Featured Employee – Central Supply Training Coordinator, Leah Martin

“Extraordinary People Saving and Enhancing Lives” is the motto that we strive to live up to every single day at Community Tissue Services. One of our employees who epitomizes that spirit is our Central Supply Training Coordinator, Leah Martin, our featured employee for this month!

As a training coordinator, Leah has the opportunity to share her passion and enthusiasm with many of her coworkers each day.

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“Besides being a part of enhancing people’s lives with someone’s final gift, my favorite thing about working here would be the people. Being the training coordinator I have the privilege of working with all the Central Supply teams and educating them so they can better themselves and build a stronger career. It is rewarding to see them learn and grow,” she says.

Leah personifies the “extraordinary” spirit of Community Tissue Services every single day with her attitude and the way she approaches her work.

“The challenge of improving and continually learning every day to build a stronger career for myself drives me to be extraordinary,” she says. “Knowing I am a part of carrying out someone’s final wishes, but also part of the start of a new chapter in someone else’s life, makes me passionate about my work.”

Having a career working in the area of tissue donation has also had a profound impact on Leah’s life.

“Working with tissue donation has given me a greater appreciation for the lives that have been lost. I have a daily reminder of the kindness people have towards others even after they have passed and the impact they have on other lives,” she says.

We want to thank Leah for all of her extraordinary work and her continuing commitment to excellence!

Featured Employee – Customer Service Supervisor, Serena Stott

Continuing with our Featured Employee series, Fifty Lives would like to recognize another employee for their continued commitment to their work and to the lifesaving gift of tissue donation. That person is Serena Stott, Customer Service Supervisor at Community Tissue Services!Serena (3)

Serena has been with Community Tissue Services for a little over two years, and brings an unrivaled passion for donation to work every single day. “I’m passionate about the job because I want ensure that I am able to help connect the tissue graft to the recipient in need. I love hearing the stories of how we have helped save and improve someone’s life, simply because we were able to connect the gift of tissue donation to the recipient. It’s a beautiful mission that I’m so proud to be a part of,” she says.

A native of Dayton, OH, Serena was aware of the blood center side of CBC/CTS, but did not know anything about the tissue bank. Soon after starting, she quickly gained a greater understanding and appreciation of donation. “I initially heard about CTS when a friend told me about an open position. After going to the website and reading about Community Tissue Services, I knew this was the company I wanted to work for,” she says. “Donation means the ultimate gift by giving of oneself in order to help improve another’s quality of life or even more so, giving to save another,” she says.

While she has always been a registered organ, eye and tissue donor, Serena believes that working so closely with donation has helped her find her calling in life. “Going through college I was never one that knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I always worked hard in any job that I have had, but never had the sense of ‘This is it. This is my calling,’ until now. I love knowing that we exist to help the community. I’ve been an organ and tissue donor, but it means so much more to me now that I understand the whole process. I enjoy telling others about tissue donation and educating them on how amazing our bodies are and how organ AND tissue donation is a selfless act in helping your neighbor,” she says.

In addition to the impact her work has on the lives of others, Serena also is grateful for the chance to work with the people at Community Tissue Services.  “My favorite part of working here is obviously the donation process and knowing that we exist to help others,” she says, but is also quick to add, “I love how even though we are a few hundred employees strong, we are like a very large family. I personally love the team that I work and am very blessed to be a part of the beautiful company that is Community Tissue Services.”

We want to thank Serena for all of her fine work as well as her her outstanding commitment to donation and helping save and enhance the lives of others!

Featured Employee – CNC Processing Supervisor, John Kidder

One of the things that sets Fifty Lives and Community Tissue Services apart from the rest is the quality of employees that we have. Over the past few months we have featured several directors as guest bloggers and now we would like to continue to feature other equally important and equally extraordinary employees from our organization. For this first edition of our “Featured Employee” blog we highlight our CNC ProcessJohn Kiddering Supervisor,      John Kidder!

John will be celebrating his 8 year anniversary at Community Tissue Services in July, and he has enjoyed every moment of it. John came to CTS after working at the Delphi plant is Dayton as a CNC machinist. “I had heard of the Blood Center side, but had no idea what they would use a CNC machine for.”  John would quickly learn that CTS uses the CNC machine technology to assist with the processing of bone grafts to help save and enhance the lives of people in need of a transplant.

Once John started working at CTS, it instantly changed his life. “I had a greater appreciation for donation, and for life. I was doing work that was not only rewarding, but meaningful.” To John, donation means the chance to “help others in a time of need, and shed some light on a dark situation.”

John credits his strong work ethic and determination as what drives him to do be passionate about donation. “I like to do a good job no matter what I’m doing and always strive to personally do my best.”

John uses that drive and that passion to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of people every single day. When asked what his favorite part about working at CTS, he gave his honest answer: “the people here are great, but the rewarding work is most important. I have the chance to make a positive impact on someone’s life, and can help to turn a bleak situation into a positive and hopeful one.”

We would like to personally thank John for his continued hard work and for his commitment to saving and enhancing the lives of others!