Leadership Team

Setting the example for our core values: compassionate, determined and professional.

Leadership Team Members

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President and Chief Executive Officer

Dorrie Dils

Dorrie Dils is responsible for overall operations, management and compliance. She reports to the Gift of Life Governing Board.
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Vice President, Administrative Services

Sharon Bayliss

Sharon Bayliss oversees all of Gift of Life's financial functions, administrative services, and the human resources department.
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Vice President, Donation Optimization

Bruce Nicely

Bruce Nicely is responsible for the overall direction of hospital and clinical services, including management of organ and tissue donor cases, as well as laboratory services.
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Vice President, Regulatory Compliance and General Counsel

Jeffrey Wisniewski

Jeff Wisniewski oversees all of Gift of Life's internal legal and regulatory functions including contracts, the quality department, and compliance with both regulatory bodies and the uniform anatomical gift act (UAGA).
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Vice President, Communications and External Relations

Patrick Wells-O’Brien

Patrick Wells-O'Brien oversees all of Gift of Life's community outreach efforts, internal and external communication, legislative relations, and family support services.
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Board of Directors

A Board of Directors governs Gift of Life Michigan, setting all policies and overseeing all activity for the organization. Committees address issues ranging from histocompatibility to multiple-organ retrieval. Meetings take place quarterly.

Governing Board
  • Chair: Pamela Sexton , Old National Bank, term ends 2023
  • Immediate Past Chair: Anne Murphy, transplant professional, term ends 2023
  • Chair Elect: Kathleen Vogelsang, CFA, Van Andel Institute, donor family member, term ends 2023
  • Secretary: Timothy Mulligan, kidney transplant recipient, term ends 2023
  • Treasurer: Carolyn Cole-Brown, Michigan Medicine, term ends 2023
  • Richard Boothman, term ends 2025
  • Denise Brooks-Williams, Henry Ford Health System, term ends 2025
  • Kandiss Ecton, State Farm, term ends 2024
  • Sherrie Farrell, J.D., term ends 2025
  • Janice Firn, Ph.D., University of Michigan Medical School, term ends 2025
  • Darla Granger, M.D., St. John Hospital & Medical Center, term ends 2023
  • Michael Grisdela, Henry Ford Medical Group, term ends 2024
  • Ann Hollenbeck, Jones Day, term ends 2025
  • Said Issa, M.D., Laser Vision Care Center, term ends 2025
  • Annette Joe, M.D., donor family member, term ends 2024
  • Alan Leichtman, M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, term ends 2023
  • John Magee, M.D., Michigan Medicine, term ends 2023
  • Leslie Rocher, M.D., term ends 2024
  • Pamela Sawhney, R.N., J.D., term ends 2024
  • Christine Schafer, Trinity Health, term ends 2024
  • Shannon Wilson, Priority Health, term ends 2025
  • Staff: Dorrie Dils, President & CEO, Gift of Life Michigan
Advisory Board
  • Chair: Maclovio "Jim" Lopez, M.D., Michigan Medicine, term ends 2023
  • Vice Chair: Reg Dawson, Community Tissue Services, term ends 2023
  • Harry Anderson, M.D., St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, term ends 2025
  • Peter Archangel, heart transplant recipient, term ends 2025
  • Damanpreet Bedi, M.D., Corewell Health East, term ends 2024
  • Meredith Barrett, M.D., Michigan Medicine, term ends 2025
  • Valerie Canary, R.N., Hurley Medical Center, term ends 2024
  • Jeffrey Devries, M.D., M.P.H., Corewell Health East, donor family member, term ends 2023
  • Patricia Franz, M.D., Corewell Health East, term ends 2025
  • John Hayden, term ends 2024
  • R. Michael Hofmann, M.D., Mercy Health St. Mary's, term ends 2023
  • Steven Kemp, Kemp Funeral Home & Cremation Services, term ends 2023
  • Dean Kim, M.D., Children's Hospital of Michigan, term ends 2024
  • Emad Kishi, M.D., Ascension St. John Hospital, term ends 2024
  • Sangjin Lee, M.D. Corewell Health West, term ends 2025
  • Julie Lepzinski, R.N., term ends 2025
  • Gabriel Maine, PhD, Corewell Health East, term ends 2024
  • Michael Rizzari, M.D. Henry Ford Health System, term ends 2023
  • Gary Roth, D.O., Michigan Health & Hospital Association, term ends 2024
  • William Ryan, Transplant Life Foundation, donor family member, term ends 2024
  • Kurt Schumacher, M.D., S.C. Mott Children's Hospital, term ends 2025
  • Kyle Sheehan, M.D., Michigan Medicine, term ends 2025
  • John Stanifer, M.D., Munson Medical Center, term ends 2025
  • Julia Steinke, M.D., M.S., Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, term ends 2024
  • Randy Swain, R.N., Ascension Providence Hospital, term ends 2024
  • Staff: Bruce Nicely, Vice President, Clinical Operations, Gift of Life Michigan
Detroit MOTTEP Foundation

The Detroit MOTTEP Foundation is also a separate entity with its own Board of Directors. Gift of Life MOTTEP is a partnership between Gift of Life Michigan and the Detroit MOTTEP Foundation.

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