Governing and Medical Advisory Boards
The following individuals and organizations play an essential role in providing guidance for Gift of Life Donor Program's services and programs.
Governing Board Officers:
Alan L. Brechbill, MBA, MHA, chair, executive executive vice president & chief operating officer, Penn State Health
Mr. Brechbill is the executive director for hospital operations for Penn State Health,
including the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, St. Joseph Medical Center and Penn State Children’s Hospital. Prior to joining the Medical Center in 2006, Mr. Brechbill served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer for Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia. He has more than 35 years of university hospital experience, the majority in leadership roles.
Mr. Brechbill has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Colorado, a Master of Health Administration from George Washington University, and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University, Chicago.
Barbara Wadsworth, DPN, RN, vice chair, senior vice president, chief nursing officer, Main Line Health System
Barbara Wadsworth is the senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Main Line Health System. She has more than 26 years of experience in nursing and has held a variety of leadership and management positions in Virginia and Pennsylvania. She received a doctorate in nursing practice, health systems leadership, from Vanderbilt University.
Ms. Wadsworth recently completed the Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Executive Fellows program and was appointed as an Academy of Healthcare Executives Fellow. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, PA State Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. She has also served on the board of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Organization of Nurse Leaders and the Immaculata University MSN Advisory Board, the La Salle Nursing and Allied Professionals Board and the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Nursing Leadership Committee.
Marshall Z. Schwartz, MD, secretary and treasurer, former chief of pediatric surgery and transplant surgeon, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Marshall Z. Schwartz, MD, is professor of surgery and pediatrics, surgeon-in-chief for pediatric surgery at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. He was appointed as president-elect of the American Pediatric Surgical Association in 2010 and has a tenured position on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Surgery Residency Review Committee. Dr. Schwartz has previously been appointed to the American College of Surgeons Board of Regents, as director of the American Board of Surgery and as the chairman of the Pediatric Surgery Board. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School.
He is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare and received recognition in Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Surgeons, Philadelphia magazine’s Top Doctors and Main Line Today’s Best Doctors for Kids. He holds four U.S. patents and is widely published. Dr. Schwartz is also a past chairman of Gift of Life Governing Board.
David A. Pierson, PhD, immediate past chair, donor family member and founder of The Pierson Group
David A. Pierson, PhD, is a donor family member and former president of The Pierson Group, which he founded in 1997. Mr. Pierson is a human resource consultant with extensive experience in developing performance-based compensation programs in a variety of industries including healthcare; medical equipment, electronic and general manufacturing; finance; distribution and consumer products. He was previously a tenured faculty member at Temple University’s Fox School of Business. He was also an instructor in World at Work’s certification series and was honored with their Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Pierson earned a BME in mechanical engineering, a master’s degree in industrial relations, and a PhD in industrial relations, all from the University of Minnesota.
Clyde F. Barker, MD, honorary chairman & co-founder, chairman emeritus, Department of Surgery and transplant surgeon, professor of surgery, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, co-founder, Greater Delaware Valley Society of Transplant Surgeons
Clyde F. Barker, MD, is an investigator in the transplant field. He initiated the transplant program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) in 1966 and helped build it into the largest program in the area. Dr. Barker’s recognitions include the presidency and the Medallion for Scientific Achievement of the American Surgical Association, and the presidency and the Pioneer Award of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons. He has served as chairman of Gift of Life Donor Program’s Governing Board four times since 1974.
In 2010, Dr. Barker received the Medawar Prize from the International Transplant Society. In 2009, Dr. Barker received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society of the University Surgeons and the Thomas E. Starzl Prize in Surgery and Immunology of the Starzl Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. He has authored more than 400 scientific papers.
Governing Board Members:
Martha Anderson, executive vice president of donor services, Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation
Martha Anderson is the executive vice president of donor services at the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, where she manages and directs donor-related services provided to 36 tissue recovery programs. She also oversees two MTF subsidiaries: The International Institute for the Advancement of Medicine (IIAM), which links non-transplantable organs and tissues to scientific researchers, and Statline, which provides donor-related software and other support services for OPOs, tissue banks and transplant centers.
Ms. Anderson is currently a member of LifeSource and is the vice-chair of the board of directors of the New York Alliance for Donation and is a board member of Donate Life America. She has also served on Gift of Life’s Governing & MAPB Boards since 1999.
