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Executive Leadership

Gift of Life Donor Program is the largest organ procurement organization in the country. This team of skilled leaders has allowed us to coordinate more organ donors than anywhere else in the world.

Howard M. Nathan, president and CEO

Howard M. Nathan joined Gift of Life Donor Program in 1978 as a Transplant Coordinator and has led the organization as its President and CEO since 1984. He also serves as President of the Transplant Foundation, Founder and President of Gift of Life Institute, and Founder and President of Gift of Life Family House. Nathan is the longest-serving CEO of any OPO in the United States.

Recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on organ and tissue donation, Nathan is a regular presenter at regional, national, and international organ and tissue procurement, transplantation, and medical/healthcare conferences. He has published more than 400 scientific papers and abstracts in his 43-year tenure and has traveled to more than 30 countries to share best practices. Nathan helped draft and advocated for Pennsylvania’s routine referral of all deaths organ donation law in 1994 which served as a model for national legislation.

Nathan serves or has served on numerous national leadership boards including United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), Coalition on Donation (now Donate Life America), International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement (ISODP), Pennsylvania Governor’s Organ Donation Advisory Committee, National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI), North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO), Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance (ODTA), LifeLogics, Inc., MTF Biologics, among others. He received an appointment from the Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation.

Nathan has received many outstanding achievement awards from multiple national organizations for his important contributions to the donation and transplantation field. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Juniata College, and received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Juniata College when he delivered the commencement address in May 2021.

For Howard M. Nathan’s full bio, click here.

Richard D. Hasz, vice president of clinical services

Richard D. Hasz has served as Gift of Life’s Vice President of Clinical Services since 1999. His career encompasses more than 30 years of life-saving work in the organ donation and transplantation field. He has delivered lectures for more than 60 professional organizations across the world and participated in publishing hundreds of scientific papers about donation and transplantation. He was recently elected to the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) Executive Committee and has served as President of the American Board for Transplant Certification. He has contributed to numerous United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) committees, including serving as chair of the Operations and Safety Committee.

Hasz has worked jointly with numerous investigators from a host of prestigious government, academic medical and nonprofit institutions on innovative research, including serving as lead investigator with the National Disease Research Interchange Genotype-Tissue Expression Project for the National Institutes of Health. His work has led to pioneering protocols supporting Vascular Composite Allograft donation and transplantation, including bilateral pediatric hand transplants, uterus donation, the first United States African American face transplant and the world’s first successful face and bilateral hand transplants.

Hasz regularly shares his expertise with government and other national organizations, including serving as a faculty member for the HRSA Breakthrough Collaborative and providing expert testimony for the National Academy of Sciences, HHS and CMS. He holds memberships in the North American Transplant Coordinators Organization, The American Society of Transplant Surgeons, The American Association of Tissue Banks, and the City of Philadelphia, Department of Public Health’s Institutional Review Board.

Hasz has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Forensic Science from George Washington University. He holds certifications as Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator (CPTC) and Certified Transplant Preservationist (CTP).

For Richard D. Hasz’s full bio, click here.

Jan L. Weinstock, Esq., vice president, administration and general counsel

Jan L. Weinstock, Esq., is vice president, administration and general counsel for Gift of Life and its affiliates, Family House and Transplant Foundation. She played an integral role in the development and execution of Gift of Life Family House and helped raise more than a million dollars as a co-chair and executive board member for Donors Are Heroes.

Ms. Weinstock joined Gift of Life in 1999. Previously, she was a partner at Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley LLP in its Health Law department. A graduate of the Wharton School and the Villanova School of Law, Jan was recognized by Arrive magazine as one of the Top Women Lawyers in the Northeast (2011) and has received the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Woman of Distinction Award (2008).

During the mid-1990s, Ms. Weinstock was instrumental in drafting and lobbying for Act 102 in Pennsylvania. This groundbreaking legislation changed the face of donation and transplantation within the state and became the national model.

Directors:
Theresa A. Daly, director of the Gift of Life Institute

Theresa A. Daly is director of the Gift of Life Institute, where she oversees its day-to-day operations. She joined GOL Institute in 2006 as assistant director. Previously, she served as associate director in the Medical School Curriculum Office at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Daly has presented at both national and international forums on educating the donation professional. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in business/management and a Master of Science degree in instructional technology from Saint Joseph’s University.

Keith Klasic, director of human resources

Keith Klasic directs the human resource and administrative services departments at Gift of Life Donor Program. Mr. Klasic joined Gift of Life in 2005. Prior to his career at Gift of Life, he served as Human Resources Director at Cadbury Senior Services, Inc. and Friends Healthcare in the Greater Philadelphia area. Mr. Klasic received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in health planning and administration at Penn State University and has an MBA in Management from Youngstown State University.

