Staff Stories: Meet Sean

Posted: Aug 08, 2017 | Category: Latest Articles

So, we’re a little biased, but we think y’all are in for a real treat today. We’re starting a new blog series to help our community get a better idea of the people we work with every day. These are the folks who literally keep We Are Blood running, and we couldn’t be part of this life-saving mission without them.

First up is Sean Roulier. Sean is officially our hospital services manager, but his job is so much more than his title describes. He is responsible for ensuring all of the hospitals we serve have the blood they need to treat their patients. This involves extremely frequent communication with the hospital labs and is a 24/7 job.

Think about it: when there’s an unexpected accident in our community and a patient needs blood to save their life–what does the hospital do? First, they check their inventory. Then, they call Sean.

Luckily for us, Sean is super experienced. He’s been in the medical field in some capacity for more than 20 years. He started working as an EMT, and worked at We Are Blood part-time as a phlebotomist. After an intermission, he came back to We Are Blood in 2006 to work for the department that does our mobile blood drives. In 2014, he found his home in the hospital service world.

We sat down with Sean to dig a little deeper and learn more about him.

What do you love to tell people about what you do?

My job is to save lives. The precise details have changed over the years, but it has all really just come down to the same thing–regardless of the title they give me.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Other than my cat, I feel very fortunate to have a job that I enjoy. My job is important, challenges me, and brings great reward.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Unpredictable. I have to get the community taken care of day-by-day, hour-by-hour, and really, even minute-by-minute.

What is your proudest moment?

I was most proud to move into management in a world that I wasn’t comfortable with. It took a lot of growing and adapting.

I’m also proud of the relationships I’ve been able to build with donors, coordinators, and now with hospitals.

What do you do on the weekend?

I like to ride my bike and hang out with my mom, significant other, and friends. I also enjoys grilling and watching college football.

How many pair of shoes do you own?

Six–two of the six are cycling shoes!

What is the most embarrassing song (or album) in your music library?

Alabama. Huge fan.

What is your go-to karaoke song?

Queens of the Stone Age or Tom Petty

Final Thought:

There are no nights, weekends, or even holidays in what we do. Blood donation is a gift that has to be given before the need.