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 10 transplant centers and nearly 100 hospitals to ensure that an individual’s wishes to donate are honored and lives are saved.

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.

Helen Irving

Helen Irving, RN, MBA

President & CEO
Irving was appointed President & CEO of LiveOnNY in 2011. The former critical care nurse brings 30 years of clinical and business expertise to the transplant field, including her role as VP of Hospital Operations at Mount Sinai Medical Center. She established the LiveOnNY Foundation, and played a key role in launching New York’s first face transplant program with NYU Medical Center.
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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.
Natalie Benavides

Natalie Benavides, MS-NPL

Vice President of External Affairs & Strategic Development
Benavides began as the Director of Hospital Services in 2012. In 2016, her role grew to include Family Services. Benavides has 15 years of nonprofit development experience focusing on organ, eye and tissue donation. She has previously been elected to Faculty for Donate Life America and appointed the State Team Development Chair for the Donor Designation Collaborative.
Amy L Friedman

Amy L. Friedman, MD

EVP & 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.
Jeff Lewis

Jeff Lewis, RN

Vice President of Clinical Operations
Lewis is the Vice President for Clinical Operations. He began his work in organ donation in 1989 and joined LiveOnNY in 1996. Previous roles at LiveOnNY included Director of Referral & Recovery and Director of Clinical Services. Lewis has worked in many settings, including the neurosurgical ICU at the University Hospital of Cleveland, the open-heart unit at the Cleveland Clinic and in the trauma and burn units at the University of Washington.
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Michelle 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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James Pardes, MBA, MEd

Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Pardes joined LiveOnNY in 2011 and has over 20 years of marketing and management experience across the consumer packaged goods, sports, and health care industries. Prior to LiveOnNY, Pardes served as Director of International Marketing Partnerships at the NBA; Group Director of the NASCAR-Sprint partnership at Octagon, and Brand Manager at Unilever. Pardes is an elected panel member of the National Advertising Review Board.
Heidi Evans

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

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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 is LiveOnNY Foundation Executive Director, Heidi Evans, with 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 a federally designated non-profit organization committed to giving New Yorkers a second chance at life through the power of organ donation. Since 1978 we have saved lives, provided comfort and strengthened legacies.

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 amscherry@liveonny.org

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