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Central Ohio

American Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services Leadership

Sharyn Whitman

Chief Executive Officer
American Red Cross
Central Ohio Blood Services Region
and the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region

Sharyn Whitman began serving as the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Ohio Blood Services Region in January 2014, but she was not new to the American Red Cross then. 

Sharyn was first appointed CEO of the American Red Cross Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region in 1994.  Since that time she served as a Division Vice President before returning to the blood region in 2008. 

Beginning in 2014 Sharyn leads both the Central Ohio Region and the Indiana-Ohio Region as CEO.  She is a member of the American Association of Blood Banks and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. 


Sharon Jaksa

Vice President
Central Division

Sharon Jaksa has 28 years experience with the American Red Cross, serving in various capacities as: medical technologist, laboratory processing coordinator, senior technologist, assistant director of technical services, director of technical services, director of manufacturing, chief operating officer and CEO of the Great Lakes Region.  In 2012 she was promoted to Division Vice President of the Great Lakes Division.  In November 2013 she was appointed Vice President of the Central Division which includes 15 Blood Services regions.  She resides in Michigan and holds a Master of Administration degree from Central Michigan University.  She is also an adjunct professor for Michigan State University, teaching in the Masters Program for Laboratory Operations. 


Central Ohio Blood Services Region Board of Directors:



Craig Freshour, Chair

Javaune Adams-Gaston, PhD
The Ohio State University

Connie Argus*
Retired - Nationwide

Vandana Agrawal
Highlights for Children

Janie Bailey
Retired – Columbus Area Integrated Health Services

Richard Bird
Mettler-Toledo CF

Lorraine Bowman
Abbott Nutrition

Tai Cornute
The Ohio State University

Rod E. Crane*
MedFlight of Ohio

Patricia Dove*
Training Associates

Ezra C. Escudero
State of Ohio Small Business Development Centers

Victoria J. Frye, SPHR
Columbus Public Schools

Dave Fullen
create.produce:media, LLC

Ellen Grinsfelder
Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls

Joyce Guenther
Fairfield OB/GYN Association

Jennifer Hall-Jones
Ohio University

Angela Hopkins
Hyundai Ideal Electric Co.

J. S. Jindal, DDS

Catherine Lang-Cline
Portfolio Creative

Robert Lount, PhD
OSU Fisher College of Business

Rebecca Lusk
Lusk Architecture

Melissa McClincy
UnitedHealth Group

Tom McCollough*

Brian G. Miller
Brian G. Miller, Co., L.P.A.

Kathy Nicol, MD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

James Rores
The Floriss Group, LLC

Dan Ryan
Daniel F. Ryan, LLC

Patrick Sheridan*
Principal – Insurance/ IBM Global Business Services

Diane L. Snyder
Willis of Ohio, Inc.

Beth Thomas

Stephanie Townsend, MT(ASCP)SBB
Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Jocelyne E. Walker, RN/BSN

Lauren R. Widett, PHR, GPHR
Navigator Management Partners, LLC

Matthew B. Williams
Cardinal Health


*Ex officio