The Life Link III Administration Team is committed to the mission of the company, and is a vital part of the services we provide.
Kolby Kolbet, RN, MSN, CFRN Vice President, Clinical Services
Prior to joining Life Link III, Kolby was the Chief Flight Nurse at Gundersen Lutheran MedLink AIR in La Crosse, WI. Kolby was a flight nurse with MedLink AIR since 2005 and also served as the MedLink AIR Nurse Educator. In addition to his nursing roles at MedLink AIR, he worked in the Trauma and Emergency Center, Specialty Care Transport, and the Pediatric and Neonatal ICU.
Kolby earned his Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Allen College in Waterloo, IA and obtained his Masters of Science in Nursing Education from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. He is also a Certified Medical Transport Executive (CMTE), Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN), and Critical Care Paramedic (CCEMT-P). Kolby is an active member of the Emergency Nurses Association as well as the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA) where he had served as Membership Chairperson.
Prior to becoming a nurse, Kolby was active in EMS as a Volunteer First Responder and EMT with the Chickasaw Rescue Squad in New Hampton, IA. He obtained his Iowa paramedic certificate from the University of Iowa. He also attended Creighton University in Omaha, NE to become a Nationally Registered Paramedic. Kolby worked as a paramedic with both Chickasaw Ambulance Service in New Hampton, IA and Tri-State Ambulance Service in La Crosse, WI.
Paul Macheledt Interim Vice President, Operations
Paul brings 30 years of experience in the air transport industry and holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering and an MBA.
Paul first worked for Boeing as an aerodynamic design and performance engineer. He also worked with aircraft customers during new aircraft configuration and negotiation, aircraft production, and throughout the delivery process. His final position at Boeing was Regional Director of Marketing as a specialist in aircraft economics and maintenance.
Paul relocated to Minnesota to work for Northwest Airlines where he led groups in Corporate Finance, Technical Operations heavy and line maintenance planning, and finally as Director of Finance for Flight Operations / Operations Control. Over his career, Paul has led successful initiatives in both air transport operations and finance and is looking forward to applying that experience to HEMS operations.
Cheryl Pasquarella, RN Director of Quality and Education; Compliance Officer
Joining the company in 1982, Cheryl Pasquarella, RN transitioned from hospital nursing to medical transportation, providing her the opportunity to work as a critical care transport nurse in ground, fixed wing and rotor wing. Roles in education and quality assurance lead to her current position as Director of Education & Quality and Compliance Officer. Her areas of responsibility include internal and outreach education, quality metrics reporting, corporate compliance and data privacy.
Cheryl is a member of the National Association for Healthcare Quality (HAHQ) and Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA)
Kate Richards Director Human Resources
A veteran business executive and HR leader, Kate joined Life Link III in 2013. She comes to the organization with extensive experience in the healthcare, wellness, medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Past clients have included 3M Healthcare, United Healthcare Group, Wellbridge and McKesson.
As the Human Resources Director, Kate has oversight for Talent Acquisition, Benefits, People Development, Employee Engagement and Organizational Design and Development. Kate received her BA in Communications and Psychology from Bowling green State University. She holds a Black Belt in Six Sigma from St. Thomas University, an SPHR certification from the Society of Human Resource Professionals, teaching certification from the State of MN, Facilitator certification from the Gallup organization and a Behavioral Therapy certification from UCLA.
Kate is a frequent local and national presenter on career pathing, employee engagement and business transformation.
Kristin Brand Director of Marketing
Kristin has worked with Life Link III since 1999, first coordinating marketing activities and writing features for company publications. As Director of the Marketing department, she oversees marketing communications, customer service, public relations and business development.
Prior to Life Link III, Ms. Brand developed a marketing communications package for The Wasie Foundation, and promoted the foundation's charitable giving and scholarship programs. She holds a BA from the University of St. Thomas, with a double major in Communications and Spanish, and is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators.
John Huot, Manager Strategic Business Development & Government Relationsjohnh@lifelinkiii.com
John has been with Life Link III since 1988, when he started as an EMT. He has worked in many departments of the company over the years, including education, research and billing. In 2005 John joined the marketing department fulfilling the roles of business development and government relations.
John is a member of the government relations committees for the Association of Air Medical Services, Association of Critical Care Transportation and The Minnesota Ambulance Association. John stays very active with his wife and three boys at home, coaching football and acting on the Boards of Directors of three youth sports groups.