Margaret A. Belfield, BSN, MSN, chief operating officer/executive vice president, Atlanticare, a member of Geisinger Health System
Margaret A. Belfield, BSN, MSN, has been chief operating officer of Atlanticare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey since 2009. Mrs. Belfield previously served as vice president and administrator of Atlanticare Regional Medical Center’s City Campus, where she provided oversight for the building of the George F. Lynn Harmony Pavilion, the Level II Trauma Center and the Emergency Center. She has also overseen the clinical operations of AtlantiCare’s. Special Care Center (SCC).
Ms. Belfield earned a Master of Science degree in Nursing Administration from San Diego State University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Northern Michigan University.
Stuart H. Fine, DHA, director of the Healthcare Management Program, Fox School of Business, Temple University
Dr. Stuart Fine serves as associate professor and director of healthcare management programs at Temple University’s College of Public Health. He is the past president & CEO of Grand View Hospital and its affiliates and serves on multiple boards of trustees. Dr. Fine has a Bachelor of Science degree in health planning & administration from Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in health administration from Temple University, and a Doctorate in Health Administration from Medical University of South Carolina. He is a fellow in both the American College of Healthcare Executives and College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
Daniel J. Sinnott, president & CEO, Saint Francis Healthcare
An accomplished executive with more than 30 years of healthcare leadership experience, Sinnott became President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Francis Healthcare on November 13, 2017. He formerly served as the senior vice president for business development for the hospital.
Before joining Saint Francis Healthcare, he launched Sinnott Executive Consulting, with the mission of developing strong, ethical leaders. Sinnott also served as CEO of Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he was responsible for the strategic and operational performance of a two-campus, 667-bed facility that earned $615 million in net revenue and had 3,500 employees. Prior to that, he spent 15 years with Catholic Health Initiatives, most recently as senior vice president of operations for a region of 10 hospitals.
Sinnott holds an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Temple University. He completed his undergraduate studies at Mount St. Mary’s College (now Mount St. Mary’s University) in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where he majored in social welfare and sociology and graduated with honors.
He also serves as a Lecturer for a Management Communication course in the Wharton MBA and Executive MBA programs at the University of Pennsylvania. A prolific writer, Sinnott has published several articles focused on executive leadership development.
Warren R. Maley, MD, director, Live Donor Liver Transplant Program, Department of Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Warren R. Maley, MD, serves as the director of the Live Donor Liver Transplant Program, Department of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He is also associate professor of surgery at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Maley has performed extensive research in the fields of liver transplantation and surgical therapy to improve patient safety and care. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgery.
Dr. Maley received Doctor of Medicine and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. He has published research studies in such leading journals as Transplant Proceedings, Transplantation, Liver Transplantation and Annals of Surgery, and has authored or co-authored eight book chapters.
Howard M. Nathan, president & CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program
Howard Nathan is the president & CEO of the Philadelphia-based Gift of Life Donor Program, the largest and one of the oldest organ procurement organizations in the United States. He began working at the organization in 1978 as a transplant coordinator and has led the organization since 1984. 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, and president of the Gift of Life Family House.
Read Howard Nathan’s full bio here.
Medical Advisory and Policy Board Leadership:
Linda Barrasse, MD, chair, donor mom, cardiologist, Greater Valley Cardiology Associates
Linda Barrasse, MD, has worked in private practice as a cardiologist in Scranton, Pennsylvania since 1987. Active in local and national organizations, she serves as a cardiology expert for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) and a fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP). Her special interests involve non-invasive aspects of cardiology, as well as cardiovascular issues surrounding pregnancy.
Dr. Barrasse is a graduate of the School of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as a fellowship in cardiology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Barrasse is also a donor mother and strong advocate for organ donation. Her son, Cody, was fatally struck by a car in the midst of protecting a friend. Cody was able to save many lives through his generosity as an organ and tissue donor.
Christian Bermudez, MD, vice chair, chief, thoracic transplant surgery, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Dr. Bermudez is chief, thoracic transplant surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. He has been on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh since 2006 and from 2013-2015 was chief of cardiothoracic transplantation at Pittsburgh. His research and clinical interests are in thoracic transplantation ECMO and ventricular support devices. He has published 88 peer reviewed papers and he received his medical degree from the University of Concepcion.
Representatives of Transplant Centers:
Stephanie Fuller, MD, associate professor, clinical surgery, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Stephanie Fuller, MD, is an attending surgeon in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She lectures around the world and has published numerous articles in such journals as The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and The Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery. She has authored and co-authored chapters in textbooks for medical students and doctors.
