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​Christine Bales, BS, MT, I(ASCP), CQA (ASQ)

Vice President, Consulting and Global Services

Christine Bales, AABB Vice President Consulting and Global Services serves as a Technical Assistance expert in Quality Management Systems for Blood Centers and Transfusion Services.  She designs implementation models to be used as roadmaps to Blood Donor Centers and Transfusion Services facility accreditations.  Christine has experience as an Assessor and a CAP inspector.  She is a certified Quality Auditor, CQA (ASQ). Ms. Bales has over 20 years of management experience in laboratory medicine, blood donor centers and hospital-based transfusion services.  During Christine’s years as CEO and senior management she led organizations through strategic planning activities, process improvement activities, and facility accreditation processes. Christine holds a Certificate in Organizational Leadership from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Purdue University and certifications in Medical Technology and Immunology from ASCP. She is a member of the AABB (American Association of Blood Banks), ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathology) and ASQ (American Society for Quality).

June A. Fried, CLS, MT(ASCP)BB, CQA(ASQ)

Cellular Therapy Consultant

June Fried, AABB Consultant, has well over 20 years of experience in all areas of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. She earned her BS in Medical Technology at the Medical University of South Carolina. She received her Medical Technology training at the MUSC Medical Center, located in Charleston, SC, and her BB(ASCP) certification after years of on-the-job training in facilities around the country. Having held both technical and management positions, June possesses a broad range of knowledge and skills essential to the successful operation of hospital based Transfusion Services, Blood & Marrow Transplant Programs, and university based Translational Research Facilities. In her most recent position as Director, Regulatory Affairs & Quality Assurance for MUSC's Center for Cellular Therapy, June acquired in-depth knowledge and experience in novel cell processing techniques such as those used in Pancreatic Islet isolations, umbilical cord & bone marrow derived Mesenchymal Stem Cell products, chemically modified Dendritic Cell cancer vaccines, and genetically modified autologous T-Cell products. Additional skills include validation of research/clinical protocols, application of quality principles to all aspects of translational research, implementation of quality plans specific to the needs of research facilities, preparation and submission of IND's, and coordination of FDA approved clinical trials. June's unique level of expertise has made her particularly successful in acquiring initial CT Facility accreditation, as well as implementing and maintaining regulatory compliance.

Mary Kay Belota, MA, MT(ASCP)SBB, CQA(ASQ)


Mary Kay Belota, Consultant, brings over 25 years experience in cellular therapy, blood center operations, and transfusion medicine to AABB's Consulting Services Division. With such diverse experience, she is well-versed in accreditation and licensure requirements, to include FDA's cGMP and cGTP. Building organizational capacity, Mary Kay integrates standards and regulations with workplace protocols to achieve patient-centered, quality-driven operations. Prior to joining AABB, Mary Kay was the technical supervisor with the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank in St. Louis, MO, serving as the manufacturing subject matter expert during their successful application for FDA licensure. As the laboratory director of the GMP Facility at Washington University in St. Louis, Mary Kay focused on the development of quality systems for this translational research program. She gained Director-level experience in blood center operations with the American Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Region, responsible for collections, manufacturing, donor testing and blood product inventory management. Mary Kay managed the transfusion service at St. Louis University Hospital, a tertiary care teaching facility. Mary Kay received her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from West Virginia University and is certified as a Specialist in Blood Banking by the American Society for Clinical Pathology. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Master of Arts in Human Resources Management.