Board of Trustees


Julie Caldro, BS, CTBS, CEBT  

Julie is the Director of Tissue and Donor Referral Services at Lifebanc and has been working in the field of donation and transplantation for more than 20 years.  Julie is also a living skin donor. She has been on the TRIO Greater Cleveland Board of Directors for more than 5 years.
Julie is a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist and a Certified Eye Bank Technician and is actively involved with both AATB and EBAA.


Vice President

Christine Shay-Downer, MBA, BSN, RN, CCTC

Chris has been a transplant nurse for >20 years and is currently the VP, Transplant & Cardiac Programs for BioScrip, Inc., a national home infusion provider.  She has been an active member of International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) & TRIO for many years.  Chris has a passion for optimizing the quality of care provided to transplant candidates and recipients.  She has spoken internationally and is published on a variety of transplant topics.


Past President

 Suzanne Himes, RN, BSN
Suzanne is a Lung and Heart/Lung Transplant Coordinator at the Cleveland Clinic.  She is also a donor family member and has been leading TRIO for 8 years.  She is an active member of International Transplant Nurses Society (ITNS) and on the Medical Advisory Board for Lifebanc.


Dede Axthelm, M.Ed
Dede is the communication's captain of TRIO.  She voluntarily does all the mailings and event invitations.  She also maintains the membership list and contact information.  She has been an invaluable asset to TRIO - Greater Cleveland.
Dede's son Brent is a liver recipient and he recently graduated from college and works for Microsoft as a Program Manager on the Bing Team.  Dede is also very active at Lifebanc where she is seen in the office on a weekly basis.



                                                Tina Carkido                                                  

Tina was born with Cystic Fibrosis. She had a double lung transplant December 19, 2010. Tina is a very active Ambassador for Lifebanc volunteering with office help, health fairs and presentations. Tina joined the TRIO board in 2014 and is a very welcomed addition utilizing her hard work and dedication. She is also very involved with her church community. Tina is very educated in Cystic Fibrosis and Lung Transplantation.           
Gage Georgeff - Trustee
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Diane Moran - Trustee
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