Board and committees

Board of Directors election Jan. 13–27, 2021

Meet the nominees

UNOS Board of Directors

​The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private, non-profit organization that manages the nation’s organ transplant system under contract with the federal government. UNOS board members are elected by a national vote of the entire membership and serve as volunteers without compensation. The Board provides fiduciary oversight for the organization in carrying out its mission, to include UNOS’ obligations in serving as the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.
Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

David Mulligan

Professor and Chief, Section of Transplantation and Immunology

Yale New Haven Hospital

New Haven, CT

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

VICE PRESIDENT

Matthew Cooper

Director, Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation

Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute

Washington, DC

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

VICE PRESIDENT FOR PATIENT AND DONOR AFFAIRS

Mindy Dison

Enterprise Transplant Specialty Contract RN Care Coordinator

Mayo Clinic

Jacksonville, FL

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

SECRETARY

Lisa Stocks

Executive Director

Lifesharing – A Donate Life Organization

San Diego, CA

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

TREASURER

Robert Goodman

Westampton, NJ

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

Maryl Johnson

Professor of Medicine, Heart Failure & Heart Transplantation

University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics

Madison, WI

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

REGION 1 COUNCILLOR

Alexandra Glazier

President and CEO

New England Organ Bank

Waltham, MA

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

REGION 2 COUNCILLOR

Michael Moritz

Chief, Transplantation Services

Lehigh Valley Hospital

Allentown, PA

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

REGION 3 COUNCILLOR

Keith Wille

Professor of Medicine

University of Alabama Hospital

Birmingham, AL

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

REGION 4 COUNCILLOR

Jeffrey Orlowski

Chief Executive Officer

LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

REGION 5 COUNCILLOR

William Bry

Director, Kidney Transplantation

California Pacific Medical Center

San Francisco, CA

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

REGION 6 COUNCILLOR

Patrick Healey

Division Chief, Pediatric Transplant

Seattle Children’s Hospital

Seattle, WA

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

REGION 7 COUNCILLOR

Luis Fernandez

Associate Professor of Surgery

University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics

Madison, WI

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

REGION 8 COUNCILLOR

Suzanne Lane Conrad

Chief Executive Officer

Iowa Donor Network

North Liberty, IA

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

REGION 9 COUNCILLOR

Leona Kim-Schluger

Associate Director Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute

Mount Sinai Medical Center

New York, NY

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

REGION 10 COUNCILLOR

Atsushi Yoshida

Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation

Henry Ford Hospital

Detroit, MI

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

REGION 11 COUNCILLOR

Seth Karp

Chair, Department of Surgery

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Nashville, TN

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

AT LARGE

Medhat Askar

Director, Transplant Immunology

Baylor University Medical Center

Dallas, TX

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

AT LARGE

William Hildebrand

Director

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences HLA Typing Laboratory

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

AT LARGE

Kelly Ranum

Executive Director

Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency

Covington, LA

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

AT LARGE

Timothy Snyder

Advanced Practice Coordinator

Gift of Life Donor Program

Philadelphia, PA

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

GENERAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

Randee Bloom

West Bloomfield, MI

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

GENERAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

Earnest Davis

Bollingbrook, IL

End Term Date June 30, 2023

 

GENERAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

Laura DePiero

North Royalton, OH

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

GENERAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

Joseph Hillenburg

Aurora, IL

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

GENERAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

Valinda Jones

Atlanta, GA

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

GENERAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

Kimberly Rallis

Executive Transplant Director

University of Louisville Health Jewish Hospital

Louisville, KY

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

GENERAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

James Sharrock

Oklahoma City, OK

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

GENERAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

Pono Shim

Honolulu, HI

End Term Date June 30, 2023

 

GENERAL PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE

Merry Smith

St. Louis, MO

End Term Date June 30, 2023

 

