Meet the Team

Clinical Coordinators

PNTB’s organ procurement coordinators respond in person to referrals from hospitals to review a patient’s medical history and determine medical suitability for organ donation. Coordinators collaborate and partner with hospital staff to determine when timing is appropriate to speak with a patient’s family about donation options. Additionally, PNTB procurement coordinators conduct medical management of a donor patient, place organs for transplant according to the national waiting list, coordinate incoming surgical teams, assist in the operating room during organ recovery and arrange transportation.

Allie Bonadies

Allie was born and raised in California and studied nursing in New York City prior to moving to Idaho where she worked as a cardiac ICU nurse. She joined PNTB’s Boise team in July 2012 after participating in the organ donation process as a bedside nurse. Allie finds professional fulfillment in providing comfort and hope to grieving families: “I am amazed and humbled by their generosity towards strangers. Even when they are in the depths of despair, they find the courage to extend life-saving gifts, often without hesitation or thought for themselves. That giving spirit inspires me and renews my hope that good will be born out of tragedy.” In her free time, Allie travels frequently to visit family and friends, enjoys jogging in the beautiful Boise foothills and practicing yoga.

Andrew Jeckell

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Andrew worked as a paramedic in California for five years prior to starting his career in organ donation. During his time as a paramedic, he became familiar with emergency patient management as well as working with critically ill patients. His interests evolved to transplant medicine where he could translate his background in emergency patient care into live-saving transplantation. “I’m inspired by the altruism displayed by families in the midst of tragedy. Being able to offer some measure of solace and hope is a rewarding experience.“ In his off time, Andrew can be found spending time outdoors hiking, camping, backpacking, and shooting photography.

Brock Owens

Brock joined PNTB’s Boise team in May 2011 after ten years working as a critical care nurse in both staff and administrative positions. His background also includes experience in Medical-Surgical nursing as well as other support positions throughout the hospital. Brock is passionate about his work at PNTB because he knows he’s fulfilling an essential role in providing new life to others. “I feel I am able to offer hope to those suffering from the loss of their loved one.  Allowing someone to live on in others is a very healing experience for many, especially during times of tragedy.” In his time off, Brock enjoys opportunities to travel to new places and experience different cultures. When at home in Boise, he loves spending time with his family and friends whether going out to dinner and movies, hiking in the mountains, or just hanging out.

Chris Anderson

Chris joined PNTB in July of 2014 as an organ perfusionist.  He received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology in 2001. His previous experience includes working in tissue donation for several companies including RTI, MTF, and CTS. Chris also worked as a surgical recovery coordinator in Wisconsin for five years before moving to Portland, OR.  Chris says, “I am very fortunate to work in a profession that helps to turn tragedy into helping others.” In his free time, Chris enjoys cycling in Portland, hiking in the Columbia Gorge, and fishing the many different species in the Northwest.

Chris Shaw

Chris joined PNTB in 1990 from Legacy Emanuel’s West Wing ICU where she worked with trauma, neurosurgical and cardiac surgery patients. She became interested in organ donation after working with donor patients and families, and was fascinated by the challenges of the donor coordinator role. She had the opportunity to see the process from multiple perspectives and jumped at the chance to join the PNTB team. “The best thing about the organ donation coordinator role is that every day presents new challenges, circumstances, and opportunities.” For fun, Chris loves to cook, play golf, ski, travel, and spend time with friends and family.

Dan Purington

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Dan started at PNTB in December 2016 after eight years working in research, organ, and tissue recovery. Originally from Western Massachusetts, Dan has worked at donation recovery organizations from the New England area to the Bay Area. He brought his background in neuroscience and surgical technology to his career in transplantation and has enjoyed being able to utilize that expertise in organ and tissue donation. “The most rewarding part of being a procurement coordinator is having the opportunity to serve families amidst tragedy as their subject matter expert.” Free time for Dan consists of enjoying the outdoors by hiking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, crossfitting, and BBQ-ing.

Jayme Higgins

JaymeHigginsBWJayme joined PNTB's team of clinical coordinators after 11 years in nursing in New Jersey. She comes from a diverse background with experience as a forensic RN, a medical ICU RN, and as a pediatric oncology RN. Jayme worked with the OPO and donor families in her previous roles and sought to utilize her clinical skills to manage donors that have the opportunity to offer a lifesaving gift here in Oregon. "I'm honored to work with people that are passionate about saving lives as well as the families that offer donation through their time of grief." Outside of the office, Jayme enjoys hjiking, camping, fishing, trying new local restaurants around town, wine tasting at vineyards, and taking walks with her chocolate lab, Bella.

