Family House Staff
The Family House has a wonderful team of professionals who work together to take care of the families staying at the Family House. Staff may be reached at 1-855-6-FAMILY.
Howard M. Nathan
President and CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program
Howard M. Nathan is the President and CEO of Philadelphia-based Gift of Life Donor Program which now employs over 175 professionals. Gift of Life is the largest and one of the oldest of the 58 organ procurement organizations in the United States, having coordinated more than 31,000 organs for transplantation and tens of thousands of tissue transplants since 1974. Mr. Nathan is also the President of the Transplant Foundation and is Founder and Director of the Gift of Life Institute, an international research and training center for donation and transplantation professionals established in 2004, and the President of the Gift of Life Family House.
Considered a leading authority on organ and tissue donation, Mr. Nathan conceived of the Family House in 1991, after a family member received a transplant and he saw the need for caregiver resources first-hand. Mr. Nathan serves on numerous leadership boards, and is a regular presenter at national and international organ and tissue procurement and transplantation conferences and has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific papers and abstracts in his 33-year tenure with Gift of Life. He is consulted frequently by members of the media and has appeared on national TV news and talk shows.
Jan L. Weinstock
Vice President, Administration and General Counsel
Jan Weinstock is Vice President, Administration and General Counsel of Gift of Life Donor Program and its affiliates, Gift of Life Family House and Transplant Foundation. She is proud to have an oversight role in the Family House and is excited about the extension of care and services that the Gift of Life Family House and the Caregiver Lifeline program represent. Prior to joining Gift of Life in 1999, Jan was a partner with Blank, Rome LLP in its Health Law Department. She received her Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and her law degree from Villanova University School of Law.
Sara Cohen is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University in PA, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism. Born and raised in Central Bucks County, PA, Cohen previously resided in Hilton Head, South Carolina, where she worked for 4 years at the Sea Pines Resort as a corporate group coordinator. Cohen is a member of Association of Fundraising Professionals and National Association of Hospitality Houses, and is thrilled to be putting her unique understanding of the hospitality industry to work for the Family House. Email Sara Cohen.
Family House Manager
Joseph Kauffman was born and raised in northeast Philadelphia, and graduated in 2005 from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management. In 2009, Kauffman donated a kidney to his younger brother, creating an intimate understanding of the needs transplant families and caregivers have while going through the difficult process. Kauffman has previously worked for Hyatt and Starwood Hotels, and is excited to utilize his professional experience to help care for transplant families. Email Joseph Kauffman.
Stephen Tornone received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Politics from the Catholic University of America in 2007, and went on to obtain a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 2010. He has been admitted to the state bars of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and currently acts as Associate Counsel for the Family House. Tornone enjoyed working as the owner’s representative during the Family House construction process, and continues to assist the organization in legal matters.
Samantha Weinert was born and raised in Medford, NJ, and went on to graduate from James Madison University in 2009, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Upon graduation, Weinert began working at Harrah's Resort in Atlantic City in hotel operations, where she worked for more than two years before coming to the Family House. Weinert’s professional background ensures that caregivers will experience a comfortable, welcoming environment each time they visit the Family House. Email Samantha Weinert.
Talia Giordano, MSW, LSW
In 2007, Giordano graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Cabrini College, and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. Giordano is licensed to practice social work in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and previously worked with Davita Dialysis, Lankenau Medical Center and Jefferson University Hospital. Giordano enjoys utilizing her healthcare and social work backgrounds to help families get the support they need while at the Family House, and also helps manage the Caregiver Lifeline program for caregivers who may not be in attendance at our facility. Email Talia Giordano.
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Your support can provide a critical lifeline for the families of transplant patients and give comfort that they are not alone at this stressful time in their lives. There are many ways that you can help us!