Blood and Biomedical Services

Richard Feliciano, MBA

Richard Feliciano, MBA
Vice President, Biomedical Services Business Development

Richard Feliciano is responsible for American Red Cross Biomedical Services enterprise level initiatives in multiple areas including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, cell therapy, direct patient care, and contract manufacturing services. He has developed and executed a large portfolio of transactions in excess of $100 million.

Feliciano served as president and board chairman for a medical device joint venture and continues in an advisory capacity to select external partnerships. Feliciano has a biomedical engineering degree from Duke University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Biomedical Services Commercial Partnerships

    J. Chris Hrouda

    J. Chris Hrouda
    Executive Vice President, Biomedical Services

    J. Chris Hrouda joined the American Red Cross in 1988 and oversees one of the nation's largest blood collection organizations. He previously served as vice president of biomedical services’ southeast division and served as CEO for Southern Blood Services Region in Georgia and the Heart of American Blood Services Region in Illinois.

    Hrouda graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri, Columbia with a Bachelor of Health. He is a certified medical technologist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and a member of AABB, the Clinical Laboratory Management Association, the Heart of America Association of Blood Banks and the Southeast Association of Blood Banks. Hrouda previously served as the president of the Heart of America Association of Blood Banks.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • Biomedical Research & Development

    Yvette Marie Miller, M.D.

    Yvette Miller
    Executive Medical Officer, Biomedical Services

    Dr. Yvette Marie Miller began her career with the American Red Cross in 1996 as the medical director of the Great Lakes Region in Lansing, Mich. She completed residency training in pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and was a senior staff fellow in transfusion medicine at the Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health.

    Dr. Miller is board certified in clinical pathology and is currently Executive Medical Officer and subject matter expert for the Donor and Client Support Center which provides oversight of a host of activities related to donor suitability and eligibility, donor and recipient complications management and infectious disease test result reporting for the 35 American Red Cross regions.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • Donor Recruitment in Ethnic Communities
  • Improving Diversity in the Blood Donor Pool
  • Blood Donor Eligibility
  • Transfusion Medicine/Blood Banking
  • Apheresis

    Susan L. Stramer, Ph.D.

    Susan Stramer
    Vice President, Scientific Affairs, Biomedical Services

    Susan Stramer provides scientific leadership in the area of infectious diseases for the National Testing Laboratories, the Donor and Client Support Center, medical directors, blood collection regions and other facilities of the Red Cross. Stramer has published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, presented over 200 scientific abstracts, and has been a representative on numerous committees of the AABB and the ISBT. She received the several awards from the Red Cross, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the AABB Tibor Greenwalt Award.

    Prior to joining the Red Cross, Stramer was a postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she worked primarily on Hepatitis A virus. She also worked in the diagnostics division of Abbott Laboratories for nine years where she managed most of the blood donor screening assay manufacture, support and product development. She received her Ph.D. in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • Biomedical Services Research & Development
  • Blood Contaminants & Infectious Diseases
  • Blood Supply Safety

    Kathryn J. Waldman

    Kathryn J. Waldman
    Senior Vice President, Biomedical Services Quality & Regulatory Affairs

    Senior Vice President, Biomedical Services Quality & Regulatory Affairs

    Kathryn Waldman leads Biomedical Services strategy for quality assurance and regulatory affairs, working with functional area executives to establish quality, compliance and regulatory strategies. Waldman also serves as liaison to FDA on all consent decree issues. She has been with the Red Cross since 1985 and started in the IT department. Waldman also was senior director for operations for the National Testing and Reference Laboratories and senior project director for implementation of nucleic acid testing at the Red Cross.

    Areas of Expertise:

  • Blood Donor Eligibility
  • Blood Regulatory Requirements
  • Quality Assurance Principles
  • General Blood Donation Management