Kay Hill, CEO
Kay has been the CEO of PlasmaLab International since 1985 and has pioneered the use of Human Plasma in diagnostic research. Kay has published articles regarding the result and findings of using human plasma to research cell free DNA (cfDNA), and a variety of allergens. When she isn’t running an international company then she is spending time with her two children and her grandchildren. Recently she has been traveling seeing ancient Mayan Ruins in Mexico and monkeys in Belize.
“I enjoy the hunt for new antibodies that can help pathway for researchers to find more answers and better ways to help those who suffer from horrible allergies and autoimmune disease.”
Laura Knox Olbu, LPN Physician Substitute
Laura grew up in the Midwest listening to classic rock n roll and supporting the Chicago Cubs baseball team. It was at Rockford School of Practical Nursing where Laura knew she wanted to be a nurse and help others. After many travels across our great nation Laura came to work at PlasmaLab International in 1998 where she became the Physician Substitute. For 19 years Laura, has worked with our donors to make the donation process comfortable and personal while making a difference world-wide one unit at a time.
When Laura is away from her duties as Physician Substitute, she is enjoying her backyard where she gardens and plays with her dogs. When the weather is just right lazy days include relaxing next to her lake watching the birds, ducks and beavers come and go. Rainy days allow Laura to paint and draw staying warm and dry.
“It’s the fondness of working with such great donors who come to aid in the diagnostic research that their plasma is used in. Working with a good team of professionals makes it even better.”
Lena Washington Shipping and Production Supervisor
Lena was born and raised here in the Pacific Northwest and earned her degree as a Medical Assistant-Phlebotomist at Edmonds Community College. Lena is the heart and soul of the lab at PlasmaLab International ensuring that all the plasma donated is processed and store properly before being shipped out world-wide to be used in vital diagnostic research.
When Lena is away from the lab she is at home with her newborn son Gideon and loving husband Dallas. Lena adds a flare of interest while in the lab listening to KPOP (Korean Pop music) Rap and R&B music. She hopes someday she will be able to visit Korea and even see a KPOP band play live. Lena has explored the United States, lived in Mexico for three months, and has visited China.
Lena’s favorite vacation spot is Utah, stating “The views and landscape is amazing!”. When she isn’t busy travelling or spending time with her son she and her husband are watching movies like “Robin Hood Men in Tights” or going out to eat for Mexican or sushi, she even likes Kimchi.
“PLI is fun and upbeat place to work with friendly and caring employees.”
Kelly Freberg, Donor Recruiter & Outreach Coordinator, Administrative Supervisor
Kelly will greet you with a big smile when you step through the door at PlasmaLab International. Growing up in the great state Washington she will be able to guide you to plenty of fun family destinations. When she isn’t hard at working recruiting new donors’, and educating the public about PlasmaLab International she is at home with her husband and son, planning the next trip to Maui for vacation. If you ever need a new book to read, Kelly is an avid reader and can give you a suggestion on a good read.
“I enjoy getting to meet so many new people who want to help in the diagnostic research we do. It helps to have a great group of people to work with every day as well.”
Jasdeep (Jessie) Kaur, Regulatory Quality Control Specialist
Sweden lost a great Laboratorian when Jessie came to live in the United States with her husband. Jessie received her Bachelor in Medicine degree from Jönköping University in Sweden. She grew up traveling the world exploring countries like India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Italy, Germany, Dubai, Norway, Denmark, France, England and Nepal just to name a few. Jessie has many other countries she would like to explore and make her favorite new destination.
Along with travel Jessie enjoys reading books like the “Alchemist” or listening to music or watching the Seattle Seahawks. Baking is a past time that everyone gets to enjoy when Jessie is done making something scrumptious from her kitchen.
“PlasmaLab International is a research facility which plays a vital role in finding cures and causes of severe allergies and different autoimmune diseases. Working at PLI gives me the sense of accomplishment and Pride. I love being part of this team where every-day together as a family, we strive to help people in need.”
Manreet Nijjer, RN Physician Substitute
Manreet comes to PlasmaLab International from the great white north aka Canada where she grew up and went to the University of Northern British Columbia receiving her Bachelor of Nursing degree. Manreet started her career as a nurse in the labor and delivery department where she learned many life lessons.
When Manreet is away from PLI she enjoys working out, reading autobiographies, playing soccer or basketball and travelling. Manreet has been to many foreign countries and has enjoyed learning about Hong Kong, Thailand, Philippines, India, and the United Kingdom. However, Manreet loves the warm weather and sandy beaches of Hawaii the best of all her travels.
“Working in such a positive atmosphere makes my job so rewarding. I love meeting all the different people and the work we do for diagnostic research. I love the work I do and love the company I work for.”