Board of Directors


Directors


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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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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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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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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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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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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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Como Directora Ejecutiva del Illinois Transplant Fund y de Gift of Hope Community Foundation, Audrena Spence brinda liderazgo organizacional y gestión operativa para estrategias filantrópicas, iniciativas y proyectos de financiación, campañas principales de donación, desarrollo de fondos y asociaciones dirigidos a aumentar contribuciones para Gift of Hope Community Foundation y el Illinois Transplant Fund. Antes de unirse a Gift of Hope, Audrena Spence se desempeñó como Directora Ejecutiva del Metropolitan Family Services Calumet Center, donde fundó la Academia de Liderazgo Metropolitana, diseñada para mejorar, promover, identificar y desarrollar futuros líderes dentro de la organización.

Audrena Spence ha recibido innumerables premios y reconocimientos por sus actividades de carácter cívico tales como: Premio al Liderazgo, Greater Chicago, en el año 2013; Premio a Visionarios Pioneros, Rainbow PUSH Dr. King/Presidente Johnson Faith in Politics; Premio Mujeres en Excelencia, Chicago Defender; Premio al Servicio Comunitario «Go To Bat», State Farm; Premio al Liderazgo en el Servicio Comunitario, National PanHellenic Council Chicago; y Premio Espíritu Comunitario, All Stars Project of Chicago.

Su activa participación cívica incluye organizaciones tales como Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Black Social Workers, The Links, Inc., y otros mas. Spence tiene una licenciatura y una maestría en Trabajo Social de la Universidad de Wisconsin en Madison.

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Harry Wilkins, MD is President/CEO of Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network. In that role, he provides overall leadership for the organization, guides its strategic direction and ensures that the organization stays true to its mission — to save and enhance the lives of as many people as possible through organ and tissue donation. Before joining Gift of Hope in October 2020, Dr. Wilkins served as Attending Acute Care Surgeon for Quincy Medical Group. Dr. Wilkins holds a Doctor of Medicine from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and a Master’s in Healthcare Management from Harvard.

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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.