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AATB President and CEO Frank S. Wilton, CAE, IOM Appointed Chair of Donate Life America Board of Directors

MCLEAN, Va. (January 2018) - The American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB) is pleased to announce that President and CEO Frank S. Wilton has been appointed as Chair to the Donate Life America (DLA) Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2018. This will be the first time a representative from AATB has served in this role, which has a term of two years. Wilton has served as a member of the DLA Board since 2013.

Donate Life America (DLA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization leading its national partners and Donate Life State Teams to increase the number of donated organs, eyes and tissue available to save and heal lives. DLA manages and promotes Donate LifeSM, the national brand for the cause of donation; motivates the public to register as organ, eye and tissue donors; provides education about living donation; manages the National Donate Life Registry; and develops and executes effective multi-media campaigns to promote donation.

“In his previous years on the DLA Board, Frank has always made sure that resources were available to enable DLA to continue our mission— to drive individuals, organizations and communities to increase the number of designated organ, eye and tissue donors who save and heal lives,” said David Fleming, President and CEO of Donate Life America. “We look forward to his continued engagement as chair.”

Wilton has led the AATB as CEO since 2012 and, in that time, has visited more than 50 AATB-accredited tissue banks. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability and has testified before Congress on the topic of tissue safety.  Wilton has more than 25 years of association, education and advocacy experience. Prior to joining AATB, he held several leadership positions at the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed) and served as Executive Director of Label Printing Industries of America. 

“One of the first things I did as DLA Chair was attend the 2018 Rose Parade in support of the Donate Life Float.  It was inspiring to see such a concentration of people who have been touched by donation and transplantation,” stated Wilton.  “More than one million donated tissue grafts a year are transplanted in the United States, and the results are life-saving and life-changing.  I look forward to representing the tissue banking profession and continuing the great work that is done by the Donate Life America Board.”

Wilton received his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and his Institute of Management (IOM) designation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He holds a master’s degree from Boston University and dual bachelor’s degrees from Hobart College.  He and his wife live in Northern Virginia and have three grown children.

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