The Executive Leadership team and the Board of Directors of BCA are recognized industry leaders with many combined years of healthcare experience.

Bill Block


Bill Block assumed the top executive position at BCA in August of 2012. With a background in Economics, Bill’s entire career of 20+ years is distinguished by leadership roles and seasoned experience in the business of healthcare where he has managed two medical device companies in addition to his senior management positions at Baxter, Cardinal Health, and Allegiance.
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Nina Salamon

Executive Vice President

As VP, Nina Salamon is responsible for driving a variety of the company’s initiatives, not least of which is execution of BCA’s strategic plan. Nina has notable expertise and focuses on BCA and member process optimization and business intelligence through operational metrics.

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Lisa Shaffer

Senior Vice President of Supplier Relations & Business Development

For 12 years, Lisa Shaffer has been establishing relationships and negotiating contracts with suppliers and clients with particular focus on cell therapy companies. Key to the success of these programs is Lisa’s introduction of the company to the membership and support of its integration into blood center operations.

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Jennifer Ficenec

Senior Vice President, Plasma and Business Development

Jennifer is responsible for leading the BCA plasma programs and other business development initiatives. Jennifer is a strategic healthcare executive with broad based expertise in business development, marketing, operational leadership, and change management. Jennifer has in depth knowledge of blood banking industry, plasma derived therapy industry, group purchasing organizations and not-for-profit management. Prior to joining BCA, Jennifer held senior leadership positions at Memorial Blood Centers and Group Services for America’s Blood Centers.

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Marie DeQuattro

Vice President of Finance

Marie DeQuattro serves as the chief accounting executive, responsible for the production of financial reports, maintenance of accounting records and a comprehensive set of controls. She manages the accounting services that support group sales, and spearheads the periodic and highly-praised Participant Activity Report (PAR) project, providing financial metrics to individual members

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Sam Keith

Vice President of Supply Chain Management & National Accounts

Sam brings more than 20+ years of experience in the health care industry. Prior to joining BCA, Sam worked in medical supply distribution as a national accounts Director along with 5 years in group purchasing with VHA/Provista. Sam’s key roles with BCA will be to provide direction and support of the BCA contracted vendors and supply partners to ensure proper implementation of the contract portfolio and BCA member satisfaction.

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Marge Pierce

Vice President of Supplier Relations

Marge brings many years of blood industry and contracting experience to her position. With 7 years managing core contracts for Group Services for America’s Blood Centers and 20 years with the American Red Cross, Marge has a strong technical background in operations, quality, system implementations, and project management.

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Jennifer Kapral

Vice President of Strategic Sourcing and New Business Development

Jennifer brings more than 13 years of experience in the health care industry to BCA. Prior to joining BCA, Jennifer spent 10 years working at Provista/VHA (now known as Vizient) in multiple account management roles. Prior to that she spent 3 years working at Cardinal Health in medical distribution sales. As the Vice President of Strategic Sourcing and New Business Development at BCA, Jennifer will be responsible for developing and supporting the strategy for national blood contracting, developing a shared service solution and supporting other strategic solutions for BCA members.

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Greg Bishop

Director of Information Services

Greg Bishop has been the IS Director at BCA since 2005. He is responsible for our member and partner dashboards, IT architecture, internal systems and reporting, and network security. Previous to this position he was a Technology Consultant specializing in accounting and distribution application software as well as database development and reporting.

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Gary Koehn

Director of Member Contract Compliance

Gary brings more than 20 years of supply chain experience in health care industry to this position. Prior to joining BCA, Gary worked with Group Services for America’s Blood Centers for 6 years in contracting and member services along with 9 years of experience in Group Purchasing with Consorta and VHA. Gary is responsible for contract development and implementation support to ensure proper BCA member implementation and member satisfaction.

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Kathleen Rowe

VP, Source Plasma & Operations

Kathleen brings over 22 years of experience in blood banking to this position. From one of her first clinical experiences in setting up a blood bank in a field hospital for the U.S. Navy, to VP of Operations at a large, tri-state blood center, Kathleen has proven experience in innovation, development, and implementation. Her first-hand understanding of collections, component manufacturing, testing and shipping processes are an ideal fit for leading our plasma program, and for supporting Member Centers in meeting one of our strategic initiatives.

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Gena Swisher

Director of Cell Therapies & Biologics

Gena works with Cell Therapy and Biologic companies to develop revenue opportunities in this space for our blood center network. She works closely with BCA blood centers to understand their growing capabilities in this market. She also manages the BCA Vendor Qualification Program which is a service provided to both our BCA members as well as suppliers. Gena has over 20 years of business experience in several fast paced markets. Her responsibilities have included negotiations, sales, and management. She has worked in the blood center industry for GSABC and now BCA for seven years.

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Board of Directors

BCA is a member-owned organization comprised of over 50 independent blood centers across the United States. Each member-owner is entitled to a seat on the BCA Board of Directors. Non-owner members pay annual dues, do not participate on the Board, but do enjoy all other benefits of membership. BCA also has 5 Purchasing Associates that participate in certain BCA programs.

Comprised of a representative from each of the 30 plus equity owners, the Board is responsible for BCA’s strategy, direction and overall operations.

The Board typically meets three times annually.

Executive Committee

Because BCA Board of Directors is relatively large, the Board has assigned its leadership to an Executive Committee elected on an annual basis. Currently the Executive Committee is comprised of the following positions and board members:

Chair John Armitage
President/CEO, Oklahoma Blood Institute
Vice Chair Bill Reed
President/CEO, Kentucky Blood Center
Secretary Harpreet Sandhu
President/CEO, Stanford Blood Center
Treasurer Mike Parejko
President/CEO, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center
Stacy Sime
President/CEO, LifeServe Blood Center
Rick Youngblood
President/CEO, Blood Assurance