About Us

Restoring hope, building trust, and improving quality of life through readily available and safe transfusion solutions.

Secure Transfusion Solutions (STS) aims to increase the quality, safety, and availability of transfusable blood components, especially apheresis platelets. We give institutions—large and small—the peace of mind of knowing that they’ll receive a consistent and reliable supplemental source of platelets. Customers of STS include some of the most well-respected and innovative medical institutions in the country. By partnering with STS, hospital systems strengthen their supply chain and are better prepared to meet the transfusion needs of their patients.

Leaders in science and service

Our diverse leadership team combines world-class expertise in the field with unparalleled support for existing and prospective customers, and the patients they serve.
Vijai Mohan

Vijai Mohan

Founder & CEO

Philip Spinella

Philip Spinella, MD

Chief Scientific Officer

Joseph Cho

Joseph Cho, MD, PhD

Vice President,
Medical Affairs

Sean Cotter

Sean Cotter

Vice President,
Business Development

Drew Schneider

Drew Schneider

Vice President,
Operations

Tim Sheehy

Tim Sheehy

Vice President,
Quality and Regulatory Affairs

Omar Waheed

Omar Waheed

Vice President,
Finance

Roberto Avey

Roberto Avey

Director,
Growth Marketing

Janné Collins

Janné Collins

Director, Quality

Jessica Neville

Jessica Neville

Director,
People Operations

Rachel Shean

Rachel Shean

Director, Operations

Jasen Beemer

Jasen Beemer

National Sales Director

Shaun Winnail

Shaun Winnail

National Sales Director

Justin Burns

Justin Burns

Senior Manager,
Project Management Office

Tanisha Moore

Tanisha Moore

Senior Manager,
IT Operations

Jeff Randall

Jeff Randall

Senior Manager,
New Center Development and Maintenance

Jason Roark

Jason Roark

Senior Manager,
Information Systems

Charity Bosch

Charity Bosch

Manager,
Instructional Design

Melissa Kidd

Melissa Kidd

Manager,
Quality Systems

Christina Lueck​

Christina Lueck

Manager,
Regulatory Affairs

Sara Miller

Sara Miller

Manager,
Document and Change Control

Carlie Pedersen

Carlie Pedersen

Manager, Leadership Development

Jenni Shelby

Jenni Shelby

Manager, Onboarding
and Recruiting

Bailey Carson

Bailey Carson

Project Manager

Keely Kroon

Keely Kroon

Communications &
Marketing Specialist

Hannah Murphy

Hannah Murphy

Compliance Specialist

Sonika Ravindra

Sonika Ravindra

Procurement Specialist

Derek Dagendesh

Derek Dagendesh

Center Director

Donald Forney

Donald Forney

Center Director

Melissa Rodermund

Melissa Rodermund

Executive Assistant

Board of Directors

Laurence Cooper, MD, PhD
Cell and gene therapy inventor and entrepreneur

Vijai Mohan
Founder & CEO, Secure Transfusion Solutions, Inc.

Carol Moore
SVP of Regulatory & Quality, Cerus Corporation

George “Bud” Scholl
CEO, OneBlood, Inc.

Senior Advisors

Andrew Heaton, MBBS
Former Chief Medical Officer, Novartis Diagnostics

William (Bill) Mercer
Former Executive, Terumo BCT

John Roback, MD, PhD
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine,
Emory University School of Medicine

Susan Shurin, MD
Former Deputy Director of National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Cutting-edge partners help us deliver cutting-edge services

Through our strategic partnerships, STS can deliver pathogen-reduced platelets to help hospitals and their patients around the US.

OneBlood is the third-largest non-profit blood collection organization in the US and is responsible for distributing more than a million components annually to 260 hospital partners.

The Cerus INTERCEPT™ Blood System is the only US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)–cleared pathogen-reduction workflow. INTERCEPT inactivates a range of pathogenic organisms in transfusable blood components.

A commitment to quality

Your patients’ safety and your institution’s reputation are our top priority. STS is a member of both the AABB and the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA).

