Board of Trustees

President

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 yrs.  She is a living skin donor and has been on the TRIO Board for more than 5 years.

Vice-President

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.

Past-President

Suzanne Himes, RN, BSN

Suzanne is an Intestinal Transplant Coordinator at the Cleveland Clinic.  Working in transplant for over 18 years, she is currently TRIO's Immediate Past President.  She is an active member of ITNS and is a donor family member.  When Suzanne is not working, she enjoys spending time with her children, Brian and Bridgette.

Treasurer

Dede Axthelm, M.Ed

Dede serves our TRIO chapter as Treasurer and Membership Chair, maintaining our membership list, contact information and essentially serving as our Communication Captain for the chapter. Dede's son received a liver transplant in 1999 at age 11.  As a college graduate, he works as a Senior Software Engineer for Flatiron Health in New York City. 

Trustee

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!

Trustee

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.

Trustee

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.

Trustee

Open Position

Inquiries being accepted

Trustee

Open Position

Inquiries being accepted