Services

Administration

The Life Link III Administration Team is committed to the mission of the company, and is a vital part of the services we provide.

Administrative Leaders

  1. Kolby Kolbet, Vice President, Clinical Services, Lifelink III

    Kolby Kolbet, RN, MSN, CFRN Vice President, Clinical Services

    klkolbet@lifelinkiii.com
    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.

  2. Paul Macheledt, Interim Vice President, Operations, Lifelink III

    Paul Macheledt Vice President, Operations

    pmacheledt@lifelinkiii.com
    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.

  3. Cheryl Pasquarella, RN, Director of Quality and Education; Compliance Officer, Lifelink III

    Cheryl Pasquarella, RN Director of Quality and Compliance

    cherylp@lifelinkiii.com
    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)

  4. Kate Richards, Interim Director Human Resources, Lifelink III

    Kate Richards Director Human Resources

    krichards@lifelinkiii.com
    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.

  5. Kristin Brand, Director of Marketing, Lifelink III

    Kristin Brand Director of Marketing

    kristinb@lifelinkiii.com
    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.

  6. John Huot, Manager, Strategic Business Development & Government Relations, Lifelink III

    John Huot, Manager Strategic Business Development & Government Relations

    johnh@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.

  7. Megan Hartigan, RN, EMT-P, Clinical Nurse Educator, Lifelink III

    Megan Hartigan, RN, EMT-P Clinical Nurse Educator

    mthartigan@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.

  8. Ray Reynolds, Communications Center Manager, Lifelink III

    Ray Reynolds Communications Manager

    rreynolds@lifelinkiii.com
    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.

  9. Jackie Lackner, Billing Manager, Lifelink III

    Jackie Lackner Patient Account and Medical Records Manager

    jackiel@lifelinkiii.com
    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.

  10. Amy Saylor, RN, CFRN, Operations Manager, Hibbing Base, Lifelink III

    Amy Saylor, RN, CFRNOperations Manager, Hibbing Base

    asaylor@lifelinkiii.com
    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

  11. Mike Reid, EMT-P, FP-C, Operations Manager, Alexandria Base, Lifelink III

    Mike Reid, EMT-P, FP-C Operations Manager, Anoka Base

    mreid@lifelinkiii.com
    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.

  12. Nate Lebeck, FP-C, NREMT-P, Operations Manager, Alexandria Base, Lifelink III

    Nate Lebeck, FP-C, NREMT-P Operations Manager, Willmar Base

    nlebeck@lifelinkiii.com
    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 4 children.

  13. Jeremy Vogt, RN, CFRN, Operations Manager, Willmar Base Lifelink III

    Jeremy Vogt, RN, CFRN Operations Manager, Willmar Base

    jvogt@lifelinkiii.com
    Jeremy is a Registered Nurse and Certified Flight Nurse (CFRN). He started with Life Link in April 2011 as a Flight Nurse at the Alexandria base. Jeremy has worked in various roles in nursing and EMS since 2003, including ambulance services, disaster response, travel nursing, and ED/ICU nursing.

    When he’s not working, Jeremy enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his wife and 2 boys.