Executive Leadership

Our Executive Leadership Team brings tremendous experience in the organ and tissue procurement industry and a shared commitment to saving and healing more lives to Donor Network West every day.

Janice F. Whaley Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer

Janice F. Whaley

Waldo Concepcion, M.D. Chief Medical Officer
Chief Medical Officer

Waldo Concepcion, M.D., FACS

Jeremy Gimbel Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer

Jeremy Gimbel

Rhonda Marion Chief of Organizational Development & Human Resources
Chief of Organizational Development and Human Resources

Rhonda Marion

Mark Borer VP of Quality Systems
VP of Quality Systems

Mark Borer

Kyle Kinsey VP of Tissue
VP of Tissue

Kyle Kinsey

John Lilley VP of Organ Operations
VP of Organ Operations

John Lilley

macmacu vp of marketing and communications
VP of Marketing and Communications

Lauren Macmadu

JT Mason VP of Information Technology
VP of Information Technology

JT Mason

luis mayen DIRECTOR OF TRANSPLANT CENTER STRATEGY AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
VP of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development

Luis Mayen

Kathy Vasilopulos VP of Hospital Development & Family Services
VP of Hospital Development and Family Services

Kathy Vasilopulos

Chief Executive Officer

Janice F. Whaley

Janice F. Whaley serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Donor Network West, the second largest OPO in the U.S., joining the organization in January of 2019. After her arrival, the organization substantially increased organ recovery performance across multiple metrics, saving hundreds more lives. Her leadership, advocacy, and operational efforts, in both the state of California as well as the nation overall, serve as evidence of her passion.

Prior to assuming the Chief Executive role at Donor Network West, Whaley held leadership and clinical roles in three other OPOs, achieving similar results. Whaley served as Chief Operating Officer of LifeShare of Oklahoma, essentially doubling the number of organ donors early on in her five-year tenure. Before her arrival at LifeShare, Whaley held the role of Managing Director of Clinical Operations at LifeGift in Houston, TX, where she managed the complex processes involved in working with 5 transplant centers and 24 transplant programs, leading the region to record setting numbers of donors recovered.

A committed advocate for donation, Whaley has served in multiple capacities on several donation and transplantation related national boards and committees, including serving as President of the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT), being appointed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to serve as a faculty member for the National Learning Congress (NLC) in 2012 and most recently, appointed to serve on the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Advisory Council on Transplantation (ACOT).

Whaley received a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a post graduate certificate from Harvard Business School, Executive Management Program. She graduated from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Whaley is dually certified in organ and tissue recovery through ABTC and the AATB, respectively.

Chief Medical Officer

Waldo Concepcion, M.D., FACS

Waldo Concepcion, M.D. began his role as Donor Network West’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in May of 2020. Concepcion was the former Chief of Clinical Transplantation and Pediatric Kidney Transplantation at Stanford University School of Medicine and Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics (Nephrology). He also served as Director of the Institute of Transplantation at Loma Linda University.

Waldo’s hobbies include traveling, spending time with family and friends, classical music, opera, and fine cuisine. However, spending time with his daughter, Zoe Grace, gives him the most enjoyment.

Chief Financial Officer

Jeremy Gimbel

As Chief Financial Officer (CFO) since May of 2020, Jeremy Gimbel is responsible for the organization’s financial functions including accounting, audit, budgeting, financial planning and analysis, and fiscal reporting.

Before joining Donor Network West, Gimbel was Head of Finance for a growing outpatient psychiatry practice. Prior to moving to San Francisco, he was with a PE-Backed tele-radiology group and started his healthcare financial leadership career at DaVita in corporate finance and strategy roles. His career spans more than 20 years, starting in NYC in investment banking before becoming a healthcare executive with varied experiences in financial management, business leadership, and strategy.

A Chicago native, Gimbel earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Southern California and is an active Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). He enjoys the wine country and kayaking.