Partner with STS

Whether you’re looking to improve your existing supply of single-donor, pathogen-reduced apheresis platelets (SD-PRP) or you’re exploring option to comply with current platelet bacterial risk mitigation guidance, contact us to see how we can help.
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Vijai Mohan

Vijai Mohan

Founder & CEO

Vijai is the founder and CEO of Secure Transfusion Solutions. He spent nearly two decades as a life sciences institutional investor in both private equity and hedge funds, including senior positions at Arcline Investment Management and Origin Capital Management. Previously in his career, he managed corporate finance and investor relations at Onyx Pharmaceuticals, an early gene therapy pioneer. Vijai graduated with a BA in Economics and Molecular Biology, in addition to a Masters in Biotechnology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Philip Spinella

Philip Spinella, MD

Chief Science Officer

Phil is the Co-Director of the Trauma and Transfusion Medicine Research Center (TTMRC), the Associate Medical Director of the Center for Military Medicine Research, and a Professor in both the Departments of Surgery and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. A veteran of the Iraq War, Phil is internationally recognized as an expert in transfusion medicine and the resuscitation of hemorrhagic shock. A co-founder of the THOR Network and its Co-Director since 2011, Phil has published over 200 manuscripts and 16 chapters in the areas of pediatric and adult critical care.

Joseph Cho

Joseph Cho, MD, PhD

Vice President, Medical Affairs

Joe is a board-certified clinical pathologist and transfusion medicine physician. He completed a transfusion medicine blood banking fellowship at Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin. Prior to fellowship, Joe finished a residency in clinical pathology at the University of Chicago. Joe is passionate about donor hemovigilance, patient blood management and platelet biology. He earned his MD-PhD from the University of Utah and completed undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia.

Sean Cotter

Sean Cotter

Vice President, Business Development

Prior to joining STS, Sean spent six years as an investment professional at Bay Area-based private equity firms. Most recently, as Vice President at Arcline Investment Management, Sean helped lead market research, deal execution and ongoing strategic initiatives for the firm’s investments in the life sciences, healthcare and industrial technology sectors. Sean began his career as an investment banker in the New York office of J.P. Morgan. Sean has a BA from Princeton University.
Drew Schneider

Drew Schneider

Vice President, Operations

Drew joined STS with over 10 years of experience at Grifols, where he held roles of increasing responsibility ranging from center director to senior leadership of a business unit. As Manager of Process and Technology, Drew was responsible for managing business systems, standardizing processes, and introducing new technologies to the Grifols fleet of 200+ plasma collection facilities. Drew has expertise in all facets of donor center operations and regulatory compliance including, business system integration, process optimization, vendor relations, and new site development.
Tim Sheehy

Tim Sheehy

Vice President, Quality and Regulatory Affairs

Responsible for quality and regulatory affairs for STS across its national footprint, Tim and his team ensure compliance with applicable regulations and standards. Tim began his career in quality over 30 years ago in the diagnostics industry, later followed by blood center experience with the American Red Cross and most recently as part of Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin. Tim holds a BS in Microbiology from the University of Minnesota.

Omar Waheed

Omar Waheed

Vice President, Finance

Bringing a background in institutional fund management and corporate development, Omar started his career at Morgan Stanley before his senior analyst position at Coastland Capital, a $1bn hedge fund. He was most recently a part of the strategic finance team at Amazon where he led the Competitive Intelligence group, developing the company’s growth strategy. Omar graduated with a BS from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
Roberto Avey

Roberto Avey

Director, Growth Marketing

Roberto has over 15 years of marketing experience in PPC, CRM, SEO, web development, UX, and analytics covering regional, national, and global markets. He’s managed multimillion dollar budgets enabling rapid growth for established businesses and start-ups. Roberto has led marketing teams in multi-cultural environments including the USA, Canada, Latin America, and Brazil. He graduated with a BA from Midwestern State University.

Janné Collins

Janné Collins

Director, Quality

With 5 years of experience in the plasma industry, Janné’s skill and understanding lies in quality and regulatory management. Having worked for Grifols as a quality manager, she worked with numerous centers to improve systems and compliance. Janné brings knowledge of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 21 CFR Part 11 requirements, European Medicine Agency (EMA) regulation, Clinical Laboratory Inspection Agency (CLIA) compliance, and Plasma Protein Therapeutic Association (PPTA) guidelines. Janné holds a BS degree from Brigham Young University in Neuroscience.
Jessica Neville

Jessica Neville

Director,People Operations

Jessica brings extensive experience from her roles in training and operations within the plasma industry. While serving as a Divisional Training Manager at Grifols, she oversaw the learning and development of 1,400 employees. She most recently held the position of Regional Operations Manager, responsible for all aspects of the business, while leading a team of roughly 400 individuals in the Northwest. She has a BS in Zoology/Chemistry from Weber State University and an MBA from Washington State University.
Rachel Shean