Dr. Fuller earned her medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School and had her residency in general surgery at Albert Einstein Medical Center, and in cardiothoracic surgery at George Washington University and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. She completed her training with a fellowship in congenital cardiothoracic surgery and currently performs heart and lung transplants at CHOP.
Velma P. Scantlebury, MD, associate chief of transplant surgery, Christiana Care Medical Center
Velma P. Scantlebury, MD, is the associate chief of transplant surgery at Christiana Medical Center. Dr. Scantlebury has served as a national spokesperson for Linkages to Life, an initiative to address the shortage of African-American organ donors. In her career, she has performed more than 1,000 kidney transplants.
Dr. Scantlebury earned her medical degree from Columbia University. She was an intern and resident in general surgery at Harlem Hospital Center. She completed her fellowship training in transplantation surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and joined the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor of Surgery in 1989. She rose to the rank of Associate Professor prior to her appointment at the University of Southern Alabama. She has been recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America by BestDoctors.com.
Sunny Fink, MD, transplant surgeon, Crozer-Keystone Health Network
Sunny Fink, M.D., joined the Crozer-Keystone Health System in August 2013 as a transplant and general surgeon. By 2018 she was appointed Surgical Director of Kidney Transplant.
Fink specializes in multi-organ abdominal transplantation surgery with specific emphasis on kidney transplant, including laparoscopic donor nephrectomy and the care of living-donor kidney transplant patients. She also specializes in hepatobiliary surgery. Her practice includes the surgical treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma, Hepatitis C, end stage liver disease, kidney transplant and a variety of other hepatobilliary surgical procedures performed either openly or laparoscopically.
Fink earned both a master’s degree in medical sciences and a doctor of medicine degree from American University of the Caribbean, in St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles. She did post-graduate training at Northwestern Memorial Medical Center in Chicago, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, and Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Nikolaos Chandolias, MD, surgeon, transplant specialist, Einstein Healthcare Center
A graduate of the University of Athens – Medical School, Dr. Chandolias was trained in General Surgery at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University and Albany Medical College, and subsequently completed a Multi-organ Transplant Surgery Fellowship at University of Minnesota. After joining the faculty at Albany Medical College, Dr. Chandolias had primary involvement in the establishment of a pancreas transplant program.
He has been involved in clinical transplant outcome research in the field of pancreas transplantation and is currently completing a Master of Public Health (MPH) program with University of Massachusetts focusing on the socioeconomic impact of renal living donation. Dr. Chandolias is a multi-organ transplant surgeon in the field of kidney, liver and pancreas.
Anil Kotru, MD, abdominal transplant surgeon, Geisinger Medical Center
Anil Kotru, MD, is an abdominal transplant surgeon at Geisinger Medical Center. His practicing specialties are in transplantation surgery, pediatric transplant surgery and surgical oncology. His clinical interests are in adult and pediatric liver transplantation, kidney and pancreas transplantation, complex hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery and vascular access surgery. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Infant Aphakia Treatment Study, International AIDS Society, International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, International Liver Transplantation Society and Master of Royal College of Surgeons, England. Dr. Kotru has Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from Indira Gandhi Medical College and he completed a fellowship in transplant surgery at Washington University Medical Center.
Stephen Guy, MD, FACS, Transplant Surgeon, Tower Health Transplant Institute; Associate Professor, Drexel University College of Medicine
Stephen Guy, MD, FACS, is a kidney and liver transplant surgeon with over 25 years of experience specializing in multi-organ transplant. He was instrumental in developing laparoscopic living donor nephrectomy for kidney transplant, a minimally invasive surgery for individuals donating a kidney. Dr. Guy is also experienced in transplant of high-risk patients, long-term healthcare following transplant, and laparoscopic surgeries.
Before coming to Tower Health, Dr. Guy developed and led several liver and kidney transplant programs in the Philadelphia area. He serves on the medical advisory board of the Gift of Life Donation Program and has recently served, at the national level, on the Kidney Committee of UNOS.
Dr. Guy is also active internationally. He and his team have initiated several renal transplant programs in developing countries that had no previous transplant programs and limited dialysis. He has published in peer review journals on these international surgical missions.
