AATB Board of Governors
2017-2019 Executive Committee
Louis Barnes III, CTBS
Vivex Biomedical, Inc.
About Lou Barnes
Lou Barnes is a twenty-eight year veteran of the tissue banking industry, currently serving as President & COO of UMTB Biomedical, Inc. Prior to UMTB, Mr. Barnes worked with other leading tissue banks, both in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Mr. Barnes holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and graduate degree from the University of Alabama as well as designation of Certified Tissue Bank Specialist.
Diana Buck, CTBS
New England Donor Services, Inc.
About Diana Buck
Diana Buck has spent 40 years in not-for-profit leadership roles, the past 20 years in the field of tissue banking. Currently, as the Senior Vice President of Tissue Donation Services at New England Donor Services, (formerly New England Organ Bank) Diana is committed to mentoring the next generation of leaders in her organization and beyond. Diana has been an active and engaged member of AATB, volunteering time in support of a variety of projects, maintaining her CTBS and as an elected member of the AATB Board of Governors since 2013.
Dan Schultz, MD
AATB Immediate Past Chairman
LifeLink Tissue Bank
About Dr. Dan Schultz
Dr. Dan Schultz is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of the AATB and has been on the AATB Board of Governor’s for the last 6 years. Dr. Schultz is a board-certified anatomic/clinical/forensic pathologist with 27 years of experience, and is licensed to practice medicine in California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and Ohio. He currently serves on the AATB Physicians Council and was a long-time American Board of Tissue Banking Committee Member, as well as serving on the Education and Programs Committees. He has been a speaker for many of the AATB meetings in the last 11 years (Quality & Donor Suitability Workshops/Annual Meetings). Dr. Schultz is the Medical Director of the LifeLink Tissue Bank in Tampa, Florida, an Associate Medical Examiner/ forensic pathologist in Hillsborough County, Florida as well as the President of Final Diagnosis, Inc., a freestanding private autopsy lab and consultative service in Tampa, Florida. He welcomes opportunities to help bridge gaps between death investigative agencies and the transplant community through bilateral information sharing and education.
Jeff Cox, CTBS
United Tissue Resources
About Jeff Cox
Jeff Cox has over 30 years of experience in tissue and eye banking, having been both a certified tissue bank specialist and certified bereavement specialist. He is a current chair of the American Board of Tissue Banking Committee, current member of the Finance Committee and is a coach for the AATB Emerging Leaders Program. He was previously a member of the AATB Ethics, Accreditation, Standards, and Program Committees, as well as the former Secretary of Council of Accredited Tissue Banks and Donor Suitability Council. He is also a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling and the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, holds a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry with Bachelor’s in Chemistry and Biology and is the Chief Operations Officer for United Tissue Resources.
Frank Wilton, IOM, CAE
AATB President and CEO
American Association of Tissue Banks
About Frank Wilton
Wilton has more than 25 years of advocacy, trade association and membership experience with an extensive marketing and education focus. Prior to joining AATB, he held several positions at the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) in Washington, D.C., where he led the association's efforts on membership, recruitment and retention as well as its educational programs, including the Medical Technology Learning Institute (MTLI). Wilton has led the AATB as President & CEO since 2012 and, in that time, has visited more than 50 AATB-accredited tissue banks. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability and has testified before Congress on the topic of tissue safety, and in front of the European Commission on Tissue Regulations.
Wilton holds a master's degree in marketing communications from Boston University and dual degrees in English and History from Hobart College in New York. He received his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) in 2002 and his Institute of Management (IOM) designation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2006. Mr. Wilton currently serves as the incoming Chair for Donate Life America. He and his wife Jeanne reside in Northern Virginia and have three grown children.
LifeGift Organ Donation Center
About Kevin Myer
Kevin A. Myer, MSHA, serves as president and CEO of LifeGift, the organ and tissue donation agency based in Houston Texas, serving 109 counties and over 200 hospitals and 10 transplant centers.
Myer joined LifeGift from the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), where he served as the business director for the Center for Transplant System Excellence. In this role, Myer led efforts to improve the organ transplantation system through multiple funded research projects using non-traditional approaches and collaborative research teams. Before his tenure at UNOS, Myer held the positions of executive director and vice president of LifeNet Health, an organ procurement organization (OPO) and biomedical implant agency based in Virginia.
Myer received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. and earned his Master of Science in health administration degree from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. He also completed a fellowship in patient safety at Virginia Commonwealth University. In February 2016, he completed Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship and in March, 2017, the Innovative Health Care Leader program.
