Staff & Board

Donate Life Northwest is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of up to 25 directors representing organizational stakeholders, member programs, health care professionals and community leaders committed to the mission and goals of Donate Life Northwest. The Board meets 10 times annually.  It sets direction and policies; ensures financial strength, stability and oversight; and acts as agency ambassadors.


Tom Sanchez


Renown Health VP & CEO Renown Medical Group (Living Kidney Donor)

Gustaf Little

Vice Chair

Senior Equity Research Analyst, Wells Capital Management (Kidney Recipient)

Alex Sutton


Attorney, Gevurtz Menashe Attorneys at Law

Niki O'Hara


Senior Audit Consultant, Avangrid Renewables (Kidney Recipient)

Mark Williams

Member at Large

Regulatory Division Manager, City of Portland (Liver Recipient)

Barbara Thompson

Immediate Past Chair

Hospital and Family Services Manager, Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank


Rob Boggs

Director, Community Tissue Services

Karen Goulding

Assistant Vice President, Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management (Donor Family Member)

Beth Hoover

Donor Family Member

Kelly Laschkewitsch

Manager, Transplant & Dialysis Services, Legacy Health

Joseph Lockridge

Assistant Professor of Medicine & Medical Director, OHSU/Portland VA Medical Center

Lynda Myers

Cornea Recipient

Balinda Olive-Beltran

Donor Family Member

Chris Stoeger

CEO, Lions VisionGift

Nate Westerlund

Senior Mortgage Specialist, Directors Mortgage (Kidney/Liver Recipient)


Leslie Brock

Executive Director
Leslie has over 20 years experience in the nonprofit sector including work in fund development, management, and communications. She holds an MA from Webster University and a BA from the University of...Read more »

Aimeé Adelmann

Director of Education & Outreach
Aimee has many years of experience with healthcare-related nonprofits. She is a two-time kidney recipient and was first introduced to Donate Life Northwest, as a volunteer, after her second...Read more »

Alexis Anderson

Director of Development
From public affairs and corporate philanthropy, Alexis transitioned to nonprofit fundraising with the Red Cross. She has managed database teams; created campaigns that inspired millions of dollars in...Read more »

Laura Ellsworth

Development Manager
Laura has been part of the Donate Life Northwest family since 1999 after receiving a kidney transplant. She first served on staff as Program Coordinator. Laura was on the Donate Life Northwest Board...Read more »

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...Read more »

Marissa Mark

Education Coordinator
Marissa first discovered Donate Life Northwest after her granddad received a kidney transplant and her mom anonymously donated a kidney. Now working for DLNW, Marissa engages with students in schools...Read more »

Sarah Salter

Administrative & Communications Specialist
Originally from the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, Sarah has worked in non-profit administration since 1996, with a brief break to get a BA in English from Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC...Read more »

Arcadia Trueheart

Community Engagement Coordinator and Equity and Diversity Officer
Arcadia is very excited to be joining Donate Life Northwest. She is returning to Portland after several years of volunteering abroad and earning an interdisciplinary degree in Creative and Cultural...Read more »

Caitlin Feely

Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
Caitlin is a Portland, Oregon native and graduated with a BS from the University of Oregon. She has experience in local non-profits in Eugene and Portland working mainly on community engagement and...Read more »