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DonorConnect (formerly Intermountain Donor Services), headquartered in the Salt Lake City area, is the federally designated, nonprofit community service organization dedicated to the recovery and transplantation of organs and tissues for Utah, southeastern Idaho, western Wyoming, and Elko, Nevada. Our service area encompasses more than 3.9 million residents, 90+ hospitals, and three transplant centers – Primary Children’s Hospital, Intermountain Medical Center, and University of Utah Hospital (along with the George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center).

Executive Leadership

Tracy C. Schmidt
Tracy C. SchmidtMHA, FACHE
Executive Director / President
Sydney McPherson
Sydney McPhersonMSW, LCSW
Director, Donor Family Services
Woody Marshall
Woody MarshallDirector, Professional Education
Hospital Services
Melissa Lloyd
Melissa LloydChief Financial Officer / Director
Corporate Compliance Officer
Mark Dixon
Mark Dixon-
Director, Public Education / Public Relations
Chuck Zollinger
Chuck ZollingerMHA, RN, CPTC
Senior Director, Operations
Camron Dovalina
Camron DovalinaCPTC
Director, Organ Recovery Services
Christy Tosney
Christy TosneyRN, MSN, CPHQ
Chief Performance and Technology Officer

Governing Board &

Medical Advisory Board

Governing Board

Justin Bradshaw, MHA, FACHE

Operations Officer, Intermountain Medical Center

Silvia E. Butler, CPHR, SPHR

Head of Human Resources Operations, Vivint Smart Home

Ryan B. Frazier

Vice Chair, DonorConnect Governing Board Attorney, Kirton McConkie

Kurt Krieg

Senior Vice President of Development, Extell Development Company

Janet Louie

Secretary/Treasurer, DonorConnect Retired, Banking, & Community Development

Kim E. Phillips, MSN, RN, CCTC

Chair, DonorConnect Governing Board, Senior Director, Transplant Service Line, University of Utah Health Care

Wayne T. Pyle, MPA

City Manager, West Valley City

Tracy C. Schmidt, MHA, FACHE

President, DonorConnect Governing Board, Executive Director - DonorConnect

Lisa Vitkas, MBA, MHA, FACHE

Operations Officer, Service Lines, Primary Children’s Hospital

Diane Alonso, MD, FACS (Ad Hoc)

DonorConnect Medical Director, General and Transplant Surgeon Liver, Kidney, and Pancreas Transplant

Medical Advisory Board

Rami Alharethi, MD, FACC

Heart Transplant & Mechanical Circulatory Support, Intermountain Medical Center Represents: Utah Cardiac Transplant Program

Safdar Ansari, MD

University of Utah Healthcare, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology Represents: neurosciences, neurology

Talia Baker, MD, FACS

Surgical Chief, Transplant Services, University of Utah Healthcare Represents: University Hospital / University of Utah Health Care

Kristi Caldera, RN, BSN,CCRN

ICU Director Eastern, Idaho Regional Medical Center Represents: hospital administration

Shaun Chandna, DO

Hepatology & Liver Transplant , University of Utah Healthcare Represents: hepatology

Reg V. Ecker, CFSP, CPC, CCO

Wasatch Lawn – Dignity Memorial, Represents: funeral homes and mortuaries

Cindy Gibbons

Represents: donor family

Karen Hale

Represents: public

Chris Hanna

Executive Director, Utah Lions Eye Bank, Represents: tissue bank

Barbara Kerwin, DO

Chair, DonorConnect Medical Advisory Board, Associate Medical Director, DonorConnect,Intensivist, Critical Care Medical Services ,McKay-Dee HospitalRepresents: intensive care

Eszter Lazar-Molnar, PhD

Director, H&I Laboratory, ARUP Blood Services Represents: histocompatibility

Manuel Rodriguez-Davalos, MD

Transplant Surgeon, Represents: Primary Children’s Hospital

Mike Somers

Executive Director, Mountain Valley Chapter | JDRFRepresents: volunteer health association

Josef Stehlik, MD

Director, VAMC Cardiac Transplant,VA SLC Health Care System, Represents: Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Ivan Zendejas-Ruiz, MD

Transplant Surgeon, Represents: Intermountain Medical Center