BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CAROL OLASH , PRESIDENT   Heart Transplant Recipient, 2002   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.

CAROL OLASH, PRESIDENT

Heart Transplant Recipient, 2002

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.

GERI GIORNO,  VICE PRESIDENT   Heart Transplant Recipient, 2003   Geri Giorno became 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.

GERI GIORNO, VICE PRESIDENT

Heart Transplant Recipient, 2003

Geri Giorno became 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.

SHARON BROWN  COORDINATING SECRETARY   Pancreas Transplant Recipient, 2007   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!

SHARON BROWN COORDINATING SECRETARY

Pancreas Transplant Recipient, 2007

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 GRIBEL,  COORDINATING SECRETARY  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.

KAREN GRIBEL, COORDINATING SECRETARY

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.

RANDY ZWIER  ,  RECORDING SECRETARY   Bilateral Lung Transplant Recipient, 2016   Randy Zwier joins the OTS Board as the Recording Secretary. He has been active with OTS for the past five years, chairing the committee for the Tree Planting Ceremony, and helping to plan every detail of this important event. Randy also brings a wealth of business experience to the Board, because he worked in the financial services industry for 32 years. Randy received two donated lungs at the University of Chicago Hospital in 2006.

RANDY ZWIER, RECORDING SECRETARY

Bilateral Lung Transplant Recipient, 2016

Randy Zwier joins the OTS Board as the Recording Secretary. He has been active with OTS for the past five years, chairing the committee for the Tree Planting Ceremony, and helping to plan every detail of this important event. Randy also brings a wealth of business experience to the Board, because he worked in the financial services industry for 32 years. Randy received two donated lungs at the University of Chicago Hospital in 2006.

BRENT FLYNN , MEMBER AT LARGE   Kidney Transplant Recipient, 1995   Brent received a kidney from his brother in 1995 at Loyola University Medical Center and has been a member of OTS since 1994. He recently retired after 40 years in the financial services industry. Brent and his wife Nancy reside in Wheaton. They are the parents of three young adults, two residing in Chicago and one in Henderson, NV. Nancy made an altruistic kidney donation in 2012.

BRENT FLYNN, MEMBER AT LARGE

Kidney Transplant Recipient, 1995

Brent received a kidney from his brother in 1995 at Loyola University Medical Center and has been a member of OTS since 1994. He recently retired after 40 years in the financial services industry. Brent and his wife Nancy reside in Wheaton. They are the parents of three young adults, two residing in Chicago and one in Henderson, NV. Nancy made an altruistic kidney donation in 2012.

PATTI SCOTT  ,  MEMBER REGISTRAR   Liver Transplant Recipient, 2012   Patti Scott joins the OTS Board as the Registrar. Patti has also been an active member of OTS for many years, contributing her talents on the committees for the Tree Planting Ceremony, the Anniversary Brunch, and even decorating the room for the OTs meetings. Patti worked for 40 years in the purchasing departments of two nationally recognized foodservice distributors. She received the gift of life of the liver transplant in 2012 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Please say hello to Patti the next time you attend an OTS meeting, because she usually will be at the front table to welcome guests as they come to the meeting.

PATTI SCOTT, MEMBER REGISTRAR

Liver Transplant Recipient, 2012

Patti Scott joins the OTS Board as the Registrar. Patti has also been an active member of OTS for many years, contributing her talents on the committees for the Tree Planting Ceremony, the Anniversary Brunch, and even decorating the room for the OTs meetings. Patti worked for 40 years in the purchasing departments of two nationally recognized foodservice distributors. She received the gift of life of the liver transplant in 2012 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Please say hello to Patti the next time you attend an OTS meeting, because she usually will be at the front table to welcome guests as they come to the meeting.

DIMA ABUSHAABAN , TREASURER   Kidney Transplant Recipient, 2011   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

Kidney Transplant Recipient, 2011

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.