The Life Link III Administration Team is committed to the mission of the company, and is a vital part of the services we provide.
Mike E. Belanger FINANCIAL CONTROLLER
Mike is currently Financial Controller and is responsible for annual planning and forecasting, accounting, and financial reporting. In addition, he covers analysis and creation of Board of Director presentation materials and ad hoc analysis for senior leadership. Mike has spent almost 20 years in the aviation industry has worked for all the major carriers (American, Delta/Northwest, and United) in various finance, accounting and project management roles. Mike has worked on many high profile projects and is especially proud of obtaining funding for high technology enhancements of aircraft flight decks and accounting automation. Mike earned a MBA in Finance from the University of St. Thomas.
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.
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 BSc in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University and is completing an MSc in Strategic Leadership from Black Hills State University.
Jason Dickinson, NREMT-P, FP-C OPERATIONS 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 OPERATIONS MANAGER WESTERN REGION, ALEXANDRIA AND WILLMAR 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 OPERATIONS 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.
Mike Roehl COMMUNITY OUTREACH COORDINATOR (WEST AND NORTHEAST REGIONS)
Mike joined Life Link III in 2013 as Communication Specialist in the Communication Center. In April of 2015, he moved into his current position as Community Outreach Coordinator. Prior to Life Link III, he has worked as an Assistant Manager for TCF Bank, as a Correctional Officer and Deputy for Sherburne County, and as a Police Officer for Brooklyn Park. Mike graduated from St. Cloud State University with his BS in Business Management and an emphasis in Criminal Justice. He also serves as Treasurer for the River Crest Farms Homeowners Association.
Noelle McComb Simonson MARKETING OUTREACH COORDINATOR (TWIN CITIES METRO & SOUTHEAST REGION)
Noelle brings valuable experience to the Marketing Outreach Coordinator role with her background in marketing communications, public relations, business development, project management and customer relationship management. She previously held roles at two Minneapolis advertising agencies with a client roster including consumer products, nonprofits, technology, financial institutions and agriculture companies. Noelle’s ability to build strong relationships and communication with clients supports successful goal achievement. Noelle graduated from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN with a bachelor’s degree in Management and minors in French and Youth and Family Ministry.