Jennifer Berumen, MD
Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgeon, Assistant Professor of Surgery – UC San Diego Health, CA
American Society of Transplantation (AST) Representative to The Alliance Board
President & Chief Executive Officer, Midwest Transplant Network, KSJan Finn is the current President and Chief Executive Officer of Midwest Transplant Network (MWTN). Prior to her current role she served as the Vice President & Chief Operations Officer from 1998 – 2017. As President and CEO, she provides executive leadership to team of 185+ full-time staff and is responsible for a budget of $48 million. Jan is a recognized leader for innovation and outcomes in the donation community, as noted by numerous awards, including the recipient of the 2004 Association of Organ Procurement Organizations Achievement Award for Excellence. She has served on numerous Boards and committees, including the UNOS/OPTN Board of Directors, NATCO Board of Directors, AOPO annual meeting chair, the HHS Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation, UNOS Patient Affairs Committee and the Missouri Governor’s Advisory Council on Organ and Tissue Donation. Jan holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas.
Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety Policy, American Hospital Association, D.C.Nancy Foster is the Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety Policy at the American Hospital Association, serving in this role since 2004. She advocates for the nearly 5,000 hospitals and health system members of the American Hospital Association and shapes national policy on health care quality and safety. She leads efforts to improve quality and safety through collaboration with key national health care organizations; advises CMS on quality measures and their application in various public programs; works with the AHA Committees on Governance and Equity of Care; collaborates with experts to translate safety research into improved policies and practices; and coordinates with leaders working on information technology, workforce development, organizational culture, and other issues affecting quality of care.
Laura Gayton, MHA, BSN, CNOR, CSSM
Associate Director, Standards Interpretation – The Joint Commission, ILLaura Gayton, MHA, BSN, CNOR, CSSM, has been a perioperative nurse for over 30 years, including positions of staff nurse, educator, manager, and director. She is currently the Associate Director of Standards Interpretation at The Joint Commission in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. Laura previously held the position of Director of Perioperative Services at Amita Health-Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, IL, and most recently served as a manager of multiple surgical service lines at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. Laura was an item writer and cut score committee member for the CSSM exam for CCI, and has served as secretary, president-elect and past president of eChapter, the chair of the Leadership Specialty Assembly. She is active in her local AORN chapter and has been instrumental in ERAS (Enhanced Recovery after Surgery) and other SSI reduction projects and programs. Laura was elected to the AORN Nominating Committee in April 2019 for tenure of 2019-2021. She also serves on the Alumni Board of Directors for the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing at Loyola University Chicago.
Richard K. Gilroy, MD
Hepatologist & Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program – Intermountain Medical Center, UT
Board Secretary, Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance
Ana Hands, MD
Vice President, International Health Services and Multi-Organ Transplant Institute – Ochsner Health System, LAAna Hands, MD, is the Vice President for International Health Services and the Multi-Organ Transplant Institute at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she oversees all business development, strategic planning and operational components, while assuring a multidisciplinary commitment to safety, quality, and the most current evidence-based practices. In 2009, Dr. Hands received the New Orleans City Business Health Care Hero award for her work on integrating Hispanic immigrants with optimal patient care in post-Katrina New Orleans. Additionally, under Dr. Hands’ leadership, the Ochsner transplant program has been awarded with the Healthgrades Transplant Excellence Award for Liver and Kidney, most recently ranked #1 in Liver Transplant for having one of the best clinical outcomes in the country. Ochsner has also become the largest liver transplant program by volume in the US. Dr. Hands is an active member of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas where she continues to work on fostering an understanding of the contemporary political, social and economic issues confronting Latin America and the Caribbean, while increasing public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage. She also serves as advisor to the board of the Legacy Donor Foundation in New Orleans and is an active partner of the Donate Life Louisiana Collaborative dedicated to save and heal lives through increase education and awareness on organ, eye and tissue donation.
David Klassen, MD
Chief Medical Officer – United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), VA
David Klassen, MD, joined UNOS in 2014 as Chief Medical Officer. In this role, Dr. Klassen offers an experienced clinical perspective to UNOS’ policymaking and patient safety efforts. He reports to the Chief Executive Officer and assists him in developing, planning and implementing UNOS’ strategic direction. Previously, Dr. Klassen served as the Medical Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Programs at the University of Maryland Hospital, where he was a faculty member since 1986. He has a long history of volunteer leadership with UNOS and many professional societies, such as the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Nephrology. Dr. Klassen served a term on the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors and as a member of the OPTN/UNOS Kidney Transplantation and Membership and Professional Standards committees. Dr. Klassen earned his medical degree from the Ohio State University and completed his internal medicine and nephrology training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
John Magee, MD
Jeremiah & Claire Turcotte Professor of Transplant Surgery – University of Michigan, MI
Director, University of Michigan Transplant Center, MI
Past Chair, Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance
American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) Representative to The Alliance Board
Chief Executive Officer, One Legacy, CATom Mone is the Chief Executive Officer of One Legacy, US’s largest organ recovery agency, serving 19.5 million people, 200+ hospitals and 11 transplant centers. OneLegacy annually recovers 400+ organ donors, 1,300+ organs for transplant and 2,000+ tissue donors; each a 60-100% increase since he arrived at OneLegacy. Mr. Mone has led the development of the first donation field invention and use of 1) electronic donor records and web-based organ placement system, 2) real-time nucleic acid testing of all donors, 3) the Donate Life California DMV-linked Registry, 4) the Living Donation California Referral program 5) donor coordinator role specialization, 6) Spanish language paid media advertising, 7) multilingual family care staff, 8) created the world’s largest tissue recovery program, and 9) created the world’s largest public promotion of donation by creating the Donate Life Rose Parade Float that has 100+ national and international partners and is seen by 30 million+ people each year.
