Meet our Board
The Donate Life South Carolina board members and staff strive to ensure that an organ or tissue transplant will one day be available for any and all South Carolinians in need. You can help by registering today!
Mark Walker is a kidney transplant recipient and represents the Midlands region of South Carolina. Mark received a BS degree in Business Administration from The Citadel. Mark is employed by SC Department of Transportation and resides in Columbia. As a DLSC Board Member, Mark offers his personal experience, education, and legislative contacts to help promote organ and tissue donation awareness. This is his 2nd term as a board member.
Tracy Moore (Armstrong)
Tracy Moore began employment at Donate Life South Carolina in April 2008 and was instrumental in the launching of the SC Organ and Tissue Donor Registry in December 2008. As Executive Director of DLSC, she has assisted in community and statewide initiatives to change existing legislation and create new laws that serve and educate the citizens of South Carolina in support of the SC Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.
Tracy has personal experience with the hope and anguish that being on a transplant waiting list brings to patients and their loved ones. Her first husband was diagnosed with a rare heart tumor and was in need of a heart transplant, but he passed away at the age of 27 due to complications from his illness. Tracy is a fervent supporter of organ and tissue donation.
Debbie Yasenka represents the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. Debbie received a degree in Business from Kent State University. Debbie is currently a Consultant with Engaged Learning Solutions and works with technology companies in the K-12 Education vertical. She has worked for companies such as Apple, Promethean, Modis and others. As a DLSC Board Member and having experienced a relative’s transplant, Debbie offers her personal commitment, and dedication to promote organ and tissue donation awareness. This is her 2nd term as a board member.
Dr. Joel Sexton, MD
Dr. Joel Sexton is Chief Forensic Pathologist with Newberry Pathology Associates. Dr. Sexton resides in Newberry, where has been deeply involved with Donate Life (aka Gift of Life Trust Fund) since it’s fruition in 1996. As a DLSC Board Member, Dr. Sexton offers his education, personal and professional experience, and his fervent drive to help promote organ and tissue donation awareness. He has no term limits.
Lewis Cooley is a heart transplant recipient and represents the Piedmont/Upstate region of South Carolina. He is retired from Duke Power and resides in Simpsonville. As a DLSC Board Member, Lewis offers his personal experience to help promote organ and tissue donation awareness. This is his 2nd term as a board member.
John Brogan, a kidney transplant recipient, represents the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. John was born in Evanston IL and lived in Wellesley, MA and Cleveland, OH before entering college. While living in Wellesley, our next door neighbor was Dr. Joe Murray who did the first kidney transplant. John received his AB from the College of the Holy Cross and MBA from the University of Notre Dame. Since getting his CPA while working for Price Waterhouse & Co., John has chaired boards of the firm’s investment. He currently serves on the board of Amerco, the parent company of U-Haul. His non-profit service includes chair of the Board of the College of the Holy Cross and served on the boards of Suffolk University and Convent of the Sacred Heart. John also served on the Business Advisory Council of the Univerity of Notre Dame and my wife serves as Chair of its Performing Arts Council. John resides in Bluffton, SC with his wife of 46 years. They have three children and four grandchildren. As a DLSC Board Member, John has personal experience of receiving the gift of life through transplantation. John’s mother was diagnosed with renal failure in 1968 and had two cadaver transplants before she died in 1980. John is keenly aware of the importance of promoting organ, eye and tissue donation, as several members of his family have received kidney transplants.
Catherine Alice Cox Walker
Katie Alice grew up in North Carolina and graduated from North Carolina State University with a BA in English and language, writing and editing.
Katie Alice Walker founded KAW Communications in 2011. She began her career on the editorial staff at Departures magazine in New York City, where she wrote and edited fashion, shelter, travel and food pieces for the magazine. Katie joined Riley Communications in 2008 after relocating to Columbia, South Carolina, where she brought her creativity to work on a variety of award-winning campaigns. She has earned her clients placement in an array of local and national media outlets including Garden & Gun magazine, Southern Living and NPR.
Katie is an active volunteer in her community and enjoys updating her old home, which she shares with her husband and son. Katie Alice Cox Walker is currently serving her first term as a Donate Life South Carolina board member.
William “Woody” Crosby
Board Member In Memoriam
In Memoriam: William “Woody” Crosby served on the Donate Life South Carolina Board of Directors from June 2008 – October 2011. Words cannot adequately express this extraordinary man who was our very dear friend, collaborator and a strong voice for this great cause. Woody had a wonderful sense of humor coupled with a calm sense of strength that ushered a feeling that every goal was possible.