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2023 National Leadership Councils

The Alliance Announces 2023 Council Leadership and Council Members


The Alliance is pleased to announce the national leaders serving on its 2023 National Leadership Councils.

“The Alliance unites the organ donation, transplantation and healthcare communities to promote collaboration, cascade innovations and share effective practices. Our three National Leadership Councils serve at the very core of what we do,” says Karri Hobson-Pape, Executive Director of The Alliance.

The Alliance currently has 18 active workgroups focused on developing programs and resources inspired by ideas brought forward by the national councils. In addition, council members serve as advocates within their organizations and across their network to bring issues to the council for discussion and share learning programs that are currently available.

“These national leaders help exchange multidisciplinary expertise, and guide us in developing vital programming for the community of practice,” says Deanna Fenton, Senior Manager of Educational Program Development and Operations, who leads the council activities. “Over the years, we’ve accomplished a great deal with the development of such programs as The Alliance’s Mentorship Program, Advancement Learning Series, and the ever-evolving Community Resource Toolbox.”

The full membership of each council covers the expansive competencies involved in the donation and transplantation continuum. The Alliance Board of Directors also has one liaison representative on each council. You can see additional detail about each member by clicking on their profiles below.

2023 National Transplant Leadership Council

Chair: Tamra Magee, Director, Center for Transplantation, UC San Diego Health
Chair-Elect: Lindsay Smith, RN, MSN, Transplant Quality Director, Vanderbilt Transplant Center
Immediate Past Chair: Randy Sung, MD, Associate Professor of Transplant Surgery, Michigan Medicine

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Andrea Burkholder
LCSW, CCTSWBanner University Medical Center - Tucson
Christopher Wood
Christopher Wood
MBAUPMC Transplantation Services
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Deann Fath
CPA, MBAOchsner Health System
Erin Wells
Erin Wells
RN, BSN, MHA, CCTCLoma Linda University Medical Center
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Jason Saude
UC San Diego Health
Joann Brooks
Joann Brooks
RN, BS, MSNUniversity of Michigan Transplant Center
Kimberly Rallis
Kimberly Rallis
BS, MHAUofL Health-Jewish Hospital, Trager Transplant Center
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Kristin Mekeel
MDUC San Diego Health
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Laura Vinson
Children's Medical Center
Lindsay Smith
RN, MSNVanderbilt Transplant Center
Ljiljana Saponja
Ljiljana Saponja
Rush University Medical Center
Paul Myoung
Paul Myoung
MHA, FACHEMassachusetts General Hospital
Randall Sung
Randall Sung
MDUniversity of Michigan
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Robert Harland
MD, FACSUniversity of Arizona
Susan Mandell
Susan Mandell
MD, PhDUniversity of Colorado
Tamra Magee
Tamra Magee
UC San Diego Health

National Donation Leadership Council

Chair: Dominic Adorno, Vice President of Clinical Operations, LifeCenter Northwest
Chair-Elect: Katie McKee, Director, Hospital Services and Donor Family Aftercare, LifeSource
Immediate Past Chair: Dan Lebovitz, MD, Associate Division Chief, Pediatric Critical Care, Akron Children’s Hospital

Adam Schiavi
Adam Schiavi
MD, PhDJohns Hopkins Hospital
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Brendan Parent
JDNYU Langone Health
Christie Ryan
Center for Organ Recovery and Education
Christine Radlovic Gift Of Life Donor Program
Christine Radolovic
Gift of Life Donor Program
Dan Lebovitz
Dominic Adorno
Dominic Adorno
LifeCenter Northwest
Donna Smith
Donna Smith
Sierra Donor Services
Emily Vail
Emily Vail
MD, MScPerelman School of Medicine
Fady Nasrallah
MDScripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla
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Jennifer Prinz
RN, MPHDonor Alliance
Katie McKee
Katie McKee
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Michelle Reef
Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
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Robin Ohkagawa
BA, BSN, RN, CPTCNew England Donor Services
Rondi Gelbard
Rondi Gelbard
MD, FACSUAB Hospital
Schawnte Williams-Taylor

National Innovation Leadership Council

Chair: Gina Dunne Smith, Executive Director, International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM)
Chair-Elect: Macey Levan, JD, PhDAssociate Professor of Surgery and Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Director, Center for Surgical and Transplant Applied Research Qualitative Core at NYU Langone Health

Barry Friedman
Barry Friedman
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Bhargav Mistry
MD, FRCSEng, FRCSI, FACSSanford Heatlh
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Dalton Shaull
David Axelrod
MD, MBAUniversity of Iowa Hospital and Clinics
Dirk Slaker
Dirk Slaker
MDOptum Health Solutions
George Mazariegos
George Mazariegos
MDUniversity of Pittsburgh - Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
Gina Dunne Smith
Gina Dunne Smith
IIAM (International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine)
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Janice Whaley
MPH, CPTC, CTBSDonor Network West
Jennifer Muriett
Jennifer Muriett
MSN, BSN, CPTCDonor Alliance
Jerome Saltarrelli
Jerome Saltarrelli Jr.
PhD, F(ACHI)McGovern Medical School - UTHealth
Kevin Cmunt
Kevin Cmunt
GIft of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network
Lee Keddie
BSME, PEngCompuMed Inc
Macey Levan
JD, PhDNYU Langone, Grossman School of Medicine
Molina Maria
Maria Molina
MSN, CRNPUniversity of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
Mark Hobeika
Mark Hobeika
MDHouston Methodist Hospital
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Yvette Chapman
BSN, CCTCMethodist Dallas Medical Center

The National Councils meet quarterly and have additional workgroup meetings to launch initiatives.  For more information about the councils and their charter, please click here.

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