Program Team

The Program team is composed of experienced multidisciplinary transplant professionals who are accomplished in clinical research, outcome studies and transplant management. They are responsible for operating and evaluating the program.

Director
Akinlolu O. Ojo, MD, PhD
Executive Dean

University of Kansas School of Medicine
Kansas City, KS

Deputy Director
Robert M. Merion, MD
President

Arbor Research Collaborative For Health
Ann Arbor, MI

Research Scientist
Barry A. Hong, PhD, FAACP
Professor of Psychiatry

Department of Psychiatry
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO

Program Evaluation Specialist
Amit Mathur, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Surgery

Consultant, Division of Transplant Surgery, Mayo Clinic
Phoenix, AZ

Manager
Kimberly A. Gifford, MBA
Program Manager

American Society of Transplant Surgeons
Arlington, VA

Coordinator
Sidni Brown, MSW, LCSW
Senior Program Coordinator

American Society of Transplant Surgeons
Arlington, VA

Coordinator
Holly Warren, RN
Program Coordinator

American Society of Transplant Surgeons
Arlington, VA

Assistant Coordinator
Marie-Claire Walters
Assistant Program Coordinator

American Society of Transplant Surgeons
Arlington, VA

Assistant
Joanna Giddens
Program Assistant

American Society of Transplant Surgeons
Arlington, VA

Assistant
Catherine Kuo
Program Assistant

American Society of Transplant Surgeons
Arlington, VA

Advisory Group

The Advisory Group was established to assist the National Living Donor Assistance Center in:

  • Development and management of the program
  • Development of program policies and eligibility criteria
  • Monitoring outcomes and performance
  • Contributing relevant expertise to the program

The Advisory Group meets annually, holds periodic conference calls, and is comprised of a kidney donor, liver donor, transplant surgeons, transplant physicians, transplant nurse coordinator, transplant social worker, health economist, social scientist, financial administrator and a HRSA representative. Below is a list of current Advisory Group members.

Name, Title, & Affiliations Expertise & Affiliated Volunteer Organizations
Marie Morgievich, BS, BSN, MSN, APN.C, CCTC, Chair (2023)

NATCO, The Organization for Transplant Professionals
Associate Vice President, Transplant Clinical Services,
Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division, Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Livingston, NJ

Transplant Administration
Co-work Group Leader, Living Donor Consensus Conference
Past Chair, National Kidney Registry

Alex Berrios, BS (2022)

National Kidney Foundation
Patient Services Advocate
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Kidney Transplant Recipient
Patient Advocacy

Matthew Cooper, MD (2023)

United Network for Organ Sharing
Professor of Surgery, Georgetown University School of Medicine
Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation and Medical Director of Transplant Quality Assessment and Process Improvement, Medstar Georgetown Transplant Institute
Medical Director, Inpatient Transplant Unit,
Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
Washington, DC

Transplant Surgeon
Paired Kidney Exchange
UNOS President-elect

Lisa Donovan, BPS (2022)

Transplant Financial Coordinators Association
Transplant Financial Coordinator
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, NY

Transplant Financial Coordination
Trustee, Transplant Financial Coordinators Association

Linda D. Kimble, M.Ed (2023)

Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program
Cleveland, OH

Executive Director, Cleveland MOTTEP
Community Health Education

Tarunjeet Klair, MD (2022)

American Society of Transplant Surgeons
Surgical Director, Living Donor Liver Transplantation
UT Health San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Transplant Surgeon
Living Donor Liver Transplantation

Krista Lentine, MD, MS, PhD (2022)

American Society of Nephrology
Professor of Medicine
Medical Director of Living Donation
St. Louis University
St. Louis, MO

Chair, OPTN/UNOS Living Donor Committee
Member, SRTR Steering Committee
Former Director, NKF SCM Transplant Physicians’ Program and Kidney Transplant Course
NKF Shaul G. Massry Award Recipient

Didier A Mandelbrot, MD (2021)

American Society of Transplantation
Medical Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Transplant Nephrologist

Al Roth, PhD (2023)

Professor of Economics
Stanford University, CA
Palo Alto, CA

Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences
Author
Founder, New England Program for Kidney Exchange

Cassidy Shaver, MSW, LCSW (2022)

Society for Transplant Social Workers
Transplant Social Worker & Financial Coordinator
Lankenau Medical Center
Wynnewood, PA

Transplant Social Work
Transplant Financial Coordination

Betsy Stein, MBA (2021)

UNOS Transplant Administrators Committee
Corporate Director, Simmons Transplant Institute
Baylor University Medical Center
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Former Director of Clinic Research, Baylor Research Institute
Leadership in Transplant Administration, Operations, and Strategic Planning

Shannon Wright, BSW, ITIL v3 (2023)

The National Forum of ESRD Networks
Executive Director, IPRO ESRD Network of the South Atlantic (Network 6)
Morrisville, NC

ESRD Administration
Former Director, ESRD Network Coordinator Center
Member, Island Peer Review Organization

Betsy Walsh, JD, MPH (2023)

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
Novant Health, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Charlotte, NC

Past-president, UNOS
Living Kidney Donor

Mesmin Germain, MPH, MBA (Ex-Officio)

NLDAC Project Officer
Chief, Operations and Donation Education Branch, Division of Transplantation
Health Resources and Services Administration
Rockville, MD

Federal Program Oversight

Frank Holloman, MPA

Director, Division of Transplantation
Health Resources and Services Administration
Rockville, MD

Federal Program Oversight

Review Committee

The Application Review Committee (ARC) members are responsible for reviewing applications received by NLDAC each week. All confidential patient information is blocked to the reviewer.

ARC members approve or deny applications on the basis of whether or not the applicants meet NLDAC program criteria and eligibility. If a waiver for financial hardship is requested, ARC members make a recommendation to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to approve or deny the application. HRSA makes the final decision on the request for a waiver and their determination is not subject to appeal.

Name, Title, & Affiliations Expertise & Affiliated Volunteer Organizations
Julie LaMantia, LCSW

Banner Good Samaritan Transplant Center
Phoenix, AZ

Transplant Social Worker
Society for Transplant Social Workers

Debra Washington, BS

Health Administration, Retired Army
Silver Spring, MD

Transplant Recipient
National Kidney Foundation

Roxanne Taylor, RN, MSN, CCTC, CPTC

Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, NH

Transplant Administrator
NATCO, The Organization for Transplant Professionals

Sidni Brown, MSW, LCSW, CCTSW

American Society of Transplant Surgeons
Arlington, VA

NLDAC Senior Program Coordinator

Marie-Claire Walters

American Society of Transplant Surgeons
Arlington, VA

NLDAC Assistant Coordinator


Learn what you need to know before applying for NLDAC assistance by reading our Program Snapshot.


Organ Donor
University of Kansas
ASTS
Arbor Research Collaborative for Health