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:
Barbara Wadsworth, DNP, RN, Chair, Chief Operating Officer, Main Line Health System
Ms. Wadsworth 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 in 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, the Immaculata University MSN Advisory Board, the La Salle Nursing and Allied Professionals Board and the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Nursing Leadership Committee.
Sean Dukes, Vice Chair, Heart Recipient, Vice President of Operational Excellence, BAE Systems, Inc.
Sean Dukes is the vice president of operational excellence for the platforms and services sector at BAE Systems, Inc., focused on driving positive resolutions and delivering consistent results to complex problems. Mr. Dukes’s extensive experience lies in solving critical business issues, building customer intimacy and relationships, and leading effective interaction of people, process and technology to achieve breakthrough results.
Prior to joining BAE Systems in February 2021, Mr. Dukes served as the corporate vice president of engineering, quality, and program management at Triumph Group, Inc. based in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. He previously spent 25 years in positions with Lockheed Martin in operations, engineering, quality, and program leadership. His last assignment with Lockheed Martin prior to joining Triumph Group in August 2017 was as the director of quality and mission success for the Integrated Fighter Group (F-16/F-22) in Fort Worth, Texas.
Mr. Dukes has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Drexel University and a Master of Business Administration from the Sloan Fellows program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also serves as the chair of the Investment Committee on the Board of Directors for the Gift of Life Donor Program in Philadelphia.
Margaret A. Belfield, BSN, MSN, Secretary & Treasurer, Chief Operating Officer/Executive Vice President, Atlanticare, a member of Geisinger Health System
Ms. Belfield has been the chief operating officer of AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey since 2009. Ms. 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.
Alan L. Brechbill, MBA, MHA, Immediate Past Chair, Former 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.
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
Dr. Barker 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:
Stuart H. Fine, DHA, Former Associate Professor and Director of the Healthcare Management Program, Fox School of Business, Temple University
Dr. Fine served 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.
David A. Pierson, PhD, Donor Family Member and Founder of The Pierson Group
Dr. Pierson is a donor family member and former president of The Pierson Group, which he founded in 1997. Dr. 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.
Warren R. Maley, MD, Director of Transplantation, Jefferson Health
Dr. Maley serves as the director of the Live Donor Liver Transplant Program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He is also professor of surgery at Jefferson Medical College. 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 he has authored or co-authored eight book chapters.
David J. Reich, MD, FACS, Director, Tower Health Transplant Institute; Professor of Surgery, Drexel University College of Medicine
Dr. Reich is director of the Tower Health Transplant Institute, system chief of Multiorgan Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery at Tower Health and professor of surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine. He specializes in liver and kidney transplant and complex liver surgery and tumor treatments.
Dr. Reich is a recognized clinician, administrator, educator and scientist. He has published extensively and lectured internationally, including on pioneering organ donation after cardiac death and machine perfusion technologies for organ preservation. He is an authority on healthcare governance and practice, spanning QI, healthcare economics, strategic and leadership development, legislative/regulatory advocacy and medical education/training.
Dr. Reich serves nationally. He was treasurer and chaired the Finance Committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) from 2017 to 2019, which is an organization that manages the U.S. organ transplant enterprise under federal contract. He has served at UNOS for many years, including as a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, chair of the IT Committee, Region 2 councilor, and member of the Corporate Affairs, Membership and Professional Standards, and Liver Transplant Committees. He chaired the American Society of Transplant Surgeons Legislative and Standards Committees and the Quality and Pay Reform MACRA Task Force, and served on the Fellowship Training and Workforce Committees. He chaired the Surgery Committee of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and served on the Steering, Education and Scientific Program Committees. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Transplant Recipients International Organization.
Dr. Reich earned a BA from Columbia University and MD from McGill University. He performed his surgical residency at Beth Israel Medical Center and transplant surgery fellowship at the Mount Sinai Recanati Miller Transplant Institute. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery, is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and is a Castle Connolly / Philly Magazine Top Doc for 2010 through 2021.
