Community Volunteers

The Alliance

The Alliance is proud of its dedicated community of hundreds of professional volunteers, including healthcare, organ donation and transplantation professionals from diverse disciplines and levels of leadership. Together, they give their time, service and expertise to equip a modern profession of lifesavers.

Interested in Volunteering?

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a council, committee, faculty or workgroup member, please contact The Alliance at [email protected] or call 786-866-8730.

Councils, Workgroups, Faculty and Committees

The Alliance is proud of its dedicated community of hundreds of professional volunteers, including healthcare, organ donation and transplantation professionals from diverse disciplines and levels of leadership. Together, they give their time, service and expertise to equip a modern profession of lifesavers.

These councils began operation in January 2015 with the main purpose of advancing the industry’s efforts to increase and improve the organ donation process, end deaths on the transplant waiting list and explore innovative practices for improving donation and transplantation outcomes.

National Leadership Councils

The Alliance is proud to host three national leadership councils, comprised of representatives from diverse disciplines and levels of leadership across the donation and transplantation continuum. Together, they give of their time and expertise to equip a modern profession of lifesavers through the development of scalable, targeted solutions for the community of practice.

The Donation Leadership Council will work to develop and provide resources and education to improve and advance the organ donation process. The council will support hospital and donation professionals’ efforts in the sharing of knowledge, data and successful practices as it relates to identification of potential donors, family support and communication, and optimizing the availability of organs for transplantation.

2022 National Donation Leadership Council Members

Dominic Adorno
Dominic Adorno
LifeCenter Northwest
Rondi Gelbard
Rondi Gelbard
MD, FACSUAB Hospital
Lebovitz
Dan Lebovitz
MDLifebanc
Katie McKee
Katie McKee
LifeSource
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Fady Nasrallah
MDScripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla
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Rosemary O’Meeghan
MBBSOneLegacy
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Robin Ohkagawa
BA, BSN, RN, CPTCNew England Donor Services
Brendan Parent
Brendan Parent
JDNYU Langone Health
Judith Pepe
Judith Pepe
MDHartford Hospital
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Jennifer Prinz
RN, MPHDonor Alliance
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Christine Radolovic
Gift of Life Donor Program
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Michelle Reef
Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
Smith Sophia
Sophia Smith
MDChildren's National Hospital
Donna Smith
Donna Smith
Sierra Donor Services
Emily Vail
Emily Vail
MD, MScPerelman School of Medicine
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Schawnte Williams-Taylor
MBA, MSML, RN, CCRN-K, CPTCLifeGift

The Alliance Transplant Leadership Council will work to promote engagement of transplant centers by identifying issues and developing programs and resources relevant to transplant center performance and advancement. The council will support transplant center professionals’ efforts to end deaths on the national organ transplant waiting list, increase organ utilization and improve transplant patient outcomes.

2022 National Transplant Leadership Council Members

Joann Brooks
Joann Brooks
RN, BS, MSNUniversity of Michigan Transplant Center
Leigh Ann Burgess
Leigh Ann Burgess
Methodist Healthcare
Erika Dudley
Erika Dudley
BSNChildren's Hospital of Michigan
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Robert Harland
MD, FACSUniversity of Arizona
Tamra Magee
Tamra Magee
UC San Diego Health
Susan Mandell
Susan Mandell
MD, PhDUniversity of Colorado School of Medicine
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Kristin Mekeel
MDUC San Diego Health
Paul Myoung
Paul Myoung
MHA, FACHEMassachusetts General Hospital
Kimberly Rallis
Kimberly Rallis
BS, MHAUofL Health-Jewish Hospital, Trager Transplant Center
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Ljiljana Saponja
Rush University Medical Center
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Jason Saude
UC San Diego Health
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Lindsay Smith
RN, MSNVanderbilt Transplant Center
Randall Sung
Randall Sung
MDMichigan Medicine
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Erin Wells
RN, BSN, CCTCLoma Linda University Medical Center
Christopher Wood
Christopher Wood
MBAUPMC Transplantation Services

The Leadership and Innovation Council will facilitate leadership networking and innovative idea exchange, development and implementation within the organ donation and transplantation community in an effort to save and heal more lives.

