Staff

Amanda M. Ferguson, M.A.

Executive Director

Amanda was named Surgery on Sunday's executive director in May 2017. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations and administration of the program, including community outreach, public relations, marketing, volunteer recruitment, and fundraising.  She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kentucky and an M.A. in Psychology from Vanderbilt University. Amanda and her husband, Todd, live in Lexington with their three children.

Prior to joining Surgery on Sunday, Amanda served 10 years as an elected member of the Fayette County Board of Education. She has extensive experience with non-profits and board work, and is an involved member of the Rotary Club of Lexington and Centenary United Methodist Church.

 

Gaby Dawson

Volunteer Coordinator

Gaby joined Surgery on Sunday as volunteer coordinator in May 2018. She is responsible for credentialing and training volunteers, assigning them for surgery days, and keeping their records up to date. She also helps with the scheduling of patients, medical recordkeeping, and quality assurance procedures. A native of Venezuela but a long-time Lexingtonian, she brings many years of legal and medical office experience to our program. Gaby lives in Lexington with her husband, Jack. They have two children in college.

Tony Reyes, Certified Medical Interpreter

Interpreter Coordinator

Tony Reyes was named interpreter coordinator in September of 2015. Tony has been the lead medical interpreter for Surgery on Sunday since inception in 2005. In addition to surgery days, he assists with pre-operative calls and appointment confirmations with surgeons. Tony is responsible for ensuring qualified medical interpreters are on the bedside with patients during surgery days to ensure terminology and understanding is communicated properly to the medical providers and patients.

Having completed his medical interpreting training through Bridging the Gap in May of 2005, Tony has worked with the migrant community through the Bluegrass Farmworker’s Health Center, medical interpreter at the University of Kentucky’s Family Care Center and for the last year has been interpreting for medical professionals triaging phone calls for the entire UK Department of Pediatrics. Tony resides in Lexington with his wife, Norma and his daughter Yleana (and hopefully soon adoptive daughter from Mexico, Reyna).

 

Nancy Johnson, RN, BSN

Clinical Coordinator

Nancy joined Surgery on Sunday as Clinical Coordinator in the fall of 2017. In cooperation with the Medical Director and Executive Director, Nancy is charged with coordinating the entire patient care process, from initial referral to final post-op visit. Her duties include reviewing patient referrals, obtaining medical records, arranging surgical consultations, ordering diagnostic studies, ensuring follow-up care, communicating with referring providers, and addressing patient concerns.

Originally from Connecticut, Nancy lived in several cities across the U.S. before she and her husband, UK orthopedist Darren Johnson, settled in Lexington 25 years ago. They have 3 adult children and she works part-time as a PACU nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital.