JRF Ortho specializes in providing orthopedic surgeons with the highest viability, most widely available cartilage solutions in the industry. Our goal is to provide innovative solutions for allograft joint repair to orthopedic surgeons who specialize in helping patients regain movement and improve their quality of life; thus, JRF Ortho is redefining the standard for allograft joint repair and maximizing the gift of donation. Our unique member relationship with AlloSource® and Community Tissue Services® (CTS) enables us to offer the largest selection of specialized high-viability fresh osteochondral grafts, tendons and menisci in the industry. Through innovation and a commitment to clinical results and positive outcomes, JRF Ortho is redefining the standard for allograft joint repair.
At JRF Ortho, we provide innovative solutions for allograft joint repair to orthopedic surgeons who specialize in helping patients regain movement and improve their quality of life. Through our unique member relationship with AlloSource and Community Tissue Services, we offer the largest selection of specialized high-viability fresh osteochondral grafts, tendons and menisci in the industry. Our approach to joint restoration maximizes tissue safety and availability for elective procedures. Through our commitment to superior clinical results and positive patient outcomes, JRF Ortho is redefining the standard for allograft joint repair and maximizing the gift of donation.
Spend any amount of time with Jim Czepiel and you’ll quickly realize that he’s a numbers guy. Jim’s motto could easily be “In God we trust, all others bring data” – William Edwards Deming. This applies to business, as well as fantasy football, where analytics and negotiations rule.
Jim has a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. in Finance from Carnegie Mellon University. After 25 years in chemicals and energy businesses in Houston, Jim made a career switch to tissue banking, working for AlloSource in Strategic Development before coming to JRF Ortho as the Executive Director several years ago.
He is extremely proud of JRF’s accomplishments, particularly the growth of our MOCA advisory board which consists of many top orthopedic surgeons.
Jim recently celebrated his 38th wedding anniversary to his high school sweetheart, Maureen. They have two daughters and two bichons who run the house. He recently became a Board Member of Colorado Horse Rescue, a non profit organization dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of horses.
Keith Byers rarely travels in straight lines. “The twists and turns are what make it interesting” and this applies to running, cycling, as well as his career path.
The twists and turns in Keith’s career began after earning a BBA in Business & Marketing from Southern Adventist University in Chattanooga and include starting two small businesses, copier and pharmaceutical sales, allograft tissue recovery & suitability review, and since 2010 several roles within JRF Ortho. Maybe it is all the cycling he does, influence of the church youth group he volunteers with, or just ADD that has contributed to the nonlinear route, but the variety has provided unique experiences and valuable perspective.
Constantly looking for the next challenge and corner in the road has led Keith to train for and complete many endurance cycling events, marathons, and triathlons. The new 'endurance challenge' began in November (2016) with the birth of his son, Luke.
Dina Pasquino’s favorite phrase is “Will Do”, which means you can take it to the bank that she will accomplish any assignment. Dina has been at JRF since 2004, and as a fun but firm leader, she is one of the key reasons that JRF Ortho has grown at such a nice pace.
Achieving a degree in Neuroscience from the University of Colorado, Dina has always held an interest in the medical field, as reflected by her previous occupations in a research lab for childhood diabetes, a blood bank, a vet clinic, and a hospital ER, before finally settling down at JRF Ortho. The ability to help others, be it colleagues, customers or patients, keeps her focused on the task at hand.
Dina loves to read and would make a great copy editor in her next life (while living in London!). An avid animal lover, she has a rescue Basset hound and spends her days wiping drool off her colorful walls. She is artistic, detail-oriented, honest and loyal. With a black belt in sarcasm, her witty nature keeps everyone on their toes.
A high handshake, enthusiastic kind of guy who likes hugs, David Wilke’s “green” energy strives to problem solve for those around him. He excels at big picture company analyses to ensure JRF Ortho progresses for the future.
David has 25 years in medical sales and sales management. Of those, he has 20 years of experience in orthopaedic sales and sales management including 13 years in orthobiologics. He has worked in orthopaedic spine, reconstructive, trauma, extremity, and rehab markets at companies such as: Smith and Nephew, Biomet, CryoLife, Synthes, and finally at JRFOrtho for the past 6 years.
An ardent University of Nebraska sports fan, David loves reading, baking, cooking and grilling. He participates in sprint triathlons, wrestled in college, and won two Atlanta doubles tennis titles. Working out of Atlanta, GA, he always provides breakfast for the team whenever he travels to Denver. Due to his penchant for coffee, he has more than enough energy to work on several projects at once.
