Charlie Alexander

President and Chief Executive Officer at The Living Legacy Foundation, MD

Charles Alexander has been active in the field of transplantation since 1995. He began his career at The LLF as an Operating Room Perfusionist and later fulfilled the role of Organ Recovery Coordinator. In 1999, he started the Hospital Development Department for the organization and later became the Manager of Hospital Services. In 2003, Alexander became the Director of Clinical and Hospital Services. In April of 2004, Alexander was recruited to become the President & CEO of the organization.



George F. Bergstrom

Vice President, Member Relations at the American Hospital Association (AHA), IL

George F. Bergstrom, FACHE, is the Vice President, Member Relations at the American Hospital Association (AHA), Chicago, IL.  His responsibilities include institutional and associate membership relations and development, and management of the AHA’s nine regional offices, in addition to serving as AHA regional executive in Indiana.  He has been with the Association for 40 years, and has had responsibility for managing the relationships and communications with the state, regional, and metropolitan hospital associations; and serving as AHA liaison to the Conference of Metropolitan Hospital Associations.  Early in his career, Mr. Bergstrom was the executive director of the AHA’s Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management.


Tom Bleck

Associate Chief Medical Officer at Rush University Medical Center, IL

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Lori E. Brigham

President and Chief Executive Officer at the Washington Regional Transplant Community, DC

Lori E. Brigham is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Washington Regional Transplant Community. Ms. Brigham has been with the WRTC since its inception in 1987.  She is currently serving as the President of Donate Life Maryland.  She is a current member of the Board of Directors of the United Network of Organ Sharing and its Corporate Affairs Committee. She is a recent past Chairperson of the UNOS Organ Procurement Committee, and has served on the UNOS OPO Committee Performance Metrics work group and its DSA Productivity Task Force.  She also served as a member of the UNOS Vessel Policy work group, and the UNOS Patient Information Sharing Task Force.


Mark A. Crafton

Executive Director of Communications & External Relations at The Joint Commission, IL

Mark A. Crafton is the executive director of communications and external relations for The Joint Commission.  In this role, Mr. Crafton oversees all Joint Commission activities related to communications, corporate marketing, market research and state relations.  Mr. Crafton is a frequent speaker at national conferences on topics related to quality, safety and accreditation. Before joining The Joint Commission, Mr. Crafton was the senior director of advocacy for the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.


Danielle Cornell

Executive Director at LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services, FL

Danielle Cornell joined LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services, the OPO serving a 36-county region in northern Florida 21 years ago.  For the past 12 years she has served as the Executive Director.  Danielle has served on numerous committees for AOPO and HRSA, including various Chair and Co-Chair positions. She has also served on the UNOS/OPTN OPO Committee.  Currently, Danielle serves on the Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation (ACOT) and various Boards within the industry. In June 2008, she received the AOPO/Sallop Excellence in Leadership Award.


Sue Dunn

President & Chief Executive Officer at Donor Alliance, CO

Since 2004 Sue Dunn has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Donor Alliance, a nonprofit, community focused organ procurement organization serving Colorado and most of Wyoming. The company is federally-designated and an American Association of Tissue Banks accredited tissue bank. Sue’s career spans nearly three decade in the industry of organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation.

Donor Alliance stands out among the nation’s organ procurement organizations and has improved the climate for transplant patients in Colorado and Wyoming. Under Sue’s leadership, Colorado and Wyoming have grown to boast some of the highest donor designation rates in the country, which directly translates to more lives saved and improved through organ, eye and tissue transplantation.


Susan Gunderson

Chief Executive Officer at LifeSource, MN

Susan Gunderson has served as Chief Executive Officer of LifeSource since its inception in 1989.  LifeSource is the federally designated organ procurement organization for Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and portions of western Wisconsin; and is also an AATB accredited tissue bank. Ms. Gunderson is a past president of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and has served on the boards of multiple national organizations including the United Network for Organ Sharing, the Alliance for Organ Donation and Transplantation, The Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation and the Minnesota Medical Foundation. In 2001 she was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy G. Thompson, to the Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation.


John Magee, MD

Professor in the Section of Transplantation, Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan, MI

John Magee, MD is a Professor in the Section of Transplantation, Department of Surgery. Dr. Magee 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 at 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. Tom 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.


Howard Nathan

President & Chief Executive Officer at 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 192 professionals. He began working at the organization 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. Gift of Life has 15 transplant centers with 42 organ-specific programs and 130 donor hospitals. 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 new Gift of Life Family House.


Richard Pietroski

Chief Executive Officer at Gift of Life Michigan, MI

Richard Pietroski, Gift of Life’s Chief Executive Officer since 2008, manages every aspect of Michigan’s only organ recovery organization and its180 employees. Rich works with transplant centers, hospital administrators, elected officials and community leaders to inspire more organ donors and bolster the number of transplants in Michigan.

In 2004, Rich became a tissue recipient when doctors repaired his shoulder with tendons from a 21-year-old police officer who died in the line of duty.


Brian M Shepard

Chief Executive Officer at United Network for Organ Sharing, VA

Brian Shepard, as Chief Executive Officer, directs the efforts of more than 300 United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) staff to ensure that the nation’s transplant network efficiently and fairly serves the needs of transplant candidates and recipients, living donors and donor family members, and transplant professionals. He reports to the UNOS President and interacts routinely with the UNOS Board of Directors and staff of federal oversight agencies to plan and accomplish strategic goals and objectives. Shepard joined UNOS in 2010 as Director of Policy and has served as Chief Operating Officer and interim Chief Executive Officer.  Prior to joining UNOS, Shepard served 15 years in various high-level positions in Virginia state government, including the Director of Policy for the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In that position, Shepard worked directly with the governor to help identify the policy priorities of the Commonwealth. Shepard holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg.


Jon Snyder, PhD

Director of Transplant Epidemiology for the Chronic Disease Research Group, MN

Jon Snyder, PhD, serves as the Director of Transplant Epidemiology for the Chronic Disease Research Group of the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In his role, he serves as a Senior Epidemiologist and Director of Operations for the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients. He has more than 13 years of experience analyzing transplant data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN). In his role with the SRTR, Dr. Snyder oversees production and development of the program- and OPO-specific reports. In addition to his work with the SRTR, Dr. Snyder serves as a co-investigator for the United States Renal Data System and holds a faculty position in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health in Minneapolis, Minnesota.