Team Ohio Board of Directors
Tricia Fliehman- President
Tricia Fliehman is a Regional Account Executive for transplant, cystic fibrosis, and fertility for Walgreens. Her territory includes Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky. In her role, she works with transplant centers and patients to make sure their pre and post-transplant medication needs are met.
In addition to assisting with medications, Tricia found her passion in transplant advocacy. She discovered her passion working as a volunteer at the Donate Life Transplant Games of America, in Houston, Texas, in 2014. Watching donor families pin medals on recipients touched her heart in a way that she knew she had to do more. She describes the moment as “powerful beyond measure.” It was also, in Houston, where she met many of the amazing members of Team Ohio. She planned to return home and get even more involved with Team Ohio.
Tricia served as a volunteer at the Donate Life Transplant Games of America, in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2016. In addition to volunteering herself, she helped to spearhead Walgreens involvement including organizing more than sixty employee volunteers as well as the availability of an onsite pharmacist to answer questions and fill medications for those in need.
Tricia works closely with the following transplant organizations:
· LifeLine of Ohio (Ambassador)
· Donate Life of America
· AST (American Society of Transplantation)
· NATCO (National Organization for Transplant Professionals)
· STSW (Society of Transplant Social Workers)
· ASTS (American Society of Transplant Surgeons
· TMF (Transplant Management Forum)
· ITNS (International Transplant Nurses Society)
· TFCA (Transplant Financial Coordinators Association)
· TGA (Transplant Games of America)
Tricia earned her Juris Doctorate degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, in Lansing, Michigan. Her ultimate desire was to stay in the healthcare field, as she also has her undergraduate degree, in Biology and Chemistry. She has worked as a pharmacy technician, pharmaceutical sales professional, and currently an account executive, in specialty pharmacy.
Tricia brings to the Board extensive experience in commercial healthcare, as well as, expertise in specialty and retail pharmacy. She has a deep understanding of both legal and regulatory issues specific to the pharmaceutical industry.
Tricia grew-up in Sabina, Ohio. She shares her home, in Columbus, Ohio, with her 12-year old golden retriever, Faith Marie.
Jeannie Kuhn - Vice President
Jeannie Kuhn is the Community Relations and Volunteer Engagement Associate with LifeCenter Organ Donor Network (LifeCenter), the non-profit organization that coordinates the donation of organs and tissue for transplantation in the Greater Cincinnati area. LifeCenter’s mission is to save, enhance and change lives through organ and tissue donation.
During her nearly twelve years with LifeCenter, Jeannie has created, scheduled, organized, and promoted outreach activities and special events to increase donation awareness in the Greater Cincinnati community. She has also managed all aspects of the Donate Life Ambassador Program, including recruiting, developing, training, recognizing and providing ongoing support to Ambassadors.
She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from Boston College and a Masters in Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University - Bloomington.
Jeannie was born and raised in New York, the Bronx, but moved to Indiana after she graduated from school where she happily resides with her husband, two kids and their elderly golden retriever.
Kent Holloway - TREASURER
Mr. Kent Holloway is currently Chief Executive Officer of Lifeline of Ohio Organ Procurement, Inc. (LOOP). LOOP serves Central and Southern Ohio (37 Counties) and two counties in West Virginia. Prior to accepting the position of C.E.O., he served as the Chief Financial Officer of the organization.
Mr. Holloway has in excess of 31 years of experience in the healthcare field. Most of these years have been associated with Donation and Transplantation and during this span of time he has been fortunate to be present and to participate in the maturing of this science from research to viable therapy and treatment for those in end stage organ failure. He has the unique honor of being able to have worked as a transplant program administrator as well as an organ procurement organization executive.
With an undergraduate degree in education concentrated in Math and Business, Mr. Holloway has found his niche in the health care field to be one of reimbursement and finance specialist with a proven track record of quality improvement and outcome based leadership.
Staying close to his original educational objective, Mr. Holloway has held several appointments as adjunct faculty and/or part-time faculty in post-secondary programs. Currently, he is Guest Lecturer, School of Medicine at the University of Toledo Medical Center and is Adjunct Faculty at Franklin University.
Victoria Holmes-Schmalstig - Secretary
Victoria is a three-time kidney recipient from living donors. Her last transplant was March 4, 2003 from her brother, Michael Holmes. She has attended the Transplant Games in 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2016, and 2018 competing in volleyball, bowling, basketball and swimming events. She is married to fellow Team Ohio member and kidney recipient, Tony Schmalstig. She currently lives in Newark, Ohio and looks forward to helping with Team Ohio in any way that she can.
Kara Steele - Board Member
Kara Steele is the Director of Community Services at Life Connection of Ohio, the non-profit organization that promotes and facilitates organ donation in northwest and west central Ohio. In that role, Kara leads the Community Services Team and coordinates community and media outreach. Prior to her current position, Kara served as a Community Relations Representative at Life Connection of Ohio, where she gave classroom presentations about the importance of organ, eye and tissue donation.
