Board of Directors

The Alliance Board of Directors is comprised of expert leaders from several key national organizations from across the organ donation, transplantation and healthcare community. They are the driving force behind the Alliance’s successful programs and activities. These valued partners work closely with the Alliance team to achieve optimal results on key issues that impact the donation and transplantation industry.

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Current Members

Jennifer Berumen
UCSD Health

Board Role: American Society of Transplantation (AST) Representative to The Alliance Board

Jennifer Berumen, MD, is a surgeon specializing in abdominal transplantation and hepatobiliary (liver and bile duct) surgery. She performs kidney and liver transplants, and performs general surgery in transplant patients.

Dr. Berumen is also director of the living donor kidney transplant program and the surgical director of the pediatric kidney transplant program. at Rady Childrens Hospital. Her research focuses on kidney and liver transplantation in adults and children and has been published in a variety of journals including the American Journal of Transplantation and the Annals of Surgery. She is actively involved in organizations, including the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. She is the Alliance board of directors representative from the AST.

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, and was chosen as the Tulane School of Engineering Young Alumni of the Year in 2018.

Jan Finn
Midwest Transplant Network

Jan Finn

, RN, MSN, CPTC

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 215+ full-time staff and is responsible for a budget of $68 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 is currently President-Elect for AOPO, the association for organ procurement organizations. She holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas as well as other professional degrees.

Nancy Foster
American Hospital Association

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
The Joint Commission

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 Gilroy
Intermountain Healthcare

Board Role: Board Secretary

Hepatologist & Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program

- Intermountain Medical Center, UT

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
Ochsner Health System

Vice President, Transplant Services

- Ochsner Health

A psychiatrist by training, Dr. Hands is a skilled healthcare professional with over 25 years of experience. Since joining Ochsner in 2005, she has been responsible for overseeing all strategic planning, business development and operational components of the International Health and Multi-Organ Transplant Services. Dr. Hands has a distinguished career creating and operating new revenue programs for hospitals. She has had a crucial role in the post Katrina restructure of the Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute, leading with exceptional dedication assuring a multidisciplinary commitment to safety, quality, and the most current evidence-based practices making the Ochsner Transplant Program one of the top programs in the country.

She has also served as member of the Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation- ACOT and is a member of the board of directors for the Alliance. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Legacy Donor Foundation in New Orleans and is a State of Louisiana representative for the Donate Life America Collaborative.

David Klassen
Unos

David Klassen joined UNOS in 2014 as Chief Medical Officer. In this role, Dr. Klassen provides an experienced clinical perspective the UNOS policymaking, research, education, and patient safety efforts. He assists the developing, planning and implementing UNOS’ strategic direction. Prior to coming to UNOS, Dr. Klassen was the Medical Director of the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Programs at the University of Maryland Hospital, where he was as a faculty member beginning in 1986. He has a long history of volunteer leadership with UNOS and many professional societies. Dr. Klassen served on the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors and as a member of the OPTN/UNOS Kidney Transplantation Committee and Membership and Professional Standards committee. He has published extensively in clinical kidney and pancreas transplantation as well as in transplant outcomes and policy.

Dr. Klassen earned his medical degree from the Ohio State University in Columbus and completed his Internal Medicine and Nephrology training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

John Magee
University Of Michigan

Board Role: Past Chair, American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) Representative to The Alliance Board

Jeremiah & Claire Turcotte Professor of Transplant Surgery

- University of Michigan

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
One Legacy

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
LifeGift

Board Role: Board Vice Chair

President & Chief Executive Officer

- LifeGift

Kevin A. Myer, MSHA, serves as president and CEO of LifeGift. LifeGift, based in Houston, Texas works with over 240 hospitals and 9 transplant centers in 109 counties.

Myer joined LifeGift in 2013 from the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), where he was the business director for the Center for Transplant System Excellence. 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, New York. and earned his Master of Science in health administration degree from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He also completed a fellowship in patient safety at Virginia Commonwealth University. Through Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, he has completed the Executive programs in Social Entrepreneurship, Innovative Health Care Leader-Design Thinking to Personal Leadership and most recently in July, 2019, the Mergers and Acquisitions Certificate.

He is a member of the American Society of Transplantation (AST), the International Society of Heart Lung Transplantation (ISHLT), the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and the Alliance for Organ Donation and Transplantation (the Alliance).

Paul Myoung
Massachusetts General Hospital

Senior Administrative Director, Transplant Center, Division of Transplant Surgery and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program

- Massachusetts General Hospital

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 Nakagawa
Uf Medicine

Thomas A. Nakagawa

, MD, FAAP, FCCM

Board Role: Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Representative to The Alliance Board of Directors

Thomas A. Nakagawa, M.D., FAAP, FCCM, is a board certified pediatric critical care specialist. He is a Professor of Pediatrics at The University of Florida College of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Nakagawa serves as the Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Nakagawa also serves as the Assistant Medical Director for Carolina Donor Services in Durham, North Carolina.

Dr. Nakagawa is actively involved with issues pertaining to end-of-life care, organ and tissue donation, neurologic and circulatory determination of death, and ethical issues. Dr. Nakagawa has served on numerous national and international organ donation and transplantation committees, and expert panels. He is a consultant to medical groups and societies for issues pertaining to pediatric organ and tissue donation and determination of circulatory and neurologic death. His leadership roles include involvement with regional advisory boards and national medical societies serving as the Pediatric Representative on the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) Council, and as a member on the Board of Directors for the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance as the representative for SCCM.

Dr. Nakagawa has authored numerous articles and book chapters including pediatric donor management and dosing guidelines utilized by organ procurement organizations nationally. He 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, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Child Neurology Society.

Howard Nathan
Gift Of Life

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.

Patti2
Southwest Transplant Alliance

Board Role: Treasurer

President and Chief Executive Officer

- Southwest Transplant Alliance, TX

Patricia Niles has over 30 years of experience in the organ donation 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 80% increase in the number of organs recovered for transplant. 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.

Kevin Oconnor
Lifecenter

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.

Emma Oriley
American College Of Healthcare Executives

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.

Kelly Ranum
Lopa

Board Role: Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) Representative to The Alliance Board

CEO

- Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, LA

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.

Jon Snyder
Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute

Jon Snyder

, PhD, MS

Director of Transplant Epidemiology

- Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute

Jon Snyder, PhD, serves as the Director of Transplant Epidemiology for the Chronic Disease Research Group of the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI). He has been with HHRI for 21 years working in the field of solid organ transplantation. He has operated the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) since 2010, serving as the Director of the SRTR since 2019. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance and Donate Life America, and he is a member of the Clinical Policy Board of LifeSource. He is a Statistical Editor for the American Journal of Transplantation and an Associate Editor for Transplantation. Dr. Snyder earned his Doctorate in Epidemiology and his Masters in Biostatistics from the University of Minnesota, where he also is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Medical School and holds an adjunct faculty position in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health.

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