MEET THE TEAM

Rejuvenate Kidney Transplant Solutions is led by passionate, talented team members who have built careers around saving lives through donation and transplantation.

Mike

Michael Rees, MD, PhD

Chief Executive Officer
844.735.8832 | C 419.346.8066
[email protected]

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Michael A. Rees, MD, PhD, is credited, alongside his father, with helping to change the face of living donation. In 2000, Mike helped design the first prototype of a computer program to match willing, but incompatible, living kidney donor and recipient pairs in what’s known today as a kidney donor chain. In 2006, he helped found the Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation, a global leader in the field of kidney paired donation that serves transplant centers across the U.S. Mike also serves as a transplant surgeon, the director of renal transplantation and a professor in the Department of Urology at the University of Toledo Medical Center. He founded Rejuvenate to help create a better future for patients with kidney disease and a better future for companies that self-fund their health care. “Rejuvenate provides a solution for large self-insured American companies that reduces costs, provides better care for their employees and demonstrates to their employees that the company cares about them.”

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Susan Rees, RN, BSN

Chief Clinical Officer
844.735.8832 | C 419-360-7445
[email protected]

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Susan Rees, RN, BSN, has a passion for using innovative solutions to improve the lives of patients and give them the gift of more time with their families. Susan has over 25 years of experience helping to save lives through organ donation and transplantation. She is a registered nurse with an additional Bachelor of Science in nursing from Mercy College of Ohio and the University of Toledo. She has participated in clinical research, published abstracts, and co-authored a case study and numerous transplantation journal articles. As co-founder and chief clinical officer at Rejuvenate, her goal is to get people back to their families and their lives. “The employers we’re working with truly want the best for their employees, and that’s what Rejuvenate can provide. We’re a concierge service giving patients their own, personal guide of the medical field.”

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Spencer Graf

Account Executive
C 630.464.9883
[email protected]

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Spencer Graf received his bachelor’s degree in interpersonal communication from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. By applying his warm personality and communication skills to sales roles, Spencer quickly saw success in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, legal technology, recruiting, and now, the field of organ donation and transplantation through his work at Rejuvenate. He’s passionate about connecting with people, hearing their stories and finding common ground. Outside of his work, Spencer loves to stay active. He plays hockey and golf and has a goal to run a marathon. “Being able to support patients and companies in the same process is life-changing; it’s an amazing honor to be a part of this team!”

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Itai Ashlagi

Economist

Itai Ashlagi has become a driving force in contemporary kidney exchange. Itai helped develop the software and algorithms now used in leading kidney exchange programs around the world. An expert in marketplace design and game theory, he is an associate professor of management science and engineering at Stanford University. Before joining Stanford, Itai was an assistant professor of operations management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and prior to that, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard Business School. Itai received his PhD in operations research from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.

Tom

Tom Riley

President
844.735.8832 | C 415-636-8012
[email protected]

 

For more than 30 years, Tom Riley has been a highly respected voice for bringing innovation and effective new ideas to health care. Tom is well-known for his expertise as an advisor – in both the public and private sectors – to businesses, foundations and associations. He is a recognized author, speaker and leadership trainer, as well as a senior fellow at the Center for Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco.

Mark

Mark Snyder

Chief Financial Officer
844.735.8832 | C 419.787.5665
[email protected]

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Mark Snyder has a wealth of leadership experience in U.S. and global benefits and finance. For more than two decades, he held leadership positions at Owens Corning, a Fortune 500 manufacturer with more than 15,000 employees in 27 countries, where he most recently served as director of total rewards. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bowling Green State University and earned his CPA while working at a large accounting firm. He has seen firsthand how Rejuvenate can help employers lower health care costs and dramatically improve the lives of their employees with kidney disease when he implemented Rejuvenate while at Owens Corning. “I am privileged to join this pioneering and innovative team in the transplant and benefits space. I believe there is no limit to the future of this organization and its ability to save lives.”

Natalie

Natalie Simmons

Administrator
844.735.8832 | 415.636.8012 ext. 0
[email protected]

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Natalie Simmons is known as the fearless administrator who keeps everything organized and running smoothly. In this role, Natalie handles a million tiny details each day. She also assists with the coordination of various activities, meetings, conferences and workshops. Natalie earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She taught kindergarten for four years before serving another four years as director and administrator of a childcare center. Natalie says everyone on the team at Rejuvenate brings something to the table. “I can’t say enough things about the people we work with. When you come into contact with our employees, whether you’re a benefits director or a patient waiting for a lifesaving kidney transplant, you can expect welcoming arms.”

