Staff

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.

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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.

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.

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. Talia also manages the Caregiver Lifeline Program for transplant caregivers who may not stay at the Family House. When she is not working she is staying in shape by chasing after her wild toddler Henry, eating at all of her favorite Philly restaurants, and traveling! Email Talia.

Faith Osborne, MSW

Social Worker

Faith graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and from West Chester University to earn her Master of Social Work. During Faith’s undergraduate clinical experience, she was fortunate to intern with a transplant team at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. This experience spurred her desire to work with transplant patients and their families.  Faith also has experience as a substance use counselor and case management advocate with HIV/AIDS patients in Philadelphia. When Faith is not working, she enjoys a variety of ways to stay active through running, fitness classes throughout the city, and swimming. Growing up in a small town in Northeast Pennsylvania, Faith developed a desire and passion for travel across the states and abroad.  She has participated in medical mission trips that assist in supporting underdeveloped communities through non-profit organizations. Now a Philiadelphian, she is enjoying her new home in the city and is a converted Eagles fan. Email Faith.

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.

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.

Jolene Fulmore

Resident Manager

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Jolene attended Temple University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management. From August – December 2018, during her final semester at Temple, she joined Gift of Life Family House as a Guest Services Intern. Before joining the team, Jolene did not know much about organ donation. However, one day at work, she signed up to become an organ donor. In April 2019, Jolene returned to the Family House as a Relief Manager. Furthermore, in June 2020, Jolene joined the Development Team as a Development Intern. Promoted to Resident Manager in February 2021, Jolene is now a full-time staff member at the Family House. She is excited to bring her expertise and love of Excel spreadsheets to the team. Email Jolene.

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.

Amelia Patterson

Guest Services Fellow

Amelia originally comes from a small town upstate called Athens, Pennsylvania. She began working at the Family House as an internship prior to graduation, where she fell in love with house and everyone in it. She went on to graduate from Temple University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. With no past connection to transplant, working at the Family House has given Amelia the opportunity to gain a personal understanding of organ donation, while sharing her love of hospitality with others. If you’re looking for Amelia at the Family House, you’ll always find her at the coffee station chatting with a guest. In her free time, Amelia loves attending concerts, and has seen her favorite band over 20 times! Email Amelia.

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 journey from capital campaign, to construction and program development, to eventually helping open the doors of the Family House. It was an exciting 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. Jeremiah 29:11 Email Sara.

Genevieve Grabbe

Development Associate

Genevieve is from  Somerset County, NJ, and is a graduate of Rutgers University – New Brunswick. Her first exposure to development occurred while serving as a campus minister at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. After her year of service, Genna moved to the Philadelphia region to continue working in non-profit development, leading her to join the Gift of Life Family House team in 2018. A recently converted Philly sports fan, Genna is excited to be part of the mission of the Family House. Email Genna.

Abigail Wells

Communications and Development Fellow

Abby is originally from San Diego, California and moved to Philadelphia to pursue a degree in Communications from Saint Joseph’s University. She was fortunate enough to intern with Alex’s Lemonade Stand early on in her college career, which spurred her desire to work within the non-profit sector. Abby began working at the Family House as an intern in 2020 soon after graduation and accepted the Fellowship position in 2021. Although she has no past connection to transplant, Abby has grown passionate about the Family House’s mission and is grateful for the opportunity to help support transplant families. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, especially with hiking and riding her bike, and exploring her new home state of Pennsylvania as much as possible!  Email Abby.

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