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Leadership and Advisors

Finger Lake Donor Recovery Network’s advisory boards play an important role in guiding its services to the community.

Below is a list of the current board members. Link to see a list of committees and members.

Advisory Board Members

Victoria Adler, RN, BSN, CPTC, CEBT, Executive Director/Tissue Bank Director, Sight Society of Northeastern NY, Inc., Lions Eye Bank at Albany

Jarrod A. Atkinson, MS, RN, NE-BC, CCRN-K, Director, 2400 and ICU, Rochester Regional Health – Unity Hospital

Juliann Axton, Transplant Administrator, Upstate University Hospital

Dorgam Badran-Zayed, MD, Chair, Organ Donor Council, St. Joseph’s Hospital

Leway Chen, MD, Director, Heart Failure and Transplant Program, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Julius Cheng, MD, Associate Professor, Burn Trauma and Emergency Surgery, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Reverend Joseph Colon, Chaplain, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center

Myra Coppage, PhD, Director, Tissue Typing Lab, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Reut Hod Dvoria, PhD, Director, Histocompatibility Laboratory, Upstate University Hospital

Donna Ferris, RN, Unit Manager, Medical ICU, St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center

Laura Hamilton, MD, Family Practice Physician

Roberto Hernandez-Alejandro, MD, Professor of Surgery; Chief, Division of Transplantation, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Charlene Hubbell, Supervisor, Tissue Typing Lab, Upstate University Hospital

Randeep Singh Kashyap, MD, Associate Professor, URMC Solid Organ Transplant, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Karen Kline, Donor Family Member

Mark Laftavi, MD, Professor of Surgery; Interim Chief of Transplant Services, Upstate University Hospital

David Landsberg, MD, FLDRN Medical Director; Professor and Chief of Medicine, Crouse Hospital

Margaret Lane, PhD, Assistant Professor, State University of New York at Brockport

Julius Gene Latorre, MD, Director, Neurocritical Care Services, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Upstate University Hospital

Linda Maiellano, Donor Family Member

Linda McAleer, Nursing Director for Pediatric Services, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital

Diane McMullen, PhD, LCSW, Counseling Services, Donor Family Member

Helen McMurray, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pathology & Lab Medicine, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Elizabeth McNamara, Senior Regional Director, Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation

Nancy Metzler, Transplant Administrator, Solid Organ Transplant Program, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Matthew J. Miller, Manager, Miller Funeral Home

MaryLu Moriarty, Human Resource Liaison, Instructor of Business, Jefferson Community College

Janine Morris, RN, BSN, MPH, Transplant Administrator, Transplant Services, Upstate University Hospital

Kathy Parrinello, PhD, RN, Chief Operating Officer, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Paritosh Prasad, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Debra E. Roberts, MD, Medical Professor of the Neuromedicine ICU, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

Beverly Shank, Organ Recipient

Kimberly Smith, RN, Nurse Manager Critical Care/Cardiopulmonary, Samaritan Medical Center

Catherine Stephens, MSN, RN, CRNR, Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network Advisory Board Chair, Assistant Director of Nursing for Inpatient Services, Upstate University Hospital

James Szalados, MD, Neurointensivist and Director of Neurocritical Care, Rochester Regional Health System

Jeremy Taylor, MD, Nephrologist, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital

E. Kate Valcin, MSN, RN, Associate Director for Adult Critical Care Nursing, URMC/Strong Memorial Hospital


Medical Affairs Committee

The Medical Affairs Committee will provide guidance, suggestions and recommendations to:

  • Increase the number of organs recovered for the purposes of transplantation and/or research
  • Increase the number of organs transplanted per donor
  • Develop and/or revise clinical policies and procedures as needed
  • Further enhance Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement program

Donor Family Advisory Committee

The Donor Family Advisory Committee will provide guidance, suggestions and recommendations to:

  • Provide compassionate support to donor families
  • Serve as a resource to Family Services Coordinator and other staff to assess and/or revise practices related to offering donation opportunities to families
  • Provide After Care Program for donor families
  • Participate in local, regional and national events supporting donor families

Public Education Committee

The Public Education Committee will provide guidance, suggestions and recommendations to:

  • Help define public education
  • Identify opportunities to provide public education programs within our service area
  • Work collaboratively with other local, regional and national organizations to provide public education efforts
  • Establish specific program goals and objectives
  • Establish cost projections and metrics to measure success
  • Elicit support from local, regional and/or national resources to fund public education initiatives

Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement (QA/PI) Committee

The Quality Assurance Performance Improvement Committee will provide guidance, suggestions and recommendations to:

  • Create a culture of quality that will ensure FLDRN meets or exceeds its mission
  • Systematically collect and analyze data to create, implement and evaluated targeted performance improvement measures
  • Provide performance data and information to assist the FLDRN management team, QA/PI committee and the Advisory Board in making appropriate operational decisions
  • Ensure FLDRN is complying with regulatory requirements/standards as outlined by CMS, OPTN/UNOS, New York State and AOPO
  • Review and follow-up to complaints from customers/stakeholders


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