The daughter of local sports legend Greg Bell has been elected to a help distribute donated organs.

Valinda Jones, RN, MSN, was elected Patient and Donor Affairs representative of the United Network for Organ Sharing, or UNOS, and the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, or OPTN.

UNOS is a non-profit organization that serves as the nation’s Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network under contract with the federal government. The OPTN helps create and define organ allocation and distribution policies that make the best use of donated organs.

Jones is the daughter of local Olympian Greg Bell.

Bell was the long jump gold medalist at the 1956 summer Olympics in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Bell, a Terre Haute native, currently lives in Logansport and practices dentistry at the State Hospital.

Jones is a retired quality coordinator for Harper University Hospital Transplant Program. She is an independent consultant for transplant administration, transplant quality and regulatory affairs. She has served on numerous work groups with The Alliance for Organ Donation and Transplantation and has also volunteered for a variety of transplant organizations and nonprofits, including Michigan Gift of Life and the Michigan Chapter of the National Kidney Foundation.

Jones received her master of science in nursing administration from Indiana University and her bachelor of science in nursing and family nurse practitioner training from Purdue University.

She is also a kidney recipient.

Jones’ term begins July 1.

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