Mary Cannon

Instructional Designer| Educator I
Donor Network West
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Brief Bio

Mary is a longtime instructor, training facilitator, and educator. She has facilitated trainings for a multitude of subjects including leadership, conflict resolution, and creative instruction, just to name a few. Mary has been a writer and lead editor for a few curriculum development teams in university and secon​dary school settings. In addition to facilitation and writing, she has experience in voice narration or acting, performance, public-speaking, event planning & marketing, and writing and editing.

On a more personal note Mary is passionate about accessibility and has a Masters in Special Education. In all of her roles she has made it a priority to integrate Universal Design for Learning theory and cultural competency in her training and curriculum writing to ensure accessibility for the various types of learners that she may come across. A fun fact about Mary is that she has been to 28 countries and 38 states, and she i​s hoping to get to 100 countries by the time she is 50.

Primary Patient Group Both

Primary Areas of Expertise Outreach

Primary Organs of Expertise All Organs

Patient Group: Adult
Areas of Practice: Outreach, Post-transplant

Connections to the Cause


Testimonial The Alliance webinars are my personal north star. The education provided from Alliance is always impactful and effective at providing pertinent skills and information to increase success at our organization.

Alliance Presentations

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Increasing Staff Retention by Valuing and Understanding the OPO Employee

Tuesday, February 07, 2023, at 2:00pm

With the ongoing increase in staffing shortages and challenges surrounding employee retention within the donation community, Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) must do a better job at addressing the staggering turnover rates. Over the course of this discussion, we will highlight strategies that organizations have explored to effectively engage staff by recognizing their value and providing the necessary support to help them build resiliency as they navigate the emotionally and physically taxing field of donation and transplantation.

Lifelong Networks

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