Guiding our mission, vision and values

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.

Naomi Maletz
Naomi Maletz, Esq., Chair Hazan Maletz Law Offices, LLC/Owner and
Attorney at Law
Mike Voinovich, Vice Chair BDO Columbus, Office Managing Partner
Jim Wirth
Jim Wirth, CPEA, Treasurer CareWorks Consultants, Inc.,
Senior Risk Management Consultant
Michell McKissick
Michelle McKissick, BSN, MS, Secretary Nationwide Children’s Hospital,
Vice President of Clinical Services
Ronni Richards
Ronni Richards, Member-at-Large Teacher (Retired)
Gene Warman
Gene Warman, Member-at-Large Gene Warman Productions, Inc.
Melissa Candela-Broom, MSW, LISW Quantum Health
Behavioral Health
Care Coordinator
(Donor Family)
Thomas Harper
Tom Harper Novartis, National Director of Account Management in the Immunology, Hepatology and Dermatology Business Unit (Retired)
Lisa Indest
Lisa Indest Washington Prime Group, Executive Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer –
Finance and Accounting
Jeff Klinger
Jeff Klingler Central Ohio Hospital Council, President and CEO
Denise Minor, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC Mount Carmel Health System, Vice President of Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer
Mia Okinaga
Mia Okinaga OhioHealth, System Vice President, Internal Audit

Todd Pesavento
Todd Pesavento, MD The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Comprehensive Transplant Center, Nephrologist
Charleta B. Tavares Primary One Health, Chief Executive Officer
Roger Walker
Roger Walker Walker Consulting
(Donor Family)

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 Chairperson
Director, Comprehensive Transplant Center
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
(Hospital Administration)
James M. Addington, MD Chief, Neuroscience Clinical Operations Council;
OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital
Jeremy Daugherty, BSN, RN, CNOR Nurse Manager, Surgery
Mount Carmel West
(Hospital Administration)
Kathy Harrington Lifeline of Ohio Volunteer
(Donor Family)
Kent Harsbarger, MD, JD, MBA Montgomery County Coroner
(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
Corey Perry, JD, MDiv System Vice President, Mission & Ministry
(Public Member)
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

Community Advisory Council

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

Chris Brown, MD Clinical Nephrologist
Paulette Burks Community Affairs and Philanthropy
Thirty One Gifts
Rev. John Coats, II President
Interdenominational Ministerial
Alliance of Columbus
Rev. Dr. Victor M. Davis Pastor
Trinity Baptist Church
Demia Kandi Community Consultant
Lifeline of Ohio
Lori Luke Owner
Proforma TCL
Rhonda Major Mack Donate Life Ambassador
Cheryl Noble The Links
Community Advocate
Veronica Penn Kidney Recipient
Donate Life Ambassador
Mysheika Roberts, MD Health Commissioner
Columbus Public Health
Charleta B. Tavares Chief Executive Officer
Primary One Health
Lifeline of Ohio Board of Directors
Tracy Townsend Anchor/Reporter
Christopher Washington, PhD Executive Vice President and Provost
Franklin University
Kay Wilson Director Strategic Initiatives
Impact Community Action