Rachel Shean

Director, Operations

Prior to joining STS, Rachel served 21 years in the Air Force before transitioning into Center Director positions in both the blood bank and plasma industries. In her previous position, she was a Process and Technology Manager for Grifols, focusing on new project development and implementation for 200+ donor centers. She earned a BA from Bellevue University in 2007 and an MSOP from Bellevue University in 2020.
Jasen Beemer

Jasen Beemer

National Sales Director

With extensive experience in the transfusion medicine sector, Jasen previously worked at Haemonetics as Corporate Accounts Executive. In this role, he was responsible for developing and managing sales and marketing activities across the US Western Region. Jasen brings expertise in donor collections as well as platelet optimization, BECS software solutions, and patient blood management services. He has a BS in Biology and BAs in Chemistry and Spanish from Indiana University. He additionally earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Shaun Winnail

Shaun Winnail

National Sales Director

Shaun is an accomplished sales executive, with two decades of sales and leadership experience in private and public life science companies. Shaun was previously Sales Director of Health Systems at Verax Biomedical. He has held sales leadership roles at Haemonetics, Medtronic and Power Medical Interventions which was acquired by Medtronic. Shaun earned a BS in Business from Ambassador University and an MBA from Regis University.
Justin Burns

Justin Burns

Senior Manager, Project Management Office

Justin joined STS from the United States Department of Defense (DoD). In a military career spanning twenty years, he most recently served as both as a Senior Future Operations Planner and the Senior Psychological Operations Planner for USSTRATCOM. He led projects which influenced the planning and implementation of global operations. Bringing in-depth capabilities in perception management, Justin provides experience in team facilitation, process improvement and vendor management.

Tanisha Moore

Tanisha Moore

Senior Manager, IT Operations

Tanisha joined STS with over seven years of experience in technical project management, information technology, and executive support. She has led large technical projects, driven process improvement initiatives, and managed support teams. Tanisha holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Southern Nazarene University and certifications in project management including a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Jeff Randall

Jeff Randall

Senior Manager, New Center Development and Maintenance

Jeff has over 15 years of experience in commercial real estate development and has managed the development of more than $300 million in commercial real estate across the United States. Prior to joining STS, Jeff worked as an Owner’s Representative, managing all aspects of commercial development on behalf of private investors, philanthropic foundations, and nonprofit organizations. Jeff earned an MS in Environmental Science from Alaska Pacific University, a BS in Biology and BA in Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Jason Roark

Jason Roark

Senior Manager, Information Systems

Jason is a driven leader who specializes in setting IT strategies and building high-performing teams. His diverse technical experience in networking, security, data management, and analytics throughout his 16-year career provides a well-rounded background to lead the IT team. Jason is a certified Scrum Master who has led organizations through SOX compliance and ISO 27001 certification. He is currently pursuing his B.S. in Business Administration at Oklahoma State University.

Charity Bosch

Charity Bosch

Manager, Instructional Design

Charity joined STS in 2021 as an Instructional Designer. She has designed and developed a variety of programs and courses throughout her career, from eLearning based to instructor-led at multiple academic institutions. While serving as the Curriculum Instructional Design Lead at Northwest Lineman College, Charity managed a team of instructional designers. Charity graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a BA in Liberal Studies and from Western Governors University with an MS in Curriculum and Instruction.

Melissa Kidd

Melissa Kidd

Manager, Quality Systems

In her role as Quality Systems Manager, she oversees, monitors, and improves critical functions within the company as they relate to industry standards. Prior to STS, Melissa held leadership positions within the tissue banking industry. She graduated with a BA in Anthropology and a minor in Biology from Boise State University.

Christina Lueck​

Christina Lueck

Manager, Regulatory Affairs

Christina has 20 years of experience integrating regulatory compliance solutions across the medical device, blood and tissue industries. Prior to joining STS, she provided domestic and global regulatory oversight across multiple divisions at Bemis Manufacturing after a 10-year career in regulatory oversight at Versiti Blood Center. Christina is a licensed Medical Technologist and received a BS in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Wisconsin.
Sara Miller

Sara Miller

Manager, Document and Change Control

Sara has written and managed a range of technical documentation in various industries and specializes in content process improvement and plain language. While working as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Northwest Lineman College, Sara managed a team of graphic and instructional designers, technical writers and editors to create the college’s trade-based curriculum. Sara graduated from Boise State University with a BA in English and an MA in Technical Communication.

