Be The Good.  Do Life.

"Gifts aren't to be paid back, they're to be paid forward."

 
 

VISION

To create and connect a powerful tribe that rallies, supports, educates, embraces, empowers and celebrates families impacted by transplantation. Through story telling and journey sharing, the tribe will empower families with knowledge, experiences and support, and promoting the importance of how people can BE THE GOOD and DO LIFE. 

 
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MISSION

The mission of BGVT is to raise awareness for organ donation and transplantation while creating a supportive network for individuals and families whose lives are impacted by this lifestyle. 

 

Meet the Tigue Tribe

FROM THE TIGUES

We want to show other families who are going through transplant that GOOD does exist in the state of stress, that LOVE does rise from the shadows when you need it most and the most amazing gift of ORGAN DONATION helps you do what we all love to do best - DO LIFE

The unfortunate uncertainty about medical challenges is you never know who might be impacted. One day it may even help someone you know.

We are trying to BE THE GOOD and help people DO LIFE. We hope you will help us in these efforts and become a part of our tribe.

Love,

The Tigues

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Russ
Captain of the Tribe

Traci
Sliver of Liver Giver

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Harper
Chief of the Tribe

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Brodie
The Warrior

This was taken a week before we had our transplant 10/12/2015

This was taken a week before we had our transplant 10/12/2015

Our Liver Tale

In 2015 infant Brodie Tigue, son of Traci and Russ Tigue, was diagnosed with a rare liver disease at four months old. The disease was Biliary Atresia and the only cure was a liver transplant. 

On October 19, 2015, his momma, Traci, was able to donate a “sliver of her liver” to save his life. Brodie and Traci are both doing awesome and will reach one-year post transplant mark on October 19, 2016.

During their journey of living organ donation and transplantation, the Tigues were surrounded by a tribe of people. They were empowered with knowledge to ease their fears and build their confidence, they were lifted up through good vibes and prayer, and they were supported by gifts of food, time, tokens and trinkets, and overall amazing philanthropy.

During their journey, they created a Facebook page, Brodie’s Good Vibe Tribe (https://www.facebook.com/brodiesgoodvibetribe) to update everyone on their journey.  The page (BGVT) quickly became more than just an informational group. It became the Tigue’s lifeline.

“My husband and I are positive we made it through the hardest times of our life because of this tribe comprised of medical, technology and faith communities that lifted us and carried us and our babies through this time.” Traci Tigue says.

Traci and Russ tossed and turned about how they could “pay it back" to everyone who supported them. They wanted to find a way to show their true gratitude for the support they received.

They chose to “pay it forward” by taking BGVT and turning it into a non-profit to help other families going through similar transplantation struggles. 

This was taken six months post transplant 04/2016

This was taken six months post transplant 04/2016

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Meet the People of BGVT

The original tribe members rose to carry us, lift us and have allowed us to make it through one of the most terrifying, beautiful epic journeys of our life.  

They gave us light when it was dark. 

They encouraged us when we were frightened. 

They gave us good vibes when we needed it most. 

Find your tribe. Love them hard. And always remember - your vibe attracts your tribe. 

MEET THE CHIEFS - BGVT BOARD MEMBERS

Traci Tigue Traci Tigue is an uncommon mixture of serious business and a lot of fun. She takes her business very seriously… and she has a blast doing it. Traci got an early start building her business skills set by starting her career off with Dale Carnegie Training. She was breaking sales records, recruiting and leading award winning teams just out of college.  Spending some time building a Professional Development Department both Sales and Training Teams for an Educational Technology company – she led the team to become the number one PD organization nationwide.   She has consistently found herself in the role of trainer, speaker, salesperson and manager for most of her life; whether it has been leading teams, building departments or establishing companies Traci has steadily pursued mastery of her craft and she consistently applies the same principles she teaches to others. “My purpose,” says Traci, “is to get people, teams and organizations to the next level of performance.” The best part is that Traci does business the way she does life. Her enthusiasm is contagious. When you work with her, you will find your horizons expanding too. Traci has founded non-profit BGVT with her husband which supports families of pediatric and adult transplant patients.  She lives in Cleveland with her husband Russ, their daughter Harper, son Brodie and their beloved pooch - Paulee. 

Traci Tigue

Traci Tigue is an uncommon mixture of serious business and a lot of fun. She takes her business very seriously… and she has a blast doing it.

Traci got an early start building her business skills set by starting her career off with Dale Carnegie Training. She was breaking sales records, recruiting and leading award winning teams just out of college.  Spending some time building a Professional Development Department both Sales and Training Teams for an Educational Technology company – she led the team to become the number one PD organization nationwide.  

