Our Leadership Team
- Michael DanielsExecutive Director/CEOMichael.Daniels@LifeShareCarolinas.org
Michael Daniels was named LifeShare Carolinas executive director in early 2019, after serving as chief financial officer for four years. He stepped into the new role during an exciting time for LifeShare, which has seen record-breaking growth since 2014. He looks forward to helping LifeShare build upon that success and continue to save more lives through organ, eye, and tissue donation.
Michael brings a great deal of experience in the transplant industry, having held an executive role at Carolinas Medical Center overseeing the transplant and liver disease programs and heart failure operations for eight years. Under his leadership, organ transplants grew significantly, reaching record breaking volumes for multiple years. Michael also successfully developed, proposed, and implemented a plan to open six regional clinics to better serve patients closer to their homes.
He has a Master’s in Business Administration from East Carolina University and a BSBA in Economics, Banking with a minor in International Business from Appalachian State University. Michael also serves as the Treasurer for Donate Life North Carolina, a collaborative group of organizations dedicated to promoting organ, eye, and tissue donation in the state.
In his free time, Michael serves as Chairman of Laps for Love, a Charlotte Rescue Mission charity. Michael and his wife Jennifer founded and own Speed Strides, PLLC – a pediatric speech pathology clinical. They have been married 22 years and have three children, Grace age 14, Noah age 12 and Lily age 10.
- Sarah SeilerChief Clinical OfficerSarah.Seiler@LifeShareCarolinas.org
In her role as Chief Clinical Officer, Sarah Seiler is responsible for overseeing the clinical leadership of the organization’s organ, tissue, and eye divisions. She is also tasked with ensuring preparedness for all regulatory and accreditation assessments. During her time at LifeShare, Sarah has redesigned the quality division, worked with senior leadership to increase staffing by more than 40%, and create an organizational structure to support the growing organization. Her greatest passion is enabling the team to be successful by identifying opportunities to excel personally and professionally.
She has a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Nursing with a focus on Disaster Preparedness. With a strong foundation in burn, trauma, and emergency/disaster care, Sarah spent nearly seven years with Metrolina Healthcare Preparedness Coalition, helping organizations in 13 counties coordinate and plan for emergency events. She was a committee member on the United States Secret Service Health and Medical Committee for the 2012 Democratic National Convention and was actively involved in the medical response to the DNC.
Sarah has volunteered as a firefighter/EMT for the Mount Holly Fire Department and Stephentown Volunteer Fire Department. She also served as the Chair of the National Association of EMT (NAEMT) Advanced Medical Life Support Committee and Trauma Centers Association of America (TCAA) Disaster Preparedness Committee.
- Chad HamptonOrgan Services ManagerChad.Hampton@LifeShareCarolinas.org
Chad Hampton has always been in the business of saving lives. He began his career as a paramedic and served in that role for many years. After a friend and coworker made the transition to the donation field, Chad was inspired to do the same.
He worked as an organ procurement coordinator with Carolina Donor Services for five years before joining LifeShare Carolinas. In 2016, he was promoted to manager of the organ services team, which includes the organ recovery and organ preservation teams. Chad has experience in organ preservation, hospital development, and family services. He has had the privilege of being a part of the growth and development of LifeShare over the past five years, seeing the number of organ donors grow 43% and the number of lives saved increase 45%. Chad holds an Associate’s in Healthcare Administration, is a nationally registered paramedic (NRP) and a certified procurement transplant coordinator (CPTC).
Chad and his wife Sigita have three children, Finola, Taft, and Collens. In his free time, he loves to golf and enjoy sports with the kids.
- Ericka HarrisonDirector of OperationsEricka.Harrison@LifeShareCarolinas.org
Ericka Harrison served as a quality assurance coordinator with LifeShare for three years, hospital development manager for one year, and is now the director of operations. She started her career in EMS and worked for eight years in multiple North Carolina counties before deciding to pursue nursing school in 2007. After becoming an RN, she continued her path of emergency medicine, working in the ER for six years. She was later promoted to house supervisor, and it was in that role that Ericka would learn her career path was about to take another turn. Working in the hospital, she had seen and heard a lot of donation stories, but it was a chance encounter with LifeShare staff that solidified her passion for donation. Just a few months later, she followed that dream and was hired by LifeShare.
During her time in the quality department, Ericka led the eye bank through four successful regulatory surveys and served as the quality representative to the hospital development team. Ericka’s experience working in the hospital provides valuable insight for the hospital development team as they continue to grow and help their hospitals maximize their donation potential. As director of operations, Ericka oversees the hospital and family services departments as well as the allocation team.
