Sean Van Slyck Named Executive Director of Sierra Donor Services

SACRAMENTO, CA – October 18, 2019 – Sierra Donor Services (SDS) named Sean Van Slyck as Executive Director

Sierra Donor Services, a DCI Donor Services organization, is pleased to name Sean Van Slyck as Executive Director. He brings extensive experience in the organ and tissue donation community with over 20 years in the field. Most recently, Van Slyck served as Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer at Donor Network West (DNW). During his tenure in those positions, he led the organization to a record number of organ and tissue donors. Prior to joining DNW in 2000, Van Slyck held successful positions at the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and LifeNet Health.

Sean has served the broader donation community with numerous appointments on national committees and initiatives including UNOS, AOPO, NATCO, and the National Kidney Foundation. He is especially proud of his contributions at UNOS where he served as the OPO Committee Chair and on the OPTN/UNOS Ad Hoc Systems Performance Committee.

Sean obtained his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco, and in 2017 attended the Art and Science of Leadership: Driving Results for Donation and Transplantation Professionals program, hosted by the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Gift of Life Institute. Sean has served on the Donate Life California Board of Directors since 2018, and as its treasurer.

DCI Donor Services Executive Director, Jill Grandas, welcomed Van Syck by saying, “I could not be more proud of Sean’s accomplishments. His appointment at Sierra Donor Services is the result of his hard work and dedicated service to the organ and tissue procurement community, and the families we serve. He possesses the passion, insight, and strength as a leader to pave new ground for SDS and its mission to save lives.”

Van Slyck reponded, “I am honored and thrilled to be able to help lead this organization in a new way. I’m tremendously excited to be able to help advance SDS’ mission of ensuring that every person in need receives a life-saving transplant.”

Sierra Donor Services is the nonprofit, federally designated transplant donor network serving nearly four million people in the Northern California and Nevada area. For more information, go to sierradonor.org.