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Meet Our Team

The Anatomical Gift Registry strives to provide you and your loved ones with the utmost respect and transparency throughout the anatomical gift donation process and to use your generous gift to conduct vital research that will improve the future of patient care.

Ryan Hillmer, PhD

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Anatomical Gift Registry Program Director
Bioskills Program Director

Dr. Hillmer is a graduate of MCW with a research background in neurodevelopment, and post-graduate training in anatomy education. In addition to serving as Director of the Anatomical Gift Registry helping interested donors learn about body donation, Dr. Hillmer is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology, and Anatomy. He instructs MCW students in anatomy, developmental biology, histology, and neuroscience. Dr. Hillmer is privileged to work with donors throughout their time within the Anatomical Gift Registry.






James Wachholz, LFD

Senior Anatomical Curator

Jim has been involved in the funeral industry since 1992, as a Licensed Funeral Director since 2000. He came to the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2002, after serving families at several of the area’s larger funeral homes. As the Senior Anatomical Curator, he is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the program. Jim takes great pride in caring for our donors and their families as he would his own family.

Alisha Trapp, LFD

Anatomical Curator

Alisha has been a licensed funeral director since 2018, beginning her career in local funeral homes. She joined the Anatomical Gift Registry in 2021 and is honored to serve the program.

Kelly Monroe, LFD

Senior Anatomical Curator

Kelly feels fortunate to support the Anatomical Gift Registry at the Medical College of Wisconsin, joining the team in 2017. A longtime funeral director in Wisconsin, Kelly has also been a funeral service educator since 2012 who holds a master's degree in education. She is a proud advocate of the invaluable learning opportunities created from the body donation program.

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Contact Us

Our team is available to help answer any questions you may have regarding donor registration and body donation to the Medical College of Wisconsin. Please reach out and let us know what we can help you with!

Anatomical Gift Registry
Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 955-8261
(414) 955-6517 (fax)
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