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Staff & Board

Donate Life Northwest is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of directors representing organizational stakeholders, member programs, health care professionals and community leaders committed to the mission and goals of Donate Life Northwest. The board sets direction and policies; ensures financial strength, stability, and oversight; and acts as agency ambassadors.


Jackie Wirz

Jackie Wirz, PhD

Executive Director
Jackie is a scientist by training, an educator at heart, and an innovative leader by profession. Her research career spanned 15 years. After completing her PhD, she transitioned into a career in...

Carolina Hunt

Development Coordinator
Carolina has a breadth of project management skills from her experience in luxury retail management, and is excited to bring those skills to the lifesaving work of Donate Life Northwest. Carolina is a...
Jenny Kane

Jenny Kane

Volunteer Coordinator
Originally from Texas, Jenny has lived in Portland for nearly a decade. A professionally-certified volunteer coordinator, Jenny has a passion for working with volunteers and has an extensive...
Maria Fernanda Filizola

Maria Fernanda Filizola

Community Engagement Manager
As a longtime volunteer, whose daughter is dealing with kidney disease, Maria has a very strong connection with Donate Life Northwest. After her daughter's father had two kidney transplants due to the...
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Marissa Markintire

Director of Education and Outreach
Marissa first learned about Donate Life Northwest after her granddad received a kidney transplant and her mom anonymously donated a kidney. After developing award-winning programs as Manager of...
Sandy Jewell

Sandy Jewell

Education Coordinator
Sandy is a native Oregonian and Portlander. Most recently she worked in STEAM program management at Saturday Academy and OMSI as well as spending many years in local classrooms as a formal and...
Sara Lewis

Sara Lewis

Operations Director
Sara began at Donate Life Northwest as Coordinator of Volunteers in August of 2007 after returning to Portland from 3 years in Panama with the Peace Corps where she worked as a Regional Volunteer...


Dominic Mara


Senior Director, Talent Management - Global Operations & Corporate Functions, Nike, Inc.

Danny O'Hara

Vice Chair

Vice President, Origination, Savion Energy (Recipient Family Member)

Beth Hoover

Member at Large

Donor Family Member

Chris Stoeger


CEO, VisionGift

Julie Marquard


Senior HR Business Partner, Retired, Nike, Inc. (Living Kidney Donor)

Kelly Laschkewitsch

Immediate Past Chair

Director of Specialty Services, Legacy Health


Brian Adams

Professor of Finance, University of Portland

Patrice Ball

Senior Adjunct Instructor, Portland State University (Living Kidney Donor)

Rob Boggs

Director, Community Tissue Services

John Dudrey

Of Counsel, Stoel Rives LLP

Afshan Nanji

Associate Professor, Oregon Health & Science University

Steve Rymer

City Manager, City of Tigard

Norrine Smokey-Smith

Consultant, Native American Parent Technical Assistance Center (Lung Recipient)

Sondra Tootell

Advocacy Coordinator, Cascade Life Alliance

Jennifer Watson

Managing Broker/Realtor, Living Room Realty (Awaiting Kidney Transplant)