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Our Leadership

North Central

Joan ManningJoan Manning

West Division Vice President

Joan Manning has more than 25 years experience with the American Red Cross, serving in various capacities since joining the organization in 1987. From 2004 to 2008, Manning was vice president of the Western Frontier Division. She then served as vice president of the Western Division until November 2013 when she was appointed vice president of the West Division, which includes 10 Blood Services Regions. Before becoming a divisional vice president, Manning was the CEO of the Pacific Northwest Region and Midwest Blood Services Regions. A Midwest native, she now resides Portland, Ore. and holds a Master of Public Health Administration degree from the University of Minnesota. 

Geoff KaufmannGeoff Kaufmann

Chief Executive Officer

Geoff Kaufmann joined the American Red Cross in 2008 as the CEO of North Central Blood Services Region. Kaufmann brought to the Red Cross a long and successful career as a leader and administrator in the healthcare industry, most recently as chief administrative officer for the Stillwater Medical Group. He has more than 30 years experience in the Twin Cities area with a background in business strategy, planning and implementation. Kaufmann has worked with many of the hospitals served by the Red Cross. He was also a member of North Central Region’s Board of Directors for more than 13 years, including as Chairman.

Kaufmann attended St. Olaf College in Northfield and received his Masters in Health Policy and Management from the University of Chicago. He also teaches at the Carlson School of Management and the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn.

David C. Mair, M.D.David C. Mair, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Mair provides medical and scientific oversight to the Reference and Neutrophil Laboratories in the North Central Region and serves as an assistant medical director of the transfusion service and the therapeutic apheresis departments at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview in Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Veteran’s Hospital. Dr. Mair is a published transfusion-medicine expert and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for Immunohematology, Journal of Clinical Apheresis, Transfusion, and Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine publications.

Gary Bachowski, M.D., Ph.D.Gary Bachowski, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Medical Director North Central Region

Dr. Bachowski received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has extensive training in transfusion medicine, cytopathology, pathology and biochemistry and is an active member and meeting participant with the AABB. Dr. Bachowski helps to ensure regulatory compliance and provides medical supervision and counseling on donor safety and eligibility. He is also on the transfusion medicine staff at the Minneapolis Veteran’s Hospital and the University of Minnesota Medical Center.

Salima Shaikh, M.D.Salima Shaikh, M.D.

Assistant Medical Director North Central Region

Dr. Shaikh received her M.D. from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Her residency and fellowship training included clinical pathology and transfusion medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Shaikh is an active member of AABB and the College of American Pathologists. Her teaching and research accomplishments are numerous and are focused on various blood banking and immunology topics.

Tom MeyerTom Meyer

Board Chair

Tom Meyer has been a member of the North Central Blood Services Region Board of Directors since 1997 and also serves on the American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region Board of Directors. Meyer is the chief operations officer at Ameriprise National Trust Bank. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science/Quantitative methods from the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.