Transplant Leadership Council Members

Traci Wachs Aldrige

Brian Anderson
Jet Blue

Angela Arrington
TS Boardshop & L3 Dezign

Dr. Bridget Bailey
Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center

Brian Cerise
Phoenix Capital

C.J. Chapman
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Matthew Cline

Stephanie Cooper

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

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

Jennifer Henderson
Porter Transplant Center

Chris Hennessy
Accuro Medical Products

Mason Holland

Melissa Hooley
Anton Collins Mitchell LLP

Ongisa Ichile-Mckenzie

Suzanne Johnson
First Western Trust Bank

Chelsey Larson

Jack Luellen
Burleson LLP

Leslie Maginn
University of Colorado Hospital, Respiratory Therapist

Riley Maitland

Zander Maitland

Gavin Maitland
BoomCom! Inc

Austin Marg
Kenshoo, Digital Marketing Account Manager

Sara Martin
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP

Brian M. McCary

Andrew Menard

Tim Monis

Lauren Napheys
KPMG, Accounting Advisory Services

Yawah Nicholson
Donor Alliance

Lisa Padilla

Michele Patarino
Collaborative Health Solutions

Elizabeth Peros
Lowe, Fell & Skogg, LLC

Elle Powell
Artist, Elle Powell Art

Paige Rempfer
Pozzetta Scientific, Utah Site Manager

Chris Shelvock
University of Colorado Hospital

Dr. Michael Shomaker
Denver Nephrology

Andrea Smith
Donor Alliance

Jessica Smith
Douglas County Public Schools

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)

Jennifer Thompson
Marketing Manager
Silicon Valley Bank

Aja Tolve
Liberty Oilfield Services

Marissa Urban
Polsinelli PC

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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