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
  • Donor Management 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)

    Christopher P. Michetti, MD, FACS, FCCM, Associate Chief, Trauma/Acute Care Surgery, Inova Trauma Center, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Associate Professor of Surgery, VCU School of Medicine, Inova Campus (VA)

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

    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)

    David Nelson, MD, Chief of Heart Transplant Medicine, Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center (OK)

    Elling Eidbo, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (USA)

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

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

    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)

    Pablo Sanchez, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Surgery, UPMC Presbyterian (PA)

    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)

    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)

     

  • Leadership & Innovation Council

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

    Barry Massa, Executive Director, LifeCenter Organ Donor Network (OH)

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

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

    George E. Loss Jr., MD, PhD, FACS, Chief of Surgical Services, Multi-Organ Transplant Institute, Associate Medical Director and System Chairman, Department of Surgery, Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute (LA)

    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)

    John C. Magee, MD, Professor, Transplant Surgery, Section Head, Transplant Surgery, Director, University of Michigan Transplant Center, Surgical Director, Pediatric Abdominal Transplant, University of Michigan Health Systems (MI)

    John Renz,MD, PhD, FACS, Professor of Surgery, University of Chicago Medical Center (IL)

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

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

    Laura M. Stillion, MHA, FACHE, Director, Comprehensive Transplant Center, The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University (OH)

    Safdar A. Ansari, MD, Assistant Professor, Director of Neurological Critical Care, Department of Neurology, University of Utah Hospital and Clinics (UT)

    Sandra G. Egnor, RN, BA, BSN, CCRN, Clinical Nurse Manager, Neuroscience Intensive Care – Medical Intensive Care and Medical Emergency Team, Charleston Area Medical Center (WV)

    Wade Liu, Vice President, Product Development, Transplant Connect (CA)

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

  • 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)

    Christina Dugan, MS, MPH, CPNP, Organ Donation Coordinator & Living Donor Advocate, The Mary Lea Johnson Richards Organ Transplant Center, New York University Langone Medical Center (NY)

    Gwen McNatt, RN, PhD, CNN, FNP-BC, Director of Operations, Infectious Disease Center and Kovler Organ Transplantation Center Northwestern Memorial Hospital (IL)

    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)

    John Rosendale, MS, Biostatistician & Senior Performance Analyst, United Network for Organ Sharing (VA)

    Jon Snyder PhD, MS, Director, Transplant Epidemiology, Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation (MN)

    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)

    Stuart Sweet, MD, PhD, W. McKim Marriott Professor of Pediatrics, Washington University (MO)

     

  • Get Connected Webinar Faculty

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

    Ieesha Johnson, Manager, Community Outreach, The Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland (MD)

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

    Kim Kottemann, Manager, Hospital Development, LifeLink of Georgia (GA)

    Kris Frank, Organ Donation Coordinator, New England Donor Services (MA)

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

    Sayona John, MD, Medical Director, Neuroscience ICU, Rush University Medical Center (IL)

    Stefanie Dziedzic, BA, MS, Manager, Donor Family Services, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network (IL)

    UNOS Liaison: Kimberly Taylor, Curriculum Development Instructor, United Network for Organ Sharing (VA)

  • Transplant Webinar Faculty

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

    Ellie Foldes, LMSW, Social Worker, Barnes-Jewish Hospital (MO)

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

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

    Nicola Ehrenberg, RN, CPTC, Nurse Supervisor, UCSF Medical Center (CA)

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

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

    Savitha Iyengar, MS, Quality Improvement Advisor, Transplant Center, Mayo Clinic St. Mary’s Hospital (MN)

    Valinda Jones, RN, MSN, Pre-Transplant Coordinator Special Services, Quality, Harper University Hospital (MI)

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

  • Organ Donation Toolbox

    Catastrophic Brain Injury Guidelines

    Eunice Elliot, Organ Recovery Coordinator, Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TX)

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

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

    Ryan Milligan, Organ Recovery Coordinator, Donor Network of Arizona (AZ)

    Checklists and Forms

    Adam Bell, Transplant Coordinator, Clinical Consulting Associates Inc. (AZ)

