Executive Biographies


Rick Youngblood, President & CEO

Bachelor of Science, Georgia State University - 1987
Master of Business Administration - Brenau University 1991

Work Experience
Blood Assurance Chief Operating Officer from 1997 to 2009.

Community Involvement
Member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Association of Blood Banks, and Japan - America Society of Georgia.
Served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Chattanooga and Chairman for the Chattanooga March of Dimes and Chattanooga Heart Gala.
Adjunct professor of international business management at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Rick is a resident of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, where he is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife, Kathy, have four daughters. 



Christopher Swafford, VP of Operations

Bachelor of Science, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga-2003
Masters of Business Administration, Georgia State University-2006
Masters of Health Administration, Georgia State University-2007
Work Experience:
Department of Veterans Affairs-2006-2010
Northside Hospital 2010-2012
Christopher is originally from Etowah, TN.  He and his wife Thea have two daughters, LilyAnna and Emmie.  They are residents of Signal Mountain, TN.



Steve Perry, CFO & VP of Finance

Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting, Georgia Southern University
Certified Public Accountant

Community Involvement
Previous board member of Make-A-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee, FACES: The National Craniofacial Association, The Optimist Club of Chattanooga, The Tennessee Society of CPA's, Foundations Homes, Inc., Assisted Living Corporation and Nara Foundation, Inc. Steve currently serves on the Board of Goodwill Industries of Chattanooga and the Blood Assurance Foundation.

Steve is a native of Rossville, Georgia. While attending Georgia Southern University, he was also a member of the baseball team. Steve is married to Jan, his high school sweetheart. They have two daughters, Aislinn and Lauren, and two granddaughters, Clara and Samantha. They reside in Black Creek.


Dr. Elizabeth E. Culler, Medical Director

Fellow in Transfusion Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, 2004-2006
Resident in Clinical Pathology, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, 2001-2004
Doctor of Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, 2001
Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry (magna cum laude), University of South Carolina, 1996


Work Experience
Blood Assurance Medical Director, 2006 - present
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, 2003-2004, Chief resident in Clinical Pathology

Community Involvement
FACES: The National Craniofacial Association, board member, 2010 - present
Board member of Scenic City Optimist Club, 2007 - present
Race for the Cure committee member, 2007 - present   

Dr. Culler is married to Jeff Culler and they have a son and a daughter.



Charlie Callari, VP of Marketing & Recruitment

BS in Business Administration/Marketing at SUNY Fredonia 1989

Work Experience
Charlie has 24 years of experience in sales and marketing. He started in telephone sales and was promoted to senior management, working mostly in the print and digital industry. Charlie loves strategic planning, coaching and developing his
employees to be better than they thought they could be.

Charlie has been married to Karyn for 24 years and they have three children: Danielle, Allison and Patrick.

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