Board of Trustees



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

Chris has been a transplant nurse for greater than 25 yrs. and is the Vice President, Transplant and Cardiac Programs for BioScrip Infusion Services.  She is an active ITNS and TRIO member, has spoken internationally, and is published on a variety of transplant topics.

Vice President


Open Postition

Inquiries being accepted



Tina Carkido

Tina is a double lung transplant recipient (2010) and kidney recipient (2015).  She was born with cystic fibrosis (CF) and is a great resource for others regarding CF and lung transplantation.  She has been a TRIO  Board Member since 2014, is an Ambassador for Lifebanc, and loves volunteering at Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter!



 Lisa Sowers, BSN RN CPTC CCTC 

 Lisa has been working in the field of donation and transplantation for greater than 15 years. She is a Nurse Clinical Analyst for OTTR, Complete Transplant Management. She has also served on the Board of Directors for ITNS and The American Liver Foundation. 



Dede Axthelm, M.Ed

Dede has served our TRIO Chapter on the Board for several years as Treasurer/Membership Chair and will continue to serve the membership as a Board Trustee.  Her dedication to transplant was sparked by her son’s transplant journey many years ago.  He received a liver transplant in 1999 at age 11.  Now, as a college graduate, he works as a Senior Software Engineer for Flatiron Health in New York City. 



Gage Georgeff

Gage received a double lung transplant in 2009 and volunteers at the Cleveland Clinic as a Lung Transplant Advocate helping lung transplant candidates and recipients adjust to the changes encountered throughout the transplant process.  He has been a TRIO Trustee Board Member since 2014.  Gage also volunteers at the USS Cod Submarine Memorial in Cleveland presenting tours of the World War 2 Submarine.



Diane Moran

Having been diagnosed with Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC) 10 years earlier, Diane received a liver transplant on July 10, 2004.  She has been a member of TRIO's  Board of Directors as a Trustee since 2012.  She enjoys an active volunteer role at her church and community senior center.



Amy McFarlin RN, BSN

Amy has worked on the liver transplant team at Cleveland Clinic since 2006.  In 2016, she was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease, had kidney failure and started dialysis.   Amy had a living donor kidney transplant in 2018.  She is an active member of TRIO, member of The Vasculitis Foundation and volunteers at House of Champions in Cleveland 



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