Kara blames her father, Harvey, for her career – in a good way. Hepatitis C destroyed Harvey’s liver and turned him into a frail, jaundiced man who couldn’t even walk. He was given less than a week to live. On November 5, 1997, Harvey received a life-saving liver transplant, and he has made the most of his second chance at life. Kara is incredibly grateful that organ donation has allowed her to have her father in her life for an additional 18 years and counting. Kara has experienced donation from both sides – she is a recipient family member and also a donor family member. Her cousin, Mike, and uncle, Ken, were able to give the gift of tissue and cornea donation.
Kara is a graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She currently serves on the Donate Life Ohio Council and Donate Life Ohio Council PR Subcommittee, which focuses on statewide marketing initiatives aimed to promote the Ohio Donor Registry.
Caitlin Widuck - BOARD MEMBER
Caitlin Widuck is the Community Services Coordinator at Lifebanc, the nonprofit organization in Northeast Ohio that heals and saves lives through organ, eye, and tissue donation. Through her role at Lifebanc, Caitlin oversees the volunteers and the community outreach events. Many of her volunteers are recipients or donor families that have been personally affected by organ, eye, or tissue donation and she feels honored to get to work with them and hear their stories. She spends a lot of time out in the community raising awareness and sharing the importance of transplantation alongside the volunteers.
Caitlin graduated from Kent State University in 2013 with her Bachelor of Science in Integrated Health Studies. Before coming to Lifebanc in 2017, Caitlin worked at the Cleveland Clinic and also served with AmeriCorps.
Caitlin currently lives in the Cleveland area with her fiancé and their two pets, Winston and Major.
Angela Saunders - BOARD MEMBER
Angela is a full time intake patient specialist at the Breast Care Center located at Promedica Toledo Hospital. She is supported by her husband Thomas, and is also a dedicated mother of three children, Kenzie 23, Grant 20, and Jake 13. As a recipients mother, she has volunteered with Donate Life of Ohio and Life Connection of Ohio. Her youngest son, Jake, received his Giftof Life of a new liver at the age of 4 after complications from OTC Deficiency. Because Jake’s care was all handled at the University of Michigan, not much information was shared or known of the resources available in Ohio. Volunteering with Donate Life of Ohio opened many new doors and adventures for the whole family. In 2016 everyone was introduced to The Transplant Games of America, where Jake competed for the first time and brought home five medals. After the first experience in Cleveland, Angela decided that she wanted to be more involved with this wonderful promotion of life. With the many new connections and opportunities, she began to become more involved in the promotion of Organ Donation and the Transplant Games. Once again in 2018 the family traveled to Salt Lake City where Jake made huge strides, bringing home5 Gold, 1Silver, and 2 Bronze medals. Still wanting to assist with the education, promotion, and family orientation of organ donation for recipients and donor families, Angela became a board member.Angela is a graduate of Owens School of Nursing, Associate RN. She has been involved with direct patient care of individuals with disabilities and handicaps her whole career. She also is involved with many local school organizations and fund raising committees. She takes pride and ownership of all activities she is in charge of for these organizations. Angela enjoys camping, boating, kayaking, watching sunsets with her husband, and spending time with her grandson. To Angela, every day is a blessing and life should be lived to the fullest. She hopes that with the promotion of Organ Donation, many others can be educated on the profound impact experienced by recipients, donors, and families with the Gift of Life.
Andrea Schultz - BOARD MEMBER
Andrea Schultz is a mother of two adult children Dennis and Lexi. Andrea is a Team Ohio Board Member; she is also a Team Member and Supporter. She attended her first Transplant Games in Houston, Texas in 2014, then Cleveland, Ohio in 2016, and Salt Lake City, Utah in 2018. Andrea's organ donation story began much earlier. In 2005 her 14 year old daughter Lexi, was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune diseases and in immediate need of a liver transplant. Upon meeting the transplant team at the University of Michigan and being placed at the top of the adult and pediatric waiting lists. Lexi received her new liver after only 4 days of waiting. Lexi's lifesaving liver transplant has allowed her to live a full life. She is a college graduate and artist living in Columbus, Ohio. Their experience with organ donation led to both of them becoming advocates and volunteers in the organ donation community. Andrea and Lexi met her Liver donor's family 7 months after her transplant. Meeting the family brought so much joy and solace for both families. They continue to spend time together each year and have been able to celebrate important milestones in each of their family's lives. Andrea has a great love for organ and tissue recipients and donor families. She enjoys working in the community to promote Organ Donation Awareness. Andrea has a special interest in working with children and young adults to educate and inform them about the need for Organ Donation.
While being the primary caregiver for Lexi during her illness and recovery, Andrea maintained her 27 year career with Lucas County. She is currently a Permanency Support Caseworker at Lucas County Children Services. Andrea works with Families who are reunifying with their biological parents or relative caregivers. Permanency planning is a social work practice philosophy that promotes a permanent living situation for every child. Keeping children with their families is the best practice while also providing support. Andrea helps families build supports within their own families and the community. Thus, Andrea's passion for advocacy is unparalleled in her professional and personal life.
In her free time Andrea volunteers with Life Connection of Ohio and has co-chaired the Team Ohio Twylite Thursday Fundraisers, for the last five years. Andrea loves spending time in nature. More of her exceptional care giving skills can be seen in her lush garden of fruits, vegetables, and flowers at her Sylvania, Ohio home.