Patti Niles, President and CEO, joined Southwest Transplant Alliance in January 2013 and is credited with turning the organization into one of the most successful organ recovery organizations in the country.

With almost 30 years of experience in the organ donation and transplant industry, Patti has a track record of implementing positive organizational change resulting in enhanced performance.

During her tenure at STA, the organization has seen a dramatic increase in the number of organs recovered for transplantation. In 2015, STA was able to recover 1,123 organs for transplantation, a record for STA and an accomplishment achieved by only a handful of organ procurement organizations.

By creating an environment conducive to both personal and professional growth, Patti has been able to assemble a leadership team who have optimized STA’s processes, decreased staff turnover and improved quality — all of which have enabled the organization to increase the placement of life-saving organs.

Prior to her role with STA, Patti was the Executive Director at New Mexico Donor Services in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she increased donation rates by more than 50 percent. She also served as the Director of Organ Recovery services at the Nevada Donor Network and was an Organ Procurement Transplant Coordinator at Life Connection of Ohio.

Patti is a frequent speaker at national conferences and has published several articles on donation and transplantation. She is a member of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) where she has held various leadership positions and is a member at large of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Patti is also a member of the Texas Transplant Society.

In Dallas, Patti is a member of a number of philanthropic and community organizations including Leadership Dallas. She is on the board of directors at Taylor’s Gift and is the president of Donate Life Texas.

Patti has a Bachelor of Science from the Andrews University Kettering Branch in Kettering, Ohio. She is also a registered nurse.

Most recently, Patti received the President’s Award from AOPO for exceptional leadership and for her outstanding contributions to the organization and its members.