Our Leadership Team

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Tara Storch

President - Outlive Yourself Foundation

Tara is the President the Outlive Yourself Foundation and an organ donor mom. Tara is focused on community outreach and public education and is passionate about sharing the powerful “Outlive Yourself” message. She has opened up about her journey of finding hope and purpose after the loss of her daughter, Taylor.

Tara has shared her journey in national and international media, bringing a message of inspiration that has touched lives around the world!

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Kirsten Gappelberg

Vice President - Marketing, Communications, and Foundation Relations

Kirsten is Vice President of Marketing, Communications, and Foundation Relations at Southwest Transplant Alliance. Under her strategic direction and leadership are the organization’s community engagement activities, marketing and communications functions, and the newly-formed Outlive Yourself Foundation.

Read more about Kirsten and her experience here.

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Patti Niles

CEO - Southwest Transplant Alliance

Patti joined Southwest Transplant Alliance in January 2013 and is credited with turning the organization into one of the most successful organ recovery organizations in the country. With almost 30 years of experience in the organ donation and transplant industry, Patti has a track record of implementing positive organizational change resulting in enhanced performance.

Read more about Patti here.

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Sandi Lemons

COO - Southwest Transplant Alliance

Sandi joined Southwest Transplant Alliance in April of 2018 as the Chief Operating Officer, where she oversees the day-to-day operations of one of the largest organ and tissue recovery organizations in the United States. Sandi provides strategic leadership and vision to the day-to-day operations of STA and the Outlive Yourself Foundation.

Read more about Sandi here.