2023 ADRP Award Winners
ADRP celebrated these individuals, groups and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding service, accomplishments and leadership in saving lives as part of our 2023 Annual Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Donor Collections Team Member of the Year
Angel Martinez is a licensed Donor Phlebotomy Technician with over 30 years of experience in the industry. He brings with him multiple skillsets in various areas of the Donor Collection field including but not limited to: whole blood collections, apheresis double red cell collections and apheresis platelet or platelet/plasma collections. Angel's true passion and interests lie in the customer service and donor facing aspects of his job. When asked about his favorite part of being a collection staff member, he did not hesitate to say "the people".
Donor Collections Team Member of the Year
Jacqueline started with Canadian Blood Services on October 3, 1994. Her background is as a Registered Nurse. Prior to working at CBS, Jacqueline also served as a nurse in Saudi Arabia. Jacqueline spent her first 25 years with Canadian Blood Services on our Clinic Team and as Clinic Supervisor. Most recently, she has taken a management role as Donor Centre Manager for the past three years. She has a large portfolio managing half the province of BC and currently is supporting the entire province.
Blood Drive Partner
A Pint for Kim
A Pint for Kim was formed in January 2020. It began as a hashtag, asking people to donate blood and post photos with #apintforkim to show to Kim, a cancer patient, while she was in the hospital. On March 8, 2020, over 500 people showed up to donate blood in Kim’s name, the line to donate going out the door and around the building, with hundreds of more in attendance to show their love and support. The event set the single-day single-location record for largest blood drive in Illinois beginning what is now a year-round movement to spread awareness and inspire blood donations.
Media Partner of the Year
WHO 13 News is Iowa's leader for local news, weather, sports, and politics. WHO 13 is based out of Des Moines, Iowa, and has been the media partner for LifeServe’s largest blood drive of the year, Blood Donor Day, since 2018. WHO 13 not only sponsors Blood Donor Day but also coordinates efforts with UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, one of the largest hospital systems in the area, to sponsor the event ensuring its continued success.
School Partner of the Year
Jeni Carbone -Williams
Jeni Carbone-Williams is a Health Science teacher and blood drive coordinator in Copperas Cove for 5 years. She is a licensed vocational nurse, has earned the 2023 VFW Teacher of the Year award, honored with the Circle of Life award from Carter BloodCare, Texas A&M University Commitment to Culture Diversity and the TWC Alumni Torch Award. Jeni is also the Texas Health Occupations Association area 5 board member and spreads awareness of the importance of high school blood drives state wide. She is a loving wife, mother and an inspiring mentor to her students.
Rolf Kovenetsky Marketing Communications Leader of the Year
Chelsey Smith joined Community Blood Center of Kansas City (CBC), a division of New York Blood Center Enterprises, in 2016 as an Account Manager. In 2019 Chelsey was named CBC’s Outreach & Communications Coordinator, utilizing her education and talents to excel in a new role at CBC. Chelsey was further promoted to CBC’s Enterprise Manager, Marketing in 2022. In her current role she excels in executing both local and enterprise marketing programs to support strategic priorities. Chelsey is a subject matter expert in our customer relationship management software and supports enterprise team members in other divisions to make the most of the capabilities of the software. As a true team member, Chelsey will volunteer to work on projects that serve the greater good, and her being part of our team makes us a better organization.
Donor Recruiter of the Year
Kassidi Laurel is Community Resources Recruitment Supervisor for the Rock River Valley Blood Center with 3+ years experience in donor recruiting and account management. She is passionate about building relationships within her community and teaching the value of adopting a culture of volunteerism both in work and life. She has an Associates of the Arts Degree from Rock Valley College and 6+ years experience working in ministry, equipping her to authentically connect with people to lead volunteer initiatives.
