Executive Director, Sierra Donor Services
Monica Johnson has been in the organ donation and transplantation field for nearly 25 years. Since 20011, Ms. Johnson has served as the executive director of Sacramento-based Sierra Donor Services, the nonprofit organ, eye and tissue donor recovery agency serving Northern California and Nevada. She has also held leadership positions at the Pacific Northwest Transplant Bank in Portland, Oregon and LifeCenter Northwest in Bellevue, Washington where she was the vice president of operations for four years. In addition to serving on the Donate Life California board of directors, she has served on numerous committees of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), and the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO).
Ms. Johnson is a registered nurse (RN) and holds a Master of Science in management from Antioch University in Seattle, and a Bachelor of Science degree in social and behavioral sciences from Linfield College in Oregon.
Executive Director, Lifesharing
In addition to serving on the Donate Life California board of directors, Lisa Stocks is executive director of Lifesharing, the federally-designated organ recovery agency for San Diego and Imperial Counties. Lifesharing oversees the entire donation process and operates that region’s tissue recovery service. Under Ms. Stocks’ leadership, organ and tissue donations have more than doubled and consent rates for organ donation have risen more than 25 percent.
Ms. Stocks was part of the founding group that worked persistently over many years to obtain legislative approval for the registry, which supplanted the 30-year-old pink “DONOR” dot program. Today, through an active program with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), those who renew their California driver licenses or ID cards can sign up easily on the registry.
Ms. Stocks has a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arizona and a Family Nurse Practitioner degree from University of California, San Diego.
Immediate Past President
Chief Executive Officer, Donor Network West
In addition to serving as board president of the Donate Life California Board of Directors, Ms. Siljestrom is the CEO of Donor Network West (formerly known as California Transplant Donor Network), a federally-designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving donor hospitals and transplant centers in Northern and Central California and Northern Nevada.
Prior to assuming the helm of Donor Network West, Ms. Siljestrom was CEO of East Bay Integrated Care/executive vice president of Hospice Foundation of the East Bay for 16 years. She was a founding member of the California Hospice Foundation Board of Trustees, and a member of the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association and George Mark Children’s Foundation. Ms. Siljestrom has also held positions as executive director for oncology services at the Alta Bates Medical Center and manager of the Alta Bates Medical Center Laboratory.
Ms. Siljestrom holds a Master of Health Administration from USC, and Bachelor of Science degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of Connecticut.
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Information Officer, OneLegacy
Prasad Garimella has been in the organ, eye and tissue industry for more than 15 years. He is the COO and CIO of OneLegacy, a federally-designated organ procurement organization (OPO) serving 201 hospitals, 11 transplant centers and a diverse population of 19.5 million in the seven counties of the greater Los Angeles area.
Prior to coming to OneLegacy, Mr. Garimella was the director of donor services for Tissue Banks International, a nonprofit, non-governmental network of eye and tissue banks, overseeing their programs in the Northern California Transplant Bank, Orange County Eye and Tissue Bank, and New Mexico Lions Eye Bank. He also served as executive director for Doheny Eye and Tissue Transplant Bank.
Mr. Garimella is a physician. He attended Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute and finished his internship at the University Hospital – Siddhartha Medical College in India.
Chief Executive Officer, OneLegacy
A Donate Life California board member, Thomas Mone has led OneLegacy, the largest organ recovery agency in the U.S., since 2000. OneLegacy, serving the greater Los Angeles area, annually recovers from 400+ organ donors and 1,900 tissue donors, and facilitates 1,300 life-saving organ transplants and more than 100,000 tissue transplants each year. Mr. Mone is past president of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO); creator of the first electronic organ offer system that is now an international standard; a founder of AOPO’s Multicultural Council; a former director of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS); and chairman of the Donate Life Rose Parade Float.
Previously, Mr. Mone was president and CEO of the San Gabriel Valley Medical Center. Mr. Mone began his career as a presidential management intern and a budget analyst for the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is a previous board president of the Visiting Nurses Association of Pasadena, the Hospice of Pasadena, and the Asian Youth Center.
Mr. Mone received his Master of Science degree from the University of California, Irvine and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Director of Communications, Donor Network West
Cathy Olmo was active with the cause of donation for 13 years before joining Donor Network West (formerly known as California Transplant Donor Network), the federally-designated organ procurement organization (OPO) for Northern and Central California and Northern Nevada. Ms. Olmo’s daughter received a liver transplant in 1989 which makes the cause of donation and transplantation personal as well as professional. She leads a team of community education professionals at Donor Network West who serve more than 12 million people spread across nearly 100,000 square miles. Prior to this, she worked for Xerox Corporation in sales and marketing.
In addition to serving on the Donate Life California board of directors, Ms. Olmo serves on the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and the American Association of Tissue Banks Public Relations/Public Educations Councils and is a founding member of Donate Life Nevada. She remains active with the Association of Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) and serves on the Asian Pacific Islander Workgroup.
Director of Donor Development & Strategic Partnerships, Lifesharing
Samantha Blaz is the director of donor development and strategic partnerships at Lifesharing, the not-for-profit, federally-designated organ recovery agency for San Diego and Imperial Counties. She leads a team of professionals who serve the many hospitals, hospices, skilled-nursing facilities and funeral homes in the community by providing donation education and resources so that everyone has an opportunity to save and enhance lives through the precious gift of organ and tissue donation.
Ms. Blaz began her donation career 20 years ago in St. Louis at Mid-America Transplant Services. There she was responsible for volunteer liaison, community outreach and serving as a member of the Illinois Secretary of State Donation Task force. In addition to serving on the Donate Life California board of directors, Ms. Blaz also serves on the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations’ (AOPO) Hospital Development Council as Vice-Chair. Ms. Blaz is also a Persian Gulf War Veteran having proudly served in the United States Air Force.
Ms. Blaz received her Master of Advanced Study degree in Leadership of Healthcare Organizations from the University of California, San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Louis University.
Public Education/Relations Manager, Sierra Donor Services
Deanna Santana is the public education/relations manager for Sierra Donor Services, the nonprofit organ eye and tissue donor recovery agency serving nearly four million people in Northern California and Nevada. In this role, she oversees organ donation outreach activities, including high school and college education, workplace partnerships, community events and media relations.
In May 2011, Ms. Santana’s 17-year old son Scott became an organ and tissue donor following a fatal car accident. This led Ms. Santana to volunteers with Sierra Donor Service, later joining the staff.
Ms. Santana serves on the board of directors for United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) representing donor families, and is co-founder of the Live On, Drive On! Scott Santana Memorial Foundation.
On September 18, 2015, Ms. Santana became an altruistic living kidney donor, kicking off a chain in which four people received kidney transplants.
Ms. Santana holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in human development and family studies from Arizona State University.
Chief Executive Officer
Donate Life California
Jim Martin joined Donate Life California in 2017 as chief executive officer. Mr. Martin brings a background in advocacy work, building community partnerships, fiscal planning, and project management.
Prior to taking this position, Mr. Martin served as the executive director of Martins’ Achievement Place in Sacramento, a residential treatment program for at-risk foster boys. Mr. Martin worked at Martins’ Achievement Place for 30 years in a variety of positions including assistant executive director before serving as executive director beginning in 2007.
Mr. Martin’s focus at Donate Life California is developing and implementing a strategic plan to build statewide advocacy with the ultimate goal of increasing the numbers of the Californian’s registering as organ, eye and tissue donors.
Mr. Martin holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from California State University of Sacramento.