She has consistently found herself in the role of trainer, speaker, salesperson and manager for most of her life; whether it has been leading teams, building departments or establishing companies Traci has steadily pursued mastery of her craft and she consistently applies the same principles she teaches to others.

“My purpose,” says Traci, “is to get people, teams and organizations to the next level of performance.”

The best part is that Traci does business the way she does life. Her enthusiasm is contagious. When you work with her, you will find your horizons expanding too. Traci has founded non-profit BGVT with her husband which supports families of pediatric and adult transplant patients.  She lives in Cleveland with her husband Russ, their daughter Harper, son Brodie and their beloved pooch - Paulee. 

Russell Tigue Russ Tigue enjoys being the captain of the ship, whether its at home, through sports, or his work life. He is passionate about giving back and paying it forward which is why he is super enthused to take on the role of captain for BGVT.  Along those same lines with sports being a major passion, Russ has given back by coaching and training numerous youth teams over the years.  Russ graduated Ohio University with a bachelors degree in Economics and Psychology. He cut his teeth in office equipment sales and beer distribution before finding his niche in the e-commerce / SaaS industry.   Russ is the Director of Client Services for Webcollage and has been with the company 8 years. He leads a tea­m of project managers con­sulting manufact­urers and ­retailers ­on how to ­make the m­ost of the­ir product­ content online. His team looks to engage and educate clients through their superior services and interactive technologies while in turn achieving a client retention rate of 90%. ­ Russ takes pride in helping consumers be decisive in the buying process by understanding his client’s needs, improving their technical capabilities, and promoting open and honest communications. "It's rewarding to help turn shoppers into buyers by merchandising my client's product pages effectively," says Russ. Russ is a life-long Clevelander who enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and watching Cleveland sports teams bring home titles.  

Russell Tigue

Russ Tigue enjoys being the captain of the ship, whether its at home, through sports, or his work life. He is passionate about giving back and paying it forward which is why he is super enthused to take on the role of captain for BGVT.  Along those same lines with sports being a major passion, Russ has given back by coaching and training numerous youth teams over the years. 

Russ graduated Ohio University with a bachelors degree in Economics and Psychology. He cut his teeth in office equipment sales and beer distribution before finding his niche in the e-commerce / SaaS industry.  

Russ is the Director of Client Services for Webcollage and has been with the company 8 years. He leads a tea­m of project managers con­sulting manufact­urers and ­retailers ­on how to ­make the m­ost of the­ir product­ content online. His team looks to engage and educate clients through their superior services and interactive technologies while in turn achieving a client retention rate of 90%. ­ Russ takes pride in helping consumers be decisive in the buying process by understanding his client’s needs, improving their technical capabilities, and promoting open and honest communications. "It's rewarding to help turn shoppers into buyers by merchandising my client's product pages effectively," says Russ.

Russ is a life-long Clevelander who enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and watching Cleveland sports teams bring home titles.  

Donnald Hecklemoser Donnald Heckelmoser is the Executive Director of Western Reserve Community Development Corporation and joined the staff in October 2015.   He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in History from Bowling Green State University. Donnald also received a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Cleveland State Universities Maxine Goodman Levine College of Urban Affairs.  He has served in key community development roles over the last ten years with Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation and The City of Cleveland. Donnald has become fluent in community development process and procedure, contract negotiations, budgeting, execution and project management.   He has developed, managed and executed contracts with municipalities and non-profits from $5,000 to $26 million dollars.  During his time at Old Brooklyn Donnald supported many projects, including but not limited to a real estate program in which the agency would purchase, rehabilitate and sell homes in their service territory. He has become an expert in the field of Residential Energy Efficiency holding four certificates from the Building Performance Institute. Donnald rounds off his building expertise with a State of Ohio lead Abatement Contractor license, an Interim State of Ohio Residential Building Inspector License, and a State Mechanical Inspector License, Donnald has previously held certificates from the National Environmental Health Association as a Healthy Homes Specialist, and rater. As Executive Director, Donnald is responsible for grant management, business development, organizational planning, financial and human resource management, grant writing, land acquisition and home design, program design and implementation, communication and interaction with the Board of Directors, public officials, clients and contractors of the organization.

Donnald Hecklemoser

Donnald Heckelmoser is the Executive Director of Western Reserve Community Development Corporation and joined the staff in October 2015.   He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a minor in History from Bowling Green State University. Donnald also received a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Cleveland State Universities Maxine Goodman Levine College of Urban Affairs.  He has served in key community development roles over the last ten years with Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation and The City of Cleveland. Donnald has become fluent in community development process and procedure, contract negotiations, budgeting, execution and project management.   He has developed, managed and executed contracts with municipalities and non-profits from $5,000 to $26 million dollars.  During his time at Old Brooklyn Donnald supported many projects, including but not limited to a real estate program in which the agency would purchase, rehabilitate and sell homes in their service territory. He has become an expert in the field of Residential Energy Efficiency holding four certificates from the Building Performance Institute. Donnald rounds off his building expertise with a State of Ohio lead Abatement Contractor license, an Interim State of Ohio Residential Building Inspector License, and a State Mechanical Inspector License, Donnald has previously held certificates from the National Environmental Health Association as a Healthy Homes Specialist, and rater.

