Donor Alliance in the Community
We’re so proud to work with each and every one of our staff members here at Donor Alliance. In our Staff Spotlight, we like to take a minute to share who we are and why we work at Donor Alliance. In this month’s staff spotlight, meet Colin Larkin, a Regional Donation Consultant based in Grand Junction. In that role, Colin partners with hospitals on the Western Slope to help facilitate the donation process through education and continued partnership.
This Month’s Staff Spotlight is on Colin Larkin:
Name: Colin Larkin
Position: Regional Donation Consultant – Grand Junction
Years at Donor Alliance: 12 years
Tell us a little about your role with Donor Alliance: In my role as Regional Donation Consultant I have several responsibilities. I partner with hospitals on the Western Slope with respect to their role in the donation process. This relationship is developed through education and working with hospital staff to ensure that we maximize every donation opportunity. I also have been asked to speak about organ and tissue donation within the larger community. Often, I work with donor families in the local hospitals to help them honor their loved one’s decision to help others through donation.
What made you want to work for Donor Alliance? Prior to working for Donor Alliance, I participated in a hospital chaplain residency. In this role I was exposed to the great work of Donor Alliance. I was impressed by Donor Alliance’s mission to save lives through organ and tissue donation and felt my background in chaplaincy and medical research would be a good fit for advancing that mission.
What do you enjoy most about your role/what’s the most rewarding aspect of your role? Guiding donor families through the donation process is the most rewarding work I have ever done in my life. It is a humbling privilege to walk with families through their grief in the hopes of helping others through donation.
When you’re not working, what do you like to do for fun? Living on the Western Slope of Colorado is a wonderful fit for my wife, Julie, and me. We love to hike with our dogs, cross country ski on the Grand Mesa, and take our teardrop camper up into the surrounding mountains and desert.
What piece of advice would you give your younger self? I would tell myself to hold on to plans for the future loosely and to always try and be present and grateful for every day that I have in the work I do and for the time I have with family and friends.