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 - Secretary/Treasuer
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.
RYAN ZINN - BOARD Member
Ryan Zinn is a testament that organ and tissue donation and transplantation works! Ryan received the Gift of Life on September 26, 1988 when a donor heart was made available, and from that day forward Ryan has never slowed down. After a successful recovery from the transplant surgery, Ryan has stayed active through three of his passions: participating in sporting competitions, working at the university that he loves, and a lifelong commitment to learning. Since 1992, Ryan has competed annually in rigorous competition through the US Transplant Games (now the Transplant Games of America) and the World Transplant Games, traveling the globe to earn 38 US medals and 11 World medals. In 1998 he was named the Outstanding Male Athlete of the US Games which were held at his beloved Ohio State University. As an advocate for organ and tissue donation, Ryan has been recognized as Lifeline of Ohio’s Volunteer of the Year and was the recipient of the 2006 Wendy Marx Organ & Tissue Advocate of the Year. He was also selected twice to carry the Olympic flame during the 1996 and 2002 Olympic Relays for his advocacy work, the latter opportunity being a result of Lifeline of Ohio’s nomination. In 2004, Ryan was chosen by Lifeline of Ohio to ride on the inaugural Donate Life Rose Parade Float, an experience he will always cherish. Ryan and his wife, Marie, a Spanish teacher at St. Francis DeSales High School, reside in Westerville, Ohio with their daughter Sylvia.
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.
Andrea Tacoronte - BOARD MEMBER
Andrea Tacoronte entered the world of organ transplantation when she donated her kidney to her older brother, Joe Kratzer, in 1989. After the successful kidney transplant (affectionately named “Sidney the Kidney”), Joe seized his second chance at life with vigor. He got married, grew a successful business, became a leader in his community, honed his cooking skills, gave selflessly to his family, traveled the world, and participated in nearly every U.S. Transplant Games, as well as many World Transplant Games.
Andrea attended the Transplant Games for the first time in Columbus, Ohio, in 1996. Then, in July 2014, she and her two youngest children traveled across the country with Joe as supporters of Team Ohio and watched him compete in the games in Houston, TX. In Houston they celebrated “Sidney the Kidney’s” twenty-fifth birthday with Joe’s induction into the Quarter Century Club.
After the games in Houston, Andrea was hooked on Team Ohio and the Transplant Games. On the drive home, she and Joe started formulating a game plan for participating in the next event – Cleveland 2016. Fate had different plans, however. A few weeks later, on August 5, Joe suffered a fatal heart attack while driving home after a bicycling time trial. It was his birthday. He was 55 years old.
Andrea kept her promise to her brother and participated as a living donor athlete at the Transplant Games in Cleveland in 2016. Competing in Joe’s memory, she participated in the discus throw. She is grateful to have had the privilege of being his living organ donor and is committed to continuing to honor her brother through transplantation advocacy.
Professionally, Andrea works in municipal government administration in the Office of the Director of Public Service/Public Safety at the City of Wilmington. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Theatre from Wilmington College. She is an active attendee at the Wilmington Friends Meeting and serves as a General Committee Member of the Friends Committee on National Legislation in Washington DC. Andrea lives in Blanchester, Ohio, with her husband Frank, an EEO Coordinator with the Ohio Department of Transportation. They have three children: Keely, Jonathan, and Eliana.
Jennifer Herr - BOARD MEMBER
Jen is self-employed with her husband, Tommy, in farming 2800+ acres at Triple H Farms, Inc. and raising beef cattle. She is also the mother of 3 busy children: Nate, Hannah & Allison. Jen brings not only a vast amount of medical knowledge as a RN of 15+ years, but also has a direct impact as a recipient family member. Her youngest daughter, Allie, received her Gift of Life of anew liver at the young age of 2 after suffering from Biliary Atresia. Jen has been a volunteer at Life Connection of NW Ohio since Allison was diagnosed in 2003. Her family discovered the Transplant Games in 2012, at Grand Rapids MI & have not missed a game since! The Games are an emotional toll, but in a positive way! Allie is a firecracker & is full of energy from her second chance. She’s a big contending athlete to compete against at the games every time participating in; track/field, swimming, volleyball & basketball. Jen promotes Organ Donation through volunteering & educating with Life Connection and vigorously thru social media.
Jennifer is a graduate of Mercy College of NW Ohio, Associate RN. She has also served as a volunteer EMT-B for 10 years on Metamora-Amboy Volunteer Fire Dept. She currently manages the farms accounting and payroll, while keeping busy with her kids’ sports/school schedules. She serves on many committees, event planning, & fundraising for Evergreen Schools. Jen is the head advisor of Gainers & Leaders 4-H Club, in Fulton County, consisting of 47-50 members for the past 9 years. She serves on the Fulton County Extension Advisory Committee, since 2014, as a member to advocate the 4-H program. She is active in the 4-H Council, where she has served as President, and the 4-H Horse Council. Jennifer is a member of the parent advisory board, thru Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, for SPLIT:PFEP (Studies in Pediatric Liver Transplant:Patient-Family Engaged Partners). The board meets with physicians, transplant surgeons, and other allied health professionals annually, around the U.S., to improve outcomes for children in post-liver transplant life. She is forever grateful for the impact Organ Donation has had on her daughter’s successful transplant. Education is key is her Organ Donation platform.
Jillian Frazier - BOARD MEMBER
Jillian leads the Development and Community Services Team at Lifebanc, the Northeast Ohio nonprofit organization working to save and heal lives through organ, eye and tissue donation. In her role she provides strategic oversight of organizational fundraising, media relations, government relations, communications and community outreach programming.
Her team is responsible for increasing visibility for the mission of Lifebanc; increasing organ, eye and tissue donation and donor designations; and increasing financial support for the mission of the organization.
Jillian has 20 years of nonprofit experience working in the areas of development, public relations and marketing. In her career, she has established benefit events and development programs engaging thousands of individuals and raising millions of dollars supporting nonprofit initiatives. Jillian has created marketing campaigns, sponsorship programs, media partnerships, and membership programs.
Jillian was a member of the local organizing committee for the 2016 Donate Life Transplant Games in Cleveland. She currently serves as the President of Donate Life Ohio and is actively involved in the PR Council of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO). Jillian has worked on behalf of the mission of nonprofit organizations including the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, West Side Ecumenical Ministry and Greater Cleveland Community Shares. She is a graduate of John Carroll University.
Bill Padden - BOARD MEMBER
As a liver transplant recipient since 1992, Bill Padden first began to participate in the Transplant Games in 1996 when they were held in Salt Lake City, Utah. A participant in golf, cycling, track, basketball, and volleyball, Bill has found success both as a participant and as a manager in each U.S. Games since his inaugural competition.
While he have always looked forward to the competition with fellow transplant athletes, his greatest satisfaction comes from training and working toward the goal of doing his best at whatever events he may choose. His philosophy that “there is always a little more you can do” carries well beyond his prowess as an athlete. Bill tries to live this philosophy in everything he does.
Aside from the competition, Bill finds that the most rewarding aspect of the Games is the opportunity to build relationships with teammates, families, living donors, donor families and others who attend the Games. Bill is proud to say that he has met some of his best friends through the Games. As one of his teammates once said, "All these people get it." One of the best events at all Games are the ceremonies that recognize the sacrifices of our donor families. Bill is a firm believer that we should always honor these brave families at an event like the Transplant Games of America for without their decision to give the Gift of Life, none of us would be here today.
As a retired teacher, coach, and athletic director, Bill hopes to use his experience and skills to assist all Team Ohio members to do their best in any event they choose.