Effective January 1, 2017, New England Organ Bank, Inc. and LifeChoice Donor Services, Inc. – the two federally-designated Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs) serving New England – joined together to form a new parent organization, New England Donor Services, Inc. The goals of this affiliation are to increase availability of organs and tissue for transplant in the region while deriving financial efficiencies.
Although the two organizations will remain in place as separate OPOs for regulatory and organ allocation purposes, all employees from both OPOs are employed by New England Donor Services and through this structure will continue the pursuit of the shared mission to save and enhance lives through organ and tissue donation. LifeChoice and NEOB will continue to provide the same high quality services with the same level of commitment to donor hospitals, transplant centers, donor families and communities throughout the New England region. New England Organ Bank and LifeChoice Donor Services together will coordinate the recovery of organs and tissues in nearly 200 New England hospitals.
Alexandra K. Glazier
President & Chief Executive Officer
Alex was named President and CEO of NEDS effective January 1, 2017. Prior to her current role, Alex served as CEO of NEOB starting in 2015 where she developed the vision for an affiliation with LifeChoice and negotiated the creation of NEDS. Other NEOB accomplishments under her leadership include coordination of over 1,000 organ transplants in a single year, the first HIV+ organ donation for transplantation under the HOPE Act and the first GUVCA transplant in the U.S. NEOB was named Boston Globe Top Places to work in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Alex currently serves on the OPTN/UNOS Board of Directors and previously chaired the Ethics Committee. She held a 6yr appointment on the U.S. Secretary of HHS, Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation (ACOT).She has worked to address regulatory barriers to conducting clinical trials in transplantation and has twice presented on this topic to the Institute of Medicine. Alex is Chair of the Legislative Committee for the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and a consultant to Donate Life America including work on the recent Apple venture.
Previously Alex was NEOB’s VP and General Counsel and practiced health law at the firm Ropes & Gray. Alex holds an undergraduate degree in bioethics from Brown University and a JD- MPH from Boston University where she has served as faculty.
Diana H. Buck
Senior Vice President of Tissue Donation Services
Francis L. Delmonico, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Allison J. Erickson
Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration
Ali has primary responsibility for all strategic human resources functions in the 240-employee operation of New England Donor Services (NEDS), providing services to two organ procurement organizations. Prior to the inception of NEDS, Ali served as SVP of HR and Administration for New England Organ Bank since 2009. Previously Ali was the Director of Human Resources at Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (now Steward), a 319-bed Boston teaching hospital with over 2,200 employees. Ali holds an undergraduate degree in business from Boston University and an MBA with a concentration in accounting from Bentley University. She is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), as well as a Society of Human Resources Management – Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).
Sean M. Fitzpatrick
Vice President of Public Affairs
Senior Vice President of Regulatory Compliance
Mathew D. Moss
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Helen M. Nelson
Senior Vice President of Organ Donation Services
Lisa A. Paolillo
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Lisa joined NEOB in 2015 after serving as Deputy General Counsel at Lahey Health System and Director of Legal Services at Winchester Hospital. In those roles, she advised clients on a comprehensive range of legal issues including patient care, regulatory, litigation and transactional matters. Lisa also practiced healthcare law at Hutchins, Wheeler & Ditmar and in the general counsel’s office at the American Medical Association, focusing on legislative affairs.
Vice President of Quality Systems
Larry has been with New England Organ Bank for over 25 years. He is currently the Secretary of the American Association of Tissue Banks Council of Accredited Tissue Banks, is a member of the AATB Quality Council and the Environmental Monitoring of Dedicated Tissue Recovery Sites Work Group. He is also a member of the Association of Organ Procurement Organization’s Quality Improvement Council and is currently the Vice-Chair of the Standards and Accreditation Committee. Larry is certified as a Quality Auditor and a Six Sigma Green Belt by the American Society of Quality and is a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist.
Dara L. Washburn
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Dara was with New England Organ Bank for 13 years before becoming the Sr. Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of NEDS. Dara earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Assumption College in 1995 and worked in public accounting at a mid-size regional firm for 4 years, where she earned her CPA license. Prior to coming to NEOB and NEDS, Dara had several years of experience as a Controller of a healthcare management company which ran long term care and assisted living facilities. Dara served a four year term as a member of the UNOS/OPTN finance committee and is an active member of the AOPO Financial Management Council where she has served as Vice Chair and Chair.
Board of Trustees
The New England Donor Services Board of Trustees represent an array of expertise and talent from across the NEDS service area. In addition to their service to NEDS, trustees also serve as the Boards of Trustees for New England Organ Bank and LifeChoice Donor Services.
Former Chief Executive Officer, Nyack Hospital
Certified Financial Planner and Retirement Advisor, retired
Mary M. Brunton, RN
Director of Practice, Professional Development & Spiritual Service, Baystate Medical
Keith B. Churchwell, MD
Vice-President/Executive Director, Heart and Vascular Center and Transplantation Center, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Gregory S. Couper, MD
Cardiac Surgeon, Tufts Medical Center
Hon. Geoffrey Crawford
Federal Judge, United States District Court, District of Vermont
Donna M. Feinstein, RN
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Nurse Executive, Vibra Hospital
Coordinator, Violence and Injury Prevention Program, Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center
Heung Bae Kim, MD
Director of Pediatric Transplant Center, Children’s Hospital Boston
Howard K. Koh, MD
Professor Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Kennedy School, former Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and former Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Renee M. Landers, Esq.
Professor of Law and Director of Health Law Concentration, Suffolk University School of Law
Joren C. Madsen, MD
Thoracic and cardiac surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital
Lindsay Martin, MSPH
Executive Director & Improvement Advisor, Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Janice A. Mayforth, CPA
Director, Clinical Financial Planning and Decision Support, Baystate Health, Inc.
Gayle J. Murphy
Program Coordinator, Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles
Judith Laich Pepe, MD
Senior Associate Director, Surgical Critical Care, Hartford Hospital
William Roman, Jr.
Clinical Research Associate/Regulatory Affairs Supervisor, Hartford Hospital
Former Healthcare System Chief Executive Officer, Winchester Healthcare Management
Frederick J. Sorbo, III
Director of Budgeting and Reimbursement, Hartford Hospital
Vernette Townsend, RN
Director of Medical Nursing and Transplant Services, Baystate Medical Center