Executive Team

Executive Team
President & CEO: Helen Irving
EVP & Chief Medical Officer: Amy L. Friedman, MD
Associate Medical Director: Dr. Michael A. DeVita, MD, FCCM
Vice President of Administration & CFO: Jim Aranda
Vice President of Marketing and Communications: James Pardes
Vice President of Clinical Operations: Jeff Lewis
Vice President of HR & Corporate Compliance Officer: Michele Clayton Lucas
Vice President of External Affairs & Strategic Development: Natalie Benavides
 Meet Our Directors


Helen Irving,  RN, MBA, President & CEO

Helen Irving was appointed President and CEO of LiveOnNY in September of 2011.

She oversees the second largest organ procurement organization (OPO) in the country, serving 13 million people, more than 100 acute care hospitals and 10 major transplant centers.  She also manages a staff of 175 who help administer and coordinate organ and tissue transplantation and donation throughout the New York metropolitan area.

Irving, who began her career as a critical care nurse, brings 30 years of clinical, administrative, and business expertise to the field of organ donation, coupled with a deep understanding of New York healthcare and the rapidly evolving world of transplantation.  Among her accomplishments as CEO and President of LiveOnNY, Irving has established the LiveOnNY Foundation, overseen the rebranding of the 38-year-old procurement organization, and enhanced much-needed services for New York’s donor families who, in the midst of anguish and loss, have given the gift of life so others might live and their loved ones live on.  She also played a key role in launching New York’s first face transplant program – a groundbreaking advancement - in collaboration with NYU Medical Center.

Prior to joining LiveOnNY as president and CEO, Irving was vice president of hospital operations for five years at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. Among her many responsibilities, she supervised solid organ transplantation, dialysis, and bone marrow transplantation.

Irving first joined the LiveOnNY family in 1993, serving as a transplant coordinator and clinical manager. She was subsequently recruited by New York-Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital as manager of transplant operations.

Over the course of her career, Irving has been a tireless advocate for equal access to life-saving transplants for New Yorkers. She has successfully lobbied state and federal legislators to increase awareness of organ donation, and to expand the number of New Yorkers registered to donate. Most recently she participated in President Obama’s White House Summit on Organ Donation, and helped win passage of several laws making it easier for New Yorkers to become organ and tissue donors.

Irving, a native of England, has lived in New York for 25 years. She holds an M.B.A. in Health Care Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and sits on the board of the New York State Hemophilia Consortium and the New York Institute of Technology’s Medical Advisory Board.

Irving resides in Manhattan with her husband, David Rock, a health care executive. A hiking enthusiast, she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa in 2009, the world’s tallest freestanding mountain at 19,341 feet.




Amy L. Friedman, MD, EVP & Chief Medical Officer 

Dr. Amy L. Friedman joined LiveOnNY as Medical Director in September 2013. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, her medical degree and general surgery training from SUNY HSC at Downstate, and her transplant surgery training from the University of Pennsylvania.Her previous roles include Assistant Medical Director of the New England Organ Bank and a Medical Director of the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network. She has served on numerous study sections for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and is a peer reviewer for multiple medical journals.Dr. Friedman has been published in JAMA, the New England Journal of Medicine, the British Medical Journal, and the New York Times. She has dedicated herself to improving the experiences of patients with organ failure and their families.


Dr. Michael A. DeVita, MD, FCCM, Associate Medical Director

Dr. Michael A. DeVita, MD, FCCM, joined LiveOn NY as Associate Medical Director in January 2015. He received his undergraduate degree, medical degree and finished his internal medicine residency at Georgetown University.  He finished his fellowship training in Critical Care Medicine at St. Vincent's Medical Center. He currently serves as Director of Critical Care at Harlem Hospital Center and Medical Director of Respiratory Care.

His previous roles include Professor of Critical Care and Internal Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, where he also served as Chair of the Ethics Committee for over 20 years. Under his leadership, the committee created the nation's first policy on Donation after Circulatory Determination of Death. He is a recipient of the Christer Grenvik Award for outstanding contributions to Critical Care Ethics.






Jim Aranda, Vice President of Administration & Chief Financial Officer     

In addition to overseeing LiveOnNY's finances, Mr. Aranda also heads the organization's tissue services (including a 24-hour donor call center), the human resources department and  IT. Mr. Aranda joined LiveOnNY in May 2001 as chief financial officer. He was promoted to vice president of administration in June 2009. Previously, he had been employed at Hazelden New York, a nonprofit substance abuse treatment facility, where he worked in various capacities including director of financial operations.





James Pardes, Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Mr. Pardes, who joined LiveOnNY in January 2011, has more than 15 years of marketing experience across the consumer packaged goods, sports, and health care industries. Prior to joining LiveOnNY, Mr. Pardes served as director of international marketing partnerships at the National Basketball Association (NBA) where he managed and marketed the USA Basketball and Harlem Globetrotters brands.

Before joining the NBA, Mr. Pardes worked at the sports marketing agency Octagon as group director of the NASCAR-Sprint partnership; at Unilever as brand manager for Lever 2000, and at behavioral health care outcomes measurement company DeltaMetrics as marketing manager.



Jeff Lewis, Vice President, Clinical Operations

Mr. Lewis has led LiveOnNY's referral and recovery operations since December 2006, after having served as a Clinical Manager for a decade. Before he came to LiveOnNY, Mr. Lewis worked as a nurse in many different settings, including the neurosurgical intensive care unit at the University Hospital of Cleveland; in the open heart unit at the Cleveland Clinic; and in the trauma and burn units at the University of Washington. Mr. Lewis also worked for seven years at LifeCenter Northwest, the organ procurement organization in Seattle.


Michele Clayton Lucas, Vice President of Human Resources & Corporate Compliance Officer

Ms. Clayton Lucas, who oversees LiveOnNY's human resources department, was appointed to the position in May 2000. Before joining LiveOnNY, Ms. Clayton Lucas was employed at NewYork Presbyterian Hospital as a Business and Financial Administrator.

Prior to that, she held the position of Business Manager at the same institution.