The epitome of a native Coloradan, Matt Fretzs loves the outdoors and the mountains, where he is an avid skier, waterfowl hunter, and a mountain biker. He values his family, is driven, and has a strong work ethic, which lends very well to the culture at JRF Ortho.
Matt joined JRF Ortho in 2011 after working as a JR processing trainer for four years at AlloSource, a job which helped him gain an extensive knowledge of fresh grafts and tendons. Matt majored in Environmental Biology, but found himself selling ski boots and working for the Forest Service during summer months in Breckenridge. In 2004, he landed his first “real job” at AlloSource.
Known for his wealth of knowledge on his beloved Avalanche and everything Colorado, Matt can also tell you anything about tendons, tissues, and various surgical techniques. He is thorough and methodical and a great resource both within and outside of JRF Ortho.
Bringing a great attitude to work every day, Christopher Byczko is always enthusiastic about meeting the challenges he faces on a daily basis head on.
Christopher brings 20 years of sales and marketing experience working in both the medical and financial services industries. He has a B.S. in Biology from Indiana University and an M.B.A. in Marketing from DePaul University. He has volunteered with Taproot Foundation over the past several years, providing professional services to non-profit organizations. Christopher helped rebrand JRF Ortho, launch the new website and posts the latest in orthopedics on social media.
Living in Colorado, he stays active skiing, hiking, mountain biking, and most recently, rock climbing. On any given day, you might find him exploring foreign lands, scaling a 14,000-foot mountain, or showing guests around town. His natural curiosity, and perhaps even general restlessness, has inspired him to journey all over the United States and throughout the world. In fact, it’s not a stretch to say that through his trekking, and all he has learned about geography, landmarks, languages and people, Christopher has become an amateur Rick Steves.
Aaron Moreng is the Information Technology Manager at JRF Ortho, providing both business process modeling and development within our ERP system. He earned his B.S. in Biological Science with a minor in Biomedical Science from Colorado State University.
Organized, efficient, direct, and motivated, Aaron is a problem solver who excels at analyzing data, system development, process improvement, and providing key insights.
In his free time, Aaron produces music, enjoys working out and any caffeine drinks. You can always count on Aaron to make you laugh and provide you with random, useless tidbits or facts of the day.
Sean Jacoby is an anomaly in that he grew up playing hockey in Northern California. As a defenseman, he would not let anything stop him, much like his role at JRF Ortho. Sean’s strong mind and willingness to please customers makes him the perfect fit as the San Leandro, CA, Manager of Customer Service for Tendons.
Spending his formative working years in the customer service field with such companies as Avis and Longs Drugs, Sean found a true passion for training people while working for Motorola. When he first started working for JRF Ortho, he was hard pressed to tell you the difference between a condyle and a flux capacitor, but his desire for learning new things quickly resolved that. If you’ve got a tendon question that needs answered, Sean is your guy.
Quick witted, with a dry sense of humor, Sean eases the mood whenever he’s in the office. He takes pride in doing things correctly and on time, and always puts the customer first.
Being a self-proclaimed Fantasy Football Guru, and an avid Buffalo Bills fan, Jef Toon brings the same dedication and loyalty to JRF Ortho. He is light-hearted and fun, while going all out to fulfill the needs of his customers. Jef is located in our San Leandro, CA, office and has been with JRF Ortho for six years.
Jef finds solace through his love of exercise, smoked BBQ and sports, particularly professional wrestling (when in town, stop by to check out his vast assortment of wrestling collectibles). In his “spare” time, he enjoys taking his dog Gunner Nelson Toon for a walk around town along with Taco Truck Toon, his rescue pup. Don’t forget to ask Jef why there is only one “F” in his first name!
Ron Watters is a delightful, customer service oriented member of the JRF Ortho team, who is also a bit of a neat freak. His comedic demeanor is always on display when he is on and off the phone.
Ron has worked in various roles at JRF Ortho and AlloSource since 1999, ranging from shipping to inventory to accounting to customer service and now as Manager of Customer Service-Fresh Allografts. He has a proven track record of exceling under pressure and for his reliability. He holds high value with the opportunity of helping as many patients/surgeons as possible.
He’s a huge sports fan who loves to root for the Chicago Cubs and Dallas Cowboys. Ron has been married to his beautiful wife Kelly for 25 years with whom he has two awesome kids, Ronnie (24) and Brittany (19). He enjoys playing slow pitch softball, camping in their new travel trailer and spending time with his family and close friends.
