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The Alliance Announces New Board Growth for 2024, Introduces New Members and Executive Committee


The Alliance is proud to announce its new expanded 2024 Board of Directors and the newly appointed Executive Committee:

  • Chair: John Magee, MD (Section Head, Transplantation – University of Michigan; ASTS Representative to the Board)
  • Chair-Elect: Jennifer Prinz, RN, BSN, MPH-HPA (President & CEO, Donor Alliance; AOPO Representative to the Board)
  • Immediate Past Chair: Jan Finn, RN, MS, CPTC (President & CEO, Midwest Transplant Network)
  • Secretary: Kevin Myer, MSHA (President & CEO, LifeGift)
  • Treasurer: Jon Snyder, PhD, MS (Director of Transplant Epidemiology, Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute; SRTR Contractor Representative to the Board)

Two new board seats have been created to foster a balanced representation of donation and transplantation programs. In 2024, The Alliance Board of Directors is made up of 20 esteemed leaders representing U.S. organ donation and transplant programs, as well as dedicated seats for key associations including the American Hospital Association (AHA), the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), the American Society of Transplantation (AST), the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS), the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), The Joint Commission (TJC), the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) contractor, the Scientific Registry for Transplant Recipients (SRTR) contractor, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

Incoming board members for 2024 include Renee Bennett, Enterprise Transplant Director for Cleveland Clinic; Richard Hasz, President & CEO for Gift of Life Donor Program; Dr. Matthew Kirschen, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Neurocritical Care at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; and Dr. Amit Mathur, Surgical Director of Liver Transplant at Mayo Clinic of Arizona.

“As we navigate through a time of significant change in donation and transplantation, the diverse experience and wisdom of our board members are extremely valuable,” said Karri Hobson-Pape, Executive Director of The Alliance. “They bring distinct perspectives and robust strategies to extend our impact in this critical field.”

The 2024 Board of Directors is set to guide the organization’s strategic planning and resource allocation, positioning The Alliance to be the catalyst that ignites bold advancements in organ donation, transplantation and patient survival through collaboration and engaged learning.

The full 2024 Board Members and Executive Committee includes:

John Magee

Board Role: 2024 Board Chair; ASTS Representative to the Board

Professor of Surgery

- University of Michigan

John Magee, MD, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. He completed his General Surgery residency at the University of Michigan in 1996. During his residency, Dr. Magee spent three years as a research fellow in the Department of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. He also completed the Post-Doctoral Research Training Program at the University of Michigan. Following General Surgery training, he completed a two-year Multi-Organ Transplant Surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty in 1998.

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Jennifer Prinz


Board Role: Board-Chair Elect; AOPO Representative to the Board

President & CEO

- Donor Alliance

With a tenure of more than 25 years in the organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation, Jennifer is the President and CEO of Donor Alliance. While there are organ procurement organizations in every state, Donor Alliance, under Jennifer’s leadership, stands out as a leader in the field and has improved the climate for transplant patients in Colorado and Wyoming.

Jennifer has been instrumental in raising Coloradans’ and Wyomingites’ willingness to sign up as organ and tissue donors. Last year more than 950 thousand residents added their names to the organ, eye and tissue donor registries. Colorado’s donor designation rate has climbed over six percent in her tenure, (to 68%) and now is the highest in the nation. Also, despite the pandemic, she was able to lead Donor Alliance to a record number of organ recoveries, and lifesaving transplants in 2020. Thanks to Jennifer’s leadership, Donor Alliance has achieved outstanding clinical and operational outcomes, culminating in a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2018.

As both a donor and recipient family, Jennifer and the Donor Alliance team continue to focus on maximizing donation and transplantation in Colorado, Wyoming, and across the country.

