Leadership


Christopher Godfrey
Founder & CEO

As the founder and CEO of Bloodbuy, Mr. Godfrey is responsible for the overall strategic direction and growth of the organization, its technology solutions, and its people.  Prior to founding Bloodbuy, he focused on both entrepreneurial and institutional pursuits within healthcare; spanning the entire care continuum.

Over the course of his career, he has played a principal role in the underwriting, structuring, and closing of numerous healthcare sector, commercial real estate, and technology control investments with an aggregate investment basis in excess of $800 million USD.

Previously, Mr. Godfrey served as Senior Vice President and Director of Finance for The Cirrus Group, where he chaired its Investment Committee.  Prior to Cirrus, he held positions with Hillwood Capital, Macfarlan Capital Partners and J.P. Morgan.

He has been included on the Dallas Business Journal's list of Who's Who in Healthcare, recognized by the Harvard Forum on Healthcare Innovation, and served as the protagonist of a Harvard Business School Case Study.

Mr. Godfrey holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations in finance and real estate from the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and a Master's in Healthcare Leadership from Brown University, where he was the recipient of the Brown University Graduate School Master's Award for Professional Excellence.

 

Ryan Prater
Chief technical officer

Mr. Prater is the Chief Technical Officer of Bloodbuy.  Before joining Bloodbuy, Mr. Prater worked as a lead technical consultant for Thinktiv, a design and development consultancy in Austin, Texas serving a wide variety of product oriented clients.  

Sourcing a wide breadth of experience, Mr. Prater gained exposure to numerous startups, mature technology companies such as HomeAway.com and Indeed.com, and large multinational corporations such as Lockheed Martin.  He possesses deep domain experience and expertise in developing web framework and mobile technology, and has been active in the development community for over 10 years.

Mr. Prater holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science along with a Minor in Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

 

RYAN deutschendorf, esq.
operations manager

As the Operations Manager of Bloodbuy, Mr. Deutschendorf is responsible for general legal and due diligence requirements relating to the establishment and maintenance of contractual and/or strategic relationships with healthcare provider organizations, blood centers, group purchasing organizations (GPOs), distributors, and other technology companies. He also interfaces with clients to provide product support and technical assistance relating to the implementation and general use of Bloodbuy's technology solutions.

Prior to joining Bloodbuy, Mr. Deutchendorf served as an attorney for a healthcare law firm where his practice focused on health law and healthcare regulatory compliance, as well as administrative law and civil litigation. In his previous roles, Mr. Deutschendorf used his business background to help clients achieve cost effective solutions to legal, compliance, and operational issues being faced.

Mr. Deutschendorf holds Master of Business Administration and Juris Doctorate degrees from Texas Tech University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wittenberg University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is member of the State Bar of Texas and Dallas Bar Association.

 

Jarrian James
director of business development

As the Director of Business Development at Bloodbuy, Mr. James is responsible for building a sophisticated sales and marketing engine that drives Bloodbuy's growth and scalability.

Mr. James is an experienced leader in sales and marketing - bringing with him a successful track record from Forrester, MD Buyline, and The Scotts Company. Before Bloodbuy, Mr. James served as an award-winning sales leader at Forrester, a research and consulting company that focuses on business strategy, marketing, customer experience, and technology.  At Forrester, Mr. James helped to shape Forrester's outbound lead-generation function, establish new service offerings, and transform the enterprise's sales processes.

During his time at MD Buyline, Mr. James helped to rebuild a sales and marketing organization for a return to prominence as a leader in healthcare supply chain and medical technology insight.  Mr. James began his career with The Scotts Company, where he managed the company's sales and marketing efforts with Home Depot and Lowe's on a regional basis.

Mr. James holds Bachelors of Arts and Science degrees in Marketing and Economics from Southern Methodist University.

 

Ashton Paul
Web DevelopeR

As a Web Developer at Bloodbuy, Mr. Paul is responsible for development, maintenance, and feature enhancement of the Bloodbuy platform. Previously, Mr. Paul was the Programmer Analyst for the Wichita Falls Independent School District and a freelance web applications developer. Mr. Paul specializes in full-stack, highly scalable, real-time applications and web APIs.  

