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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).

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.