Carlie Pedersen

Carlie Pedersen

Manager, Leadership Development

Carlie joined STS in June 2020 and took on the role of Center Manager in December of that year. She oversaw the collection and distribution of the company’s first components. She was promoted in 2021 to Manager, New Center Operations. Carlie graduated from Boise State University with a BA in Business and Supply Chain Management.
Jenni Shelby

Jenni Shelby

Manager, Onboarding and Recruiting

Jenni has held positions in education, sales, and recruitment. Holding a master’s in organizational leadership, Jenni worked in the educational sector before roles in the residential real estate sector. She is currently a senior recruiter at STS, identifying candidates across the company’s organizational structure.

Bailey Carson

Bailey Carson

Project Manager

Bailey joined STS in 2020 as a Project Specialist. In her role, Bailey leads the company’s Salesforce and Marketing Cloud initiatives. Additionally, she is involved in new business system implementations, procurement, and projects for new locations. Bailey graduated from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science.
Keely Kroon

Keely Kroon

Communications & Marketing Specialist

Keely joined STS in 2021 as a Communications and Marketing Specialist. She oversees marketing and creative programs at the donation center level. Keely has seven years of experience in marketing and boasts certifications in Social Media Marketing, Communications, and Entrepreneurship. She graduated with a BA degree in Marketing from Brigham Young University.

Hannah Murphy

Hannah Murphy

Compliance Specialist

Hannah has seven years of experience in testing and regulatory affairs in the areas of hematology, chemistry, serology, molecular biology, microbiology, transfusion medicine, coagulation, and urinalysis. Prior to joining STS as a Compliance Specialist, Hannah was a lab coordinator maintaining compliance with regulatory agencies and supervising a team as they developed the lab. Hannah holds a BS in Medical Laboratory Science from Idaho State University and is an American Society of Clinical Pathology licensed MLS.

Sonika Ravindra

Sonika Ravindra

Procurement Specialist

Prior to joining STS, Sonika worked at Ernst & Young as an Operations Associate focused on process improvements. She started her career as a Supply Chain Operations Intern at Enterprise Xoxoday, an employee engagement and benefits platform. Sonika has an MBA in International Business from the University of Applied Sciences, Bavaria, Germany and a post graduate degree in Marketing from Crist University, Bengaluru, India.

Derek Dagendesh

Derek Dagendesh

Center Director

Derek joined STS in July 2020 and has since held multiple positions at the company with increasing responsibility, including Collections Supervisor, Operations Manager, and now Operations Director for Raleigh, NC. He was instrumental in manufacturing and distributing the company’s first platelet components for direct patient transfusion. Prior to joining STS, Derek held roles spanning pharmaceutical research and manufacturing. Derek received a BS in Biology, Health and Medical Sciences from Minnesota State University, Moorhead.

Donald Forney

Donald Forney

Center Director

Don held operational and regulatory leadership positions over the course of a sixteen-year career in the source plasma space. He has a passion for employee development and has used his extensive industry knowledge to provide leadership development and training for underperforming collection facilities across the United States. He holds a CQIA certification from the American Society of Quality and a BA in Business Administration from The Florida Institute of Technology.
Melissa Rodermund

Melissa Rodermund

Executive Assistant to CEO & Founder

Bringing a passion for meaningful impacts within the healthcare industry, Melissa is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Secure Transfusion Services. Before joining the company, she held positions in project management at both a San Francisco-based healthcare start-up and a biotech pharmaceutical company. She earned a BS degree in Business Administration, with a focus in Management Information Systems at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management.
Kay Vang

Kay Vang

Center Director

Kay joined STS in 2021 as the Blood Center Operations Director in Edina, MN. Kay brings an extensive background of leadership and operations within the healthcare industry to STS. Before joining STS, Kay most recently helped establish an ambulatory surgical center where she was responsible for the company’s licensing, credentialing, and quality assurance standards, along with overseeing operations. In her role as Center Director, Kay will continue to support the growth, compliance, and mission of STS with the Edina team. Kay holds a BS in Healthcare Management from Capella University.

Federal mandates may constrain platelet availability even more4

The safety of platelet transfusions is critical, and the recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mandate requires bacterial risk mitigation strategies such as large volume delayed sampling or pathogen reduction. Processing requirements associated with these bacterial risk mitigation strategies may further erode the platelet supply.

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