From Leadership to Guest Services, Gift of Life Howie's House’s dedicated staff and advisory board are specialized in a variety of fields to best serve our transplant families.
Richard D. Hasz
President and CEO, Gift of Life Howie’s House
Richard (Rick) Hasz, Jr., MFS, CPTC, is president and CEO of Philadelphia-based Gift of Life Donor Program, one of the oldest and largest of the 57 organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the U.S. Mr. Hasz is also the president of the Transplant Foundation, president of the Gift of Life Institute, an international research and training center for donation and transplantation professionals, and president of Gift of Life Howie’s House. He joined Gift of Life in 1993 as a transplant coordinator and served as the program’s vice president of clinical services for 22 years before assuming the role of president and CEO on January 4, 2022. Mr. Hasz’s career features more than 30 years of life-saving work in the organ donation and transplantation field including oversight of Gift of Life’s clinical programs that encompass Transplant Coordination, Hospital Services, Organ Preservation, Eye Bank, Donation and Transplant Analytics, Quality Assurance and Tissue Recovery. Mr. Hasz is originally from Hershey, PA and has a Bachelor of Science in biology from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Forensic Science from George Washington University. Click here to read his full bio.
Jan L. Weinstock
Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel
Jan is the Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel of Gift of Life Donor Program and its affiliates, Gift of Life Howie’s House and Transplant Foundation. She is proud to have an oversight role in Gift of Life Howie’s House and is excited about the extension of care and services that the Gift of Life Howie’s House and the Caregiver Lifeline Program represent. Prior to joining Gift of Life in 1999, Jan was a partner with Blank, Rome LLP in its Health Law Department. She received her Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania and her law degree from Villanova University School of Law. As an avid runner and early riser, Jan can be spotted running the streets of Philadelphia every morning before dawn.
Joe was born and raised in northeast Philadelphia and graduated in 2005 from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management. In 2009, Joe donated a kidney to his younger brother, creating an intimate understanding of the needs transplant families and caregivers have while going through the difficult process. Joe has previously worked for Hyatt and Starwood Hotels and is excited to utilize his professional experience to help care for transplant families. Email Joe.
Talia Giordano, MSW, LCSW
Director, Family Services and Caregiver Lifeline Program
In 2007, Talia graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Cabrini College and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. Talia is licensed to practice social work in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and previously worked with Davita Dialysis, Lankenau Medical Center and Jefferson University Hospital. Talia enjoys utilizing her healthcare and social work backgrounds to help families get the support they need while at Gift of Life Howie’s House. Talia also manages the Caregiver Lifeline Program for transplant caregivers who may not stay at Gift of Life Howie’s House. When she is not working she is staying in shape by chasing after her wild toddler Henry, eating at all of her favorite Philly restaurants, and traveling! Email Talia.
Sara A. Cohen
Sara is a Bucks County native and a graduate of East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. She started working for Gift of Life Howie’s House in 2009, taking part in its journey from capital campaign, to construction and program development, to eventually helping open the doors of Gift of Life Howie’s House. It was an exciting moment when she was able to witness the very first transplant family check-in on July 18, 2011. Sara is thrilled to be leading the Development Team where she gets to share her passion for the mission and help families during their time of need. Best of all, she gets to meet so many wonderful supporters who are also committed to welcoming families home at Gift of Life Howie’s House for years to come. John 17:3 Email Sara.
Steve is a native New Yorker who spent seven years in Washington, DC studying politics and law. While working nights in property management and at a microbrewery, Steve obtained his Juris doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and is admitted to the state bars of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He has served as Associate Counsel to Gift of Life Howie’s House since 2010 where he served as the owner’s representative during the construction process and continues to assist the organization in legal and regulatory matters. Steve is a hobbyist woodworker and can often be found in Gift of Life Howie’s House garage making sawdust. Email Steve.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Jolene attended Temple University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management. From August – December 2018, during her final semester at Temple, she joined Gift of Life Howie’s House as a Guest Services Intern. Before joining the team, Jolene did not know much about organ donation. However, one day at work, she signed up to become an organ donor. In April 2019, Jolene returned to Gift of Life Howie’s House as a Relief Manager. Furthermore, in June 2020, Jolene joined the Development Team as a Development Intern. Promoted to Resident Manager in February 2021, Jolene is now a full-time staff member at Gift of Life Howie’s House. She is excited to bring her expertise and love of Excel spreadsheets to the team. Email Jolene.