Rolf Kovenetsky Collections Leader of the Year
Angel has been with Versiti for about 3 ½ years and has been the Supervisor of Donor Services since the beginning. In her role, she wears the many hats of the all-encompassing Donor Services team, where no two days are alike! She currently manages teams in Saginaw, Michigan, that includes 3 donor centers and a separate mobile team; all in all, about 50 staff. She splits her time going to each center regularly, while also ensuring that she is present with her mobile team who cover over 18 counties in Michigan. Since being in her role, she has been able to support the Saginaw region in hitting their collection goals, retention goals, and is constantly thinking of new ideas to innovate and influence her teams and donors. In her spare time, Angel loves to be with her family, which includes her husband, 2 dogs, and son, Jameson, who will be turning 1 in July! She also loves the outdoors and traveling, recent stops being Bali, Indonesia, and the Grand Canyon. She is thrilled and excited to be part of ADRP this year!
Rolf Kovenetsky Recruitment Leader of the Year
Tony was hired on Halloween of 2016 as an account manager over the Mountains Community Territory. He worked as an account manager from 2016 through January, 2021 when he was promoted to Manager of Donor Recruitment. He supervises and manages 9 Regional Account Managers, and oversees approximately 2,400 mobile blood drives throughout southern California.
Rolf Kovenetsky Marketing Leader of the Year
Justin has spent 17 years in communication and marketing in the public policy, energy and nonprofit sectors. After obtaining his MA in Communications from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Justin worked with a global organization that took him to six continents and nearly 20 countries before moving to Honolulu in 2013. New to blood banking, he became the Marketing Manager with Blood Bank of Hawaii mere months before the pandemic began. Justin tries to have fun while working hard.
ADRP Volunteer of the Year
Kaila is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in Marketing and Management, starting her career in blood banking at Oklahoma Blood Institute in 2015. In 2017, she relocated to Michigan to continue serving patient needs through blood donation. In 2019, she was promoted to Manager of Donor Recruitment for the East region where she continues to serve today. As an experienced Account Representative with a strong work ethic and organizational skills, she is a Sales professional skilled in Advertising, Sales, Event Management, Team Building and Public Speaking. She has served on the webinar committee through ADRP since 2019 and is a strong advocate for the mission of ADRP and the growth mindset of our industry.
ADRP President's Award
On August 1, 2021, cyclist Bob Barnes, 52, set a goal to bicycle and donate blood through every U.S. State Capitol in one year. He completed his goal on July 26, 2022 when he traveled to the Blood Bank of Hawaii and donating blood, riding more than 16,600 miles. His journey was covered in publications across the country, raising awareness of the need for blood donations and encouraging more people to give.
Franzmeier Lifetime Achievement Award
Kelly High began her blood banking career at the American Red Cross in January 2003 as the Donor Services Director in the Greater Chesapeake & Potomac Region. In 2008, Kelly moved to Biomedical Services Headquarters in Washington, DC where she held various positions with increasing responsibility over 10 years, including Director, CRM Business Transformation, the National Director of Recruitment Process & Planning and the Business Integration Executive overseeing the standardization and optimization of blood drive operations. After leading an effort to restructure Biomedical Services, Kelly served as a Division Vice President of Donor Services for the Central Atlantic Division for 3 years before moving into her current position as Vice President, Process Excellence in 2022.
Ronald O. Gilcher MD Award
Dr. Julie Cruz
Dr. Julie Cruz is a Senior Medical Director at Versiti. She is also the CLIA Medical Director of the Versiti Donor Testing Laboratory, and the Versiti Immunohematology laboratory in Indiana where she has worked for the past 16 years. She holds undergraduate degrees in Communications from the University of Alabama (ROLL TIDE!) and in Biology/Chemistry from Manchester College. She is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Medicine, where she also underwent Pathology residency and Transfusion Medicine fellowship. She is Board Certified in Clinical Pathology and Transfusion Medicine. Having served on many local and national committees, including Chair of the AABB Circular of Information Committee. She is currently the ABC liaison to the CAP Transfusion, Apheresis and Cellular Therapy Committee, and a member of the AABB Donor Health and Safety Committee, as well as the ABC Scientific-Medical-Technical Committee.