Advisory Board

The HERO Network Advisory Board has been formed to foster further opportunities for growth and development, increase access to potential stakeholders, and to provide expert opinions and guidance on company activities. Our Team members are honored to attain the support and mentorship of this diverse pool of extraordinary professionals. 

 Meet HERO Network’s Advisory Council


Silas Norman, M.D., M.P.H., Faculty, University of Michigan

Dr. Norman earned his M.D. from Wayne State University School of Medicine and his M.P.H. in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology, Dr. Norman completed his residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, and both a Nephrology and Transplant Nephrology Fellowship at the University of Michigan. Dr. Norman currently holds appointments with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, as the Director of the HIV+ Kidney Transplant Program, and as the Director of the Glomerular Filtration Rate Laboratory. In addition, Dr. Norman is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Medical School where he is also a practicing physician with the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health System.

In academia, Dr. Norman has participated in countless research grants, educational leadership, and publications. He serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Transplantation, The National Kidney Foundation, and the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. With a passion for education, Dr. Norman serves as a Mentor for the HOPE job shadow program, and is a member of the Medical School Admissions Executive Committee.Dr. Norman is nationally recognized for his contributions to committee, organizational, and volunteer service. Currently he is the Chairman of the United Network for Organ Sharing’s (UNOS) Minority Affairs Committee, where his past positions also include membership on the Policy Oversight Committee, the Kidney Committee, and as a Representative for Region 10. In addition, Dr. Norman served on the UNOS Board of Directors from 2009-2011.Regionally, Dr. Norman is a committee member of the Hypertension Expert Group (National Kidney Foundation/Michigan Department of Community Health Collaboration, a member of National Kidney Foundation of Michigan Scientific Advisory Board, and serves as the current President of the National Medical Association, Metro-Ann Arbor Chapter. In addition to serving on the HERO Network Advisory Council, Dr. Norman sits on the Board of Directors for Michigan’s Gift of Life/Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP) Foundation.Dr. Norman is a member of several professional associations including the National Kidney Foundation, the American Society of Transplantation, the National Medical Association, the American Heart Association, the Transplantation Society, and the National Association of Minority Educators.

rssungRandall S. Sung, M.D. , Faculty, University of Michigan
Randall S. Sung, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Section of Transplantation Surgery at the University of Michigan. He is a graduate of Harvard, and earned his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. In his role at the University of Michigan, he has overseen the development of Transplant Center protocols and policies for the Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Program, and has led efforts to safely increase the use of high-risk donors. In his role as the medical student facilitator for the Section of Transplantation, he developed the third year medical student curriculum for the transplant rotation, and received the 2008 Silver Scalpel Teaching Award, which is awarded annually to the highest rated attending surgeon by students rotating on the Surgery clerkship. Dr. Sung has participated in research initiatives with HERO Network, and was also the surgeon that performed our CEO’s living donor nephrectomy.Dr. Sung has provided extensive service to the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS). Through his work on the Fellowship Curriculum Committee, he helped develop the organizational structure and content for the first nationwide transplant surgery fellows’ curriculum. He recently served as the Chair of the Vanguard Committee. Here, he represented the interests of the society’s junior members and of young transplant surgeons in general. As Vanguard Committee chair, he chaired the Planning Committee for the ASTS Winter Symposium, which has become a signature event each year for the society. He previously served on the ASTS Continuing Medical Education Committee and currently is a member of the ASTS Fellowship Training Committee.Dr. Sung’s research interests include kidney and pancreas transplantation outcomes, deceased donor organ utilization, and the high-risk organ transplantation. He has specifically studied the allocation and use of expanded criteria donor (ECD) kidneys, and published a series of articles describing the effectiveness of a revised deceased donor kidney allocation policy that was designed to increase the efficiency of ECD kidney allocation, increase utilization, and reduce ECD kidney discard. As a result of his research in this area, he is a recognized expert on kidney and pancreas allocation policy development and kidney and pancreas utilization. He also has expertise in combined liver-kidney transplantation, has published several analyses of national data on this topic, and presented these findings at national meetings and consensus conferences.He was a Co-investigator for the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) from 2002-2010, and was the Principal Investigator on the University of Michigan subcontract with Arbor Research, the primary contract holder. His activities included representing the SRTR on Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) committees, including the oversight of analyses performed by the SRTR for the Kidney Committee, Pancreas Committee, and Organ Availability Committee. He also represented SRTR at consensus conferences and the HRSA Transplantation Collaborative Learning Sessions. He also assisted in the development of simulation models for kidney and pancreas allocation and the kidney and pancreas graft and patient survival models, and was an important contributor to the SRTR Annual Report on the State of Transplantation.


