Chief of Staff and VP of Organ and Tissue Donation
Colleen joined the organization in 2010. She has always had a passion for service and was called to organ donation over 20 years ago while working as a critical care nurse at a Level I Trauma Center in Denver, Colorado. Colleen’s experience as a nurse taking care of her first organ donor and his family was a deeply impactful moment for Colleen and inspired her to begin her career in organ/tissue donation.
In this role Colleen is responsible for performance of Versiti Wisconsin’s Federally designated organ procurement organization and tissue bank which core mission is to serve donor families and advocate for those waiting for a second chance at life and healing. Colleen also has taken on an additional role as Chief of Staff, where she is responsible for leading our strategic planning processes; ensuring our governance is effective, efficient, and results in rapid, quality decision-making; leading the Project Management Office to ensure clear prioritization and project execution; directing our Continuous Improvement function and thus CI culture; and leading high impact Versiti special projects.
Colleen received her nursing degree at Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Colleen has served on various national organ and tissue donation committees and advisory boards, and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She grew up on a small farm in northern Wisconsin and still has a love of the outdoors. In her free time, Colleen enjoys the mental and physical challenge of ultramarathon trail running. Colleen lives in Wauwatosa with her husband Randy, their son Liam (7th grade), daughter Maive (4th grade), and newly adopted rescue dog Pip.