Guest Service Liaison
Genevieve was born and raised in Media, PA. She graduated from the Community College of Philadelphia with her Associates Degree of Applied Science in Hospitality Management. She then went on to graduate from Widener University with a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management. Towards the end of her time at Widener University, Genevieve began working at Gift of Life Howie’s House as an intern. She is both excited and honored to be a part of the Gift of Life Howie’s House and looks forward to continuing in helping transplant families. Also known as the “Queen of House Activities,” Genevieve is one of the most creative members of Gift of Life Howie’s House team and enjoys expressing herself through multiple forms of art. Email Genevieve.
Guest Services Liaison
Celine is originally from Scranton, Pennsylvania and moved to Philadelphia to pursue a degree in Communications. While completing her co-op internship, Celine worked as a front desk agent and fell in love with the hospitality business. Celine began interning at Gift of Life Howie’s House in 2017, and accepted the Fellowship position in 2018. As part of a donor family, Celine has been involved with Gift of Life from a young age and looks forward to providing a home away from home for transplant families. Celine spends most of her free time in the movie theatre, and has even worked on a few short films! Email Celine.
Guest Services Fellow
Ashley was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management with a concentration in Event Leadership. In August 2018, she joined Gift of Life Howie’s House as a Guest Services Intern to learn more about the hospitality industry and organ donation. She loved the mission so much that she extended her internship until May 2019 and became a registered donor. Fast forward to December 2021, she returned to Gift of Life Howie’s House as the Guest Services Fellow to pursue her passion for supporting transplant families. During her free time, Ashley enjoys baking, listening to music, and watching movies. Email Ashley.
Faith Osborne, MSW
Faith graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and from West Chester University to earn her Master of Social Work. During Faith’s undergraduate clinical experience, she was fortunate to intern with a transplant team at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania. This experience spurred her desire to work with transplant patients and their families. Faith also has experience as a substance use counselor and case management advocate with HIV/AIDS patients in Philadelphia. When Faith is not working, she enjoys a variety of ways to stay active through running, fitness classes throughout the city, and swimming. Growing up in a small town in Northeast Pennsylvania, Faith developed a desire and passion for travel across the states and abroad. She has participated in medical mission trips that assist in supporting underdeveloped communities through non-profit organizations. Now a Philiadelphian, she is enjoying her new home in the city and is a converted Eagles fan. Email Faith.
Miranda was born and raised in Philadelphia, growing up in the Frankford and Kensington neighborhoods. She graduated Cum Laude from Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. She then went on to obtain a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Chestnut Hill College. Her interest in nonprofit developed in undergrad when her scholarship opened the door to an internship at the Philadelphia Foundation. She has worked across diverse professional sectors from Nonprofit to Entertainment and the Regulatory Science industry. Miranda has a previous connection to Gift of Life as her father was a transplant recipient. Her experience as a transplant family member and her passion for philanthropy lead to her joining the team at Gift of Life Howie’s House. Outside of work, Miranda enjoys trying out new recipes, hosting events, and staying up-to-date on the latest films and tv shows. Go Birds! Email Miranda.
Grant Writer and Communications Liaison
Abby is originally from San Diego, California and moved to Philadelphia to pursue a degree in Communications from Saint Joseph’s University. She was fortunate enough to intern with Alex’s Lemonade Stand early on in her college career, which spurred her desire to work within the non-profit sector. Abby began working at Gift of Life Howie’s House as an intern in 2020 soon after graduation and accepted this position in 2021. Although she has no past connection to transplant, Abby has grown passionate about Gift of Life Howie’s House’s mission and is grateful for the opportunity to help support transplant families. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, especially with hiking and riding her bike, and exploring her new home state of Pennsylvania as much as possible! Email Abby.