Richmond, Va. -- Members of the national organ donation and transplantation community have elected 25 members to the OPTN/UNOS board of directors, including a new president, vice-president/president-elect, vice president for patient and donor affairs and secretary. United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) serves as the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) under federal contract.
All board members are volunteers and serve terms ranging from one to three years, depending on the office to which they are elected. Their terms of service begin on July 1, 2018.
Sue Dunn, RN, B.S.N., M.B.A., currently the Vice President/President-Elect, will assume the presidency. She is president and chief executive officer of Donor Alliance in Denver.
Maryl Johnson, M.D., will become the Vice President/President-Elect. She is professor of medicine, heart failure and heart transplantation at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.
Deanna Santana, B.S., will become the Vice President for Patient and Donor Affairs. She is senior public education coordinator at Sierra Donor Services in Sacramento, Calif. She is also a donor mother and a living donor.
Theresa Daly, M.S., RN, B.S.N., FNP, will become the Secretary. She is director of transplant clinical operations at New York Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center.
Other newly elected members are as follows:
Immediate Past President – Yolanda Becker, M.D., University of Chicago Medicine
Region 3 Councillor – Christopher Anderson, M.D., University of Mississippi Medical Center
Region 4 Councillor – Steven Potter, M.D., FACS, East Texas Medical Center
Region 5 Councillor – Kunam Reddy, M.D., Mayo Clinic, Phoenix
Region 6 Councillor – Susan Orloff, M.D., FACS, AASLD, Oregon Health & Science University
Region 9 Councillor – Rob Kochik, Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
At Large Abdominal Surgery Representative –, Rene Romero, M.D., Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
At Large Hepatology Representative – Simon Horslen, M.B., Ch.B., Seattle Children’s Hospital
At Large Nephrology Representatives:
Eileen Brewer, M.D., Texas Children’s Hospital
Jerry McCauley, M.D., M.P.H., FACP, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
At Large Pulmonology Representative – Marc Schecter, M.D., Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati
At Large Transplant Administrator Representative – Timothy Stevens, RN, B.S.N. CCTC, Sacred Heart Medical Center
OPO Representative – Diane Brockmeier, RN, B.S.N., M.H.A., Mid-America Transplant Services
Histocompatibility Representative – Walter Herczyk, MT, CHS, Gift of Life Michigan Histocompatibility Laboratory
Transplant Coordinator Representative – Mary Francois, RN, M.S., CCTC, NATCO
Medical/Scientific Organization Representatives:
Sharon Bartosh, M.D., University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics
Charles Miller, M.D., Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Patient and Donor Affairs Representatives:
Randee Bloom, Ph.D., M.B.A., RN
Rosemary Berkery, J.D.
Laura DePiero, RN, B.S.N.