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, Hospital and Family Services Director, Gift of Life Michigan (MI)

    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

    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)

  • 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)

  • 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)