Being an introverted extrovert can make for some quiet Monday mornings but Ashley can still be found cracking jokes or helping others (after someone gets her to say "Good Morning" ��).
Ashley was born and raised on the East Coast where her love for science and medicine led her to shadow her mom at Shock Trauma Hospital in Baltimore, MD, at the age of 10. She later earned a degree in Molecular Biology with a minor in Chemistry with plans to pursue medical school but, as fate would have it, she ended up joining the JRF Ortho team in 2011.
Ashley is a busy mom to an active little girl, who is obsessed with gymnastics and soccer. If they are not at a sporting event on the weekends, Ashley can be found with her family in the mountains, at an archery range, or at a rodeo.
Always on the go due to his many interests, Ryan Baczurik was also in several roles at AlloSource before becoming one of the newer members at JRF Ortho.
Ryan joined the operational group at AlloSource six years ago as a tissue processing technician. After moving through all the technician levels, and gaining a broad knowledge about tissue, he moved into a management role and eventually managed three different departments within operations. He also possesses a B.S. in Biology from Western State University in Colorado.
Ryan enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, surfing, and traveling. He is Avalanche Safety I Certified and brews his own beer. A true David Hasselhoff, Ryan doesn’t just smell like a Lifesaver, he is one after saving a couple of fellow surfers by breaking into a hut with his father in Mexico and grabbing sea kayaks so they could free the two trapped in a riptide. Don’t Hassle the Hoff!
While Jennifer Brownlee disguises herself as the Clinical and Marketing Research Coordinator at JRF Ortho from 9-to-5, outside of the office she dons her monocle and top hat taking on the role of Denver’s Monopoly (wo)Man purchasing her second home at the age of 28.
Jennifer was born and raised just south of Denver and grew up enjoying many of the activities Colorado has to offer. She opted to stay in-state and attend college at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley where she received a B.S. in Biology. Shortly after graduating, she began working at AlloSource as an Intermediate Tissue Processing Technician for the next three years. Thereafter, she switched gears and moved to the Quality department before taking on her current role at JRF Ortho. She also possesses a Master’s degree in Criminology.
Her commitment to her family, friends, academic studies, and home stands sound; however, her desire to purchase a rusted, red American truck birthed decades ago to haul around her furniture refurbishing projects remains unsatisfied. Jennifer aspires to travel internationally and become a dog owner. But for now, she loves learning how to cook and bake and also to refinish furniture.
At 6’6”, Christian Bezenar takes his larger-than-life height to new levels by including the thoughts and ideas of those around him and cultivating a team environment. He lives by three philosophies - Be kind. Be respectful. Work hard. - which are reflected in his work. He loves educating and helping partners and colleagues succeed by serving in whatever capacity necessary.
He has been in the tissue banking industry for over 15 years, eight of which were at AlloSource, in various roles including National Allograft Manager. Christian possesses a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science and German from California Lutheran University and Bowling Green State University, respectively. He recently finished his Executive M.B.A. program from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.
Christian is the father of two beautiful daughters and a husband to an incredible wife. Collectively, he has spent about five years living abroad (Germany, Austria and Japan). His favorite movie growing up was “Strange Brew” and, to this day, his high school friends call him “Hoser”. As 3rd cousin second removed from the most interesting man in the world, Christian proudly brings masculinity to all situations showing others how he writes the rule book one eloquent word at a time.
Katie Hanzlicek might be better known as the organizing super-human who thrives on bettering inefficiencies, as exemplified by her contemplation of how to better organize the parking spaces at the office.
Katie was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska where she stayed in state and received her B.S. in Psychology at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Driven by her interest in the biotech world, Katie drove west soon after graduating and began her career at AlloSource in 2012 as an Intermediate Processing Technician. When she was not processing tissue she could be found moonlighting in R&D and Engineering helping develop new products and processes.
She loves to compete in intermural sports, such as dodgeball, kickball and sand volleyball. Her bucket list includes a goal of visiting all 50 states. In her free time, Katie enjoys camping and hiking and is obsessed with dogs (yes, the one at the park that pets every dog).
Chelsea Hurlburt is someone who sets her mind on something and will not rest until she is satisfied with the result. This determination is reflected by her work ethic, love for music, and a knack for debating.
Chelsea joins the team after spending nearly four years at AlloSource producing grafts for JRF Ortho. Never content with being stagnant, she is always looking for new ways to further her knowledge base and that is what brought her here.