Daniel J. Sinnott, Former President & CEO, Saint Francis Healthcare
Mr. Sinnott is an experienced healthcare executive with an entrepreneurial perspective and a values-based leadership style that has led organizations through significant cultural change resulting in improved: strategic direction; financial turnaround, stability and growth; patient quality outcomes and employee/physician/customer satisfaction. He 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. Mr. 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.
Mr. 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.
Mr. Sinnott 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, Mr. Sinnott has published several articles focused on executive leadership development.
Diane Wilson, Chief Operating Officer, Tissue Services, Community Tissue Services (CTS)
Mrs. Wilson received her associate degree in nursing from Everett Community College in Everett, Washington and later earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science in nursing and health from the University of Phoenix.
Mrs. Wilson’s work in tissue banking began in 1988 through Community Tissue Services (CTS). In 2005, she was honored with the prestigious Kenneth Sell Award which is given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of tissue banking. In 2009, Mrs. Wilson was elected president of AATB. She is currently the chairman of the Board for the Joint Restoration Foundation (JRF). She has co-authored tissue bank standards for the Association of Orthopedic Nurses (AORN) and the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB).
President and CEO
Richard Hasz, Jr., MFS, CPTC, President & CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program
Mr. Hasz leads the largest and one of the oldest organ procurement organizations in the U.S. He began working at the organization in 1993 as a transplant coordinator, went on to serve as vice president of clinical services for 22 years and assumed this role on January 4, 2022. Mr. Hasz is also the president of Gift of Life Family House and Transplant Foundation.
Medical Advisory and Policy Board Leadership:
Christian Bermudez, MD, Chair, Chief of Thoracic Transplantation, University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Bermudez has been on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh since 2006 and from 2013 through 2015 was chief of cardiothoracic transplantation at Pittsburgh. His research has focused on methods to improve organ preservation for cardiothoracic transplantation and the study of short-midterm cardiopulmonary support systems to be used as a bridge to cardiopulmonary transplantation. He has published 88 peer reviewed papers and he received his medical degree from the University of Concepción School of Medicine.
Peter Lalli, PhD, Vice Chair, Director, HLA, Atrium Labs
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, North Carolina. He also serves as the director for the histocompatibility laboratory at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In addition to his clinical roles, Dr. Lalli is the chairman for the UNOS/OPTN Histocompatibility Committee.
Representatives of Transplant Centers:
Matthew H. Levine, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery and Transplant Surgeon, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Jason A. Rolls, MD, Associate Chief of Kidney Transplant, Christiana Medical Center
Dr. Rolls is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Rolls earned his MD from Columbia University. He went on to complete his residency in general surgery at Cornell Campus of The New York Presbyterian Hospital and returned to Columbia for his transplant surgery training. Prior to joining ChristianaCare, Dr. Rolls served as a transplant surgeon in Detroit, Michigan
Sunny Fink, MD, Surgical Director, Crozer-Keystone Health Network
Dr. Fink joined the Crozer-Keystone Health System in August 2013 as a transplant and general surgeon.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Fink earned both a master’s degree in medical sciences and a Doctor of Medicine 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.
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 the 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.
Michael Marvin, MD, Chair, Department of Transplantation and Liver Surgery, Geisinger Medical Center
Dr. Marvin currently leads the liver and kidney transplant program at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. He earned his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. He completed his residency in general surgery and a fellowship in transplant and hepatobiliary surgery, both at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.
Dr. Marvin has published more than 60 papers and book chapters, and he serves as clinical professor of surgery at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine in Scranton. He has held many leadership positions in national societies, including but not limited to: the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, United Network for Organ Sharing and American Society of Transplantation.
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.
