Kevin O'Connor Receives Leadership Award from Association of Organ Procurement Organizations


From Left to Right: Elling Eidbo, chief executive officer of AOPO; Kevin O’Connor, president and CEO of LifeCenter Northwest; Gina Matarazzo, managing director of Sallop Insurance Agency; Jay Campbell, J.D., AOPO president 2015-16 and national regulatory liaison for Lifesharing.

VIENNA, Va. — July 22, 2016 —

On Wednesday, June 22, 2016 the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) recognized Kevin O’Connor, president and chief executive officer of LifeCenter Northwest, by presenting him with the 2016 Nathan Sallop Excellence in Leadership Award. The award, generously sponsored by Sallop Insurance Agency, was presented at the Association’s 33rd Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.

“Since he began working in the organ donation and transplantation field, Kevin has been the finest example of servant leadership,” said Jay Campbell, J.D., 2015-2016 AOPO president. Campbell described O’Connor as someone who was always there, could always be counted on, and a trusted advisor.

O’Connor has held multiple positions in organ procurement organizations (OPOs) and currently serves as president and chief executive officer of LifeCenter Northwest in Belleview, Wash. He remains active within several professional organizations in the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practices, including AOPO, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), and NATCO, and has served on the boards of Donate Life America and the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation.

About AOPO

The Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) is a non-profit, national organization representing all federally-designated organ procurement organizations (OPOs). The Association represents and serves OPOs through advocacy, support and the development of activities that will maximize the availability of organs and tissues for transplantation and enhance the quality, effectiveness and integrity of the donation process. Visit for more information.

Melissa Margulies
About OPOs

Organ procurement organizations (OPOs) are federally-designated non-profit organizations that are responsible for coordinating organ and tissue donation cross the United States, bridging the gap between the generous donation of organs and tissue and the thousands in need of these life-saving gifts.