Ambassador Spotlight

Mariann Pacak, RRN, MHHS is the perfect Lifebanc representative.  Pacak has lived the Lifebanc mission by dedicating her career to saving and healing lives.  Not only is she a nurse and recently retired from her position as Director for Heart and Vascular Service at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, she is the wife of a transplant recipient, Bill Pacak.  Bill received a liver transplant in 1998.

Since then, Pacak has worked closely with Lifebanc, first through volunteering and sharing her husband’s story, then in a professional capacity by participating in the Organ Donation Breakthrough Collaborative as a National Improvement Leader, chairing the Hospital Organ Donor Council at St. Elizabeth, presenting at the National Learning Congress and then serving as a director on the Lifebanc board as a member of the strategic planning committee.  In 2012, Pacak was appointed as the first female board president for Lifebanc and was in that role for two years. 

Pacak also made multiple radio and television appearances to promote organ, eye & tissue donation, as well.

“Lifebanc is indebted to Mariann for the investment of her time, talents and countless contributions to the field of organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation” said Gordon Bowen, Lifebanc CEO.  “She is a living legacy of giving, honoring the gift of life and making her life an example of that.  We congratulate Mariann and wish her and Bill many years of enjoyment and good health.”

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Before I actually started working in the license bureau, I never even considered being a donor. I am on the front line every day asking people to say YES to become an organ and tissue donor. At first I looked at it as part of my job, but as I grew in knowledge, understanding and situations occurring, it allowed me to see the importance of it. I didn’t look at it as just my job anymore; I looked at it as an opportunity to help save lives and eventually became a donor myself."

Stephanie Drake - Deputy Registrar for the Shaker Heights License Bureau

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