Jamie M. Glorioso, MD, Asst. Professor of Surgery, Lankenau Medical Center
Dr. Glorioso 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, Transplant Surgeon, Lehigh Valley Hospital
Dr. Du’s focus and expertise is in living kidney donation, kidney transplantation, minimally invasive nephrectomy and peritoneal and hemodialysis access. Dr. Du received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester and her MD 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.
Claude A. Beaty, Jr., MD, Pediatric Cardiology, Thoracic Surgery, Nemours A.I. duPont Hospital for Children
Dr. Beaty is a congenital cardiothoracic surgeon. He earned his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and completed his residency program in general surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He later completed his residency in thoracic surgery at The University of Michigan Department of Surgery and residency in congenital surgery at The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. He has published over 25 peer reviewed manuscripts. Dr. Beaty has previously been honored with The Irene Piccinini Investigator in Cardiac Surgery and William Stewart Halsted Award.
Fauzia K. Butt, MD, Transplant Surgeon, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Dr. Butt is an assistant professor of surgery and the surgical director of the Kidney Transplant Program at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. She earned her medical degree from New York Medical College. She completed her residency in general surgery at Westchester Medical Center. She is a member of multiple professional associations including the American College of Surgeons, The Transplantation Society and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.
Sunil Kardhakar, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery and Transplant Surgeon, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
Dr. Karhadkar earned his medical degree from University of Mumbai. He completed residency programs in surgery and urology at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India. Dr. Karhadkar later completed a surgery residency at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and transplant surgery fellowship at University of Maryland. He is board certified by American Board of Surgery and American Society of Transplant Surgeons.
He has received more than 20 academic honors and awards and is a member of multiple professional organizations including American Society of Transplant Surgeons, American Society of Transplantation and American Association of Academic Surgeons.
Norihisa Shigemura, MD, PhD, Surgical Director of Lung Transplantation, Temple University Medical Center
Dr. Shigemura’s daily practice involves the care of the sickest patients with advanced lung failure. His research and clinical interests are both focused on improving outcomes and 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. He is an active teacher of residents and fellows and has also lectured nationally and internationally on surgical techniques used in lung transplantation, management for highly complicated patients with advanced lung failure and pre- and post-transplant.
In 2016, Dr. Shigemura received the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Research Award 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.
Throughout his career as a researcher and clinician, Dr. Shigemura 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.
Adam Bodzin, MD, Assistant Professor, Transplant Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University
Dr. Bodzin focuses on abdominal organ transplantation including liver, kidney and 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 currently 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.
Stephen Guy, MD, FACS, Director, Kidney Transplant, Tower Health Transplant Institute
Dr. Guy 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 Gift of Life Donor Program and has recently served on the Kidney Committee of UNOS at the national level.
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 been 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.
Christian Bermudez, MD, Chair, Chief, Thoracic Transplant Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (see above)
Categories of Representation:
Janine S. Begasse, MBA, BSN, RN, CPHQ, Director of Quality ARMC, Atlanticare, a member of Geisinger
Ms. 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.
Ms. 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.
Ms. Begasse earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Stockton University in Galloway, New Jersey and her Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.
Lanyce Roldan, MSN, RN, Chief Nurse Executive, Penn Medicine 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, Ms. 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.
George Herrera, VP, Donor Services, MTF Biologics
Mr. Herrera is vice president of donor services for MTF Biologics. His primary responsibility is to oversee the services that MTF Biologics provides to its recovery partners (organ procurement organizations and tissue banks, both domestically and internationally) that work with MTF Biologics to provide allograft tissue services to their communities. He is also responsible for the four tissue recovery programs that MTF Biologics operates, as well as overseeing its donor screening and acceptance operations, birth tissue donation program, donation communications and public/media relations, and the Donation Board of Trustees.
In 2021, George begins his twenty-eighth year in the field of organ and tissue donation and transplantation and his thirty-first year in non-profit management. He has held leadership positions in various organizations in the field, including the American Association of Tissue Banks and Association of Organ Procurement Organizations. George’s education includes a Bachelor of Science in marketing and management from Tulane University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans.
