Board of Directors


Directors


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Dr. Aneziokoro is board certified in nephrology and internal medicine with more than 20 years of medical practice experience. Known as “Dr. Ogb,” he completed medical school at the University of Ibadan College of Medical Sciences (Nigeria), residency training at Saint Joseph Hospital (Chicago) and fellowship at the University of Chicago Hospitals – Pritzker School of Medicine.

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Kevin founded ITF in 2015 during his tenure as President and CEO of Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network (GOH); a position he stepped down from in October 2020 after leading GOH for 8 years. He is tireless advocate for the donor families who make transplant possible and a strong believer in equal access to health care and especially organ transplantation. Prior to his work at GOH, Kevin was an Executive VP for AlloSource, a non-profit tissue bank dedicated to honoring the gift of tissue donation through innovative development of new therapies utilizing donated human tissue. Kevin is the past President of the American Association of Tissue Banks and has served the community as a Board Member for various healthcare organizations and on various government and non-profit committees. He currently serves as the Executive Director of both the Gift of Hope Foundation and the Illinois Transplant Fund.

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Ross Raspopovich is Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer for Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. In his role, Ross is responsible for the financial viability, budgeting, audit oversight, business insurance, treasury, tax, credit, investments, accounts receivable, accounts payable and all accounting functions for the organization. In addition, he is responsible for organizational operations to support its mission and executing plans.

Before joining Gift of Hope in 1999, then known as the Regional Organ Bank of Illinois, Ross was director of finance for York Behavioral Health Care, L.L.C., at Managed Care Resources Management Group in Burr Ridge, Ill. His more than 20 years of accounting and finance experience also includes positions at Aon Corporation in Chicago. Ross holds a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University in Gary and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Illinois State University.

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Ms. Flores has over 3 years of experience working with transplant recipients. She has focused her career on increasing access to transplant services to individuals who don’t qualify for any publicly funded insurance programs. She served at the Program Coordinator for the Illinois Transplant Fund for over a year and will continue so save and enhance the lives of others through her role as a Donation Specialist at Gift of Hope.

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Letty is a Registered Nurse and active member of the Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses and Mujeres Latinas en Accion. Her passion is increasing health care access for disadvantaged individuals and growing young leaders.

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Blanca brings an extensive public relations experience from her work, in the Circuit Court of Cook County, UNO Charter School Network and now as the Director of Public Relations and Community Outreach at Morton College. Her passion for serving others in the community is evident; she co-chaired Fiesta Del Sol Expungement Workshop Committee in 2016-17 and serves on the board for the Illinois Spina Bifida Association.

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Dr. Ketel is a retired transplant surgeon, most recently serving at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She has held positions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria, among other posts. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Illinois Transplant Society, the United Network for Organ Sharing and the Association of Women Surgeons. She has served on the board of Gift of Hope since 2008.

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A skilled executive with a valuable mix of financial, operational and international experience including aligning financial support with operational goals, process improvements, project management and Six Sigma.

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A media expert with over 15 years of experience, Carlos is the CEO of Imagen Marketing Consultants, advisor to Pro Export Columbia apparel and textile, publicist for Sony Discos and named by Hispanic Executive Magazine as “Chicago’s Marketing Crusader.”

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Daniel Perez has been the Manager of communications and external relations at BUILD Incorporated since 2011. He leads a team responsible for developing communication strategies that help advance the organization’s efforts to catalyze broad impact through the sharing of effective ideas and practices. These strategies include graphic design publications, Web marketing, social media, media outreach and other traditional communication efforts.

Prior to joining BUILD, he was a marketing and program manager for a non-profit in the Humboldt Park community, where he helped raise the organization’s profile and led the crafting of its first marketing and capital campaign strategic plan. Previously, he was a graphic designer at a large-scale trade show firm based out of Chicago.

Daniel regularly makes presentations on strategic communications, and has been the recipient of awards including the Renal Network’s Robert Felter Memorial Award for working on behalf of kidney patients and was also awarded the “Doin’ Good in the Hood” award for his youth advocacy work from Mike Oquendo Productions.

Mr. Perez is a graduate from The Illinois Institute of Art and holds a B.A. in Media Arts & advertising and is currently earning a certificate in marketing management from The Notre Dame Business Excellence Certification Program and is pursuing his Masters Degree in Global communications at Keller Graduate School.

Advisory Board


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Demetrio “D” Garcia is a seasoned GLOCAL (Global and Local) executive with over 30 years of national and international experience in business, engineering, operations, and business development. Garcia is a one-time road warrior who has worked in over 150 cities and lived on three different continents. He is an engineer turned entrepreneur and is partner and head of Global Business Development with Golden Hill Foods, a Specialty Food Ingredients, Spices, and Flavors company serving the food manufacturing and supply chain industry.

Garcia is a 2018 honoree of the Negocios Now Publication’s Who’s Who in Hispanic Power award. A Chicago native and graduate of the University of Illinois, he is a master networker and connector and continues to invest in local and national civic, business and non-for-profit organizations as well as mentoring youths and professionals for success. Garcia lives in Chicago with his wife who is an educator and has two adult children.

Garcia serves as a board member of numerous organizations including, Illinois Transplant Fund, Boy Scouts of America Advisory Council, Ronald McDonald House Charities Lurie Hospital, ALPFA-Association of Latino Professionals for America Chicago Chapter, Barrio Foundation (From the Barrio to the Boardroom) and Think Virtues Inc. Education, Leadership and Character Development.

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Omar is a seasoned radio DJ and host with experience in the Chicago, Atlanta and Milwaukee markets who also specializes in marketing for real estate, insurance and nonprofit organizations including coordinating large events and festivals. Omar has combined this expertise with the desire to help the immigrant community and is passionate about saving lives through organ transplantation.