Karen Tiegerman Memorial Lectureship

This lectureship was established in 1993 by the New England Medical Center Blood Bank in memory of Karen Tiegerman, who was the Blood Bank Supervisor.

Karen was an independent thinker who took time to share her knowledge with others. She loved her work and took pride in being a Medical Technologist. She obtained a B.S. in Medical Technology, an M.S. in Health Sciences Education and SBB certification. She taught at Erie Community College before becoming Supervisor of the Blood Bank at New England Medical Center. Karen also served on the Board of Directors of the MABB.

This annual lectureship is awarded to a Medical Technologist who, like Karen, loves his or her work and is dedicated to our profession.

2016 Lectureship Recipient: 

Sandra Read, MT(ASCP), SBB


MABB is proud to present the 2016 Karen Tiegerman Memorial Lectureship to Sandra Read, MT(ASCP), SBB who retired March 31, 2016 from the American Red Cross, Blood Services, Dedham, MA after more than 26 years of service as the reference lab manager.

Sandra graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth with a B.S. degree in medical technology. She did her SBB training at the New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, MA.  She worked as a blood bank technologist several years at Tuft’s Medical Center in Boston and Rhode Island Hospital in Providence. She was a reference lab technologist 5 years at the Rhode Island Blood Center prior to her employment at the American Red Cross.  During her employment at the American Red Cross she had several publications and presented numerous seminars. She was a recipient of the American Red Cross Tiffany award for management.  

Past Recipients:

Leonard Ventura, MS, MT (ASCP), SBB
Blood Bank Specialist, St Luke's Hospital
New Bedford, MA

Susan T. Johnson, MSTM, MT(ASCP),  SBB
BloodCenter of Wisconsin

Susan Johnson is the Director of the SBB Program at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Director and an Adjunct Associate Professor for the Transfusion Medicine Program at Marquette University Graduate School, and a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Health Services at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  More...

Olive Sturtevant, MHP, MT(ASCP), SBB, SLS
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and MABB Board Member
Boston, MA

Marianne A Silva, MS, MT(ASCP)SBB, CQA(ASQ)
Consultant, AABB Consulting Services Division
Bethesda, MD

Marianne is a Consultant with AABB Consulting Services Division providing consulting services in the regulatory aspects of transfusion medicine, quality systems, transfusion services and donor centers. Marianne has over 30 years of experience in blood banking and has been the Compliance Officer for a licensed blood center and a university- based academic medical center with an active donor program and apheresis unit.  More...

Denise Harmening, PhD, MT(ASCP), CLS(NCA)
Professor, Department of Medical and Research Technology
School of Medicine, University of Maryland at Baltimore

Dr. Denise Harmening is a Professor in the Department of Medical & Research Technology at University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is the founding chair of two departments, Clinical Laboratory Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University and the Department of Medical and Research Technology at University of Maryland Baltimore. She was one of the first female chairs to be hired at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) in 1990. Dr. Harmening has been in the field of Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine for over 25 years. Her research in red cell and platelet preservation has led to seven patents.  More...

Kay Doyle, PhD, MT (ASCP)
Professor and Chair, Department of Clinical Labs and Nutritional Sciences
University of Massachusetts Lowell

Dorothy L. Bergeron and Estelle Leger
Instructors in Immunohematology
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Peggy Spruell, MT (ASCP), SBB
Consultation and Reference Laboratory
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center

Suzanne Butch, MA, MT (ASCP), SBB, CQA (ASQ)
Chief Technologist, Blood Bank and Transfusion Service
University of Michigan Medical Center

Janet Vincent, MS, SBB (ASCP)
Education Coordinator
University of Texas, Medical Branch

Carl T. Wrubel, MS, MT (ASCP), SBB
Technical Supervisor, Blood Bank Laboratory
Lahey Clinic Medical Center

Margaret F. Kenney, MS, CLS, SBB
Assistant Education Coordinator
Rhode Island Blood Center

Lucia M. Berte, MA, MT (ASCP), SBB, DLM, CQA (ASQ), CQMgr
Elmhurst, Illinois

Darlys Schott, MT (ASCP), SBB
Supervisor, Cell Manipulation, Gene Transfer and Cryopreservation Laboratories
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Ellen Areman, MS, SBB (ASCP)
Technical Director, Cellular Engineering Laboratory
Georgetown University Medical Center

Linda Hahn, MPM, MT (ASCP), SBB

Vice President and Clinical Director
Institute for Transfusion Medicine

Sheila Maillet, MT (ASCP), SBB
Assistant Compliance Officer
Beth Israel Hospital
Boston, MA

Patricia J. Ellinger, MSEd, MT (ASCP), SBB
Hennepin County Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN

Karen Ann Anderson, MBA, MT (ASCP), SBB
Principal Officer
American Red Cross Blood Services – Northeast Region