He earned his medical degree from Boston University and completed a Residency and Internship in Surgery at Beth Israel Medical Center, where he was also named Chief Resident in Surgery. Dr. Guy completed a Fellowship in Transplantation at Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Dr. Guy is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Harold C. Yang, MD, PhD, Chief of Transplantation, Harrisburg Hospital
Dr. Yang received his medical degree at the University of Chicago, where he also completed his surgical residency. His fellowship was completed at Massachusetts General Hospital. His specialties include kidney and pancreas transplantation.
Dr. Yang was the Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center from 1987 until 1995. From 1995 to 1999, Dr. Yang was Chief of the Department of Transplantation at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Dr. Yang joined the Pinnacle Health Surgical Staff in October 1999. He currently serves on several hospital committees. Under his leadership, transplantation in central Pennsylvania has experienced both growth and great success.
Adam Bodzin, MD, assistant professor of surgery, division of transplantation, Thomas Jefferson University
Adam S. Bodzin, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Transplantation at Thomas Jefferson University, focusing on abdominal organ transplantation including liver, kidney, as well as pancreas transplantation. He is also involved in research and has focused much of his interest on hepatocellular carcinoma with current ongoing research studies. Additionally, he is the Assistant Program Director for the General Surgery Program and focuses a significant portion of time in resident education. He is current a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons as well as the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.
Dr. Bodzin received his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and his Doctor of Medicine from Boston University. He has published his research in a number of leading journals such as Hepatology, Liver Transplantation, Annals of Surgery, and Journal of Cellular Physiology.
Jamie M. Glorioso,MD, transplant surgery, Lankenau Medical Center
Jaime Glorioso, MD is an abdominal transplant surgeon at Lankenau Medical Center and is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Transplantation at Thomas Jefferson University. Her clinical practice focuses on liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation as well as hepatobiliary surgery. Dr. Glorioso received her Bachelor of Science in biology for the University of Mary Washington prior to attending medical school at the University of Toledo. She completed her general surgery training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and her abdominal transplant fellowship at Johns Hopkins. She is a member of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons serving on the Pipeline Taskforce. She has published over 20 peer reviewed manuscripts and 5 book chapters. Her research is found in leading journals including Liver Transplantation, Journal of Hepatology, and American Journal of Transplantation. Her research has focused on artificial liver support for treatment of acute liver failure and transplantation of hepatitis C positive organs to seronegative recipients.
Christine Du, MD , FACS, kidney transplant and living donor surgeon, division of transplant surgery, Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Dr. Du is the director of the living donor kidney transplant program at Lehigh Valley Hospital. Her focus and expertise is in Living Kidney Donation, Kidney Transplantation, Minimally Invasive Nephrectomy, Peritoneal and Hemodialysis Access. Dr. Du received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and her Medical Degree from Drexel University. She completed her residency program at the Lehigh Valley Hospital and her Fellowship in Abdominal Organ Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Du is board certified by the American Board of Surgery.
Stephen P. Dunn, MD, chairman, department of surgery, division of pediatric solid organ transplantation, Nemours A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children
TakeHiko Dohi, MD, assistant professor of surgery, division of transplantation, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Dr. Dohi is a transplant surgeon at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and an assistant professor of surgery at Penn State College of Medicine. He received his MD from Osaka Medical College in Japan. Dr. Dohi completed fellowships at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Florida and Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Massachusetts. His research interests include liver, cancer and ischemic cholangitis.
Antonio DiCarlo, MD, chief, abdominal organ transplant surgery, associate professor of surgery, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Antonio DiCarlo, MD, is chief, abdominal organ transplant surgery at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and also serves as the chief of abdominal organ transplant at Temple University Hospital. An active researcher, Dr. DiCarlo is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a fellow of the Royal College of Canada and a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.
Dr. DiCarlo earned his medical degree from McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He completed a general surgery residency at McGill University Health Center and an experimental surgery research fellowship at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. Dr. DiCarlo also completed a transplant surgery fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.
