About Us

LifeSouth is your community blood center. The blood collected from donors helps patients in your local hospitals.

LifeSouth is a non-profit community blood bank serving more than 100 hospitals in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. We are committed to meeting the blood supply needs of hospitals and their patients by providing the highest quality blood components and services. With more than 30 donor centers, 45 blood mobiles and 2,000 blood drives a month, our LifeSouth team is dedicated to making sure the blood is there when you or your family member is in need.

Our Mission

To provide a safe blood supply that meets or exceeds the needs in each community we serve, and to provide a variety of services in support of ongoing and emerging blood and transfusion-related activities.

Our Vision

To be a vital and prominent member of our communities, known for meeting the needs of the entire community, incomparable customer service and unwavering employee excellence.

To develop our communities’ blood supply by increasing blood donations from both new and existing blood donors and optimizing component yields from each donation.

To be an employer of choice by providing a work environment that continually reiterates and reinforces the value of each employee’s role and offers opportunities for employee development and growth.

To be recognized as a provider of the safest and highest quality blood components and services by engaging in unrelenting and continuous improvement in our methods and procedures.

Leadership Team

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 directors, vice president of operations, vice president of quality, chief financial officer, chief information officer, director of outreach & communications, director of LifeCord, technical director 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. Nancy has served on several professional boards including America’s Blood Centers, the National Blood Foundation and the AABB board of directors. She is currently an active board member with Blood Centers of America, National Blood Collaborative and the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce.

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, and the business office.

Paul majored in computer science at the University of Florida. Paul is a member AABB, where he served as the Audit Committee chair for three years.

Tom Wurzbach

Chief Information Officer

Tom is the executive-level strategist and subject matter expert on all things IT. He provides oversight of network design and implementation, information security and management, software development, database administration, training and technical writing. He is also the principal data and software architect for IBBIS, and assists in administration of LifeSouth’s production database systems. 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, a master’s in computer science and engineering, and an M.B.A. with an emphasis in finance from the University of Florida.

Kim Kinsell

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 graduated with a degree in English, and earned her juris doctor and M.B.A from the University of Florida.

Jill Evans

Vice President of Strategic Implementation

As vice president of strategic implementation, Jill provides executive-level leadership, facilitation and coordination between the executive leadership team, corporate support departments and blood center operations. She ensures projects prioritized in the strategic planning process are designed, planned and executed to advance the productivity and efficiency of processes across the organization.

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. She is an AABB Assessor and Certified Quality Auditor.

Dan Galasso

Vice President of Finance

Dan is responsible for planning, directing and controlling financial functions in collaboration with the CFO. He received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Florida.

J.D. Pettyjohn

Vice President of Operations

J.D. Pettyjohn
Vice President of Operations

Lori Masingil

Vice President of Quality

Vice President of Quality

Chris Lough, M.D.

Vice President of Medical Services

Chris Lough, M.D. earned his Doctor of Medicine degree at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, completed residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of Kentucky, and completed his Transfusion Medicine fellowship at Hoxworth Blood Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Lough serves as Laboratory Director for the immunohematology reference laboratories in Gainesville, FL and Atlanta, GA. His areas of interest include molecular testing, donor testing, process improvement, and promoting education regarding appropriate transfusion therapy. He is board certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, as well as Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine.

Medical & Lab Team

Dr. Juan Merayo-Rodriguez

Medical Director

Juan Merayo-Rodriguez, MD is a board certified pathologist with a specialty in blood bank and transfusion medicine. He earned his medical doctor degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic and completed a residency in pathology at Danbury Hospital (Yale), Danbury, Conn. where he was also a surgical pathology fellow. He was a transfusion medicine fellow at Penn State Hershey, Hershey, Penn. He holds Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine and Anatomical and Clinical Pathology Board Certificates from the American Board of Pathology.

