Advisory Board

Gift of Life Family House Advisory Board is comprised of fifteen individuals who are organ recipients and family members of transplant recipients, living donors, transplant surgeons, healthcare executives and community representatives committed to our mission.


2020 Advisory Board Members

John M. Daly, M.D., F.A.C.S. – Interim Dean, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University Harry C. Donahoo Professor, Surgery Surgical Director, William Maul Measey Institute for Clinical Simulation and Patient Safety

Carol Giungo – Neiman Marcus

Mary Pat Kessler –  Director, Global Account Management at PMI

Pepper Krach – Communications Practice Leader Mid Atlantic Region, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Lori Nicoletti Peruto, Esq. – Attorney, Philadelphia Suburban Development Corporation

Frank Podietz – President, Emeritus Abramson Center for Jewish Life

Ranjoo Prasad, O.D. – Dept. of Ophthalmology Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania Health System

Jessica Sharp – Principal of Maven Communication

Bill Soloway –  Heart Transplant Recipient

Marc E. Uknis, M.D., F.A.C.S. – Vice President, Clinical Development Head of Nephrology

Janice Wright Waitkus – Store Director, LAGOS

Howard M. Nathan – President and CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program

Jan L. Weinstock, Esq. – Vice President of Admin & General Counsel, Gift of Life Donor Program

Sara A. Cohen – Development Manager, Gift of Life Family House


2020 Board of Directors

Clyde F. Barker, M.D. – Chairman Emeritus, Department of Surgery & Transplant Surgeon, Donald Guthrie Professor of Surgery, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center

Cynthia London – Donor Mother

Michael J. Moritz, MD – Vice Chair, Department of Surgery- Operations and Clinical Affairs Surgery – General Surgery Transplantation Surgery, Lehigh Valley Health Network

Howard M. Nathan – President & CEO, Gift of Life Donor Program

News & Events

Love Brings "Liver Sisters" Together

Ashley decided to donate a portion of her liver to a member of her church.

#VolunteerSpotlight: MTF Biologics

MTF Biologics has been spending a lot of time in our kitchen cooking meals for transplant families.

Hand Prints of Hope

NASRCAR's Joey Gase visited the Family House to help raise awareness of organ and tissue donation.

My First Home was Gift of Life Family House

When he was finally able to leave the hospital's care, the Family House became Asher's first home.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Pledges to Support Family House

Jefferson Hospital made a $250,000 pledge to support transplant families at the Family House.

We've Got You, Mom

Nicole became her mother Donna's caregiver and together, they navigated the transplant journey.

Corporate Spotlight: Laundry Made Easy

Our friends from Hercules Laundry generously donated five new washer and dryer sets!

Getting by With a Little Help From our Friends

As part of our Caregiver Lifeline Program, we bring in therapy dogs to spend time with our guests!

The Flight For My Life

Karen's life-saving transplant relocated her and her family over 350 miles from home.

#FacebookFUNdraiser: Anthony Vetrano

Learn why Anthony decided to host a Facebook fundraiser for the Family House!

From Hospital to Home

"My stay at the Family House gets better each time," says Lauren, a past Family House guest.

Grown Up and Giving Back

Read about Mya, a liver recipient and employee, and her experience here at the Family House.

Families Joined by Love and Life in Family House Kitchen

The Hess and Palmer families come together to celebrate the life of Mason Hess.

Family Close By

“Having my wife nearby was especially helpful to my recovery,” Tim says.

#SupporterSpotlight: Facebook Fundraisers

Did you know you can hold an online fundraiser to support the Family House on Facebook?

Gift of Life Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

Gift of Life Family House honors volunteers at the Gift of Life Volunteer Recognition Ceremony.

Peter Mansaray, father of a heart recipient and past Family House guest.

A Father & Son Journey

" the time we left [the Family House], I left with a whole family.”

Legacy Society members Elizabeth and David Kennedy.

Leaving a Legacy

David and Elizabeth are leaving a legacy with planned gifts to the Family House.

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