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.

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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.


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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.


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Sara Cohen

Development Manager

Sara Cohen is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University in PA, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Managment. Born and raised in Central Bucks County, PA, Sara previously resided in Hilton Head, South Carolina, where she worked for 4 years at the Sea Pines Resort as a corporate group coordinator. Sara 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.


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Joseph Kauffman

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, Joe 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. Joe 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.


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Stephen Tornone

Associate Counsel

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. Steve enjoyed working as the owner’s representative during the Family House construction process, and continues to assist the organization in legal matters.


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Diana Elbanna

Resident Manager

Diana Elbanna was born in Philadelphia, PA and is an alumna of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Event Management. While at UCF, Diana worked in many hospitality roles with event companies, as well as for the Orlando Magic in Premium Services. Upon graduation, Diana returned to the Philadelphia area and began working at the Family House as an intern. In her role as Resident Manager, Diana is elated to provide a relaxing and warm atmosphere to transplant families. Email Diana Elbanna.


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Talia Giordano, MSW, LSW

Social Worker

In 2007, Talia 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. Talia 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. Talia 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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Allison Hoffman

Development Associate

Allison Hoffman joins us from her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA where she worked as Development Assistant for Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania. Prior to that, she was living in Santiago, Chile, working at VE Global as Coordinator of Communications and Development and volunteering in a group home for Chilean youth. Allison received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University, and is also an AmeriCorps alum. She is very excited to join the Family House team and put her skills in development to good use to benefit the many transplant patients and families we serve. Email Allison Hoffman.


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Alicia Pettine

Guest Services Liason

Alicia Pettine was born and raised in Rochester, NY and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the State University of New York at Fredonia. After graduation, Alicia spent seven years building her career in the music industry, primarily focusing on guest experience at live events such as tours and festivals across the continent. Her career led her to Philadelphia in 2013, where Alicia realized it was time to take her 14 years of guest services skills and utilize them to deliver optimal service to those who truly need the support and care. She is both excited and honored to be a part of the Gift of Life Family House and looks forward to contributing to the home away from home for transplant families. Email Alicia Pettine.

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