MTN Spotlight: What a Week for MTN and AOPO!

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Wow! At the Annual Meeting of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), held June 24-26 in San Antonio, Texas, two executive leaders of Midwest Transplant Network achieved new levels in their careers.

Lifetime Achievement Award

AOPO presented the 2024 Lifetime Achievement Award to Jan Finn, RN, MSN, President and Chief Executive Officer, MTN. The award is given to individuals who have made significant, enduring contributions to the organ procurement community and have supported AOPO’s mission to save and heal lives through organ, eye and tissue donation.

Finn began her career as a registered nurse in Joplin, Missouri, in a critical care environment. She joined MTN in 1990 to pursue a career in organ donation. In her 34-year career as a leader in the OPO community, she’s been instrumental in increasing organ donation through her commitment to collaboration, data-driven strategies and continuous improvement.

“It doesn’t matter if you’ve done this for 34 years or three or four, when you see a donor family and recipients, we know that this work is incredibly important. I’m very proud to be part of this work,” said Finn upon receiving the award.

Finn has served in roles such as president of AOPO and the North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO), member of the board of directors of Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), and United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) Advisory Committee on Organ Transplantation. She is the chair of the Donation Board of Trustees of MTF Biologics, a member of the Missouri Governor’s Organ Donation Advisory Committee and is the immediate past chair for the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance. Locally, Finn serves on the board of Friendship Inn of Kansas City and the Gift of Life Foundation.

“Jan’s visionary leadership and unwavering dedication to AOPO and the OPO community have left an indelible mark. Her willingness to make difficult decisions and lead during turbulent times have strengthened both AOPO and the entire donation and transplantation system. She is truly deserving of this Lifetime Achievement Award,” said Steve Miller, CEO, AOPO.

AOPO 2024-2025 Board Leadership

AOPO announced Terry Shambles, FACHE, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, Midwest Transplant Network, will serve as Secretary/Treasurer of the 2024-2025 Board of Directors. Shambles was nominated to serve in early spring and elections were held among members. His term officially began at the AOPO annual meeting.

“I am honored to serve as the AOPO Secretary/Treasurer and work together with the dedicated professionals focused on saving and improving lives through organ, eye and tissue donation,” said Shambles.

“It’s a significant achievement to serve on the AOPO Board of Directors. I know the dedication and professionalism that Terry brings to Midwest Transplant Network as a leader, and I’m confident he’ll do the same for AOPO,” said Finn.

Shambles has more than 25 years of experience in executive leadership roles in hospitals and organ procurement organizations. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Oklahoma and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Congratulations, Jan and Terry!


A woman holding an award.

Jan Finn, RN, MSN, President and Chief Executive Officer, Midwest Transplant Network, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations.

Terry Shambles, FACHE, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, Midwest Transplant Network, was elected to serve as Secretary/Treasurer of the 2024-2025 AOPO Board of Directors.