2022 National Innovation Leadership Council Members

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David Axelrod
MD, MBAUniversity of Iowa Hospital and Clinics
Bingaman
Adam Bingaman
MDMethodist Speciality and Transplant Hospital
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Yvette Chapman
BSN, CCTCSouthwest Transplant Alliance
Kevin Cmunt
Kevin Cmunt
GIft of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network
Gina Dunne Smith
Gina Dunne Smith
IIAM (International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine)
Barry Friedman
Barry Friedman
AdventHealth Transplant Institute
Mark Hobeika
Mark Hobeika
MDHouston Methodist Hospital
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Macey Levan
JD, PhDNYU Grossman School of Medicine
George Mazariegos
George Mazariegos
MDUPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
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Bhargav Mistry
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Molina Maria
Maria Molina
MSN, CRNPUniversity of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
Jennifer Muriett
Jennifer Muriett
MSN, BSN, CPTCDonor Alliance
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Jerome Saltarrelli
PhD, F(ACHI)University of Texas McGovern Medical School
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Dalton Shaull
OmniLife
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Janice Whaley
MPH, CPTC, CTBSDonor Network West
Scott Wunsch
Scott Wunsch
Trinity Air Medical

Advancement Series Faculty

The Alliance Live Advancement Series presents more than 25 live webinar programs per year on relevant, timely topics impacting the donation and transplantation community of practice. From emerging donation practices to transplant patient care and survey preparedness, you will find multiple webinar topics that meet your needs and improve your subject knowledge.

Webinar topics are identified, coordinated and moderated by national faculty workgroups, comprised of leading professionals across the community, and are devised into four key content areas.

Learn more about the Live Advancement Series

2022 Donation Focus Advancement Series Faculty

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Christy Bridwell
BA, MPHNevada Donor Network
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Susan Cameron
LifeCenter Northwest
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Sandra Egnor
Charleston Area Medical Center
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Lance Eliason
MPHNevada Donor Network
Brooke Garvis
Brooke Garvis
MPA, SHRM CPMidwest Transplant Network
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Faith Hilterbrand
Lifeline of Ohio
Megan Lang
Megan Lang
RN, BSN, CPTCIowa Donor Network
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Yve Simoneaux
BSN, RN, CCRN-KLouisiana Organ Procurement Agency
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Lindsey Speir
MHA, BSN, RN, CPTCMid-America Transplant
Erika Wilkerson
Erika Wilkerson
Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network

2022 Transplant Focus Advancement Faculty

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Julie Anderson
MSN, MPH, RN, CCTCMedical University of South Carolina
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Jamie Bucio
CPTC, EMT-PUChicago Medicine
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Talia Giordano
MSW, LCSWGift of Life Family House
Laura Hanpeter
Laura Hanpeter
MHSANebraska Medicine
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Kathleen Hogan
Henry Ford Hospital
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Chris Mattson
UH Hospitals
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Sarah Moran
LCSW, CCTSWMaine Transplant Program
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Carson Phillips
MSN, RN, NE-BCUAB Medicine
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Melissa Skalicky
St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital
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Lindsay Smith
RN, MSNVanderbilt Transplant Center
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Lecia Snell Kinen
MSN, RNNebraska Medical Center
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Randall Sung
MDMichigan Medicine
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Lacy Ternes
PharmD, BCPSFroedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
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Mareyka Webb
Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center

2021 Innovation Advancement Series Faculty

Gina Dunne Smith
Gina Dunne Smith
IIAM (International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine)
Chris Jaynes
Chris Jaynes
Renovera
Wade Liu
Wade Liu
Transplant Connect, Inc.
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Matthew Wingler
CPTCLifeLine of Ohio
Brandi Zofkie
Brandi Zofkie
Lung Bioengineering Inc

Collaborative Events Committee

The Alliance National Critical Issues Forum Committee works together to develop this 2-day biennial event. Key hospital system, transplant, OPO and physician/surgical leaders are invited to convene for a collaborative discussion, identifying strategies for increasing organ donation and transplantation. This year’s forum, Destination Thinking, examines strategies to craft plans for the future, to capitalize on changes in the field and to cultivate more effective partnerships – ultimately saving more lives.
Every other year,

The Alliance National Donor Management Summit Committee work in collaboration to bring together OPO, hospital and transplant partners to discuss effective integration of donor management practices throughout the continuum of care. Each summit focuses on successful strategies to enhance performance and improve donor outcomes in the evolving domain of organ, eye and tissue donation.