Kevin Myer, MSHA
President & Chief Executive Officer, LifeGift, TX
Board Vice Chair, Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance
Senior Administrative Director, Transplant Center, Division of Transplant Surgery and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program - Massachusetts General Hospital, MA
Board Chair, Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance
Thomas A. Nakagawa, MD, FAAP, FCCM
Professor - University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville
Medical Director - Pediatric Intensive Care, Wolfson Children's Hospital, FL
Assistant Medical Director - Carolina Donor Services, NC
Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Representative to The Alliance Board of Directors
President & Chief Executive Officer, Gift of Life Donor Program, PAHoward Nathan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Philadelphia-based Gift of Life Donor Program which now employs over 200 professionals. Mr. Nathan began working at the Gift of Life Donor Program in 1978 as a transplant coordinator and has led the organization since 1984. Gift of Life is the largest and one of the oldest of the 58 organ procurement organizations in the United States, having coordinated more than 36,000 organs for transplantation and tens of thousands of tissue transplants since 1974. Mr. Nathan is also the President of the Transplant Foundation, Founder and President of the Gift of Life Institute, an international research and training center for donation and transplantation professionals established in 2004, and the President of the Gift of Life Family House.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Southwest Transplant Alliance, TX
Treasurer, Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance
Patricia Niles has over 25 years of experience in the organ transplant industry. Patti has developed a team of strategic leaders to increase productivity, enhance performance and focus on the mission to save and improve lives at Southwest Transplant Alliance (STA), one of the largest organ donor programs in this country. Her tenure at STA has seen a dramatic 60% increase in the number of organs recovered for transplant and has placed STA as the 3rd largest OPO in the country. Prior to her role with STA, Patti served as Executive Director with New Mexico Donor Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 9 years. Patti has served in various capacities within AOPO and UNOS and is very active within her community, where she also serves on community boards and the Dallas Chamber events.
President and Chief Executive Officer, LifeCenter Northwest, WA
Kevin O’Connor has served as President and CEO of LifeCenter Northwest (LCNW), the OPO serving Washington, Montana, Alaska, and Northern Idaho, since January 2010. Prior to joining LCNW, he worked at New England Organ Bank (NEOB) for 26 years, serving as Senior VP from 2007 through 2009. He served as the Co-Director of the HRSA / US Organ Donation & Transplantation Breakthrough Collaborative from 2005 through 2007, and as a faculty member for the National Learning Congress through 2012. He served on the UNOS/OPTN Board of Directors, and on the UNOS Corporate Advisory Committee for two years ending June 2016. He is a member of the AOPO Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee and the AOPO Ad Hoc Steering Committee to Propose and Implement National Standards (PINS). He chairs the AST/ASTS/AOPO/UNOS Workgroup on Aligning Performance Metrics, and he recently served as a member of the HRSA/Lewin Group Technical Expert Panel on Organ Donation and Transplantation Goals. He serves on the Board of Directors for Life Alaska Donor Services, Community Tissue Services, and LifeCenter Northwest. He also serves on the MTF Donation Board of Trustees (DBOT), the DBOT Executive Committee, and the MTF Medical Board of Trustees. He holds an M.S. from Boston College, and a B.S. from Northeastern University, and he is a graduate of the Northeastern University Physician Assistant Program.
CEO – Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, LA
Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) Representative to The Alliance Board
Kelly Ranum began her tenure with LOPA (Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency) in 1995 as a recovery coordinator. She has served in her current position as CEO for the past 18 years. Under her direction, LOPA has been at the forefront of organ donation, recovery and donor family services. In addition to creating the first web-based donor management system (R3), LOPA developed and shares “Donation Decoded,” a complex system of metrics that predicts donation potential after circulatory death. The agency also created the first podcast from the donation community; the donation community’s first Advance Practice Coordinators certified to perform echocardiograms and a nationally-renowned anencephalic recovery program. Recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work for the past eight years, LOPA’s supportive environment goes beyond its employees. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and has been CEPTC certified since 1995. With an extensive background in critical care, Kelly was drawn to the donation field after experiencing firsthand the benefits of donation on both donor families and recipients. Her unwavering commitment has led her to be tapped as President of AOPO, where she will serve until the summer of 2020.
Director, Product Marketing – American College of Healthcare Executives, IL
Emma O’Riley has over twenty years of experience as a marketing and communication professional, gaining experience and expertise through varied industries. She is a data-driven, operations-focused, creative marketing and brand strategist with a proven track record of success in new media and magazine publishing, advertising, product marketing and brand experience and design. As the head of marketing operations and brand experience for the American College of Healthcare Executives, she is managing and directing integrated marketing, editorial and design teams in creating effective, on-brand communications for all channels (print, web, email, mobile and podcast) for the organization. Additionally, Emma works to plan, lead and execute branding and creative strategies across multiple platforms and formats to support the organization’s communication and marketing initiatives.
Jon Snyder, PhD
Director of Transplant Epidemiology, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute, MN
Jon Snyder, PhD, serves as the Director of Transplant Epidemiology for the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute of the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation (MMRF) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In his role, he serves as Senior Epidemiologist for the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. He has more than 15 years of experience analyzing organ donation and transplantation data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). In addition to his work with the MMRF, Dr. Snyder serves on the Board of Directors for Donate Life America and holds an adjunct faculty position in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health in Minneapolis, Minnesota.