More than 30 years ago, a small group of innovators, led by renowned nephrologist Dr. Dana Shires, made a commitment to save lives through organ and tissue donation and LifeLink Foundation was born. What was once a small non-profit organization with big dreams but only a few employees is now a much larger organization – with more than 500 full and part time staff in west central Florida, Georgia, and Puerto Rico – who fulfills the life-saving dreams of waiting transplant recipients through the generosity of organ and tissue donors.

LifeLink Foundation is made up of five divisions: LifeLink of Florida, LifeLink of Georgia, LifeLink of Puerto Rico, LifeLink Transplantation Immunology Laboratory and LifeLink Tissue Bank.

LifeLink Tissue Bank provides lifesaving and life-enhancing tissue allografts to patients in need.


To learn more about LifeLink Foundation, read the 2018 Faces of Transplantation Calendar & Annual Report


 Board of Governors

  • Dennis F. Heinrichs, B.S.N., M.B.A.*, Chairman of the Board
  • Dana L. Shires, M.D., Chairman of the Board Emeritus
  • Victor D. Bowers, M.D.*
  • William H. Cleveland, M.D.
  • Ms. Jean Aiken Davis*
  • Mr. Benjamin James
  • Larry F. Jones, B.A.
  • Christina L. Klein, M.D.
  • William M. LeFor, Ph.D., HCLD (ABB)
  • Robert Metzger, M.D.
  • Mr. William J. Meurer
  • Luis A. Morales Otero, M.D.*
  • Mr. Harold W. Mullis, Jr.
  • Thomas C. Pearson, M.D., Ph.D.*
  • Ms. Brandi Quinn, MAcc, C.P.A.
  • Jeffrey L. Seavey, CFP
  • Marty Sellers, M.D., MPH*
  • Dara Simon, C.P.A.
  • Esther Torres, M.D.*
  • Joel T. VanSickler, M.D
  • J. David Vega, M.D.
  • John D. Whelchel, M.D., FACS, Board Member Emeritus
  • Deborah Winegard, J.D.
  • James J. Wynn M.D.*
  • Ms. Trish Carroll, Employee Representative
  • Ms. Stephanie Hernandez, MAcc, Treasurer (Not a Governor)
  • Ms. Linda Arant, Corporate Secretary (Not a Governor)

* Denotes Medical Advisory Committee