Kevin Myer, MSHA, President & CEO of LifeGift

With more than 20 years of experience in health care leadership, specifically in organ donation and transplantation, Kevin A. Myer, MSHA, took the reins of president and CEO of LifeGift in 2013.

Myer joined LifeGift from the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), where he served as the business director for the organization’s Center for Transplant System Excellence. In this role, Myer led efforts to improve the organ transplantation system through multiple funded research projects using non-traditional approaches and collaborative research teams. The Center also developed tools, services and training to support the UNOS mission of advancing organ availability both domestically and internationally. Previously, Myer was the assistant director for the UNOS Department of Evaluation and Quality, where he oversaw policy compliance auditing, organ allocation analysis and led special projects in patient safety. Before his tenure at UNOS, Myer held the positions of executive director and vice president of LifeNet Health, an organ procurement organization (OPO) and biomedical implant agency based in Virginia.

Myer serves on the boards of Donate Life America (DLA), the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) and the HERO Network. He also is involved in several Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) committees and has held numerous leadership positions with the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO). Myer received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. and earned his Master of Science in health administration degree from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. He also completed a fellowship in patient safety at Virginia Commonwealth University.

J eberlJason T. Eberl, Ph.D. Faculty, Indiana University

Jason T. Eberl, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Dr. Eberl received his undergraduate degree in philosophy and spanish from the University of San Diego, and a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from Arizona State University. He received his doctoral degree in philosophy from Saint Louis University. While completing his graduate studies, Dr. Eberl conducted research at Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität in Frankfurt am Main, Germany and the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame. In Spring 2012, he was a research fellow at the Centre for Ethics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He is the recipient of the 2009-10 Outstanding Tenure-track Faculty Award from the IU School of Liberal Arts, 2008 Young Scholar’s Award from the American Catholic Philosophical Association, and 2003 James Collins Memorial Scholarship from Saint Louis University.

In addition to teaching graduate and undergraduate courses covering a variety of topics in biomedical ethics for the Department of Philosophy, Dr. Eberl directs the department’s Master of Arts degree program, which offers concentrations in Bioethics and International Research Ethics. Dr. Eberl’s primary research interests in bioethics concern issues at the beginning and end of human life, including organ donation and the defintion of death, genethics, and health care justice, examining such issues from the metaphysical and ethical perspective of Thomas Aquinas. He has published in the journals Bioethics, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, American Journal of Bioethics, The Linacre Quarterly, and The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly. In 2006, he published a monograph, Thomistic Principles and Bioethics, with Routledge Press. Dr. Eberl also serves on the Institutional Review Board for Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital.

Anne MurphyAnne Murphy, M.B.A., Administrator, University of Michigan Transplant Center

Anne Murphy, M.B.A. currently serves as the Administrator of the University of Michigan Transplant Center. Previously, she served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine. Ms. Murphy has more than 25 years of experience in management of complex organizations, in both the public and private sectors. She has served as the Transplant Center administrator since 2004, where she has responsibility for the performance of all organ transplant programs (heart, lung, kidney, liver and pancreas). This program is one of the largest in the United States, performing over 400 transplants annually.

Ms. Murphy has been an active contributor in the national Transplant Management and Growth Collaborative. She is a member of UNOS region 10’s Collaborative Faculty and was an invited speaker at the 2009 National Learning Congress. Additionally, she has served as a peer reviewer for UNOS site surveys. Ms. Murphy received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of San Francisco, and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from San Jose State University. Furthermore, Ms. Murphy earned a Certificate in Healthcare Leadership from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business Executive Healthcare Leadership Institute.

