Our Leadership Team
Richard Pietroski, Gift of Life's CEO since 2008, manages every aspect of Michigan's only organ recovery organization and its180 employees. Rich works with transplant centers, hospital administrators, elected officials and community leaders to inspire more organ donors and bolster the number of transplants in Michigan.
In 2004, Rich became a tissue recipient when doctors repaired his shoulder with tendons from a 21-year-old police officer who died in the line of duty.
As Chief Administrative Officer, Anne Kowalczyk oversees finance, human resources, corporate communications and information services.
Rick Hillbom, a former COO at Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center in Dearborn, manages hospital services, the donor service center and medical examiner and funeral home relations.
Bruce Nicely is responsible for the overall direction of clinical services and he oversees personnel working in hospitals as they manage organ and tissue donor cases. He is the former director of clinical services for tissue at Gift of Life, a role he assumed in 2011 after he held a similar position at Carolina Donor Services in North Carolina.
Dr. Paul Lange, former director of critical care services at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, oversees the medical evaluation and management of all organ donors. He also is responsible for ensuring Gift of Life complies with all regulatory guidelines governing organ recovery for transplantation.
Dr. Hagan, a former emergency room physician and a liver transplant recipient, oversees all quality improvement initiatives dealing with organ and tissue donation.
Dr. Sam Ho oversees the laboratory, which works to cross match donors and recipients and to ensure the utmost safety in Michigan's donation and transplant system.