Our products, services, and research touch the lives of people locally, nationally, and worldwide. Our leadership team is accountable for the responsible conduct of the business and our long-term success. It also represents the interests of all our stakeholders in ensuring that we maintain our dedication to serving patients and advancing global public health.

Leadership Team

Emily Cunningham, VP, Blood Bank of DelmarvaEmily Cunningham joined Blood Bank of Delmarva as Vice President in February 2023. A long-time platelet donor, Emily was on the Blood Bank of Delmarva’s Marketing and Public Relations team from 2001 – 2005 and then served on the blood bank’s Board of Directors for an additional 13 years. Before re-joining BBD, Emily served as Chief of Staff and Policy Analyst for Delaware’s Department of Education, executing the priorities of the Governor and the Secretary of Education as the department’s legislative liaison and overseeing education policy, legislation, and regulation work, as well as communications and human resources. Emily helped manage the 500-member staff of Delaware’s Department of Justice as Deputy Chief of Staff for Attorney General Matt Denn and, prior to that, served as Deputy of Staff in Lieutenant Governor Denn’s office. A former press secretary for U.S. Senator Tom Carper, Emily also did domestic violence work for CHILD, Inc.

Emily is a dedicated member of the Ronald McDonald House Advisory Board and the Brandywine Valley SPCA Executive Board of Directors.  She is a mentor in the Cape Henlopen School District and serves as a Governor’s appointee on the Professional Standards Board. Emily earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She is a lifelong Delawarean and lives in Rehoboth Beach with her daughters.

Bruce Sachais, MD, PhD, Senior VP, Chief Medical Officer, Medical Director BBDDr. Sachais joined NYBCe in 2014 and has been the Medical Director of BBD since 2017. In 2021, he and his wife moved to Wilmington so he could make BBD his primary location. In addition to his clinical work with the blood center, he is actively involved in translational research in transfusion medicine and hematology. This work is conducted in the TRDL, located in the Christiana center, and is collaborative with our clinical laboratories, laboratories in NY, as well as with others in the Delaware Valley. He is involved in the local biotechnology community as a member of the Delaware BioScience Association and as an Affiliated Professor in the Department of Medical and Molecular Sciences at the University of Delaware.

Dr. Sachais earned his BA in Chemistry at Lehigh University and his combined MD and Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his residency in Clinical Pathology and fellowship in Transfusion Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he remained as faculty until 2014, attaining the rank of Associate Professor. He has authored/co-authored over 80 publications and has been awarded numerous grants and contracts to fund his research program.

Margaret HannanMargaret Hannan began her professional career as a nurse in traditional hospital-based positions. Originally from upstate New York, she relocated to Delaware and began working at BBD in 1987 as a phlebotomist in the Donor Services department. Over the years she assumed roles in apheresis collections and training, followed by a number of Donor Services supervisory and managerial positions. In 2013, Margaret became the organization’s Project Manager in the newly formed Program Management Office, and in 2015 assumed responsibility for organizational quality as the Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs.

Margaret holds a BS in Organizational Management and an MSM in Organizational Leadership from Wilmington University. She resides in Newark, Delaware.

Human Resources

Steve Corse is currently the Director of Human Resources at the Blood Bank of Delmarva. Steve spent most of his career in manufacturing, where he held various positions before joining the Blood Bank in October of 2021. In his spare time, Steve enjoys working on his cars, home improvement projects, and spending time with his two daughters and their husbands. Steve lives in Pennsylvania and has an affinity for rescuing cats.


Kristin FrederickKristin Frederick began working at BBD in 2012 as a Medical Technologist in the Donor Testing & Reference Laboratories, performing infectious disease testing, blood product quality control, and complex immunohematology patient investigations. During 2015-2019, she held several leadership positions, including Lead Medical Technologist, Supervisor of the Reference Laboratory, and Manager of the Reference Laboratory. In 2019, Kristin became Director of Laboratories, overseeing all aspects of the Component Manufacturing Laboratory, Immunohematology Reference Laboratory, Out of Hospital Limited Transfusion Services, and Blood Product Quality Control.

Kristin holds a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science from Bloomsburg University and is ASCP certified. In 2018, Kristin earned her Specialist in Blood Banking Technology, SBB(ASCP) Certification.

Donor Resources

Rachel Allison, Director, Donor Service Technical Support

Megan Johnson, Director, Donor/Product Services

Paige McIlvain, Director, Donor Services