Improving Success for Lung Transplant Patients and Caregivers through Mentorship

Free Webinar: Wednesday, October 25 • Noon ET

Improving Success for Lung Transplant Patients and Caregivers through Mentorship

The Lung Transplant Foundation Joseph J. Carter Mentorship Program provides confidential, individualized, one-on-one support for people at all stages of lung transplantation through personal contact with a trained Mentor.

In this informative webinar, a panel of experts discusses the correlation between the emotional and psychological support received during the transplant journey with the success of recovery benefits to the entire patient ecosystem: patient, caregivers, family members, and the medical team.



Jeffrey R. Goldstein

Jeffrey R. Goldstein

President & Founder
Lung Transplant Foundation

Jeff has served the Lung Transplant Foundation in many capacities— fundraising director, vice president, president-elect, and he is currently president. He’s also a former board member of The Transplant Foundation in Miami. Jeff was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and received a double lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center in July 2003.

Melinda Anderson

Melinda Anderson

Lung Transplant Foundation Mentorship Director

Melinda Anderson received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Barry University, worked at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL for eight years and then retired due to cystic fibrosis. She had a double lung transplant due to cystic fibrosis in 2011 and felt called to create a direct support system for lung transplant patients & caregivers, which became the LTF JJC Mentorship Program.


Michael Mendoza | PsyD, Psychologist – Transplant
Tampa General Hospital

Mike has been a Transplant Psychologist at Tampa General Hospital since 2008. He conducts evaluations and provides therapy for patients and families in the thoracic and abdominal transplant programs. He has served as Facilitator of the lung transplant support group at Tampa General Hospital since 2012.

Cindy M. Lawrence | RN, BSN, MSN | Transplant Coordinator
Duke Transplant Center | Lung Transplant Program

Cindy helped start the Duke lung transplant program in 1992 and is still with this program in the role of Transplant Coordinator. She started her career as a  transplant coordinator in 1985 with the Duke kidney transplant program and then helped to start the pancreas transplant program in 1989.  

Eirik Gumeny | Author, Playwright, Photographer and Background extra
Lung Transplant Foundation Mentor (Recipient)

Eirik is the author of the Exponential Apocalypse science fiction series, as well as two chapbooks of flash fiction and several short story collections. He’s also a playwright, a photographer, and a background extra. He is currently working on a novel detailing his lung transplant.

Monica Rodriguez | Blogger, a theater and yarn enthusiast
Lung Transplant Foundation Mentor (Caregiver)

Monica is a blogger at, and a theater and yarn enthusiast. She discovered knitting as the best way to pass the time in hospital waiting rooms. She writes about knitting in pop culture and enjoys interviewing women of color in the fiber industry. She fell in love with her husband on their first date, when they both, within minutes, said: “I don’t know why I’m telling you this on a first date…”

Pamela Whitaker
Lung Transplant Foundation Mentee

A resident of Houston, TX, Pam suffers from COPD and emphysema and is currently in the process of getting listed for a double lung transplant. She has been a Mentee in the LTF Mentorship Program for four months. “The Mentorship Program has benefitted me in numerous ways,” she says. “Not only has my Mentor given me a lending ear, which I’ll be forever grateful, and also I’ve received numerous resources to research and gained more knowledge as I go through this journey with a far more positive outlook.”

Facts About Lung Transplant


One organ donor can save 8 lives and change the lives of more than 50 people. Donated lungs require special methods of preservation to keep them viable and may be preserved between 4-6 hours between the time of procurement and transplantation.

A lung transplant transforms lives affected by diseases such as cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, Sarcoidosis, pulmonary hypertension, and COPD.

While transplants give recipients a second chance, they aren’t a cure. Rejection rates for lung transplant recipients is worse than that of any transplanted organ.

The Lung Transplant Foundation wants to change that through funding research to stop all lung transplant rejection.