Born and raised in Aurora, Colorado, Chelsea enjoys her time being “The Girl of Many Hobbies”. When she is not camping or attending concerts, she can be found playing guitar, making jewelry, hiking 14ers, or whichever other new hobby she is obsessing over that week.
As a native of Nebraska, now living in Georgia, Lynna spends her Saturdays in the autumn cheering for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football team with an eye on the Georgia Bulldogs. No matter which team is playing, she is always wearing red.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree, Lynna has always focused on working with customers. Her 16 years of experience includes sales, operations, customer service, and office manager for an orthopedic distributorship in Atlanta.
Lynna’s competitive spirit can be found on the tennis court, where she competes in singles and doubles. Her other favorite activities include: biking, baking (to satisfy her sweet tooth), reading and traveling.
Being “hands on” since he was a boy David Brown loves to take things apart just to see how they work and then rebuild, always looking for a way to improve its function. With the believe that anything and everything can be improved, he found his way into IT where he is always willing to drop what he is doing just to help someone out.
David has over 15 years of experience most recently coming from AlloSource where he worked over the past five years as help desk doing administrative tasks. Before AlloSource, he worked for Sourcecorp for a decade as a Field Service Administrator.
David is a proud Colorado native and a diehard Denver Broncos fan. In his free time, he enjoys working on cars/motorcycles, riding dirt bikes/4 wheelers, Target practice, spending time with his kids/family.
Mike Palleschi doesn’t just report the numbers for JRF, but also excels at analyzing the trends and telling the story behind them. He possesses a keen ability to transform data into digestible financial models that help drive business decisions.
Born and raised in the Greater Boston area, Mike earned his B.S. in Information Systems from Bryant University and an M.B.A. in finance and accounting from Bentley University. He brings 14 years of accounting and finance experience across multiple industries including healthcare, private equity and professional services.
When he’s not snowboarding, hiking, cycling or enjoying any of the other activities that the Colorado mountains offers, Mike enjoys exploring new places at home and abroad. Always on the move and trying to make the most of his time, Mike’s recent trip to Spain resulted in seeing the sights of 7 cities in 12 days.
Always prepared and wonderfully groomed, Carly Kosik isn’t afraid to pull her sleeves up to get the job done. Being around her cheery spirit and pleasant smile makes work feel like fun. To boot, she is one smart cookie who happens to bake the best cookies.
Carly was raised in Aurora, Colorado, and received her B.A. in Accounting from Hillsdale College, in Hillsdale Michigan. She has ten years of accounting experience in a diverse number of fields including e-cigs, healthcare, and oil & gas. She is passionate about organization and improving efficiencies so navigating different industries has been a welcome challenge providing her new opportunities to grow.
She is coordinated but clumsy so be forewarned if you are near her in a Zumba or group fitness class. Carly’s hobbies include eating Cap’n Crunch, being an amazing auntie to her adorable niece and nephews, and dressing up for adventure races.
Stephanie Aldrich had her calling at the age of eight when she received her first real cash register and she has been in the accounting field ever since!
She was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado. Stephanie is currently enrolled at Regis University and will soon earn her B.S. in Accounting. She has about 10 years Accounting experience in various fields including civil engineering. She LOVES all things paperless and working with customers on receivables.
When she is not out shopping for her new purse or accessory she is being a busy mom taking care of her four-year-old son and two stepsons. Stephanie also enjoys walking, kayaking, road trips, and hanging out with the family’s ball python named Burt.
Emilie Betz’s two Australian Shepherds are the living embodiment of Emilie's animating life forces: boundless enthusiasm and fluffy interpersonal warmth. Like both her dogs, her senses are extremely keen, following her heart as well as her nose, which can smell right from wrong and point her in the direction of the greatest adventures.
Emilie was raised as a Bulls, Bears, and Cubs fan in a small Indiana town. She studied Microbiology at Indiana University and went onto work in the medical field for about five years, spending the last year at AlloSource producing grafts on the Joint Restoration team.
When she is not at the dog park or hiking with her two dogs, Emilie is playing disc golf, gardening, snowboarding, refereeing Lacrosse, or watching all things basketball.
Growing up in Colorado, Jonny Zakett could be found at the skatepark in the summer or in the terrain park with friends in the winter. Always striving to excel and showing determination towards what is important to him makes him a perfect fit at JRF Ortho.
His interest in how the body works led him to a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Prior to joining JRF Ortho, Jonny spent five years working in physical therapy helping to guide patients through exercises and assisting in the rehab process.
During the winter season, Jonny can be found snowboarding or snowmobiling up in the mountains every weekend while the rest of the year he can be found backpacking and hiking new trails with his dog.
