Nelson Hellwig has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Children’s Organ Transplant Association board of directors. He is chief executive officer of the Alliance for Community Transfusion Services. Hellwig has more than 25 years of experience working for healthcare entities, testing laboratories, private equity firms and nonprofit organizations. The Alliance for Community Transfusion Services is a collaborative of 11 regional blood banks that collect, process, test and distribute more than 1.5 million units of blood to patients in more than 700 hospitals and provide various technical services, therapeutic treatments and stem cell laboratory operations in multiple locations throughout the United States.

Hellwig previously served as chief financial officer of CrescentCare Health and The Blood Center in New Orleans, and has served as a guest lecturer on healthcare management at Louisiana State University. He received a bachelor’s degree in finance from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of New Orleans. Hellwig was a 2015 recipient of the New Orleans CityBusiness Healthcare Hero award. He and his wife are also the parents of a liver transplant recipient.

Also, Rob Aukerman has been named chairman. He is president of Animal Nutrition and Health at PLAMAN Global. Aukerman has been on the board since 2012. He is the father of a kidney donor and transplant recipient.

COTA is a national charity dedicated to guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-related expenses. COTA’s priority is to assure that no child or young adult is denied a transplant, or excluded from a transplant waiting list, due to lack of funds. 100% of funds raised in honor of transplant patients are used for transplant-related expenses.