Joseph Ferreira is CEO of Nevada Donor Network, a federally designated not-for-profit agency serving more than 80 percent of Nevada and dedicated to the management and recovery of donated organs and tissues as well as the education and promotion of organ, eye and tissue donation. As CEO, he manages the day-to-day operations (with a staff of 90 people) along with caring and comforting the donor families who have lost a loved one.
Ferreira is a graduate of the University of Miami, with a Bachelor of Science majoring in Microbiology and Immunology and a minor in Chemistry. He received his M.B.A. with a specialization in Health Care Administration and Policy from the University of Miami. Ferreira is also certified in all aspects of the organ donation and recovery process.
“Both of my parents instilled in me the importance of education and the power of knowledge,” he said. “Without my advance business and clinical education, I would not have been afforded the opportunities to progress up the chain of command and become more involved in a higher level in my career.
“My education, especially while obtaining my M.B.A., also gave me the tools I needed to apply important management leadership concepts on behalf of those we served in our mission.”
Ferreira definitely believes in continuing to pursue learning. “Education can be a very fulfilling experience for anyone who is looking to advance in their career,” he stated. “In this day and age, technology and access to knowledge continues to grow at such a dramatic pace and it is important for us to keep up.”
Ferreira explained that his advanced degrees opened doors and gave him opportunities to grow that would not have been available to him if he had decided not to pursue a higher education and advanced degrees.
Ferreira is “very excited to be a part of the team at Nevada Donor Network.” He is honored to be part of a powerful mission to help others and urges others to consider health care as a career choice as a way to impact the community at large.
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