Mr. Paul holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics from Midwestern State University.

 

Leandra SIEdor
CustomeR Success

As a Customer Success Manager at Bloodbuy, Ms. Siedor is a coach and advocate for each and every one of Bloodbuy’s customers. She is responsible for the flawless implementation of Bloodbuy’s technology in hospitals and blood banks, and she works diligently to ensure the continued success of customers as they adopt and use Bloodbuy’s cloud-based software platform. Ms. Siedor also shares the “voice of the customer” through close collaboration with Bloodbuy’s product, engineering and executive teams.

In her previous role, Ms. Siedor worked as project manager at Kit Check and led implementations of Kit Check’s cloud-based, RFID solution to hospital pharmacies all over the country. She also has experience in healthcare account management from the Advisory Board Company.

Ms. Siedor holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a distinction in Physiology and Neurobiology from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science in Medical Physiology from Case Western Reserve University.

 

Brian witte, ph.D.
research & development

Mr. Witte is developing software tools to illuminate patterns in blood product supply and demand. He also works on research projects highlighting the history and complexity of the biologics industry. With over 15 years of research and teaching in micro- and molecular biology, Mr. Witte brings a deep understanding to the challenges of ensuring a safe blood supply.

Before joining Bloodbuy, Mr. Witte taught at several Dallas-area universities as a Professor of Microbiology. He has been published in peer-reviewed academic journals as well as in leading education-focused blogs. After teaching himself to code, he has focused on projects that have a significant positive impact on society.

Mr. Witte holds a Bachelor of Science in Botany from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the Ohio State University.

 

Directors


W. L. Hutchison, Jr.
Director

As Co-Founder and CEO of HealthCap Partners' predecessor entity, The Cirrus Group, Mr. Hutchison has focused on healthcare-related developments since 1996.  Prior to forming Cirrus, Mr. Hutchison worked for Southland Real Estate Resources at its Las Colinas development where he served as project manager for the 400 rooms, 24-story Mandalay Four Seasons Hotel (now the Omni Mandalay). Later, Mr. Hutchison formed Trans Texas Investment Properties with which he developed over 1,000,000 sf of commercial office and retail space across the DFW Metroplex. Notable during this time was Mr. Hutchison’s landmark 500,000 sf, 24-story Trans Texas Tower (now Occidental Tower) in Dallas.

During his leadership at Cirrus, Mr. Hutchison guided approximately 100 healthcare development projects in 15 states, including ambulatory surgery centers, multi-specialty surgical hospitals, general acute care hospitals, post-acute facilities, acute rehab facilites, long-term care facilities, medical office buildings, primary care clinics and other complex medical facility ventures. Included in this list are notable projects Park Cities Medical Plaza in University Park, Texas; Trophy Club Medical Center in Trophy Club, Texas; North Texas Medical Center in Denton, Texas; North Central Medical Center in Dallas, Texas; and several hospital and MOB projects in Southern California.

Mr. Hutchison earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas in Austin and an Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University's Edwin L. Cox School of Business.

 

Jason K. Dodd
Director

Mr. Dodd is the Managing Partner of HealthCap Partners, a Dallas, TX-based healthcare private equity firm with $1.1B in total invested capital. He is responsible for the corporate strategy and overall direction of HealthCap and is actively involved with the financing and capital structuring of all investments.  He serves on the boards of Restora Healthcare, UnInk Laser Clinics, Homeland Healthcare and Urgent Care for Kids.  Mr. Dodd has had transactional responsibility for over $750 million of investments with financing combinations of senior debt, mezzanine financing and equity. Additionally, Mr. Dodd has structured asset and facility level joint venture transactions with some of the largest institutional capital providers and REITs in the country.

Previously, Mr. Dodd served as President of The Cirrus Group from 2005 to 2012.  Prior to leading Cirrus, he served as a Vice President for Jones Lang LaSalle Americas and US Bancorp.

