Monaal Barakat, supervisor of the histocompatibility lab in Wisconsin, has taken on increased responsibility since becoming a member of the lab’s on-call management staff. She is recognized for her natural ability to Strengthen the Team by bringing people together and encouraging cross-functional collaboration.
As an inventory analyst, Avery Black manages Versiti’s blood inventory status across all states. He single-handedly reinvented the inventory coordinator position and works hard to support and develop key tools for Versiti initiatives. His belief in Doing the Right Thing and ability to quickly adapt and adjust to change make him an invaluable team member.
Director of corporate development Dan McQuary is a natural leader who Makes Results Happen by managing strategic alliances, affiliations, acquisitions and investments. He played an instrumental role in the execution of the Cenetron and Salus acquisitions and developed a service line benchmarking analysis.
As the manager of client services, DNA core labs and clinical trials/cellular therapies, Nichole Muenchow Strengthens the Team by driving improvements in clinical trial client onboarding, actively collaborating with Cenetron, and enabling Diagnostic Labs to execute testing with the highest degree of quality.
Heidi Seitz, regional manager of donor recruitment in Michigan, is committed to encouraging blood donation and Making Results Happen. She was awarded 2019 Donor Recruitment Manager of the Year for achieving 112% to goal with 60% drives in range, along with blood donor bookings over 120%.
Kelli Rai Smith
Kelli Rai Smith, manager of service excellence, Strengthens the Team as an ambassador for Versiti Way of Serving. She is recognized for implementing volunteer teams in Illinois and Indiana, which join established volunteer programs in Michigan and Wisconsin. She is committed to continuous learning, delivering more than 40 classes to no fewer than 550 learners in the short span of 7 months.
As Versiti’s quality and risk program liaison, Landon Smith wears a variety of hats, serving as a quality assurance auditor, coordinating a COVID-19 convalescent plasma study, and developing an equipment tracking database. He is also passionate about Strengthening the Team by developing a “green initiative” and serving as a member of the Employee Engagement Committee.
Versiti’s core value of Strengthen the Team is important to Kellie Sopczynski, a manager of donor services in Michigan who oversees donor centers in Bay City, Dow Diamond and Saginaw, along with all Saginaw mobile teams. She has championed service initiatives across the organization, leads the Staff Advisory Council, and was awarded a grant to put toward new beds for the Bay City donor center.
Senior financial analyst Irina Vasilev believes that Strengthening the Team is the key to Making Results Happen. She is responsible for providing financial analytical support across the organization, was a key player in financial support for the biomaterials information team, and served as a member of the Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Services (PBCS) development team.