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 Nathan is the longest-serving Chief Executive of any organ procurement organization in the United States, recently celebrating his 42nd anniversary with Gift of Life Donor Program in July 2020. Since 1974, the program has coordinated more than 52,500 organs for transplantation and approximately 1.75 million tissue transplants.
Gift of Life is one of the oldest of the 57 organ procurement organizations in the United States and under Mr. Nathan’s leadership has grown to be the largest organ donation program in the country, with a network of 15 transplant centers with 40 organ-specific programs and 128 donor hospitals.
In 2020, for the 13th consecutive year, Gift of Life Donor Program is the nation’s leading OPO, coordinating 619 organ donors, resulting in 1,619 organ transplants, the most life-saving organs for transplant among all U.S. OPOs.
Considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on organ and tissue donation, Mr. Nathan is a regular presenter at national and international organ and tissue procurement, transplantation, and medical/healthcare conferences. He and has published more than 400 scientific papers and abstracts during his career and has travelled to over 30 countries to promote best practices in organ donation and transplantation.
He has served on numerous leadership boards including: United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), Association of Organ Procurement Organization (AOPO), North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO), International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement (ISODP), Donate Life America (DLA), LifeLogics Inc., MTF Biologics (MTF) Board of Trustees, National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI), National Kidney Foundation (NKF), Organ Donation & Transplantation Alliance (The Alliance), and the Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Trust Fund Organ Donation Advisory Committee (ODAC), Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, among others.
Mr. Nathan has appeared on hundreds of local, national and international television news and talk shows and has received numerous outstanding achievement awards, most recently Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley “Knight of the Blind” Award (2017), Juniata College “Alumni Achievement Award” (2017), Donate Life America “Nicholas Green Lifetime Achievement Award” (2017), Transplant Recipients International Organization, Inc. (TRIO) Lifetime Achievement Award (2018), the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) President’s Award (2018), and Main Line Today “Healthcare Heroes” Award (2019).
Richard D. Hasz, vice president of clinical services
Richard Hasz is vice president of clinical services for Gift of Life, where he oversees the day-to-day clinical operations of the program including transplant coordination, hospital development, organ preservation, quality assurance and tissue recovery.
Mr. Hasz has 25 years of experience in organ and tissue donation and has served on numerous national leadership committees for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), most recently on the UNOS Liver and Intestinal Transplantation Committee and Data Advisory Committee. He is a Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator and Certified Transplant Preservationist.
Mr. Hasz has delivered lectures and educational sessions for more than 60 organizations and professional societies. He has also contributed to more than 30 publications in peer reviewed journals to improve the science of donation and transplantation. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in forensic science from George Washington University.
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). She currently serves on the board of Hahnemann University Hospital and the Delaware Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness board.
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.
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.