    Cynthia Zarate, Donation Coordinator, Gift of Life Michigan (MI)

    Eduardo Rocha MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Nephrology, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

    Jenna LaSota, CTBS, CTPC, Clinical Services Coordinator, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KY)

    Kim Bowman, Senior Educator, Trillium Gift of Life Network (Canada)

    Maggie Procunier, Executive Director of Clinical Practice, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (FL)

    Rondi B. Gelbard, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Emory University Hospital (GA)

    Donation After Circulatory Determination of Death (DCD)

    Amanda Kaifesh, CCRN, CPTC, Organ Procurement Coordinator, Wisconsin Donor Network (WI)

    Amy Friedman, MD, Chief Medical Officer, LiveOnNY (NY)

    Jennifer Martinez, BSN, RN, PHN, Critical Care Nurse, Hoag Hospital (CA)

    Jessica Cortez, Corporate Educator, Texas Organ Sharing Alliance (TX)

    Mary Mequio, Project Coordinator, Gift of Life Michigan (MI)

    Stephanie Welker, RN, Transplant Coordinator, Donor Network West (CA)

    Donor Management

    Jennifer Timar, CPTC, Advanced Practice Coordinator, Gift of Life Donor Program (PA)

    Kathryn Carmichael, Manager of Clinical Services, Donor Network West (CA)

    Samantha Endicott, Boston Regional Manager, New England Donor Services (MA)

    Setu Patolia, MD, Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine, Saint Louis University Hospital (MO)

    Woodlhey C. Ambroise, Organ Placement Services Supervisor, LifeGift (TX)

    Neurologic Determination of Death

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

    Bill Thompson, Clinical Manager, Gift of Life Michigan (MI)

    Brad Gill, Advanced Practice Donation Coordinator, Center for Organ Recovery & Education (PA)

    Harry Peled, MD, FACC, Medical Director of Critical Care/Cardiology,  St. Jude Medical Center (CA)

    Julia Durrant, MD, Assistance Professor, Neurointensivist, Oregon Health Science University (OR)

    Pediatric Donation

    Carlie House, RN, BSN, CPTC, Director of Organ Operations, LifeGift (TX)

    Dustin Wright, MA, Hospital Services Educator, Nevada Donor Network, Inc (NV)

    Kathy Carty, RN, MA, Donation Coordinator, New England Donor Services (MA)

    Robert S. Ream, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care, SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital (MO)

    Sharon Shamoon, RN, Clinical Procurement Coordinator, Donor Network West (CA)

  • Transplant Resource Guide and Tools

    Strategy 1: Institutional Vision and Commitment

    Ardyce Peters, Transplant Director, Maine Medical Center (ME)

    Betty Crandall, Administrative Director (Ret.), Transplant Services, Wake Forest Baptist Health (NC)

    Edward Zavala, MBA, Transplant Center Administrator,Vanderbilt University Medical Center (TN)

    Emilie Burgess, LMSW, Solid Organ Transplant Director, Medical City Dallas Hospital (TX)

    Stacey Doll, MPA, Transplant Administrator, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center (MA)

    Strategy 2: Dedicated Team

    Fawn Fitzmorris, RN, CCTC, Senior Heart Transplant Coordinator, Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute (LA)

    Geraldine Zingraf, MBA, DNP, Transplant Nurse Manager, Rush University Medical Center (IL)

    Judy Pozzerle, RN, Quality Coordinator, Las Palmas Medical Center (TX)

    Karl Neumann, RN CCTC, Transplant IT Coordinator, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (VA)

    Linda Wright, DrNP, MSN, CTCC, CNN, Clinical Manager of Abdominal Organ Transplant, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (PA)

    Randall Hinojosa, PharmD, Solid Organ Transplant Pharmacist, CHRISTUS Transplant Institute (TX)

  • Hospital C-Suite Education Series Workgroup

    Christine Palms, Director of Transplant Services, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center (NJ)

    Donald B. Stouder, D.Min, PCS, Consulting and Training Services (CA

    Laurie L. Boyer, MHA, External Affairs Officer, Donor Network West (CA)

    Patricia Niles, BSN, RN, CPTC, President & Chief Executive Officer, Southwest Transplant Alliance (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)