The Exploratory Seminar is an interactive course designed by the Exploratory Seminar Workgroup. This full-day course broadly examines the comprehensive donation and transplantation process for the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

For more educational programs, visit The Alliance event calendar

The Alliance hosts the National Critical Issues Forum, a one-of-a-kind biennial event geared toward collective ideation among the donation and transplantation professional community. Each forum takes on critical topics affecting the community and leverages The Alliance’s unique collaborative platform to create innovative solutions, and develop the necessary tools to effect change.

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2022 National Critical Issues Forum Planning Committee

Nancy Foster
Nancy Foster
American Hospital Association, D.C.
Richard Gilroy
Richard K. Gilroy
MDIntermountain Medical Center, UT
Rich Hasz
Richard Hasz
Gift of Life Donor Program
John Magee
John Magee
MDUniversity of Michigan
Jon Snyder
Jon Snyder
PhD, MSHennepin Healthcare Research Institute
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Janice Whaley
MPH, CPTC, CTBSDonor Network West

The National Donor Management Summit brings together national and locally recognized experts in the field of donation and transplantation to share and discuss how to effectively integrate organ donor management practices throughout the continuum of care.

Learn more about the National Donor Management Summit

The planning committee is in the early stages of development. Additional information will be shared in the future.

2021 National Donor Management Summit Planning Committee

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Cynthia Gries
MD, MScAdventHealth Orlando
S. Kirchner
Sandy Kirchner
MSN, APRN, CCRN, TCRN, AGACNP-BCBryan Medical Center - Bryan Trauma
Matthew Kirschen
Matthew Kirschen
MD, PhDChildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Katie McKee
Katie McKee
LifeSource
Kelly Ranum
Kelly Ranum
Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, LA
Adam Schiavi
Adam Schiavi
MD, PhDJohns Hopkins Hospital
Smith Sophia
Sophia Smith
MDChildren's National Hospital
Thomas Tommy
Tommy Thomas
MD, PhDEmory University

The Alliance Organ Donation and Transplantation Exploratory Seminar (commonly known as ODASSCE: Organ Donation Education for Clinicians) is an interactive course designed to broadly examine the comprehensive donation and transplantation process for the multidisciplinary healthcare team.

This course introduces the clinical and legal considerations of donation and transplantation, administrative processes, family care and dynamics of synergistic healthcare partnerships.

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2021 Exploratory Seminars Faculty

Rondi Gelbard
Rondi Gelbard
MD, FACSUAB Hospital
Galen Henderson
Galen Henderson
MD, FNCSBrigham and Women's Hospital
Lebovitz
Dan Lebovitz
MDLifebanc
Christopher Michetti
Christopher Michetti
MD, FACS, FCCM
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Ahmad Mirza
MDAugusta University Medical Center
Randall Sung
Randall Sung
MDMichigan Medicine

Workgroups

Alliance Executive Insight Series Workgroups

The Alliance Executive Insight Series is a publication of semi-annual one-page issues that focus on topics relevant to healthcare senior executives. Each issue is accompanied by resources, tools and videos in which field experts offer expanded insights. This collection is published as a tool to engage executive senior leaders in donation and transplantation-related information. The publication offers two tracks–the Hospital Executive Insights and the Transplant Executive Insights.

The Hospital Executive Insight Series is designed for healthcare senior executives. These brief, bi-annual issues focus on organ, eye, and tissue donation-related topics relevant to top-tier hospital leadership. For each topic, you can find related references, resources, and tools.

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2022 Hospital Executive Insight Series Workgroup

Kevin Cmunt
Kevin Cmunt
GIft of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network
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Brittyne Dunn
Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates
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Amanda Habermehl
ConnectLife
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Faith Hilterbrand
Lifeline of Ohio
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Michelle Moring
Versiti Organ and Tissue
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Matthew Niles
Washington Regional Transplant Community
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Robin Ohkagawa
BA, BSN, RN, CPTCNew England Donor Services
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Michelle Reef
Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
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Shante Wells
LifeGift

The Transplant Executive Insight Series is designed for healthcare senior executives of transplant centers and hospitals. These brief, bi-annual issues focus on transplant-related topics relevant to top-tier hospital leadership.