MINORITY TRANSPLANT REPRESENTATIVE

Denise Alveranga

Nephrologist

Tampa General Hospital

Tampa, FL

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

AT LARGE

Linda Cendales

Duke University Hospital

Durham, NC

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

AT LARGE

Leway Chen

Director, Heart Failure & Transplantation

h3 Memorial Hospital

Rochester, NY

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

AT LARGE

Amishi Desai

Director, Kidney & Pancreas Transplant Program

Loyola University Medical Center

Maywood, IL

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

AT LARGE

Joseph Ferreira

President and CEO

Nevada Donor Network

Las Vegas, NV

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

AT LARGE

Pamela Gillette

Chief Clinical Officer

Guidry & East

Plano, TX

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

AT LARGE

Alan Langnas

Chief, Transplant Surgery

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, NE

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

AT LARGE

Stacee Lerret

Liver Transplant Coordinator

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Milwaukee, WI

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

AT LARGE

Marian Michaels

Professor

UPMC Children’s Hosp. of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

AT LARGE

Celeste Williams

Medical Director, Cardiac Transplantation

Henry Ford Hospital

Detroit, MI

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

AT LARGE

Cameron Wolfe

Associate Professor of Medicine

Duke University Hospital

Durham, NC

End Term Date June 30, 2021

 

AT LARGE

R. Patrick Wood

Chief Medical Officer

LifeGift Organ Donation Center

Houston, TX

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

EX OFFICIO (NON VOTING)

Brian Shepard

Chief Executive Officer

UNOS

Richmond, VA

End Term Date June 30, 2022

 

COMMITTEE LIAISON

Chelsea Haynes

Manager, Board and Government Relations

UNOS

Richmond, VA

End Term Date June 30, 2025

Volunteers shape the national transplant system

Volunteers support UNOS’ mission, vision and values. To apply for the Board, visit the get involved page.

Committee meetings

The health and safety of OPTN members is a priority for UNOS. All OPTN committee meetings scheduled through March 23, 2021, will be held virtually. A list of all scheduled meetings will be updated on the calendar of events to reflect the update.

Should an in-person meeting be convened in the future, review our Safer Meetings Commitment to learn how we are working to ensure attendee safety during the pandemic.

Traveling on behalf of the OPTN?

UNOS Meeting Partners offer expertise, accountability and cost savings. Learn more.

UNOS Committees of the Board

The following committees advise the UNOS Board. Members include UNOS Board members as well as non-Board members with subject matter expertise as non-voting Advisors.

UNOS Corporate Affairs Committee

The UNOS Corporate Affairs Committee (CAC) acts as a governing body for all UNOS corporate matters and continues the work of the UNOS Board of Directors between meetings. The CAC oversees the actions of the UNOS corporate Finance Committee and IT Advisory Committee. The CAC develops a strategic plan for the corporation and oversees its execution. It identifies strategic priorities, manages organizational risks, and sets standards for organizational performance. It also oversees the work of the corporation in fulfilling the terms of the OPTN contract with the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Chair

David Mulligan, MD, FACS

Yale New Haven Hospital

UNOS Finance Committee

The UNOS Finance Committee reports to the Corporate Affairs Committee. The Finance Committee reviews financial policies, goals, and budgets that support the mission, values, and strategic plan of UNOS. The Committee reviews UNOS’ financial performance against its short-term and long-term goals, as set forth in the UNOS Strategic Plan. The Committee is responsible for securing the annual audit, and reviews corporate investment policies and investment performance on a routine basis.

Chair

Robert Goodman, MBA

General Public Member

UNOS IT Advisory Committee

​The Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) of the UNOS Board of Directors reports to the Corporate Affairs Committee. The ITAC provides oversight duties for UNOS IT operations as well as providing external expertise to UNOS’ Information Technology executive management. The ITAC assists the CAC in development of a strategic plan for Information Technology (IT) needs of the corporation and oversees the execution of the IT plan. The ITAC identifies strategic priorities in IT, and assists the CAC in setting standards for organizational IT performance. It also oversees the work of the corporation in fulfilling the IT-related requirements of the OPTN contract.

Chair

Kimberly Rallis, BS, MHA

Jewish Hospital

OPTN Board and committees

The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network Board of Directors, a group of 41 elected members, is the governing body that oversees and participates in developing policies for operating the OPTN that provide equitable organ allocation to patients registered on the national waiting list, ensure quality standards for membership, and establish data submission requirements. The same board that serves the OPTN also serves UNOS, the organization that holds the contract to operate the OPTN.

Learn more about the OPTN.

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