted to Director of Quality Assurance where he gained valuable experience working with non-profit organizations such as the NAACP, MS Society, and the Gulf Coast Community Services Association that helped to further prepare him for his role at The Blood Center. 

He has nearly 30 years of experience in diversified management and accounting and has significantly increased the fiscal standing of every company where he has been employed. 

Marc Lewis

Marc Lewis

Vice President, Operations

Marc Lewis is the Vice President of Operations and responsible for Production Management, Regional Operations, Neighborhood Donor Centers and Business Development. His standing career in the blood industry began in 1992 when he joined Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center as a Hospital Services representative before moving into various roles within Hospital Services management team.

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Mr. Lewis was promoted to the Director of Hospital Services in 2004, with responsibilities of managing the regional blood supply, ensuring patient safety. In 2008 his responsibilities increased when he took on the Director of Production Management role, which included Hospital Services and Component Production. His work in this role increased the efficiency of the organization by establishing a direct line of manufacturing blood and blood products designated for distribution.  

His responsibilities increased again when he took on a new combined role in 2016 as the Director of Production Management, Neighborhood Donor Centers and Regional Operations, overseeing 240 employees. Mr. Lewis was promoted in 2017 to the position of Vice President of Operations that has a multiprong approach to increase efficiency and successful patient outcomes.

Theresa Pina

Theresa Pina

Vice President, Operations

Theresa Pina is the Vice President of Operations, overseeing Marketing, Donor Recruitment and Mobile Operations. She began her career in blood banking at Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in 2005 as a Recruiter before moving onto various roles in Donor Recruitment management.

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Ms. Pina was promoted to the Director of Donor Recruitment in 2009, making her responsible for recruiting more than 198,000 blood products from mobile donors. In 2015, Her responsibilities increased when she took on a second department, Mobile Collections, and then further increased in 2017 when she became VP of Operations. Ms. Pina serves on the board for ADRP, an international industry association for blood bankers. She is a graduate of University of Houston.

Blood Center News
What if this is the one that helps cure cancer?

Today I want to introduce you to Anne, a component technician responsible for separating blood into its different components.

 

Be safe, healthy and well

Our blood donors are the best. That’s why we do everything we can to make sure they are safe and comfortable every time they come in to save lives. To truly have the best experience, though, donors should be prepared.

Are You All In?

Some people get starstruck when meeting famous actors, while others want athletes to sign their memorabilia. My coworkers and I get excited when we get to meet real-life superheroes — people give their time because they believe they must help others if given the opportunity.

5 reasons blood donors are the best

The generous spirit of our donors amazes me. There are countless ways to give back to your community, especially in this technological age. Google “ways to give back in the Houston area” and you’ll find long lists of the needs in society. It’s, quite frankly, overwhelming. But you, you’ve waded through all of that information to find the most selfless way to support the people around you.

Why do you give blood?

Twelve students at the Thurgood Marshal School of Law already had signed up to give blood just one hour into their blood drive. It was amazing to see the heart of this high-achieving group taking time out of their studies with just weeks left in the semester to think about others.

Becoming Wonder Woman

I am an unashamed fan of Wonder Woman. Family members reminisced about how I used to wrap a towel around my neck and run around the house singing the “Woman Woman” theme song. (No, that wasn’t a typo. My ability to get song lyrics wrong was apparent even at the young ages of 3 and 4.)

You are powerful

Do you have any idea of the unbelievable power you have?

I was excited last summer to meet Shelley and her daughter, Courtney. The two were full of laughter and fun when Shelley came into our office for a photo shoot. Shelley is one of our long-time dedicated donors. She’s got that kind of giving spirit, and we were thrilled to capture a few photos of her.

Netflix and save lives like a hero: Top 5 movie recommendations

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to help save more lives than ever in 2019. But those automated donations can take anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half. Mine, in particular, lean more toward the hour-and-a-half territory. What’s a girl to do? Watch Netflix movies and donate. And because I’m so thankful for your willingness to help us save lives, here are my top five recommendations for January.

Have you given a Holiday Hug?

One of the best parts of the Holiday Hugs tradition is reading the notes our donors write for patients in the hospital over the holidays. It’s not an easy task as each patient has his or her own individual circumstance, so we’re restricted in which cards we tie to each bear. Still, many of our donors are well up to the task.

Every day, someone’s life is being saved.

By Tammie Riley 

I learned something the other day. Every day, someone’s life is being saved. I know that seems obvious, but let that sink in. What may be a normal Thursday for most could be something completely different for someone else. And that’s exactly what happened to donor Gary Gilson. Aug. 16 was one of the most important moments in Gary’s life. Not only did he save lives that day, but someone else saved the life of his loved one, as well.

Hospital tour highlights need

A 3-year-old girl lies in a hospital bed in the middle of the room with monitors attached to her bare chest. She’s awake, but she doesn’t lift her head as we walk into the room. Still, she follows us with her eyes. The only sound we hear from her is a small cough while a nurse comes in to check her stats.

 

The Blood Center teams up with Sickle Cell Association of Houston

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center partnered with the Sickle Cell Association of Houston to host a blood drive Sept. 15 in recognition of Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month.

Blood transfusion is one treatment used to combat complications from sickle cell disease, a form of anemia most likely to affect people of African descent. Prince and her now 27-year-old daughter, Quannecia McCruse, founded the Sickle Cell Association of Houston years ago to educate and provide resources to the community.

 

Drive and save lives

Penny, a local teacher with some free time over the summer, has helped us kick off our new Volunteer Driver program. Are you interested in joining us in our mission to save lives? Call us at (713) 791-6262 or email volunteering@giveblood.org.

Overcoming fear: Donating blood for the first time

I’m a scaredy-cat. I readily admit it. I hate needles. That’s always been my excuse for why I don’t volunteer for anything with a needle. Flu shot? No way. Vaccines? I still remember the sheer terror I felt from them growing up. 

We are always #HoustonStrong

We never know when the next tragedy will strike, but we have to be ready when it does come. 

Meet Eden

CYPRESS – There is nothing more American than baseball and saving lives. Everyone who participates in The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s Home Run for Life competition will get a chance at both through June 30.

 

SuperMax is the hero Houston needs!

Max was born with a genetic disorder (neurofibromatosis type 1) that can cause tumors to grow on his nerve endings, and SuperMax has been his alter ego ever since. 

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center mourns Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush helped save lives in our community, and we celebrate her lifetime of accomplishments. The former First Lady set the bar high in her commitment to helping others.

 

Dr. Charles Drew: A Blood Banking Pioneer

Here at The Blood Center, we pride ourselves on being an organization of diversity. We work together to save and sustain lives, and we each bring a unique perspective when it comes to fulfilling our mission.

Tying the knot and saving lives

Hurricane Harvey destroyed homes, cars and many other things, but one thing it couldn’t destroy is the compassion for others in newlywed couple Gilbert and Stefanie Cruz. Gilbert and Stefanie were set to get married just a few days after Harvey passed, but due the storm’s aftermath they had to alter all of their plans on a moment’s notice.

 

Blood on ambulances helps EMS agencies save more lives

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center has partnered with two local agencies providing emergency medical services to help save more lives when time is of the essence, now administering whole blood to patients on the ground.

Donor coaches hit the road sporting new look, features

In the last two years, five of The Blood Center's donor coaches have been refurbished. Find out why this is such an important process.

Circle of Life Bike Tour celebrates life

The Lone Star Circle of Life bike tour visits Texas cities to raise awareness of the need for blood, marrow, organ and tissue donations to honor those impacted by these donation types. This year’s eight-day, 600-mile tour included stops in Houston and College Station.

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