Associate director of transportation Nick Brown oversees the pickup, return and delivery of blood products, pharmacy products and supplies to Versiti hospital partners. His team is also responsible for all fleet vehicles across the organization, supporting internal customers with transportation needs, and ensuring hospital partners’ needs are met in a timely manner. “I’ve always felt a sense of belonging to a family as a member of Versiti,” he says. “I’m proud to tell people where I work and what I do. How many people can say they enjoy their work and get to save lives for a living?”
Customer care project manager Liz Collver oversees the facilitation of blood services customers. She works closely with hospital relations, hospital services, accounts receivable, business development, IS and MIO to standardize operations across Versiti, anchoring the work in continuous process and system improvement. “I feel fortunate to work at a mission-centric organization,” she says. “I have received blood, as well as had several family members impacted by transfusions. So, working to improve our operations at Versiti feels like a way to give back to the greater good and benefit our communities.”
Lori is a supervisor of special patient services, where she coordinates collections of special blood products. In 2020, she coordinated all COVID-19 convalescent plasma donations in Wisconsin and led efforts in standardizing policies and procedures for HLA/HPA matched platelets. “Working for Versiti gives me the opportunity to learn something new every day,” she says. “My team provides quality support to therapeutic services for cellular therapy collections and there is cutting-edge work being done in collaboration with our hospital partners. It’s very interesting and exciting!”
As the manager of organ donation in Wisconsin, Bailey oversees the daily operations of the organ procurement organization and works with her team to ensure that all potential donors have the opportunity to save the lives of patients on the transplant waiting list. “I am privileged in my role to not only enhance the lives of people in need of organ transplants, but to provide support at the most critical hour to our selfless donor families,” she says. “I have personally witnessed the impact that organ donation has on families of donors and recipients alike, and I feel honored to play a small role in facilitating that lifesaving gift.”
Lisa manages strategic initiatives to ensure optimization of the apheresis donor base. She is responsible for driving performance metrics of apheresis staff to meet collection goals, as well as leading apheresis project implementations as a subject matter expert. “Being part of Versiti means being part of something bigger,” she says. “Not only are we saving lives, but we are working to affect positive change in other ways. Our focus on diversity and inclusion is inspiring and it makes me proud to say I am part of Versiti.”
Supervisor of volunteer services blood product delivery Alyese Mason created and launched Versiti’s volunteer driver program in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. This program utilizes volunteers to deliver STAT blood and blood products to local hospitals and help move critical inventory across Versiti’s footprint. “The commitment of our volunteers and the passion of Versiti are my motivation and inspiration,” Alyese says. “Each volunteer and employee, no matter their role, plays a part in helping affect change and give patients a fighting chance.”
JoAnna serves as the controller for Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. In her role, she supports area vice presidents, local leadership teams and financial-related needs for Versiti. “I enjoy my role as finance partner and am passionate about engaging with the team to provide financial support to drive value and manage resources in a way that honors our donor gifts and better serves our patients and communities,” she says. “It’s all in support of our lifesaving mission.”
Nichole is the director of specialized production, where she manages four quality control testing and platelet production laboratories. In July 2021, she begins her tenure as Versiti chief of staff, where she will work closely with the executive team and provide support to all service lines and functions across Versiti. “Versiti is truly a special place to work due to our diverse approach in expanding the frontiers of patient health through the integration of science, medicine and service,” she says. “It’s rare these days to be a part of a mission that has a holistic approach on the wellbeing of humanity, and that is what Versiti provides.”
As senior financial analyst for blood services, Sean is responsible for providing analytical support, sound financial statements, cost per unit analysis, financial reporting and budgeting. Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Council for Wisconsin’s Diversity and Inclusion Team. “As a member of D&I, I look forward to a day when everyone across Versiti can feel included,” he says. “Each one of us can strengthen the team when we all feel valued at the company we work for.”
As a technical manager, Zack is responsible for the continued development and standardization within the Versiti specialized production labs. He helps ensure that Versiti continues to be a leader in the field of transfusion medicine by providing hospital partners with the right product at the right time for the right patient. “Working for Versiti gives me an opportunity to be at the forefront of transfusion medicine science, allowing me to serve our community and ensure the supply of safe, effective blood products throughout the Midwest,” he says.
As manager of the Grand Rapids donor center, Monica oversees all blood collection at the Grand Rapids and Grandville donor centers, as well as all mobile collections out of Grand Rapids. She is passionate about facilitating teamwork, individual growth, and skill development of her team. “My role in achieving Versiti’s mission is simply to equip and encourage my teammates to be all they can be and do their part to help save lives,” she says.