Known as being upbeat, positive and having fun while working, Jeff Gombos brings a great energy to work each day that makes all the people around him better.
He was born in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, but moved at an early age to his (basically) native state of Colorado. Professionally, he spent eleven years at AlloSource in Operations – from sterilizing equipment, processing the tissue to Inventory Management – before coming to JRF Ortho.
Jeff has always been the charmer in his family. He is fun loving, easy going and the ladies always love him. He is now married to the smartest, most beautiful CPA supermom and has two amazing young boys, Gage and Gavin. In his spare time, he loves mountain biking, bouldering, bird hunting, softball, ice fishing and my BIG love for bass fishing / bass fishing tournaments.
As someone who has firm principles and a strong work ethic, Mackenzie Smith emanates that high energy and dedication in the office.
Mackenzie graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder and double majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Anthropology. She focused on biological systems and physical anthropology (bones!). Previously, she worked in a diagnostic laboratory and in customer service in the banking industry.
She has a kind heart and is the true definition of a devoted friend who values and nurtures her friendships. Mackenzie’s love of animals and helping other people shows just how gentle her spirit truly is. When she isn’t working, Makenzie is enjoying the outdoors with her two dogs (a Corgi and Labrador). She also enjoys hot springs, plants and animals, and fashion!
Hannah was only ten years old when she was diagnosed with Osteochrondritis Dessicans (OCD). Four years later, she started experiencing aches in her knees which led to numerous operations. In 2018, seven years later, it was determined that an allograft was the only solution for this condition. The challenge was that Australia does not allow allografts but Hannah received an exemption and her legs are now functioning better than ever.Read More
Joshua grew up in Southern California playing about every sport imaginable sometimes playing hockey and football games in the same day. No matter what sport or how many thousands of miles in training, he never suffered any major injuries. The day after rolling his ankle he noticed he could not quite bend his knee as much. In the next couple days, Joshua would get a stat MRI.Read More
Dan is a rep from Boston who provided firsthand insight into what it takes to make someone’s dreams come true.Read More
Ellie discovered that she had a condition called “osteochondritis dissecans.” Many questions came to mind, but the most important one brought her to tears: “I’m getting married in September. Please can I walk down the aisle? Will I have my surgery by then?” She left the appointment with many unanswered questions.Read More
“I know my transplant was different than a heart, liver or lung, but to me this is as important as any of those,” she said. “I can honestly say without this transplant, I would not be up and walking. I wouldn’t be able to get out at all and watch my kids play soccer and run around the playground or even go to the store.”Read More
When Rachel met with Dr. Brian Cole of Rush University Medical Center, she learned she was a candidate for a meniscus transplant. Since donor meniscus tissue is matched to the recipient by size, she was placed on a waiting list. Three weeks before starting medical school, she received her match.
Now an orthopedic surgery resident at Rush University Medical Center, Rachel works alongside Dr. Cole, the surgeon who helped her heal. Many of her research projects involve allograft applications and her experience as an allograft recipient provides a unique connection to her patients in need of a tissue transplant.Read More
Dr. Brian Cole from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush discusses the evolution of orthopedic/sports medicine and the role of regenerative medicine and medical technology...past, present and future.Read More
For Kyle Oliverio, sports were important growing up because it was about family. When thinking about what the donor tissue meant to Kyle and how it changed his life, he finished with this thought: “It changed my attitude on life, appreciating every day, living in the moment, accepting the way things are and not trying to change that. It really changed my life.”Read More
Though he lived with pain for several years after his first surgery, his wakeup call came in early 2014 when Phil and his wife welcomed a beautiful baby boy. He knew he needed to take action.Read More
During her recovery, Jen set a goal for herself: she wanted to run one final marathon as a tribute to her meniscus donor. She accomplished her goal in October 2014, completing her fourth and final race. She sent her finisher’s medal to her donor’s family to express her gratitude.Read More
Jake’s life was never without sport: as one season ended, another began. Soccer became basketball, basketball became track, and he enjoyed the athletic challenge of each sport. However, constant knee pain threatened to put Jake on the bench.Read More
May is a world-class martial arts competition medalist and school teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. May teaches twenty-five hours a week while preparing for competitions.Read More
At the beginning of summer, five-year-old Elizabeth, began complaining about an ache in her arm. The big sister of a newborn, Elizabeth’s parents wrote it off to the “typical” behavior of an attention-seeking sibling. But when the pain in her arm started waking her up at night, her parents we knew that this was not typical at all.Read More