* Deadline to apply for the 2024-2025 Protege/Mentor class is April 30th *

The SCABB Protege/Mentor Program is designed to provide protégés with an opportunity to identify and develop areas of their own interest and be matched with a mentor to help guide that growth.

Are you a new blood banker, starting a new role taking on new responsibilities, or interested in growing and developing within your current role? Are you an experienced blood banker (in any area of blood banking) and have guidance and support to offer? If so, South Central Association of Blood Banks invites YOU to apply to participate in the Protégé Mentor Program!

Whether you are someone new to the industry, wanting to get more involved or you are an established professional that wants to contribute to the next generation of blood bankers and transfusion medicine specialist – the Protégé Mentor Program is for you!

2023-2024 Class:


Sarah Hartman, MD, Harris Health System Texas

William Crews, MD, Carter Bloodcare Texas

Endya Howard, MT, The Blood Center New Orleans

Nelson Hellwig, CEO, MBA ACTS (Alliance for Community Transfusion Services) Louisiana

2022-2023 Class:


Protege Mingmar Sherpa photoProtege:
Mingmar Sherpa, Vitalant

Laurie Sutor, MD

Read Mingmar's Protege Profile, featured in the Nov/Dec/Jan issue of Pulse e-Brief.





Protégé Goals

  • Advance professional career and gain maximum benefit through association participation to enhance abilities to deliver quality blood services.

  • Gain access to association network through association membership, committee participation, and annual meeting attendance.

  • Learn new skills through association participation in submitting PULSE articles, participating in SCABBinars, and submitting an abstract for the annual meeting.

  • Develop leadership skills through exploring association and employer leadership opportunities.

Mentor Goals

  • Hone coaching and leadership skills while helping educate and mold future leaders for the Association.

  • Support Association Mission by providing Protégé’s opportunities through coaching and guidance to enhance their abilities to deliver quality blood services.

  • Provide information and opportunities to Protégé’s to become more active within the Association through committee membership, PULSE articles, SCABBinars, Annual meeting attendance, abstract submissions.

  • Identify and nominate Rising Star Award nominees.

  • Develop strong candidates in support of the Association’s leadership succession plan.

  • Provide opportunities for Protégé’s to increase their network through their Association membership and participation to enhance their personal career goals.


 The Call for Applications is now open!

Complete your application by April 30, 2024, to be considered for the
2024-2025 Protege/Mentor class. 



For more questions or information contact
SCABB Central Office at (866) 649-6550 or [email protected].