Our Leadership Team

Board of Directors

  • Christie Thomas, MD | Chair
    Transplant Nephrologist VAMC, UIHC
  • Laura Wenman | Vice-Chair
    Hospital Administrator MercyOne Des Moines
  • Kim Burdakin | Secretary
    Liver Recipient
  • Michael Hensch | Treasurer
    Executive Director, Johnson County Board of Supervisors
  • Dale Meyer
    Funeral Director, Meyer Brothers Funeral Homes
  • Dennis Klein, MD
    Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Iowa
  • Eric Briesemeister
    CEO, Jones Regional Medical Center, Anamosa
  • Kalpaj Parekh, MD
    Thoracic Surgeon, UIHC
  • Nancy Richardson
    Retired Director, Iowa DOT, Donor Mom
  • Olivia Thompson
    Retired CFO, AlloSource
  • Rebecca Anthony
    Senior Vice President, Iowa Hospital Association
  • Robin Thompson
    Former Director of Transplant and Center for Liver Disease, UnityPoint Health
  • Stephen Donahoe
    President, Clipse Therapeutics
  • Tammi Erb, CFO
    Goodwill of the Heartland
  • Tara McEnany, DNP, ARNP
    Chief Nursing Officer, Buchanan County Health Center
  • Thomas DePrenger
    Vice President, Principal Gifts, The University of Iowa Foundation
  • Troy DeJoode
    Executive Director, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities
  • Father Marty Goetz
    Priest-Pastor, SS John & Paul Parish, Burlington
  • Suzanne Conrad | Ex Officio
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Lois Geist, MD | Ex Officio
    Non-Voting, IDN Medical Director

Medical Advisory Committee

  • Jonathan Simmons, DO | Chair
    Critical Care Physician, UIHC
  • Jim Springer | Vice-Chair
    VP, OPO and Hospital Relations, SeaStar Medical
  • Adam Stockman
    Director of Clinical Operations, Iowa Lions Eye Bank
  • Anthony Panos, MD
  • Dan Katz, MD
    Abdominal Transplant Surgeon, VA Medical Center, Iowa City
  • Jessica Zuzga-Reed, DO, FAAP
    Pediatric Intensivist, MercyOne Des Moines
  • Julie Tuel, RN, BSN, CCRN-CMS, SCRN
    Unit Nursing Director, Neuro-Trauma-Medical, MercyOne, Des Moines
  • Mario Zanaty, MD
    Neurosurgeon, UIHC
  • Qasim Chaudhry, MD
    Kidney Transplant Surgeon, UnityPoint Health, Des Moines
  • Sabi Singh
    Assistant Vice President, UIHC
  • Tiffany Roberts, PhD
    Histocompatibility Specialist, MercyOne Des Moines
  • Bette Schwager, RN
    Donor Family Member
  • Jeff Dumermuth
    West Des Moines EMS Chief
  • Louis Katz, MD
    Executive Vice President, America's Blood Centers
  • Suzanne Conrad | Ex Officio
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Sarah Fewell | Ex Officio
    Chief Clinical Officer
  • Christie Thomas, MD | Ex Officio
    Transplant Nephrologist VAMC, UIHC
  • Lois Geist, MD | Ex Officio
    Non-Voting, IDN Medical Director

Our Vision:

All are inspired to donate life.