Megan Hartigan, RN, EMT-P Clinical Nurse Educatormthartigan@lifelinkiii.com
Megan came to Life Link III in January 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. She is a member of the Minnesota Ambulance Association and represents them on the HPSP Advisory Board.
Ray Reynolds Communications Manager
Ray was hired as an EMT at Life Link III on August 10th 1987. His first call, twin baby returns, required two isolettes in the same ambulance! Ray worked for 10 years as an EMT. In 1997, Ray started working in the Communications Center. In 2011 he was promoted to Lead Communication Specialist and in 2012 was promoted to Manager of the Communication Center
In the Navy Reserve, Ray currently serves as a Chief Petty Officer. Through multiple leadership classes, and years of practical leadership experience, Ray leads 33 sailors in his local unit which support our Federal shipyards.
Ray served as a Fire Fighter for the Blaine, Spring Lake Park, Mounds View Fire Department, rising to the Rank of Fire Captain prior to his retirement from the Department. He was also a member of the North Suburban Haz-mat quick response team.
Ray is married to Lisa, and has 4 children, 2 girls in college and 2 boys in high school. He loves traveling with his family.
Jackie Lackner Billing Manager
Jackie started with Life Link III in 1999. Prior to coming to Life Link III, she worked as an accountant for several non-profit organizations. She was hired by Life Link III as an accountant and shortly after starting was placed in charge of the Patient Billing Department as well. She eventually assumed the role of Billing Manager, where she works to manage the process of taking the information provided by the clinical staff and turning it into revenue for the company.
Amy Saylor, RN, CFRNOperations Manager, Hibbing Base
Amy joined Life Link III in 2009 as a flight nurse at the Hibbing base. Prior to becoming a nurse, she was an exercise physiologist with St. Mary's Duluth. Amy returned to school for nursing, and started her nursing career in the ICU at Fairview-Hibbing. She worked in Crosby ICU/ER and was the Clinical Nurse Lead/Manager of ICU, and she worked as an RN in the ICU at St. Luke's Duluth, which included caring for trauma, cardiac, neuro, surgical and medical ICU patients.
Amy is a registered nurse and a certified flight nurse (CFRN). She is a member of ENA, BCEN and ASTNA and she continues to maintain currency with national certification in Exercise Physiology from the Ameriian College of Sports Medicine
Mike Reid, EMT-P, FP-C Operations Manager, Anoka Base
In addition to 10 years at Life Link III, Mike has 34 years of experience in public safety, including fire, EMS, law enforcement, SWAT, EOD and HAZMAT, and 20 years of leadership experience. Mike is a Certified Flight Paramedic and is retired from the DeKalb County Department of Public Safety in Atlanta, GA, where he also served on the bomb management team during the 1996 Olympics.
Mike is a commercial pilot and has built one experimental certified airplane and is finishing his second. He is married with two daughters.
John Deal, MHS, NREMT-P, FP-C Operations Manager, Hutchinson Base
John has been in Public Safety since 1984, serving as a Communications Officer, Deputy Sheriff, and Paramedic throughout Virginia and North Carolina. Additionally, he served in the United States Navy as a Military Police Officer during Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, where he earned the Navy Achievement Medal. He joined Life Link III in August of 2006 as a Flight Paramedic, and is a Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C)
John has a Master’s Degree in EMS Management from Western Carolina University. In addition to his work at Life Link III, he is also faculty for the Paramedic Program at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, WI. He is married with one daughter.
Joel Timblin, FP-C Operations Manager, Rice Lake Base
Joel has called Wisconsin home for most of his life and has been working in the EMS field since 1989. He has flown as a flight paramedic in Wisconsin and Minnesota for over 10 years. Joel has also served as a full time EMS educator for several years. In addition to traveling and rebuilding airplanes in his hangar he enjoys spending time with his wife Becky and his three sons.
Nate Lebeck, FP-C, NREMT-P Operations Manager, Alexandria Base
Nate joined Life Link III in February of 2011 as a flight paramedic at the Alexandria base. Prior to Life Link III, Nate 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 for the past year. He has also been participating on a team with the University of Minnesota and the Department of Defense working on training programs with military medical personnel.
Nate is married with 3 children and a 4th due in August.