About Us

MDFC is composed of a Board of Directors, general and affiliate members, and partners.  As donor families, we made a decision during a tremendously sorrowful time in our lives, in order to save and enhance the lives of others, by donating our loved ones organs.  We have dedicated our lives to serving our communities by ensuring everyone understands the importance of eye, tissue, and organ donation.

Established in May 2004, the MDFC consists of donor families, transplant recipients, Gift of Life and Eversight Michigan employees, all of whom have first-hand experience with eye, tissue, and organ donation.  These donor families made a decision during a tremendously sorrowful time in their lives, in order to save and enhance the lives of others, by donating their loved ones organs. The MDFC dedicates their time and resources to support donor families and the transplant community, as well as engage in public speaking events to encourage others to consider organ donation. The MDFC is a non-profit organization with a 501(c)3 designation.

 

Meet the Board of Directors!

 

 

2013 10 Patty Jo Headshot

Patricia Jo Herndon, CEO and President

Donor Sister

Patty Jo is the President and CEO of the Michigan Donor Family Council. She also serves on the Eversight Board and is the President of the Gift of Life Foundation. Patty Jo became involved in the organ donation community following the passing of her sister, Ellen, in 1997. Patty Jo remembers walking out of the hospital room, after saying goodbye to Ellen, and the emergency room doctor holding her hands and telling her what an incredible gift that the family was giving at such a difficult time.  Donating Ellen’s organs has affected her family in a positive way, as Ellen is living on in others.  In 2015, her sister, Maureen, passed away and her corneas were donated, which will help provide scientists with the resources they need to find new cures and treatments for blinding eye conditions.  Patty Jo retired in 2012, after 30 years in the insurance industry. She and her husband reside in Plymouth, Michigan and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.

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Marge Del Greco, Vice-President

Liver Recipient

Marge is the Vice President of the Michigan Donor Family Council. She also serves as Co-Manager for Team Michigan Donate Life Transplant Games of America and is a Trustee on the Gift of Life Foundation Board. Marge started volunteering with the Gift of Life Michigan after her first liver transplant in October of 2004 and she received her second liver transplant in July of 2009. Marge felt she needed to express her appreciation for the chance to live her life in another family’s darkest hour. Marge became involved in the transplant community, so she could help educate the community of the importance of organ, tissue and cornea donation.  Marge retired from the mortgage credit reporting industry. Marge enjoys spending time with her family in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

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2012 Barb GerberBarbara Gerber, Chief Financial Officer

Donor Mother

Barb is the Chief Financial Officer for the Michigan Donor Family Council. She also serves as a founding member of Gift of Life Michigan’s Donor Family Advisory Council and is a founding member of the Michigan Donor Family Council. In 1998 through a tragic accident Barb lost her only child Jenni at the age of 27. Jenni’s legacy began that day and six individuals and their families now had a future, as Jenni was a donor. She was able to donate her heart, both kidneys, liver and her corneas were placed with two individuals in Venice Italy. In 2014 Barb lost her husband Dave, who was the Vice President of the Michigan Donor Family Council and he was a cornea donor. Barb resides in South Rockwood, Michigan and is a strong advocate for the Gift of Life Michigan, Eversight Michigan and the organ donation community.

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Kim ZasaKim Zasa, Recording Secretary

Kim Zasa has been with Gift of Life Michigan for over 18 years. She has held several job positions including tissue screener and organ placement specialist. Kim now works in the Corporate Communications Department as the volunteer coordinator and Secretary of State liaison. She manages over 500 volunteers, primarily donor family members and transplant recipients, who work tirelessly to encourage others to become an organ, tissue and eye donors. She also educates the Secretary of State staff to ask customers to consider joining the Michigan Organ Donor Registry.  Kim joined the Michigan Donor Family Council in 2008 as an advocate for donor families.  Kim enjoys many activities such as kayaking, gardening, cooking, swimming, yoga and cycling.   She looks forward to many more years at Gift of Life Michigan.

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Donna Vandenberg, Director

Donor Mother

Donna is the Director of the Michigan Donor Family Council.  She also serves as a founding member of Gift of Life Michigan’s Donor Family Advisory Council.  Donna and her husband Mark had three sons – Gerrit, Drake and Luke.  In November 1998, Donna and her boys were involved in a serious car accident.  Her eldest son, Gerrit, 7, did not survive.  At the hospital, when asked whether she and her husband would like to donate Gerrit’s organs, Donna quickly said yes.  Gerrit saved three lives by donating his kidneys, heart and liver.  He was their hero.   Afterwards, Donna became a key donor family advocate for Gift of Life Michigan and later, a founding member of the Michigan Donor Family Council in 2003.  Donna and her family reside in Britton, Michigan and enjoys working with the Boy Scouts of America.

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Tim Davidson

Tim Davidson, Chief Information Officer

Liver Recipient

Tim is the Chief Information Officer of the Michigan Donor Family Council. He also serves as a trustee on the Gift of Life Foundation Board. Tim felt the need to give back after receiving a liver transplant in November of 2008. Since then he has been volunteering with Gift of Life Michigan and the Transplant Living Community (TLC) at Henry Ford Hospital. Tim retired in 2015 after 30 years in the architecture/engineering industry. He enjoys traveling with his wife and visiting his out of state family.

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In addition to the Board of Directors, MDFC is comprised of general members (individuals who actively participate and have voting rights), affiliate members (individuals unable to attend the required amount of meetings and have no voting rights), and new members (once a new member has attended the required amount of meetings at the end of their first year of membership they become a General Member with voting rights).

Click here to review our bylaws.

For more information, contact Patty Jo Herndon, the CEO, or Marge Del Greco the Vice-President, to learn more about how to become a member.