Board of Governors

2021-2023 Executive Committee

Ronda Horstman, Chairperson-Elect

Ronda Horstman

Chairperson

Community Tissue Services - Dayton

Ronda Horstman has been in the organ and tissue donation field for over 25 years. As a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist and an active member of AATB, she has served as the Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary of the Recovery and Donor Suitability Council, a Coach for the Emerging Leader’s Program, and a member of both the Communications and Accreditation Committees. In 2000, she was awarded AATB’s Peer Recognition Award for Public and Professional Relations. She has served on the Advisory Council and is currently serving as a Board Member for Donate Life America. Ronda is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on Medical Management and a minor in Business Administration.

Diana Buck

Diana Buck, CTBS

Immediate Past Chairperson

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.

Jeff Cox, Secretary-Treasurer

Jeff Cox, CTBS

Chairperson-Elect

United Tissue Resources

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.

Mark Martin

Mark Martin

Secretary-Treasurer

Community Tissue Services - Dayton

Mark Martin is the Executive Director of Manufacturing at Community Tissue Services. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Dayton, where he played football for the Dayton Flyers football team, and his Master of Business Administration from Strayers University. Mark is a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist and an individual member of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). He serves on the AATB Accreditation Committee and is Vice-Chair of the Accreditation Committee. He is a Board Member of the Kettering City School District Board of Education. For over 18 years, he volunteered as a coach and mentor of the Kettering Youth Football Cheer Organization. Mark and his family reside in Kettering, Ohio.

2021-2023 At-Large Governors

Lennox Archibald, MD

Lennox Archibald, MD

LifeNet Health

Dr. Archibald is currently a Medical Director with LifeNet Health. Previously, he was a Consultant Infectious Disease Physician and the Hospital Epidemiologist at the Malcom Randall Gainesville Veterans Administration Medical Center, Gainesville, Florida, and Medical Director of RTI Surgical, Inc. Dr. Archibald was also the Medical Director of the Epidemic Information Exchange at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and a Medical Epidemiologist in the National Center for Infectious Diseases, CDC. He is a Fellow of Royal College of Physicians of London and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, United Kingdom. In January 2005, Dr. Archibald received his higher doctorate degree for his thesis on bloodstream infections in international settings.

Jeff Thomas

Jeff Thomas

Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research

Jeff is the regional vice-president of operations at the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research (LEITR).  His responsibilities include, but not limited to, clinical operations, account development, quality assurance, donor services “call” center and human resources. Jeff has worked in the organ, tissue and eye donation industry for the past 23 years at various levels, in Florida, South Carolina and Mississippi. Prior to joining LEITR, he served as the Chief Clinical Officer for We Are Sharing Hope in South Carolina. Jeff earned his Associates degree in Applied Science and Surgical Technology from Hinds Community College in Raymond, MS. His undergraduate degree was earned in Business Administration from Belhaven College in Jackson, MS. Finally, he earned dual Master of Business Administration degrees in International Business and Healthcare Management from Salem University in Salem, West Virginia.  

Tissue Policy Group Representative

Joe Yaccarino, Tissue Policy Group Representative

Joe Yaccarino

MTF Biologics

Joe Yaccarino is the President and Chief Executive Officer of MTF Biologics. Joe joined MTF Biologics in 1997 as one of its first engineers, developing new spinal grafts, which led to significant growth for the organization.Prior to his CEO role, he served as Executive Vice President of Processing Operations, overseeing departments including processing, distribution, engineering, spinal product development, logistics and supply chain. Joe has been in the Medical Device field for over 27 years and currently sits on the Entrepreneurs in Residence Board at Stevens Institute of Technology and the Advisory Board for the New Jersey Sharing Network. A native of New Jersey, Joe received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing/Finance from Pennsylvania State University.

2022-2024 Council Chairs

Catherine Hankins

Catherine Hankins

Co-Chair, Accredited Tissue Banks Council

LifeCenter Northwest

Catherine Hankins is the Director of Tissue Donor Services for LifeCenter Northwest. After discovering the world of tissue donation, she knew she had found her career path. She has held various positions, including Recovery Coordinator, Organ and Tissue Administrator On Call, and Manager of Tissue Recovery and Communications Center. Over her years in tissue recovery, Catherine has participated on various councils and workgroups for both AOPO and AATB, served as past chair of the AOPO Tissue council, is a member of the AATB Accreditation Committee and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Accredited Tissue Bank Council.

Dan Lunn

Dan Lunn

Co-Chair, Accredited Tissue Banks Council

Nevada Donor Network, Inc.

Dan Lunn has spent more than 25 years in the donation community. Currently, Dan serves as Vice-President of Tissue Operations at Nevada Donor Network (NDN). In this role, Dan provides direction and coordination for the operations of the Tissue, Ocular, Donation Services, Birth Tissue, and Northern Nevada Departments. Prior to joining NDN, Dan has held positions in senior leadership and clinical roles within OPOs, tissue banks, eye banks and tissue processors.

Dan is an active member of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Accredited Tissue Bank Council and as a member of the AATB Standards Committee. His past industry affiliations include the following: AATB Accreditation Committee member (2020-2022) and Vice-Chair, Program Committee (2011-2014); Tissue Council Chair, AOPO (2018-2019); EBAA Board of Directors (2016-2018) along with being a member of the EBAA Accreditation Board (2016-2019). Dan received an advanced management certificate from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and has master’s degrees in business administration and health sector management from Arizona State University. He is a certified tissue bank specialist and eye bank technician.

