Executive Leadership Team
Jill Grandas is 32-year veteran of the organ procurement and tissue banking industry. In her role overseeing Tennessee Donor Services (TDS), Jill leads a team of selfless, hard-working people who are committed to saving and improving lives.
Jill is a Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator (CPTC) and a Registered Nurse (RN). She began her nursing career in 1985 in a neurological intensive care unit where she participated in several organ and tissue donor experiences. As a result of those experiences, she became an Organ Recovery Coordinator at TDS in 1987. Her role with DCI Donor Services expanded over the years, with positions that included Director of Hospital Services, Associate Director, and Executive Director for the Tennessee location. Jill became the Executive Director for DCI Donor Services (DCIDS) in 2005.
Jill is an active member of the Association of Organ Procurement Organization, where she currently serves on the committees for Standards and Accreditation and Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. In past years she also served on committees for the UNOS Membership and Professional Standards and Kidney/Pancreas. Jill most recently participated in forming the new Tissue Policy Group (TPG).
Chief Financial Officer
As CFO, Teresa Thompson oversees all financial operations for DCIDS’s three Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) in Tennessee, New Mexico, and California as well as DCI’s Donor Services Tissue Bank and Sierra Donor Service’s Eye Bank.
Teresa joined DCI Donor Services in 2007 with more than three decades of corporate accounting and management experience. During her tenure, she significantly reduced year-over-year expenses while increasing revenues approximately 120 percent. She also transitioned DCIDS to a new accounting and payroll system and implemented numerous accounting procedures and internal controls while leading the annual budgeting process.
Teresa began her career in public accounting with increasingly responsible roles up to and including that of audit partner. In 1990 she transitioned to private accounting within the healthcare industry, serving as Controller for the American Retirement Corporation (currently Brookdale Senior Living) and Vice President of Finance for National Rehab Partners, Inc. She also spent several years as an independent accounting business consultant before joining DCIDS, advising clients for inpatient rehab centers, diagnostics, surgery centers, and hospitals.
Teresa earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri State University. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and Tennessee Society of CPAs (TSCPA).
Greg joined DCI Donor Services as the Director of Information Technology in February of 2008. Greg’s responsibilities focus on the development and support of the technology platforms in use across the entire organization. Since joining DCIDS Greg has built a strong cross-functional team of 10 people – including support personal, administrators, developers, and analysts – who continue to move the organization forward in the use of technology which supports the mission of saving and enhancing lives.
Before joining DCIDS, Greg worked over 20 years in the automotive tooling industry, focusing exclusively on Information Technology over the last 15 years. He last served as the Vice President of Information Technology with Synergis Technologies in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Stephanie Cozby has been in organ procurement and tissue banking for nearly 20 years, with extensive experience overseeing hospital development, organ recovery, business operations, and IT staff. Over the last eight years at DCIDS her leadership knowledge and deep understanding of healthcare and operations management has been a significant asset in developing and integrating the company’s quality and compliance systems with operations.
Stephanie started her career as clinical operations manager in a leading non-profit organ procurement organization. Her responsibilities included overseeing the business-related activities pertaining to donation operations, from managing organ recovery coordinators to maintaining third-party relationships with key vendors.
From there she became Senior Director of Quality and Regulatory Compliance for New Mexico Donor Services, overseeing the organization’s internal auditing, training and performance improvement initiatives to implement quality and operational effectiveness across the organization.
Stephanie is proficient in the regulatory standards of APOP, UNOS, CMS, AATB AND the FDA.
Human Resources Director
Teresa is responsible for managing the Human Resources function at DCIDS. Her staff of seven conducts the recruiting, training, payroll compensation, and benefits functions across the company’s multi-site locations of Tennessee Donor Services, New Mexico Donor Services, Sierra Donor Services, and the Tissue Bank.
Teresa implemented the tools for electronic recruiting and employee development that have reduced hiring time and staff turnover within the organization, including video interviewing, electronic evaluations, electronic personnel files, and the benefits and training newsletters.
Her role also includes overseeing the training and development of employees across the organization. With the assistance of her training manager, she provides specific education for tissue recovery teams, clinical staff, and leadership development at every level with the LearnIT and AOPOPlus training tools.
Teresa is a seasoned human resource professional with a 30+ years in the HR arena. She attended Belmont University and has her Six Sigma Green Belt from the University of Tennessee.
Bridge To Life Director
Gretchen Budde leads the DCIDS “Bridge to Life” call center operation, which coordinates donor referrals and communicates with families during the donor process. She leads a dedicated and compassionate staff that works 24/7 to support families with information and compassion.
Because she is a donor family member herself, Gretchen is passionate about offering families hope in their darkest moments through the gift of donation. Her commitment to serving donors and their families ensures everyone is given the opportunity to share the gift of donation.
Gretchen joined DCIDS in 2018 with over 13 years of progressive experience in the field. She continues to foster professional development through team collaboration and the pursuit of incremental and continuous improvement.
Gretchen holds designations as a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist (CTBS) and a Certification in Thanatology (CT) from the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Gretchen also holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Public Administration-Healthcare and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Lakeland University.
Michael Ashmore began his career in the early 1980s with Coulter & Associates Advertising and Public Relations. He has been a longtime creative director in the healthcare community, working with national and regional clients and public relations and marketing firms on both coasts.
Michael joined DCIDS in 2014 after nearly 20 years of freelance work for the organization. He cares deeply about DCIDS’s mission of saving and improving lives, combining his talent and experience with a passion for organ and tissue donation. Most recently, Michael led the executive team that developed the organization’s three-year #BeTheGift campaign, which put a unique twist on the language of giving to create a compelling call-to-action.
Michael has received over 80 industry awards for his work, including awards from the American Advertising Federation and the Public Relations Society of America. One of the biggest honors (and thrills) of his career was serving on the portfolio review panel for senior design projects at the University of California at Davis.
Senior Director of Tissue Services
Joel continues to lead the organization to record-breaking Tissue Recovery numbers. He is most proud of the innovations and progress his team has made in streamlining procedures that reduce redundancy and increase efficiency while improving benchmarks for recovery metrics.
He began his career at Mississippi Organ Recovery Organization, then served at Donor Network West and LifeShare of Oklahoma.
As past Chair of the AOPO Tissue Council, Joel made it his mission to increase collaboration among tissue recovery organizations.
Joel is a graduate of the Art and Science of Leadership program at Wharton’s School of Business and earned a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Mississippi State University. Joel is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps.