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Building And Maintaining A Healthy Tissue Recovery Program

This session recorded session was presented as a part of the 2020 Virtual QDEW . 

Shannon Renaud, MHA, CTBS

Tissue Procurement Trainer

Gift of Life Michigan

Shannon has been involved in the tissue bank community since 1998. She began her work in transplant at the University of California San Francisco Tissue Bank as a tissue team leader and developing comprehensive training programs. She later moved to Arizona and worked in Quality & Regulatory Affairs for the Donor Network of Arizona. Shannon then worked at Transplant for Life, first as the Director of Quality and later as the Tissue Bank Director, where she helped develop the facility’s birth tissue program.  She currently works for Gift of Life Michigan as the Tissue Recovery Manager.  

Shannon received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Cornell College and her master’s in health administration from Grand Canyon University.

Emmitt Savannah, III, BS, CTBS

Emmitt serves as Manager of Tissue Recovery and Research Training at LifeGift Organ Donation Center, providing leadership, training, and evaluation of tissue recovery for implantation and tissue for research. Emmitt also serves his colleagues by designing educational and training curricula and courses to increase staff competency and retention for the critical work performed.

Emmitt is passionate about leadership, training, developing individuals and teams, and helping advance the programs in which they work to achieve goals. Emmitt obtained his CTBS in 2013 and has continued to progress upward positionally to his current role while learning leadership, process development, and improvement strategies.

Before launching a career in tissue donation, Emmitt studied at the University of Houston toward a Bachelor of Science in Biology and minored in Health, where his value of science and healthcare has driven him to excel and contribute in the way he is doing so today.


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