Norihisa Shigemura, MD, PhD, surgical director of lung transplantation, Temple University Medical Center
Shigemura is currently an Associate Professor in Cardiovascular Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University and the Surgical Director of Lung Transplantation and Lung Failure at Temple University Hospital. His daily practice involves the care of the sickest patients with advanced lung failure. Many of these patients would not survive without transplantation or an extraordinary level of care and mechanical support including artificial lungs. His research and clinical interests are both focused on improving outcomes and also developing new therapeutic concepts for the patients with advanced lung failure by using not only surgical techniques or evolving technologies but also regenerative medicine, stem cell therapy, and tissue engineering. To this end, I have published consistently over 120 publications in many top-notch science journals. He is an active teacher of residents and fellows and have also taught the colleagues by lecturing nationally and internationally on surgical techniques used in lung transplantation, management for highly complicated patients with advanced lung failure, pre- and post-transplant. As a physician-scientist, he also has extensive experiences with strong passion and consistent research focus on innovating new organ preservation techniques in the lab by using small animal models for the last decade. He has developed ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) systems for rodents and validated EVLP protocols in rodent models while he was the first to publish these innovative techniques (European Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2014). He also subsequently established an EVLP system for human lungs while he was at University Pittsburgh, and in 2014 he performed the first clinical lung transplantation in Pittsburgh using lungs that were maintained on EVLP prior to transplant.
With these achievements, he received 2016 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Research Award in particular for the innovative work of dual ex vivo lung perfusion technique using human lungs. He is a frequent reviewer for the American Journal of Transplantation, Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, and Annals of Thoracic Surgery. He is also currently the Associate Editor of Transplant International which is an official journal of the European Society of Organ Transplantation (ESOT) where he is in charge of cardiopulmonary diseases in clinical and basic science. Further, he has chaired scientific sessions in the annual meetings of the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation and American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), actively stimulating conversation and debate to reinvigorate the field of lung transplantation. He is also currently a board member of The Transplant Network Steering Committee at ACCP since 2016.
As the Surgical Director of Lung Transplantation and Lung Failure at Temple University Hospital, he takes all the responsibilities by not only actively performing complex lung transplant procedures and caring for lung transplant recipients postoperatively but also directing the programmatic decisions in all challenging issues such as the patients’ selection, posttransplant outcomes or any administrative challenges. Throughout his career as a researcher and clinician, he has been consistently passionate for breaking through the current limitations and innovating new treatments for advanced lung failure. He trusts his outstanding efforts will continue to advance the teaching, research and service missions in clinical chest medicine and ultimately improve patient care and human life.
Michael G. Benninghoff, DO, medical director, Wilmington ICU and critical care medicine, ChristianaCare Health System
Michael Benninghoff, D.O. graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa. with a bachelor’s degree in biology and natural sciences before attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine to complete his masters of science in biomedical sciences and physiology. Dr. Benninghoff continued his medical education at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine earning his medical degree in 2001. During his internal medicine residency at Abington Memorial Hospital in Abington, Pa., he served as chief resident in his third year. He went on to complete a pulmonary/critical care fellowship at Penn State College of Medicine, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa. in 2005.
Dr. Benninghoff is board certified in internal medicine, critical care medicine and pulmonary medicine. His professional memberships include; American College of Chest Physicians, Society of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Physicians, American Osteopathic Association and the American Thoracic Society.
Dr. Benninghoff joined Christiana Care in 2008 and is currently the medical director for the Wilmington Hospital intensive care unit. He was the recipient of the Physician Ambassador Award for the Wilmington Hospital ICU in both 2010 and 2012 and has received awards for teaching, including the Specialist of the Year Teaching Award in 2010 and the Clinical Pearls Teaching Award in 2011.
Christian Bermudez, MD, vice chair, chief, thoracic transplant surgery, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (see above)
Category of Representation:
Janine S. Begasse, MBA, BSN, RN, CPHQ, director of quality ARMC, Atlanticare, a member of Geisinger
Janine S. Begasse is responsible for fostering a culture of quality and safety across all disciplines at AtlantiCare. She oversees development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive Performance Improvement Program across the system to improve the quality and safety of patient care. She leads her team and coordinates the program in accordance with The Joint Commission’s, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ and New Jersey Department of Health’s standards and all other regulatory requirements as applicable.
Begasse has earned multiple awards and recognitions including AtlantiCare’s Customer Service, Clinical Manager of the Year, Captured Caring, and iCare Transformational Leadership individual awards; and the President’s Best Financial Award for Nursing Finance, Best Finance: DSRIP (Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program), and Best Innovation: Sepsis Mortality Initiative team awards. She has also earned the Gift of Life Family House’s “Together We Can” Award.