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Jan Finn


Board Role: Immediate Past Chair; OPO Representative to the Board

As an experienced leader in the OPO community, Jan Finn is skilled in guiding organ and tissue donation increases through data-driven decisions and a strong improvement focus. Her successful strategies — such as building a strong foundation through relationships with hospital leaders, staff, and physicians — have proven to be a cornerstone of Midwest Transplant Network’s (MTN’s) culture. Finn worked purposefully with MTN’s team during the Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative to engage the entire donation service area (DSA) in increasing the number of organ transplants. MTN still adheres to key, high-leverage changes, including a robust donation after circulatory death program, an on-call critical care team of physicians who manage every organ donor, and a DSA-wide donation and transplantation advocacy council representing large donor hospitals meeting quarterly to refine effective donation practices.

Finn began her career as a Registered Nurse in Joplin, Missouri, which led her from being a director in the critical care environment to working for MTN. In her early years at MTN, the combined hospital development/organ procurement/community awareness role taught her about each of the OPO’s now-specialized roles. As President & Chief Executive Officer for MTN, Finn is responsible for building the right culture, which she believes starts with a highly effective, innovative, and cohesive leadership team who recognize the importance of how to keenly focus staff on doing the right things. A tenant of MTN’s leadership team is a biannual leadership development institute aimed at expanding knowledge, ensuring consistency, and a building resolute strategic plan. These efforts have helped MTN rank in Tier 1 for performance and place among the top of all OPOs based on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reports for number of organ donors and number of transplants.
Finn currently serves as the Board Chair for The Alliance, an independent nonprofit committed to increasing organ availability and eliminating deaths on the organ transplant waitlist; on the Board of Trustees and as the Chair for the Donation Board of Trustees for MTF Biologics; as a member of the Missouri Governor’s Organ Donation Advisory Committee; and offers service to the community as a board member for Friendship Inn of Kansas City and the Gift of Life Foundation in Overland Park, Kansas. Her recent national tenures as the President of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations and the President of the North American Transplant Coordinators Organization helped shape her commitment and leadership ability as well as an appointment to Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation; UNOS, the United Network for Organ Sharing Board of Directors and numerous other leadership roles.

Finn’s prior service to the donation community includes teaching at the NATCO introductory course, serving on numerous UNOS committees, helping lead the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Breakthrough Collaborative as a faculty member and later serving as HRSA’s National Improvement Leader. Finn is passionate about donation and enjoys water skiing and spending time on the beach in Florida. She is an honored donor family and recipient family member who lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, with her husband, Larry, and perfect little dog, Fitzgerald Grant. She is a proud grandmother of five and raised two sons who grew up learning all about organ and tissue donation.

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Board Role: Board Secretary; OPO Representative to the Board

President & CEO

- LifeGift

Kevin A. Myer, MSHA, serves as president and CEO of LifeGift. LifeGift, based in Houston, Texas works with over 240 hospitals and 9 transplant centers in 109 counties.

Myer joined LifeGift in 2013 from the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), where he was the business director for the Center for Transplant System Excellence. Previously, Myer was the assistant director for the UNOS Department of Evaluation and Quality, where he oversaw policy compliance auditing, organ allocation analysis and led special projects in patient safety. Before his tenure at UNOS, Myer held the positions of executive director and vice president of LifeNet Health, an organ procurement organization (OPO) and biomedical implant agency based in Virginia.

Myer received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. and earned his Master of Science in health administration degree from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He also completed a fellowship in patient safety at Virginia Commonwealth University. Through Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, he has completed the Executive programs in Social Entrepreneurship, Innovative Health Care Leader-Design Thinking to Personal Leadership and most recently in July, 2019, the Mergers and Acquisitions Certificate.

He is a member of the American Society of Transplantation (AST), the International Society of Heart Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) and the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance (The Alliance).

