The latest news and events happening in the 
Jacksonville area transplant community.
December, 2018
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JTA Welcomes Two New Board Members
Images from the Gift of Life Celebration
Photos from Tribute to Life

JTA Members Serve Brunch to Gabriel House Residents
Heart Transplant/VAD Support Group Christmas Party

Calendar of Events
The JTA welcomes two new members to our board. 

Sarah Schuller, Clinical Assistant in General Surgery at Mayo Clinic, joined the JTA board as a Member-at-Large.  Sarah interned in the Transplant Department prior to being hired to work in General Surgery.  

Alex Blinder is an Outpatient Social Worker in the Transplant Department at Mayo.  She has joined the JTA board as the representative from Mayo Clinic.

We are excited to welcome both Sarah and Alex to our board.  We look forward to their enthusiasm and fresh insights on how JTA can better serve the transplant community and improve donor awareness and education in the Northeast Florida area.
Thank you to everyone who came out for our 9th Annual Gift of Life Celebration!

 Special thanks to our speaker, Tommy Mulligan, our guest speakers Naishanda Larramore and Danny Martin, Carrabba's Italian Grill in Jacksonville Beach, The Mini Bar, and of course, our many wonderful volunteers.  And an extra big thank you to our sponsors, Coram and Brooks AmeriCare Home Health.  Without their support, we would not be able to present such a wonderful event. 
Our Sponsors
Special Thanks to:
JTA board member and lung recipient  Frank Foster with lung recipient Gary Goff at the attendee check-in table.
Allie Buono and JTA board member Alex Blinder at the volunteer check-in table.
JTA board members Rod Lee and Sarah Schuller 
JTA board members Kristin Corlett and Steve Binder, (kidney and liver recipient), man the merchandise table.  
Alex Blinder and volunteers from Mayo Clinic.
Recipients, caregivers, and donor families enjoy some social time together while awaiting the start of Transplant Trivia.  
Kristin Corlett leads the group in a rousing game of Transplant Trivia.  
A donor family plays Transplant Trivia.  
Guest speaker Tommy Mulligan, Procurement Coordinator at Mayo Clinic, gives his presentation to the attendees.
Tommy Mulligan answers questions from the group.
Naishanda Larramore talks about what has driven her to get active in donor awareness.  
JTA board member Pamela Rittenhouse speaks with heart and kidney recipient Danny Martin.  
Liver recipient Jerry Rosenberg, talks about his experience as a recipient.
Lunch is served!
Mayo Clinic employee Jennifer Kittenger volunteering at the event along with her son Landry and daughter Kinsey.
Cristy Rodas, set to release her butterfly.
Rod Lee's butterfly does not look anxious to leave his side.
Bobbi  Villalpando waiting for her butterfly to take flight.
Another butterfly ready to fly.
Pamela Rittenhouse, Alex Blinder, Steve Binder, Sarah Schuller, Rod Lee, and Allie Buono at the end of a busy but fantastic day.
On Saturday, December 1, members of the Jacksonville Transplant Alliance along with wonderful volunteers served approximately 35 guests and caregivers at the Gabriel House of Care.  From tasty casseroles, to mini chic biscuits and yummy waffles, the guests were treated royally.
The JTA has participated in serving a meal and donating supplies to the Gabriel House for seven years.
Volunteers at the Gabriel House brunch include (L to R) Rod and Trevor Lee, Alex Blinder, Helen Levine, Eileen Ryan, Amy Reese, Kim Albini, Merrilee Greene, and Jonathan Albini.
Katie Smith and Alex Blinder
Getting ready to serve.
Rod Lee preps the food line.
Amy Reese and Helen Levine.
The Heart Transplant/VAD Support Group will be hosting its annual Christmas party on Tuesday, Dec. 11th at 6:00pm.  The party will be at Maggiano's in the Town Center.  Please RSVP to Jennifer at (904) 956-3272.
Calendar of Events
Heart Transplant/VAD Support Group Christmas Party
6:00pm - Tuesday, Dec. 11
Maggiano's, Town Center
Katie Ride for Life
Saturday, April 13
Amelia Island
If you have comments, questions, or corrections, please contact the editor,
Steven Binder, at
Your JTA board members include:

2018 Chairperson

Kristin Corlett, Second Chance Support Group

Gabriel House of Care
Marguerite Tragnitz

Heart Transplant/VAD Support Group
Eileen Ryan

Jacksonville Lung Transplant Support Group
Frank Foster

Katie Caples Foundation
Amy Reese

LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services
Pamela Rittenhouse

LifeNet Health of Florida
Amy Wilson

Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research
Amy Reese

Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
Alex Blinder

RTI Donor Services
Amy Reese

Second Chance Support Group
Kristin Corlett


Steve Binder
Rod Lee
Sarah Schuller
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