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Rhode Island Blood Center Leadership Team
Beau Tompkins began working at Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC) in 2008 as the Operations Manager of Hospital Services. In 2012, he was promoted to Director of Hospital Services. In this role, he partnered with local and regional hospitals to ensure that blood product services were met with the highest quality.
In late 2022, Beau moved into the role of Vice President of RIBC Operations and, in November 2023, expanded that role to oversee the Blood Bank of Delmarva. His current role encompasses understanding all aspects of blood recruitment and collection while collaborating with his blood center colleagues in managing the day-to-day operations. Operations include donor testing, manufacturing, storage, inventory management, distribution, and hospital contracting/relations to provide the best possible service to our customers, donors, and the patients we serve.
Before joining RIBC, Beau worked for another blood center on the laboratory and quality assurance teams for three years. Beau holds a Bachelor of Arts from Clemson University.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to see firsthand how RIBC blood donors have repeatedly helped make the difference between life and death.”
Darlene Folan began working at RIBC in 1983 as a Medical Technologist in the Main Laboratory and then became Assistant Supervisor. She held Director level positions at RIBC in Laboratory and Hospital Services before becoming Vice President of Quality in 2012.
Darlene holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Eastern Connecticut State University and a medical technology certificate from Bridgeport Hospital.
“Being a part of RIBC is more than just a job for me; it is providing service to the people in our community in a way that directly impacts their lives.”
Jill Alberigo began working at RIBC in 1998 as a Medical Technologist in the Main Laboratory, performing blood product quality control and infectious disease testing.
In 2000, she was promoted to Assistant Supervisor of testing. This position evolved into a Supervisor role with oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Main Laboratory testing and ensuring adequate staffing and staff competencies. In 2013 Jill became Director of Laboratory Services, overseeing laboratory testing and blood component production and over time the Immunohematology Reference Laboratory. In 2023 she was promoted to Executive Director, Laboratories RIBC/NYBCe.
Jill holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology and is ASCP certified.
“I am grateful that I go to work every day to do something that I enjoy and that it results in a life-saving product.”
Jacqueline Gatlin began working at RIBC in 2002 as a Laboratory Assistant while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree at Rhode Island College. She held numerous roles at RIBC including Hospital Services Representative/Driver, Customer Service and Inventory Coordinator, and Senior Inventory Manager. In 2021, she was promoted to Director of Hospital Services.
“I consider myself lucky to be a part of something that has such a life-changing impact on the community. Every day I witness how the kindness of others can save lives and even on the most challenging days, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”
Nicole Pineault has worked at RIBC for over 19 years specializing in donor recruitment. Her roles have included Marketing Assistant, Account Manager, Marrow Donor Recruiter, Recruitment Supervisor for RIBC’s National Marrow Donor Program, and Mobile Blood Drive Recruitment Manager. She was promoted to Director of Donor Resources in 2015 and became the Director of RIBC’s National Marrow Donor Program in 2018. Nicole received the ADRP Rolf Kovenetsky Recruitment Leader of the Year Award in 2019.
Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Rhode Island. A past participant of the Patient Services Committee of the RI Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Nicole says, “I can’t think of a better way to spend my time than helping to ensure that patients receive the life-saving blood they need when they need it. The donors, patient families, drive sponsors, and coordinators I’ve been blessed to work with over the years have enriched my life in so many ways. I’ve learned important lessons like, tell the people you love that you love them…and cherish life’s simple pleasures.”
Nicole lives in North Kingstown, RI, with her husband, Lt. Col. Dennis Pineault, and their two children, Caleb and Aubrey.
Lisa Everett joined the RIBC team as Director of Donor Services in January 2016, coming from Virginia Blood Services (VSB), an independent blood center based in Richmond, Virginia.
She began her career in blood banking in 1996 as a Collections Supervisor, then became part of the Donor Services management team. Before becoming the Director of Donor Services at VBS, she worked in quality assurance, served as a Customer Service Liaison, and managed training and education programs. Lisa also has experience working in hospital laboratories in Virginia and Massachusetts.
“I am one of the luckiest people on the planet! I get to come to work every day knowing that I, along with my awesome team of Donor Services employees, play a role in saving people’s lives every day. It doesn’t get much better than that.”