Ms. Murphy was recently honored with honored by the Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson with a Shining Star award for her unfailing commitment to promote donation of life-saving organs, tissue and bone marrow in the state of Michigan. Ms. Murphy was instrumental in the creation and continuing success of Wolverines for Life: a new, unusual partnership between the U-M Health System, U-M Athletics and other University of Michigan groups, schools and departments, along with the American Red Cross, Be the Match/National Marrow Donor Program, Gift of Life Michigan and the Michigan Eye-Bank. Wolverines for Life actively works throughout the year to promote life-saving donation.

Daddy TMilton O. Thompson, Esq. , Civic and Community Leader, Attorney at Law

Milton O. Thompson is an attorney and of counsel with the law firm of Bleeke Dillon Crandall. Milt is most recognized for sports and entertainment law, but he also focuses in business law and consulting for entrepreneurs and non-profits, small business financing, and MBE and WBE certification. He graduated from Wittenberg University with a B.A. and from Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington.

Milt is the president and CEO of Grand Slam – a sports, entertainment, and recreation management consulting firm. He is the co-founder of Play Ball Indiana, a former certified Contract Advisor with the NFL and NBA Players Association, and Board Member of the Indianapolis Indians Baseball Club. He hosted the weekly radio show “Playing for Keeps” on ESPN950. Well-known for his work in community development, sports and recreation-planning, and in building community collaborations through effective partnerships, Milt served as President and Interim Director of Big Brothers while merging with Big Sisters to create Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Indiana. He also played a key role in negotiating the merger between the Legacy Fund and the Indianapolis Foundation in 1997 to create the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Milt currently serves on the Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board, the Tourism Tomorrow Board of Visit Indy, the English Foundation, Crown Hill Heritage Foundation, Crown Hill Board of Managers and the Indiana World Skating Academy Board.

His commitment to the community is attested by his many civic involvements including Vice Chair of the Indianapolis Foundation, served as the President of the Indiana University School of Law Board of Visitors and as President of its Alumni Association, In addition, he was the former General Counsel to the Pan American Games and held the position of Vice President of Indiana Sports Corporation.

A former First Team All-American baseball player at his college alma mater, he has served as a member of the college’s Wittenberg Board of Trustees since July 1998 and is now an Emeritus Director. A former Marion County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, his honors include the 2004 Business & Philanthropy Award from the National Center for Black Philanthropy, Washington, DC, and being listed as one of “Indiana Super Lawyers,” in the March 2005 issue of Indianapolis Monthly Magazine. In addition, he is inducted to the most prestigious honor of the law school offers as a member of the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows.  

Meg GaffneyMargaret M. Gaffney, M.D. Faculty, Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Margaret M. Gaffney obtained a BA in English from Indiana University, Bloomington, and graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine. After an internship at Riley Hospital for Children, she completed a residency in dermatology, also at IU.

Currently, Dr. Gaffney is a practicing dermatologist and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine at Indiana University. She is the director of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine Course and of the Moral Reasoning and Ethical Judgment competency in the revised curriculum of the Indiana University School of Medicine. She chairs the Wishard Hospital Ethics Committee, serves on the IU Health and Riley Hospital ethics committees, and collaborates on the Indiana University Conscience Project.

Dr. Gaffney was the director of the Indiana Healthcare Ethics Network from 1995-2003, and is currently faculty member with the Indiana University Center for Bioethics.

Krystal McLear

Krystal McLear, UNOS Living Kidney Donor Committee 

Krystal McLear is a native of the Washington DC Metro Area. She attended Spelman College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. Four years ago, she was faced with a crucial decision upon hearing that her little cousin, who was only 26 at the time, had been diagnosed with kidney failure. After much contemplation and prayer, Krystal knew that she had been called to donate her kidney. She and her cousin successfully completed a kidney transplant on February 15, 2008, the day after Valentines Day. Although Krystal endured some rare complications, this gift of love has been a life changing one. The story of her donation caught national attention via the news and other media outlets and she has dedicated herself to a lifetime of educating and encouraging others to donate.

