Transplant Leadership Council 2016 Membership

Traci Wachs Aldrige
Jose Amezola
CU Boulder Student


Brian Anderson
Jet Blue
Angela Arrington
TS Boardshop & L3 Dezign
Dr. Bridget Bailey
Jeanni Barnthouse
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Brian Cerise
Steel Mountain Capital
C.J. Chapman
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Matthew Cline
Charlie Crichton
Kidneigh & Kaufman, P.C.
Scott Cummings
COO at The Urbanity Group
Angela Cupps
Vertical Communications, Senior Project Manager
Russ Cupps
West Metro Fire Protection District
Anastasia Darwish
American Transplant Foundation, Executive Director
David Ehrlich
American Transplant Foundation Board Member
DBE 1156 LLC
Susan Fakharzadeh
Founding Co-Chair
Community Relations Manager at PDC Energy, Inc.
Brad Farber 
Founding Co-Chair
Elevation Development Group, LLC
James Feger
Century Link
Linda Flaherty
Cindy Hart
Jennifer Henderson
Porter Transplant Center
Chris Hennessy
Accuro Medical Products
Melanie Henninger
Mason Holland
Melissa Hooley
Anton Collins Mitchell LLP
Ongisa Ichile-Mckenzie

Suzanne Johnson
First Western Trust Bank
April Jones
American Transplant Foundation Board Member
Jones Law Firm, PC
Ashley Krause
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Trademark Issues Specialist
Nicole Lang
Udall for Colorado
Chelsey Larson
Fossil Trace Golf Club
Jack Luellen
Burleson LLP

Leslie Maginn
University of Colorado Hospital, Respiratory Therapist
Zander Maitland
Gavin Maitland
BoomCom! Inc
Brian M. McCary
Andrew Menard
Tim Monis
Lauren Napheys
Yawah Nicholson
Donor Alliance
Lisa Padilla
Michele Patarino
Collaborative Health Solutions
Elizabeth Peros
Lowe, Fell & Skogg, LLC
Liz Pistentis
Office of Economic Development & International Trade
Elle Powell
Artist, Elle Powell Art
Chris Shelvock
University of Colorado Hospital
Dr. Michael Shomaker
Denver Nephrology
John Shraver
Anton Collins Mitchell LLP
Andrea Smith
Donor Alliance
Jessica Smith
TLC 2017 Co-chair
Aurora Public Schools

Paige Smith 
Pozzetta Scientific, Utah Site Manager
Mark P. Sovchuck, Jr.
TLC 2017 Co-chair
Anton Collins Mitchell LLP

Matthew Travis Tanner
Founding Co-Chair
Director of Endowments at the Woodruff Arts Center (Atlanta, GA)
Aja Tolve
Liberty Oilfield Services
Danny Veith
Denver Police Department
Mike Wallen
Highland Tax Group, Inc.
John Warner
Alyna Waters
Matt Weiss
Alyson Wells
Bill Wise, MD
Baylor Medical Center (Dallas, TX)
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Leadership – Founding Co-Chairs

susan fakharzadehSusan Fakharzadeh: Community Relations Manager, PDC Energy, Inc.


Susan Fakharzadeh is currently the Community Relations Manager at PDC Energy, Inc. Formerly, she worked as the director of business development for a nonprofit organization that services the energy industry in the intermountain West, with an extensive background in marketing and business development.

She has been a volunteer with the American Transplant Foundation since joining Team Transplant in 2009; since then, she has supported the Foundation through fundraising, recruitment, strategic planning, and extensive volunteer work on Team Transplant in 2010, including her favorite role to date: the Team Transplant blogger.

Susan has been touched personally several times by the power of transplant, most notably through an uncle, who received a lifesaving heart transplant in 1998, and her father, who gave the gift of eyesight to two people when he passed away suddenly in 2008. Susan looks forward to participating in Team Transplant in 2011 and exploring other opportunities to support the Foundation’s core mission.



brad farberBrad Farber: Co-Founder and Principal, Elevation Development Group LLC


Brad is the Co-Founder and Principal of Elevation Development Group of Denver, CO, a real estate investment and development firm focused on acquisition and development of commercial and residential properties in high barrier to entry submarkets.

Brad is actively involved in many political campaign initiatives in Colorado and Washington, D.C. Prior to joining BHFS, he worked on Barack Obama’s Campaign for Change, coordinating all aspects of Jewish community outreach and business community outreach in Colorado. He has also worked as a congressional intern for U.S. Senator Tom Daschle, including helping on Senator Daschle’s 2004 campaign.

Previously, Brad was an associate at Dewey & LeBoeuf in Washington, DC and interned for The Honorable Philip S. Figa of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado and for the NYC District Attorney’s office.

Brad’s father, Steve Farber, is the founder and chairman of the board of the American Transplant Foundation. Brad’s brother, Gregg, became a living kidney donor for their father in 2004.


matthew travis tannerMatthew Travis Tanner: Director of Endowments, Woodruff Arts Center (Atlanta, GA)


Matthew Travis Tanner currently serves as the director of endowments at the Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown Atlanta, a major visual and performing arts center that houses four arts divisions in one campus and not-for-profit organization. He previously worked for Merrill Lynch during his time in Denver. Before that at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Matthew’s focus was on advising foundations and nonprofits, as well as philanthropically minded individuals with a focus on mission driven investing. In the past, Matthew worked for Wells Fargo Advisors (formerly Wachovia Securities) and AT&T.

Matthew received his Master’s in International Administration from the University of Denver where he also received his Bachelor’s degree. He has extensively studied non-profit management and the unique aspects of fundraising, fiduciary responsibility, and international economics and governance.

Matthew has volunteered with nonprofits throughout Colorado, and was a founding steering committee member for the Clyfford Still Museum’s 1944 Society, on the American Lung Association’s Leadership Council, and recently completed the Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Transit Alliance Citizens’ Academy.

Outside the office Matthew enjoys traveling and music. Often combining the two, he recently traveled to Lyon to see his favorite band, Arcade Fire, in concert.

Matthew has taken a personal interest in the American Transplant Foundation following the understanding that his sister may someday need a kidney transplant. Furthermore, his father received a kidney transplant, and after his death, Matthew was privileged to see the impact organ and tissue donation has on the lives of others. Matthew feels personally aligned with the cause of the American Transplant Foundation and is excited to see how he can make a difference.


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