Kimberly Monroe

Kimberly Monroe, CTBS

Donor Family Services Council

South Texas Blood and Tissue

Kimberly Monroe is the Business Development Manager for Tissue Services at South Texas Blood & Tissue, responsible for the strategic direction and growth of STBT’s Hospital Development program. Kimberly started her career in donation and transplantation in 2001 and has experience in donor screening, family consent and aftercare, hospital development, and community relations in the eye and tissue donation arena. She has served on the AATB Donor Family Services council since 2020.

Kimberly holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Florida, a Graduate Certificate in instructional design from Rollins College, and an AATB Certified Tissue Banking Specialist designation.

 

Bill Cassarly

Bill Cassarly

Living Donor Council

Regenerative Biologics, Inc.

Bill Cassarly is the Director of Operations with Regenerative Biologics. Having over 25 years of experience in the tissue bank landscape, Bill has managed all facets of tissue bank productions with strong project management and decision-making skills. Before joining RBI, he spent many years in Recovery Operations at RTI Donor Services and Southeast Tissue Alliance while supervising large teams and increasing donation rates. Bill has also collaborated with medical examiners in the development of new and improved best practices for donation.

Bill holds his CTBS designation and is an active member of the AATB Living Donor Council. He also serves on the AATB Standards and Program Committees, as well as previously served on the AATB Recovery and Donor Eligibility Council.

James Bardsley

James Bardsley

Non-Transplant Anatomical Donation (NADO) Council

Anatomy Gifts Registry

James Bardsley is the Chief Science Officer and Director of Operations for Anatomy Gifts Registry (AGR), a non-profit NADO that was founded in 1994. James has spent his entire life in the world of non-transplant tissue banking, having started hands-on practice via working within AGR while still in high school. James obtained his BS in Molecular & Cellular Biology from Towson University in 2010 and became a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist (CTBS) within the same year. He went on to obtain a degree in Mortuary Science and became a licensed mortician in the State of Maryland in 2013. James also happens to be a certified crematory operator. In the last 18 years, he has worked various positions within AGR, from a volunteer putting together registration packets for donors, to a recovery technician and crematory operator, to managing technical departments, and finally to his current position as an officer of the company. 

Hannis Thompson, MD

Hannis Thompson, MD

Physicians Council

AlloSource

Dr. Hannis Thompson is Medical Director at AlloSource located in Centennial, Colorado. His primary responsibility is reviewing donor records to determine donor eligibility. He is actively involved in the AATB Physicians Council and several AATB committees. Prior to joining AlloSource he was faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine for 15 years, where he was Medical Director of Transfusion Services and Director of the Pathology residency training program.

Sarah Lopez

Sarah Lopez

Processing and Distribution Council

United Tissue Resources

With over eighteen years of tissue banking experience, Sarah began her career as a musculoskeletal tissue processing technician and advanced through the management of quality and distribution systems. She is now the Senior Vice President of Tissue Operations for United Tissue Resources, working with both Donor and Distribution Services divisions. 

In 2020, Sarah was elected and served as the Vice-Chair of the Processing and Distribution Council, supporting and assisting the Chair in efforts that best serve the Council and advocate for membership participation. She has also participated with the AATB Standards Committee and successfully completed the first annual Emerging Leaders Program in 2016. 

Jennifer Drago, Quality Council

Jennifer Drago

Quality Council

Advanced Quality Resources

Jennifer Drago is the Executive Director of Advanced Quality Resources, a Quality Systems and Regulatory Consulting firm, and a Quality Auditor. She has over 15 years of combined experience in Quality and Regulatory Affairs in Blood Banking, Medical Devices, and Tissue & Organ Procurement. She has served as the AATB Quality Council Vice-Chair from 2017 to current.

She has previously worked as a Quality Systems Manager at an Organ and Tissue Recovery Agency. She received a BS degree in Physical Science from Kansas State University. She has a broad knowledge of tissue banking, working with all types of tissue establishment from recovery through distribution. 

Jennifer is a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (AATB), Certified Quality Auditor (ASQ), and a Certified Manager of Quality and Operational Excellence (ASQ). She also has her Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification and was a Six Sigma White Belt Trainer.

Louis Jares

Louis Jares

Recovery and Donor Eligibility Council

MTF Biologics

Louis Jares is an Education Director with MTF Biologics. Having been in the tissue banking industry for almost 26 years, he began his work in the field of donation at the Mile High Transplant Bank in Denver in 1996 and has since also worked for Donor Alliance and The Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank.   
 
Louis has a Bachelor of Science in biology and is also a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (1998), was a Certified Eye Bank Technician (2003-2021), is a retired Registered Diplomate with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (2006 & Retired 2021), and an affiliate member of the National Association of Medical Examiners (2009) where he is the official moderator of educational offerings since 2020. He has participated in several committees and projects over the years, including the AATB Accreditation and Education Committees, the Donor Alliance Mortuary Resource Committee, tissue banking consultation in Canada (Blood Center of Canada Education Modules), Republic of Colombia, Germany, Bulgaria, and the Netherlands.

He has participated on several AATB Councils and Committees over the years, including the Education Committee, the Birth Tissue Standards Working Group, and is currently the RADE Council Chair. Louis also has presented at several AATB Annual Meetings and on the CTBS Exam Preparatory Courses.