JUSTIN DOOLEY is the President and CFO of Chassi, an enterprise software company, and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for MNITF. Before joining MNITF, he was the President of First Virtual Group, a multi-billion-dollar holding company with global interests in real estate, agribusiness, financial asset management, and philanthropy. In addition, he was part of the executive leadership of Siebel Systems, from its start-up through its addition to the S&P 500. Justin holds an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He also earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois, where he serves on the President's Council and is a University of Illinois Foundation Member. Justin is married with two sons.
NICOLE MENDEZ began working with MNIT in 1995. With her background as a licensed marriage and family therapist and interest in chronically ill patients’ psychosocial issues, she quickly recognized that the needs of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and kidney transplant recipients were not being met. To address improving these patients’ ability to access transplantation, understand transplantation as a treatment option, and successfully live with a kidney transplant, Ms. Mendez created the Community & Patient Education Department and the One-on-One Kidney Transplant Program. She was later a guest speaker at the combined International Transplant Nurses Symposium and Transplant Recipients International Organization, Inc., (2008) and World Kidney Day (2009, 2010, 2011), presenting on the importance of comprehensive education for ESRD patients and kidney transplant recipients, and the program model of peers as educators. In 2012, Ms. Mendez created and produced the award-winning Fixing Paco, a 10-episode telenovela-style digital series in English and Spanish about kidney transplantation. She spoke at the ESRD Network of Texas Annual Meeting (2014) and the National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings (2015) on Fixing Paco and guiding Hispanics through the transplant process. She created and produced Linked by Love, MNITF’s edutainment series, to address decreasing kidney disease disparities, improving kidney health and access to transplantation for African Americans.