OUR Staff

Our Staff


Rita Michaels, MA

Executive Director

Rita started working at GTF in 2008 and considers it a vocation and a calling to work for the Foundation and with the transplant community. Rita enjoys spending her free time with family, friends, traveling, and being creative.


Angell Bray-Darden, MSW

Manager, Patient Services

Angell Bray-Darden is a proud Detroiter and lover of chili cheese fries with Faygo pop. When she's not sitting on her patio living her best birder life, she can be spotted soaking up the sun on the beach.


Rebekah Moshiri, LMSW

Director, Patient Services

Rebekah has worked at GTF for more than ten years and loves being a part of the transplant community. When she’s not at work, Rebekah loves taking long walks with her dog and spending time with her husband and kids.


Catie MacDonald

Grant Coordinator

Catie has a Bachelor's degree in English Education and a certificate in Advanced Grant Writing from the University of Georgia. When she's not writing, she enjoys chasing her three kids, camping, and reading.


Lisa Carlotta

Director of Finance

Lisa has been with GTF for more than 20 years. She enjoys spending time away from work with her five adopted children, seven rescue dogs, and two cats!

Lisa Ristuccia

Lisa Yudis-Ristuccia

Intern, Patient Services

Lisa is currently interning with GTF while completing her Master's of Social Work degree at Georgia State University and working as a Graduate Research Assistant. She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Georgia. Outside of work and school, Lisa enjoys the great outdoors, reading, and spending time with her family. 


LaTonia Patterson

Manager, Transplant Fundraising Program

LaTonia has been raising funds for small community action non-profits since 1989. She is a mother of two teens and a wife of one adult. She has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Converse College and has used her knowledge to benefit other in different non-profits for over fifteen years.