Executive Leadership

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Janice F. Whaley

Chief Executive Officer

Sean Van Slyck

Chief Operating Officer

Nikole Neidlinger, M.D. Chief Medical Officer Donor Network West

Nikole Neidlinger, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Sandra Mejia Chief Financial Officer Donor Network West

Sandra Mejia

Chief Financial Officer

Denise Kinder Strategic Development Officer Donor Network West

Denise Kinder

Strategic Development Officer

Mark Borer

VP of Quality Systems

JT Mason

VP of Information Technology

Angela Rosati

VP of Operations

Senior Leadership

Sandy Andrada

Regional Director, South Bay

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Rhonda Alfaro

Director of Operations

Jason Bailey

Regional Director, Fresno

Brandy Gleason

Regional Director, East/West Bay

Susan Hall

Director of Quality Systems

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Cathy Koubek

Director of Marketing and Communications

John Lilley

Regional Director, Nevada

Luis Mayen

Director of Transplant Center Strategy and Business Development

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Megan Nelson

Director of Education and Talent Development

Sandra Olson


Kim Patton

Regional Director, Norcal/Stockton/Modesto

Ahmad Salehi, M.D., Ph.D

Director of Research Program

Stephanie Woidtke

Director of Performance Improvement

Board of Directors

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

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

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

Board Members

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

Thomas A. Cycyota
President & Chief Executive Officer

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

Michelle A. Jorden, M.D.
Assistant Medical Examiner & Neuropathologist
Office of the Medical Examiner-Coroner Santa Clara County

Lloyd LaCuesta
Journalist, Retired

Kathleen F. Lynaugh, BS/RN, MBA, JD
Associate General Counsel
Blue Shield of California, San Francisco

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

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

Nikole Neidlinger, M.D.
Chief Medical Director, Donor Network West
Abdominal Transplant Surgeon
California Pacific Medical Center

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


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

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

Julie Brown, MBA, MPH
Principal, Julie Brown Associates

William Bry, M.D.
Surgical Director, Kidney Transplant
California Pacific Medical Center

Waldo Concepcion, M.D.
Professor of Surgery, Multi Organ Transplantation
Chief of Clinical Transplantation
Chief of Pediatric Kidney Transplantation
Stanford University School of Medicine

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

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

David Shimabukuro, MDCM
Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
Associate Medicine Director, 9 & 13 ICU
UCSF 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