In addition to Board service with AATB, he serves on the Boards of Donate Life Texas, Donate Life America, AlloSource and the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance.
Jeff Orlowski, CTBS
LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, OK
About Jeff Orlowski
Mr. Orlowski is the president and CEO of LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma. He is currently the Chair of the UNOS Membership and Professional Standards Committee through June 2018. In early 2017, Mr. Orlowski was appointed by Governor Mary Fallin to serve as the chair of Oklahoma’s Advancement of Wellness Advisory Committee for a second term. Mr. Orlowski is active in many organ procurement and transplantation organizations, including the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations, the North American Transplant Coordinators Organization, and Donate Life America.
2018-2020 Council Chairs
Laurie Sutor, MD, MBA
Transplant Services Center - UT Southwestern Medical Center
About Dr. Laurie Sutor
Dr. Sutor has been Medical Director of Transplant Services Center at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas since 2001. Dr. Sutor is a professor of pathology at UT Southwestern and is active in resident and fellow education. She is also Vice President of Medical and Technical Services at Carter BloodCare in Bedford, Texas, where she has been with the community blood center for more than 20 years.
Dr. Sutor received her M.D. degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and then completed residency training in pathology in Dallas as well as specialty training in Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking. Dr. Sutor is certified by the American Board of Pathology. She also has an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Particular areas of interest for Dr. Sutor are donor screening and safety, quality and compliance in the donor and processing areas, cellular therapy processes, and new physician training in the field of transfusion medicine and tissue banking.
Jeffrey Cartmell, PhD
Processing & Distribution Council
About Dr. Jeffrey Cartmell
Dr. Cartmell has been involved in orthopaedic basic science and applied research for over 20 years. Dr. Cartmell joined MTF Biologics (also known as the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation) in 2003 as a R&D Sr. Scientist and has held various research and product development positions within MTF Biologics’ R&D Division, where he has led programs in the soft tissue, demineralized bone, and biologics spaces. Currently, Dr. Cartmell is Associate Director for Intellectual Property & Grants at MTF Biologics. In this position, Dr. Cartmell is responsible for managing both the Foundation’s intellectual property initiatives and its extramural research grant programs.
Prior to joining MTF Biologics, Dr. Cartmell attained a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University and spent several years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School - McKay Orthopaedic Research Lab. Jeff’s research investigated questions of tendon biomechanics, healing and surgical reconstruction. Dr. Cartmell has been active within AATB for the last 10 years, serving on various committees, including the Scientific & Technical Affairs Committee, the Standards Committee, the Cell-Related Standards workgroup and the Program Committee. Currently, Dr. Cartmell is the Chair of the Scientific & Technical Affairs Committee, Chair of the Processing & Distribution Council, and a member of the AATB Board of Governors.
Accredited Tissue Banks Council
About George Herrera
George Herrera is Vice President of Donor Services for MTF Biologics (also known as, the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation). His primary responsibility is to oversee the services that MTF Biologics provides to its Recovery Partners (organ procurement organizations and tissue banks, both domestically and internationally) that work with MTF Biologics to provide allograft tissue services to their communities. He is also responsible for the four tissue recovery programs that MTF Biologics operates, as well as, overseeing donor screening and acceptance operations, the Birth Tissue Donation Program, donation communications and public relations, the MTF Biologics’ Donation Board of Trustees and Medical Examiner Coroner Committee.
In 2017, George begins his twenty-fourth year in the field of organ and tissue donation and transplantation and his twenty-eighth year in non-profit management. He has held leadership positions in various organizations in the field, including the American Association of Tissue Banks and Association of Organ Procurement Organizations. George’s education includes a B.S. in Marketing and Management from Tulane University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans.
Recovery & Donor Suitability Council
Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates - KODA
About Brian Roe
Brian Roe is the Chief Clinical Officer for Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA). He oversees the strategic direction for all areas of organ and tissue donation in the KODA service area, including clinical staff, family support services and the KODA Donor Center. Prior to joining KODA, Roe was the Vice President of Tissue Services and Communication Center Operations at LifeGift Organ Donation Center in Texas. Prior to LifeGift, he held leadership positions with Community Tissue Services, Donate Life Indiana and LifeNet Health. He has an extensive affiliation with the American Association of Tissue Banks with various committees including the Program and Accreditation committees. He also most recently served as the Secretary of the Recovery and Donor Suitability Council, prior to becoming the Chair. Roe also had the opportunity to represent the AATB at European Association of Tissue Banks 25th Congress in Hannover, Germany in 2016 presenting on physical assessment.
