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Motivational Lecture

Featured Speakers

October 17th

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Jennifer Prinz

CEO of Donor Alliance, member of the board of directors for Life Logics, AlloSource, The Alliance, The Association of Organ Procurement Organizations, and the University of Denver - Latino Center.

With tenure of more than 28 years in organ, eye and tissue donation and transplantation, Jennifer is the CEO of Donor Alliance. While there are organ procurement organizations in every state, Donor Alliance, under Jennifer’s leadership, stands out as a leader in the field and has improved the climate for transplant patients in Colorado and Wyoming. 

Jennifer has been instrumental in raising Coloradans’ and Wyomingites’ willingness to sign up as organ and tissue donors. Last year more than one million residents added their names to the organ, eye, and tissue donor registries. Colorado’s donor designation rate has climbed over six percent in her tenure, (to 67%) and now is the highest in the nation. In addition, she led Donor Alliance to a record number of organ recoveries, and lifesaving transplants in 2022. Thanks to Jennifer’s leadership, Donor Alliance has achieved outstanding clinical and operational outcomes, culminating in a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2018.

Prior to becoming CEO for Donor Alliance, Jennifer served as the Chief Operating Officer for the company, as well as the director of procurement and director of quality systems and compliance at Tennessee Donor Services. She has vast experience in trauma care including leading the trauma center & neuro intensive care units at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. 

Jennifer holds a Master of Public Health-Health Policy and Administration from the University of Tennesse-Knoxville, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. 

In 2016 and 2021, Jennifer and her family were personally touched by organ donation and transplantation. She remains committed to maximizing donation and transplantation in Colorado, Wyoming, and across the country.

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Cary Hill

Former MESA CEO, CFO and COO, Three-Time Baldrige Award recipient

Cary has over 25 years of leadership experience focused on building organizational capacity and maximizing performance for the benefit of customers, employees, and stakeholders, to include roles as CFO, COO, and ultimately CEO of MESA, a leading provider of products and services for corrosion prevention and integrity of the nation’s pipeline infrastructure, and the first 3-time recipient of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He currently is the Chair of the Judges panel for the Baldrige Award, was a national examiner for the Baldrige program for over a decade, and served as the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Quality Foundation, supporting outstanding organizations across Oklahoma to build better organizations using the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence.

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Bob Fangmeyer 

Director, Baldrige Performance Excellence Program
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce

Bob was named director of the Baldrige Program in November 2013. He is only the third director to lead the BPEP since its establishment by Congress in 1987. As deputy director, acting director, and director, Bob has led the design, development, and successful implementation of a new business model for the program; managed overall program operations; tracked performance against the business plan; ensured efficient and effective operations; and planned for strategic capability and capacity needs. Since joining the program in 1997, Bob has led many projects and strategic initiatives, including the creation of the Baldrige Executive Fellows Program, strategic planning, and the ongoing development of the Baldrige Excellence Framework. Bob is a proven manager and creative problem solver. He has represented the program as a speaker at local, national, and international events. A former manager and owner of small businesses, he holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Maryland.

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Mike Cady

Pewaukee School District Superintendent & Former Chief Academic Officer.

Mike Cady has worked in public education for the past 31 years as a teacher, building administrator, and at the district level as Chief Academic Officer until his selection as Pewaukee School District Superintendent in 2017.  Mike was recognized in 2010 as the Wisconsin High School Principal of the Year and earned his PhD in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service at Cardinal Stritch University.

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