International Transplant Nurses Society

Dallas / Fort Worth Chapter


DFW ITNS is committed to the promotion of excellence
in transplant clinical nursing through the provision
of educational and professional growth opportunities,
interdisciplinary networking, collaborative
activities, and transplant nursing research.  We
promote the field of transplant nursing within our
individual transplant centers and throughout this
geographical region.


To provide a network for the communication among
professional nurses with a focus and commitment to

To provide a means of continuing education for
professional nurses with a focus in transplant nursing.

To examine new trends in all types of transplant
as it effects patient care and the clinical and
functional role of the nurse.

To promote and support research in the field of
transplant nursing.

To distribute the results of scientific
investigations among professionals interested in the
area of transplantation.

To foster an awareness of ongoing ethical
considerations in the areas of procurement, living
donations, and recipient selection.

To do all else that is necessary and proper for
the accomplishment of all of the forgoing or other
proper and lawful purposes and objectives of the

Pictured Left to Right: Valerie Pelley, Secretary; Angela Greer Treasurer; Sandy Sander, President; Yvette Chapman, Member at Large; Melody Holder, President Emeritus

Pictured Left to Right: Valerie Pelley, Secretary; Angela Greer Treasurer; Sandy Sander, President; Yvette Chapman, Member at Large; Melody Holder, President Emeritus

President - Sandy Sander
Sandy received his BSN in 1986 from LSU School of Nursing. He has been working in Transplant his entire nursing career: nine years at LSU Medical Center in New Orleans and eleven years at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. He earned his certification as a Clinical Transplant Coordinator in 1995. After re-locating to Dallas in 2006, Sandy began working at Methodist Hospital and then Dallas Nephrology Associates. His current memberships include ITNS and NATCO. He is currently employed at Parkland Memorial Hospital in the Pre-Kidney transplant department.

Vice President - Tara Fuller
Tara has been with UT Southwestern for nearly two years and has been the Lead for the Heart Transplant program for a solid year now. She is involved with a variety of committees throughout the hospital and also serves as the Pulmonary Transplant Council Liason for ISHLT. She went to undergrad at OU (Oklahoma) and received my BSN through Midwestern State University. Her career began as an ER/Trauma nurse at the Univ of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City and then transitioned to SICU/CVICU where she was a charge nurse at night.

Secretary - Valerie Pelley
Valerie been a nurse for 16 years. She started out working in apheresis as an LPN for 2 years. She then sat for her RN boards and immediately began working in hemodialysis. Her transplant career has spanned from LSU, Emory, ECMC and finally here at Parkland. She have worked as a coordinator both pre and post for kidney, kidney/pancreas and lung. Currently she is preparing to sit for the CCTC exam next year.

Treasurer - Angela Greer
Angela has been a nurse on the Transplant floor for 11 years. She is currently a Nursing Supervisor on the Abdominal Transplant Floor since 2006 and has been certified as a CCTN since 2009. At Baylor, she is the chair of the Nursing Supervisor Council, on the Fall Committee for Quality, The Chair of the BUMC Research Council, and she is currently working on a research project for mindfulness meditation in chronic pain patients. Additionally, she is working on a project with the other leaders on her floor for Study Guided Transplant Sessions to help make taking the CCTN easier for the staff.

Member at Large - Yvette Chapman
Yvette has been a member of ITNS sine 2006 and has served as President and VP. She obtained a BS in biology from LSU and later her BSN from the University o Arkansas. She worked in the transplant unit at Methodst Medical Center for several years before taking a postion as a transplant coordinator at the Liver Insitute. Currently she works for the local organ procurement organization, Southwest Transplant Alliance where she is the Direcotry of Transplant Center Developement. She ensures STA’s hospital partnerships in a new role designed to provide support, analytics and foster collaboration between the organization and hospitals in its donor service area. She directs and serves as a facilitator with STA’s leadership to direct the opportunity for growth and to save more lives collectively.

President Emeritus- Melody Holder
Melody is currently the Director ofTransplant Clinical Operations at
Methodist Dallas Medical Center. She is a grauate of ETBU and has worked at Methodist Dallas in a variety of nursing positions for over 15 years. During her tenure as President of ITNS she was instrumental in growing the membership of the chapter.