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Nominees chosen for 2021 Board of Directors election

Nominees chosen for 2021 Board of Directors election

The following slate of nominees was approved in December by the Board of Directors for the annual Board election. The election will run January 13-27, 2021.

Member voting representatives will receive a ballot and biographical information for the nominees in January 2021.


Board of Directors election Jan. 13-27, 2021

How are nominees selected for the Board of Directors?

Anyone who wishes to serve on the Board of Directors must first apply by completing a Volunteer Interest Form each cycle they wish to be considered. Once your form is submitted, there are three ways to become a nominee to the Board:

  • Through the Board’s Nominating Committee: The Board Nominating Committee selects nominees for Officer, At Large, and Patient & Donor Affairs positions. These nominees compete in the national election on contested ballot positions.
  • Through your Regional Nominating Committee: Each OPTN Region’s Nominating Committee selects nominees to participate in a regional election for Associate Regional Councillor/Regional Councillor-Elect. Associate Councillors serve a two-year term to the MPSC before participating in the national membership election on an uncontested ballot position for Regional Councillor to the Board of Directors.
  • Via a Medical/Scientific Society: Five professional transplantation societies select nominees from their membership to participate in the national election on uncontested ballot positions.
    • The American Society of Transplantation (AST)
    • The American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS)
    • The Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO)
    • The American Society for Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics (ASHI) or The College of American Pathologists (CAP)
    • NATCO

For more information about the OPTN Board of Directors, visit

Who may cast a vote in the election?
Only designated voting representatives of OPTN members with voting privileges and member electors may cast a vote in the annual Board election. Complete details on voting privileges are outlined in OPTN Bylaw 1.1.B. You may request the name of your organization’s designated voting representative by contacting [email protected].

Membership categories with voting privileges are:

  1. Transplant hospital members (one vote per hospital)
  2. OPO members (one vote per OPO)
  3. Histocompatibility laboratory members (one vote per independent laboratory)
  4. Medical/scientific members (one vote per member)
  5. Public organization members (No more than 12, cast by public organization member electors)
  6. Individual members (No more than 12, cast by public organization member electors)
Board PositionCandidate(s)
(vote for one)
Matthew Cooper, M.D., FACS
MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute
Vice President/President-Elect
(vote for one)
Christie Thomas, M.B., FASN, FAST
University of Iowa

Jerry McCauley, M.D., M.P.H.
Thomas Jefferson University
(vote for one)
Bradley Kornfeld, J.D.
Kornfeld Real Estate LLC

Kathy Schwab, B.S.N., RN
Mayo Clinic
Immediate Past President
(vote for one)
David Mulligan, M.D., FACS, FAASLD, FAST
Yale New Haven Health System
Regional Councillors
(vote for seven)
Region 1Richard Formica, M.D.
Yale New Haven Health System
Region 2Adam Frank, M.D.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Region 7Edward Hollinger, M.D., Ph.D.
Rush University Medical Center
Region 8Clifford Miles, M.D., FAST
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Region 9Maryjane Farr, M.D., M.Sc.
Columbia University, New York Presbyterian Hospital
Region 10Jonathan Fridell, M.D., FACS
Indiana University School of Medicine
Region 11David Gerber, M.D.
University of North Carolina
Minority Transplant Professional
(vote for one)
Errol Bush, M.D., FACS
Johns Hopkins University

Irene Kim, M.D, FACS
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
OPO Representative
(vote for one)
Jan Finn, RN, M.S.N., CPTC
Midwest Transplant Network
At Large Patient and Donor Affairs Representative
(vote for one)
James Sharrock, J.D.
Ted Gordon, M.B.A., J.D.
At Large Patient and Donor Affairs Representative
(vote for one)
Kelly Willenberg, D.B.A., RN, CHRC, CHC, CCRC
Laurel Avery
At Large Patient and Donor Affairs Representative
(vote for one)
Melissa McQueen
Nikita Patel, CISSP
At Large Patient and Donor Affairs Representative
(vote for one)
Christopher Woody
Stephanie Little, M.S.W., LMSW
At Large Transplant Administrator Representative
(vote for one)
Andrea Tietjen, CPA, M.B.A.
St. Barnabas Medical Center

James Pittman, RN, M.S.N.
HCA Healthcare
Transplant Coordinator Representative
(vote for one)
Gail Stendahl, DNP, APNP, CCTC
Children’s Wisconsin
Histocompatibility Representative
(vote for one)
Chang Liu, M.D., Ph.D.
HLA Laboratory, Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Annette Jackson, Ph.D.
Duke University
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