FACT-ASTCT Quality Boot Camp


Margaret Blaney, RN
BMT Outpatient Nurse Manager/BMT Program Quality Manager
Strong Memorial Hospital Blood and Marrow Transplant Program 

Margaret Blaney is a Registered Nurse working at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Blood and Marrow Transplant Center.  She is the BMT Quality Manager, IEC Administrator, and Nurse Manager of outpatient BMT services including data management, BMT nurse coordinators, Apheresis, Infusion, and Marrow Collection.  She has worked with cellular therapy patients for over 25 years and has been an oncology RN for almost 30 years.  

Ed Brindle

Ed Brindle, MSc, MLT
Quality Manager
Hamilton Health Sciences, Cellular Therapy and Transplantation

Ed has over 30 years’ experience as a Medical Lab Technologist in Hematology, Transfusion, Microbiology, Clinical Biochemistry, Quality Management, Cord Blood and Cellular Therapy and has served in various Technical and Managerial roles within UK and Canada. He is currently the Quality Manager for the Cellular Therapy & Transplantation Service at The Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Centre, Hamilton Health Sciences, Ontario, Canada.

He serves as member of the FACT HPC Standards and Quality Management Committee; Canadian Society for Medical Lab Science; Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and actively participates on the BMT and Cellular Therapy Laboratory National Standards. Ed continues to be an advocate for quality and loves to share his passion for continuous quality improvement to enable facilities to succeed in meeting International Regulatory and Accreditation Standards.

Therese Dodd

Therese Dodd, RN, MBA, CPHQ, FNAHQ
Quality Improvement Director 
Sarah Cannon Blood and Marrow Transplant Program

Therese is responsible for assessing, analyzing, and recommending quality and clinical performance improvement processes for the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network and Sarah Cannon Research Institute. She collaborates with the clinical service group to provide division guidance to ensure the cancer service line is in compliance with regulatory and accreditation bodies. She also oversees the performance improvement activities and delivers guidance to the quality coordinators throughout the network. Therese previously served as the Quality Improvement Committee Chair for the Medical College of Wisconsin BMT Program and as the Blood and Marrow Transplant Manager at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. 

Leigh Gates

Leigh Gates, CPHQ
Manager of Clinical Quality 

University of Colorado Hospital, Blood Cancer and Bone Marrow Transplant Program

Leigh Gates is the Manager of Clinical Quality for the Blood Disorders & Cell Therapies Center (BDCTC) at UCHealth in Aurora, Colorado. She manages the quality program for all hematologic malignancy, BMT, Immune Effector Cell and general hematology patients for the system, as well as oversees data management for the center. Leigh has over 13 years’ experience in oncology quality and improvement with past experience in advocacy and patient experience as well. Prior to UCHealth, Leigh held positions at the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and Right Management Consultants. She is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), and a past member of ASTCT’s Quality Committee.

Phillip Johnson

Phillip Johnson, MMedSc(Path)
Director/Scientific Director 
Queensland Cord Blood Bank at the Mater
Cord Blood Presenter

Phillip Johnson is the Director / Scientific Director at Queensland Cord Blood Bank at the Mater and the Director of the Cellular Therapy Unit of Mater Pathology. He is a member of the FACT Cord Blood Bank Processing, Selection and Release Standards Subcommittees, the FACT Quality Management Committee, and the FACT Cord Blood Accreditation Committee. He is a FACT Cord Blood Bank, Collection and Processing Inspector. 

Dr. Kim Kasow

Kim Kasow, DO
Director, Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Marrow Collections Medical Director
UNC Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapy Program

Dr. Kim Kasow directs both clinical care and clinical research efforts in transplant at UNC. One of her primary interests is providing hematopoietic cell transplantation to patients with sickle cell disease.

