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Meet the Team

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Martin Smithmyer

Founder & Co-CEO

Martin Smithmyer founded Americord Registry in 2008. He serves as the Co-Chief Executive Officer. Americord is a leader in cord blood banking and in the advancement of umbilical cord blood, cord tissue, and placenta tissue banking. It is currently the fastest growing private cord blood bank in the country. With the help of Dr. Robert Dracker, Smithmyer has worked to revolutionize cord blood banking, including being one of the only private cord blood banks currently storing placental tissue. Smithmyer worked in the medical field for a long time before Americord was established. He served as Vice President and Head of Healthcare IT Investment Banking at BMO Capital Markets. Mr. Smithmyer received an MBA from American University and graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology.

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Dr. Robert Draker

Executive Medical Director

Dr. Robert A. Dracker serves as Americord’s Executive Medical Director. Considered one of the founding father’s of cord blood banking and a leading expert in the industry, he supports and guides our R&D team. He is responsible for laboratory collection, protocols, procedures, licensing, accreditation, and quality controls.

He was a chief architect of the New York cord blood banking licensing requirements. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine from SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, M.S. in Health Services Management from New School for Social Research, M.B.A. from Columbia College, and B.A. in Biology from NYU.

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Charlie Boyer


Charlie Boyer is the Co-Chief Executive Officer at Americord Registry, where he leads all strategic and operational initiatives for the company. His responsibilities include long-term strategic planning and overseeing the leadership of Americord’s various teams. His experience crosses multiple industries and he has held senior global leadership positions in human resources, technology, and data management for both private and public companies. Charlie earned a B.A. in Computer Science with a minor in Economics from Hamilton College and a Certificate in Supply Chain Management from Rutgers University. Charlie holds a current Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from HRCI.

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Dr. Shanlong Jiang

Lab Manager

Dr. Shanlong Jiang serves as Americord’s Lab Manager. He has a strong background in cellular therapies and medical research, working among the most globally-recognized stem cell organizations including the National Cord Blood Program – New York Blood Center and the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy.

His leadership and background in quality assurance (QA), reporting, and regulatory compliance has been instrumental to the success of Americord’s in-house lab. Dr. Jiang received his M.D. from Shanghai Second Medical University and his M.A. from East China Institute of Political Sciences and Law in Shanghai, China.

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Dr. Ayanna Bryan, Ph.D.

Quality & Regulatory Manager & Mother of 1

Dr. Ayanna Bryan, Ph.D., serves as Americord’s Quality & Regulatory Manager. She has a strong background in experimental design, human cognition and neural correlates of behavior, and human and animal physiology. She earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Brandeis University and holds her B.S. in Neuroscience from Brock University.

Ayanna is an adovacate for accessible stem cell education for all expecting families, across cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. She hopes that one day, all families suffering from Sickle Cell Disease are aware and have access to cord blood stem cell treatments.

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Jas James

National Sales Manager

Jas James serves as Americord’s National Sales Manager. Jas has oversight of sales, operations, and eCommerce experiences across all products and services. Her focus is guiding the enterprise sales growth of the entire organization.

Her background spans over 10 years of experience creating strategic sales strategies, coaching sales representatives, and developing mentor programs to build successful teams. She loves directly connecting with expecting families and educating them on the healing power of their baby’s stem cells. Jas earned her Bachelors of Law from Northampton University in the United Kingdom.

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Jerry Sanchez

Client Services Manager

Jerry Sanchez serves as Americord’s Client Services Manager. He is responsible for delivering flawless cord blood and tissue banking experiences for all Americord families. His responsibilities include overseeing the complete customer lifecycle and facilitating stem cell releases for clinical trials and treatments.

Prior to serving as Client Services Manager, Jerry was a Stem Cell Consultant for many years and gained a desire to help families. His extensive customer support background allows him to easily connect with Americord families and keep them up to date on the latest stem cell advancements.

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Casey Stoneman Roberson

Director of Marketing & Brand Development

Casey Stoneman Roberson serves as Americord’s Director of Marketing and Brand Development. She is responsible for marketing planning, forecasting, program development, partner relationship/brand development, collateral and sales enablement, material development, and all customer satisfaction initiatives. She works closely with Sales and Client Services to provide a seamless cord blood banking experience.

She has over 15 years of growth-focused marketing experience, with 10 years of direct focus on real estate. She earned her dual B.A. degrees in Graphic Design and Public Relations from Virginia Tech.

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Kendal Schmidt

Finance, HR & Operations Manager

Kendal Schmidt recently joined the Americord team as the Finance, HR, and Operations Manager. Kendal is responsible for building strategic partnerships with leadership on business issues and identifying innovative and customer oriented solutions. She works closely with all teams and strives to foster a culture of continuous improvement, providing thought leadership to and influencing change at all levels in the organization.

Kendal holds an MBA from with University of Southern Indiana with a focus in accounting. Her extensive background extends to benefits administration, payroll, talent acquisition, change management, learning and development, compensation management, succession planning, goal setting, employee relations, and performance management.

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What Parents Who Banked Have to Say

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“I had a million questions about cord blood banking. The staff at Americord answered them all and even explained complicated things about stem cells in plain language. They also walked me through the different options and payment plans and helped me find the one that was right for me.”

Sameer B.
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“When I began researching cord blood banks, I wanted to find the one with the highest standards – even if that meant I had to pay more. What a great surprise to find out that I could get the best service and the highest quality at half the price with Americord!”
Heather R.
“We decided to save our baby’s stem cells because it seems like every day there are new treatments for diseases that used to be incurable. We chose Americord because it is constantly investing in innovations in stem cell preservation and it offers cord blood products that are not available from other companies.”
“Given the advances in genetic research and the potential for life saving or possibly advancing technology, I felt it would be an investment in our child’s health to save his cord blood. After shopping around, Americord offers the most value and was extremely customer friendly. This was important to me, being a first time mother. I am recommending Americord to all of my friends.”