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Recognizing and Honoring the Community

AATB recognizes outstanding individuals within the tissue banking community with three annual award categories; the Communication and Education Awards, Achievement Awards, and Abstract Awards. These awards are all presented at the AATB Annual Meeting each fall.

AATB also honors tissue recipients through our sponsorship of the Donate Life Rose Parade Float. Every year, AATB sponsors one winning tissue recipient, who is nominated by one of our accredited tissue banks, to be a rider on the Donate Life Float. The float rider is also featured as a speaker at the AATB Annual Meeting.

AATB is honored both to be able to celebrate the commitment and achievements of tissue banking professionals through our award programs, and to have the opportunity to recognize tissue recipients on a national level through our Rose Parade sponsorship program.

Achievement Awards 2018 Winners

Jeanne C. Mowe Distinguished Service Award

Bruce Stroever

About Mr. Stroever

Bruce W. Stroever has forty-seven years of product development and general management experience in the medical device and orthobiologics fields. He was most recently President/CEO of the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation and retired from that position in June of 2018. Mr. Stroever joined MTF in late 1988 as General Manager. In 1992, he was named President and then in 1996 President/CEO of the organization. Under Mr. Stroever’s leadership, MTF grew to be the largest tissue bank in the world with over 1100 employees and revenues in excess of $400 million per year. Prior to joining MTF, Mr. Stroever held several positions with Ethicon, Inc. a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary. He has served on several boards of directors and is currently a Member of the Board of Directors of Bone Biologics, Inc., a Massachusetts biotechnology firm. He is on the Board of Advisors for the Engineering School at Stevens Institute of Technology, and also serves on the advisory board for the New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network. He has served several terms as a member of the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) Board of Governors. Mr. Stroever received his B.E. in Mechanical/Chemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology and his M.S. in Bioengineering from Columbia University.

George W. Hyatt Memorial Award

Ellen Heck, M.T., M.A., CEBT

UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Dallas, Texas

About Ms. Heck

Ellen Heck received her MT certificate from the School of Medical Technology, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Texas then went on to receive her MA from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan in 1983. She completed her B.S. in Microbiology at Texas Woman's University and her M.A. in Health Care Administration at Central Michigan University. She has served as Faculty Associate and Director for the Skin Transplant Center for Burns before becoming the Director for Transplant Services Center, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. She is presently a member of the American Association of Tissue Banks, American Burn Association, American Council of Transplantation, American Society of Clinical Pathology, Associate Practitioners of Infection Control, Eye Bank Association of America, and Texas Society for Clinical Microbiology.

Kenneth W. Sell Memorial Award

Allyson McGinnis, CTBS

CryoLife, Inc.

Portland, Oregon

About Ms. McGinnis

Allyson has Bachelor's degrees in Biology and Medical Technology. After 10 years in the biotechnology industry, she began her career in tissue banking in 1996 at Community Tissue Services in Portland, Oregon. She was with CTS for 18 years, in Quality Assurance for 13 of those years and with the Recovery Partners Program for 5. She has been with CryoLife as a Donor Services Accounts Manager covering the Western Region of the United States since September 2014. Allyson has been a Certified Tissue Banking Specialist since 1997 and has been involved in AATB throughout her career in Tissue Banking. She has been on the Standards Committee, Accreditation Committee, and the QA Task Force. She is a member of the Quality Council and is currently on the America Board for Tissue Banking (ABTB).

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C&E Awards 2019 Winners

Outstanding Professional Education Award

Jackie Ulven, Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office

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Outstanding Public Education Award

Giving Me Life: A Visual Journey of African American Organ and Tissue Transplant Recipients Campaign

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Donor Network West

Groundbreaker Award

Giving Me Life: A Visual Journey of African American Organ and Tissue Transplant Recipients Campaign

Submitted by:

Donor Network West

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