As Executive Director, Donnald is responsible for grant management, business development, organizational planning, financial and human resource management, grant writing, land acquisition and home design, program design and implementation, communication and interaction with the Board of Directors, public officials, clients and contractors of the organization.

 
Donna Ferchill, RN, BSN Cleveland Clinic Foundation – Clinical Nurse Manager Donna is the Clinical Nurse Manager for the Adult and Pediatric Liver Transplant Program and the Living Donor Liver Transplant Program at the Cleveland Clinic. She has been with the Cleveland Clinic for a total of 7 years functioning as a Pre-Liver Transplant Coordinator for both Liver and Kidney Transplant Programs and as a Living Liver Donor Coordinator. She has been in her current role of Nurse Manager since 2016. She is responsible for administrative and regulatory management for the Liver Transplant programs while also maintaining an active clinical transplant coordinator role within the Living Donor Program. Previously she worked at Rush Presbyterian Medical Center in Chicago and was an Outpatient Liver Transplant Coordinator until 2003 and prior to that she worked as an Inpatient Transplant Coordinator for over 5 years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  Additionally, she is a current member of Liver Transplant QAPI and the Donor Advocacy Team. Donna holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University.  She is a member of NATCO and ITNS as well as an elected member of the UNOS Transplant Coordinators Committee (TCC) since 2015 and serves on workgroups within the TCC. 

Donna Ferchill, RN, BSN

Cleveland Clinic Foundation – Clinical Nurse Manager

Donna is the Clinical Nurse Manager for the Adult and Pediatric Liver Transplant Program and the Living Donor Liver Transplant Program at the Cleveland Clinic. She has been with the Cleveland Clinic for a total of 7 years functioning as a Pre-Liver Transplant Coordinator for both Liver and Kidney Transplant Programs and as a Living Liver Donor Coordinator. She has been in her current role of Nurse Manager since 2016. She is responsible for administrative and regulatory management for the Liver Transplant programs while also maintaining an active clinical transplant coordinator role within the Living Donor Program. Previously she worked at Rush Presbyterian Medical Center in Chicago and was an Outpatient Liver Transplant Coordinator until 2003 and prior to that she worked as an Inpatient Transplant Coordinator for over 5 years at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  Additionally, she is a current member of Liver Transplant QAPI and the Donor Advocacy Team.

Donna holds a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Northern Illinois University.  She is a member of NATCO and ITNS as well as an elected member of the UNOS Transplant Coordinators Committee (TCC) since 2015 and serves on workgroups within the TCC. 

Shannon Sidon Having worked in the Pharmaceutical industry forging relationships with both physicians and key decision makers for over 13 years Shannon was dedicated to medicine. Working in the healthcare industry Shannon always wished she could do more to help.  Following her passion for helping people, connecting people with one another has led her to be involved in philanthropy and especially something that is so close to her - BGVT.   Shannon recently decided to take on what is the most challenging and rewarding career move of her life-- stay at home mom to her 3 beautiful children; Sophia, Jackson and Charlotte.

Shannon Sidon

Having worked in the Pharmaceutical industry forging relationships with both physicians and key decision makers for over 13 years Shannon was dedicated to medicine.

Working in the healthcare industry Shannon always wished she could do more to help.  Following her passion for helping people, connecting people with one another has led her to be involved in philanthropy and especially something that is so close to her - BGVT.  

Shannon recently decided to take on what is the most challenging and rewarding career move of her life-- stay at home mom to her 3 beautiful children; Sophia, Jackson and Charlotte.

Emily Robinson Emily Robinson is the Director of Communications for Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland where she has been for over six years. After earning a Master of Arts degree in communication from Bowling Green State University in 2007, she entered the nonprofit sector and hasn’t left. Prior to her role at VASJ, she worked for nonprofits E CITY and E Prep Schools. She and her husband, Pat, have two children, Graham and Adalyn.

Emily Robinson

Emily Robinson is the Director of Communications for Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland where she has been for over six years.

After earning a Master of Arts degree in communication from Bowling Green State University in 2007, she entered the nonprofit sector and hasn’t left.

Prior to her role at VASJ, she worked for nonprofits E CITY and E Prep Schools.

She and her husband, Pat, have two children, Graham and Adalyn.