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Staff Spotlight: Shane Oakley

Staff-Spotlight:-Shane-OakleyWe’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 let you learn more about who we are and why we work at Donor Alliance. As an Organ Recovery Coordinator at Donor Alliance, Shane Oakley helps facilitate solid organ donation when a family or donor has made the decision to be an organ, eye and tissue donor. Shane says the best thing about working at Donor Alliance is being able to witness the extreme generosity and compassion people have shown, even in the most tragic of times.

Staff Spotlight: Shane Oakley

Name: Shane Oakley

Position: Organ Recovery Coordinator

Years at Donor Alliance: 12 years in October 2019

Tell us a little about your role with Donor Alliance: I am the clinical professional that helps facilitate solid organ donation when a family or donor has chosen to pursue donation. I medically manage donors, enter medical information, run lists to allocate organs and coordinate donation. Additionally, I facilitate and perform procedures to help evaluate donors for organ suitability. Some of these procedures include echocardiograms (ultrasound of the heart), bronchoscopies (camera/ suction device to evaluate and clean out lungs) and line placement for medication administration and hemodynamic monitoring.

What is the best thing about working at Donor Alliance? The amount of merciful humanity I have witnessed is hard to describe. I am blessed every day to do what I do. I am able to see people during the most vulnerable and tragic time of their lives, show extreme generosity and compassion. I also help facilitate the rebirth of sick people.

What does donation & transplantation mean to you? It means taking the great gifts that God gave to us and being able to help others when our time on earth is done.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do for fun? I like to work out, spend time with my dog and family. I compete in amateur strongman competitions. Most recently, I’ve started to learn to play the piano.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Never, Never, Never give up.

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