Begasse earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Stockton University, Galloway, N.J. and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
Lanyce Roldan, MSN, RN, chief nurse executive, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health
As the chief nurse executive for Lancaster General Health, Ms. Roldan provides strategic leadership for the organizational structure, operations, program development, staffing requirements, productivity, and quality management for nursing care delivery within the health system.
Ms. Roldan joined Lancaster General Hospital in 1971 as a staff nurse and was tapped progressively for nurse manager and leadership roles in her more than 35 years with the health system. Most recently in the role of interim nursing officer, Roldan enhanced LG Health’s nursing leadership’s relationship with counterparts at Penn Medicine and led collaborative efforts to increase the overall quality and coordination of care.
Ms. Roldan, who holds a BSN from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Health Systems Management from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, works closely with senior management to advance clinical quality throughout LG Health.
Diane L. Wilson, BSN, MSN/MHA, chief operating officer, tissue services, Community Tissue Services in Kettering, Ohio
Diane L. Wilson, BSN, MSN/MHA, is the chief operating officer of tissue services, Community Tissue Services in Dayton, Ohio. Ms. Wilson’s 20 plus years in tissue banking started in 1988, when she became the first director of the Dayton Regional Tissue Bank, which later became Community Tissue Services. In 2005, she received the Kenneth Sell Award, which is given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of tissue banking. In 2009, she was elected president of AATB. She is currently the chairman of the board for the Joint Restoration Foundation, which is the nation’s leader in fresh cartilage distribution. She has co-authored tissue bank standards for the Association of Orthopedic Nurses and the American Association of Blood Banks. Ms. Wilson has Associate of Science degree registered nursing/register nurse from Everett Community College and a RN, BSN, MSN/MHA nursing from the University of Phoenix.
ICU or Emergency Room:
Steven Zanders, DO, critical care medicine, Lehigh Valley Health Network Pocono Health System
Voluntary Health Organization:
Wayne A. Smith, president and chief executive officer, Delaware Healthcare Association
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Wayne Smith received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Delaware in 1984 (along with minors in History and Economics). He earned two master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 in both Governmental Administration and Political Science (International Relations). He was first elected to the Delaware House of Representatives in 1990 at age 28. He was made Chair of the House Revenue and Finance Committee as a freshman legislator and was elected Majority Leader, at age 34, in 1996.
Wayne Smith retired from the Delaware House of Representatives and the position of House Majority in 2007 to assume the Presidency of the Delaware Healthcare Association. The Association is Delaware’s hospital and healthcare industry trade group. The Association represents the industry with State and Federal government, works with planners to integrate healthcare providers with emergency response, homeland security, and epidemiological systems, collects and disseminates data, conducts educational programs for healthcare administrative professionals, and communicates to healthcare leaders and management information that affects the delivery of healthcare services in the State.
Jacqueline S. Urtecho, MD, assistant professor, neurology – cerebrovascular/critical care, Jefferson Health
Jacqueline S. Urtecho, MD is Neurointensivist in the Division of Neurotrauma and Critical Care at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and an Assistant Professor within the departments of Neurological Surgery and Neurology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College within Thomas Jefferson University. In addition to her duties as a neurointensivist, she is a tele-consultant for the Jefferson Tele-Stroke and Tele-ICU programs.
Dr. Urtecho received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Temple University, where she stayed to complete her residency in Neurology. She went on to complete her fellowship in Neurointensive Care at Thomas Jefferson University where she continued as faculty upon graduation. She is an active member of the Neurocritical Care Society, Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Academy of Neurology and the American Heart Association. Dr. Urtecho has co-authored five book chapters and is currently involved in research concerning neuroprognostication after cardiac arrest and brain death. Her collaborative research has been presented at the International Stroke Conference, the Annual Meetings of the American Academic of Neurology and Neurocritical Care Society and has been published within Critical Care Medicine, Neurosurgery, and Neurocritical Care journals.
Peter Lalli, PhD, director, HLA lab, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Hahnemann University Hospital, Carolinas Health Care System
Dr. Lalli received his Doctorate in Immunology from Case Western Reserve University where he studied the role of complement proteins in T cell activation during transplant rejection. He went on to complete a fellowship in histocompatibility testing at Allogen Laboratories at Cleveland Clinic. After completing his fellowship, he moved to Philadelphia to work with LABS, Inc. and the Gift of Life Donor Program, running the HLA and infectious disease testing laboratory. In 2013, Dr. Lalli became the director of the histocompatibility and flow cytometry laboratories at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. He also serves as the director for the histocompatibility laboratory at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA and Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to his clinical roles, Dr. Lalli is the Vice Chairman for the UNOS/OPTN Histocompatibility Committee.
