Staff

Meet Our Team

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Elaine Turley

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Elaine became Transplant House’s Executive Director on June 1, 2015.  She is passionate about this mission because of her family's personal experience during and after her father's liver transplant at Cleveland Clinic in 1992. She has 8 years of work experience at Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, where she was Director of Volunteers and helped with oversight of House operations. She more recently worked for Breakthrough Schools in Cleveland, where she was initially part of the development department.  She then focused on alumni tracking and support and did program development aimed at helping families with all aspects of student transition to high school, including the creation of a mentoring program for 8th grade students.

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Marcie Barker

Director of Events and Organizational Development

Marcie joined the staff in the summer of 2021, bringing many years of hospitality experience to her post. A native Clevelander, she graduated from Hawken School, has a BA in Art History from Middlebury College in VT, and a Laureate Certificate from culinary school in Paris, France. Her career began in iconic restaurant kitchens in New York City, where she met her husband, also a chef. Marcie’s work life evolved to the Front of House in leadership roles, most recently at such diverse entities as the Cleveland Convention Center hosting thousands, to The Chef’s Garden, internationally renowned for epic events and micro vegetables. Marcie looks forward to contributing to the team behind the scenes in organizational stewardship, sustainable practices, and the culture of abundant welcome that is at the heart of THoC.

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Amy Eugene

Operations Manager

Amy joined the team in January 2019, bringing a number of years of experience in operations. Prior to joining THoC, She served as the Senior Director of Operations at Federated Church (UCC) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Prior to Federated, she served for 16 years as part of the administration at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland. She is an avid birdwatcher and volunteers at the Nature Center of Shaker Lakes. Each day, Amy is reminded of Transplant House’s deeply powerful mission through the guests that she meets and hears their stories, and through the dynamic staff that respond with care.

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Lauren Mahajan Brocone

Development Manager

Lauren joined the team in September 2018, bringing personal experience as a caregiver and an excitement to share Transplant House’s powerful mission and raise awareness .  Her previous professional experience includes over four years at Beck Center for the Arts, most recently as the Annual Fund Manager, and two years at Chagrin Arts as the Operations and Marketing Manager.  She has a B.A. in Speech Communications from Miami University in Oxford, OH and an M.A. in Global Marketing Communications and Advertising from Emerson College in Boston, MA. She enjoys getting to know supporters, volunteers and guests and hearing about their experiences and interests.

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Annette Humberson, LISW-S, CCTSW

Social Work Manager

Annette joined the staff in March 2020, bringing 25 years of experience as a Medical Social Worker. For the past 15 years, she’s been a Transplant Social Worker at the Cleveland Clinic until the giving mission and heart of Transplant House inspired her to join our staff. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Ohio University, a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Youngstown State University, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University.  Annette works at the Transplant House part time and also works part time as a private therapy counselor.  In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family, friends, and dog, Skylar.  Her husband and two young sons that are active in sports and keep them very busy!  She also loves camping, traveling, reading, scrapbooking, and watching and playing sports.

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Tanya Prowell

Administrative Assistant

Tanya spent many of her working years at Cleveland Clinic, as one of the very first "Red Coats," and later as Department Coordinator in the Transplant Center where she enjoyed learning about transplantation behind the scenes. Tanya worked for a time as a Human Resource Manager and Recruiter for FedEx. Her well-rounded experiences include living in Arizona and the Spice Islands of Grenada before returning to her home town of Cleveland. Tanya's degrees are in Fashion Merchandise/Modeling and Business Management.

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Aaron Babcock

Development Assistant

Aaron joined the staff in October 2021, bringing 8 years of experience as a writer, editor, and educator. His previous roles include teaching literature and writing at Ohio University and leading creative writing workshops for teenagers with a nonprofit located in the Cleveland area. Aaron has a B.A. in English and History from Denison University, a M.A. in English from John Carroll University, and a PhD in English from Ohio University. He looks forward to the opportunity to hear and share the courageous stories of the Transplant House's guests.

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Shanice Gitau

Operations Assistant

Shanice is a senior at Case Western Reserve University where she majors in International Studies with minors in Spanish and Chinese. She is originally from Nairobi, Kenya but grew up in the Dallas, Texas area. Despite hating cold weather, Cleveland has a warm place in Shanice's heart and she loves discovering new cafes and restaurants around the city. When Shanice is not salsa dancing, she enjoys traveling, reading fiction, and painting portraits.

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Susan Obojski

Operations Assistant

Susan joined the staff in September of 2022 and she is thrilled to be a part of the Transplant House team. She looks forward to meeting our guests, hearing their stories, and being of support to them. Susan has worked for a medical insurance company for the past 37 years. She is a single mom of one. Susan attends King's Church in Lakewood where she is part of the congregation's community groups. Susan loves to be with people and walk alongside them on this journey we call life. Recently, she and her daughter went on a mission trip to Guatemala and fostered two sets of puppies.

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Sabeen Chromjak

Housekeeper

Sabeen was born and grew up in Karachi, Pakistan. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Karachi where she also earned Midwifery and Sonogram diplomas. Afterwards, she moved to the United Kingdom to further study in Health and Social Care Management and completed my second bachelor's degree there. Sabeen likes singing Bollywood music, doing art work, performing interior and exterior decoration, and event planning.