About Us

Leadership

Our leadership team establishes the organization’s strategic direction and guides a clinical, operations, and administrative staff of 200 dedicated team members committed to saving lives through organ and tissue donation

Executive Leadership Team

Joseph S. Roth
President and CEO

Carolyn Welsh
Vice President and Chief Operations Officer

Dr. Prakash Rao
Vice President and Chief Laboratory Officer

Elisse Glennon
Executive Director, Sharing Network Foundation

Salvatore La Mantia
Director of Finance

Senior Leadership Team

Alyssa D'Addio
Director of Hospital and Community Services

David O'Hara
Director of Data and Information Analytics

Jorge Kalil
Director of Information Systems

Joyce Jardot
Director of Human Resources

Justin Johnson
Director of Clinical Services

Sharyn Sawczak
Director of Clinical Practice and Innovation

President and CEO
Joseph S. Roth 
Joseph S. Roth, of Morris Plains, New Jersey is President and Chief Executive Officer of New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network. He joined the Network in this position in April 1998. Previously, Roth was Director, Government Affairs at Schering-Plough Corporation (now Merck) and prior to that served as Director, State and Community Affairs for the corporation. Before joining Schering-Plough, Roth held various positions in Sales, Marketing and Government Relations for Ciba-Geigy (now Novartis).

Roth always steps outside of his professional work to contribute his experience and leadership to others. He is currently a member of the New Jersey State Health Care Administration Board, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation Board of Directors and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Liver and Intestine Transplantation Committee. He previously served on the Board of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance from 2006-2010. He also served as President of the National Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) in 2004-2005 and the Co-Chair of the AOPO Legislative/Regulatory Committee from 2008-2010. Roth served on the Board of Directors of UNOS from 2004-2006 and was previously Vice-Chairman of the UNOS Organ Procurement Organization Committee, and a member of the Organ Availability Committee.

Roth’s contributions to his field have been widely recognized and noted with the highest distinction. Within the organ and tissue community, he received the penultimate AOPO/Cryolife Achievement Award in 2010 and the AOPO President’s Award in 2000. In 2003, he was named a Healthcare Professional Triangle Award honoree by the New Jersey Transplant Association for his dedication to donation and transplantation. In 2009, he received the New Jersey League of Municipalities Distinguished Public Service Award. Roth was recognized for excellence in leadership in 2014 by the Meadowlands Regional Chamber and by NJBIZ ICON Honors in 2017. Most recently, Joe was honored to receive the Union County Lifetime Achievement Award by the Boy Scouts of America, Patriots’ Path Council.

Roth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology/zoology from the University of Maryland. He and his wife, Lori, have two children and five grandchildren.

Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer

Carolyn Welsh 

Carolyn M. Welsh, Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer, plays a pivotal role in guiding NJ Sharing Network’s strategic efforts by leading the organization’s clinical services, operations, regulatory compliance, performance improvement, hospital and community outreach, and communications. Thanks to Carolyn’s visionary leadership, NJ Sharing Network has consistently achieved record growth in the number of lives saved and enhanced though organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Since joining NJ Sharing Network in 1999 as a Hospital Services Manager, Carolyn has continually advanced to take on broader responsibilities. Currently, she spearheads organ and tissue recovery and placement efforts with New Jersey donor hospitals and the state’s six transplant centers. She oversees NJ Sharing Network’s Family Services Department, which offers donor families support to cope with the loss of a loved one, as well as a multidisciplinary team of clinical donation specialists, surgical recovery specialists, the data department, organ and tissue quality assurance, and the organization’s donation resource center.

Carolyn serves on the Board of Directors of Eversight and on the Chief Operating Officer (COO) Council of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO). She previously served on the United Network for Organ Sharing’s (UNOS) OPTN OPO Committee.

Prior to joining NJ Sharing Network, Carolyn worked in the Medicare division at United Healthcare, where she was responsible for building and maintaining relationships with hospital executives and medical staffs.

 Carolyn earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Seton Hall University in 1994 and is pursuing a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership specializing in Nonprofit Management. She lives in Colts Neck, NJ with her husband, Tom, her sons, Scott and Kyle, and their family dog, Riley.

Vice President and Chief Laboratory Officer

Dr. Prakash Rao

Dr. Prakash Rao received his Ph.D. from Bombay University in Mumbai, India and his MBA from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. His post-doctoral training in liver regeneration factors and post-doctoral training in Molecular Immunology was completed at the University of Ulm in West Germany and at the Indian Institute of Science, respectively.