She is a current member of the FACT Board of Directors, chair of the FACT Finance and Quality Management Committees, and Vice-chair of the FACT Technology Committee. Dr. Kasow is also a member of the Cellular Therapy Accreditation and Clinical Program Standards Committees. Dr. Kasow has served as a Clinical Hematopoietic Cellular Therapy, Clinical Immune Effector Cellular Therapy, and Marrow Collection FACT inspector since 2006.

Kris Mahadeo

Omotayo Fasan MBBS, DTM&H, MRCP
Clinical Program Director
Novant Health Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Program - Charlotte

Dr. Omotayo Fasan, MD is a Hematology Specialist in Charlotte, NC and has over 26 years of experience in the medical field.  He graduated from University Of Lagos medical school in 1995.  He is affiliated with Atrium Health's Carolinas Medical Center.  Dr. Fasan is a member of the FACT Quality Management Committee and is a FACT Apheresis Collection inspector.

Kris Mahadeo

Alisa Forsythe
FACT IT Business Analyst
Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy 

Alisa Forsythe currently serves as the IT Business Analyst for FACT. Alisa constantly seeks to improve lives and processes with technology. With over 13 years of experience, she has overseen countless projects for FACT, the Department of Defense, and other smaller organizations. Since she joined FACT she has spearheaded the new FACT Accreditation Portal effort and is currently working to release the next major version. 

Jamie Rogers

Jaime Rogers, MSN, RN
Clinical Quality and Compliance Manager
Blood and Marrow Transplant and Immune Effector Cell at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona

Jaime Rogers MSN, RN has worked as the Clinical Quality and Compliance Manager for the Blood and Marrow Transplant and Immune Effector Cell at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona as since 2018.  Since 2002, she has worked in a variety of other roles in BMT at Mayo clinic including inpatient/outpatient nursing and leadership.  Currently, she serves on the ASTCT Administrative Director SIG Quality Committee.

Boot camp facilitators


Wade Atkins MS, MT(ASCP), SBB, CQA
National Institute of Health

Jennifer Christian Biser, BHS, CHTC
University of Kentucky Blood and Marrow Transplant Program

Amy Beres, PhD

Aurora Hematologic Malignancy and Stem Cell Transplant Program

Ed Brindle, MSc, MLT
Hamilton Health Sciences, Cellular Therapy and Transplantation

Lisa Cantwell MHA, CPHQ
The Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
at the University of Iowa

Sylvia Dulan RN, MSN, MBA, PMP
CIty of Hope Hematopoeitic Cell Transplantation Program

Sosy Fincher, RN, MSN, AOCN
USC Blood and Marrow Transplant Program

Leigh Gates, CPHQ
University of Colorado Hospital, Blood Cancer and Bone Marrow Transplant Program

Deborah Griffin, MS, ASQ CPGP
FACT Consulting Services

Mary Grable McLeod, MT(ASCP) 
Stanford Medicine Blood and Marrow Transplant Program 

Cynthia Morris MSN, RN, CPHQ
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Department of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy

Sara Murray,BSc, DAS

Northwest Marrow Transplant Program at Oregon Health & Science University, Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center and Doernbecher Children's Hospital

Linda Peltier, PhD, RN
McGill University Health Centre Stem Cell Transplant Program

Federico Rodriguez Quezada SBB, MLS(ASCP)
UF Health Shands Hospital  

Jaime Rogers, MSN, RN
The Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Mayo Clinic Arizona and Phoenix Children's Hospital

Jean Sanders, MD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
FACT Consultant 

Renee Smilee BSMT(ASCP), CQIA (ASQ)
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute Blood and Marrow Transplant Program

Heather Steinmetz 
UCLA Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplant (HMSCT) Program 

Jacklyn Stentz, MT(ASCP) 
Baylor University Medical Center 

Amanda White
University of Cincinnati George L. Strike Bone Marrow Transplant Center 

Ann Wilson, MHA, MT(ASCP)SBB 
Scott & White Autologous Transplant Program

Stephanie Wright
Banner MD Anderston Cancer Center

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