Mr. Dodd holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University and an Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.

 

DURRAL GILBERT
DIRECTOR

As President of Premier Supply Chain Improvement, Inc., a consolidated subsidiary of Premier, Inc. (NASDAQ: PINC), Mr. Gilbert leads Premier's core supply chain business.  His administrative purview includes sourcing, contract management, operations and business analytics.  Mr. Gilbert also oversees Premier's integrated pharmacy offerings, including specialty pharmacy and pharmacy benefit management, and direct sourcing.

Joining Premier in 2006, Mr. Gilbert previously served as Senior Vice President of supply chain emerging services, where he led the development of Premier's pharmacy offerings while identifying emerging supply chain and clinical opportunities. 

Mr. Gilbert has more than 25 years of experience in business operations, procurement, and risk management with a resume that includes leadership positions at BDS Management, Marsh, Learning Station, and Wachovia Securities.  He is involved in many industry organizations including Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA), where he currently serves as secretary and on the Board of Directors; SVS, LLC where he serves on the Board of Directors and Commcare Pharmacy, where he serves as Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors.

A native of North Carolina, Mr. Gilbert earned his Master of Business Administration in Finance and International Business from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was inducted into the UNC-CH's Order of the Golden Fleece.

 

nita stith
DIRECTOR

As Vice President of Finance & Supply Chain Strategy for St. Joseph Hospital, Ms. Stith leads St. Joseph’s strategic innovation initiatives within the health system value chain. Ms. Stith’s responsibilities include strategic sourcing, procurement, clinical supply chain, data analytics, logistics & operations, and accounts payable.

Joining St. Joseph in 2015, Ms. Stith previously served in the Health Industries Advisory practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), where she led strategic development for health delivery organizations and stand alone hospital supply chains. Prior to that Ms. Stith had more than 30 years of experience as a proven transformational leader and supply chain executive for large health delivery networks. Ms. Stith’s experience includes working with organizations whose enterprise goals were business process standardization, supply chain optimization, development structure planning, ERP integration, logistics/operations automation, GPO selection and development of coalition/collaboration strategies, procurement and strategic sourcing, total cost non-labor reductions and linkage of supply chain to clinical care delivery.

Her experience includes deep subject expertise of preoperative and sterile processing operational improvement and automation.  Ms. Stith has also worked with healthcare organizations across the US, Canada and England to drive organizational transformations and strategy development.  

 

Advisors


Boone Powell, Jr.
Advisor

Mr. Powell is the former President and Chief Executive Officer at Baylor Healthcare System, where he served in such a capacity from 1980 to 2000, and then as Chairman until 2001. He received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1960. After completing a year of residency in hospital administration in Memphis, Tennessee, he went to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas, rising at age 33 to president and CEO of that medical center. In 1980, at age 43, he became president and CEO of the Baylor Health Care System, which he created by expanding Baylor from a single facility into a network of facilities.

Mr. Powell has received a number of honors for his work and a leader and pioneer within healthcare. He was recognized by Business Week in 1990 as one of the 5 best health care executives in the U.S. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Abilene Christian University, Dallas Baptist University, Hardin-Simmons University, and the University of Manila and an honorary doctor of law degree from Baylor University. He was a recipient of Baylor University's Distinguished Alumni Award in 1991.

Mr. Powell is the past chairman of the board of trustees of the national Young Life organization, a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a past member of the board of directors of Abbott Laboratories and United Surgical Partners, and past chairman of the Healthcare Leadership Council. In 1999, Mr. Powell was appointed by Governor George Bush to the Blue Ribbon Task Force on the uninsured. He was named chairman of the Health Industry Council, Dallas/Fort Worth region, in February 2000.