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2022 Transplant Executive Insight Series Workgroup

Joann Brooks
Joann Brooks
RN, BS, MSNUniversity of Michigan Transplant Center
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Jamie Bucio
CPTC, EMT-PUChicago Medicine
Barry Friedman
Barry Friedman
AdventHealth Transplant Institute
Tamra Magee
Tamra Magee
UC San Diego Health
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Lindsay Smith
RN, MSNVanderbilt Transplant Center
Laura Stillion
Laura Stillion
MHA, FACHEOhio State University Wexner Medical Center
Christopher Wood
Christopher Wood
MBAUPMC Transplantation Services

The Alliance Mentorship Program

With more than 220 professionals currently involved in mentor-mentee matches, the Mentorship Program has grown significantly since the first 70-person cohort in October 2017.

The 2020-2021 Mentorship Workgroup combines OPO and transplant professionals to develop a program that provides a broad perspective. Their knowledge of their own organization’s learning culture and training & development programs help to inform the quality of the program. Each agrees to serve a one-year minimum commitment, though several have stayed for multiple years to guide the ongoing development and growth of the program.

Read more about the program in the News Center

The OPO Mentorship Program seeks to engage new OPO professionals (or those new to their role) by connecting them with experienced professionals across the country – providing encouragement, inspiration, and paving the way to career success and longevity.

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2020 OPO Mentorship Program Workgroup

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Jonathan Carrier
LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services
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Lee Nolen
RN, BSN, CPTCTennessee Donor Services

The goal of this program is to establish a network of support for transplant professionals, in order to inspire, encourage and pave the way to career success and longevity in a high-stakes career field.

2020 Transplant Mentorship Program Workgroup

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Lindsay Smith
RN, MSNVanderbilt Transplant Center
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Erin Wells
RN, BSN, CCTCLoma Linda University Medical Center

Onboarding U

OnboardingU is a series of online learning modules designed to supplement a transplant center’s existing employee orientation program. By providing staff with expertly-developed content, this orientation tool creates an understanding of the roles and interconnected responsibilities of the multidisciplinary transplant team.

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2020 Transplant Onboarding U Program Workgroup

Joann Brooks
Joann Brooks
RN, BS, MSNUniversity of Michigan Transplant Center
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Jamie Bucio
CPTC, EMT-PUChicago Medicine
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Karen Hadzic
MSN, RNSpectrum Health
Valinda Jones
Valinda Jones
MSN, RNOrgan Donation and Transplantation Alliance

2021 Transplant Onboarding U Inpatient Nurse Program Workgroup

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Angela Gregos
BSN, RN, CCTCOchsner Medical Center
Valinda Jones
Valinda Jones
MSN, RNOrgan Donation and Transplantation Alliance
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Sabrina Self
MSN, RN, BCUAMS Medical Center

Conversation Series

The Alliance Conversation Series is a cost-free, fast-paced collaborative opportunity delivered live online throughout the year that highlights effective donation and transplantation practices across the country. Through shared insight, multidisciplinary experts identify solutions to critical challenges affecting the community of practice.

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2022 Conversation Series Workgroup

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Steven Blackburn
MBA, BSHS, LSSBBLifeGift
Joann Brooks
Joann Brooks
RN, BS, MSNUniversity of Michigan Transplant Center
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Amanda Habermehl
ConnectLife
Katie McKee
Katie McKee
LifeSource
Gwen McNatt
Gwen McNatt
RN, PhD, CNN, FNP-BCUniversity of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
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Kristine Roberts Frumento
Donor Network of Arizona
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Candy Wells
BSN, MMLifeCenter Northwest

Diversity-Focused Conversation Series

The Alliance’s Diversity-Focused Conversation Series spotlights diversity, equity, and inclusion practices within the donation and transplant communities. Through these insightful discussions, organizations and their leaders will be equipped with the tools and effective practices needed  to evaluate their current initiatives, identify improvement strategies, and promote positive changes to their program through recruitment, hiring, training, mentoring, and retention practices that foster a diversified workforce.