Ericka is honored to continue her career path as a leader with LifeShare and is humbled to work every day to serve our donors and their families. “Without donors and their families, organ, tissue, and corneal transplants would not be possible. I’m so proud to work for an organization that recognizes the importance of these gifts, and the selflessness of donor families.”
- Mason JacksonHospital & Family Services ManagerMason.Jackson@LifeShareCarolinas.org
Mason Jackson’s passion for healing people in times of crisis led him to his current role as LifeShare’s hospital and family services manager. He joined the organization in 2017 as a family services and hospital development coordinator. The following year, he moved into the leadership position, with a focus on the family support and continuing care roles. Under his leadership, the Bridge to Healing continuing care program has grown and provided a strong network of support to donor families. He hopes every family finds peace with their loss and the possibility of new life that comes through organ, eye, and tissue donation.
He graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and a minor in Business Administration. After working in the private sector for a few years, Mason returned to Gardner-Webb and obtained a Master of Divinity. He completed a clinical pastoral education (CPE) residency program at Spartanburg Regional Hospital. He and his family moved to southwest Florida where he worked as a board-certified chaplain for several years.
A native of western North Carolina, Mason was happy to have the opportunity to move back home and continue his passion for helping others in this role with LifeShare. He considers LifeShare the perfect place for him to live out his calling of helping people find hope, life, and healing.
- Tucker KnoxTissue & Eye Services ManagerTucker.Knox2@LifeShareCarolinas.org
Tucker Knox considers himself an advocate for tissue and eye donation and hopes to change the perception that one type of donation is more important than the other. He joined LifeShare in 2012 as an organ preservation and tissue recovery technician. In 2017, Tucker was promoted to manager of the department and now leads the tissue and eye donation teams. Under his leadership, the tissue team has implemented two new types of tissue recovery at LifeShare, including an innovative recovery process aimed at creating a bone marrow banking system to help heal blood cancers and improve transplant success rates.
His interest in the human anatomy combined with the positive impact donation can bring inspired him to seek a position in the industry. He has a Bachelor of Science in Health and Exercise Science with a Sports Medicine concentration from Colorado State University. He is a certified transplant preservationist (CTP) and certified tissue banking specialist (CTBS).
Tucker enjoys spending time with his wife Cynthia and son TJ, cheering on the Carolina Panthers and woodworking.
- Kate McCulloughCommunity Services ManagerKate.McCullough@LifeShareCarolinas.org
Kate McCullough has been an advocate for organ donation for many years – since a friend’s life was saved by a kidney transplant in 2003. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, she followed her planned career path as a TV newscast producer. She worked at stations in Erie, Pennsylvania, Myrtle Beach, and Las Vegas. Her live broadcast of New Year’s Eve celebrations in Las Vegas earned Kate a regional Emmy® award in 2011. After 10 years in the news business, she decided to turn her passion for donation into a career.
That new journey started with Nevada Donor Network where Kate served as public relations coordinator and later, community services supervisor. During her time there, she developed and launched a statewide DMV education program, launched the company’s first multimedia campaign, and oversaw the strategic planning and implementation of public relations and community outreach initiatives.
After the birth of their daughter Aria, Kate and her husband Ross decided to return to their east coast roots. She accepted a marketing position with Atrium Health’s advance directive program. In 2018, Kate was thrilled to have the opportunity to get back to her true passion of promoting organ, eye, and tissue donation as the community services manager with LifeShare Carolinas. In this role, she oversees the organization’s public relations, marketing, and outreach initiatives.
- Melanie GriffithEye Services SupervisorMelanie.Griffith@LifeShareCarolinas.org
Melanie Griffith began her career in eye banking in 1998. After 20 years of dedication to giving the gift of sight, she is now the eye bank supervisor. She specializes in eye recovery and processing corneas for transplantation locally, nationally, and internationally.
She graduated from Wingate University with an Associate in Science in Medical Assisting. She began her career in healthcare as a medical assistant for a pediatrician. A few years later, she started working at Charlotte Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Associates. In that role, Melanie learned a great deal about the eye and ultimately became a certified ophthalmic assistant (COA). She was recruited to LifeShare in a part-time eye recovery role and found a passion, which became a lifelong career. Melanie feels fortunate to have a career that allows her to have a hand in restoring the precious gift of sight. She has seen eye donation evolve and expand into different types of corneal transplants leading to faster healing and better success.
Melanie and her husband Dan enjoy boating, traveling and spending time with their family.