Our Leadership Team

Board of Directors

  • Christie Thomas, MD | Chair
    Transplant Nephrologist VAMC, UIHC
  • Laura Wenman | Vice-Chair
    Hospital Administrator, MMC-DM
  • Kim Burdakin | Secretary
    Liver Recipient
  • Tami Erb, CFO | Treasurer
    Goodwill of the Heartland
  • Cass Franklin, MD
    Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines
  • Father Marty Goetz
    Priest-Pastor, SS John & Paul Parish, Burlington
  • Marcia Rogers
    Managing Director Political Strategy & Campaign Services Firm
  • Michael Hensch
    Administrator, Johnson County Medical Examiner
  • Nancy Richardson
    Retired Director, Iowa DOT, Donor Mom
  • Olivia Thompson
    Retired CFO, AlloSource
  • Robin Thompson
    Director of Transplant and Center for Liver Disease, Unity Point Health
  • Sean Merrick
    Stryker Medical Device Corporation, Donor Family Member
  • Stephen Donahoe
    President, Clipse Therapeutics
  • Tara McEnany, DNP, ARNP
    Chief Nursing Officer, Buchanan County Health Center
  • Tom Deprenger
    Vice President, Principal Gifts, The University of Iowa Foundation
  • Troy DeJoode
    Executive Director, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities
  • Suzanne Conrad Ex Officio
    Ex Officio, Chief Executive Officer IDN
  • 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
    Director, Recovery Partner Relations, LifeNet, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Adam Stockman
    Director of Clinical Operations
  • Bette Schwager, RN
    Donor Family Member
  • Dan Katz, MD
    Abdominal Transplant Surgeon, VA Medical Center, Iowa City
  • Elizabeth Field, MD
    Histocompatability Specialist, VA Medical Center, Iowa City
  • Jeff Dumermuth
    West Des Moines EMS Chief
  • Jessica Zuzga-Reed, DO, FAAP
    Pediatric Intensivist, Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines
  • Johan Aerts, DO
    Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Surgeon, Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines
  • Julie Tuel, RN, BSN, CCRN-CMS, SCRN
    Unit Nursing Director, Neuro-Trauma-Medical, Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines
  • Kalpaj Parekh, MD
    Thoracic Surgeon, UIHC
  • Louis Katz, MD
    Executive Vice President, America's Blood Centers
  • Mario Zanaty, MD
    Neurosurgeon, UIHC
  • Qasim Chaudhry, MD
    Kidney Transplant Surgeon, UnityPoint Health, Des Moines
  • Sabi Singh
    Assistant Vice President, UIHC
  • Christie Thomas, MD | Ex Officio
    Transplant Nephrologist VAMC, UIHC
  • Suzanne Conrad | Ex Officio
    Ex Officio, Chief Executive Officer IDN
  • Lois Geist, MD | Ex Officio
    Non-Voting, IDN Medical Director
  • Sarah Fewell | Ex Officio
    Chief Operating Officer

Our Vision:

All are inspired to donate life.