Meet Carrie Lindower

Carrie Lindower, RN, MBA, CPTC, CCTC, Placement Coordinator

It’s impressive enough that Lindower works countless hours as a Placement Coordinator for IIAM and a full-time Administrative Director of Kidney Transplant Services at SUNY Downstate University Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. But the quality of her work and the caring that go into every minute of every one of those hours are what’s most meaningful.

“I admire Carrie’s work ethic and ‘whatever-it-takes’ attitude,” said Gina Dunne Smith, Executive Director of IIAM. “You won’t find a harder worker who not only excels at her own job, but also extends herself to help others do their jobs.”

Lindower, who joined IIAM in 2010, was also a full-time Administrative Director of Kidney Transplant Services at Stony Brook University Medical Center in Stony Brook, NY, from 2007 to 2017 before moving to SUNY Downstate.

From 1997 to 2007, she held several key positions at LiveOnNY (formerly New York Organ Donor Network) in New York City: Organ Placement Coordinator, Quality Systems Manager/ Corporate Compliance Officer, Manager of Allocation and Preservation, and most recently, Manager of Organ Allocation. At LiveOnNY, she was a colleague of Steven Sherer, who we welcome to IIAM in this issue.

Scott Murphy, another colleague at LiveOnNY and a Placement Coordinator at IIAM, helped Lindower get involved with our organization. “Most people on the donor side aren’t aware of how many factors go into organ and tissue placement for research, but I found it fascinating,” she said. “IIAM truly opened my eyes to the value of donations for research and their impact on a family, especially the courageous parents of neonatal donors.”

In addition to her full spectrum of hands-on and management responsibilities in the workplace over the years, Lindower has served on the Board of Directors and as President of NATCO, among several other leadership roles. “One of my favorite things is to teach the introductory course at annual NATCO conferences with Mike Vara, IIAM’s Midwest and West Coast Regional Director,” she said.

As Smith reflected on the many accomplishments of Lindower, she said, “Carrie exemplifies the caliber of people on our team; they are deeply involved in the donation community and they love what they do.” Lindower said, “I love working for IIAM and with Gina, who is tremendously supportive.”

On the personal side, Lindower has five children, a granddaughter and a supportive husband. She enjoys skiing, especially since her favorite slope installed WiFi. She explained, “Now I can balance being on vacation and being on call for my full time job. When something happens, I want to know about it.”

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