 

RONALD GILCHER, M.D., FACP
ADVISOR

Dr. Gilcher is the Founder and Medical Director Emeritus of the Sylvan Goldman Institute, Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). Dr. Gilcher has served as Medical Director Emeritus at OBI since 2007 and is a current member of the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Blood Products Advisory Committee. Prior to 2011, Dr. Gilcher served OBI as Medical Director, then President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his roles at OBI, Dr. Gilcher was Assistant Medical Director and then Medical Director at the Central Blood Bank of Pittsburgh.

Previously, Dr. Gilcher was a Major in the U.S. Army and served with the U.S. Army Medical Corps, Department of Hematology at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C.

He received a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and his M.D. from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Gilcher is recognized as one of the foremost experts of Transfusion Medicine and has received numerous awards and honors related to his contribution to Transfusion Medicine and the management of Transfusion Services. A few of those honors include; The Bernice Hemphill Award of AABB for Outstanding Blood Center Administrator – 1995, The Thomas F. Zuck Lifetime Achievement Award by the America’s Blood Centers -2003, State of Oklahoma 1st Session of the 50th Legislature House Resolution 1023. A Resolution honoring the contributions and leadership of Dr. Ronald O. Gilcher; expressing sincere appreciation; and directing distribution – 2005, recipient of The Don F. Rhinehart, M.D., Medical Service Award at the Oklahoma County Medical Society Inaugural Dinner – 2007.

 

Betty Sapinsky
Advisor

Ms. Sapinsky is a Manager at Texas Children’s Hospital and is responsible for the technical and administrative operations of three transfusion services in Houston, Texas. Ms. Sapinsky is an expert in her field and brings over 40 years of hands-on experience in the field of Blood Bank management, with over 30 years in the specialty of pediatric transfusion medicine.

With respect to blood banking and transfusion medicine, Ms. Sapinsky has worked as an adviser in computer software development, educator in the field of medical technology, and lecturer.

Ms. Sapinsky received her BS in medical technology from the Pennsylvania State University, graduating with honors. She works with hospitals across the country, advising on advanced technical and administrative procedures within the field of transfusion medicine and blood banking.

 

Bob Linke
advisor

Mr. Linke is President and Chief Executive Officer of Embera NeuroTherapeutics, a clinical stage specialty pharma company developing novel treatments for smoking cessation and cocaine dependence. Mr. Linke’s 28 years in the healthcare industry has been focused on developing and commercializing new products primarily in pharma and biotech.  After 12 years Baxter International, in their pharmaceutical & drug delivery systems division and the healthcare services spinout from Baxter, Caremark,  Mr. Linke became an entrepreneur, building and leading a biotech company, Periodontix, a diagnostic company, Rapid MicroBiosystems, and now directs Embera as they prepare for a Phase 1 study in 2014.  Mr. Linke has raised over $40 million in private equity to fund these companies.

Mr. Linke holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Mathematics from Albion College and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Mr. Linke also serves on the Board of IonSense, Inc., a manufacturer of rapid, open-air mass spectrometry solutions to the food safety, forensics, drug development, and chemical analysis markets and as Adjunct Lecturer of Health Care Leadership for Brown University’s Master of Healthcare Leadership Program.

 

nathaniel welch
ADVISOR

Mr. Welch is founder and Principal of Welch Consulting.  He works with executives and teams to improve performance, collaboration and organizational engagement.  Mr. Welch is a member of the Harvard Business School Healthcare Initiative Advisory Board, advising two healthcare startups.  He also is an advisor to two stealth startups in cybertechnology and life sciences.  He sits on the board of the HBS Association of Boston and the HBS Healthcare Alumni Association.

Mr. Welch was a senior manager in the healthcare and life sciences practice at CFAR (The Center for Applied Research) a boutique consulting firm that draws on its academic roots in business and the social sciences to help clients transform their organizations and implement strategic and organizational change. His clients included large academic medical centers, healthcare providers, universities, national associations, and non-profits.

For the first 18 years of his career, Mr. Welch helped build and lead two small, high-performing technology startups where he was responsible for managing sales, marketing, client management, and business development. 

Mr. Welch has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Rochester and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He lives in Concord, MA with his wife, 3 dogs and occasionally up to four children (including a US Marine).