Executives

Kevin J. O’Connor
President & CEO

Collaborative leadership, teamwork, and innovation have flourished at LifeCenter Northwest since Kevin O’Connor joined in January 2010. He is committed to leading LifeCenter Northwest to greater heights by collaborating with some of the best hospitals and transplant programs in the country. Kevin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, having worked in the field since 1983.

Kevin is guiding LifeCenter Northwest to save more lives by challenging the status quo, using data to drive planning and implementation, and setting the standard of working hard and enjoying the journey. When asked what inspires him most about his job, Kevin says, “working with remarkable people who are passionate about helping others in need—and knowing that together, we are making a difference.”

Dominic Adorno
Vice President, Clinical Operations

Dominic is a versatile leader with more than two decades of experience in health care and organ donation. Adorno will oversee clinical operations including organ and tissue donation services and interdepartmental collaboration to help save and heal more lives each year.

Anna Rawlings
General Counsel and Vice President Administration

A Washington state native and graduate of Harvard Law School, Rawlings brings over a decade of health law experience to the organization, including work at Ropes & Gray LLP, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Rawlings provides counsel to LifeCenter Northwest and its board of directors, as well as oversight of the organization’s Quality and Regulatory Affairs and Human Resources Departments. This executive guidance will help ensure appropriate consideration of legal matters and risk reduction related to the organization’s mission and goals.

Kevin Peterson
Vice President, Accounting and Finance

Working at LifeCenter Northwest enables me to tangibly express my thanks for the gift of life my father received. It is an honor to support teams who have the skill and compassion to care for the donors and families who make these life-changing gifts possible. I am grateful for the opportunity to help ensure LifeCenter Northwest continues to grow the number of people impacted by organ and tissue donation.

Leadership

Susan Cameron
Director, Clinical and Family Services

Personal Statement: There is no experience more awe-inspiring than witnessing the bravery and altruism of donor families choosing to save lives through organ & tissue donation, even in the midst of their own tragedy. I am so fortunate to be able to contribute to LifeCenter’s mission, as we continually strive for excellence in this process that provides hope and comfort to recipients and donor families alike.

Sean Farragher
Director, Quality and Regulatory Affairs

Personal Statement: Simply put, a good day’s work at LifeCenter translates directly into a life being saved or improved. It means a family is offered a light in a very dark place. It’s a very important job.

Catherine Hankins
Director, Tissue Donation Services

Personal Statement: Working in the world of organ and tissue donation is continually humbling and amazingly rewarding every day. I am incredibly lucky to work at LifeCenter Northwest where I am able to help save and improve lives through the gifts and generosity of our tissue donors and their families. What an awesome experience to know at the end of the day I have made a difference.

Rachel Houck
Director, Hospital Development

Personal Statement: It is a rare opportunity to go to work and help make something good come from something tragic. I am honored to be part of a team that provides a small ray of light to our donor families during their darkest days. I am constantly inspired by the generosity and courage of our donor families.

Zoya Martens
Director, Human Resources

Personal Statement: I am genuinely honored for the opportunity to work at LifeCenter Northwest, where our mission is guided by our deep values and our people make a continuous impact in our communities. Focusing on people and culture is my personal passion. I start each day with that focus in mind and easily give all I can to support our amazing people as they make a difference one day at a time.

Stacy McKean
Director, Organ Procurement

Personal Statement: Being able to see the generosity of the human spirit and the lives saved through organ donation is truly a blessing. I am honored to be part of a team of amazing people at LifeCenter who work tirelessly to support and honor the gifts of life. Every day I am inspired by our donor families and the opportunity to be a steward of the precious gifts of donation for those in need.

Katherine Pliska
Director, Communications and Community Relations

Personal Statement: I am honored to be a part of the LifeCenter team where I get to share the stories of our selfless donors, work with our donor families and raise awareness for organ and tissue donation. There is no greater feeling than knowing each day we can make a difference in the lives of others.

Candy Wells
Director, Organ Utilization

Personal Statement: I am humbled by having the opportunity to work with an inspiring, dedicated group of tireless people; driven by the mission of offering hope and solace to grieving families, and hope and life to the recipients of their precious gifts. Today and every day I am reminded of how thankful I am to have the privilege to be part of an organization that shares the gift of life.

Jeremy Wilson-Herrmann
Director, Information Technology

Personal Statement: Giving the gift of life is one of the greatest choices that a person will make in their life. I am honored to have the opportunity to use technology and data to help support those choices and maximize the opportunity for life-saving and life-improving organ and tissue donations. The LifeCenter Northwest mission is a daily reminder of the important contributions and commitment made by every member of our team each day.

Governing Board Members

Joyce Jackson
Chair
President & Chief Executive Officer Emeritus
Northwest Kidney Centers
Seattle, WA

Sarah Tallon
Vice Chair/Treasurer
Senior Director, Financial Planning and Analysis
UW Medicine
Seattle, WA

Maude Blair
Secretary
General Counsel – Business and Intergovernmental Affairs
Southcentral Foundation
Anchorage, AK

Gerard Fischer, LFACHE
Member at Large
Health Care Executive-Retired
Seattle, WA

John Harper
Member at Large
Chief of Staff, Privacy and Regulatory Affairs, Microsoft
Redmond, WA

Craig Hendrickson
Member at Large
Executive and Organization Development Coach
Kirkland, WA

Ruth A. McDonald, MD
Member at Large
Professor and Vice President of Medical Affairs
Seattle Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics
Seattle, WA

Kevin O’Connor
Nonvoting Member
President & CEO, LifeCenter Northwest
Bellevue, WA

Pam Palagi
Member at Large
Vice President of Finance
Montana Region of SCL Health
Butte, MT

Ken Price
Member at Large
Transplant Recipient
North American Sales,
Boeing Commercial Airplanes-Retired
Seattle, WA

Advisory Board Members

Abhijit Lele, MBBS, MD, MS
Harborview Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Jennifer Graves, RN, MS
Kaiser Permanente
Seattle, WA

Monty Montoya, Chair
CorneaGen
Seattle, WA

Debbie Page, Vice Chair/Secretary
Recipient Family Member
Bellevue, WA

Geoff Austin
University of Washington Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Shirley Harney-Taylor
Donor Family Member
Tukwila, WA

Patrick Healey, MD
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, WA

Bobbie Rhodes-Clark
Vitalant
Spokane, WA

Christian Kuhr, MD
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Okechukwu Ojogho, MD
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center
Spokane, WA

Vicky Phillips, RN, MSN
Providence Alaska Medical Center
Anchorage, AK

Jorge Reyes, MD
University of Washington Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Chandrasekar Santhanakrishnan, MD
Transplant Surgeon
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Todd Seiger
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Michael Souter, MD
LifeCenter Northwest Medical Director
Harborview Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Timothy Stevens
Guidry and East, LLC.
Spokane, WA

Deborah Swets
Recipient Family Member
Seattle, WA

Idoia Gimferrer, MD, PhD
Bloodworks Northwest
Seattle, WA