The Alliance has a mighty A-Team of over 100 amazing volunteers including hospital, donation and transplantation professionals who give their time, service, and expertise to help us achieve our mission of providing engaged learning and collaborative leadership for the donation and transplantation community. Since its inception, the Alliance A-Team has grown to involve the 16 specific councils and workgroups listed below. The Alliance is tremendously proud and grateful for our many expert volunteers from the donation and transplantation community.

Looking to volunteer? Check out our workgroup and council openings!

Current Alliance Workgroups and Councils
  • Donation Leadership Council

    Chair: Michael J. Souter, MB, ChB, DA, FRCA, FNCS
    Professor & Chief of Anesthesiology, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington
    Medical Director, LifeCenter Northwest (WA)

    Amy Clark, Advanced Practice Donation Coordinator, Center for Organ Recovery & Education (PA)

    Dan Lebovitz, MD, Medical Director, Lifebanc (OH)

    Ernesto Pretto, MD, Professor & Chief of Transplant & Vascular Anesthesia, Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami (FL)

    Jennifer Daniel, Manager of Clinical Services, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KY)

    Joshua Medow, MD, Associate Professor, Director, Neurovascular Surgery, University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics (WI)

    Leslie Hunter-Johnson, DNP, AGPNCP-BC, RN-BC, CCRN, CNRN, CHPN, Palliative Care Critical Care Nurse, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center (NV)

    Rosemary O’Meeghan, MBBS, Intensivist, Hoag Hospital (CA)

    Sophia R. Smith, MD, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Intensivist, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children’s National Medical Center (DC)

    Rondi Gelbard, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Associate Medical Director, Surgical ICU Associate Program Director; Surgical CC Fellowship, Emory University School of Medicine (GA)

    Mitch Sally, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Trauma, Critcal Care, Oregon Health and Science University (OR)

    Suzanne Witte, Family Support Program Coordinator, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (IA)

    Doug Butler, Vice President of Clinical Operations, Southwest Transplant Alliance (TX)

    Fady Nasrallah, MD, Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Surgical Critical Care
    Medical Director SICU, PCU, Trauma, Scripps Health (CA)

    Niels D. Martin, MD, Section Chief, Surgical Critical Care, Program Director, Trauma and Surgical CC Fellowship, Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine (PA)

     

  • Leadership & Innovation Council

    Chair: Susan Mau Larson, MPA, Director, Partner & Community Relations, LifeSource (MN)

    Daniel Martinelli, BS, National Product Manager, XVIVO Perfusion Inc.(USA)

    Gina Dunne Smith, Executive Director, International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (NJ)

    Jennifer K. Prinz, RN, MPH, CPTC, CTBS, Chief Operating Officer, Donor Alliance, Inc. (CO)

    Kelley Waugh, PhD, Regulatory Compliance Coordinator, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center (NV)

    Kevin Myer, MSHA, President & Chief Executive Officer, LifeGift (TX)

    Zeynep Tulu, QI & Compliance Manager, Stanford Hospital (CA)

    David Axelrod, MD, Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgeon; Surgical Director, Kidney Transplant Program, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (IA)

    Macey Henderson, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Surgery; Director, Policy and External Affairs; Department of Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (MD)

    Paul Chestovich, MD, Trauma Surgeon, Asst. Prof of Surgery, Div. of Acute Care Surgery, Chief of Trauma Research and Outcomes, Assoc. Program Director, Surgical Crit Care Fellowship, Assoc. Medical Director, University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (NV)

    George V. Mazariegos, MD, Professor of Surgery, Jamie Lee Curtis Endowed Chair in Transplantation Surgery Director, Pediatric Transplant Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (PA)

    Prakash Rao, PhD, VP/COO, Diagnostics and Research Operations, Director, Transplant Laboratory, New Jersey Sharing Network (NJ)

    Robert Patrick Wood MD, FACS, CTBS, VP and CMO, LifeGift (TX)

  • Transplant Leadership Council

    Chair: Timothy J. Stevens, BSN, RN, CCTC, Director, Transplant Services, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital (WA)

    Alan Hawxby, MD, Transplant Surgeon, University of Oklahoma Medical Center (OK)

    Ana Hands, MD, Vice President, International Health & Transplant Services, Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute (LA)

    Andrea Tietjen, Director of Transplant Finance & Data, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (NJ)

    Jaclyn Bannon, MHA, Transplant Regulatory Manager, Johns Hopkins Hospital (MD)