Dr. Rao joined the transplant program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in 1987 as a Sandoz research fellow in transplantation research, rising to the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery and Director of Transplantation Research. At UPMC, under the mentorship of transplant pioneer, Dr. T.E. Starzl, Dr. Rao was involved in several cutting edge projects in organ preservation, transplantation immunology, and immunosuppressive therapy. He was part of the team that participated in two of the most important discoveries in modern organ transplantation; the UW solution for clinical organ preservation, and the establishment of FK-506 (Prograf) as a safe and powerful immunosuppressive. Dr. Rao has extensive publications in peer-reviewed journals including Transplantation, Hepatology, and Transplantation Proceedings. In addition, Dr. Rao worked at Mt. Sinai Medical Center as the Director of Transplantation Research.

From 2001-06 Dr. Rao served as Professor of Surgery, Director of Transplant Evaluation and Chief of the Section of Immune Evaluation at the University of South Alabama Medical Center. Prior to that he was an Associate Professor of Medicine & Obstetrics/Gynecology and Assistant Director of the Transplant Laboratory at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and the Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center. Dr. Rao participated in Cancer Biomarker research, resulting in the successful invention of a patented blood test for breast and other female reproductive cancers.

Following Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Rao moved to Arizona. There he joined Provista Life Sciences, a biotech startup specializing in biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease and female reproductive cancers, as President and COO, as well as Principal Investigator for NIH grants. His research efforts, in collaboration with academic partners, have been published in prestigious journals such as Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention (CEBP), Gynecological Oncology, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA), Journal of Investigative Dermatology, and the Journal of Cancer. He later added to his professional career as COO and Director of the Molecular Oncology Diagnostics Laboratory at Prost-Data Inc. in Texas.

Dr. Rao came to the NJ Sharing Network in January 2009 to provide leadership to the Transplant Laboratory. His efforts have led to the development of a wonderful cross-functional team of laboratory professionals who have played a role in saving over 10,000 lives.

Dr. Rao is convinced that the NJ Sharing Network has the ability to ‘Transform Transplantology’ to save and enhance even more lives, so he continues to introduce innovative platforms Through THE PERSONALIZED Transplant Medicine Institute where he serves as President and CEO.

• The “GOLD” (Gift of Living Donation) initiative is a living donation program that will increase the number of transplants performed in partnership hospitals.
• “No Organ Left Behind” is a cutting edge program that is a culmination of research on biomarkers of donor organ viability, personalized transplant medicine, and regenerative medicine. There is a particular emphasis on organ repair and transplantation and the induction of transplant tolerance without immunosuppression, and the development of testing modalities that will enable safe and successful transplants in hitherto difficult to transplant individuals. His efforts have resulted in a patented test that has already helped facilitate transplants in difficult to match patients.

Dr. Rao has presented his research findings at peer-reviewed national and international transplantation conferences, and remains a highly sought after speaker. In recognition of his innovations in transforming transplantation, NJBiz has honored him as a New Jersey Healthcare Hero finalist in 2016 and 2017. He is listed in Who’s Who in Medical Education USA.

Dr. Rao is an accreditation inspector for the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI), AND THE College of American Pathologists (CAP) and has served on several committees for ASHI. He also serves on the UNOS International Affairs Committee,and the Innovation committee of the Donation and Transplantation Alliance .He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, a certified Healthcare Executive, a Green Belt in Six-Sigma, and is nationally certified as a High Complexity Clinical Laboratory Director.

Executive Director, Sharing Network Foundation

Elisse Glennon

Elisse Glennon joined NJ Sharing Network in March 2010. She brings decades of experience in non-profit management, strategic planning, fundraising and philanthropy, marketing and community relations.

Previously, she was Vice President and Executive Director of the Palisades Medical Center Foundation where she was charged with establishing the first endowment for the community hospital. Prior to joining Palisades Medical Center, she held the position of Chief Executive Officer of United Way of Greater Union County. Elisse began her career in the non-profit sector working with the Children’s Miracle Network at Children’s Specialized Hospital.

Elisse currently serves as the immediate past Chair of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber Board of Advisors and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the following organizations: Donate Life America, Caucus NJ, Eastwick College and Moe-tion Dance Theatre. She has also served as a member of the faculty at Fairleigh Dickinson’s Center for Non-Profit Excellence and is a former board member of Community Health Charities. Elisse is actively involved with Lead NJ, Prelude to a Cure and the Bucknell University Alumni Association.

Elisse has recently been recognized by the Plainfield Area NAACP as the 2018 Women in NAACP Awardee and as one of New Jersey’s 2019 Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ.

Born and raised in Verona, Elisse now lives in Caldwell with her husband Brian and their children Kate, Brian Jr, Emily and Molly.

