AOPO Names New Leadership

AOPO Names New Leadership for 2018

VIENNA, VA. — July 10, 2018 —

The Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) recently announced incoming leadership to the Association’s Executive Committee for 2018-2019. Kelly Ranum was named President-Elect, Kirk Mizelle was named Secretary-Treasurer, and Dr. Harry Wilkins was named Medical Advisor-Elect.

Kelly Ranum is the Executive Director at Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA), the organ procurement organization (OPO) for Louisiana. She began her OPO career as a recovery coordinator at LOPA and within five short years she named CEO. Ms. Ranum has held various active roles within AOPO as an Executive Committee Liaison to many of the councils as well as membership to the AOPO Legislative & Regulatory Affairs Committee and the Nominating Committee. She will serve a three-year term as President-Elect, President, and Immediate Past President, respectively.

Kirk Mizelle has worked in health care finance for more than 22 years. For the past 18 years, Kirk has served as the Chief Financial Officer for Carolina Donor Services (CDS), leading the organization’s finance and human resources departments. Mr. Mizelle has been active in several AOPO councils he will serve a two-year term as Secretary-Treasurer.

Dr. Harry Wilkins III was named the Administrative Medical Director for Midwest Transplant Network in 2014. In addition to his position at Midwest Transplant Network, he is a full-time Attending Acute Care Trauma Surgeon with Quincy Medical Group on staff at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois, a Level II trauma center and recently completed serving a two-year term as the Chairman of the Department of Surgery for Blessing Hospital. Dr. Wilkins will serve a two-year term as Medical Advisor-Elect and Medical Advisor, respectively.

Returning AOPO Executive Committee members for 2018-2019 include: AOPO President, Diane Brockmeier, Immediate Past President, Charlie Alexander; Medical Advisor, Ronald Squires, MD, and At Large Member, Gordon Bowen.

AOPO would like to thank Marilou Donley, Secretary-Treasurer 2016-2018 and William Payne, MD, Medical Advisor 2016-2018 for their invaluable contribution to the Executive Committee and the Donation and Transplantation Community of Practice.

About AOPO

TThe Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) is a non-profit, national organization representing all federally-designated organ procurement organization (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.

About OPOs

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