STSW Executive Board

STSW Executive Board 

The annual meeting of the Society for Transplant Social Workerstook place on Thursday, September 4, 2014, 11:55-1:25 pm, at the Seaport Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). Members elected the following officers to two-year terms. Your Executive Board is:

  • President: Jan Hart (St. Vincent Hospital)
  • Vice President: Noelle Dimitri (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center)
  • Secretary: Denise Winkowski Alloway, incumbent (Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital)
  • Treasurer: Pat Voorhes, incumbent (University of Utah Medical Center)

President:  Jan Hart

Jan HartWhat transplant work do you do?

My transplant social work career started in 1992. Currently I am a heart transplant and MCS social worker, working with pre and post patients, primarily in the out-patient setting. I am also the ILDA for renal living donors and previously worked with pre and post renal transplant patients and families.

What is your experience with STSW?

I joined STSW in 1992, three months after starting as a transplant social worker, and attended the STSW conference in St. Louis. The session for new workers was the perfect introduction for a newbie. The camaraderie among those attending helped me know this was a group I could count on! I attended many conferences after that and continued to feel this was my “home base” for the niche world of transplant social work. I joined the Board in 2008 as bylaws chair and learned how the Society functions, was treasurer in 2010 (and survived!), then agreed to run for Vice President in 2011 as I was inspired about the growing mission and vision of the Society and its dynamic leadership. I believe wholeheartedly that we should continue our mission: “to inspire and support our membership” and would be proud and excited to place my time and dedication for the coming years with OUR society.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Goals and realities aren’t always the same, yet I’m still hoping to learn to play golf. I am doing better about walking more frequently and enjoy cooking (on weekends). Just found a great peach cobbler recipe but it’s not calorie friendly. Husband Mike and I downsized our home this year and live closer to our adult daughters, sons-in-law, and grandkids so I have a toddler seat in my car again!

Vice President:  Noelle Dimitri

Noelle DimitriWhat transplant work do you do?

I have worked at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in the Transplant Institute for 10 years. As the Social Work Program leader I work with pre and post kidney and pancreas patients across the transplant continuum, develop educational programs to meet the needs of patients/families and staff at BIDMC and in the community. I also supervise social work staff and students.

What is your involvement in STSW?

I have been a member of STSW since 2004. A former colleague mentored me and helped me navigate the world of transplant. Becoming involved with STSW was something he emphasized early on, both to develop a professional network and further my skills and knowledge in transplantation. I joined the board as the At- Large Kidney/Pancreas representative in 2012 where I helped to mentor new kidney/pancreas social workers by providing support and sharing resources. Simultaneously, I also joined the UNOS Kidney Transplant Committee as an At-Large member representing STSW and brought a patient/family and social work centered lens to policy development. This year I took on the challenge of hosting and organizing the annual STSW conference in Boston. The opportunity to collaborate with many talented colleagues from other Boston and New England area hospitals and to form such a rich professional network has been invaluable.

What do you like to do when you are not working?

I love to enjoy being out in nature through kayaking, hiking, swimming, and gardening. My husband and I also enjoy cooking, traveling, reading and doting on our cat companion, Esmerelda.

Secretary:  Denise Alloway

denise winkowskiWhat transplant work do you do?

I have been a transplant social worker since 2008 for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, one of the highest volume pediatric liver transplant programs in the country. I follow all pediatric liver and intestinal transplant patients, pre and post transplant, inpatient and outpatient.

What is your involvement in STSW?

After volunteering as the vendor chair for the 2012 STSW annual conference in San Francisco, I was asked to run for secretary and participate on the executive board. For the past two years (with a break thrown in for my maternity leave), I have worked hard to document important information discussed during conference calls. I am also on the marketing committee, where we are in the process of designing a brochure, marketing materials and coordinating with the membership committee to recruit new members with our newly designed materials.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

My 1-year old daughter happily takes up all of my extra time when I’m not working. We have scintillating conversations, play “guess what’s in my mouth now,” and take naps. During the rest of my spare time (ha!), I enjoy watching reality TV (BRAVO, E! Entertainment, etc.), going wine tasting, photography and travel.

Treasurer:  Pat Voorhes

pat voorhesWhat transplant work do you do?

I joined the Transplant Department at the University of Utah Medical Center in April of 2008. Since that time, I have worked at the Living Donor Advocate/Social Worker; Heart/Lung/VAD Social Worker; Kidney Transplant Social Worker; and now Liver Transplant Social Worker.

What is your involvement in STSW?

I have been a member of the Society for Transplant Social Workers since January of 2009. After completing the two years of required experience, I earned the designation of CCTSW in January of 2011. I attended my first conference in New Orleans in 2009, my second conference in San Francisco in 2012, my third conference in Dallas in 2013 and will attend Boston in 2014. In March of 2011, I saw an announcement for an opening on the board and expressed interest. I was appointed to the Bylaws position on the Board of Directors and have facilitated three amendment processes since that time. President McDonald asked me to become the Compliance Officer in September of 2011. I stood for election as Treasurer in 2012 and was elected. I would be honored to be elected for another term as treasurer. If elected for a second term, I will serve with the same integrity, hard work, dedication, and transparency as I have for the last two years.

What do you like to do when you are not working?

I enjoy spending time with my husband of 43 years, our two daughters and their husbands, and our 6 grandchildren. I volunteer on several other board of directors and I love to sew and quilt.

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