John Armitage, M.D., CEO

Dr. John Armitage serves as the chief executive officer for Arkansas Blood Institute, part of the sixth largest non-profit blood collector in America. Prior to joining Arkansas Blood Institute in 2007, Dr. John Armitage led blood center operations in Roanoke, VA, Johnstown, PA, and New Brunswick, NJ. He began his blood banking career as a medical officer for the American Red Cross in Charlotte, NC.

He holds a medical doctorate from Duke University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in history) from Yale University. He received his training in transfusion medicine from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and [Carter] BloodCare in Dallas, TX.

He is founder and chairman of board for the Global Blood Fund and is a member of the executive committee of the board of directors for America’s Blood Centers.  He is a member of the board of trustees for the Oklahoma School of Science and Math and on the advisory boards of United Way of Central Oklahoma and LifeSharer of Oklahoma.

He is a donor of whole blood and plateletpheresis units, coordinator for All Souls’ Episcopal Church’s blood drives, and co-creator of the Thank-the-Donor web app that harnesses expressions of gratitude. 

Executive Management

Kimberly van Antwerpen
Chief Operating Officer

J.P. Potter
Chief Information Officer

Tuan N. Le, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer

James W. Smith, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Medical Officer Emeritus

Randall G. Stark
Chief Financial Officer

Daren Coats
Vice President, Western Division Operations

Regina Gardner
Vice President, Donor Services

Charles Mooney
Vice President, Quality Management and New Business Ventures

Terry Ridenour
Vice President, Eastern Division Operations

Tammy Whiteley
Vice President, Donor Recruitment and Community Relations


Bob Grant