Roe received his Bachelor of Science degree from Chowan University, in Murfreesboro, North Carolina and earned his Master of Science degree in Strategic Leadership from Black Hills State University, in Spearfish, South Dakota. He is a Six Sigma Lean Black Belt Professional and Certified Tissue Bank Specialist.
Jaime Shamonki, MD
California Cryobank, LLC.
Los Angeles, CA
About Dr. Jaime Shamonki
Jaime Shamonki, MD is the Executive Medical Director of California Cryobank (CCB). Along with its subsidiaries, FamilyCord and Donor Egg Bank USA, CCB offers comprehensive programs for sperm and egg donation as well as private stem cell processing and storage. Prior to joining the Cryobank, Dr. Shamonki spent several years as Section Head of Breast Pathology and Medical Director of the Blood Bank at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. She trained in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at New York Presbyterian Hospital – Weill Cornell Medical College, and has completed fellowships in Breast Pathology (Weill Cornell) and Surgical Pathology (UCLA). An Assistant Professor at the John Wayne Cancer Institute since 2009, she continues to contribute to research studies in the fields of oncology and immunology.
About Alyssa Harrison
Alyssa Harrison has been in the donation industry for over 6 years and has over 10 years management experience. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Adult Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Washington State University.
In her previous role, Alyssa was the Executive Director of United Tissue Network. She oversaw and lead all operations while also developing and managing strategic plans and annual operative and capital budgets. She drove tactical business growth through the development of strategic partnerships while ensuring the vision and mission of United Tissue Network remain the key focus of all business activities. Alyssa has gained extensive knowledge of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), Uniform Anatomical Gift Act, funeral home rules and regulations and all state and federal regulations revolving around NADOs to ensure and drive the protection of all donors and donor families choosing whole body donation.
Alyssa currently sits as the Chairperson of the Non-Anatomical Donation Organization (NADO) Council for AATB and is very active in the NADO industry, including helping improve regulation standards, legislation activities and educational objectives.
Michelle Post, MA, LMFT, CTBS
Donor Family Services Council
Los Angeles, CA
About Michelle Post
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Continued Education Provider and Clinical Supervisor in private practice in Los Angeles, Michelle Post internationally consults and trains in areas of grief, death notification with children and teens, stress & burn-out prevention, group facilitation, ASIST (suicide prevention), executive leadership and team-building. As Manager of Donor Family Aftercare for OneLegacy, she expanded the bereavement services offered to donor families to include free monthly workshops, short-term counseling and an online support group (and she teaches others how to utilize social media to reach bereaved clients). She provides staff & community training and bereavement services, is currently the Chair of the AATB Donor Family Services Council, and is the former chair of the AOPO Donor Family Services Council and former board member and secretary for National Alliance for Grieving Children. She has been a faculty member for Global Leadership Symposium and American Academy of Bereavement. She is a member of Dr. J. William Worden’s SoCal Bereavement Specialist group.
Ms. Post has presented multiple topics at 100s of locations across the US, and her international presence is growing. She has authored more than 40 guest pieces in newsletters, blogs, and educational membership journals with a focus on caregivers, psychotherapy, parenting, children’s grief, poetry and grief, dreams and grief, death notification, donor family grief and loss, holiday grief, and self-growth in a demanding work environment.
Her research interests vary from suicide survivors, trauma survivors, organ and tissue donor families, multicultural families, children’s grief and organizational behavior.
Nevada Donor Network, Inc.
Las Vegas, NV
About Jackie Warn
Jackie Warn received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Bachelors in Business Administration and Associate’s in Medical Laboratory Technology and is currently the Director of Quality Services at Nevada Donor Network. Her professional experience is focused on the development and execution of Quality Management Systems to ensure regulatory compliance and quality improvement. Jackie’s current responsibilities include oversight of the organization’s quality management system and compliance. She serves as Chair for AATB’s Quality Council, is certified as an ASQ Manager of Quality & Organizational Excellence, and is an American Society of Clinical Pathologist certified Medical Laboratory Technician. Prior to her working at Nevada Donor Network, Jackie worked as the Director of Quality & Compliance at DCI Donor Services, at Donor Network of Arizona as the Sr. Director of Quality and Regulatory and Compliance / Corporate Compliance Officer, AlloSource as their Manager of Quality, and in the contract and hospital laboratories as a Medical Laboratory Technician.