    Joann Brooks, ADN/RN, LPN, MSN, Education Nurse Coordinator, University of Michigan Medical Center (MI)

    Laura Butler, MSN, FNP-BC, MMHC, Director, Organ Transplant, TriStar Centennial Medical Center (TN)

    Randall S. Sung, MD, Surgical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center (MI)

    Renee Bennett, BSN, Transplant Administrator, Cleveland Clinic (FL & OH)

    Kristina Wheeler, Transplant Administrator, OneLegacy (CA)

    Shekhar Kubal, PhD, Surgical Director, Liver Transplant Program, Indiana University School of Medicine (IN)

    Benjamin Schleich, PhD/DPhil, Transplant Quality Analyst, Assistant Professor of Medical Science, Hackensack UMC (NJ)

    Susan Mandell, MD, PhD, Professor, Anesthesiology; Director, Anesthesia for Abdominal Transplant, University of Colorado (CO)

    Jamie Bucio, Lead Organ Procurement Coordinator, Thoracic, University of Chicago Medical Center (IL)

    Tamra Magee, Director, Center for Transplantation, UC San Diego Health (CA)

     

  • Get Connected Webinar Faculty

    Dan Lebovitz, MD, Pediatric Intensivist/Medical Director OPO, Lifebanc (OH)

    Kathy Warhola, RN, BSN, Hospital Development Coordinator, Lifeline of OH (OH)

    MaryKay Duncan, MSN, RN, CNL, CPN, CPTC, Donation Coordinator, Lifecenter Organ Donor Network (OH)

    Rachel Gipson, MPH, Donation Specialist, LifeGift (TX)

    Michelle Reef, BA, Hospital Services, Gift of Hope (IL)

    Jaclyn Manzanedo, CTBS, Donation Program Consultant, Donor Network West (CA)

    Marty Sellers, MD, Associate Medical Director, LifeLink of Georgia (GA)

    Amanda Habermehl, Manager, Hospital Development, UNYTS (NY)

    UNOS Liaison: Angel Carroll, Education Liaison, United Network for Organ Sharing (VA)

  • Transplant Webinar Faculty

    Erica Mitchell, BSN, RN, CCTC, Transplant Coordinator, Duke Transplant Center (NC)

    Paul Myoung, MHA, CLSSBB, FACHE, Senior Administrative Director, Massachusetts General Hospital (MA)

    Rebecca Maddox, Compliance Coordinator, Mayo Clinic of Florida (FL)

    Sunmee Joo, MSW, MPH, LCSW, C-ASWCM, C-SWHC, Clinical Social Worker, Barnes-Jewish Hospital (MO)

    Tiffany Buda, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Clinical Manager, Heart and Vascular Institute (OH)

    Randall Sung, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Michigan (MI)

    Valinda Jones, RN, MSN, Program Consultant, Organ Donation & Transplantation Alliance, UNOS Board of Directors, UNOS Kidney Transplant Committee (GA)

    Melinda Fox, MHA, Transplant Administrator, University of Kentucky Medical Center (KY)

    Rebecca Brown, Nurse Manager, UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg (PA)

    Linda Ohler, MSN, RN, CCTC, FAAN, FAST, Associate Director, Transplant Quality & Regulatory,New York University Langone Medical Center (NY)

    Betty Crandall, MS, RN, Retired Transplant Administrator (NC)

    UNOS Liaison: Darren DiBattista, Curriculum Development Instructor, United Network for Organ Sharing (VA)

  • Hospital C-Suite Education Series Workgroup

    Brittyne Dunne, Hospital Development Coordinator, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KY)

    Michelle Moring, Hospital Services Liaison, Wisconsin Donor Network (WI)

    Matthew Niles, Director Clinical Services, Washington Regional Transplant Community (VA)

    R. Patrick Wood, MD, Chief Medical Officer, LifeGift (TX)

  • Transplant C-Suite Education Series Workgroup

    Andrea L. Tietjen, CPA, MBA, Director, Transplant Finance & Data, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (NJ)

    Randall S. Sung, MD, Surgical Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation, Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Michigan Medical Center (MI)

    Timothy J. Stevens, BSN, RN, CCTC, Director, Transplant Services, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital (WA)

    Linda Ohler, MSN, RN, CCTC, FAAN, FAST, Associate Director, Transplant Quality & Regulatory,New York University Langone Medical Center (NY)

