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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.

  • Matthew Girotto

    Chair; Senior Vice President, Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Jenifer Jarriel

    Vice Chair; President and CEO, DePelchin Children’s Center
  • M. Adriana Valencia, CRPC, Treasurer

    Treasurer; Financial Advisor, Keystone Wealth Management, LLC
  • Elaine Nelson

    Secretary; Chief Nursing Officer, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
  • Stacy A. Bacon, MD

    Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon (retired)
  • Lance Black, MD, MBID

    Senior Medical Director, 3ive Labs
  • Robert Boudwin

    Community Member
  • 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
  • Chase L. Lesane-Brown, Ph.D.

    Director of Experiential Learning for the School of Social Sciences Rice University
  • George Mallory, MD

    Pediatric Transplant Pulmonologist, Texas Children’s Hospital
  • Deborah Maurer, RN, MBA

    Vice President, CHI St Luke’s Health System, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
  • Steve Sanders

    Community Member
  • Roberta Levy Schwartz, Ph.D., FACHE

    Executive VP & Chief Innovation Officer Houston Methodist Hospital

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 staff 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 lifesaving organ transplants.