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View AATB’s 2017 - 2019 Executive Committee, led by Chairman Louis Barnes, III

 

Louis Barnes III, CTBS
AATB Chairman
Vivex Biomedical, Inc., Miami, FL

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
AATB Chairman-Elect
New England Donor Services, Inc., Waltham, MA

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, Tampa, FL

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
AATB Secretary/Treasurer
United Tissue Resources, Austin, TX

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, McLean, VA

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.


AATB’s 2017 - 2019 Members-At-Large

Kevin Myer
AATB Member-At-Large
LifeGift Organ Donation Center, Houston, TX

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
AATB Member-At-Large
LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, OK

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.

AATB’s 2016 - 2018 Council Chairs

Lennox Archibald, MD
AATB Chair, Physicians Council
RTI Donor Services, Alachua, FL

Dr. Lennox K. Archibald is an attending Infectious Disease Physician and Hospital Epidemiologist at the Malcom Randall Veterans Administration Medical Center, Gainesville, Florida. Previously, Dr. Archibald was the Medical Director of the Epidemic Information Exchange and a Medical Epidemiologist in the National Center for Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Archibald received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, his medical degree from University College London, and completed postgraduate training in internal and tropical medicine in London, Oxford, and Liverpool. Subsequently, Dr. Archibald completed infectious diseases and microbiology fellowships at Duke University, then served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at CDC. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, United Kingdom. At CDC, Dr. Archibald supervised outbreak investigations and conducted clinical and microbiology studies in Tanzania, Malawi, Thailand, Mozambique, and Vietnam. Dr. Archibald has published over 100 papers and abstracts on the epidemiology and microbiology of bloodstream infections in Africa and Southeast Asia; diabetes in the tropics; outbreak investigations in various healthcare settings; allograft-associated infections; and antimicrobial use and resistance among healthcare-associated pathogens in the United States. In addition, Dr. Archibald has authored several book chapters, given presentations at numerous national and international conferences, and has been a consultant to USAID and the Ministry of Health in Vietnam. In January 2005, Dr. Archibald received his higher doctoral degree in medicine.

Beverly Bliss, CTBS
AATB Co-Chair, Accredited Tissue Banks Council
RTI Donor Services, Alachua, FL

Beverly Bliss joined RTI in February 2005 following a 25-year career with the American Red Cross Biomedical Tissue Division. As Vice President of RTI Donor Services, she is responsible for the operational activities of donation authorization, recovery, after care and contractual relationship with organ and tissue recovery agencies throughout the United States. Bliss holds Bachelor degrees in biology and health facilities management and a Masters of Business Administration. Bliss is a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist and has served on multiple industry specific boards including AATB Board of Governors, Donate Life and as Chair of the Gift of LifeTrust Fund of South Carolina, for which she was a founding member. Bliss has been part of the U.S. organ and tissue donation community since 1988.

Jeffrey Cartmell, MD
AATB Chair, Processing & Distribution Council
Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, Edison, NJ

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.


George Herrera
AATB Co-Chair, Accredited Tissue Banks Council
Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation Biologics, Edison, NJ

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.


Ronda Horstman, CTBS
AATB Chair, Recovery & Donor Suitability Council
CryoLife, Inc., Kennesaw, GA

Ronda Horstman is the Director of Donor Services for CryoLife. She has been in the tissue banking industry since joining Community Tissue Services in 1996. After serving in many roles at CTS she transitioned to LifeGift Organ Donation Center in 2002 and focused on organ recovery and later quality assurance for both organ and tissue recovery. In 2007 Ronda began working at CryoLife as a part of the Donor Services’ team. She is a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist (CTBS) through the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) where she is a member and Chair of the Recovery and Donor Suitability Council for which she previously served as the Vice-Chair and Secretary. She currently serves as a member of AATB’s Accreditation Committee. Ronda was awarded AATB’s 2000 Peer Recognition Award for Public and Professional Relations and served on the Public and Professional Relations Committee from 2007-2014. In 2006 Ronda was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Tarrant County College and is a four time President’s Club Award winner for CryoLife. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Medical Management and a minor in Business Administration.

Jaime Shamonki, MD
AATB Chair, Reproductive Council
California Cryobank, LLC, Los Angeles, CA

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.


Jackie Warn
AATB Chair, Quality Council
Nevada Donor Network, Inc.

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.