Bill Martinez

Technical Director

In his work for LifeSouth Bill provides leadership for technical operations such as the Immunohematology Reference and QC laboratories. Bill earned a Baccalaureate degree in Medical Technology from the University of Florida, a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida, and a Certificate in Lean / Six Sigma Black Belt from Villanova University. Bill is also certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists as a specialist in blood banking (SBB). Before coming to Gainesville, he was Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy.

Matthew Montgomery, M.D.

Medical Director

Medical Director

Hospitals We Serve


Athens-Limestone Hospital
Atmore Community Hospital
Baptist Medical Center-East
Baptist Medical Center-South Jackson Hospital
Barbour Medical Center
Bullock County Medical Center
Children’s’ Hospital of Alabama
Citizen’s Baptist
Community Hospital Tallassee
Coosa Valley Medical Center
Crenshaw Community Hospital
Cullman Regional Medical Center
Dale Medical Center
DCH Regional Medical Center
Decatur Morgan Hospital
EAMC-Lanier Medical Center
East Alabama Medical Center
Elmore Community Hospital
Evergreen Medical Center
Fayette Medical Center
Flowers Hospital
Georgiana Hospital
Grove Hill Memorial Hospital
Helen Keller Hospital
Huntsville Hospital
Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital
Jackson Medical Center
Lake Martin Community Hospital
Lakeland Community Hospital
Lawrence Medical Center
Madison Hospital
Marshall Medical Center North
Marshall Medical Center South
Mizell Memorial Hospital
Mobile Infirmary
Monroe County Hospital
North Alabama Medical Center
North Baldwin Infirmary
Ocean Springs Hospital
Parkway Medical Center
Pickens County Medical Center
Princeton Baptist
Providence Hospital
Red Bay Hospital
Regional Medical Center Anniston
Russellville Hospital
Shelby Baptist
Shoals Hospital
Shoals Hospital
Singing River Hospital
Southeast Alabama Medical Center
Springhill Medical Center
Stringfellow Memorial Hospital
Tanner Medical Center
Thomas Hospital
Thomasville Regional Medical Center
UAB Hospital
University Hospital (formerly USA Medical Center)
USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital
Walker Baptist
Warm Springs Medical
Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center
Wiregrass Medical Center


Baptist Health – Beaches, South, Downtown, Nassau
Bayfront Health Brooksville
Bayfront Health Spring Hill
Citrus Memorial Hospital
Lake Butler Hospital / Hand Surgery Center
Lake City Medical Center
Lake City VA Medical Center
Malcom Randall VA Medical Center
Memorial Hospital
Moffitt Cancer Center
North Florida Reception Center Hospital
North Florida Regional Medical Center
Oak Hill Hospital
Orange Park Medical Center
Putnam Community Medical Center
Shands Lake Shore Regional Medical Center
Shands Live Oak Regional Medical Center
Shands Starke Regional Medical Center
South Georgia Medical Center
UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital
UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital
UF Health Shands Hospital
Wolfson Children’s Hospital


Atlanta Medical Center
Atlanta Medical Center – South Campus
Atlanta VA Medical Center
Barrow Regional Medical Center
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite
Emory Johns Creek Hospital
Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital
Emory University Hospital
Emory University Hospital – Midtown
Grady Health System
Gwinnett Medical Center
Habersham Medical Center
Henry Medical Center
Higgins General Hospital
Martin Army Community Hospital
Medical Center of Central Georgia
Newton General Hospital
Northeast Georgia Medical Center
North Fulton Hospital
Northside Hospital
Northside Hospital – Forsyth
Piedmont Atlanta Hospital
Piedmont Henry Hospital
Spalding Regional Medical Center
Sylvan Grove Hospital
Warm Springs Medical Center
Wellstar Cobb Hospital
Wellstar Kennestone Hospital
West Georgia Medical Center

Affiliate Programs

LifeSouth Community Foundation

The LifeSouth Community Foundation is dedicated to creating the next Donation Generation. We have educated more than 125,000 K-12 students, and we look forward to teaching many more about the science and importance of blood donation.

