About Us

Board of Directors

Matthew Wadsworth

Board Chair

Matthew Wadsworth is Chief Executive Officer of Life Connection of Ohio. Matthew began his career at Indiana Donor Network in Indianapolis, first as an organ recovery coordinator for the organization, and eventually serving as manager of organ services. He then joined Nevada Donor Network as the vice president of clinical affairs in 2016 where he was instrumental in increasing donation and spearheading new initiatives. Matthew earned his Bachelor of Science in biology from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio; and a Master of Business Administration from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He holds a certificate in Health Care Management from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; and a Graduate Certificate in Human Donation Services from the University of Toledo, Health Science Campus in Ohio. Matthew serves on the University of Toledo Human Donation Services Advisory Board, as well as the American Society of Transplantation Organ and Tissue Preservation Advisory Board.

Michael A. Rees, MD, PhD

President

Together with his father, a computer programmer, Dr. Rees designed the first prototype of a computer program that matched willing but incompatible kidney donor and recipient pairs. Six years later, he helped found the Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation. In addition to his role with the APKD, Dr. Rees serves as a professor in the Department of Urology, director of renal transplantation and transplant surgeon at the University of Toledo Medical Center.

Dr. Rees earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan then completed a three-year fellowship in transplantation at the University of Cambridge, where he completed research for a PhD in immunology.

Nicholas A. Rediger, MBA

Treasurer

Nicholas A. Rediger, MBA, has been with WVC RubixCloud since its inception. He has an accounting background, but his passion is technology. Nicholas is a critical member of both the discovery and implementation teams. On the discovery side he listens to current and prospective clients to identify specific pain points, and then works with the implementation team to design and apply specific workflows to meet those needs.

According to Nicholas, the best part of his role is collaborating with clients and contributing to their business and personal successes. He takes pride in helping each client find the right solutions to meet their individual and often unique needs.

When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons in and around Toledo. He coaches CYO soccer and loves to play golf whenever he gets the chance.

David White, Jr.


Dave knows first-hand that living donors save lives. In 1989, he received a living kidney transplant from his sister, Stephanie. In 2009, he joined the APKD’s Board of Directors where he served as president for over 12 years.

Dave also serves as president of Dave White Chevrolet and is part of the White Family Dealerships, which operates 19 automobile dealerships and 25 franchises throughout the country. His other board positions include Regional Growth Partnership, Ohio Automobile Dealers Association and Toledo Automobile Dealers Association. Dave is a past board member of the Toledo and Flower Hospitals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master of business administration

Joseph Shapiro, MD


Dr. Shapiro is a former professor of medicine and chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Toledo Medical Center. He now serves as dean of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University.

Dr. Shapiro earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed his residency at Georgetown University. He also completed a fellowship in nephrology at the University of Colorado. His career is a blend of education, clinical practice and research. He is the co-author of more than 200 research papers and book chapters and holds more than 20 patents. Dr. Shapiro has served on the APKD board since 2008.

Bill McCreary, PhD


Bill McCreary assumed the newly created role of Vice President Chief Information Officer & Chief Technology Officer on July 1, 2015.  Responsible for all information technology covering academic technology, 3D/virtual reality technologies, the Center for Creative Instruction, healthcare technology systems and administrative systems across the University enterprise, which come together in the Division of Technology & Advanced Systems.

McCreary has been heavily involved in the commercialization throughout his career, and served as an advisor to several venture capital funds.  He is a member of the Rocket Innovations Board, which manages the UToledo venture fund.   The Governor of Ohio recently appointed Bill to a third term on the Ohio Third Frontier Commission, which manages the large state technology commercialization fund.

McCreary holds an undergraduate degree in chemistry with minor in engineering/math, and master’s degrees in econometrics, computer science/math and business finance, a law degree as well as a PhD focused on artificial intelligence and evolutionary simulation in virtual reality.  Current research includes developing a series of AI based simulation games for cybersecurity.

Carl Happ


Carl graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelor’s in business administration in 1967. He worked in a variety of sales and executive roles, retiring in 2000 as a vice president at Merrill Lynch. He very much enjoys problem solving and tracking the success of the solutions. Carl serves because he received the miracle of a Kidney transplant in 2017.He has been married to his wife for over 50 years. They have two very successful children and cherish their four, very successful, grandchildren.

Our Team

Interim Executive Director

Susan Rees, RN, BSN

Susan Rees is a registered nurse with an additional Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Mercy College of Northwest Ohio and the University of Toledo. She over 25 years of experience and has worked extensively with the transplant community over two decades in renal transplant coordination and administration. She is currently the Interim Executive Director for the Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation, Inc (APKD) Susan was also the Project Director for the “OPT (Options Post-Transplantation) for a New Start” (OPT) program. OPT was a program that seeks to provide an opportunity for kidney transplant recipients to receive a postsecondary education.

Ms. Rees has participated in clinical research and has co-authored a case study published in the journal Progress in Transplantation (2006). She has published in two abstracts presented at national meetings on the “OPT (Options Post-Transplantation) for a New Start” experience – the American Transplant Congress and the UNOS Transplant Management Forum. She is co-authored in over twenty  transplantation journal articles. Ms. Rees has a passion for improving patients’ lives. Her vision for improving the human condition extends beyond the patient population at hand and considers the impact of change on future patients, families and generations. Susan has witnessed firsthand the unique obstacles faced by patients with kidney disease both before and after transplantation. She is committed to improving patients’ lives with innovative solutions.