Jennifer Browning

Jennifer started working at PNTB in March of 2007. Prior to this position, she worked as a respiratory therapist for five years in the Portland area. As a kidney transplant recipient, Jennifer was drawn to a position with PNTB because of her desire to help others receive the same amazing gift that she had received. Her passion for organ donation has grown over time because of her interactions with donor families. “I am honored and humbled to witness the goodness of these heroic families.” Jennifer loves to swim, bike, garden, hike, take tae kwon do, travel and spend time with her husband Scott, their son Marcus and their dog, James.

Josh Garcia

JoshuaGarciaBWJosh joined PNTB in 2013, moving from Cleveland, Ohio for the position. He has a Bachelors degree in Respiratory Therapy from the University of Toledo, and a Masters in Biomedical Science with a specialization in Human Donation Science from the Medical College of Ohio (the only program in the country to teach students to become procurement coordinators). He says, “I am extremely excited to be part of such a progressive field in which the work I do helps save lives all over the country. Working with families is very rewarding.” Joshua loves to travel, kayak and cheer on his hometown sports teams, the Browns, Indians and Buckeyes, although now that he is in Portland he loves to root for the Trailblazers and Ducks as well.

Julie Bronleewe

JulieBronleeweBWJulie Bronleewe worked in critical care for 22 years before joining PNTB in 2002. What Julie finds most gratifying about working at PNTB is knowing that her work has made a difference in the lives of those waiting for a life-saving transplant. “Being able to hear about how a recipient’s life has changed after transplant and knowing that I played a major part in that is so rewarding to me. I believe my gift in life is to help others and this job allows me to use that gift to the fullest.” She is devoted to her three grandchildren and especially enjoys providing them with new experiences. She also enjoys camping with her husband and friends, and can be found knitting during staff meetings.

Kelly Histand

Kelly Histand began her work with PNTB’s Boise team after serving ICUKellyHistandBW patients for 17 years. She originally hails from Lancaster, PA with a background as an RN. Kelly has spent the majority of her nursing career in western Idaho as a charge nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She joined PNTB’s Boise team in August 2017. For Kelly, the most rewarding part of her work is being a resource to families, “I enjoy being able to help families that want to provide a life-saving gift to others during their most tragic time.” When she’s not working, Kelly spends her free time with her husband and kids, camping with friends and family, or training for her next marathon.

Lori Datena

Lori originally joined the PNTB team in 1996 after 12 years working in cardiac critical care and management in the Midwest. She rejoined the team in March 2013 after a break for family demands during which she worked as an interior decorator. She says, “Many aspects of the donation process have changed over the years but the opportunity to work with diverse and dedicated hospital staff and inspirational donor families has remained a constant and deep source of professional satisfaction.” In her free time Lori enjoys yoga, reading and spending time with her family.

Lucas Dashner

LucasDashnerBWLucas joined PNTB in October 2013 as the organization’s first organ perfusionist. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science in 2006, and a Master in Biomedical Science - Human Donation Science in 2013, both from the University of Toledo in Ohio. He previously worked at ProMedica Toledo Hospital in the patient transport department for 12 years.  Lucas says, “I am extremely grateful to be a part of developing the perfusion department at PNTB. Working in the OR is my favorite part of the donation process. Having the opportunity to see the recipient when I deliver their kidney is a rewarding because it provides a chance to see the joy at the end of a tragic event.” In his free time Lucas enjoys going for walks with his wife and his dog, photography, video games, and traveling the country.

Brent Gardner

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Erin Johnson

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Margaret Lowiz

M LowiszMargaret lived in Denver and Chicago before making her way to PNTB. She worked as a nurse for over a decade in a variety of care settings. Before coming to Portland she worked as a traveling ICU nurse, “I use to be the ICU nurse that took care of the patient who received a heart, now I will use my nursing skills to take care of the person and their family willing to provide through this unique opportunity of the gift of organ donation”. In Margaret’s free time she can be found on the mountain snowboarding or looking for great coffee shops to enjoy a good book in.


