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Eventbrite - 2017 IRPE Conference & Celebration

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Keynote Speakers

Mary Searcy Bixby, Founder/CEO, San Diego Charter School, San Diego, CA

Mary Bixby has led The Charter School of San Diego since its inception in 1994 as Founder, President and CEO. The Charter School of San Diego (CSSD) was the first charter school approved by the San Diego Unified School District, and the 2014-2015 school year marks CSSD’s 20th year of serving the San Diego County community. During this time, CSSD has demonstrated success, operationally and instructionally, while serving a student population that is at risk of dropping out of high school.  Specifically aimed at students whose futures are at risk because conventional schooling has failed them, CSSD provides a unique educational environment for students whose academic and social needs are not met by traditional approaches. Find out more information about San Diego Charter School here.

Dean F. Kappel, President Emeritus, Mid-American Transplant Services, St. Louis MO

Dean F. Kappel has been at the forefront of visionary leadership in the organ and tissue donation industry since becoming CEO of Mid-America Transplant in 1986. He was the first CEO of an organ procurement organization to implement the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence, driving innovative thinking, operational effectiveness and efficiency in the field. By implementing quality initiatives and identifying best practices, Mid-America Transplant consistently increased the number of people able to receive lifesaving transplants year after year.  His foresight and passion has also resulted in eight other OPOs electing to adopt the Baldrige criteria as their own business model.  Find out more information about Mid-America Transplant here.



2016 Award Recipients


Gold Award Recipient:

Bridgestone Americas Agricultural Division, Des Moines, Iowa


Silver Award Recipients:

Urbandale Community School District, Urbandale, Iowa

Iowa Donor Network, North Liberty and Altoona, Iowa


Honored as Tier 3 Leadership Applicant

Businessolver, West Des Moines, Iowa


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