Save lives. Provide comfort. Strengthen legacies.

Helping New Yorkers Live On

We are a team of over 200 – clinicians, educators, social workers and more – united around the life-changing power of organ and tissue donation. We work tirelessly day and night, 365 days a year, to help save the lives of those in need of a transplant. We also provide support and comfort to donors and their loved ones throughout the donation process, and for years after.

In addition, we work to educate and inspire our community about organ and tissue donation. We do this through educational events, media outreach, and work in our local schools and communities.

Who We Serve

LiveOnNY serves a population of 13 million people in the greater New York City area and its neighboring counties. But we don’t do it alone. We are proud to partner with 11 transplant centers and nearly 100 hospitals to ensure that an individual’s wishes to donate are honored and lives are saved. List of Transplant Centers.

Our Executive Team

With a combined 185 years of experience in their fields, our executive team brings knowledge and expertise to the organization and cause.

Leonard Achan

Leonard Achan, RN, MA, ANP

President & CEO
Achan was appointed President & CEO of LiveOnNY in November 2021. Having started his career as an ICU Nurse in 1999 at Mount Sinai Hospital, he is a veteran healthcare executive with over 20 years of leadership experience. He previously served as the President of the Hospital for Special Surgery’s Innovation Institute. His leadership roles have spanned clinical, operational, marketing, communications, crisis management, digital transformation, branding, and innovation and he has served in several C-suite roles.
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Chad Ezzell

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Ezzell joined LiveOnNY as Chief Clinical Officer in 2019 before being promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2021.He oversees the organization’s clinical operations and works to align and enhance team operations to save as many lives as possible. Prior to joining LiveOnNY, he served as Vice President of Clinical Services for the Southwest Transplant Alliance. Ezzell has nearly 20 years of OPO experience dating back to his first job as a per diem tissue recovery tech at LifeChoice in Connecticut.
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Amy L. Friedman, MD

Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Friedman joined LiveOnNY as Exec. Vice President & Chief Medical Officer in 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. Dr. Friedman has been published in JAMA, NEJM, the British Medical Journal, and the New York Times and was voted 2017’s Top Transplant Surgeon, CRCA.
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Jim Aranda

Vice President of Administration & Chief Financial Officer
Aranda heads the organization's Finance and IT departments. He joined LiveOnNY in 2001 as Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to Vice President of Administration in 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. Aranda is a Cornell University graduate with an economics degree.
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Michele Clayton Lucas, Esq.

Vice President of Human Resources & Corporate Compliance Officer
Lucas oversees LiveOnNY's Human Resources Department and was appointed to the position in 2000. Additionally, she serves as the organization’s Corporate Compliance Officer. Before joining LiveOnNY, Lucas held administrative positions at New York Presbyterian Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center.
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Rabbi Ari Perl, MA, MBA

Vice President of Multicultural Engagement
In addition to educating the Jewish community about organ donation and guiding Jewish families through the process, Rabbi Perl leads a new initiative to best connect the NYC-area’s diverse religious, ethnic & cultural communities with the life-saving power of organ donation. A graduate of Yeshiva University, Rabbi Perl has served as president of the Rabbinic Association of Greater Dallas, VP of the Rabbinical Council of America, Chaplain of the Atlantic Beach Rescue Squad and is a volunteer member of a Long Island-based crisis intervention team.
Safiya Raheem

Safiya Raheem

Director of Community & Government Affairs
Raheem joined LiveOnNY as Director of Community and Government Affairs in 2019. In this role she oversees the organization’s community education, marketing, public relations, and government affairs. Prior to joining LiveOnNY she lobbied New York City and State governments on behalf of nonprofit clients and served as Director of Community Outreach for an early literacy organization. Additionally, she is a former elementary school teacher with the New York City Department of Education.
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Heidi Evans

LiveOnNY Foundation, Executive Director
Evans was appointed founding executive director in 2016. She is a Pulitzer Prize winning health care reporter with extensive experience covering organ donation and transplantation during a 30-year career. Evans is also a two-time winner of the George Polk Award for Investigative Reporting at the NY Daily News. She holds an MS degree from Columbia University, was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, and has worked at the Wall Street Journal and LA Times.

Our Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board

We are honored to have input and guidance from some of the best and brightest minds in the nation. Their wisdom and support helps propel the daily mission and long-term vision of LiveOnNY. Meet the Board.

The LiveOnNY Foundation

Kinsey and Nadine

The LiveOnNY Foundation is the philanthropic arm of LiveOnNY. Created in 2016 with seed funding from Donate Eight, the Foundation complements and enhances the work of LiveOnNY.

The Foundation’s core mission is to raise and deploy charitable contributions to help increase the number of lives saved in New York through public and medical education, innovative projects and to support both donor and recipient families through their transplant journey. By making a contribution to The LiveOnNY Foundation, you help us provide the greatest gift of all – the gift of life.

Pictured here are grant recipients Nadine and Kinsey. Nadine wrote a book about her daughter Kinsey's journey with transplant called "Kinsey's Kidney Adventure."

Work With Us

As one of the largest organ procurement organizations in the country, we aim to recruit, develop and retain talented and diverse staff members to help realize our mission. In addition to fulfilling and life-saving work, other benefits include tuition reimbursement, medical & dental plans and retirement savings with employer match and more. View our open positions or search for a career that meets your interests – then apply online!

Media Toolkit

LiveOnNY is the nonprofit organization that facilitates organ donation and transplantation in the greater New York City area. Our teams work with local hospitals and transplant centers to deliver the gift of life to the nearly 10,000 New Yorkers currently waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. We also care for the families of the selfless organ donors and advocate for this lifesaving cause.

We have several experts available to speak to the media about LiveOnNY and organ donation. For media inquiries, please contact Ali McSherry at 646-291-4637 or email

View our digital 2020 Annual Report.

See our recent press releases.

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