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

Jennifer Berumen, MD, is a board-certified general surgeon specializing in abdominal transplantation and hepatobiliary (liver and bile duct) surgery. As an assistant clinical professor of surgery at UC San Diego she performs adult kidney, liver and pancreas transplantations. She also performs pediatric kidney and liver transplants at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. Dr. Berumen completed her two-year fellowship training in abdominal transplant surgery at Stanford University with a focus on pediatric liver and kidney transplantation and her general surgery residency training at UC San Diego. She earned her medical degree and her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Tulane University. Dr. Berumen’s research is focused on kidney and liver transplantation in adults and children. Her research has been published in a variety of journals, including Digestive Disease Sciences, and she is the co-author of a chapter on artificial hearts in “Textbook of Organ Transplantation.” Additionally, Dr. Berumen has presented her work involving transplantation in autosomal recessive kidney disease and pediatric liver transplantation at national meetings.

Jan Finn

President & Chief Executive Officer, Midwest Transplant Network, KS

Jan 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.

Nancy Foster

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, IL

Laura 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

Richard K. Gilroy, MD, is a hepatologist and medical director of the Liver Transplant Program at Intermountain Medical Center. Prior to his current role, Dr. Gilroy worked as a Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. He maintains active membership in the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, United Network for Organ Sharing, International Liver Transplant Society (ILTS), and the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD). Among his many honors, he holds the position of United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Medical Director of Liver Transplantation and sits on the US Food and Drug Administration Gastrointestinal Drug Advisory Committee. He has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and presentations. He has also been a principal investigator or sub-investigator for various studies in the areas of short bowel syndrome, liver transplantation, hepatitis C and other liver diseases. He currently holds a research grant from the National Institutes of Health Liver Failure Studies Group and is a mentor for an AASLD Nurse Practitioner Training Grant.

Ana Hands, MD

Vice President, International Health Services and Multi-Organ Transplant Institute – Ochsner Health System, LA

Ana 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

John Magee, MD, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. He completed his General Surgery residency at the University of Michigan in 1996. During his residency, Dr. Magee spent three years as a research fellow in the Department of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. He also completed the Post-Doctoral Research Training Program at the University of Michigan. Following General Surgery training, he completed a two-year Multi-Organ Transplant Surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty in 1998.

Tom Mone

Chief Executive Officer, One Legacy, CA

Tom 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

With more than 25 years of experience in health care leadership in organ donation and transplantation, Kevin Myer, MSHA, serves as the president and CEO of LifeGift. LifeGift, based in Houston Texas, serves 109 counties and over 200 hospitals and 10 transplant centers. Myer joined LifeGift from the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), where he served as the business director for the Center for Transplant System Excellence. In this role, Myer led efforts to improve the organ transplantation system through multiple funded research projects using non-traditional approaches and collaborative research teams. Previously, Myer was the assistant director for the UNOS Department of Evaluation and Quality, where he oversaw policy compliance auditing, organ allocation analysis and led special projects in patient safety. Before his tenure at UNOS, Myer held the positions of executive director and vice president of LifeNet Health, an organ procurement organization (OPO) and biomedical implant agency based in Virginia. Myer received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. and earned his Master of Science in health administration degree from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. He also completed a fellowship in patient safety at Virginia Commonwealth University. In February 2016, he completed Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship and in March, 2017, the Innovative Health Care Leader program. He serves on the Boards of American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) as an at large member, Donate Life Texas, Donate Life America, The Alliance and is a member of numerous UNOS/OPTN workgroups.

Paul Myoung

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

Paul Myoung currently serves as the Senior Administrative Director of the Transplant Center, Division of Transplant Surgery, and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, MA. The MGH Transplant Center is the largest center in New England by total transplant volume, and the only center to offer the full range of services in kidney, pancreas, Islet cell, liver, heart, and lung transplants, including pediatric kidney and liver transplants. Paul is a member of the MGH Organ and Tissue Donation Committee, the MGH Ethics Committee, and serves as the Region 1 Representative on the OPTN/UNOS Transplant Administrators Committee. Prior to joining MGH, Paul spent over six years at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, WA, serving in multiple administrative roles, including the Administrative Director for the Transplant Center. Paul previously served on the Board of Directors for Community for Youth, FareStart, and the YMCA Meredith Matthews Branch. He is also a member of the Leadership Committee for the Asian Healthcare Leaders Forum within the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), including the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Massachusetts ACHE Chapter. Paul received his Masters in Healthcare Administration from University of Washington and his B.A. in Economics from New York University. He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (CLSSBB) and a Fellow of ACHE (FACHE).

Thomas A. Nakagawa, MD, FAAP, FCCM

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Consultant
Assistant Medical Director, Carolina Donor Services, NC
Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Representative to The Alliance Board of Directors

Thomas A. Nakagawa, MD, FAAP, FCCM, is actively involved with issues pertaining to end-of-life care, organ and tissue donation and ethical issues. Dr. Nakagawa served as national faculty and co-chair for the Organ Donation and Transplantation Breakthrough Collaboratives (now the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance) and currently serves as co-chair of The Alliance’s donor management taskforce committee. He has also co-chaired the 2007, 2011, and 2013 National Pediatric Organ Donation Summit and serves on the Secretary of Health of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation (ACOT). He is a member of the UNOS/OPTN Pediatric Transplant committee and has been a consultant to the American Academy of Pediatrics for the revision of the pediatric organ donation and transplantation policy statement.  Dr. Nakagawa is the lead author of the updated guidelines for the determination of brain death in infants and children from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Child Neurology Society (CNS).  He has been recognized with regional and national awards for his leadership and involvement with ethical issues, end-of-life care, donation and transplantation and his work in the field of pediatric medicine.

Howard Nathan

President & Chief Executive Officer, Gift of Life Donor Program, PA

Howard 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.

Patricia Niles

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.

Kevin O'Connor

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.

Kelly Ranum

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.

Emma O'Riley

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.