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Southern Blood Services Region

Sharon Jaksa

Vice President
Central Blood Services 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 and seven shared management teams. 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. 

Jerry J. K. Tillery Jerry J. K. Tillery

Chief Executive Officer
Southern, Alabama and Central Gulf Coast and Puerto Rico Blood Services Regions

Jerry J. K. Tillery joined the American Red Cross as CEO of the Southern Blood Services Region in March 2013.

Jerry most recently served as vice president of operations at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Georgia, where he was responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of multiple clinical and non-clinical departments and facility oversight for the three million square foot campus. Jerry also acted as lead for all growth and business development initiatives, including the recent opening of new 108-bed patient care tower and the creation of a system-wide neuroscience service line.

With more than 15 years of healthcare management experience, Jerry previously served in several operational roles at WellStar Health System, in marketing and strategic planning positions at Emory Healthcare and began his career as an administrator in several medical practices.

Jerry earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Georgia and both a Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Administration from Georgia State University. Jerry is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is involved in multiple non-profit organizations and currently serves as the president of the Georgia Association of Healthcare Executives. He is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Georgia Hospital Association and a 2010 graduate of LEAD Atlanta.


Jose Lima, M.D.
Medical Director, Southern Blood Services Region

Dr. Jose Lima is the medical director for the Southern Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. He joined the Red Cross team in November 2010.

Dr. Lima received his medical degree from Escola de Medicina da UFMG, Brazil. He was a resident at the University of Alabama, Birmingham and completed a fellowship at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Board Certified in Clinical Pathology, Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine, Dr. Lima is an adjunct assistant professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.

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