For information on how to bring LifeSouth’s Donation Generation program to a classroom near you, please email rnpolitowicz@lifesouth.org

Cord Blood Bank

LifeSouth established a public cord blood bank program in 1998, which was the first of its kind in the Southeast. LifeSouth’s Cord Blood Bank is FDA licensed and collects umbilical cord blood from newborns at 12 hospitals in the three states we service. To date, the stem cells from our collections were used for 200 transplants in 29 states and 17 foreign countries.

Are you interested in Volunteering or Interning with LifeSouth?

LifeSouth Community Foundation Scholarship Award

LifeSouth will award $500 scholarships to graduating senior students who helped coordinate and promote at least one successful LifeSouth blood drive on their high school campus between August 1 and June 30 of their senior year.

General Information

  • Student must recruit donors and help coordinate the blood drive.
  • Student must be in their senior year of high school at an accredited state educational facility and graduate on time at the end of their senior year.
  • Student will work with their school administration and LifeSouth to organize and promote the blood drive(s).
  • Student must demonstrate leadership by encouraging blood donations and increasing student participation at their high school.
  • Student must utilize the scholarship to continue their education starting in the fall semester following graduation at an accredited 2-year, 4-year or professional trade school. Scholarship funds will be sent directly to the educational institution that the student designates.
  • Student’s high school must have hosted at least one LifeSouth blood drives during the designated timeframe.

How to Apply

  • Complete a LifeSouth Student Scholarship Application.
  • Include a one to two page double-spaced essay that details leadership you demonstrated in organizing the blood drive and strategies you used to encourage blood donations and increase student participation at your high school.
  • Include examples and/or photos of the blood drive and/or marketing materials.
  • All application materials must be emailed no later than July 15 to bbwhitaker@lifesouth.org with the subject line: LifeSouth Community Foundation Scholarship Award.

Selection Process

  • LifeSouth will determine eligibility for the Scholarship Award.
  • The LifeSouth Community Foundation selects scholarship winners by the end of August, after considering the Student Scholarship Application, student essay and collection results from the relevant LifeSouth blood drive(s).
  • Students awarded scholarships will be notified and will receive instructions regarding the scholarship redemption process and where identified deadlines must be met.
  • The Scholarship Award is non-transferable and is limited to one per person. All expenses, including any applicable taxes, are the sole responsibility of the recipient except those expressly set out in the guidelines. Scholarship recipients are responsible for determining whether they may receive the scholarship.
  • Recipients will be required to sign a promotional release form allowing LifeSouth the authority to use the recipient’s name, photograph, voice and /or likeness in all forms of media for advertising and promotional materials without additional compensation to the recipient.
  • The selection of scholarship recipients will be based on merit and not on gender, race, creed, national origin, religion, disability, gender identity, transgender status or sexual orientation.

Our Reports

Our Board

Our Board

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. This group of dedicated community leaders provides crucial guidance that enables us to fulfill our mission. Local Advisory Councils from each region elect a representative to the board. Their support and assistance is invaluable to the success of our mission.

Philip Baker

Reeves Byrd Jr.

James Kelly Jr., CPA

Ronald Spitznagel, EdD

Don Barbee Jr., JD

Jeremy Blair

Mary Beth Briscoe

Gary Brooks

Dan Bundy

Michael Corrigan Jr.

Avis Craig

F. Kayser Enneking, MD

Kristi Fultz-Butts

Lester Johnson, MD



Michael Lukowski, MD

Bill Northcutt

Tonya Raines

Jeff Rains

Will Shafer

Carl Smith

Rob Smith

Rick Staab

Kerri Stewart

Joe Stough III

Paul Storey

Wendi Taylor

Jansen Voss, JD

Merrick Wilson

Contact Us:

For hours and locations, click here.

Call us with any questions you may have about appointments, eligibility and more at 1-888-795-2707.

For press inquiries, contact Brite Whitaker.

For Cord Blood Bank information contact us here.

Any other comments, questions or concerns email us here.