DOVE is honored to have a dedicated, diverse and seasoned group of medical and transplant professionals to advise our team and help guide our initiatives.
Jonathan W. Taylor
Jonathan W. Taylor has devoted his career to public service. He has served his country as a frontline combat medic and the State of Texas as a leader of its economic development programs, with oversight of the state’s investment and reinvestment programs. Most recently, Taylor managed programs for the Lower Colorado River Authority which delivers vital electrical power, water and public recreation to many thousands of Texans.
Before that, he was executive director under Governor Rick Perry for the state’s Economic Development and Tourism effort where he oversaw integrated marketing (advertising, public relations, research) in domestic and international markets, successfully encouraging non-Texas travel to the Lone Star State and generating millions of dollars to local Texan communities and securing thousands of jobs in local communities.
Jonathan served multiple combat tours, as well as providing emergency medical service and medical training at US Army facilities in the United States. In Afghanistan, he served as the sole medic for his teams at remote U.S. combat outposts, where he trained Afghan National Army and National Police staff.
In October 2020, Jonathan donated a kidney through the National Kidney Registry (NKR). As an “advanced donor” Jonathan’s kidney helped complete a multi-transplant donor chain. Jonathan obtained a “kidney donor voucher” from NKR and he chose a Veteran awaiting transplant at Walter Reed Medical Center to redeem his voucher. Once this Veteran receives his transplant, in early 2021, Jonathan will have saved 2 lives with his kidney donation. Jonathan continues to promote kidney donation and amplify the needs of Veterans by volunteering his time and sharing his story through DOVE, Corps.
Charisse James, MSW
Charisse James, MSW received her social work degree from the Silberman School of Social Work. Charisse has been a Social Worker for the Department of Veteran Affairs, for over 7 years, serving as a HUD-VASH Social Worker, housing homeless Veterans and as a Kidney Transplant Social Worker. Charisse joined transplant in 2017, as the only VA Kidney Transplant Social Worker in the Northeast, bringing her advocacy and outreach background to help prepare and strengthen Veterans’ and their families, readiness for transplant. Her passion for organ donation and transplantation continues to grow and is evident in the relationships she forms with both recipients and donors.
Teresa Rodriguez, PA
Teresa is a physician assistant (PA) with many years of experience working in the field of kidney transplant at the Mount Sinai Hospital. She was the Senior Coordinator for the Kidney/Pancreas program where she managed pre, post and the living donor transplant team. She served honorably in the US Army and hails from a military family. She has transitioned to federal service as a surgical PA at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii and works closely with the Spark M. Matsunaga VA Medical Center. She is in a unique position to assist veterans living and working in the Pacific rim. She embraces this opportunity to work with veterans and donor families.
Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz
Program Director, Renewal
Renewal is an organization founded in 2006 and is dedicated to saving lives by helping facilitate kidney transplants for those suffering with chronic kidney disease. Renewal provides guidance and support to help patients and their families navigate all the medical challenges of coping with kidney disease. Renewal facilitates individual and community wide kidney donor outreach and educational events to help emotionally and logistically support each recipient in their search for a donor. Once a donor is identified, Renewal also provides and advocacy and support to the donor throughout their evaluation, surgical and recovery process. Renewal has a developed a large databank of potential donors that can be called on when a match is needed.
Since its inception, Renewal has supported over 650 living donor kidney transplants. They have mentored other community based non-profit donor organizations, such as DOVE, Corp., and have become an invaluable resource to transplant programs in improving donor care.