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Our board

The Board of Directors serves as a governing board to LifeGift, evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization.

  • Joseph DeLeon

    Chair; President, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
  • Jenifer Jarriel, MBA

    Past Chair; President and CEO, DePelchin Children’s Center
  • Deborah Maurer, RN, MBA

    Treasurer; Program Administrator, UPMC, Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute
  • George Mallory, Jr., MD

    Secretary; Emeritus Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Lance Black, MD, MBID

    Chief Clinical Strategy Officer, Prana Thoracic
  • Nancy C. Cychol

    President/Chief of Hospital Services, Cook Children’s Medical Center
  • Tom Flanagan

    Vice President, Trauma Service Line and System Integration, Memorial Hermann Health System
  • Matthew Girotto

    Senior Vice President, Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Sharyn Ivory

    Retired Executive
  • Chase L. Lesane-Brown, PhD

    Director of Experiential Learning for the School of Social Sciences Rice University
  • Stuart Levin, JD

    Partner, Levin & Atwood, LLP
  • Roberta Levy Schwartz, PhD, FACHE

    Executive VP & Chief Innovation Officer Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Kristyn Sorensen, JD, PhD

    Associate Vice President for Research Integrity, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
  • M. Adriana Valencia, CRPC

    Financial Advisor, Keystone Wealth Management, LLC

The board’s role

The board is responsible for establishing policy, ensuring legal compliances and overseeing financial resources. The Board of Directors also supports LifeGift’s team and enhances the public image of the organization by promoting donation and transplantation within the community.

LifeGift’s Board of Directors is comprised of medical professionals, donor family members and community leaders. In bringing these committed individuals together, the board incorporates a variety of viewpoints into the decision-making process, leading to a strong, forward-looking direction.

Meet our leadership

Our leadership team is on a mission to deliver hope to the thousands of people in Texas and beyond who need life-saving organ transplants.