Michelle Reef

Vice President, Family and Partner Services
Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency
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Brief Bio

Michelle Reef joined Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) in November 2022 as the Vice President, Family, Partner & Tissue Services. In this role, Michelle provides strategic direction and leadership for the Communications Center, Family Care, Hospital Development, Referral Management, and Tissue Recovery Services. Prior to becoming part of the MORA team, Michelle spent almost eleven years at Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network in Illinois where she was the Director of Hospital & Partner Relations. Michelle is proud to serve the mission of MORA and draws upon over twenty years of healthcare knowledge and experience to assist in reaching the organizational goals and objectives. In 2022, Michelle graduated with high distinction from Liberty University with her Master of Arts in Executive Leadership and became part of the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society in Business, Management, and Administration. Additionally, she earned coaching and leadership certifications from GiANT Worldwide and is enthusiastic about mentoring and growing new leaders. She serves on multiple committees with industry partners, including AOPO, DLA, NATCO and The Alliance and enjoys networking in the donation and transplantation community as well as with several Women in Leadership organizations. In October 2022, Michelle was presented the Rising Leader award from The Alliance for her commitment and work in the industry, which was a true honor and humbling experience. Lastly, Michelle is a former graduate of the Art and Science of Leadership program through the Gift of Life Institute and is certified in Healthcare Simulation Debriefing & Facilitating from Jump Trading, Simulation & Education Center in Peoria, IL. Michelle is committed to advancing the mission of saving and improving lives through the gift of donation and transplantation.

Area(s) of Focus Hospital Development & Family Support

Specialties: Family Care/Support, Hospital Development

Connections to the Cause


Testimonial The Alliance has opened up many learning opportunities and has given me the chance to network with other OPO and donation & transplantation professionals through my participation on the faculty workgroups. I am also part of the mentorship program and I have appreciated being able to guide others on their leadership journey. The time I have spent with the mentees is valuable and has inspired both of us. I am thankful to be a part of The Alliance and I look forward to contributing to this organization in other ways.

Alliance Presentations

OPO Performance Measurements

OPOs and Donor Hospitals Working Together to Improve the CMS Organ Donation Rate

Thursday, April 25, 2024, at 2:00pm

New CMS Performance Metrics for OPOs went into effect in 2022. All OPOs will be evaluated using these new metrics in 2026, based on their performance in 2024. How are OPOs collaborating with donor hospitals to improve their CMS Organ Donation Rate? During this webinar, we will hear about innovative ways that OPO leaders and staff are leveraging data to educate and engage their hospital partners to maximize organ donation and eliminate missed opportunities to save more lives through organ transplantation.

Lifelong Networks

Our partners are the heart and soul of our organization. For more than 15 years, they have played a vital role providing quality education and programs to advance a shared mission.