Joseph Ferreira Chief Executive Officer/President
Joe Ferreira began his role as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Nevada Donor Network in April 2012.
Joe brings years of experience and expertise in the Organ Procurement field. He spent 14 years at Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency in Miami, Florida, where he served as the Director of Clinical Operations for seven years.
Joe is a graduate of the University of Miami, with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology. He also received his MBA with a specialization in HealthCare Administration and Policy from the University of Miami. Joe is certified in all aspects of the organ donation and recovery process.
Joe is a Member at Large on the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) Executive Committee, a Certified Member of the National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), a Certified Faculty Member of the North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO), and a Board Member of the Nevada Chapter of the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE). He has served as the Chairman of the Procurement Council for the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO). Joe has also served as an At-Large Representative on three committees for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
Joe is a published author and presenter on organ donation. He has presented at conferences and meetings around the nation. He consults internationally and has provided guidance to several foreign governments on the establishment or improvement of organ donation and transplant systems based on the US model. He was also the recipient of the Kruger Award for Outstanding Professional Transplant Services by the Transplant Foundation in Miami.
Simon Keith Chief Operating Officer
Simon Keith joined the Nevada Donor Network (NDN) as the Chief Operating Officer on January 1, 2013. Prior to accepting the COO role, Simon served on the Governing Board of NDN and was instrumental in instigating the sweeping changes in the organization acting as a change agent and strategic consultant, leading the Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) from a very low performing OPO to its current status as an innovative, respected world leader.
Simon graduated on the Dean's list from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree with a focus on Sport Management. After a career as a professional soccer player, Simon entered the world of private business and excelled as an entrepreneur forming & selling four separate businesses over a 15 year span. It is this strategic business mind that has led the Nevada Donor Network to view a once largely clinically driven based industry through the lens of a business mind.
Simon currently serves on the Chief Operating Officers Council for Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO), is a member of the American Society of Transplantation (AST), a member of the Nevada Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and serves as an Advisor to Organize - a socially innovative not-for-profit focused on ending the organ shortage in the United States. Simon also serves on the Executive Board for the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame.
Simon published his autobiography in 2011 "Heart for the Game" detailing his most unique experience as the first athlete in the world to play a professional sport after undergoing a heart transplant. Also in 2011, Simon founded The Simon Keith Foundation, a 501 C 3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing organ donor awareness and educating transplant recipients. Simon, a keynote speaker, uses the proceeds from his speaking engagements to provide athletic training for other transplant recipients who choose to return to an active and healthy lifestyle.
Simon is married to Kelly and has three children and has lived in Las Vegas since 1989.
Jason Mahfood Chief Financial Officer
Jason Mahfood served as Nevada Donor Network’s Board Treasurer prior to accepting the role of CFO in 2014. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Jason directed financial operations as Assistant Controller and Controller for Capital Regional Medical Center and Coral Gables Hospital in Florida. He earned vast financial expertise in the years to follow, focusing heavily on long-term integration of best practices and prevailing standards to ensure timely compliance. Between 2005 and 2010, Jason served as the Associate Vice President of Finance for the University of Miami Hospital. He then went on to lead two hospitals in the capacity of Chief Financial Officer, Town and Country Hospital in Tampa and Wuesthoff Health System in Melbourne. As NDN’s Chief Financial Officer, he intends to use his immense financial knowledge and skill to lead Nevada Donor Network to unparalleled success.
matthew wadsworth vice president of clinical affairs
Matthew Wadsworth began his career at Indiana Donor Network in Indianapolis, first as an Organ Recovery Coordinator for the organization, and eventually serving as Manager of Organ Services. With more than eight years of healthcare experience, he brings a wealth of knowledge specific to donation. Wadsworth earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio; and a Masters of Business Administration from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He holds a certificate in Health Care Management from Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis; and a Graduate Certificate in Human Donation Services from the University of Toledo, Health Science Campus in Ohio. Matthew is an active member of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) Procurement Steering Committee and the 2017 North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO) Planning Committee. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and serves on the University of Toledo Human Donation Services Advisory Board. In his role as Nevada Donor Network’s V.P. of Clinical Affairs, he uses his extensive clinical knowledge and skill to lead Nevada Donor Network's clinical departments to save and heal more lives.