The Life Link III Administration Team is committed to the mission of the company, and is a vital part of the services we provide.
Katie Burkhart DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Katie Burkhart joined Life Link III in 2016 as the Marketing & Communication Manager. Prior to joining Life Link III, she worked at Healthia Consulting as a senior marketing specialist where she assisted in the rebranding to Ingenix Consulting. She then went on to join Tressler Law as the Director of Marketing & Operations where she focused on the firm’s marketing, operational, and financial initiatives. Katie received her BS in Marketing from Minnesota State University - Mankato. In the past, she has served as a board member for the Minnesota HIMSS chapter.
Megan Hartigan, RN, EMT-P MANAGER CLINICAL SERVICES
Megan came to Life Link III in 2012. Prior to this, she worked as a 911 paramedic, flight paramedic, flight ER and supervisory nurse and served in some management roles. Megan is a registered nurse and paramedic and holds a Health Information Technology Clinical Consultant certificate. Megan began her EMS career with North Ambulance as a Paramedic, Flight Paramedic and Nursing Supervisor. Her nursing career has included ER nursing with CentraCare and Maple Grove Hospital. While working for Life Link III Megan has been the St. Cloud base Supervisor, Interim Chief Operating Officer, and former Chief Operating Officer. Megan returned to Life Link III following an educational hiatus to pursue her BSN and Consultant Practitioner Health Information Certificate. Megan has presented Critical Care Education and Research nationally. She represents the Minnesota Ambulance Association on the Health Professional Services Advisory Board. The Governor of Minnesota has appointed Megan to a second term on The Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board.
Joseph Hennessy SAFETY MANAGER
Joseph joined Life Link III in 2016 bringing over 20 years of experience in aviation and public safety. Joseph serves as the Safety Manager with overall responsibility for environmental health and safety. Prior to joining Life Link III, Joseph was the Safety leader for Delta Air Lines Minneapolis-St. Paul operation. He is a member of the Minnesota Air National Guard where he serves as a C-130 aircraft maintenance officer. Joseph holds a Master of Science degree in Aviation Safety from the University of Central Missouri and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Minnesota – Duluth.
Vicki Hurt MANAGER ADMINISTRATION
Vicki has over 30 years of experience in the corporate world, with most of it concentrated in the medical and life sciences industry. Her past positions have included clinical research and regulatory support, contract facilitation and negotiation, fostering cross-functional and external client and physician partnerships, clinical site activation and compliance, and development and management of processes. She has worked for DaVita Clinical Research, Three-Wire, and Medtronic, among others.
Jackie Lackner MANAGER PATIENT ACCOUNT AND MEDICAL RECORDS
Jackie started with Life Link III in 1999. Prior to coming to Life Link III, she was as an accountant for several non-profit organizations. Shortly after starting as an accountant for Life Link III she was also placed in charge of the Patient Billing Department. She eventually assumed the role of Billing Manager, where she manages the process of taking the information provided by the clinical staff and turning it into revenue for the company.
Robert Vawser MANAGER COMMUNICATION CENTER
Rob joined Life Link III in January 2015. He has spent 30 years in emergency services and communications. As manager, Rob provides leadership for effective and efficient operation of the Communication Center. Most recently Rob was Communication Center Supervisor for Air St. Luke’s in Boise, Idaho. Rob is an Adjunct Instructor with the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) and the CommLab at the Helicopter Flight Training Center. Rob holds a master’s degree in Strategic Leadership from Black Hills State University and a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University.
Jason Dickinson, NREMT-P, FP-C REGIONAL CLINICAL MANAGER, SOUTHEAST REGION, ANOKA AND RICE LAKE BASES
Jason has worked in EMS since 1999, and joined Life Link III in 2011 as a flight paramedic at the Hibbing Base. His experience includes 10 years with the Virginia, MN Fire Department, six years as a tactical paramedic and member of the St. Louis County ERT team, and eight years as an educator for the MNSCU system in EMS education. He currently holds NREMT-P, FP-C certifications, AAS and BA degrees.
Nate Lebeck, FP-C, NREMT-P REGIONAL CLINICAL MANAGER, NORTHWESTERN REGION, ALEXANDRIA AND BRAINERD BASES
Nate joined Life Link III in February of 2011 as a flight paramedic at the Alexandria base. Prior to that, he served in the United States Navy for 4 years and was forward deployed twice in support of operation of Iraqi Freedom. He started his EMS career in 2007 as the Assistant Director for Walker Ambulance, then as Supervisor with North Memorial in Walker. He has been a Field Training Officer and Safety Representative for the Alexandria base and also participates on a team with the University of Minnesota and the Department of Defense working on training programs with military medical personnel.
Amy Saylor, RN, CFRN, CMTE REGIONAL CLINICAL MANAGER, NORTHEAST REGION, HIBBING AND DULUTH/CLOQUET BASES
Amy joined Life Link III in 2009 as a flight nurse at the Hibbing base. Prior to joining Life Link III, Amy was a registered nurse in the ICU at Fairview-Hibbing. She then worked in Crosby in the ICU/ER and was the Clinical Nurse Lead of the ICU. Amy then received her training for becoming a flight nurse while working as an RN in the ICU at St. Luke's Duluth, which included caring for trauma, cardiac, neuro, surgical and medical ICU patients. In 2011, Amy received the STEMI Award from Essentia Health and in January of 2015, she received the 2014 “Pre-Hospital Care Provider” recognition award from Arrowhead EMS Association for “exemplary dedication and personal commitment to emergency medical services in her organization community and region.” She is on the Board of Directors for Arrowhead EMS Association, and is also a member of her local Chamber of Commerce, the NE regional educator for the LUCAS device grant, and the NE regional educator for AHA and Mission Life Line, MN division. She is a member of ENA, BCEN and ASTNA. Amy received her BA in Exercise Physiology from the College of St. Scholastica, and her AA in Nursing, Hibbing Community College, and Certified Medical Transport Executive from Medical Transport Leadership Institute.
Matt Smiles, FP-C, NRPClinical Base Manager, Willmar Base
Matt joined Life Link III in April of 2011 as a Flight Paramedic at the Alexandria, MN base where he also functioned as the Base Lead. His career as a Paramedic started in 2009 in Alexandria, MN after working as an EMT in Brainerd, MN. He has also served as the Coordinator of Student Volunteers of the Saint John’s EMT Squad in Collegeville, MN and as a volunteer tactical paramedic for the Douglas County (MN) SWAT team. Matt holds an AAS degree in Paramedicine from Bismarck State College as well as being a Nationally Registered and Certified Flight Paramedic.
Kevin Thill, FP-C, NREMT-PClinical Base Manager, Rice Lake Base
Kevin joined Life Link III in 2011 as a flight paramedic at the Anoka Base and also worked at the Rice Lake base as a flight paramedic and Base Lead. Kevin started his career in EMS in 1994 and received his paramedic certification in 2002 as a member of the City of St Paul Fire Department where he worked as a firefighter/paramedic and Fire Captain. Kevin has also held positions as adjunct instructor for Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College (WITC) and for Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC). Kevin currently holds certifications as NREMT-P, FP-C, PALS, NRP, AAS and BA Degrees.
Nicole LaForte COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Nicole joined Life Link III in 2016, bringing over 10 years of Marketing and PR experience. Prior to Life Link III, she worked as an independent marketing contractor, on behalf of many small to corporate sized businesses. Nicole graduated from Madison, WI with her BS IN Marketing Management. Her PR career has included working with real estate developers, Craig and Matt Romney, along with fashion designer, Gail Be Designs.