Our Mission

As the fundraising arm of Vitalant, Blood Science Foundation raises awareness and funding through philanthropy and grant writing to maintain a safe and ample blood supply for the communities we serve. This support covers the entire blood donation and transfusion ecosystem, including donor centers, testing, clinical services, and research.

Blood Science Foundation History

Blood Science Foundation was incorporated as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization in 1987. The Institute for Transfusion Medicine (ITxM). ITxM was also the parent company of Central Blood Bank and Lifesource serving the Pittsburgh and Chicago regions respectively with blood collection, testing, and distribution services. From 2008 to 2016, the Foundation granted contributions to tax-exempt organizations totaling approximately $25 million.

In 2017, Blood Science Foundation became an independent charity following the merger of ITxM with Blood Systems, Inc. In 2018, Blood Systems, Inc. was renamed Vitalant.

Board of Directors and Investment Committee Members

Nancy Gump Angus
Nancy Gump Angus
BSF Director
Terrence Bilkey
Terrence Bilkey
Investment Committee Member
Charles H. Bracken, Jr.
Charles H. Bracken, Jr.
BSF Director & Investment Committee Member
Sunny Chico
Sunny Chico
BSF & Vitalant Director, Investment Committee Member
James P. Covert
James P. Covert
BSF Director
Mark Giaquinto
Mark Giaquinto
BSF Director
Dr. Kathy Humphrey
Dr. Kathy Humphrey
BSF Director
Bob Ostrowski
Bob Ostrowski
BSF Director & Investment Committee Member
Judy R. Murtha
Judy R. Murtha
BSF Director
Roger Oxendale
Roger Oxendale
BSF Board Chairperson
James T. Schraith
James T. Schraith
BSF Director and Vitalant Vice Chairperson
Gayle Tissue
Gayle Tissue
BSF Director
Anne Wickland
Anne Wickland
Investment Committee Chairperson
Russ York
Russ York
BSF Director

Blood Science Foundation Staff

Mark Giaquinto Mark Giaquinto President & Chief Financial Officer

Since 2017, Mr. Giaquinto has held several key roles within Blood Science Foundation’s operations including, President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer. From 2009-2017 he served as Blood Science Foundation’s Secretary/Treasurer while also holding the position of Chief Financial Officer and Secretary/Treasurer at The Institute for Transfusion Medicine and all of its subsidiaries. Mr. Giaquinto has been a member of the Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors in Pittsburgh for 11 years, serving as President of the Board for four of those years. Prior to his time at Blood Science Foundation, he served as Chief Financial Officer of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and its Foundation. Mr. Giaquinto obtained his B.S. in Business Administration/Accounting from Duquesne University.


Shelley Miscampbell Shelley Miscampbell Director of Operations

Mrs. Miscampbell has held the roles of Director of Operations and Secretary (officer) for the Blood Science Foundation since 2017. She has worked approximately 20 years in the healthcare industry, including positions in blood banking, her family’s medical supply business and pharmaceutical sales. Beyond advocating for regular blood donation, her philanthropic passions include volunteering at Ronald McDonald House and local food banks. Mrs. Miscampbell has obtained her dual BA degrees (German and International Studies) from Millersville University.


Jen Boughner Jen Boughner Director of Development, Northeast Division

Ms. Boughner joined Blood Science Foundation as Director of Development in 2020. She has 22 years of successful fundraising experience in the nonprofit sector, working with a variety of organizations, from human services to the arts to independent and higher education. Ms. Boughner's charitable interests include the arts, education, the advancement of women and girls, and building strong communities. She has served as a mentor through Be A Sixth Grade Mentor and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western Pennsylvania as well as serving on the Mayor's Advisory Committee for the Borough of Munhall. Ms. Boughner obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University.


Jill Chamblin Jill Chamblin Director of Development, Southwest Division

Ms. Chamblin joined Blood Science Foundation in 2021 as Director of Development for Vitalant’s Southwest Division. Her experience includes over 30 years of fundraising expertise mainly focused within the healthcare industry. Ms. Chamblin spent 16 years as Director of Major Gifts for the American Cancer Society where she implemented various fundraising strategies including raising capital funds to build the first ACS Hope Lodge in the west, providing free lodging for patients. More recently, she held the position of Regional Philanthropic Relations Officer, Individual Giving for the Susan G. Komen National office. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University and her Master of Arts degree from the University of Nevada at Reno.


Rachel Blanchard Rachel Blanchard Foundation Marketing Coordinator

Ms. Blanchard joined the Blood Science Foundation as Foundation Marketing Coordinator in early 2018. She came aboard with a diverse range of experience including coordination, administration, customer service and retail. Ms. Blanchard has a lifelong dream of working to help and support others in need. Her charitable interests include animal rights and conservation, environmental protection and conservation, women’s rights and programs in developing nations. Ms. Blanchard received her B.S. degree in Graphic & Communications Design from La Roche College.


Mark Giaquinto
Jill Chamblin
Rachel Blanchard

Vitalant is the nation’s largest independent, nonprofit blood services provider exclusively focused on providing lifesaving blood and comprehensive transfusion medicine services for about 900 hospitals and their patients across the U.S. Every day, Vitalant needs to collect about 5,500 blood and platelet donations to help save lives. For more information and to schedule a donation appointment, visit vitalant.org or call 877-25-VITAL (877-258-4825). Follow Vitalant on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Vitalant is a founding member of American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), a professional organization that provides standards of development and accreditation for blood centers. Vitalant was also a driving force in the creation of America’s Blood Centers, a consortium of independent community blood centers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Who Needs Blood?

Donated blood is used in the most critical areas of our healthcare system. From trauma to transplant procedures to cancer care, blood is an absolute necessity. Almost everyone will require a blood transfusion to survive at some point in their life.

rare blood disorders
rare blood disorders
transplant recipients
transplant recipients
those battling cancer
survivors of violence
natural disaster survivors
natural disaster survivors
patients undergoing major surgery
patients undergoing major surgery
survivors of violence
those battling cancer
car accidents
car accidents

The life you save may be yours someday.
Pledge your financial support today.

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