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Donor Family Advocates

Heather (Beals) Schmitt

Office: 612.800.6249 / 1.888.536.6283
hschmitt@life-source.org

I have had the pleasure of working at LifeSource since 2007, first as a Tissue Recovery Coordinator and currently as a Donor Family Advocate. For four and a half years as a Tissue Recovery Coordinator, I had the honor of caring for donors at the time of tissue recovery and I am privileged to now have the opportunity to care for donor families. The generosity and kindness shown by donor families continually humbles me—to think of others in the midst of their pain is truly the most compassionate gift one can give.

Prior to my career at LifeSource, I worked as a funeral director caring for families throughout one of the most difficult times in their life. I have always revered being able to care for a person after their death as well as their grieving family members—I consider it one of the highest honors in my life.

My two positions at LifeSource have allowed me to work with the true heroes of donation—the donors—and now with their inspiring families. Families who choose to think of others in the depths of their grief and demonstrate their strength by donating their loved one’s organs, tissues and eyes. My hope is that your decision aids in your healing. I am grateful to help support you along the way. 


Jill Halimi

Office: 612.800.6256 / 1.888.536.6283
jhalimi@life-source.org

I have been with LifeSource since 2002 and have thoroughly enjoyed my role as Donor Family Advocate where I am privileged to support donor families along their grief journey. In the midst of great pain and sorrow donor families are able to look beyond their personal grief to the possibility of helping someone else. I am continually amazed by the strength and generosity shown by families during what is undoubtedly one of life’s most difficult moments.

In 1990, my boyfriend Jeff died in a motorcycle accident. When his family was approached with the opportunity to donate, they welcomed me to be a part of their conversation and subsequent decision to donate. It is a decision that has brought me great comfort during the last 20 years, knowing that others were given a second chance at life.

As you continue to heal and move forward, my hope is that your family finds solace in your loved one’s legacy. Please know they will never be forgotten.