Nai-Ning Liang, director of Gift of Life Eye Bank, manager of pulsatile preservation

Nai-Ning Liang joined Gift of Life in 1998 and was given the “Employee of the Year” award that same year. Currently, Mr. Liang is the director of Gift of Life’s Eye Bank and manager of the pulsatile preservation. He is a certified tissue bank specialist and a certified eye bank technician. Mr. Liang previously worked as a visiting pathologist at the Coroner’s Office of Los Angeles County. He is a graduate of the Sun Yat Sen Medical School of China.

Chris McGarry, director of quality assurance

Chris McGarry joined Gift of Life in 2008 as the director of quality assurance. She has more than 20 years of experience in quality systems, computer validation and regulatory guidance in a variety of industries. She served on the Association of Organ Procurement Organization Quality Council’s Steering Committee in 2012, and was an examiner for the local Baldrige Association, Keystone Alliance for Process Excellence that same year.

Gweneth D. O’Shaughnessy, director of hospital services

Gweneth D. O’Shaughnessy is director of hospital services at Gift of Life, where she manages and leads a team that is responsible for organ and tissue donation outcomes in the region’s 129 acute care hospitals and 14 transplant centers. In this role she supports regional implementation of routine referral legislation within the hospital market and participates in the development and hospital implementation of Gift of Life’s standards of practice. She joined Gift of Life in 1996 as a hospital services coordinator.

Ms. O’Shaughnessy serves as faculty for the Gift of Life Institute and has spoken extensively nationally and internationally. She served as a chair of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations HD Council and as faculty for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Institute for Healthcare Improvement Organ Donation and Transplantation Collaborative.

Randy Presant, director of public affairs

Randy Presant is director of public affairs for Gift of Life, where she oversees outreach and education initiatives. Prior to coming to Gift of Life in 2016, Ms. Presant held senior leadership positions in top communications and health care organizations where she led marketing communications programs for companies such as AstraZeneca, Cigna, Dun & Bradstreet and IBM.

Ms. Presant is in her second term on the board of the Maternity Care Coalition, and she has served on numerous committees for Philadelphia parks and schools, as well as organizations such as the Public Citizens for Children and Youth and the National MS Society.

Ms. Presant started her career in journalism, writing for national publications such as Cosmopolitan, Family Circle and The Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in marketing communications from Temple University.

Christine Radolovic, director of transplant coordinator services

Christine Radolovic is director of transplant coordinator services where she leads a team of 50 transplant coordinators and managers. She plays a key role in growing the department and in directing and implementing innovative approaches to improve the donation process. Christine began her career with Gift of Life in 2002 as a Transplant Coordinator and has held a number of key management positions since then. Prior to her tenure at Gift of Life, Radolovic worked for several years as an ICU nurse at Paoli Hospital in suburban Pennsylvania.

Radolovic received a B.S. in Nursing and a M.A. in Organizational Development and Strategic Leadership from Neumann University in Pennsylvania.

Richard Ryan, director of tissue/preservation

Richard Ryan joined Gift of Life in 2000 and is currently the director of tissue/preservation services. He is a certified tissue bank specialist and certified surgical technologist.

Mr. Ryan has more than 25 years of experience working in the operating room setting. He has previously worked at Nazareth Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was recognized as a “STAR Employee” in 1994. He was recognized as “Employee of the Year” in 2000 at Gift of Life.

Larry Suplee, director of the Transplant Information Center

Larry Suplee is Gift of Life’s director of the Transplant Information Center. He oversees the allocation of organs for transplant and research and the evaluation of all referred patients for tissue donation, including donation discussions with family members of potential donors. He joined Gift of Life in 2000 as a transplant coordinator.

Mr. Suplee has published abstracts and presented papers and posters nationally and internationally on best practices related to organ allocation and tissue donation. He served on the American Association of Tissue Banks Universal Donor History Questionnaire for Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation Task Force, the Consent and Authorization Task Force and the Universal Donor History Questionnaire for Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation Stakeholder Review Focus Group. He is the recipient of the 2013 Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors (nPOD)’s Hero Award for Outstanding Dedication to Type I Diabetes Research.

He has a bachelor’s degree in social work/biology from West Chester University and a Master of Science degree in organizational and strategic leadership from Neumann University.

Sharon West, director of donation and transplantation analytics
Kimberly Yencho, director of finance