Meet Our Liaisons
The most rewarding part of Kourtnie’s work with LifeSource is touching the lives of strangers; whether they are colleagues, the family of a donor, a member of the care or administration team in a hospital, or a recipient.
Emily’s mission is to honor the process and choice to give the gift of life through hospital collaboration, nursing excellence and a donor mother’s heart. Her background includes medical and acute care nursing, clinical education and case management. She earned her MSN in Administration at University of Mary, ND.
I recognize the importance of our relationships with hospitals and the people who care directly for our donors; without them, donation simply cannot happen. It’s my mission to ensure that all of my hospitals are confident, competent, and feel good about the donation process so we can continue to save lives and offer hope and healing through donation together.
Cathy began her career in South Dakota and has worked in various hospital settings from labor and delivery to a level one trauma post-surgical unit. She also spent time in Australia and Guam doing missionary work, and supporting hospital programs.
Born and raised in North Dakota, Jody enjoys the chance to work closely with hospitals in western North Dakota, fostering a culture of donation through relationships. “I’m grateful to have a career partnering with hospitals that offer hope and healing to families through donation.”
Tim has developed and strengthened the partnerships and collaboration with his Hospital Partners including healthcare teams, physicians, and administration. The donation process requires clear direction in policy, communication, and mutual goals regarding our mission to patients and families we serve.
Rich has worked in donation for over 16 years, first joining LifeSource on the tissue surgical recovery team before becoming a Hospital Liaison.
Jolynn Ryan has been a Hospital Liaison with LifeSource for 8 years. After earning a degree in Community in Health Education, Jolynn worked in staff education and development. The experience and connection to LifeSource through that work lead Jolynn to becoming a hospital liaison serving the Twin Cities metro area.
Deb Andvik has been fortunate to have two careers in her life which has made the difference in so many lives. For over 16 years, Deb recruited physicians to the Fargo, North Dakota-Moorhead, Minnesota community. A job she loved and appreciated as it allowed her to meet many fascinating people and know her work was making a difference by bringing physicians into the community who were saving and enhancing the lives of others.
Cary enjoys working with people who believe they can help others through the gifts of donation, whether it is blood, organs, tissue, or eyes. “I have met so many amazing individuals and families who want to help others. With organ tissue and eye donation it is always in the midst of grief that they think of others and give the gifts that make such a difference in so many people’s lives.”
Barb Nelson-Agnew has been a hospital liaison with LifeSource for over 12 years. Earning a degree in Org. Comm/Psychology from Concordia College in 1988, Barb held a series of public relations and healthcare marketing positions that led to her to a career in donation, becoming a hospital liaison with American Red Cross Tissue Services in 2001.
Ann enjoys the opportunity to education hospital staff, work to improve the process of donation in hospitals and most especially supporting donor families at the time of donation.