Kirsten Russell

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Jennifer Smyth

Jenn SmythJennifer was born in New York but raised in Texas and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2012. Jennifer comes to PNTB after 10 years as a Pediatric ICU nurse where she cared for donor-recipients and brings with her a wealth of knowledge pertaining to pediatric transplants care. Jennifer finds professional fulfillment working with donors because of the broad impact of organ donation and the many lives one donation can help save. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys the great northwest by doing, “anything outdoors, hiking, snowboarding, traveling, (and) Crossfit.”


Anna Samarsky

A SamarskyAnna was born and raised in Portland and joined the PNTB team as a seasoned Clinical Coordinator coming off of three years at Tennessee Donor Services. She became interested in working in organ donation during her 5 years working as a critical care nurse with liver transplant recipients. Anna says, “I’m so honored to play a small part in this process. I love the constantly changing and advancing field of donation and transplant, it keeps me engaged and I feel like I learn something new every day on the job.” In her free time, she can be found running, hiking, and eating her way through town.


Donation and Family Advocates

PNTB’s Donation and Family Advocates help facilitate the donation process in the hospital.  DFA’s have a combined role, serving both families and hospital staff.  They specialize in implementing organ donation best practices, working with hospital teams to ensure collaboration between the donation agency and hospital staff, assisting in clinical education, and setting the stage for a compassionate family conversation.   DFAs lead the donation conversation with families and provide end-of-life care throughout the donation process.

Katy McCue

Donation and Family Advocate Lead

Katy made a big career change when she started at PNTB in the spring of 2008 after several years as an e-commerce manager at Nike. The most rewarding part of Katy’s work with PNTB is knowing that in some small way she may be able to have a positive impact on someone’s life; whether it’s her colleagues, the family of a donor, a member of the care or administration team in a hospital, or a recipient. “I am humbled by heroes that give life upon their death and the selflessness of all of those who partner together to bring hope from tragedy.” Katy volunteers in her spare time, coaching soccer, basketball and track and field for Special Olympics Oregon. She also loves playing sports, traveling, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog Jack.

 

Andrea Vandomelen

Hospital Development Lead

Andrea joined PNTB in 2004, after six years as the outreach manager for the Lions Eye Bank of Oregon. “I cherish the relationships that I have built over the years with our hospital partners. Working together to honor individual’s wishes to be an organ donor and ending deaths on the waiting lists keeps me inspired and passionate about my work.” Since 2009, Andrea has served as the Regional Action Leader for Region 6 and she is currently the National Regional Action Leader. In that capacity she collaborates with regional and national partners in an effort to share and implement best practices in procurement and transplant organizations across the country. The mother of two school-aged children, Andrea keeps herself busy volunteering for school, sports, and many community activities.

 

Jenna Lucescu

Donation and Family Advocate

Jenna joined PNTB in 2015. She has worked at OHSU since 2008, working in patient access services at the Casey Eye Institute,  Kidney Transplant Clinic and most recently as a Project Coordinator for OHSU Quality Management.  Jenna  was drawn to work with PNTB for the unique opportunity and  privilege to serve a mission as great as organ donation, “This is not just a job, this is a calling. I am honored to work with the PNTB team and our partner hospitals to support this ultimate act of giving that our donors and our families offer .”  Jenna enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, and enjoying Oregon’s beautiful outdoors with her husband and her dog, Emmett.

 

Marie Timbreza

Donation and Family Advocate

Marie joined PNTB as a Donation and Family Advocate in July 2015 after a decade at Oregon Health and Science University, most recently managing their Education and Outreach programs in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Marie has an advanced degree in secondary education and brings a wealth of experience working with patients and families who are experiencing life transitions. She considers continued service to others to be one of the greatest honors in her life. In her spare time, Marie enjoys playing music, cooking, reading, crafting, and spending time with her partner, two stepdaughters, and two dogs, Izzy and Lily.

 

Lindsay FitzSimmons

Donation and Family Advocate

Lindsay joined the team at PNTB in 2016.  A Colorado native, she graduated from Colorado State University in 2002 and started working as a processor for the local bone and tissue bank.  She then transitioned to a career in death investigation, working for the Adams County Coroner’s Office as a Coroner’s Investigator before making the move to Portland in 2010 to become a Deputy Medical Examiner for the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office.  Lindsay valued her time as an investigator and is grateful for the opportunity to continue providing insight and support to families and the community in her role as a DFA.  Lindsay is continuously humbled by the remarkable spirit of those who are willing to think of others during their difficult time of loss.  Outside of work she enjoys reading, playing sports, and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her two boys.

