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Zoe Severyn

A life long resident of Arizona, Zoe grew up in rural Gilbert. She graduated from Highland High School in Gilbert and then continued on to pursue a Bachelor of Music Performance at Denver University in Colorado.

Returning to Phoenix in 2001 she began bookkeeping for the family business, MSC Distributing. Zoe’s great grandfather Herbert L Stevenson settled in Phoenix in 1903 and established Motor Supply Company, a warehousing company that provided auto parts for the newly manufactured Model T. The Stevensons ran this business for over a hundred years, selling the auto parts division in the 1980s and focusing on oil. Zoe was the forth generation to run the company in 2014. After starting out in bookkeeping and everyday management, she was promoted to president of a $12 million a year company that distributed Pennzoil, Shell products all over the state of Arizona. Zoe’s fiscal responsibly to the family carried the company through the recession. No job was too small or too great for her as she always was willing to conquer any obstacle. The company was sold in 2016, and she was the primary negotiator.

When Zoe started as office manager at New Life Society in 2017, she was brand new to the transplant community, however she brought a caring and inclusive attitude. Always striving to improve the organization, she is keen to lead it into a future of helping more people to survive and negotiate the complicated world of organ transplantation. In February of 2018, the board displayed great confidence in her ability and promoted her to Executive Director.

Zoe loves life and helps everyone she touches to improve theirs. Never taking no for an answer, she is analytical and methodical when working to solve problems. She has an appetite for learning and self improvement.

In her leisure time, Zoe enjoys horseback riding, spending quality time with her wife and her family, playing the piano and working around the house.

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Melissa McQueen

Melissa McQueen is Executive Director of Transplant Families who works with parents and caregivers of children being listed for or already have received a lifesaving organ transplant to help guide them to support, education, and assistance to help them through this very difficult time.

Melissa believes that education and support bring hope and healing for families.   She is honored to volunteer with the OPTN/UNOS in their Pediatric Committee and their Data Advisory Committee where she helped co-author “What Every Parent Needs to Know”.  She has also been selected as leadership with Quality Improvement Collaboratives ACTION Learning Network (pediatric cardiac QI based out of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital) and Starzl Learning Network (pediatric liver QI based out of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center) to give input and help co-create materials for clinicians and families.  She worked on the spearheading committee that helped Donate Life America create National Pediatric Transplant Week (every year on the last week of every April).  She is the charter chair of the Heart Center Family Advisory Council and Alumni Family Advisory Council at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.   She is proud volunteer and editor of the newsletter for Transplant Community Alliance.

Melissa is a trained developer/engineer by trade who has worked at companies such as Honeywell – Aeronautics Division, APS, Wells Fargo, and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  Most recently, she helped to develop “My journey with” applications covering patient education from diabetes to transplant for newly diagnosed families.  Melissa holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems from DeVry University.

When Melissa is not working, she loves hiking and traveling with her college sweetheart and husband, Brandon, and spending time with their three beautiful children: Alex, Maddie, and Dylan.  Dylan received his gift of life (heart) at 8 months old and is now a healthy and happy 12-year-old.