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James ThurstonJames Thurston

James Thurston serves as the Director of Community Impact for the United Way of Central Texas, where he oversees the development and execution of the organization’s portfolio of community building programs. Central to his responsibilities is engaging diverse stakeholders in sustained, collaborative, strategic efforts to improve conditions in the areas of health, financial self-sufficiency, and education. Prior to joining the United Way, Mr. Thurston worked as a consultant for the Lewin Group—a national health care and human services consulting firm, based in metro Washington D.C.— where he provided strategic counsel to federal, state and private clients working to improve delivery and financing of health care and human services systems. Mr. Thurston holds a Masters in Public Administration from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Applications and American Studies from the University of Notre Dame.  James’s continued efforts with United Way and his background in healthcare will serve as great attributes to the advisory board of a charitable life.


Daniel StantonDaniel Stanton, MHA, MBA, FACHE

Daniel Stanton joined Methodist Healthcare in San Antonio, Texas, as the vice president for Transplant Services at the Texas Transplant Institute (TTI) in July 2011.  In this role, he provides administrative oversight of the solid organ transplant program—kidney, liver, pancreas and heart—to include regulatory compliance, strategic business development, staffing, budget preparation, capital acquisition, outreach and educational efforts. TTI is the largest and most comprehensive transplant program in San Antonio and South Texas, and it is consistently ranked nationally for patient outcomes, transplant volumes, and innovations. In 2009, 2010, & 2012 the Living Donor Kidney Transplant Program was recognized as the nation’s largest program of its kind.

Prior to this role, Stanton held the position of administrator for the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis, Tennessee. This included oversight of the abdominal transplant program—liver, kidney, and pancreas —at Methodist University Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center.  The liver transplant program saw tremendous growth during his 10-year tenure, growing from approximately 35 liver transplants annually to more than 120 liver transplants a year; additionally, the liver program was ranked in the top 10 nationally for volumes and outcomes. 

Stanton received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hospital and Business Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and completed masters’ degrees in Hospital Administration and Business at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. 

Stanton has Fellow status with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He was named Young Healthcare Professional of the Year by the Tennessee Regent in 2008. In 2009, he was honored with a service award for his ongoing participation in advancing professionals in his field. Prior to leaving Memphis, Stanton served as President of the local ACHE Chapter. Daniel brings great knowledge of organ transplants and healthcare administration to our advisory board at a charitable life.

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