Jill Grandas is an organ procurement and tissue banking industry veteran with 29 years of experience. In her role overseeing TDS, Jill leads a team of selfless, hard-working employees who are committed to saving and improving lives.
In 1985, she began her nursing career in a Neurological Intensive Care Unit and became involved in several experiences where patients became organ and tissue donors. As a result of those experiences, she joined TDS in 1987 as an Organ Recovery Coordinator and has expanded her role over the years. She served in several positions within DCI Donor Services including Director of Hospital Services, Associate Director, and Executive Director for the Tennessee location. Since 2005, Jill has also been the Corporate Executive Director for DCIDS.
Jill is a Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator (CPTC) and a Registered Nurse (RN). An active member of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations, Jill currently serves on the Standards and Accreditation Committee and Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee. She has also served on both the UNOS Membership and Professional Standards Committee and has served on the Kidney/Pancreas Committee in past years. Most recently, Jill has participated in the newly formed Tissue Policy Group (TPG).
Associate Executive Director
Deana joined TDS in 2002, initially as an Organ Recovery Coordinator, and was promoted into leadership as Clinical Team Leader. In 2008, tissue recovery operations were added to the organization, providing Deana the opportunity to assist in the restructuring of the quality program. As the Director of Quality, she gained knowledge and an appreciation that continues to guide her decision-making.
Most recently, as Senior Director of Clinical Services, Deana directed the organ operations within TDS. Under her leadership in that role, TDS experienced a 22% growth in organ donors and 31% growth in organs transplanted. Deana was responsible for strategic planning, budget development, and guidance with the help of four managers for a team of over 40, including organ recovery, family care, and perfusion coordinators.
Deana was recently named Associate Executive Director of Tennessee Donor Services. In that position, her oversight will expand to all areas of the TDS donor program.
Deena earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Lipscomb University and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Vanderbilt University. She was introduced to the organ donation process while working as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner for the Department of Trauma Surgical Services at Vanderbilt Medical Center. She has been an active member of multiple AOPO committees and councils over the years and looks forward to continuing her involvement throughout the industry.
Director of Hospital Development
Dave oversees the hospital development operations of TDS. Working alongside his Hospital Development Manager, their team of 14 coordinators work diligently to maximize organ and tissue donation opportunities in each of the 151 hospitals TDS serves.
Dave began his nursing career as a pediatric emergency room nurse before finding his true passion in the world of organ, tissue, and eye donation. Before coming to TDS, he served as Organ Recovery Coordinator, Manager of Family Services, and as Regional Director of Clinical Services.
Dave is a Registered Nurse (RN) and a Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator (CPTC). He is currently enrolled in a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program. Dave is also a proud Air Force veteran serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa.