AOPO Names New Leadership

Vienna, Va. June 22, 2020 – The Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) is proud to announce the incoming leadership to the Association’s Executive Committee for 2020-2021. Joseph (Joe) Ferreira, president and CEO at Nevada Donor Network, was named AOPO President.

Joe began his role as president and CEO of Nevada Donor Network in April 2012. Prior to this, he spent 14 years at Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency in Miami, Florida, where he served as the director of clinical operations for seven years. Joe previously has served on the AOPO Executive Committee for two years, as the at-large member, as well as president elect. He is a certified member of the National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), a certified procurement transplant coordinator, a former faculty member of the North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO), and a past board member of the Nevada Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He has served as the chairman of the Procurement Council for AOPO and as an at-large representative on four committees for the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

“I feel honored and humbled to represent such a talented group of leaders and stakeholders in the community during this pivotal time,” says Joe Ferreira, president and CEO at Nevada Donor Network and incoming AOPO president. “I am a grateful beneficiary of the comradery and support in our field by so many colleagues over the years. I owe much of what I have accomplished in my career to this inclusion, advice and influence. I pledge to continue applying these lessons to steer my contributions to AOPO in this role while working very inclusively toward our ultimate goal–maximizing the gift of life through donation and transplantation.”

Also announced today, Jan Finn, CEO at Midwest Transplant Network, was named president-elect; Barry Massa, executive director at LifeCenter Organ Donor Network, was named secretary-treasurer; and Dr. Gary Marklin, chief medical officer at Mid-America Transplant, was named medical advisor-elect.

Returning AOPO Executive Committee members for 2020-20121 include: Kelly Ranum, CEO at Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, immediate past president; Glen Franklin, MD, medical director, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, medical advisor, and Kyle Herber, executive director, Live On Nebraska, at-large member.

“AOPO would like to congratulate Jan, Barry, and Gary on their election to the Executive Committee. We look forward to working with you and Joe in his new role as president as we chart the path forward for the OPO community,” says Steve Miller, AOPO CEO. “Due to their dedication and commitment to the OPO community, we are stronger and well positioned to face any challenges that may arise.


The Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) leads the nation’s organ donation process through innovation, advocacy and education. AOPO advances organ donation and transplantation by driving continual improvement of the donation process, collaborating with stakeholders and sharing best practices with their organ procurement organization members.

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