Louisville, KY, May 9, 2017 – After conducting an extensive national search, the Board of Directors of Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates has selected its new President and CEO. Julie Bergin, RN, BSN, MHA the organization’s current Chief Operations Officer will be the successor to Paul O’Flynn, who is retiring from the organization following 22 years of leadership, effective June 14, 2017.
Bergin joined Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) in 2003 initially as a Clinical Organ Coordinator and in 2011 accepted the position of Director of Quality Systems. She then was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in January of 2015, directing and managing day to day operations of the organization. Throughout her years of service, Julie has been dedicated to the organization’s cause, shown compassion, and demonstrated leadership and accountability to KODA and its Board of Directors.
“Julie is an exemplary leader and has provided great service to our organization over the past years. KODA will be well served with her as our next President and CEO, and she will be a passionate and dynamic leader for the organization in its future,” said Paul O’Flynn, FACHE, retiring CEO.
“We are pleased to announce Julie Bergin as the next President and CEO for Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates. After completing the national search for Paul O’Flynn’s successor, the search committee unanimously recommended Julie, and the Board is excited about having her serve as our new President and CEO. As a Board, we look forward to continuing our mission and commitment to saving lives and supporting donor families in the communities we serve. We believe Julie will be an excellent leader and help us continue to make a difference across our region,” said Hoyt Burdick, MD, FACHE, Board of Directors Chairperson.
“When I first experienced organ and tissue donation as a clinical coordinator, I knew this mission would quickly become my passion. By being a part of the KODA team, I have had the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those awaiting a life-saving organ or tissue transplant and to support the families of our generous donors. It has been incredibly rewarding to serve as Chief Operating Officer and to work with donor families willing to give the greatest gift from their loved one, a life-saving organ or tissue. Becoming CEO of KODA will allow me to continue to serve KODA’s mission and make a difference in helping to save lives through donation,” said Julie Bergin.
Bergin received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky. She went on to earn a Masters of Healthcare Administration from University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.