Chief of Organizational Development and Human Resources

Rhonda Marion

Rhonda Marion, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, serves as Chief of Organizational Development and Human Resources for Donor Network West joining the team in 2019. Previously, Rhonda was Chief of Human Resources for Community Health Center Network and her career has spanned both business leadership and human resources where she has helped organizations realize their potential through organizational design and development. Rhonda holds a dual certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources & Corporate Management from California State East Bay. As part of her own values and business strategies, Rhonda has found that helping organizations enrich their diversity, equity and inclusion is rewarding both personally and professionally.

Rhonda’s hobbies are construction, gardening, and interior design.

VP of Quality Systems

Mark Borer

With Donor Network West for over 10 years, Mark Borer serves as the Vice President of Quality Systems. He has 30 years of experience performing clinical, technical, and quality roles associated with eye, organ, and tissue transplant. Before joining Donor Network West, Borer was with the California Institute for Medical Research, UCSF Orthopedic Surgery, and Tissue Banks International.

Mark, who was raised in the Midwest, is a graduate of Santa Clara University and is a Certified Eye Bank Technician and Certified Tissue Bank Specialist. He enjoys staying active by long distance running and mountain biking.

VP of Tissue

Kyle Kinsey

Kyle Kinsey has served as the Vice President of Tissue with Donor Network West since May of 2020. With over 20 years of experience in the tissue donation field, Kinsey was most recently the Director of Tissue Recovery Services at Midwest Transplant Network. He has obtained a number of professional awards throughout his career including the CryoLife Presidents Award 3 years in a row.

Outside of his work, Kyle is with his family and enjoys hiking, golf, music, travel, and philosophical conversations. His most prized achievement is being a father to his amazing children.

VP of Organ Operations

John Lilley

John Lilley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the world of organ and tissue procurement as the Vice President of Organ Operations. John’s life has been intertwined with transplantation and donation for over 25 years when his father received a life-saving heart transplant. It was this miraculous gift that later drew John to Donor Network West (then California Transplant Donor Network) in 2001.

John began his career in healthcare almost 30 years ago when he faithfully served in the United States Air Force as a firefighter/paramedic eventually supervising fire and medical response personnel in multiple duty stations around the world. After being honorably discharged, John joined CTDN in 2001 as the first non-RN Clinical Procurement Coordinator. John was called back to active duty in 2004 and served his country in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Fire Protection Specialist and Nationally Certified EMT-Paramedic. Upon his return to CTDN, John moved his family to Reno, Nevada to support the growing region in Northern Nevada for the organization.  John advanced his career with CTDN in the role of Supervisor and Manager of Clinical Services all while obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Nevada, Reno. He also completed his Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator (CPTC) accreditation from the American Board of Transplant Coordinators.

John departed from Donor Network West in 2015 to serve as Director of Organ Clinical Operations at OneLegacy while earning his Master of Business Administration from Washington State University. Fortunately for Donor Network West, he returned in 2018 as Regional Director for Nevada. John’s region was the top performing region by metrics in 2019 as he helped build a culture of donation along with leading the efforts in transitioning all service area hospitals in Northern Nevada to Donor Network West as a single provider for both organ and tissue services. He assumed the role of Vice President of Organ Operations near the beginning of 2020.

As a life-long learner, John has returned back to school in pursuit of his Master of Science in Nursing degree to obtain his Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) credential at the University of Nevada, Reno. His experience, education, and leadership helps Donor Network West to be one of the nation’s top-performing organ procurement organizations.

In addition to being a passionate Wolf Pack alumnus, John is an avid baseball fan and grew up in Los Angeles where he became a Dodgers fan.

VP of Marketing and Communications

Lauren Macmadu

Lauren Macmadu joined Donor Network West in July of 2020 as the Vice President of Marketing and Communications. With 20 years of experience, Lauren has helped a variety of organizations reach new and diverse audiences by developing relevant and engaging integrated marketing communications campaigns. Previously, Lauren was the Director of Marketing and Communications at Anova, responsible for all product marketing and launches, events and media relations.

Lauren received her Master of Science in integrated marketing communications from Golden Gate University and her Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to spending time with family and friends, Lauren is a passionate supporter of the Arts and enjoys attending the ballet and theatre.