Erin Smith

Donation and Family Advocate

Erin is an Idaho native that moved to Portland after completing her bachelor's degree in Ithaca, New York. She joined the PNTB team in 2015, excited to be continuing her career in the non-profit sector. "I'm grateful to have the opportunity to work with people that inspire me every day by dedicating their lives to helping others through some of life's most trying times." Outside of work, Erin spends her free time cycling, trail running, rafting, cooking, and exploring new places with her partner and pup.

Ashlyn Crawford

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Family Resource Program Coordinator

PNTB’s family resource program coordinator provides after-care and support to all donor families in Oregon, SW Washington and Western Idaho. She facilitates communication between families of donor patients and their recipients and works with interested donor family members to promote donation. In addition, she oversees the Donor Family Advisory Committee and donor family recognition ceremonies throughout PNTB’s service area.

Rebecca Simon

Family Resource Program Coordinator

Before joining PNTB in July 2004 as the Family Resource Coordinator, Rebecca was a medical social worker at a hospice in Washington County. “I feel privileged to work with extraordinary donor families and to honor the lives of exceptional men, women, and children who have given the gift of organ donation to someone who is gravely ill.” Riding her horse, eating, and hiking are Rebecca’s top three favorite things to do.

Administration & Management

Mike Seely

Executive Director

Mike joined PNTB as Executive Director in the fall of 1991. He arrived with direct organ procurement experience and additional experience in critical care, social services, and community health and education. He holds undergraduate degrees in comparative religion and nursing, post graduate training in group therapy, a master of science in management and systems, and CPTC certified since 1990.

Mike has a deep passion for donation and transplant always seeking ways to better serve families and patients. He is committed to ensuring PNTB is optimally positioned to serve donor hospitals, transplant programs and the community at large. He has had the opportunity to serve the industry over the years, holding national leadership roles as a past president of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and as Regional Councilor for Region 6 serving on the Board of Directors of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Additionally he has served as an At-Large-Member on the UNOS Board for several terms. He has held a federal appointment to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Committee for Transplantation (ACOT). He continues to serve the transplant and organ procurement industry on numerous committees and task forces, along with service on the boards of several non-profit organizations.  He embraces living in the great Northwest as a wonderful gift and privilege.

Craig Van De Walker

Director of Operation

Craig joined the PNTB team as an organ procurement coordinator in 2003 and changed roles to department director in 2006. Before working at PNTB, he was the Director of the Respiratory Therapy Department and Sleep Center for Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. Craig “loves working in an area of healthcare where there is a tangible outcome - not only in saving lives through organ donation, but also in the opportunity to give families who have lost a loved one the possibility of something positive from their loss.” When not at work, Craig spends time working out, doing martial arts, and building cars.

Barbara Thompson

Hospital and Family Services Manager

Barbara received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada in 1978.  After several years of critical care nursing, she embarked on a career in law and graduated from the College of William and Mary School of Law in 1983. For many years she practiced law, primarily focused on the defense of hospitals, physicians and nurses in medical malpractice lawsuits as well as other personal injury defense work. Looking for a more rewarding career, she applied at PNTB as an Organ Procurement Coordinator in 1995. Still grateful for the leap of faith PNTB took in hiring her after many years away from the critical care setting, Barb is now the Hospital and Family Services Manager . She is married, the mother of three children, two biological sons and an adopted daughter from China. Reading, hiking, and enjoying trips back to extended family in Canada pretty much occupy what time there is left after work and kids.

David McCloskey

Clinical Manager

Dave grew up in the Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania and moved to Portland after serving in the U.S. Army. He had extensive intensive care and management experience before joining PNTB in 2005. He explains, “I love PNTB and donor coordination for the teamwork and the critical decisions required to save lives in an ever-changing arena.” When not hard at work, Dave enjoys American history, reading, working in his garden, and playing board games. During the summer you can find him playing on the field with friends recreating the first baseball team in the northwest; the 1866 Pioneers of Portland.

Shannon Lamb

Accounting Specialist

Shannon is a native Oregonian and joined PNTB as an accounting specialist in 1997 after working for John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company. She “enjoys working with talented, compassionate, and dedicated co-workers who enhance and save lives through organ and tissue donation.” In her spare time, Shannon likes to spend time with husband and children and she also enjoys reading, gardening, fishing, and traveling to the Oregon Coast.