Professionally, Krystal McLear is a Diabetes Care Specialist and is currently working in Diabetes Marketing for a global pharmaceutical company. She takes a lot of pride in educating physicians about treatment choices in Diabetes Care. Krystal dedicates her life to educating others about kidney disease and the amazing gift of organ donation. Krystal is an active member and volunteer of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). She serves as a member of the NKF’s Speakers Bureau, speaking to government agencies, community outreach groups and health fairs about kidney disease awareness and prevention She is a member of the NKF Take Action Committee, which lobbies for better policies and laws for donors and transplant recipients. Krystal also serves on the Living Donor Committee for UNOS, which is responsible for shaping policy around donation and transplantation in the United States. Krystal is a proud wife and loving mother to her two sons and is honored to be a member of the Advisory Council for the Hero Network.


Lana Battagello,  Health Industry Expert & Business Coach

Ms. Battagello is known for her mentorship and guidance to athletes and celebrities within the fitness industry. In addition to her successful business Lana’s Egg Whites, Ms. Battagello has worked with the bodybuilding greats, Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler, fitness icon Monica Brant, and current 2012 Ms. Figure Olympia Erin Stern. Team Lana’s Egg Whites is known for producing world class athletes from bodybuilding, fitness, mixed martial arts, and boxing, who have appeared various publications such as Muscle and Fitness, Flex, and Oxygen Magazine. Ms. Battagello’s commitment to the fitness industry has instilled a sense of mission and purpose, which has amplified her successful corporate and lifestyle coaching business. Ms. Battagello currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area where she is also a leading real estate agent.


RozRosalind Corey Clark, B.Comm, International Living Kidney Donor Representative 

Hailing from Canada, Rosalind Corey Clark is our international living kidney donor representative. She has been in the employ of as a business analyst for almost 6 years. Roz has trained in karate for 15 years, teaches children and adult karate classes and earned licenses for officiating at provincial and national level karate tournaments. Roz currently has her sights on an M.B.A., and is taking courses towards her C.B.A.P. (Certified Business Analyst Professional) Roz was a Big Sister for 6 years and earned Big Sister of the Year award for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto core program in 2003. Other volunteer efforts include being an Employee Campaign Chair for United Way for 3 years and walking and cycling events over a period of 6 years raising over $15,000 towards cancer research.

Roz lost her brother Rowland Walter Corey, Jr., 27, in May 2001 who became a multiple organ donor directly affecting the lives of 6 people. Rollie’s corneas were used for transplant giving two people restored vision. Another four people received his organs; a liver recipient, a 61-year old man, the heart recipient, a 49-year old woman and both kidneys went to women, 18 and 23 years old.

Roz has been a blood donor since 19 years of age but since losing her brother, she has become a regular with over 80 whole blood donations. In addition, she anonymously donated her kidney in June 2010.

Matthew PauleyMatthew Pauley, J.D., M.A., M.D.R. Medical Bioethics Director, Kaiser Permanente

Mathew David Pauley, JD, MA, MDR is the Director of Medical Bioethics for Kaiser Permanente’s San Bernardino County Service Area in Southern California. In his role, he is responsible for chairing the ethics committee, providing education on bioethics issues and related topics, providing ethics consultation as well as collaborating with medical centers in his region to expand the ethical space to allow for concerns to be addressed. He is part of Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s regional Bioethics Program. Mathew received both his law degree and his masters in dispute resolution from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his masters in bioethics from the Medical College of Wisconsin. After his graduate work (but before moving out to California), he was a post doctoral fellow in clinical ethics at the Clinical Ethics Center at Memorial Health System in Springfield, Illinois, and then the post doctoral fellow at the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His primary research interests surround the intersections of conflict theory/conflict resolution, medical practice and bioethics– primarily, “how do physicians negotiate issue of moral concern?” Most of his time is spent building the ethics program within his service area.

In August 2012, Mathew was selected to become a fellow of the Health Care Leadership Program, of the California Health Care Foundation and University of California- San Francisco. Mathew is the first clinical ethicist to become a fellow of the Program in its twelve year history.

 PhotoMichael Mittelman, American Living Organ Donor Donor Fund, Vice President and Director of Strategic Partnerships
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