Diane Chandler Brockmeier: working her way to the top

Daily Dunklin Democrat | Laura Ford

Photo provided Senath native Diane Chandler Brockmeier is the president and CEO of Mid-America Transplant Services in St. Louis.

After high school graduation, some Bootheel natives stay in the area and raise families, while others go on to college, and from there, move on to do great things, like connecting people after the death of one in order to bring life to another.

Diane Chandler Brockmeier, a 1975 Senath-Hornersville graduate, has dedicated most of her life to saving lives, and on Feb. 1, she stepped into her new position as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Mid-America Transplant Services (MTS), which helps to coordinate lifesaving organ transplants for patients in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois.

Brockmeier grew up in Senath, but in 1986, she moved to Cape Girardeau to begin a career with MTS that would last more than 30 years. Her career there began while working at St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau when she saw the help wanted ad in the paper for a coordinator to live and work for the organization in the Cape area. She said the company wanted a registered nurse who could do hospital education and a mix of other things. "I applied for the job," she said. "They were hiring people on a one year grant being sponsored by Medicare." She said that she was single at the time and took the job, and like most people who rise to the top, she had to start at the bottom and work her way up. Continue reading