Director of Human Resources

Joyce Jardot

Joyce Jardot joined NJ Sharing Network in 1999 as Director of Administration and Human Resources. She brings with her more than 20 years of experience in management and human resources development. Prior to joining NJ Sharing Network, Joyce was with KIWI International Airlines as one of the core members that started the airline, where she was responsible for creating and directing employment services, and later the entire People Resources function as Senior Director of People Resources. Joyce played a key role in the development and subsequent implementation of a full range of management, human resources, and federally mandated compliance programs.

Upon joining NJ Sharing Network, Joyce was charged with introducing human resources services to management and staff in the areas of employment, compensation and benefits, performance and development, employee relations and communications, regulatory compliance, recordkeeping, reporting and administration.

Joyce has instilled a professional commitment to ensure the human resources department is customer driven and dedicated to providing quality services in support of NJ Sharing Network, its mission and most trusted resources – its employees. Joyce is also a member of the National Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Director of Finance
Salvatore La Mantia

Salvatore J. La Mantia, CPA, CEBS, CGMA, has served as Director of Finance of NJ Sharing Network since December 2019. Sal is a Certified Public Accountant and is licensed in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, NJ Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He has been practicing since 1992.

 

Before joining NJ Sharing Network, Sal served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of several organizations, including HA Bruno, LLC, an international trade show organizing company with three main locations in Paramus, NJ, Mexico City, Mexico and Bristol, England and Beauty Expo, LLC, a Salon in Spa Business with several locations in Northern NJ and Miami Florida. Prior to his CFO positions, for 11 years of his career, Sal served as Senior Manager of Ennis Prezioso and Company, LLC, a midsized accounting firm in Englewood Cliffs, NJ which specialized in accounting, tax and finance for non-profit organizations.

 

Sal received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Accounting and Economics from Queens College, City University of New York. Additionally, Sal has become a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Sal has always believed that it is important to give back to his community by volunteering his time to help other non-profit organizations manage their finances. He is currently serving as Treasurer of the Woodlands-Cranberry Association and has served as Treasurer of the Local Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops in his community.

 

Sal was born and raised in Queens, New York, and is the oldest child of four boys. He lives in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Lisa, and their children Gianna, Nicholas and Ava.

Board of Trustees 

The Board of Trustees is comprised of community leaders who strive to carry out NU Sharing Network's mission of saving and enhancing lives through organ and tissue donation.

Anthony L. Marchetta
Chair

Ciro A. Scalera
Vice Chair

John Creel
Treasurer

Bonnie Evans
Secretary

Michael Hedden
Past Chair

James H. Cobb, Jr.

Howard Nelson

Laura Patt

James P. Rhatican

Peter Rooney

Stephanie Schwartz, FACHE

Nancy E. Shafer
Winter, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CPHQ

Antoinette Spevetz, MD

Advisory Board

John Radomski, MD
Chair

Janice Campbell

Margarita Camacho, MD

Donna Ciufo, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, NE-BC, CCRN

Kristin Fless, MD, FCCP

Stuart Geffner, MD, MS

Michael Goldstein, MD

James Guarrera, MD

Lou Jablonski

Scott A. Meyer, MD, FAANS

Ronald Pelletier, MD

Prakash Rao, PhD, MBA, FACHE, HCLD

Joseph Roth

Francis Weng, MD, MSCE

Christina W. Strong, Esq.

Dorian J. Wilson, MD

Carolyn Welsh

Joe Yaccarino

Director of Information Systems

Jorge Kalil

Jorge Kalil left his undergraduate liberal arts studies at Fordham University in Manhattan in 1985 to pursue an uncharted career built around the IBM personal computer model 8086.  As the Help Desk Manager for Bank Trade Software at Complex Systems Incorporated, an international company, Kalil was responsible for serving more than sixty financial institutions worldwide.  In 1995 Jorge became the Director of IS for Big Apple, a well established information technology consulting firm in Manhattan. During his four year tenure there, Jorge spearheaded exciting projects with fiber optics networks, Internet surfing and integration of IBM Mini computers with Personal computers across campuses, cities and countries using the latest technology available by Cisco, Microsoft and Novell. Kalil began working in the field of organ and tissue donation at the New York Organ Donor Network (NYODN) as IS Manager. He later joined NJ Sharing Network in 1999 as Director of IS. Jorge’s vision became reality in 2004 when both NY Organ Donor Network and NJ Sharing Network went live with a Paperless Organ Allocation Program. A Microsoft Partner since 1995, Jorge is recognized by Microsoft as a Network Infrastructure and Advanced Network Infrastructure Gold Solution Provider.

 

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