Donor Network West Introduces Five Regional Directors

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(San Ramon, CA) June 14, 2018 – Donor Network West, the federally designated organ procurement and tissue recovery organization for northern California and Nevada, has named five regional directors in an effort to streamline operations in its service area of 40 counties.

Established in 1987, Donor Network West serves more than 13 million people and connects a donor’s gift to those in need within 100,000 square miles. The new regional directors will each lead a high performing multidisciplinary team focused on region specific strategies aimed at providing the best service to hospitals, communities, donor families, coroners, and funeral homes.

“We have the honor to serve diverse and multicultural communities in our service area. Each regional director brings years of experience and expertise to their region which will uniquely serve our communities, partners, and more effectively maximize the life-saving gifts entrusted to us,” says Sean Van Slyck, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Donor Network West.

As part of this new operational structure, staff will report and primarily work within their designated regions. For efficiency, Donor Network West has opened offices in San Jose and Stockton, California. Those are in addition to its current offices in Reno, Nevada as well as San Ramon, Fresno, Redding and a state-of-the-art Clinical Center in California.

MEET OUR REGIONAL DIRECTORS

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Sandy Andrada joined Donor Network West in 2001 and served in community education, family service and most recently as Community Education Manager. Sandy served on the Advisory Committee for Organ Transplantation to the US Secretary of Health, as President of the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation, Chair of the AOPO Multicultural Affairs Committee and a board member of the Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care. She is currently a spokesperson for the Stanford University Asian Liver Center and a grant reviewer for the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Sandy received her degree from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She currently resides in San Jose, California with her husband and two children.

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Jason Bailey has spent 17 years in the healthcare industry in various leadership capacities overseeing operations, physician recruitment/retention, human resources, marketing and philanthropy. He is a fellow of the Studer Institute for Healthcare Service and Operational Excellence, received two national awards for patient centered care projects and has taught undergraduate courses in management, marketing and economics. Jason holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration degree from Fresno State University.

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Brandy Gleason is an innovative leader and passionate supporter of Donor Network West’s mission. In her nearly 10 years of service to the organization, she has worked on the front lines in a clinical capacity and in increasing leadership roles. She was integral in leading her most recent team in creating collaborative partnerships with more than 175 hospitals by ensuring excellent customer service, streamlining processes and creating efficiencies. During her tenure, she helped pioneer the moment of silence best practice and co-authored a research article on the topic for the Progress in Transplantation. She is the recipient of the Phyllis Weber award for excellence, which is Donor Network West’s highest honor. Prior to her work in the transplant field, she served as a Registered Nurse in educational facilities such as UCSF Medical Center and University of Kansas Medical Center. Brandy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Biola University and a Masters in Health Care Administration from Grand Canyon University.

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John Lilley began his career in organ and tissue donation over 16 years ago and has served in many roles at Donor Network West, including Clinical Transplant Coordinator, Resource Supervisor, and Clinical Services Manager and most recently, Director of Clinical Operations for OneLegacy. John brings vast experience to the position including collaboration, clinical supervision, and team direction. Prior to his work in donation, he served as a Fire Protection Specialist in the United States Air Force where he supervised fire and medical response personnel. John earned a Bachelor of Science from the Orvis School of Nursing at the University of Nevada, Reno as well as Master of Business Administration from the Carson College of Business at Washington State University.

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Kim Patton completed her Registered General Nurse training at the Nottingham School of Nursing in the United Kingdom before moving to California to work as an RN. While working in a Stockton hospital, she was exposed to the life-saving work and mission of Donor Network West, and became a Transplant Coordinator for the Modesto/Stockton region shortly after. In her tenure at Donor Network West since 1984, she has held a variety of clinical roles, growing in her career in organ and tissue donation. Her most recent role was Director of Clinical Operations. Kim was the recipient of the Jeff Bailey Award in 2004, a coveted award for her leadership, passion and dedication to the organization and published with UCSF on our work with ALS organ donation. In her new role as Regional Director, she has come full circle and is delighted to be working in the region where she started, and in the area where she lives and is raising her two daughters.

One organ donor can save the lives of up to eight people and a tissue donor can heal more than 75 others. Anyone can register as a donor at DonorNetworkWest.org or at the DMV.

About Donor Network West
Donor Network West saves and heals lives by facilitating organ and tissue recovery for transplantation. The organization was established in 1987, and is an official Donate Life organization accredited by the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). Federally designated to serve 40 counties in northern California and Nevada, Donor Network West partners with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the state-authorized donor registries. For information, visit DonorNetworkWest.org and follow us on social media: @mydnwest