Bishop Ernest McNear, D. Min., founder, True Gospel Tabernacle COGIC INTL
Bishop Ernest McNear founded the True Gospel Tabernacle Church in 1985. Aside from the pastorate at True Gospel Tabernacle Church of God In Christ, he is the Host of True Gospel Time Broadcast, a daily radio program heard daily in the Delaware Valley. Additionally, he is the Principal of True Gospel Tabernacle Learning Center, a state licensed pre-school and grade school. He also preaches locally at other churches and travels across the country and abroad, sharing his Evangelistic Anointing as a preacher. He is the chief adjutant for the COGIC National Orchestra and administrative assistant and district overseer of the Tri-State District, Penn State Jurisdiction Church of God in Christ. He serves as the district overseer of Cape Coast Central District Ghana COGIC, in West Africa.
Ian Hood, MD, chief medical examiner, Burlington County, NJ and forensic pathologist for Chester and Montgomery Counties, Pa.
Ian Hood, MD, is the chief medical examiner of Burlington County, N.J. and a forensic pathologist for Chester and Montgomery Counties, Pa. Mr. Hood worked as an assistant medical examiner in Michigan and as a pathologist in California before coming to Philadelphia in 1989, where he served as the chief deputy in the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office.
Organ Donor Family Member or Living Donor:
Linda Barrasse, MD, donor mom, cardiologist, Great Valley Cardiology Associates (see above: Chair)
Individuals awaiting organ transplant or organ recipient or family member of either:
Joseph Gargiulo, transplant recipient, former director of secondary education, West Shore School District, Lemoyne, PA
Diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease in 1993, Joe was forced to go on dialysis while serving as the school principal of West Shore High School.
He received his first kidney transplant in 1997. In 2003, Joe received his second kidney transplant and a liver transplant. Both took place at Hershey Medical Center.
As a result of his transplants, Joe is in good health and lives every day to the fullest. He and his wife enjoy being new grandparents – a jot he never would have been able to experience without organ donation. Joe volunteers for the Boy Scouts, is a church cantor and participates in local theater productions. In all that he does, Joe incorporates his advocacy for organ donation.
Timmy Nelson, kidney recipient and Gift of Life Ambassador
Nelson has assisted with outreach in the community by speaking at conferences like the Fatherhood conference at Community College of Philadelphia, conferences at houses of worship, at student summits for local high school students, and social media events such as town hall health forums co-hosted with IHeart Media. In April, he traveled to Washington, D.C. with Gift of Life staff to speak to government officials on the importance of supporting measures on behalf of organ and tissue donation awareness. In addition to sharing his story so that more people will be inspired to register as organ and tissue donor, Timmy also educates patients in dialysis facilities about getting listed on the transplant waiting list with Quality Insights Renal Network 4. As an active volunteer at the Gift of Life Donor Program, Timmy has displayed great work ethic, compassion and dedication.
Lynn Fallon, president, CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services
Lynn Fallon is president & co-founder of CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services. She has over 30 years of clinical, academic, and industry experience. Since starting CTI, Lynn has led the development and expansion of the company, including having responsibility for all aspects of the Global Regulatory & Scientific Affairs, Medical Affairs, and Real World Evidence Departments.
Lynn supports many other business units, including the training department, clinical team, business development and proposal operations. Lynn’s teams support our clients through the regulatory authorities, clinical programs and commercialization.
Prior to CTI, Lynn held positions at both Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Fujisawa Healthcare, and she held clinical positions at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, including serving as transplant administrator, transplant coordinator and clinician. Lynn is currently a board member of multiple corporate and non-profit organizations. Lynn received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of the State of New York.
Emily A. Blumberg, MD, director, transplant infectious diseases, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Emily A. Blumberg, MD, is the director of transplant infectious diseases at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; program director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania Department of Medicine; and a professor of medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Her research expertise is in infections in transplant recipients, transplantation in HIV infected patients, antiviral therapies in transplant recipients and donor derived infections. She earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from New York University and had post-graduate training as a resident in medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. She was a clinical fellow and a research fellow in infectious diseases at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her research expertise is in infections in transplant recipients, transplantation in HIV infected patients, antiviral therapies in transplant recipients and donor derived infections.