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Developing a Donation Champion Funeral Home at your Recovery Agency (Group)

Includes a Live Event on 08/24/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

You work with many funeral providers, some that are supportive and a few that you might have to work to keep that smile on your face.  In this webinar, you will hear about ways to elevate and engage the funeral providers about donation so they are just as comfortable sharing the message of a DMV, Drivers Ed class or a hospital!  

Kraig Markland

Kraig Markland received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College, a postgraduate degree in forensics from the National University of Heath Sciences. He retired from private practice, started a second career working as a tissue recovery tech at Iowa Donor Network, and earned his CTBS. At Live On Nebraska, he was a Professional Outreach Specialist and coordinated recovery activities with funeral professionals, law enforcement investigators, and pathologists. He has also completed a Medicolegal Death Investigator course and has received a Mortuary Science degree. Currently working at Tennessee Donor Services as a Funeral Home/Medical Examiner Liaison.  

Melinda Van Waus, BS, CTBS, CFSP

Lead Partner Liaison

Melinda received her Mortuary Science degree from the University of Minnesota. Following graduation, Melinda was employed by the Benson Funeral Home before transitioning to her role at LifeSource where she has been instrumental in many areas of the organization since 2005. One of those areas was as a Surgical Recovery Technician, recovering tissue from donors who have so generously given the gift of life. Melinda is active on several committees within the organization which help provide opportunities of improvement with the goal for enhanced performance, greater customer and partner relationships while meeting the needs of those we serve. Melinda primarily oversees LifeSource‚Äôs relationship with Medical Examiner/Coroner offices, Funeral Service Providers and Hospice facilities.  She is a licensed funeral director and embalmer in Minnesota. Melinda continues to provide part-time service to local funeral homes and is an active member of the Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota Funeral Director Associations; the Arrowhead Funeral Directors Association; a Certified Tissue Bank Specialist; and a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner which is the highest professional designation you can achieve in funeral service.


Developing a Donation Champion Funeral Home at your recovery agency
08/24/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
08/24/2022 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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