Governing Board of Directors

The Governing Board of Directors assumes the responsibility of governance and oversight for Lifeline of Ohio consistent with Ohio non-profit law and assures compliance with all state and federal regulations pertinent to non-profit corporate governance.


Gene Warman, Chair

Gene Warman Productions, Inc.

Naomi Maletz, Esq., Vice Chair 

Hazan Maletz Law Offices, LLC/Owner and Attorney at Law

Jim Wirth, CPEA, Treasurer

CareWorks Consultants, Inc., Senior Risk Management Consultant

Tom Harper

Novartis, National Director of Account Management in the Immunology, Hepatology and Dermatology Business Unit (retired)

Kathy Harrington

Lifeline of Ohio Volunteer

Lisa Indest, Member-at-Large

Washington Prime Group, Executive Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer – Finance and Accounting

Jeff Klingler

Central Ohio Hospital Council, President and CEO

Sean McKibben

Mount Carmel Grove City, President and COO

Michelle McKissick, BSN, MS, Secretary

Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Vice President of Clinical Services

Mia Okinaga

OhioHealth, System Vice President, Internal Audit

Todd Pesavento, MD

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Comprehensive Transplant Center, Nephrologist

Ronni Richards, Member-at-Large

Teacher (retired)

Mike Voinovich

BDO Columbus, Office Managing Partner

Roger Walker

Walker Consulting

Medical Advisory Board of Directors

The Centers for Medicare/Medicaid Services requires organ procurement organizations (OPO) to have multiple boards.  One of these boards, the Medical Advisory Board (MAB) must have the power and authority specified in the Conditions for Coverage of Organ Procurement Organizations.  The scope of this authority is limited to matters regarding the organ donation process including identifying potential organ donors, recovery of all usable organs, preservation of the organs, tissue typing of the organs and transportation of the organs.  These processes must meet the quality standards consistent with the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network. The MAB will also advise in the same manner with regards to Food and Drug Administration guidance governing the tissue recovery process and the distribution of tissue.  Finally, the MAB provides oversight for the effectiveness of the OPO and their assistance to the hospitals in establishing proper protocols for potential donors.

Laura Stillion, MHA

Director, Comprehensive Transplant Center
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
(Hospital Administration)

James M. Addington, MD

Chief, Neuroscience Clinical Operations Council; Neurohospitalist
OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital

Melissa Candela-Broom, MSW, LISW

Quantum Health, Behavioral Health Care Coordinator
(Donor Family)

Jeremy Daugherty, BSN, RN, CNOR

Nurse Manager, Surgery
Mount Carmel West
(Hospital Administration)

Kent Harsbarger, MD, JD, MBA

Montogomery County Coroner
(General Public)

Don Hayes Jr., MD, MS, MEd

Medical Director, Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
(Public Member)

Orelle Jackson, BS

President, Limitless Growth Strategies
(Public Member)

Karla Johnson, MSN

Program Manager, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
(Critical Care)

Patrick McConnell, MD 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Surgical Director, Heart Transplant; Director, Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Support
(Transplant Surgeon – Nationwide Children’s Hospital)

Caleb Mackey, MD 

Staff Physician
Riverside Methodist Hospital
(OPO Medical Director)

Joe R. Mazzola, MPA

Health Commissioner
Franklin County Public Health
(Voluntary Health Organization)

Deipanjan Nandi, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor, Pediatric Heart Failure and Transplant
Nationwide Children’s Hospital/The Ohio State University
(Public Member)

Hemant K. Parekh, Ph.D., D(ABHI)

Director , Clinical Histocompatibility/Tissue Typing Laboratory
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Shannon Schweitzer, BS, MBA, EBAA, CEBT

Executive Director
Lions Eye Bank of West Central Ohio
(Tissue Bank)

Kenneth Washburn, MD, MS

Executive Director, Comprehensive Transplant Center
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
(OPO Associate Medical Director)

Bryan Whitson, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cardiac Surgery
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
(Transplant Surgeon – OSU)

Ryan Zinn, BSME, MHRM

Technology Integrator, Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, College of Engineering
The Ohio State University

2019 Community Advisory Council

Lifeline of Ohio convenes a round table of African American leaders to enhance community-wide advocacy for organ and tissue donation in Central Ohio.

Chris Brown, MD

Clinical Nephrologist

Rev. John Coats, II

Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Columbus

Rev. Dr. Victor M. Davis

Trinity Baptist Church

Demia Kandi

Community Consultant
Lifeline of Ohio

Lori Luke

Proforma TCL

Rhonda Major Mack

Donate Life Ambassador

Cheryl Noble

Community Advocate

Veronica Penn

Donate Life Ambassador

Mysheika  Roberts, MD

Health Commissioner
City of Columbus

Charleta B. Tavares

Chief Executive Officer
Primary One Health
Lifeline of Ohio Board of Directors

Tracy Townsend


Dr. Christopher Washington

Provost and Senior Vice President
Franklin University

Kay Wilson

Director Strategic Initiatives
Impact Community Action