ICU or Emergency Room:
Michael G. Benninghoff, DO, Medical Director, Wilmington ICU and Critical Care Medicine, Christiana Care Health System
Dr. Benninghoff graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in biology and natural sciences before attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine to complete his Master 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, Pennsylvania, 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, Pennsylvania in 2005.
Dr. Benninghoff is board certified in internal medicine, critical care medicine and pulmonary medicine. His professional memberships include the 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.
Steven Zanders, DO, Critical Care Medicine, Coopersburg, PA
Voluntary Health Organization:
Wayne A. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, Delaware Healthcare Association
A native of Wilmington, Delaware, Mr. Smith received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with minors in history and economics from the University of Delaware in 1984. 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.
Mr. Smith retired from the Delaware House of Representatives and the position of house majority leader 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, Neurointensive Care, Depts. Neurology and Neurological Surgery, Div. of Neurotrauma and Critical Care, Jefferson Health
Dr. Urtecho is a 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, Vice Chair, Director, HLA, Atrium Labs (see above)
Cherri Gregg, Esq., Radio Host
Ms. Gregg is an award-winning reporter and talk-show host. She is the former community affairs reporter for KYW Newsradio and creator, former host, and executive producer of Flashpoint with Cherri Gregg. Ms. Gregg received her Bachelor of Science as a full merit scholar in mass communications from Boston University. She later earned her Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law and master’s degree in journalism from Temple University. She was named Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists’ Broadcast Journalist of the Year in 2019 and is a past president of the group.
Gary L. Collins, MD, Chief Medical Examiner, Delaware Medical Examiners’ Office
Dr. Collins is the chief medical examiner for the State of Delaware in the Medical Examiner Unit of the Delaware Division of Forensic Science. He has held that position since October 2014.
Dr. Collins was born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. He completed his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Collins then moved to the Philadelphia area where he did his fellowship in forensic pathology at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office. He then spent 7 years at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s office, in the role of assistant medical examiner, and later on was promoted to the position of deputy chief medical examiner. During his time in Philadelphia, Dr. Collins was active in teaching medical students, interns and pathology residents and held adjunct faculty appointments with the Drexel University Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He is board certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology and forensic pathology and is active in continuing certification. He is an advocate for the advancement of forensic pathology and takes every opportunity to encourage students to enter the field of medicolegal death investigation and forensic pathology.
Organ Donor Family Member or Living Donor:
Linda Barrasse, MD, Donor Mom, Cardiologist
Dr. Barrasse 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.
Individuals awaiting organ transplant or organ recipient or family member of either:
Joseph Gargiulo, Liver & Kidney Transplant Recipient, Former Director of Secondary Education, West Shore School District, Lemoyne, PA
Diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease in 1993, Mr. Gargiulo 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, Mr. Gargiulo received his second kidney transplant and a liver transplant. Both took place at Hershey Medical Center.
As a result of his transplants, Mr. Gargiulo is in good health and lives every day to the fullest. He and his wife enjoy being new grandparents, a job he never would have been able to experience without organ donation. Mr. Gargiulo volunteers for the Boy Scouts, is a church cantor and participates in local theater productions. In all that he does, he incorporates his advocacy for organ donation.
Timmy Nelson, Kidney Recipient and Gift of Life Ambassador
Mr. 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, Mr. Nelson 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, Mr. Nelson has displayed great work ethic, compassion and dedication.
Lynn Fallon, President and Co-Founder, CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services
Ms. 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, Ms. Fallon 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.
Ms. Fallon supports many other business units, including the training department, clinical team, business development and proposal operations. Ms. Fallon’s teams support clients through the regulatory authorities, clinical programs and commercialization.
Prior to CTI, Ms. Fallon 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. Ms. Fallon is currently a board member of multiple corporate and non-profit organizations. Ms. Fallon received her Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of the State of New York.