From Leadership to Guest Services, the Family House’s dedicated staff and advisory board are specialized in a variety of fields to best serve our transplant families.


Howard M. Nathan

Founder and President, Gift of Life Family House

Howard Nathan is the President & CEO of Philadelphia-based Gift of Life Donor Program which now employs over 200 professionals. Howard began working at the Gift of Life Donor Program in 1978 as a transplant coordinator and has led the organization since 1984.

Howard is also Founder and President of Gift of Life Institute, an international research and training center for donation and transplantation professionals established in 2004, and President of Gift of Life Family House.

Considered a leading authority on organ and tissue donation, Howard serves or has served on numerous leadership boards including United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), the International Society for Organ Donation and Procurement (ISODP), Pennsylvania Governor’s Organ Donation Advisory Committee, North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO), among others.

Howard 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 39-year tenure with Gift of Life.  He has appeared on national TV news and talk shows and has received numerous outstanding achievement awards from national organizations. Howard and his wife, Liz, are passionate animal lovers and recently adopted a boxer-mix named Logan!

Learn more about the Family House Founder and his vision to complete the “circle of care” for transplant patients and their families here.

Jan L. Weinstock

Vice President, Administration and General Counsel

Jan is the 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. As an avid runner and early riser, Jan can be spotted running the streets of Philadelphia every morning before dawn.

Sara A. Cohen

Development Manager

Sara is a Bucks County native and a graduate of East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. She started working for Gift of Life Family House in 2009, taking part in its exciting journey from capital campaign, to construction and program development, to eventually helping open the doors of the Family House. It was a proud moment when she was able to witness the very first transplant family check-in on July 18, 2011. Sara is thrilled to be leading the Development Team where she gets to share her passion for the mission and help families during their time of need. Best of all, she gets to meet so many wonderful supporters who are also committed to welcoming families home at the Family House for years to come. In her spare time, Sara volunteers on the urban mission field at a ministry in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Jeremiah 29:11 Email Sara.

Joseph Kauffman

Family House Manager

Joe 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 Joe.


Stephen Tornone

Associate Counsel

Steve is a native New Yorker who spent seven years in Washington, DC studying politics and law. While working nights in property management and at a microbrewery, Steve obtained his Juris doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and is admitted to the state bars of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has served as Associate Counsel to the Family House since 2010 where he served as the owner’s representative during the construction process and continues to assist the organization in legal and regulatory matters. Steve is a hobbyist woodworker and can often be found in the Family House garage making sawdust. Email Steve.

Diana Elbanna

Resident Manager

Diana 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 provides a relaxing and warm atmosphere to transplant families. In addition to being Stevie Wonder’s number one fan, one of Diana’s favorite hobbies is putting together floral arrangements. Email Diana.

Talia Giordano, MSW, LSW

Social Worker and Manager, Caregiver Lifeline Program

In 2007, Talia 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 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 manages the Caregiver Lifeline Program for caregivers who may not be in attendance at our facility. When she’s not spending time with her newborn son Henry, Talia loves working out and can even back squat 250lbs! Email Talia.

Samantha Oliphant

Development Associate

Sam was born and raised on the Jersey Shore and studied Advertising at Temple University. While in college, Sam interned for several organizations, which inspired her to further her professional development in the nonprofit field. Sam first joined the Family House as an intern in 2015 and later accepted a full-time position on the Development Team. In her role as Development Associate, Sam is excited and thankful to have a position that allows her to combine her marketing, communications and fundraising skills with her technological savviness. In her free time, Sam enjoys many exciting hobbies for very short periods of time until something else catches her interest. Email Sam.

Genevieve Moore

Guest Service Liaison

Genevieve was born and raised in Media, PA. She graduated from the Community College of Philadelphia with her Associates Degree of Applied Science in Hospitality Management. She then went on to graduate from Widener University with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management. Towards the end of her time at Widener University, Genevieve began working at the Family House as an intern. She is both excited and honored to be a part of the Gift of Life Family House and looks forward to continuing in helping transplant families. Also known as the “Queen of House Activities,” Genevieve is one of the most creative members of the Family House team and enjoys expressing herself through multiple forms of art. Email Genevieve.


Celine Brunetti

Guest Service Fellow

Celine is originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania and moved to Philadelphia to pursue a degree in Communications. While completing her co-op internship, Celine worked as a front desk agent and fell in love with the hospitality business. Celine began interning at the Family House in 2017, and accepted the Fellowship position in 2018. As part of a donor family, Celine has been involved with Gift of Life from a young age and looks forward to providing a home away from home for transplant families.  Celine spends most of her free time in the movie theatre, and has even worked on a few short films! Email Celine.


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