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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 the Western Frontier Division vice president. She then served as vice president of the Western Division until November 2013 when she was appointed vice president of the newly formed West Division, which includes 10 blood services regions. Before becoming a divisional vice president, Manning was the CEO of the Pacific Northwest and Midwest Blood Services Regions. She has a master’s in public health administration from the University of Minnesota. A Midwest native, she now resides in Portland, Oregon.Geoff KaufmannGeoff Kaufmann

Geoff Kaufmann
Chief Executive Officer, North Central Blood Services Region


Geoff Kaufmann joined the American Red Cross in 2008 as the CEO of the North Central Blood Services Region. He came to the Red Cross after 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 his role as chairman.

Kaufmann attended St. Olaf College in Northfield and received a master’s 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.

David C. Mair, M.D.David C. Mair, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, North Central Blood Services Region

Dr. David C. Mair provides medical and scientific oversight to the Reference and Neutrophil Laboratories in the North Central Blood Services Region. He also 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. Mair is a published transfusion medicine expert and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for Immunohematology, the Journal of Clinical Apheresis, Transfusion, and the Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.Gary Bachowski, M.D., Ph.D.

Gary Bachowski, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Medical Director, North Central Blood Services Region

Dr. Gary Bachowski earned his doctorates 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. Bachowski helps 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.

Tom MeyerTom Meyer
Board Chair, North Central Blood Services Region

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, in St. Paul, Minnesota.