Jon Snyder

Jon Snyder

, PhD, MS

Board Role: Board Treasurer; SRTR Contractor Representative to the Board

Director of Transplant Epidemiology

- Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute

Jon Snyder, PhD, MS, serves as the Director of Transplant Epidemiology for the Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) in Minneapolis, MN. In his role as a solid organ transplant epidemiologist for HHRI, Dr. Snyder serves as the Director of the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients, a federal contract with the Health Resources and Services Administration. In addition to his work with HHRI, Dr. Snyder serves as Treasurer of the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance, Secretary of Donate Life America, and he is a member of the Clinical Policy Board of LifeSource, the organ procurement organization serving Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and portions of Western Wisconsin. Dr. Snyder is a Statistical Editor for the American Journal of Transplantation and an Associate Editor of the journal Transplantation. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health. He holds a doctoral degree in epidemiology and a master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of Minnesota.

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Leonard Achan


Board Role: OPO Representative to the Board

President and CEO

- LiveOnNY

Achan was appointed President & CEO of LiveOnNY in November 2021. Having started his career as an ICU Nurse in 1999 at Mount Sinai Hospital, he is a veteran healthcare executive with over 20 years of leadership experience. He previously served as the President of the Hospital for Special Surgery’s Innovation Institute. His leadership roles have spanned clinical, operational, marketing, communications, crisis management, digital transformation, branding, and innovation and he has served in several C-suite roles.

Renee Bennett

Board Role: Transplant Representative to the Board

Enterprise Transplant Director

- Cleveland Clinic

Renee Ellan Bennett, RN, BSN, MSN, is an accomplished and dedicated healthcare professional with a wealth of experience in the field of transplantation. Currently serving as the Senior Director of Enterprise Transplantation at the Cleveland Clinic since 2017, Renee plays a pivotal role in overseeing and managing transplantation programs. Her extensive journey in healthcare began with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bowling Green State University in 1987. Over the years, she has furthered her education, completing Masters’ of Health Science coursework from Cleveland State University in 2009, followed by a Masters’ of Science in Nursing Leadership from Grand Canyon University in 2019.

Throughout her illustrious career, Renee has held key leadership roles, currently serving as the Senior Director of Enterprise Transplantation at the Cleveland Clinic since 2017. Prior to this, she served as the Director of Transplant at Cleveland Clinic Florida from 2013 to 2021. Her journey at the Cleveland Clinic began in 1987 as a Staff Nurse in the Cardiothoracic Step-down Unit, and she has progressively climbed the ranks, displaying her commitment to excellence in transplant care. Renee is a licensed nurse in both Ohio and Florida and holds various certifications, including CNOR, CCTN, and CCTC.

In addition to her clinical expertise, Renee is an active member of numerous professional organizations such as AORN, ISHLT, NATCO, ITNS, AST, ASTS, The Alliance and more. She has received certifications for Professional Achievement in Perioperative Nursing Practice and has been recognized for her outstanding contributions, including Preceptor of the Year and various leadership roles in transplant-related committees and boards, including her local Organ Procurement Organization. Renee’s extensive list of publications and presentations underscores her commitment to advancing knowledge in the field of transplantation, making her a distinguished leader in the healthcare community.


Board Role: AHA Representative to the Board

Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety Policy

- American Hospital Association, D.C.

Nancy Foster is the Vice President for Quality and Patient Safety Policy at the American Hospital Association, serving in this role since 2004. She advocates for the nearly 5,000 hospitals and health system members of the American Hospital Association and shapes national policy on health care quality and safety. She leads efforts to improve quality and safety through collaboration with key national health care organizations; advises CMS on quality measures and their application in various public programs; works with the AHA Committees on Governance and Equity of Care; collaborates with experts to translate safety research into improved policies and practices;  and coordinates with leaders working on information technology, workforce development, organizational culture, and other issues affecting quality of care.  

Richard Gilroy

Board Role: Transplant Representative to the Board

Hepatologist & Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program

- Intermountain Medical Center, UT

Richard K. Gilroy, MD, is a hepatologist and medical director of the Liver Transplant Program at Intermountain Medical Center. Prior to his current role, Dr. Gilroy worked as a Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of Liver Transplantation at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. He maintains active membership in the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, United Network for Organ Sharing, International Liver Transplant Society (ILTS), and the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD). Among his many honors, he holds the position of United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Medical Director of Liver Transplantation and sits on the US Food and Drug Administration Gastrointestinal Drug Advisory Committee. He has authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, and presentations. He has also been a principal investigator or sub-investigator for various studies in the areas of short bowel syndrome, liver transplantation, hepatitis C and other liver diseases. He currently holds a research grant from the National Institutes of Health Liver Failure Studies Group and is a mentor for an AASLD Nurse Practitioner Training Grant.

