Board of Directors

Mid-America Transplant is governed by a voluntary, community-based Board of Directors composed of Donor Family members, hospital executives, physicians, and other disciplines, including ethics, religion, and law.

Mid-America Transplant Board of Directors

Michael Diringer, MD, FCCM, FAHA
Mid-America Transplant Chair
Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Anesthesiology
Head, Neurocritical Care Section
Department of Neurology
Washington University School of Medicine

Director, Neurology/Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit
Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Richard Bucholz, MD
Mid-America Transplant Vice-Chair
Professor of Surgery
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Christopher Veremakis, MD
Mid-America Transplant Immediate Past-Chair
Medical Director-Center for New Innovative Care
St. John’s Mercy Health Systems

Robert Vieth
Mid-America Transplant Secretary/Treasurer
Donor Family Representative
Executive Vice President, Retired
UMB Bank

Lee Bernstein
Chief Operating Officer
SSM Health Care

Will Chapman, MD
Professor of Surgery 
Washington University School of Medicine

Denny Coleman
Retired, President and CEO
St. Louis County Economic Development Council

James M. DuBois, DSc, PhD
Director of Clinical Research Ethics
Washington University School of Medicine

Keith Hruska, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Washington University School of Medicine

Arindam Kar
Bryan Cave

Orvin Kimbrough 
Chief Executive Officer
Midwest BankCentre

Eric Luehr, MD
Trauma Surgeon
Mercy Hospital Springfield

John Lynch, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Mercy Health

Joan Magruder
St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Tammy McKim
Chief Financial Officer
The Muny
Mercy Health

Henry Randall, MD
Division Chief, Adult and Pediatric Transplantation
SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital

Associate Professor of Surgery
Saint Louis University

Tim Woods, MD 
Trauma Medical Director

Mid-America Transplant Foundation Board of Directors

Jay Guffey
Mid-America Transplant Foundation Chair
Vice President of Administration
Jordan Valley Community Health Center

Nesa Joseph
Mid-America Transplant Foundation Vice-Chair
President and CEO
Visiting Nurse Association

Jacquelynn Richmond
Mid-America Transplant Foundation Secretary/Treasurer
Deputy General Counsel
Mercy Health

Will Ross, MD, MPH
Mid-America Transplant Immediate Past Chair
Associate Dean for Diversity
Washington University School of Medicine

Scott Bazoian
Executive Managing Director, Principal
Cushman and Wakefield

Ellen Barnidge, PhD
Assistant Professor
Saint Louis University College for Public Health & Social Justice

Diane Brockmeier
President & CEO 
Mid-America Transplant

Rev. Richard Ellerbrake
President Emeritus
Deaconess Health System

Linda Heitman, PhD
Professor of Nursing
Southeast Missouri University

Judi Phillips
Retired, Senior Vice President
Springfield First Community Bank

Robert Ream, MD
Pediatric Critical Care Physician 
SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital

Mary Vieth
Donor Family Representative