Executive Team


President & CEO: Helen Irving 

Medical Director: 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


Meet Our Directors




Helen Irving, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer

Helen Irving was appointed president and CEO of LiveOnNY in September of 2011. She holds significant clinical, administrative, and business expertise coupled with an understanding of New York healthcare and experience in donation.

Prior to joining LiveOnNY, Ms. Irving was vice president of hospital operations for eight years at the Mount Sinai Medical Center. In addition to many other areas, she supervised solid organ transplantation, dialysis, and bone marrow transplantation.

Ms. Irving began her career as a critical care nurse and returned to the LiveOnNY family where, in 1993, she served as a transplant coordinator and was subsequently promoted to clinical manager. She was recruited to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital as manager of transplant operations, and then to Mount Sinai as administrative director, managing the Transplant Institute and Dialysis.

Ms. Irving, a native of England, has lived in New York for 17 years. She received her B.S. in Health Administration from St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, and her M.B.A. in Health Care Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.




Amy L. Friedman, MD, Medical Director

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.