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Board Role: Transplant Representative to the Board

VP, International Health and Transplant Services

- Ochsner Health

A psychiatrist by training, Dr. Hands is a skilled healthcare professional with over 25 years of experience. Since joining Ochsner in 2005, she has been responsible for overseeing all strategic planning, business development and operational components of the International Health and Multi-Organ Transplant Services. Dr. Hands has a distinguished career creating and operating new revenue programs for hospitals. She has had a crucial role in the post Katrina restructure of the Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Institute, leading with exceptional dedication assuring a multidisciplinary commitment to safety, quality, and the most current evidence-based practices making the Ochsner Transplant Program one of the top programs in the country.

She has also served as member of the Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation- ACOT and is a member of the board of directors for the Alliance. Additionally, she serves on the board of the Legacy Donor Foundation in New Orleans and is a State of Louisiana representative for the Donate Life America Collaborative.

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Richard Hasz


Board Role: OPO Representative to the Board

President & CEO

- Gift of Life Donor Program

Rick has more than 25 years’ experience in organ and tissue donation and has served on numerous national leadership committees for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), most recently on the UNOS Data Advisory Committee and Data Element Review Workgroup (DDR).

Rick holds membership in the North American Transplant Coordinator’s Organization, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the American Association of Tissue Banks and served on the Executive Committee for the Association for Organ Procurement Organizations. Rick is a past President of the American Board of Transplant Certification and holds certifications as Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator (CPTC) and Certified Transplant Preservationist (CTP). Rick has delivered lectures and educational sessions for over 60 organizations and professional societies in the U.S. and internationally. He has also contributed to over 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals to improve the science of donation and transplantation. Rick obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Pennsylvania State University and a Master’s degree in Forensic Science from George Washington University.

Matthew Kirschen

Board Role: SCCM Representative to the Board

Assistant Professor Associate Director, Pediatric Neurocritical Care Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology

- University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr. Kirschen is an Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Pediatrics, and Neurology, and the Associate Director of pediatric neurocritical care at CHOP. His research focuses on detecting and preventing brain injury in critically ill children. He is the vice-chair of the Ethics, Health, Law and Humanities Committee, a joint committee of the American Academy of Neurology, Child Neurology Society, and the American Neurological Association, and is a member of the AAN Brain Death Workgroup.

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Amit Mathur


Board Role: Transplant Representative to the Board

Surgical Director, Liver Transplant Program Director, Enterprise Transplant Quality and Compliance

- Mayo Clinic Transplant Center - Arizona

Dr. Amit Mathur is a Professor of Surgery and Consultant in the Division of Transplant Surgery, Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix, Arizona and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. He serves as the Surgical Director of Liver Transplantation at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and as Enterprise Director for Transplant Quality and Compliance, and an Associate Medical Director for Contracting and Payer Relations (Transplant) at Mayo Clinic.

His clinical interests are in liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation, and utilization of extended criteria donor organs. His academic interests focus on clinical outcomes and health care utilization after transplantation and complex surgery, barriers in access to deceased donor and living donor transplantation, and quality of transplant care delivery. He serves as the Program Evaluation Specialist for the National Living Donor Assistance Center. He is dedicated to transplant surgical education, research, and financial issues in transplantation.

Dr. Mathur is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is a member of several professional societies and has received a number of honors and awards for his scholarly and research activities, including the 2022 American Society of Transplant Surgeons Rising Star in Transplantation Award. Dr. Mathur has published extensively in peer-reviewed publications, books, and other publications related to his expertise.