2022 Diversity-Focused Conversation Series

Karim Ali
Karim Ali
Muslim Life Planning Institute
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Sherry Barger
CISM, IFOC Public Trust
Chapman Remonia
Remonia Chapman
Gift of Life Michigan
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Heather Gardiner
MS, PhD, MPHTemple University
Sal Guerrero
Salvador Guerrero
MDDonor Network West
Valinda Jones
Valinda Jones
MSN, RNOrgan Donation and Transplantation Alliance
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Lydia Lam
MD, FACSKeck Hospital of USC
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Kristin Mekeel
MDUC San Diego Health
Michael Munoz Romero
Michael Munoz-Romero
BSN, RN, CCRN, CPTCKeck Hospital of USC
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Ingrid Palacios
New England Donor Services
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Tatiana Quiroga
Come Out With Pride Orlando
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Janice Whaley
MPH, CPTC, CTBSDonor Network West

Community Resources

Our teams of experts work tirelessly to maintain the collections of resources so healthcare professionals like yourself in the donation and transplantation community have the current information they need to make smart, informed decisions.

Our Comprehensive Guides & Tools

In an effort to enhance collaborations between community hospitals and their local organ procurement organization, and to increase donation performance, The Alliance Donation Leadership Council along with the Community Hospital Resource Workgroup, content editors and the Alliance staff have developed an online Community Hospital Resource Guide.  This comprehensive, electronic resource designed to:

  • Increase awareness of hospital data measuring donation performance
  • Provide essential education on donor management processes and practices
  • Provide model practices for collaboration and communication between OPOs and hospitals, including implementation of interdisciplinary donation councils
  • Offer suggested resources for donation education

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Amy Clark
Center for Organ Recovery & Education
Jennifer Daniel
Jennifer Daniel
RN, CCRNKentucky Organ Donor Affiliates
Lebovitz
Dan Lebovitz
MDLifebanc
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Rosemary O’Meeghan
MBBSOneLegacy
Smith Sophia
Sophia Smith
MDChildren's National Hospital
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Michael Souter
MB, ChB, DA, FRCA, FNCSHarborview Medical Center

The Alliance DCD workgroup researches and curates tools for effective and efficient practices related to donation following circulatory death

Julius Balogh
Julius Balogh
MDUAMS Medical Center
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Zachary Bauman
MDNebraska Medical Center
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Hilary Czarda
MSWDonate Life America
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Jason Foster
HonorBridge
Gerard Fulda
Gerard Fulda
MDChristiana Hospital
Rondi Gelbard
Rondi Gelbard
MD, FACSUAB Hospital
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Christopher Gravelyn
Gift of Life Michigan
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Elizabeth Gundersen
MD, FHM, FAAHPMCharles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University
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Steven Hanish
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Mark Hobeika
Mark Hobeika
MDHouston Methodist Hospital
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Clint Hostetler
RN, CTP, CPTCLifeShare of Oklahoma
Lebovitz
Dan Lebovitz
MDLifebanc
Susan Mandell
Susan Mandell
MD, PhDUniversity of Colorado School of Medicine
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Stacy McLeese
Gift of Life Michigan
Joshua Medow
Joshua Medow
MDUniversity of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
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Ian Mogg
Gift of Life Michigan
Marina Moguilevitch
Marina Moguilevitch
MDMontefiore Hospital
Thomas Nakagawa
Thomas A. Nakagawa
MD, FAAP, FCCMUniversity of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville
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Fady Nasrallah
MDScripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla
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Brandon Nave
LifeShare of Oklahoma
Judith Pepe
Judith Pepe
MDHartford Hospital
Smith Sophia
Sophia Smith
MDChildren's National Hospital
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Donna Smith
University of Michigan Medical Center
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William Thompson
Gift of Life Michigan
Nicole Turgeon
Nicole Turgeon
MD, FACSThe University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School and Dell Seton Medical Center
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Tyler Weiss
MSc, RRT, RRT-ACCS, AE-CRush University Medical Center
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Schawnte Williams-Taylor
MBA, MSML, RN, CCRN-K, CPTCLifeGift

Workgroups in Development

As The Alliance, we do not wait for answers; we find them. Every day, we are rolling up our sleeves to create forums for sharing of expertise, exchanging new effective practices, and advancing our network of leaders.

The following workgroups are in the early stages of development. Additional information will be shared in the future.

This workgroup is in the early stages of development. Additional information will be shared in the future.

This workgroup is in the early stages of development. Additional information will be shared in the future.