Meet Our Team
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.
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.
Lauren Mahajan Brocone
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.
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.
Assistant Operations Manager
Sarah joined the staff in June 2020 bringing enthusiasm and passion for helping others. She is excited to be part of this amazing and welcoming team and larger community. Sarah came to Cleveland after living and working in Erie, PA and still works with the City on diversity-related concerns and issues. She previously worked with a direct-service nonprofit in the suburbs of Washington, DC as a Mental Health Rehabilitation Counselor. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh as well as a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from Louisiana State University. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, and meeting new people. She looks forward to getting to know the guests at Transplant House as well as the many volunteers, donors, community members, and supporters.
Jordan joined the staff in May 2021 and is both a college student and a member of the Ohio Army National Guard. He will begin his senior year at Kent State University in the Fall of 2021, studying Exercise Sciences. He hopes to use what he learns to become a Physical Therapist. In his free time he loves to play basketball, listen to music, and spend time with his pets.
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.
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.