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Board Role: OPTN Contractor Representative to the Board

Chief Executive Officer

- United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)

As Chief Executive Officer, Dr. McBride directs the efforts of 450 UNOS staff to ensure that the nation’s donation and transplant network efficiently and fairly serves the needs of transplant candidates and recipients, living donors and donor family members, and professionals in the field. She reports to the UNOS Board of Directors.

Dr. McBride has been with UNOS since 1995. She has served in a number of key leadership capacities, most recently as UNOS’ Chief Operations Officer. She was also UNOS’ Director of Research from 2006 to 2014. She has contributed to more than 50 research manuscripts and publications.

She received her bachelor of science in mathematics from Loyola College in Maryland and her Ph.D. in biostatistics from Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia.

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Sumit Mohan


Board Role: AST Representative to the Board

Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology

- Columbia University

Dr. Sumit Mohan is an associate professor of medicine & epidemiology at Columbia University, the director of clinical research in the Division of Nephrology and the director of quality and outcomes research for the transplant initiative at New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mohan’s clinical and research career has been focused on improving access to care and outcomes for patients with kidney disease – especially those with end stage kidney disease and kidney transplantation. His research funding has come from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and the American Society of Transplantation among others.

Dr. Mohan’s research findings have directly informed public policy at the federal level related to patients with kidney disease including access to outpatient dialysis for acute kidney injury, elimination of early outcomes as a regulatory measure for transplant center recertification as well as the ongoing efforts to lower the discard of deceased donor kidneys in the United States. His work on the inappropriate discard of deceased donor kidneys has helped bring significant attention to this problem nationally. He serves on multiple committees for UNOS, SRTR, ASN and NKF among others. In addition, he has contributed to several Technical Expert Panels (TEPs) for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) and has been invited to present his research to the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

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Paul Myoung


Board Role: Transplant Representative to the Board

Executive Director, Transplant Center

- Massachusetts General Hospital

Paul currently serves as the Senior Administrative Director of the Transplant Center, Division of Transplant Surgery, and Mechanical Circulatory Support Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, MA. The MGH Transplant Center is the largest center in New England by total transplant volume, and the only center to offer the full range of services in kidney, pancreas, Islet cell, liver, heart, and lung transplants, including pediatric kidney and liver transplants. In close collaboration with key clinical leaders Paul is administratively responsible for the transplant service line, including hospital and ambulatory operations, finances, regulatory compliance, clinical research, business development, and overall strategic direction for the transplant service line. Paul is also the Chair of the MGH Organ and Tissue Donation Committee, a member of the MGH Ethics Committee, and serves as the Region 1 Representative on the OPTN/UNOS Transplant Administrators Committee.

Paul received his Masters in Healthcare Administration from University of Washington and his B.A. in Economics from New York University. He is also a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (CLSSBB).

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Board Role: ACHE Representative to the Board

Vice President, Communications and Marketing Operations

- American College of Healthcare Executives, IL

Emma O’Riley has over twenty years of experience as a marketing and communication professional, gaining experience and expertise through varied industries. She is a data-driven, operations-focused, creative marketing and brand strategist with a proven track record of success in new media and magazine publishing, advertising, product marketing and brand experience and design. As the head of marketing operations and brand experience for the American College of Healthcare Executives, she is managing and directing integrated marketing, editorial and design teams in creating effective, on-brand communications for all channels (print, web, email, mobile and podcast) for the organization. Additionally, Emma works to plan, lead and execute branding and creative strategies across multiple platforms and formats to support the organization’s communication and marketing initiatives.

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Thomas Strukl


Board Role: The Joint Commission Representative to the Board

Project Director, Department of Standards and Survey Methods

- The Joint Commission

Thomas Strukl is currently the Project Director in the Department of Standards and Survey Methods at The Joint Commission. In this role, he serves as a subject matter expert for the development of laboratory accreditation standards, including the standards related to tissue safety and transplantation safety in the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Laboratory. He is The Joint Commission’s representative with the Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies (AABB) and provides support for The Joint Commission’s Patient Blood Management certification program.  The Joint Commission accredits over 21,000 organizations across the entire continuum of health care.

