InTouch Newsletter



InTouch Newsletter

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3rd QUARTER 2021

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In the President's Words


Wendy_Garrison_-_for_web_updateDear NATCO Members,

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude for giving me the opportunity to serve as your President over the next 12 months. For those of you who do not know me, I would like to give you some insight into the path that led me to the NATCO Presidency. Like many of you, I was drawn to this career path by a combination of a deep desire to help others along with an affinity for adrenaline. I started out as a Trauma Nurse at the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center in Memphis, TN in 2005. Often I would see the Organ Coordinators on my unit and found myself magnetically drawn to those patients and families. 

In 2007, I started my journey in the OPO world and never looked back. Since 2015, I have been with Lifesharing, the OPO in San Diego, and can proudly say I have been a NATCO member since 2008. In 2014, I was given an opportunity to be a part of NATCO’s Annual Meeting Planning Commi4ee, which led to a chance at being elected to the Board of Directors. Now here I am serving as your President because of many of you. It is my turn now to serve you and provide you with the education and training you need to optimize your skillset.

This year, we would like to take NATCO to the next level. We will continue to offer our successful programs such as the CCTC Review Course and Emerging Leaders Program. We are reinvigorating many of our existing programs in an effort to Click HERE to join or for more information. MEMBER BENEFITS EDUCATION: geared specifically to donation and transplant professionals to provide the best patient, donor and family care. CERTIFICATION: achieve and maintain current certification requirements PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: opportunities to increase skills and expertise; and develop leadership within your organization and the community. CURRENT EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES Emerging Leaders Program For More Information CCTC Review Courses VIRTUAL COURSES September 22 - 24, 2021 For More Information WEBINARS: For More Information Introductory Course for Procurement and Transplant Professionals For More Information NATCO wishes to thank our long-time sponsor ORS for their continued support of our mission. Please visit their website for more information: meet your needs. We are excited to launch our first virtual version of the well-known Introductory Course for Procurement and Transplant Professionals, which began on the ninth of September and will span a period of 10 weeks. You still have me to register! To ensure we are offering the highest quality education and training, we will be launching updated versions of our Advanced Donor Management and Preservation programs in 2022. For our Hospital Development Professionals, we are introducing a new Advanced HD Course and continuing with our revised Core Curriculum course. This is just the beginning of what NATCO has to offer in the coming months. Check out a complete list of upcoming events on our website at and follow us on Facebook for events to stay updated on what is going on in the community.

We have already started planning our next Annual Meeting, set to take place August 2-5, 2022 in Kansas City. The time is now to start thinking of that great idea or case you would like to turn into an abstract, poster, or presentation. Be engaged, be an active member- change happens through you.

I am looking forward to getting to know more of you throughout my term as President. I am so grateful to represent this organization that was designed for individuals who strive every day to change lives for the better. I would love to hear your ideas and feedback. Email me at

Warmest Regards,

Wendy Garrison