Jeff was in the Navy for more than 12 years working as an Independent Hospital Corpsman. Jeff has been working in the organ and tissue industry since 2005 serving as a coordinator in the donor, pre-transplant, and tissue specialties. Jeff spent most of his career at the OPO responsible for the State of Michigan, Gift of Life Michigan. Most recently Jeff joined Donor Call Solutions working as a travel donation coordinator. During his time as a travel coordinator he has worked at One Legacy, Donor Network of Arizona, Donor Alliance, LifeLink of Georgia, Sharing Hope SC, Life Gift, and Mid-America Transplant.
OPO Relations Manager
A results-driven change agent and trusted executive advisor, Beth Hannan, has over ten years of experience in the organ and tissue procurement field and served as the Director of Hospital and Family Services at LifeShare Oklahoma. Before her role with LifeShare, Beth revolutionized the organ donation and procurement processes at Memorial Hermann Hospital resulting in national recognition as the #1 most effective organ donation facility. Beth received a Bachelors in Communication from LSU, Executive Master’s in Leadership from Georgetown University in 2017, and facilitates and consults for the Arbinger Institute. Her domain expertise, unparalleled reputation, and effective leadership add an exceptional dimension to our team.
Josh Angel has been a procurement transplant coordinator since 2003. He spent the first two years as a coordinator at Life Connection of Ohio and then the next 12 years at Gift of Life Michigan. Josh has sat on various national committees that help to decrease various risks associated with organ and tissue donation (NATCO Uniform Donor Risk Assessment Interview Review Group) as well as to help in balancing public interests with those interests of the organ and tissue donation community (NATCO Ethics Committee).
Co-Founder and Interim CEO/President
Dalton provides clinical knowledge per his experience and studies as a medical student and employee at a disruptive startup in the medical education space, Higher Learning Technologies (HLT, Inc.). His passion stems from his personal experiences including a near fatal automobile accident and a recipient of an experimental transplant at Mayo Clinic as a result. He also brings a network of hospitals, surgeons, administrators, and investors to the business.
Eric Pahl, PhD*
Biomedical engineer and a current doctoral fellow of health informatics at the University of Iowa. His research focus is on applications of machine learning for organ transplantation. Eric provides technical expertise as a computer scientist/biomedical engineer graduate and previous health IT startup experience at a medical imaging and diagnostic company, IDx. He is also fundamentally involved in organ transplant software since four (4) of his aunts are currently waiting for life-saving liver transplants.
Director of Software Engineering
Multifaceted senior IT/Telecom professional with more than 20 years of experience leading the design, development and delivery of business-critical user applications, database systems/analytics applications and network infrastructure design and support. Cindy served at Rockwell Collins as the Principal Strategic Integration Analyst, and Teleconnect/Telecom USA as Intel Services and Network Applications Development.
An accomplished front-end developer with a BSE in Computer Engineering, Alexis DiVincenzo, brings her unparalleled eye for design and intense attention to detail to our software team with an emphasis on user interface and experience. Prior to her role with us, Alexis worked on many health technology projects at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics solving key problem areas of administration, workforce management, and tools for processing and visualizing genetic data for researchers.
John brings experience as the Founder/CFO of a health IT company that was successfully acquired. He has raised over $42 million of total capital for these four healthcare start-ups to include over $35M of private investment capital in addition to over $7 million of non-dilutive funding via federal SBIR grants, state awards, etc.
Anna Seydel, PhD*
A published researcher and health software expert, Anna Seydel, is a doctoral candidate at the University of Iowa with a focus on applications of machine learning and informatics for organ transplantation. During her time at the Virtual Soldier Research Program, Ms. Seydel was the primary author on a published paper about her research on post-processing motion capture data in a C++/C# environment to better represent human motion. Since then, she has become more involved with the health information technology industry through her experience at Cerner in KCMO.
Chelsey donated her kidney to an acquaintance in 2015. Since donating, it has been her life goal to leave no one waiting for a life-saving organ. Chelsey’s background is colorful, having been in the Customer Service and Event space for 6 years and most recently working as an Accountant for the past 2 years. Chelsey prides herself on building meaningful relationships and connecting people to align their passions. She served as the co-chair of the Transplant Leadership Council for the American Transplant Foundation and now sits on the boards of the National Kidney Foundation and Donor to Donor, which helps raise awareness for living kidney donation.
