Norm Biondi and Honey Biondi are Emily’s parents and reside in Ellicott City Maryland.
Honey Biondi participates as a board member of her family company, Indian Trails Inc., a bus transportation company over 106 years old, headquartered in Michigan. Honey holds a BFA degree in Art from Bowling Green State University and a BA degree in Photography from Brooks Institute.
Norm Biondi is a senior partner with HLB Network, a financial planning and investment group with primary offices in Ellicott City Maryland and Overland Park Kansas. Norm holds a BS degree in Political Science from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Honey and Norm are involved as volunteers with The Living Legacy Foundation and support the efforts of Team Maryland, representing Maryland in the Transplant Games of America. Norm acts as a coach for track and field events.
Other family members supporting Emily’s Gift are Nathan Biondi, Emily’s youngest brother and Taylor Biondi, Nathan’s spouse. Nathan & Taylor live in Nashville. Brendan Biondi, Emily’s younger brother and his partner, Christen Weaver, live in Columbia, Maryland. Brendan and Christen are on the Board of Emily’s Gift and their biographies are listed below.
Christa Gahagan is the Secretary/Treasurer of Emily’s Gift. She donated a kidney to her husband in July 1998. Since that time, she has been active in the transplant community volunteering with The Living Legacy Foundation and Donate Life Maryland. She is a member of Team Maryland and looks forward to competing in her 6th Transplant Games in August of 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Christa is also the Treasurer of TRIO-Maryland Chapter, Inc., the local chapter of Transplant Recipients International Organization. Christa was married to Michael Gahagan for 36 years and has two sons—Sean and Mike. She holds a B.A. degree in Communications from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She has been employed as an Executive Assistant for EMJAY Engineering and Construction Co., Inc. in Baltimore for 22 years. She enjoys traveling (especially cruising), golfing and spending time with family and friends.
Ann Bromery joined The Living Legacy Foundation in November 2005. Ann has over 30 years’ experience in Accounting & Finance, within the Real Estate, Banking and Financial Services Industries. Her expertise is in designing Financial Operations, System Integration and Process Improvement customized to specific industry requirements. She sits on the Board of Horizon Foundation – Elkridge Advisory Board and belongs to the Philanthropy group “The Women’s Giving Circle” which supplies grants to local woman/girls in need who are trying to improve their personal situations. Ann earned her degree in Business with a double major in Accounting and English Literature from the University of Massachusetts. She is a Certified Treasury Professional through the Association of Treasury Professionals. Ann has 2 adult daughters.
By day, Mary is an Executive Assistant-Asset Alignment Coordinator for Elville & Associates, P.C., premier estate planning attorneys in Columbia, Maryland. By night, she is a theater nerd. She has been involved in theater as both a performer and stage manager since she was in high school in Michigan. It was through theater (Anything Goes) that she met Emily Biondi and began a strong and caring friendship that would impact her forever.
Latrice Price is the Community Outreach Coordinator at The Living Legacy Foundation Maryland. As the Community Outreach Coordinator she educates the community about the importance of being an organ, eye, and tissue donor. Since, 2004 she has served as Manager of Team Maryland, a group of transplant recipients that compete in Olympic style games every two years. She is a past president of the Maryland Council of Directors of Volunteer Services and currently services on a number of National committees for organ, eye, and tissue donation.
Rodger Goodacre is a founding member of TRIO Maryland and also serves on the Board of Directors of TRIO National. Rodger received a liver transplant at Johns Hopkins in 1998 and since then has remained active in the transplant community. Rodger is retired from federal service and spent most of his career with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He is married to Christine and they have two daughters – Amanda and Faith.
In his spare time Ryan has spent over 25 years performing in theater and vocal performance at various college, community, and professional venues, 10+ in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. He has participated in over 100 shows, concerts, and cabarets in his career. However, his day job is as an Associate at Grimm + Parker Architects, where he is a design leader in the Residential and Urban Design Studio. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Architecture in 1999 and his Masters in Architecture in 2001 from the University of Maryland, College Park, even though he contemplated attending the Peabody Conservatory for Vocal Performance and the Carnegie-Mellon College of Fine Arts. It was through his performance life that he met and befriended Emily in their first show together, "Anything Goes". Through the years, he performed with her on numerous occasions, and while he loved working with her on stage, he will never forget their friendship as theater and Star Wars nerds.
During the day, Katie works at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg-Kimmel Immunology Institute as the Assistant Program Manager for the Melanoma Research Program. Outside of work, she can be found running or performing onstage at various local community theaters. She is also the current President of Heritage Players, Inc., a community theater in Catonsville.
Brendan Biondi (Emily's brother), Christen Weaver (Brendan's partner), and Calvin (Labrador) are founding board members of Emily's Gift. They reside in Columbia, Maryland.
Brendan and Christen graduated with B.S. degrees in Film/Video/Theater and Photography from Stevenson University. Calvin graduated from Hero Dogs, Inc, after being certified as a Therapy Dog by PAL (People. Animals. Love.).
In addition to volunteering for Emily's Gift, the three volunteer with Hero Dogs, PAL, and the Red Cross Therapy Dog Team. They regularly visit the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the Armed Forces Retirement Home in DC, doing their best to share Calvin's zest for life with those in need of hope and cheer.
Lisa Sharpe is a versatile professional writer and editor with senior-level experience in technical writing, research, and creative nonfiction. Functioning as a consultant for federal and state government agencies over the last 20 years, she has gained diverse business knowledge that spans digital forensics, military logistics, election services, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and healthcare. With a graduate degree in professional writing, Lisa offers a unique blend of technical proclivity and creative spirit.
At the age of five, Lisa perched herself on the windowsill of her childhood bedroom and began belting “Maybe” from Annie to her unsuspecting neighbors over the hum of their lawnmowers. Later, she started performing musical theatre in a more-official capacity, which is how her path first crossed with Emily Biondi’s in 2012. While in Fiddler on the Roof together the following summer, Emily and Lisa bonded over LaDuca dance boots, hideous dancer feet, a shared love of proper grammar, and the Jodi Arias trial.
Michael Gahagan was the Vice President of Emily’s Gift. He was also a founding member of TRIO-Maryland and served on its board of directors. Michael was diagnosed with end stage renal disease and for the next several years was on peritoneal dialysis. In July 1998, Michael’s wife, Christa, selflessly gave him the gift of life. For the next 8 years, Michael led a very healthy life with Christa and their two sons, Sean and Michael. Unfortunately, due to medication side effects, Michael’s kidney began to fail. In February 2005, Michael’s brother, Sean C. Gahagan, generously donated his kidney and Michael was transplanted again. After that, Michael and Christa had been very active in the transplant community volunteering for the Living Legacy Foundation and Donate Life Maryland. Unfortunately, while on the waiting list once again for a third kidney to become available for transplant, Michael passed away on October 9th, 2017.
Michael and Christa were members of Team Maryland and participated in the last five Transplant Games of America. They hoped to participate in the 2018 Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Michael and Christa had been married for 36 years. After more than 45 years working in the nonprofit arena for the March of Dimes, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and for the last 20 years with Emerge, Inc., an organization working with people with disabilities, Michael retired in February 2015. He enjoyed traveling, golf and spending time with his family and friends.