About the Foundation
The Pre to Post Transplant Foundation is a nonprofit organization based out of Houston, Texas. Our goal is to support individuals who are connected to organ donation. Whether they are recipients, donor families, living donors, or caregivers. We know first-hand the challenges this process can bring and we are dedicated to doing what we can to help make the smaller challenges less and easier so they can focus on the bigger picture.
The foundation was founded by a double lung transplant recipient in 2021. Each of the board members is in some way involved with the transplant process including recipients, donor families, and caregivers. We all have been through the organ donation/transplant process and we strive to help others going through the same thing.
Meet our Board Members
Double Lung Recipient
Jenny McFarlane had a double lung transplant in September of 2018 in Houston Texas, due to Cystic Fibrosis. Jenny was born and raised in New Mexico and moved to Houston to undergo her transplant. Since her transplant, Jenny has started a podcast to inspire and encourage other people in the transplant community., in addition to her podcast, Jenny has received a certificate in personal fitness training and works with other transplant recipients to help them get healthier. Jenny has always dedicated her life to helping others and giving back to her transplant community is a passion of hers. Starting a foundation that helps other people who are experiencing what she has been through is a way for her to do that.
Helen Fox (Hedi)
Vice President/Board Member
Hedi was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was married to her husband for 59 years until he passed away due to COPD. She and her husband had 3 children, and after her children were all in school, Hedi went to cosmetology school and ultimately opened her own hairdressing business. Her husband started a construction company which led Hedi to leave her business and become a head estimator for his company, which she did for many years until she retired. Hedi was blessed with 6 grandchildren (4 great-grandchildren so far). When she learned that her fourth grandchild was born with Cystic Fibrosis, Hedi dedicated her life to helping care for her granddaughter and advocating for her health. During that time, Hedi has been a caregiver to many members of her family, including her husband, brother, and nephew, who have all passed away. She has been an avid volunteer for many nonprofit organizations and has always been willing to go the extra mile for a cause she believes in. The Pre to Post Transplant Foundation is very close to her heart, as her granddaughter has received her gift of transplant, and she is honored to be able to sit as a board member.
Emily Wall was born and raised in College Station, Texas. After graduating from college with a degree in Business Administration, Emily began her professional career working in grants administration for a Texas state government agency where she now serves as a Division Chief Operating Officer.
Emily and her husband John have four beautiful children. Life gets busy with a family of six, but in her spare time Emily loves to bake with her husband, spend time with family, watch college sports and never passes up an opportunity to go to the beach.
On November 30, 2016, life was forever changed when Emily’s father received the gift of a double lung transplant. After this experience, Emily developed a passion for spreading awareness about the importance of organ donation and helping other families going through the transplant process.
Emily is honored to serve as a board member for the Pre to Post Transplant Foundation.
Monica Graduated from Westwood High School in Austin, Texas then attended the University of Texas undertaking general studies. Her career in purchasing was for Anixter in Cedar Park, Texas; Houston, Texas, and Bakersfield California. She then took on the full-time role of being a mom and raising 3 boys while living in Houston, Singapore, and Perth, Australia. She was fortunate enough to be active in her boy’s lives by serving as Coach, Team Mom, Parent Teacher Association, and many volunteer organizations. She is an avid tennis player on several teams, one of which she is the captain. She has been married to her husband Brent for 33 years. She became an Ambassador of Hope for Life Gift after the loss of her middle son Jordan in 2019. She is thankful every day for the opportunity to try to make a difference in other people’s lives and to honor Jordan.
Double Lung Recipient
Randy Coker was born in Corsicana Texas and graduated from Corsicana High School. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1972 and served three years near the end of the Viet Nam War. Once he was discharged from the military, Randy and his wife Becky moved to College Station Texas to make their home. After attending Texas A&M University Randy began his almost 40-year career as a general superintendent in strip mining and construction.
Due to health reasons, Randy was forced to retire in 2013 due to a bout with strep pneumonia. Diagnosed with end-stage COPD and emphysema in 2014 Randy’s doctors referred him to Houston Methodist Transplant Center for a possible lung transplant. After evaluation, he was listed in August 2016 and received his double lung transplant at Houston Methodist on November 30, 2016.
As a board member for Pre-to-Post Transplant Foundation, I feel I have a great opportunity to not only share my experiences in organ donation, but also with the help of the other members, help as many families as possible when they go through organ transplantation whether as a recipient, donor, or caregiver.
Double Lung Recipient
I am Tammy Sue Stephens. I was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension caused by an undetected atrial septal defect which is a congenital heart defect in 2005 and was given three years to live. I surpassed all odds with God, medicine, oxygen, and my will to live. In 2019 medications were no longer able to sustain me and I was placed on the double lung transplant list. I received my life saving double lung transplant on January 30th, 2020. I am married to my amazing husband, Bryan, who is a retired combat Army Veteran, and we reside in Bastrop, Texas. I am a dog and cat mom, and I am a bonus mother to my husband's three children. Family is very important to me. Especially my Mother and my Father who've been a constant solid support system. I am a Paparazzi Accessories Independent Consultant. I enjoy crafting and completing projects with the small sewing business that my mother and I own. I am eager to always tell my story to anyone and everyone as you never know who it can help and inspire. I look forward to spreading the word of organ donation and how it is a beautiful circle of life, volunteering wherever I'm needed, and giving back however I can. I want to honor my donor and donor's family in every way possible.
My name is Eileen Wagner and I am a liver recipient since 11/2018. I love being involved in volunteering for the transplant community. Being a recipient, I feel I could help direct anyone who needs help in the right direction. I will not give any medical advice, but can help with possible financial needs as well as support with questions through our Pre To Post Foundation. I do this with love for the donor community. I was saved because one person signed up as an organ donor. That donor saved my life. I had a great support system as well I was financially stable. Not everyone is as lucky as me and that's why I choose to help people.
Double Lung/Kidney Recipient
I am a double lung and kidney transplant recipient. I was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in 2005 and received my first transplant in 2012. In 2013 my kidneys would shut down and require me to go on dialysis. In 2015 I would receive the gift of life in the form of a living donor and would undergo a second transplant of a kidney. This gift of life would come from my young and beautiful daughter.
I am a Texas native and I am still employed. I am a high school English teacher, football and basketball coach. It was suggested that I retire after my first transplant and I told my team that I couldn’t do that. I am married and have two adult children who are both married. Both of my kids have each blessed me with one grandchild a piece.
Since my transplant, I stay busy as an organ recipient ambassador of a number of different transplant organizations. My mission in life now is to spread the word about the importance of organ donation and hopefully one day to meet my donor family. I also stay busy with my many hobbies and participating in The Transplant Games of America.
My advice to you is “don’t allow your health control your life and it’s outcome. You control it”.