  • Transplant Mentorship Program Workgroup

    Lead: Erin Wells, RN, BSN, CCTC, CPN, Clinical Care Manager, Abdominal Transplant Program, Northwestern Memorial Hospital (IL)

    Aimee Hagerty, MSN, Transplant Administrator & Director of Education, Transplant Program, UPMC Hamot (PA)

    Cecile Aguayo, RN, BSN, Manager, Abdominal Transplant Program, Solid Organ Transplant Programs, University of Utah Hospital and Clinics (UT)

  • Transplant Onboarding Program Workgroup

    Jamie V. Bucio, CPTC, EMT-P, Lead Organ Procurement Coordinator, Thoracic Procurement, University of Chicago Medical Center (IL)

    Karen Hadzic, MSN, RN, Organ Transplant Quality Manager, Richard DeVos Heart & Lung Transplant Program, Spectrum Health DeVos Children’s Hospital (MI)

    Leanna K. Darland, PharmD, Clincial Pharmacy Generalist – Pediatrics, West Virginia University Medicine, (WV)

    Renee Bennett, RN, BSN, CNOR, CCTC, CCTN, Transplant Administrator, Transplant Center, Cleveland Clinic Florida (FL)

    Valinda Jones, RN, MSN, Program Consultant, Organ Donation & Transplantation Alliance, UNOS Board of Directors, UNOS Kidney Transplant Committee (GA)

    Joann Brooks, ADN/RN, LPN, MSN, Education Nurse Coordinator, University of Michigan Medical Center (MI)

    Grace Shea, Dietitian, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (OH)

  • Transplant and OPO Communication & Relationship Workgroup

    Ana Hands, MD, Vice President, International Health & Transplant Services, Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute (LA)

    Renee Bennett, RN, BSN, CNOR, CCTC, CCTN, Transplant Administrator, Transplant Center, Cleveland Clinic Florida (FL)

    Candy Wells, BSN, MM, Director, Organ Donation Services, LifeCenter Northwest (WA)

    Jaclyn Bannon, MHA, Transplant Regulatory Manager, Johns Hopkins Hospital (MD)

    Kristina Wheeler, RN, BSN, CPTC, Transplant Administrator, OneLegacy (CA)

    Laura Butler, MSN, FNP-BC, MMHC, Director, Organ Transplant, TriStar Centennial Medical Center (TN)

    Meg Rogers, Director, Transplant Center Relations, LifeSource (MN)

    Timothy J. Stevens, BSN, RN, CCTC, Director, Transplant Services, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital (WA)

    Joann Brooks, ADN/RN, LPN, MSN, Education Nurse Coordinator, University of Michigan Medical Center (MI)

    Andrea L. Tietjen, CPA, MBA, Director, Transplant Finance & Data, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (NJ)

    Gwen McNatt, RN, PhD, CNN, FNP-BC, Director of Operations, Transplant Services, Northwestern Memorial Hospital (IL)

  • Community Hospital Resource Guide
    Jennifer Daniel, Manager of Clinical Services, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KY)

    Michael J. Souter, MB, ChB, DA, FRCA, FNCS
    Professor & Chief of Anesthesiology, Harborview Medical Center, University of Washington
    Medical Director, LifeCenter Northwest (WA)

    Darren Malinoski, MD, FACS, Chief, Section of Surgical Critical Care/Trauma Surgeon, Assistant Chief of Surgery – Research & Education, VA Portland Health Care System, Professor of Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University (OR)

    Dan Lebovitz, MD, Pediatric Intensivist/Medical Director OPO, Lifebanc (OH)

    Ernesto Pretto, MD, Professor & Chief of Transplant & Vascular Anesthesia, Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami (FL)

    Rosemary O’Meeghan, MBBS, Intensivist, Hoag Hospital (CA)

    Amy Clark, Advanced Practice Donation Coordinator, Center for Organ Recovery & Education (PA)

    Sophia R. Smith, MD, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Intensivist, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Children’s National Medical Center (DC)

    Galen V. Henderson, MD, Director, Neurocritical Care and Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School (MA)

    Paul L. DeSandre, DO, Chief, Palliative and Supportive Care, Grady Memorial Hospital, Program Director, Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine (GA)

    Leslie Hunter-Johnson, DNP, AGPNCP-BC, RN-BC, CCRN, CNRN, CHPN, Palliative Care Critical Care Nurse, Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center (NV)