Chief Information Officer

Robert Green, Phd

Dr. Green has a unique history that blends professional expertise in Software Engineering, Data Analytics, and Consulting with research expertise in High Performance Computing and Computational Intelligence. In the past he has served in a variety of roles ranging from Software Engineer to Director of Wind & Solar Research. His professional mission is to leverage his unique and expansive background to positively impact as many lives as possible through the proper use of technology and analysis of data.

Dr. Green received his B.S. from Geneva College in Computer Science & Applied Mathematics in 2005, his M.S in Computer Science with a focus in Operations Research from Bowling Green State University in 2007, and his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Toledo in 2013. In addition to his role with the APKD, he currently serves as an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Bowling Green State University.

Chief Growth Officer

Atul Agnihotri

As the head of growth at the Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation (APKD), Atul’s 20+ years of global leadership experience in structuring deals and building partnerships in a Fortune 500 company plays an integral role in promoting APKD’s kidney-matching platform around the world. 
While Atul’s business acumen is the backbone of APKD’s recent global successes, his personal experience as a kidney recipient fuels his passion to help others.  Backed by his decades of experience leading critical business transformations globally, Atul understands the challenges that lie ahead—namely, that exponentially many more kidneys are needed than available, and that innovation, funds, and best practices are needed to help patients ethically.
Recently, Atul facilitated a historical agreement between the State of Israel and the United Arab Emirates that led to a series of kidney transplants saving the lives of three women in the two countries.  This first ever exchange between Israel and an Arab state, is the outcome of months of behind the scenes work by the APKD, the UAE Organ Donation and Transplant Committee and the Israel Center for Transplantation.

Director Center Administrative Relationships

Betty Crandall, MS, RN

Betty Crandall is an experienced transplant administrator who has nearly 30 years in the field of organ transplantation.  She has worked in 3 different transplant programs:  The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sentara Healthcare, and most recently, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center from where she retired in 2017.  Betty served on numerous UNOS/OPTN committees, and as the chair of the AST RVU Task Force on the AST Public Policy Committee as the transplant administrator representative.  She has assisted transplant programs throughout the country by serving as an independent consultant or on a peer review committee for either UNOS or in association with a Systems Improvement Agreement from CMS.  Betty has consulted with APKD in the past, helping to establish the original SAC fees. Betty received her Bachelor’s in Nursing at Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y. and her Master’s degree in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Transplantation from the University of Maryland School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD. 

Transplant Center Liaison

Rizza Loveranes

As the head of growth at the Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation (APKD), Atul’s 20+ years of global leadership experience in structuring deals and building partnerships in a Fortune 500 company plays an integral role in promoting APKD’s kidney-matching platform around the world. 
While Atul’s business acumen is the backbone of APKD’s recent global successes, his personal experience as a kidney recipient fuels his passion to help others.  Backed by his decades of experience leading critical business transformations globally, Atul understands the challenges that lie ahead—namely, that exponentially many more kidneys are needed than available, and that innovation, funds, and best practices are needed to help patients ethically.
Recently, Atul facilitated a historical agreement between the State of Israel and the United Arab Emirates that led to a series of kidney transplants saving the lives of three women in the two countries.  This first ever exchange between Israel and an Arab state, is the outcome of months of behind the scenes work by the APKD, the UAE Organ Donation and Transplant Committee and the Israel Center for Transplantation.

Marketing Director

Sue Finkam

Sue boasts a diverse professional background that includes more than 20 years of marketing, business management and human resources leadership and also is a healthcare management fellow. Sue’s donation experience includes over five years of experience in marketing and operations at an organ procurement organization and considers herself blessed to be able to help save lives through donation once again.

Graphic Artist

Kate Sherrill

Kate has a Bachelors Fine Arts and has worked as a professional artist and designer for over 20 years. She has worked as a graphic artist, surface designer, and is a published illustrator (Jack the Cat that Went to War, 2011). She is a licensed artist and enjoys working in chalk pastel, oil and watercolor. A mother of two college students, Kate lives with her husband and their beagle Murphy.

Transplant Coordinator

Krista Sweeney

Krista graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of special education. She spent the majority of her career facilitating learning and growth amongst troubled youth and students with exceptionalities. She returned to the University of Toledo to earn her master’s degree in administration and supervision. During this course work and field experience, she learned how to lead people in a productive and positive manner.  Krista’s desire to help others led her on this journey in transplantation. Instead of growing minds, she now gets to help save lives.

Transplant Coordinator Assistant

Elizabeth Sherrill

 Elizabeth Sherrill earned her degrees in Anthropology, Geography, and Climatology from the University of Georgia. She is excited to bring her considerable organizational skills to the APKD. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, swimming, and reading.

Senior Software Developer

James Vince

James graduated from the University of Toledo in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering and joined the APKD shortly after. He works with the IT team to improve and maintain the APKD’s web application which helps match donors to recipients. In his free time, he enjoys rock climbing and spending time outdoors.

Software Developer

Jason Ryan

Jason graduated from Kent State University in 2018 with a Bachelor of computer science. After graduation he worked for an information security consulting company helping with IT desktop support, advanced Excel spreadsheets and software development. He recently joined the awesome team at APKD in June 2021. In his free time, he likes to cook, play music, and spend time with his wife and three kids. He also loves to train for and compete in road races, ranging in distance from  5k to marathon.

Administrator

Natalie Simmons

Natalie has a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University.  She taught kindergarten for four years and left to follow her passion for administration. She worked for three years as the education director’s assistant followed by two years in a director’s role. When the opportunity came to be the administrator for the APKD she jumped on it. Natalie works closely with APKD’s chief executive and clinical team members. She assists with the coordination of various activities, meetings, conferences and workshops.