Nancy Eckert, President + Chief Executive Officer
As president and CEO, Nancy is appointed by the LifeSouth Board of Directors and is a non-voting, ex-officio member of the board and all committees. Nancy is responsible for implementing policies and directives promulgated by the board. In this capacity, Nancy assumes full authority and accountability for the efficiency and ongoing success of the organization. She directs the efforts of the medical director, vice president of operations, vice president of quality, chief financial officer, chief information officer, marketing manager and general counsel. Nancy is also responsible for rendering a financial report to the Finance and Audit Committee at least quarterly, recommending to the Finance and Audit Committee an annual budget, pricing for services, resource development, compensation and benefits and engaging a qualified accounting firm to perform annual external audits.
Nancy received a bachelor’s in medical technology from the University of Florida and obtained her specialist in blood banking while working at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. Prior to joining LifeSouth she worked in transfusion services as a supervisor and manager at several hospitals. Nancy has served on several professional boards including America’s Blood Centers board of directors, the National Blood Foundation’s board of trustees, the Florida Association of Blood Banks’ board of directors and the AABB board of directors. She currently holds the office of secretary for the Blood Centers of America board of directors and serves on the board of directors for the National Blood Collaborative and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. For many years Nancy has been a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church where she is on the Finance Council.
Paul Grebe, Chief Financial Officer
As CFO, Paul prepares the annual budget, pricing for services and financial reports at least quarterly for review by the president and CEO, the Finance and Audit Committee and approval by the board. He is also responsible for the purchasing department, facilities and asset management department and the business office.
Paul was born in Baraboo, Wis. and moved to Florida in 1971 to attend the University of Florida. He majored in computer science before anyone knew what computers were. Paul joined LifeSouth in 1981 to write LifeSouth’s first computer system and install the hardware. His position was intended to last two years, but Paul was promoted to CFO in 1993. Paul is a member of the Florida Association of Blood Banks and AABB, where he served as the Audit Committee chair for three years.
Tom Wurzbach, MBA, Chief Information Officer
Tom is the executive-level strategist and subject matter expert on all things IT. He provides oversight of all office automation tasks, network design and implementation, software development, information management and database administration. Additionally, he oversees the development and control of intellectual assets including formal policies, procedures and training materials and brings formal project management techniques to the organization. Unlike many traditional CIOs, Tom is also called upon to act as the principal data and software architect for IBBIS, is able to serve as a primary administrator of LifeSouth’s 8.7 terabyte production database and provides technical guidance, review and mentorship to his staff. Tom’s departments work closely with operations and quality assurance to ensure that only robust and appropriate technology solutions are delivered to the organization. Tom’s innovations in blood bank IT have enabled LifeSouth to extend its IBBIS to other blood centers. LifeSouth is the only IT solutions provider able to offer a complete technology, procedure and training stack.
Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science with a minor in chemistry, a master’s in computer science and engineering, an M.B.A. with an emphasis in finance and is finalizing his Ph.D. in health economics. He has completed graduate work in health services research, operations research, statistics, management and economics; and has lectured in project management and health economics at the University of Florida.
Kim Kinsell, JD, General Counsel
As general counsel, Kim is responsible for advising and representing LifeSouth in all legal matters. This includes handling contracts, legal review of documents, policies and procedures and working to resolve or prevent lawsuits for LifeSouth. In addition, she works with other departments to ensure LifeSouth remains in compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations, including privacy and confidentiality issues. Kim is also responsible for the administrative services department, including management of the human resources department, and ensures the organization’s compliance with all employment and safety laws and regulations.
Kim has a long history with LifeSouth. She volunteered at the front desk and business office as a teenager. She later worked in the quality assurance department in college and served as a member of the support staff for the first Five Points of Life Ride, driving a bloodmobile across the country.
Kim graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Florida in 1995 with a degree in English. She earned her juris doctor from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1999. After graduation, Kim worked for the State Attorney’s Office for five years before rejoining LifeSouth in 2004. She has been involved in the Gainesville community as a Rotarian and previously served on the board of directors for the Child Advocacy Center, Peaceful Paths, Alachua County Emerging Leaders and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Florida Bar, the Eighth Judicial Bar Association, the Florida Association of Blood Banks, AABB, and the Society for Human Resources Management. Kim is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources. Kim is also an adjunct professor at the University of Florida’s College of Public Health and Health Professions. She is a recent graduate of the Executive MBA program at the University of Florida. Kim is a proud supporter of Tyler’s Hope for a Dystonia Cure, a foundation bringing awareness to the neurological disorder dystonia.
J.B. Bowles, Vice President of Operations
J.B. joined LifeSouth in 2008 as director of the South Florida District. In 2011, he was promoted to his current position. In that role, he directs company operations to meet budget and other financial goalsas well as execute short-term and long-term planning and budget development to support strategic business goals. He establishes the performance goals, allocates resources and assesses policies for senior management. He also participates in acquisition and growth activities and plans direct execution of operating policies to support overall business objectives.
J.B. holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from Eastern New Mexico University and is a rated maintenance test pilot in the AH/64 A/D Apache Helicopter. J.B. serves as a member of the prestigious Army Aviation Association of America after retiring with more than 20 years of service in the U.S. Army. He last served in Germany before returning to Florida. He now lives in Weeki Wachee, Fla., just up the road from his hometown of Spring Hill, Fla.
Jill Evans, ASCP, Vice President of Quality
As vice president of quality, Jill oversees the blood center’s quality plan including compliance, error management, regulatory affairs, validation and implementation of process change. Quality assurance oversees all aspects of facility and product licensure, accreditation and the external inspection process, including site assessments by the FDA, AABB and College of American Pathologists. In partnership with district operations, quality assurance works to minimize risk associated with the development of new processes and procedures including the implementation of new technology and software. Internal auditing ensures operational compliance with regulatory requirements set forth in standard operating procedures. QA also monitors and oversees LifeSouth’s error management system to ensure continuous process improvement.
Jill holds a degree in medical technology from the University of Florida and has more than 30 years of experience in blood banking, including transfusion service medicine, laboratory management and community blood banking.