Paul Ruales, MS*
Expert Full-Stack developer with a background in genomics computing (bioinformatics). Previously, Paul was employed at Mayo Clinic developing the UI/UX and database systems for the brain bank. His experience broadened with many independent full-stack medical software products featured at Harvard University and Washington University in St. Louis.
Greg Janes, MBA
Greg is a serial startup veteran who has helped three prior startup companies to be acquired over the last 12 years. Most recently, Greg helped a health IT company to grow from zero revenue to a multi-million revenue run rate in only two years, resulting in a lucrative acquisition in 2016. Greg brings extensive experience in developing marketing and sales programs for startup companies that drive hyper-revenue growth. Greg holds an MBA in International Business & Marketing from the Monterey Institute for International Studies and a B.A. in Marketing from Iowa State University.
Head of Business Strategy
Liver transplant recipient, LifeBanc board member (eastern Ohio organ procurement organization), and CoFounder of “You’re Never Alone” care-giving mentoring for transplant patient’s care givers in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic transplant center. Matthew has been at the forefront of entrepreneurship, leadership, technology, and healthcare innovation/commercialization for almost twenty-five years. Raised over $100M in seed and early-stage ventures and over $14M from Private Equity. Past experiences include United States Air Force, D&T, GNC, American Health Companies, TH Lee, JW Childs, Cerberus Capital Management, UPMC, Mass General, Global Health Products, I-Stat, IVW-LLC.
Founder of GISTICS an innovation think-tank based in Silicon Valley, and Startup Ready, an online education service for corporate executives to pivot their careers into the Startup Economy, Michael Jay Moon provides advisory insights, a deep playbook of tools and protocols, and industry introductions to founders of high-growth-potential startups. He brings domain expertise in organizational development, marketing, sales, and customer success for enterprise software. Founded in 1987, Michael and Team GISTICS have assisted over 200 enterprises in the deployment large-scale systems, realizing over $2 billion in cost savings, productivity gains, and increased revenues for these clients. Michael has begun writing his next book on the convergence of brands, Internet of Things, and always-connected customers.
A seasoned leader with over 15 years of experience leading organizational, cultural and technical transformation holding senior leadership roles at Uber, Yahoo, Walmart, Microsoft, and Symantec. She is the current engineering leader at Uber responsible for Business Platforms, the foundation platform that enables efficient operations on a global scale. She leads an engineering organization that creates the core semantics definition of Uber’s businesses and the technologies used to interact with customers for communications, content, sales and customer engagement experiences. She is a diversity advocate influencing and driving change as a mentor, advisor, and supporter of resource groups.
CEO and Founder of Organ Recovery Systems-Lifeline Scientific. The inventor of many organ perfusion medical devices. Over 20 years of business and technical experience in International Organ Transplant, Trauma and Regenerative Medicine. Accredited for having successfully filed over 160 approved patents on organ transplant technology but in US and International.
Dr. Robert Emery, MD
Dr. Emery is our principal investigator for our NIH SBIR Phase 1 $250,000 grant that was submitted in mid-2016. He continues to provide value through his extensive network of world-class transplant surgeons and introduction to transplant professionals.
Susan Gunderson, MHA
Customer Strategy Advisor
Susan is CEO of LifeSource Organ Procurement Organization where she has been leading operations for 25 years. LifeSource administers organ donation and recovery in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. First administrative fellow at the Mayo Clinic, where she worked for several years.
Hans Johnson, PhD
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and affiliate of the Iowa Informatics Initiative at the University of Iowa. His particular focus area is in the development of medical grade software tools. He orchestrates the software development efforts of hundreds of engineers and international teams to support and expand these devices while maintaining quality, safety, and security.
Dr. Alan Reed, MD, MBA
Alan has been a leader of innovation in organ transplantation in the state of Iowa and has been a focal asset to our successful beta tests and implementation at the UIHC as well as other local transplant centers.
Nick Street, PhD
Professor, Department Executive Officer, and Director of Health Informatics and Management Sciences at the University of Iowa. He contributions are on the cutting edge of research and development of machine learning, data mining, and artificial intelligence in medicine. His data-driven demonstrations have led to national healthcare changes in medical workflow, policy, and delivery.
Manny Villafana, PhD
Chair of the Advisory Board
A successful serial entrepreneur with 7 successful IPO’s and acquisitions in the healthcare arena; notably, Dr. Villafana is the Founder of St. Jude Medical (NYSE: STJ), which now employs 18,000 employees and was recently acquired by Abbott for about $25 Billion.