Lauren Dunn

Clinical and Educational Administrator

Lauren joined PNTB in July 2009 after working in critical care in Chicago. She moved to Portland specifically to work as an organ procurement coordinator. Her ICU experience exposed her to many families facing the tragic loss of a loved one. As an OPC, she can offer these families something positive, the opportunity for organ donation. “This coupled with the fact that organ recipients are given a second chance at life leads me to feel very fulfilled in this position.” In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and reading.

 

Barbara Stewart

Administrative Assistant

Barbara began working at PNTB in October 2012. Most of her adult career has been spent working as an administrative assistant, and she is delighted to be working again in this capacity. She says, "it is an honor and a pleasure to be working with the incredible people at PNTB, who daily live out their mission and passion to save and enhance lives through organ donation." Barbara and her husband have 3 grown sons and 3 granddaughters. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, walking, reading, and gardening.

Sondra Tootell

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Sondra joined PNTB in 2011 after moving to Portland to complete her Master’s Degree at PSU. She holds a joint position between PNTB and OHSU Clinical Transplantation Services. “I have the honor of working with transplant recipients as well as the families of loved ones who gave the gift of life. It is a joy to bring these two sides of transplantation together at our outreach events.” Sondra is also a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer and works with children who are in the protective custody of the court. In her free time, she loves to travel, hike the Columbia Gorge, and play with her adorable puppy, Cosette.

Hailee Hunter

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Hailee was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and joined the PNTB team in 2018. Hailee is coming from a year working as an Americorps Vista for Saturday Academy coordinating their volunteer program and prior working in student leadership and college administration for Portland Community College. She is excited to work in organ donation because “I have always been passionate about serving my community and feel so lucky to have a job where I get to participate in and witness so many selfless acts by our donors and staff.” A typical North-westerner, Hailee enjoys outdoor adventures, trying all the food Portland has to offer, and spending time with her two cats.

Regulatory and Compliance

Michael Vazquez

Regulatory and Quality Compliance Officer

Michael joined the PNTB team in 2014. He was born and raised in Queens, New York and moved to Portland shortly after completing his B.S. in Biology from UNC Charlotte. Prior to this position, he worked as a Quality Manager in the plasma donation industry and in the weapons department on board a U.S. Navy Submarine. He says, “Working in the field of quality is especially fulfilling when working with people who are unremittingly dedicated to the mission at hand, and even more so when that mission aims toward offering hope to families dealing with the most difficult of circumstances.” When not at work, Michael is exploring Oregon, playing pick-up basketball games, reading, and rooting for the NY Jets and Portland Trailblazers.

Anna Nelson

Regulatory and Quality Compliance Officer

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Anna is an Oregon native who joined the PNTB team in 2015. Before switching gears to organ donation, she was the Quality Manager of a blood plasma donation center, and worked in the industry for nine years.  In addition, she worked in clinical settings for approximately 5 years as a nursing assistant, primarily in the heart-warming field of long-term care. She is passionate about her work at PNTB because the mission is so important and the generosity of these donors and their families is so moving.  Working alongside such a diligent and ardent team that makes a world of positive difference out of heart-breaking situations is an inspiration every day.” Besides her commitment to healthcare, Anna takes personal interest in education and finds joy in being a math and science tutor outside of the office.  She also enjoys hobbies such as hiking with her dog, reading at home curled up with her cat, and traveling near and far.

 

Noell Olsen

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Programmer Analyst

Noell was born and raised in the Pacific NW, but moved to Portland in 2010 to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. She currently volunteers for the Portland Police Department’s, Women’s Strength program.  Noell has been a registered organ donor since she was 16, and “is honored to assist in the important work PNTB does, and with the generous families of organ donors”. In her spare time, Noell loves to read, paint, cook, spend time with her friends and family, and her Boston Terrier.

Medical Directors

PNTB’s medical directors are board-certified transplant surgeons who support PNTB staff in an advisory capacity on clinical issues related to the medical management of a donor patient as well as the placement and recovery of donated organs. Physicians serving in this capacity meet weekly with PNTB clinical staff to provide clinical feedback and address opportunities for quality improvement as it relates to organ donation. In addition, medical directors sit on PNTB’s medical advisory committee.