Meet the Team

Debbie Hutt, MEd

Director of Donor Family ServicesDebbie

Debbie has been with LifeNet Health since 2011, originally serving as a Family Support Coordinator. In November 2015, she was promoted to the Director of Donor Family Services. The department is growing to meet and anticipate the bereavement needs of our wonderful donor families.

Debbie has a Master’s in Education from Old Dominion University. Her background includes counseling and crisis intervention work with children and their families, development of programming, and work in children’s and family ministries.

“Being a part of the LifeNet Health team is amazing. We serve families who teach us what giving truly means. We are invited to share in a very personal, private and painful part of our donor families’ grief journey – a privilege that is not taken for granted. I look forward to every day of support and care that we offer our families.”

1864 Concert Drive. Virginia Beach, VA 23453. 757-609-4685.



IMG_0567Donna Maria Walker, MS
Manager of Donor Family Services

Donna Maria joined the LifeNet Health team in 2016 as the Manager of Donor Family Services. She is both a member of a donor family and a tissue recipient.

Donna Maria earned a Master of Science degree in Organizational Communication from Murray State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Radford University.

Before coming to LifeNet Health, Donna Maria worked in the nonprofit sector with the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the Brain Injury Association of Kentucky. She has served as coordinator of the Bereavement Committee at her church and as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion at Lourdes Hospital. She is a certified therapy dog handler and enjoys volunteering her time with her therapy dog at Virginia Oncology Associates and through the Norfolk Public Libraries Tales to Tails program.

“As a member of a donor family, I have experienced profound feelings of grief associated with losing a loved one. As a tissue recipient, I have experienced profound feelings of gratitude knowing that because of a family’s decision to honor their loved one through organ and tissue donation, I can now continue to live my life with purpose and without pain. It is truly my honor to be a part of the amazing team at LifeNet, as we strive each day to serve the needs of the donor families and recipients on their healing journey.”

1864 Concert Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23453. 757-609-4482.




Paulette Cordes, MSPaulette
Donor Family Advocate

Paulette Cordes joined LifeNet Health in March 2016 as a Donor Family Advocate in Virginia Beach. She came to LifeNet Health with more than 10 years’ experience in organ and tissue donation and working with donor families. Paulette has an MS in Health Education and has been in public service all of her adult life.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue helping families during what may be the most difficult time in their lives. Being a Donor Family Advocate is not a job, it is a blessing and my purpose in life.”

1864 Concert Drive, Virginia Beach, VA  23453.  757-609-4903. 




Maureen Mullin, MS

Donor Family Advocate

Maureen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Maureen_MullinWork from the University of Iowa and a Master of Science degree in Community Health Education from Old Dominion University. She has worked with elderly nursing home patients and their families, developed and delivered health education and stress management programs, and counseled state and local government employees regarding their health.

“My interest in working for LifeNet Health came from an experience I had with walking alongside my friend during her grief over losing her 18-yearold son, Bradley to a head trauma accident. Bradley became an organ donor and I saw the profound impact this had on my friend and her family. The fact that people’s lives were saved and others’ lives were improved by Bradley’s gifts gave my friend and her family a sense that something good could come from their tragic loss. I feel honored to be a part of LifeNet Health and to work with donor families.”

1864 Concert Drive, Virginia Beach, VA  23453.  757-609-4412.


Gina Cassidy, MA

Donor Family Advocate                                              

Gina joined the LifeNet Health organization in 2017 as a Donor Family Advocate.

Gina holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources Development from Webster University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Her years of professional experience are in both higher education and human services fields; focused on supporting others as they strive to achieve personal and professional development and emotional well-being.

“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to support donor families on their grief journey. In 2006, my 26 year old daughter, Inga, passed away unexpectedly and our family made the decision to donate. Having gone through this process, I am grateful to have the opportunity to offer support and empathy awareness to other donor families whenever possible. Supporting the LifeNet Health mission and vision is an honor and a privilege.”

1864 Concert Drive, Virginia Beach, VA  23453.  757-609-4613.



Carolyn Wolford,

Carolyn head shotAdministrative Assistant

“Being a people person, I enjoy helping and serving others.  I learned early that working in the Donor Family Services Department is more than “just a job.”  Our families have made the selfless decision to give life and hope to others, so serving them in any capacity is an honor and makes my job a ministry.  It is a privilege to serve our families at a time when they need the greatest support.”

1864 Concert Drive, Virginia Beach, VA  23453.  757-609-4671.