Organ Transplant Support Board of Directors
Listed below are the officers of the Organ Transplant Support (OTS) Board of Directors. All positions are elected on an annual basis. A Board member may share responsibilities with a spouse or partner, but only the elected Board member may vote on any issue brought before the Board. It is expected, but is not mandatory that Board members will be at all member meetings, board meetings and special events.
PRESIDENT - The president shall be the principal executive officer of the corporation and shall be in charge of the business and affairs of the corporation subject to the direction and control of the board of directors. He shall see that the resolutions and directives of the board of directors are carried into effect except in those instances in which that responsibility is assigned to some other person by the board of directors. He shall have the authority to suspend any officer of the corporation for a period not exceeding thirty days for failure to perform the responsibilities of his office or to otherwise fail or refuse to execute the directives or policies established by the board of directors.
* Additional Duties – The President schedules, prepares agenda and oversees all regular and special board meetings; schedules speakers for member meetings; is the principal spokesperson for OTS to outside groups and committees; organizes and supervises the OTS Annual Meeting, annual elections, spring donor ceremony, annual luncheon and annual holiday party; oversees the preparation and publication of the bi-monthly newsletter; and handles the day-to-day operations of the OTS office.
Geri Giorno, Vice President
VICE PRESIDENT - The vice president shall assist the president in the discharge of his duties as the president may direct and shall perform such other duties as from time-to-time may be assigned to him by the president or by the board of directors.
In the absence of the president or in the event of his inability or refusal to act, the vice president shall perform the duties of the president and when so acting, shall have all the powers of and be subject to all the restrictions upon the president. Except in those instances in which the authority to execute is expressly delegated to another officer or agent of the corporation or a different mode of execution is expressly prescribed by the board of directors or these by-laws, the vice president may execute for the corporation any contracts, deeds, mortgages, bonds or other instruments which the board of directors has authorized to be executed, and he may accomplish such execution either under or without the seal of the corporation and either individually or with the secretary, any assistant secretary, or any other officer thereunto authorized by the board of directors, according to the requirements of the form of the instrument.
* Additional duties – the Vice President is responsible inventorying and ordering of the OTS merchandise sold for fundraising. They also display and sell the merchandise, with the help of other members, at member meetings and other events as directed by the Board.
Dima Abushaaban continues to serve the OTS Treasurer. She received her kidney transplant at Northwestern from a live donor in 2011 and reached out to OTS 6 months post-transplant to see how she could help. She has been Treasurer ever since. Dima has lived her entire life in the Chicago area, with the exception of a few years spent living and working in the Middle East. With a degree in Computer Science, she previously worked in software and web development, but after completing an MBA from the Booth School of Business in 2005, she now focuses on internal consulting and corporate strategy.
Dima Abushaaban, Treasurer
Geri Giorno becomes Vice President after serving as Recording Secretary. She received a heart transplant at Loyola Medical Center in 2003. Geri has been a member of OTS for the past six years and worked on the Annual Luncheon Committee last year. Geri is the Past Treasurer of the Have A Heart Support Group. She resides in Wheeling.
David Gustafson, Recording Secretary
TREASURER - The treasurer shall be the principal accounting and financial officer of the corporation. He shall: (a) have charge and be responsible for the maintenance of adequate books of account for the corporation; (b) have charge and custody of all funds and securities of the corporation, and be responsible therefore, and for the receipt and disbursement thereof; and (c) perform all the duties incident to the office of treasurer and such other duties as from time-to-time may be assigned to him by the president or by the board of directors. If required by the board of directors, the treasurer shall give a bond for the faithful discharge of his duties in such sum and with such surety or sureties as the board of directors shall determine.
* Additional duties – oversee the integrity and maintenance of the OTS database and computer system
CORRESPONDING SECRETARY - The corresponding secretary shall be the principal officer in charge of communication with the media (newspapers, television, radio, etc.), and shall also be primarily responsible for internal communication between and among committees and members (both regular and associate) and shall coordinate sending of informational notices, birthday, get well, thank you and sympathy cards.
*Additional duties – the Corresponding Secretary handle OTS’s participation in local parades and recruits volunteers to be part of the activity.
Judy Bruni, Member Registrar
MEMBER REGISTRAR - The registrar shall register each member of the organization, collect dues, and ensure that an accurate list of all active members is maintained.
Sharon Brown & Karen Griebel, Corresponding Secretary
RECORDING SECRETARY - The recording secretary shall record the minutes of the meetings of the members and of the board of directors in one or more books provided for that purpose; see that notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of these by-laws or as required by law; be custodian of the corporate records and of the seal of the corporation; keep a register of the names and mailing addresses of all members; and perform all duties incident to the office of secretary and such other duties as from time-to-time may be assigned to him by the president or by the board of directors.
Carol Olash becomes the President of OTS after serving as the Communications Secretary since 2014. She received a heart transplant in 2002 from Loyola Medical Center. Carol has been a member of OTS for the past eight years, and she was the newsletter editor for five years. She was also on the Board of the Have a Heart Support Group before joining OTS. Carol has been married to her husband Eric for 30 years, and they have one son, Brandon. They also share their home with Cali, the cutest beagle ever. Carol lives in Palatine.
(Position not currently filled), Director-at-Large
DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE - The director-at-large shall work with all other board members and shall assist in scheduling and coordinating monthly meetings, including, but not limited to, set up, refreshments, information table, etc., and shall have other duties as assigned from time-to-time by the president.
David Gustafson steps in as Recording Secretary after serving as Director-At-Large. He became a member of OTS following his liver/kidney transplant in December, 2008 at the University of Illinois Medical Center. He looks forward to this opportunity to serve and connect with the transplant community. David resides in St. Charles.
Meet Your 2017 Board of Directors
Judy Bruni continues as the Registrar of OTS. She received a pancreas transplant on June 25/26, 1998 (surgery started 6/25 and finished early on 6/26). This is her first Board position. She retired from her Purchasing Agent position in 2007, only to return part-time in 2009, working for Weight Watchers as a receptionist. Judy also volunteers at a PADS site in the Northwest Suburbs…can find her on the road any Monday morning at 2:15 a.m. Yes, she does the speed limit.
Organ Transplant Support Inc.
PO Box 471, Naperville, IL 60566-0471
Phone: (630) 527-8640 Fax: (630) 527-8640 (same as voice)
Sharon is originally from Decatur, IL. She graduated from Indiana University and has worked as an artist ever since. In 2007 she received a pancreas transplant from the University of Chicago. She is happy to help OTS!
Karen's lived in all the states that start with the letter "I." Now she continues her professional student status as a reference librarian in Chicago. She and Sharon will celebrate 18 years together this June. Their family includes three cats and a dog, Poirot.