Sean Van Slyck Named Donor Network West’s Interim CEO

(San Ramon, CA) May 8, 2018 – Donor Network West, the organ and tissue recovery organization for northern California and Nevada, announced that Sean Van Slyck has been named Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective May 11. Sean, who currently serves as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer, will carry on the great work of Cindy Siljestrom who is retiring.

As the Interim CEO, Sean brings a robust career in the organ and tissue donation community. For nearly 20 years in the field of transplantation, he has had successful careers at the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) and LifeNet Health prior to joining Donor Network West in 2000.  Before he became Chief Operating Officer in 2016, he led the clinical team’s efforts for more than two years as the Vice President of Organ Donation Services. He will serve as the Interim leader until a national search for a new CEO is completed.

Sean’s long-term commitment and leadership within the donation and transplant community is demonstrated by ongoing engagement with national committees and initiatives with UNOS, AOPO and NATCO (North American Transplant Coordinators Organization).  He is most proud of his contributions at UNOS where he served as the OPO Committee Chair as well as a member of the Policy Oversight and the Kidney Committees.

Sean was elected to the Donate Life California Board of Directors this past April.

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Donor Network West serves 175 hospitals and more than 13 million people within 100,000 square miles in northern California and Nevada. The organization works in close partnership with families, doctors, nurses, more than 500 funeral homes and 44 coroners and medical examiners to connect donors to recipients.

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 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 and follow us on social media: @mydnwest