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New Jersey organ donor non-profit names new CEO

Carolyn M. Welsh holds 23 years of experience with the NJ Sharing Network, which handles organ donations across the state of New Jersey.

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NJ Sharing Network, a federally designated non-profit organization responsible for the recovery and placement of organs donated across the state of New Jersey, has named Carolyn M. Welsh to be their next CEO beginning Jan. 1, 2023.

For the past 23 years, Welsh has held tenure with NJ Sharing Network, holding a variety of leadership positions, currently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Welsh will be succeeding the previous president and CEO Joseph S. Roth, who held the position for 23 years, and will continue to collaborate with NJ Sharing Network and Welsh as a consultant into 2023.

“Since I hired Carolyn 23 years ago, I have taken tremendous pride in personally witnessing her commitment to our life-saving mission and her unique ability to inspire others throughout our organization,” said Roth.

At NJ Sharing Network, her work resulted in record growth in the number of lives saved or enhanced through organ donation.

This was alongside a 8.3% increase in organ donor registrations in 2021, moving New Jersey to 4th in the nation for donors by percent of state population on the National Donate Life Registry.

In addition to Welsh's work at NJ Sharing Network, she serves on the Board of Directors of Eversght, as the Chief Operating Officer Council of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations, previously serving on the United Network for Organ Sharing OPTN OPO Committee.

“I am excited to lead our efforts to further advance our life-saving mission working with our caring and compassionate staff. They are amazing people who understand that what we do is much more than a job — it is a unified mission to save lives and give hope to those waiting for a second chance at life through organ and tissue donation and transplantation,” said Welsh.

“Our staff’s dedication and energy inspire me, and I look forward to our future as we work together to reach new heights and save more lives than ever before,” she continued.

Recent recognitions of Welsh’s work include being listed on New Jersey’s Best 50 Women in Business by NJBIZ, New Jersey’s leading business journal.

The United Network for Organ Sharing has found that there are over 100,000 Americans waiting for a life-saving transplant, nearly 4,000 of whom live in New Jersey.

NJ Sharing Network estimates that one organ and tissue donor can save eight lives and enhance the lives of over 75 others, and encourage registration as an organ and tissue donor at their website.

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