Prior to coming to The Joint Commission, Mr. Strukl served as the Laboratory Manager of AMITA Adventist Bolingbrook and Glen Oaks laboratories.  He has experience as the Administrative Laboratory Director of St. Alexius Medical Center and participated on many regional and individual hospital safety and environment of care committees.

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Susan Stuart


Board Role: OPO Representative to the Board

President & CEO

- Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE)

Susan A. Stuart began her career in healthcare as a registered nurse, witnessing first-hand the comfort that donation offers donor families and the second chance at life that it offers recipients.

Today, as President & CEO of The Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE), Susan is honored to lead a staff of more than one hundred employees who, like herself, believe that donation is the right choice for every grieving family as well as for the recipients who receive those precious gifts of life.

CORE is one of 56 federally designated not-for-profit organ procurement organizations (OPOs) in the United States, serving more than five million people in western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Chemung County, NY. CORE coordinates the recovery and matching of organs, tissues and corneas for transplant within this service region and works tirelessly to create a culture of donation within the hospitals and communities the organizations serves. CORE’s mission is to Save and Heal lives through donation, ultimately ending the deaths of those on the transplant waiting list, while maintaining integrity for the donation process, dignity for the donors, and compassion for their families.

In 2019, CORE earned the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, a Presidential-level honor, the award recognizes exemplary U.S. organizations and businesses. CORE is one of only five Pennsylvania and two West Virginia organizations ever to achieve the Baldrige Award in its more than 30-year history.

Susan has served on several boards of directors, including Donate Life America and the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Susan is the past president of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO).

In 2016, Susan completed the year-long Baldrige Executive Fellows Program — nationally recognized as one of the top continuing education programs in leadership development worldwide.

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Janice Whaley


Board Role: OPO Representative to the Board

President & CEO

- Donor Network West

Janice Whaley is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Donor Network West, with headquarters in northern California and northern Nevada. Donor Network West is the third largest OPO in the U.S. Whaley joined the organization in December 2018 and the organization moved well above the national average in recovery metrics four months after her arrival. Her leadership, advocacy, and operational efforts in the state(s) of California, Nevada, and the nation serve as evidence of her passion.

Prior to assuming the Chief Executive role at Donor Network West, Whaley held leadership and clinical roles in three other OPOs, achieving similar results. From 2014-2018, Whaley served as Chief Operating Officer of LifeShare of Oklahoma, essentially doubling the number of organ donors early on in her five-year tenure. Prior to her arrival at LifeShare, Whaley attended Harvard Business School in Boston. Whaley held the role of Managing Director of Clinical Operations at LifeGift in Houston, TX from 2003-2013. While in Houston, the fourth largest U.S. city, Whaley managed the complex processes involved in working with 5 transplant centers and 24 transplant programs, leading the region to record setting numbers of donors recovered. Whaley started her career and honed her skills in organ and tissue recovery at the University of Alabama, gaining expertise in numerous arenas, including organ preservation. Whaley is dually certified in organ and tissue recovery through ABTC and the AATB, respectively.

A committed advocate for donation, Whaley has served in multiple capacities on several national boards and committees related to organ and tissue donation and recovery. Most recently, she was appointed to serve a four-year term as a member of the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Advisory Council on Transplantation (ACOT). Whaley is a member of the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) and served as president in 2003. She currently serves as an elected officer on the Board of Directors for AMAT. Whaley is also a member of the North American Association of Transplant Coordinators (NATCO), the American Society of Transplantation (AST), the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS) and the American Association of Tissue Banking (AATB). She was appointed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to serve as a faculty member for the National Learning Congress (NLC) in 2012. Whaley served as the Representative for OPTN/UNOS Region 4 OPO Committee (2015 -2017).

Whaley received a Master of Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a post graduate certificate from Harvard Business School, Executive Management Program. She graduated from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.

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