Howard M. Nathan, Founder
Howard Nathan is President and CEO of Gift of Life Donor Program (GLDP). He founded Gift of Life Institute in 2004 with the vision of creating a center of expertise for training, education, collaboration, and research for organ and tissue donation professionals. GLDP is one of the largest and oldest of the 58 organ procurement organizations in the United States, having coordinated more than 33,000 organs for transplantation and tens of thousands of tissue transplants since 1974. A leading authority on organ and tissue donation, Howard has published more than 300 scientific papers and abstracts, and is a regular presenter at national and international organ procurement and transplantation conferences. Howard is also the President of the Transplant Foundation, a charitable organization supporting the mission of GLDP.
Howard was presented with The Belzer Award for outstanding abstract at the 4th International Society for Organ Sharing Congress in 1997. He received numerous outstanding achievement awards from national organizations including: National Kidney Foundation, U.S. Transplant Games Committee (1992), National Kidney Foundation of Delaware Valley (1994), Association of Organ Procurement Organization (1996), American Liver Foundation “Celebrating Achievement Award” (2002), National Disease Research Interchange “Distinguished Service to Science Award” (2007), LifeNet Health “Exemplary Service Award” (2007), Juniata College “Alumni Achievement Award” (2017), and Donate Life America “Nicholas Green Lifetime Achievement Award” (2017).
Pamela L. Albert, RN, BSN, CPTC, CBF
Pamela Albert began her career in transplantation over 30 years ago, and at New England Donor Services (formerly New England Organ Bank) Pam has worked as a donation and hospital development coordinator, educational specialist, donor family liaison, aftercare coordinator, Director of Tissue Operations and Donor Family Services. She is currently serving as the Senior Director of Tissue Donor Services Resource Development and is responsible for ongoing authorization training for tissue operations staff as well as coaching and mentoring new leaders in the organization.
Stacey Caruthers, GC-C
Stacey Caruthers has spent the last 19 years of her professional career helping to advance organ and tissue donation. She was with Indiana Donor Network (formerly Indiana Organ Procurement) for 11 years, serving as both Manager of Family Services and as a Family Services Coordinator. As Manager of Family Services, Stacey was responsible for administering and coordinating activities of the Family Services department to provide exceptional customer service for donor families and professional partners in order to maximize donation outcomes.
Jacqueline Giuffrida, BS
Jacqueline Giuffrida has been with Gift of Life Donor Program since 2003 and has worked with a variety of healthcare professionals to educate them on their role in organ and tissue donation. Through her collaboration with hospital leadership and critical care staff, processes have been put into place to improve donation outcomes with a focus on supporting families and increasing the number of organs available for transplant.
Richard D. Hasz, BS, MFS, CPTC
Richard Hasz is the Vice President of Clinical Services for the Gift of Life Donor Program. Rick oversees the day-to-day clinical operations of the program, including Transplant Coordination, Hospital Development, Organ Preservation, Quality Assurance, and Tissue Recovery. A past President of the Board of Governors for the American Board of Transplant Certification, Rick holds membership in the North American Transplant Coordinator’s Organization, The American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and the American Association of Tissue Banks.
Lara Moretti, LSW, CT
Lara Moretti has been providing bereavement counseling and support for families of organ and tissue donors since 2003 at Gift of Life Donor Program. Currently the Manager of Family Support Services at GLDP, Lara has served as secretary and co-chair of the AOPO Donor Family Services Council. She received her BS in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and her MS in Social Work from Columbia University in New York. Lara has presented at AOPO’s and NATCO’s national conferences and also at the national conference for the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the Society for Transplant Social Workers on donor family aftercare. In 2011, she co-authored an article about the unique grief of donor families in Progress in Transplantation.
Patricia Mulvania, RN, BSN, CPTC
Patricia Mulvania has more than 30 years’ experience in the healthcare field, beginning her career by providing emergency patient care in the pre-hospital setting. Since, Patti has served in leadership roles in the emergency department, homecare, and hospice arenas. She has extensive teaching and leadership experience in both OPO and healthcare fields, and has personally conducted and continues to supervise OPO clinical activity, from initial donor referral through completion of organ recovery. Training professionals to compassionately and proficiently lead conversations with potential donor families that result in proactive, informed, and enduring donation decisions is her specialty.
Gweneth O’Shaughnessy has been with Gift of Life Donor Program since 1996, and is the Director of the Hospital Services Department, where she leads a team of twenty hospital development staff accountable for donation performance in the region’s acute care hospitals. Gwen has been an invited speaker at both national and international forums and has published numerous abstracts and presentations on the subject of hospital development and donation after circulatory death (DCD).
Ginny Robertson, BS
Ginny Robertson has provided hospital development training and consulting services to OPOs in the U.S. and Canada since 2004. Prior to this, Ginny had 12 years of experience in the field of hospital development and held the position of Director of Hospital Services for Gift of Life Donor Program for eight of those years.
Elizabeth Spencer, BS, MPH
Elizabeth Spencer has been working in the OPO community since 2002. She was with Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC) for nine years, serving as both Director of Hospital Services & Professional Education, and in the clinical division as a Senior Clinical Recovery Coordinator. As Director of Hospital Services & Professional Education, Elizabeth was responsible for oversight of partnerships with area hospitals regarding the implementation of donation best practices, donation educational programs for various hospital staff, hospital data analysis and reporting, hospital donation strategic planning, and hospital policies related to organ and tissue donation.
Cherry Wise, Ph.D.
Cherry Wise has been working in the OPO world since 1997, at which time she had a private practice as a psychologist and was a professor at the Wright Institute of Professional Psychology in Berkeley. Prior to that, she was the director of a non-profit organization that provided services to children and their families in times of bereavement or impending loss.
Cherry has worked with numerous OPOs across the country, developing best practices related to staff development and donation services. She has also co-presented UNOS workshops, including “Transforming Chaos into Momentum” and “Children First.”