VP of Information Technology

JT Mason

JT Mason has been with Donor Network West for over 10 years and serves as the VP of Information Technology. JT has worked in the information technology field for the past 30 years in such industries as Geology, Archaeology, Environmental Services, and Water Engineering.

JT earned his Master in Information Systems from the University of California, Berkeley and is a Certified Professional in Health Information Technology (CPHIT). Originally from Ames, Iowa, JT is an avid skier who has also lived in Maine, Colorado, Wyoming, and presently in California.

VP of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development

Luis Mayen

With nearly two decades in the field of organ donation, Luis Mayen has dedicated his career to honoring the generosity of organ donors and their families. Luis joined Donor Network West in 2002 after graduating from UC Berkeley with a pre-med degree in Biology. After beginning his career as an Organ Allocation Coordinator, he discovered a passion for team development and leadership, and subsequently served in various management roles. 

Luis currently serves as the Region 5 Representative on the UNOS Operations and Safety Committee, he Chairs the Organ Preservation Workgroup, Co-chairs Donor Network West’s Medical Advisory Board, and is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Business Development at Donor Network West. Outside of work, Luis is an amateur beekeeper and volunteers with outreach groups to educate and empower Latinx youth to vote.

VP of Hospital Development and Family Services

Kathy Vasilopulos

Kathy Vasilopulos has been with Donor Network West as the Vice President of Hospital Development and Family Services since August of 2019. Beginning as a cardiovascular ICU nurse, she later joined other healthcare entities in business startup, staffing and recruitment, and project management. Vasilopulos’s career in the organ and procurement industry started in 2009 at Gift of Hope in Illinois. She proceeded to serve as OneLegacy’s Vice President of Organ Operations in Los Angeles.

Vasilopulos has a Bachelors in the Science of Nursing from the University of Illinois and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also a Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator and a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist. Born and raised in Chicago, Kathy is a die-hard Cubs fan.

Senior Leadership

Sandy Andrada REGIONAL DIRECTOR, SOUTH BAY

Sandy Andrada

Regional Director, South Bay
Nicole Bishop Regional Director Nevada

Nicole Bishop

Regional Director, Nevada
RoseMarie Connor DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

RoseMarie Connor

Director of Human Resources
Jocelyn Cooper Director of Organ Preservation and Surgical Services

Jocelyn Cooper

Director of Organ Preservation and Surgical Services
Aninda Dutta DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND DEVELOPMENT

Aninda Dutta

Director of Business Intelligence and Development
Lisa Gentile Director of Learning and Development

Lisa Gentile

Director of Learning and Development
Susan Hall DIRECTOR OF QUALITY SYSTEMS

Susan Hall

Director of Quality Systems
celest maureen hart INTERIM DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Celeste Maureen Hart

Director of Operations

Donyale John

Regional Director, West and East Bay
Jaclyn Manzanedo DIRECTOR OF DONATION DEVELOPMENT

Jaclyn Manzanedo

Director of Donation Development
sandra olson CONTROLLER

Sandra Olson

Controller
kim patton REGIONAL DIRECTOR, NORCAL/STOCKTON/MODESTO

Kim Patton

Regional Director, Norcal/Stockton/Modesto
ahmad salehi DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH PROGRAM

Ahmad Salehi, M.D., Ph.D

Director of Research Program
stefanie woidtke DIRECTOR OF PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT

Stefanie Woidtke

Director of Performance Improvement

Board of Directors

Chief Executive Officer
Janice F. Whaley
Chief Executive Officer
Donor Network West

Chairperson
Hamila Kownacki, RN, MHA
Chief Operating Officer
California Pacific Medical Center

Secretary-Treasurer
Jill Sullivan, RN, MSN
Vice President Hospital Transformation,
Heart and Transplant Service Lines
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford

Board Members

Clark Andrew Bonham, M.D.
Director of Adult & Pediatric Living
Donor Liver Transplant Programs
Stanford University Medical Center

Stephan Busque, M.D.
Director, Adult Kidney & Pancreas Program
Associate Professor
Stanford Medical Center

