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Riki Graves


Riki Graves

Director of Business Development

Caregiver to a Heart Transplant Recipient

Riki Graves joined Transplant Families in 2021 after spending several years as a public advocate for her daughter, Juliana, who received a heart transplant at just 17 days old. While Riki was pregnant with Juliana, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Since both surviving difficult health challenges in 2014, Riki has been an advocate for children like Juliana, who aren’t always able to advocate for themselves.

Riki began volunteering at Texas Children’s Hospital with the Fetal Center and Heart Center shortly after Juliana was born. Through connections with Juliana’s medical team, Riki became an active vaccine advocate working with The Immunization Partnership, Immunize Texas, (now HAVEN), Voices for Vaccines, and Trust for America’s Health. Riki’s vaccine advocacy includes being invited to testify at both the Texas Senate and the Texas House of Representatives during the past four legislative sessions. She has also worked with media on public health and vaccine advocacy pieces, as well as presented to staffers on the importance of strong vaccination policy at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. In 2022, Juliana was chosen to be the Local Hero of the Year for Texas Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network, where she was able to have a very successful fundraising campaign for Texas Children’s.

Riki serves as a Board Member for Transplant Families, the Pediatric Heart Transplant Society (PHTS) Foundation, the Chris Klug Foundation, and HAVEN. Riki serves as a member of the OPTN Disease Transmission Advisory Committee, helping develop policy related to the transmission of disease through organ transplantation. She is active on ACTION Learning Network’s FACT and CNOC Committees, the Pediatric Heart Transplant Society’s Quality Initiatives Committee, and the American Liver Foundation’s Texas Medical Advisory Committee. Riki has a Master’s in Healthcare Administration and is employed by Houston Methodist’s J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center as a Business Development Specialist for the Sherrie and Alan Conover Center for Liver Disease and Transplantation.

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