Kimberly Koontz Named New Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer of Carolina Donor Services

Durham, N.C. (January 18, 2017)

Carolina Donor Services (CDS) has named Kimberly Koontz, MPH, CTBS, as Vice President/Chief Operating Officer. Koontz replaces Danielle Niedfeldt, RN, JD, who was promoted to President/Chief Executive Officer of the organization last October.

“I’m very excited about the future as Kim Koontz assumes the role of Chief Operating Officer at CDS,” said Ms. Niedfeldt. “Kim’s passion for process improvement along with her talent for energizing efficient teams will continue to positively impact our mission to save and heal more lives.”

Koontz joined Carolina Donor Services in 2004 and served in the roles of Tissue Donation Coordinator and Donor Services Center Manager before being appointed as Director of Tissue Services in 2011. Koontz began her career in donation at the North Carolina Eye Bank, now Miracles In Sight, as their Communications Center Director.

Koontz holds a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University and earned her Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Koontz became certified as a Tissue Banking Specialist (CTBS) in 2005 and is a member of the American Association of Tissue Banks.

About Carolina Donor Services

Carolina Donor Services is the federally-designated, not-for-profit organ and tissue donation organization serving 7.2 million people in 77 counties of North Carolina and Danville, Virginia. Carolina Donor Services maximizes the passing of the heroic gift of life from one human being to another through organ and tissue donation. In North Carolina, almost 3,000 people are currently waiting for an organ transplant, and nationally, approximately 120,000 people are on the organ waiting list.

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