“Since my transplant, I have lost several friends to rejection and have heard about many others. I couldn’t wrap my brain around this rejection issue that took my friends so quickly and suddenly…and was quite likely to take me as well.”
— Jeffrey R. Goldstein,
lung transplant recipient / founder of the Lung Transplant Foundation
Jeffrey R. Goldstein
President and Founding Member, Miami, FL
Jeff Goldstein earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Florida. He’s currently the CEO of Energy Squared and was previously the president of Contract Resources, Inc. 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 is a council member of the American Thoracic Society Public Advisory Roundtable (PAR); a consumer reviewer for the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) of the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDRMP); a member of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) Heart and Lung Subcommittee and a Donate Life Ambassador. In 2016, he served as a patient representative at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Division of Intramural Research (DIR) Clinical Trial Design for Diagnostic Genomic Testing in Organ Transplantation: From Bench-to-Bedside; and as a panelist for the FDA-sponsored Public Meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Patients Who Have Received a Transplant.
Jeff was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and received a double lung transplant 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.
Vice President, Raleigh, NC
Jay Nachlis believes giving back is an essential part of his life and his career. He has regularly found ways to integrate both.
Jay was one of the youngest radio program directors in the United States, having programmed stations in San Francisco, Detroit, Buffalo, Syracuse and Raleigh. He was featured on the cover of Network 40 magazine (“Nice Guys Finish First”), nominated for a Billboard Award, interviewed for BBC World News, and wasa two-time guest faculty member at the Kellar Radio Talent Institute at Appalachian State University.
Inspired by the loss of a childhood friend to leukemia, Jay has been a part of raising funds for nonprofits including St. Baldrick’s, the North Carolina Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network. While working at 96rock in Raleigh, Jay was introduced by a radio co-worker to the Lung Transplant Foundation, where he joined the Board of Directors.
Harry earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Virginia Tech University. Harry organized the First Annual Lung Transplant Foundation Golf Tournament in June 2011 and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the foundation. He started the Virginia Chapter of the LTF and serves as president. He also started the 1st Virginia Chapter Golf Tournament. In 2016, he was elected to the Town Council for Christiansburg, VA. He’s also a member of the town’s planning commission.
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 seven grandchildren.
Kelly Margolis Dagger
Kelly Margolis Dagger is a lawyer practicing at Ellis & Winters LLP in Raleigh. She focuses on business litigation, employment law, and criminal defense. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and their dog. Kelly enjoys running in her free time.
Janice M. Sutton
Janice Sutton joined the Lung Transplant Foundation as the Program Manager for the Joseph J. Carter Mentorship Program in 2018. She is responsible for coordinating the development, implementation, and evaluation of Mentorship activities designed to support members of the lung transplant community. During her career as a successful retail manager, Janice excelled at building high-performance teams and customer satisfaction.
Janice is passionate about the people and causes close to her heart. Since receiving a double-lung transplant in 2012, she has devoted her time to her family, as well advocating for organ donation and finding ways to educate, inform, and give back to the transplant community.
Janice and her husband live in Huntertown, IN, and have three sons.
Ellen Goldstein moved to North Carolina from Florida for graduate school in 1981 and knew it would be home. She holds a B.S. Degree in Chemistry and worked for 13 years as VP/Partner in a commercial real estate development and management company.
She retired in order to spend more time with her two daughters. During retirement, she has actively volunteered in public schools, mostly tutoring students in ESL programs. As the sister of Lung Transplant Foundation founder Jeff Goldstein, she has been an active LTF volunteer since the organization was founded, including serving as bookkeeper for several years.
Ellen and her husband, Paul Sun, live in Raleigh. She enjoys traveling with friends and family, college basketball, gardening, and walking.
Executive Director, Cary, NC
Emily Everett has more than 27 years of nonprofit leadership experience that includes Stop Hunger Now, March of Dimes and the American Red Cross. A native of North Carolina, she earned a B.A. in Radio, TV & Motion Pictures from the UNC-Chapel Hill and M.A. in Journalism from the University of Arizona.
She is a triathlete and serves on the board of the Raleigh Chapter for Tri It For Life, mentoring first-time female triathletes. She also is on the local committee for Camp Don Lee in Arapahoe, NC. She lives in Cary, NC with her husband and spoiled-rotten rescue dogs.
Treasurer, Raleigh, NC
Brian Bennett is a partner with McMillan Pate & Company LLP, a Raleigh CPA firm that provides audit, tax and consulting services to privately held businesses, not-for-profit organizations and employee benefit plans. Brian primarily focuses on tax consulting and compliance for businesses and individuals. Brian is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master of Accounting degree from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Brian resides in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.
George earned his accounting degree from Virginia Tech. He was a licensed CPA in Virginia until his retirement. George has worked in a variety of areas in accounting including public accounting and banking. The last 15 years of his career were with the Radford University Foundation, Inc. as the accounting manager.
George was diagnosed with idiomatic pulmonary fibrosis and had a single lung transplant at Duke Medical Center in January 2018. George now devotes much of his time managing the 100 acre woodlands where he and his wife, Cindy, live in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. He and Cindy enjoy traveling and visiting their three daughters and young grandchildren scattered throughout the southeast.
JESSA FORD DEPEW
PHARMD, Atlanta, GA
Jessa Depew earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Tennessee and a Doctor of Pharmacy through the University of the Pacific. She completed a post-doctoral medical affairs fellowship through Rutgers University and Daiichi-Sankyo. Jessa currently works as a Regional Medical Director for a small pharmaceutical company specializing in rare genetic diseases that impact the lung, and she previously spent many years working 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 who is approaching a lung transplant. She lives with her husband, Dr. James Depew, and their two sons in Atlanta, GA.
Paul Sun – Esquire
Legal Counsel, Raleigh, NC
Paul Sun graduated magna cum laude from Wittenberg University and earned a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University. He received 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. He is connected to the transplant community through Ellen’s brother, Jeff Goldstein. Paul enjoys biking in his spare time.
South Orange, NJ
Jonathan earned his undergraduate accounting degree from George Washington University. Currently, he is a director of internal audit at PriceWaterhouse Coopers. An avid volunteer, he is the president of the Northeast Chapter of the Lung Transplant Foundation and 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 its goal of finding a long-term solution to chronic rejection. Jonathan lives in Scotch Plains, NJ.
Kim has an associate degree in allied health– radiologic technology and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from East Carolina University. Kim has worked at Duke since 1992. Kim grew up in Ohio and moved to NC after nursing school, where she started working with pulmonary patients. She worked in the MICU for 20 years and also did labor and delivery for three years. Kim also works for Buckeye Transplant Services which contracts with transplant centers all over the U.S. to help provide donor organs to those who need them.
Kim has a LOVE for pulmonary patients. One of her friends talked her into interviewing for a lung transplant coordinator position, and she has loved it since the very first 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.