Rick Antosh, Founder and President
Rick donated his kidney to his 17 year old son in 1996. At that time, not only was it a shock to learn his son had renal disease, but the concept of donating an organ seemed something like science fiction. Now that his knowledge and interest have peaked, he has developed a sincere passion to reduce the kidney transplant waiting list.
Since 1999, Rick has been active in numerous transplant activities. He has served on various committees for the New York Organ Donor Network, including Finance, Public Awareness, and special committees on Paired Exchanges and Presumed Consent / Incentive Compensation. He founded and co-chaired a committee in conjunction with the National Kidney Foundation to create a “Donor’s Club”. He has spoken to Transplant Support Organizations, high school programs and collegiate classes on a number of transplant related topics. In addition, as a believer, he has donated his blood 125+ times.
Rick is no stranger to realizing a community need, creating a plan, “sweating” the details and nay-saying, and finally getting it done. In Michigan, after winning a record size grant, he assembled financial and operational agreements among various state, regional and local entities to create a unique and award winning bike path through a number of Northern Michigan communities. Many said the project faced far too many bureaucratic obstacles to make it happen in his lifetime. It has now been a thriving facility for fourteen years, with approximately 250,000 annual users. The key to success was creating an awareness of those affected and its benefits, similar to the mission of The GOLD.
Rick’s professional career has been finance, principally in service related sectors. He has been involved in the planning, building, opening and the operation of hotel, resort and restaurant projects. This has required a keen understanding of both the macro picture as well as the details necessary to accomplish the goal. He knows only that success in the hospitality industry comes from identifying the target audience. The GOLD knows its audience, and now, hopefully, the rest of us will know the need. Rick is a CPA and lives in New Jersey.
Maureen Craig, MoStrategy, specialist in consumer insights, brand strategy, innovation.
Susan Lamontagne, President, Public Interest Media Group, Inc.
Nancy Matsumoto, writer and editor, New York City (and live kidney donor transplant recipient!)
Wil Reynolds, Seer Interactive, founder, SEO specialists.
Ed Tettemer, former founder and CEO of Red Tettemer Inc., brand planner.
Lloyd Ratner, M.D., FACS
Dr. Shamkant Mulgaonkar, M.D.
Dr. Gerald Grodstein, M.D.
Francis L. Weng, MD, MSCE
Rocco Andriola, Esq., Board of Directors – Donate Life America; former Chairman of New York Organ Donor Network
Elaine Berg, Executive Director, New York Organ Donor Network
Lynn Grefe, CEO, National Eating Disorders Association.
Garet Hil, Founder and President, National Kidney Registry
Neal J. Johnson, President and CEO, Special Olympics, New York.
Shari Kurzrok, Second Chance for Life Foundation, Founder.
Ted Lawson, President and Executive Director, Save Lives Now New York Foundation
C. Warren “Pete” Moses, former CEO, The Children’s Aid Society
Sally Rogers, Secretary – Senior Vice President for Communication and Development, United Hospital Fund of New York City.
Sally Satel, MD, Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Lecturer, Yale University School of Medicine; kidney recipient.
Todd Semon, Retired, former Board Member of New York Organ Donor Network