Board of Directors

Gabriel

Gabriel Holschneider

Co-Founder
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Gabriel Holschneider stands behind Rejuvenate as a welcome relief to self-insured employers and third-party payers who have been burdened by escalating costs. A business leader committed to risk management, Gabriel founded the Rainmaker Group in 2004 to deliver risk management services in Mexico, the United States and beyond. He earned his law degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and is a member of the continuing education programs in business and strategy at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Gabriel says there is no limit to Rejuvenate’s ability to overcome barriers, save lives and reduce the health care spend. “The company’s leadership is strong, its innovations are proven, and I anticipate big things from this team in helping to solve the kidney disease epidemic worldwide.”

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Kimberly Krawiec

Board Member
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Kim Krawiec is the Charles O. Gregory Professor of Law and Sullivan & Crowmwell Professor of Law at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. While much of her research analyzes “taboo trades,” Kim’s current research is focused on incentives for organ donation, with an emphasis on non-financial incentives, such as kidney swaps, Never Ending Altruistic Donor (NEAD) chains and priority systems that provide an incentive to donate. She is a co-editor of “Policy Shock: Recalibrating Risk and Regulation after Oil Spills, Nuclear Accidents and Financial Crises” and producer and host of the “Taboo Trades” podcast.

Mike

Michael Rees, MD, PhD

Co-Founder
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Michael A. Rees, MD, PhD, is credited, alongside his father, with helping to change the face of living donation. In 2000, Mike helped design the first prototype of a computer program to match willing, but incompatible, living kidney donor and recipient pairs in what’s known today as a kidney donor chain. In 2006, he helped found the Alliance for Paired Kidney Donation, a global leader in the field of kidney paired donation that serves transplant centers across the U.S. Mike also serves as a transplant surgeon, the director of renal transplantation and a professor in the Department of Urology at the University of Toledo Medical Center. He founded Rejuvenate to help create a better future for patients with kidney disease and a better future for companies that self-fund their health care. “Rejuvenate provides a solution for large self-insured American companies that reduces costs, provides better care for their employees and demonstrates to their employees that the company cares about them.”

Tom

Tom Riley

Co-Founder

For more than 30 years, Tom Riley has been a highly respected voice for bringing innovation and effective new ideas to health care. Tom is well-known for his expertise as an advisor – in both the public and private sectors – to businesses, foundations and associations. He is a recognized author, speaker and leadership trainer, as well as a senior fellow at the Center for Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco.

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Alvin Roth, PhD

Co-Founder
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Alvin Roth, PhD, shared the 2012 Nobel Prize in economics in part for his work that revolutionized kidney exchange. Al is the Craig and Susan McCaw Professor of Economics at Stanford University and the George Gund Professor Emeritus of Economics and Business Administration at Harvard University. He directed the redesign of the clearinghouse through which most American doctors find their first employment as residents of American hospitals and has helped reorganize the process by which children are matched to schools in several large American cities. Through Al’s work, kidney exchange has become a standard form of transplantation in the U.S., and its use is growing around the world. He says Rejuvenate’s ability to identify kidney failure patients earlier and transplant them faster provides a win-win opportunity for both the employees and the companies they serve. “Every month of dialysis that you save not only saves you a lot of money but also helps give your employees their lives back, bringing them back to work."

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Susan Rees, RN, BSN

Co-Founder
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Susan Rees, RN, BSN, has a passion for using innovative solutions to improve the lives of patients and give them the gift of more time with their families. Susan has over 25 years of experience helping to save lives through organ donation and transplantation. Susan is a registered nurse with an additional Bachelor of Science in nursing from Mercy College of Ohio and the University of Toledo. She has participated in clinical research, published abstracts, and co-authored a case study and numerous transplantation journal articles. As co-founder and chief clinical officer at Rejuvenate, her goal is to get people back to both their families and their lives. “The employers we’re working with truly want the best for their employees, and that’s what Rejuvenate can provide. We’re a concierge service giving patients their own, personal guide of the medical field.”

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Zachary Peskowitz

Board Member

Zachary Peskowitz is an associate professor of political science at Emory University in Atlanta. Before joining Emory, he was an assistant professor of political science at Ohio State University in Columbus. Zac’s primary research focus is American politics and public policy. His articles have been published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Public Economics, and many others. His research has received media coverage in The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Public Radio, Vox, and other outlets. Zac completed his PhD in political economics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. “I personally understand the devastating effects chronic kidney disease can have on a family. It is my hope that by helping transplant dialysis patients sooner, Rejuvenate can help reduce the burden of end-stage renal disease on businesses and families.”

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