  • 2018 National Critical Issues Forum - Innovation In Action Planning Committee

    Barry Massa, Executive Director, LifeCenter Organ Donor Network (OH)

    Chris Jaynes, Chief Executive Officer, Immunocept (CO)

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

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

    George E. Loss Jr., MD, PhD, FACS, Chief of Surgical Services, Multi-Organ Transplant Institute, Associate Medical Director and System Chairman, Department of Surgery, Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute (LA)

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

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

    Robert C. Harland, MD, FACS, Surgical Director, Solid Organ Transplantation, Professor of Surgery, Vice Chair Academic Affairs, University of Arizona College of Medicine (AZ)

    Safdar A. Ansari, MD, Assistant Professor, Director of Neurological Critical Care, Department of Neurology, University of Utah Hospital and Clinics (UT)

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

    Wade Liu, Vice President, Product Development, Transplant Connect (CA)

  • Organ Donation Advanced Seminar for Standardized Clinical Education (ODASSCE) Workgroup

    ODASSCE Leads

    Co-Chair: Christopher P. Michetti, MD, FACS, FCCM, Associate Chief, Trauma/Acute Care Surgery, Inova Trauma Center, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Associate Professor of Surgery, VCU School of Medicine, Inova Campus (VA)

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

    ODASSCE Section Editors 

    David Nelson, MD, Chief of Heart Transplant Medicine, Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center (OK)

    Christopher P. Michetti, MD, FACS, FCCM, Associate Chief, Trauma/Acute Care Surgery, Inova Trauma Center, Inova Fairfax Hospital, Associate Professor of Surgery, VCU School of Medicine, Inova Campus (VA)

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

    Harry Wilkins, MD, MHCM, FACS, Acute Care Surgeon, Quincy Medical Center (IL) & Medical Director, Midwest Transplant Network (KS)

    J. Javier Provencio, MD, Louise Nerancy Associate Professor in Neurology, Director, Nerancy Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit, Associate Professor, Center for Brain Immunology and Glia, Neuroscience, University of Virginia School of Medicine (VA)

    John E. Belcher, BS, CCEMT-P, CPTC, Advanced Donation Coordinator, New England Donor Services (MA)

    Rick D. Hasz, CPTC, CTP, Vice-President, Clinical Services, Gift of Life Donor Program (PA)

    Thomas A. Nakagawa, MD, FAAP, FCCM, Professor Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Chief, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Director, Pediatric Critical Care, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital (FL)

  • Collaborative Leadership Development Program Workgroup

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

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

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

    Laura M. Stillion, MHA, FACHE, Director, Comprehensive Transplant Center, The Wexner Medical Center at The Ohio State University (OH)

    Olubenga Agbelemose, RT, MBA

    Sandra G. Egnor, RN, BA, BSN, CCRN, Clinical Nurse Manager, Neuroscience Intensive Care – Medical Intensive Care and Medical Emergency Team, Charleston Area Medical Center (WV)

  • 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)

  • Organ Utilization Network Planning Committee

    Barry Massa, Executive Director, LifeCenter Organ Donor Network (OH)

    George E. Loss Jr., MD, PhD, FACS, Chief of Surgical Services, Multi-Organ Transplant Institute, Associate Medical Director and System Chairman, Department of Surgery, Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute (LA)

    Wade Liu, Vice President, Product Development, Transplant Connect (CA)

  • 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, Pre-Transplant Coordinator Special Services (Quality), Harper University Hospital (MI)

  • Patient Communication & Education Module Workgroup

    Gwen McNatt, RN, PhD, CNN, FNP-BC, Director of Operations, Infectious Disease Center and Kovler Organ Transplantation Center Northwestern Memorial Hospital (IL)

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

    Linda McBride, MS, RN, Regional Director of Nursing, Pangea Medical (IL)

  • Transplant and OPO Communication & Relationship Workgroup

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

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

    Christina Dugan, MS, MPH, CPNP, Organ Donation Coordinator & Living Donor Advocate, The Mary Lea Johnson Richards Organ Transplant Center, New York University Langone Medical Center (NY)

    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)