Ira L. Brody
J.T. Shim, PhD, MBA
Community Outreach Coordinator
Growing up in Salem WV, JT learned to dream big and organize himself to achieve big. In his college years, he worked in grounds, mailroom, duplicating in addition to earning an unprecedented 3 degrees: BS Computer Science—Business emphasis, BS Communications—Journalism emphasis, AS Accounting, minor in Behavioral Science. He next moved on to complete his MBA at Rollins. Learned more acutely about economics of supply and demand, optimization and constraints. Then, during his PhD at UCF, JT did business with MIS concentration and Accounting minor. Finally, his future educational degrees and designations may include but are not limited to: JD, MFA, CPA, PMP, etc.
JT has extensive public activities and volunteering background. In college, he ran for about 7 offices and only lost twice–those times he was a freshman and sophomore running for Executive Vice President but eventually won in a landslide on third attempt. He interspersed amongst the education he has done 5 governmental internships: 3 in his birth city of Washington DC with Members if Congress, and 2 in state Capitol. One of those internships was with Rep. Al Gore, Jr. who cosponsored the National Organ Transplantation Act in 1984. That’s when he first started making inquiries for kidneys to meet specific need. Subsequently one of his college roommates, then a UCF classmate, and more recently a fellow church member have all needed kidneys. He has focused on meeting the needs both personally and from a policy perspective.
Currently, JT is undergoing medical screening to make a living kidney donation is on hold due to the current pandemic.
Robert C. Green II, Ph.D.
Chief Information Officer
Dr. Green has a unique history that blends professional expertise in Software Engineering, Data Analytics, and Consulting with research expertise in High Performance Computing and Computational Intelligence. In the past he has served in a variety of roles ranging from Software Engineer to Director of Wind & Solar Research. His professional mission is to leverage his unique and expansive background to positively impact as many lives as possible through the proper use of technology and analysis of data.
Dulat has a diverse background in science and in kidney transplantation as well. He started his career in biomedical science as part-time laboratory assistant in a city hospital in his home country of Kazakhstan in 2003. In 2006, he was accepted for an undergraduate microbiology program at Colorado State University in 2006, tuition and costs being sponsored by the government. His study was interrupted the same year by ESRD diagnosis and kidney transplantation. He then was able to complete his undergraduate in 2010, and join a stem cell research lab back in his home country of Kazakhstan, where he worked on a regenerative medicine project in 2010-2012. Finally, in 2014 he was lucky to join with Dr. Stepkowski to pursue his PhD research in immunology at the University of Toledo in 2014. After completing his PhD in 2018, he worked in a tissue typing lab at Gift of Life Michigan in Ann Arbor. Today, his PhD research and post-doctoral career are dedicated to finding ways of mitigating the donor shortage crisis in the U.S.