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Jeffrey R. Goldstein; Miami, FL
President and Founding Member

Jeff Goldstein photoJeff Goldstein earned a B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Florida. He currently works as the CEO of Energy Squared and previously served as the President of Contract Resources, Inc. Jeff has served the Lung Transplant Foundation in many capacities—as Fundraising Director, Vice-President, President Elect, and currently President. He is also a former board member of The Transplant Foundation in Miami. Jeff was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and was transplanted at Duke University Medical Center in July 2003. He lives in Miami with his wife Martha and enjoys fishing, traveling and his involvement with the foundation.

Jay Nachlis; Raleigh, NC
Vice President

LTF Board Member - Jay Nachlis

Jay Nachlis believes giving back is an essential part of his life and career, and has regularly found ways to integrate both.

Jay is the Vice President of Marketing at New Horizons Computer Learning Center of Central and Eastern North Carolina and afternoon drive host at Radio 96.1 (a leading variety hits station in the Raleigh area).

In addition to his role as VP of the LTF, he is the marketing chair on the Board of Directors of Triangle Family Services, the largest United Way funded organization in the area. Jay has hosted events and helped raise millions of dollars for organizations like the NC Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Sara Sigmon; Raleigh, NC
Secretary pro tempore

Sara Sigmon photoSara Sigmon earned a B.A. in Sociology from East Carolina University and a M.B.A. in Marketing from North Carolina State University. She currently works as a Customer Relationship Manager at SAS in Cary, NC. Previously, Sara served as a Marketing Director for Chick-fil-A and as an Events Coordinator and Community Outreach Manager at the Literacy Council of Wake County. As a volunteer, Sara has most recently dedicated her time to the Urban Ministries of Wake County. She lives in Raleigh, NC with her husband Daniel Sigmon and enjoys baking, sewing and running.

Brian Bennett; Raleigh, NC
Pro bono Treasurer

Brian Bennett graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) and a Master of Accounting from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Brian, a CPA, currently works as a tax partner with McMillan, Pate & Company, a Raleigh CPA firm that provides audit, tax, and consulting services to privately held businesses, not-for-profit organizations and employee benefit plans. Brian resides in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.

 

Paul Sun – Esquire; Raleigh, NC
Pro bono Legal Council

Paul Sun graduated magna cum laude from Wittenberg University and earned a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University. He earned his J.D. degree from Duke University. Paul is currently a partner at Ellis & Winters in Raleigh, NC and focuses his practice primarily on business litigation and appeals. He lives with his wife Ellen Goldstein and their two daughters in Raleigh, NC and is connected to the transplant community through Ellen’s brother, Jeff Goldstein. Paul enjoys biking in his spare time.

Harry Collins; Christiansburg, VA

Harry earned his B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from Virginia Tech University. He currently works as the Facilities Manager for JDSU. Harry organized the First Annual Lung Transplant Foundation Golf Tournament in June 2011 and currently serves as President pro tempore of the foundation. He is also a member of the Planning Commission for the town of Christiansburg. Harry was diagnosed with COPD and had a bilateral lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center in March 2010. He resides in Christiansburg, VA, with his wife Sherri and enjoys spending time with his four children, two stepchildren and six grandchildren.

Kathryn Flynn; Hillsborough, NC
Founding Member

Kathryn Flynn photoKathryn Flynn earned a Master of Education from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and a Master of Science from the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge. She is currently a professional nanny and formerly a teacher at the Gov. Morehead School for the Blind. From 1998-2008, Kathryn served Second Wing Lung Transplant Association, Inc. in many capacities—as Board Member, Vice-President, and President. She has also volunteered with the NCCU Vision Impairment Program, New Hope Elementary in Orange County, and Circle of Friends Preschool in Durham, NC. Kathryn lives in Hillsborough, NC.

Reyna Kosla; Leland, NC

Reyna Martinez photoReyna, serving 28 years in administration and office management retired from the Maryland-National Park and Planning Commission on July 2015. Her daughter, Gina had Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and was a bilateral lung transplant recipient. Gina lost her battle to chronic rejection in August of 2012. Reyna and her husband Paul currently reside in Leland, NC; their son David and his family reside in Albany, NY.  Reyna and Paul hope to build short-term housing in Durham, NC for patients and caregivers during pre-transplant evaluation and post-transplant clinic appointments. Reyna currently is the Chair of the LTF Mentor Program and enjoys photography, writing and travel.

Jonathan Reiss; South Orange, NJ

J. Reiss photoJonathan earned his undergraduate accounting degree from George Washington University. Currently, he is a Director of Internal Audit at Protiviti, a global consulting firm. Jonathan previously worked as a Senior Accountant for Lazard and with a regional accounting firm. An avid volunteer, he is involved with the Special Olympics, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Make a Wish Foundation. One of his family members is a bilateral lung transplant recipient who has dealt with bouts of rejection that have been successfully treated. This experience drives Jonathan to support LTF in finding a long-term solution to chronic rejection. Jonathan lives in South Orange, NJ.

Jessa Depew

Jessa Depew PhotoJessa Depew earned a BS in Biology from the University of Tennessee, a PharmD through the University of the Pacific, and completed a post-doctoral Medical Affairs Fellowship through Rutgers University and Daiichi-Sankyo.  She currently works as a Managed Care Medical Science Director for InterMune, specializing in fibrotic and pulmonary diseases.  Jessa has dedicated her time to the Lung Transplant Foundation in honor of a family member with Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency approaching lung transplant.  She lives with her husband in Memphis, TN.

Kim Holleman

KimKim has an A.D. in Allied Health– Radiologic Technology, BSN– Nursing from East Carolina. Masters classes at UNCG. Kim has worked at Duke since 1992. Kim grew up in Ohio and moved to NC after nursing school and started working with pulmonary patients. She worked in the MICU for 20 years, also did labor and delivery for 3 years. Kim has a LOVE for pulmonary patients. One of her friends talked me into interviewing for a lung transplant coordinator position, and she has loved it since the very 1st day. Kim was interested in being on the board for the LTF to help raise money for research to cure the chronic rejection process that has taken several of her post lung transplant patients lives.