The Alliance Announces 2021 Donation-focused Advancement Learning Series Workgroup

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The Webinar-based Advancement Learning Series, focused on organ donation, will help equip the modern profession of lifesavers.

The Alliance is launching the 2021 instructional year with a new collaborative team dedicated to developing donation-focused learning opportunities. Collaboratively, the group has identified critical topics impacting the donation and transplantation community and appointed leading national experts to share critical insight throughout the coming year.

The Alliance Advancement Learning Series, previously referred to as the “Get Connected Webinar Series,” is a webinar-based program of hour-long classes presented on a monthly basis. Experts will discuss cutting-edge topics ranging from innovations in the field to emerging best practices for broader implementation. Each webinar garners 1 CEPTC credit and 1 nursing contact hour upon completion of a brief post-webinar evaluation. From January 2020 to June 2020, more than 2,878 participants benefited and earned credit through The Alliance Advancement Learning Series, with 1,612 specifically from the donation-focused program.  

“The collective expertise from this impressive team helps to curate the important topics that organ donation and transplantation professionals need to understand. Their insight and voluntary effort affects thousands of professionals benefiting from these programs each year,” said Karri Hobson-Pape, Executive Director of The Alliance.  

The 2021 Advancement Learning Series (Get Connected Webinar) Workgroup members include: 

  • Hobby Al-Saleh BS MSN CPTC, Organ Recovery Coordinator and Clinical Nurse Educator, Donor Network of Arizona
  • Lindsey Banks BSN, RN, CPTC, Training Coordinator, Legacy of Hope
  • Christy Bridwell, Hospital Services Coordinator, Nevada Donor Network
  • Angel Carroll, Education Liaison, United Network for Organ Sharing (VA)
  • Cynthia Hacker, M.A.L.S, Communications Manager, Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency
  • Faith Hilterbrand, Manager of Hospital Development, Lifeline of Ohio
  • Winnie Lau, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Karen Lord, Advanced Practice Donation Specialist, New England Donor Services
  • Meghan Stephenson, RN, MSN, CPTC, Director of Organ Procurement, Iowa Donor Network
  • Angelique Tadeo, RN, MSN, CPTC, Organ Recovery Coordinator, Donor Network of Arizona
  • Erika Wilkerson, Donation Liaison, Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor
  • Charles Wright, MD, Medical Director, Lifelink Foundation of Georgia

“Each member of the workgroup provides input into priority topics for the upcoming year, then is responsible for speaker identification and management for at least one of the planned programs,” said Deanna Fenton, Program Manager for The Alliance. “Their relationships in the field are critical. We appreciate their dedication throughout the year.” Fenton leads all of the Advancement Learning Series workgroups, providing guidance and coordination for each thinktank of community experts.

To learn more about the Advancement Learning Series (Get Connected Webinar) Program, please visit The topics for the 2021 series will be announced in October 2020.   

The Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance (“The Alliance”) delivers relevant, targeted and scalable learning solutions for the organ donation and transplantation community of practice – including organ procurement organizations, transplant centers and programs, and hospitals where donations occur. By convening members across the community of practice, it is a platform to identify emerging concepts and innovative practices, giving way to resources and educational programs of transformational quality and value. The Alliance is not a membership organization, but partners with leading organizations across the continuum to advance a shared mission to save and heal lives through organ donation and transplantation. 


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Corey Bryant serves as Director of Communications for The Alliance.
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