Thomas A. Cycyota
President & Chief Executive Officer
AlloSource

Reese Fawley
Executive Director
Health Plan Strategy & Transplantation
Chief Contracting Officer
UCSF Medical Center & UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Michael J. Ferenc, M.D.
Forensic Pathologist
Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office

Luis Fonseca, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer
Alameda Health System

Chris Freise, M.D.
UCSF Transplant Services
Professor & Interim Division Chief

Christine Hartley
Administrative Director, Solid Organ Transplant
Stanford Healthcare

Dr. Michelle Jorden
County of Santa Clara Medical Examiner/Coroner

Frances McNeil, Esq.
Associate General Counsel
Law Department, Blue Shield of California

Erik W. Olson, MHA
Renown Health VP & Chief Executive Officer
Renown Regional Medical Center

Michael J. Peterson
Healthcare Consultant/Advisor

John Rabkin, M.D., FACS
Department of Transplantation
California Pacific Medical Center

Rajalingam Raja, Ph.D., D(ABHI)
Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery
Director, Immunogenetics and Transplantation Laboratory
University of California, San Francisco

Anthony Robinson
Operations/Training Captain
San Francisco Fire Department, Airport Division

Larry Salinas
Executive Director, Governmental Relations
Office of the president, Fresno State University

Eric L. Williams
Chief Operating Officer
Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara Medical Center

Michelle Zyromski, Esq.
Zyromski Konicek LLP

Medical Advisory Board

Co-Chair
Luis Mayen
Director of Transplant Center Strategy and Business Development, Donor Network West

Co-Chair
Ryutaro Hirose, M.D.
Associate Program Director
Division of Transplant Surgery
UCSF Medical Center

Members

Arash Afshinnik, M.D.
Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF
Director Neurocritical Care

Michael J. Bauer, M.D.
Donor Network West Tissue Services Medical Director

Janet Bellingham, M.D.
Transplant Surgeon
California Pacific Medical Center

Jack Boyd, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery
Stanford University Medical Center

Julie Brown, MBA, MPH
Principal, Julie Brown Associates

Peter Chin-Hong, MD
Associate Medical Director, Donor Network West
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Step 3 Medicine
School of Medicine
Associate Dean for Regional Campuses, UCSF School of Medicine Director, Transplant ID Program, Division of Infectious Diseases

Waldo Concepcion, M.D., FACS
Chief Medical Officer, Donor Network West

Ann DiMatteo, BSN, MSN
Transplant Administrator
Manager, Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Program
California Pacific Medical Center

Sara Dionne, PhD
Senior Laboratory Director
VRL Eurofins

Robert Fulbright, JD, MA
Bioethics Program Director
Renown Health

Jack Harbell, M.D.
Senior Associate Consultant
Abdominal Transplant Surgery
Hepatobiliary Surgery
Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale

James Hopkins, D.O.
Donor Family Member
Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Kaiser Permanente

Gerri James, RN, BSN, CCTC
Transplant Administrator
Manager of Kidney & Lung Transplant Programs
Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital

Darina Kavanaugh, DNP, RN, CPHQ
Chief Nurse Executive
Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center

Jennifer Kerney, RN, MSN, CRNP
Assistant Director Transplant Services
Kidney Transplant Program
UCSF Medical Center

Thomas Krall, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor – Anesthesia
UCSF Medical Center

Jasleen Kukreja, M.D., MPH
Surgical Director of Lung Transplant Program
UCSF Medical Center

Ruchika Mishra, PhD
Senior Bioethicist
Program in Medicine and Human Values
Sutter Health Bay Area

James Orr, M.D.
Trauma & Emergency Surgery
Kaiser Foundation Hospital – Vacaville

Thomas Pham, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor,
Abdominal Transplant Surgery
Stanford University School of Medicine

Brett Sheridan, M.D.
Department Chair of Cardiac, Thoracic, Vascular Surgery
Chief of Cardiac Surgery
Surgical Director of Heart Transplantation
California Pacific Medical Center

Penny Stroud, MBA
Principal, Cattaneo & Stroud, Inc.

Moussa F. Yazbeck, M.D., FACP
Neurocritical Care / Critical Care Medicine
Vice Chief of Staff
John Muir Medical Center