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Plant Director's Passion and Engagement Inspires Team

A passion to find a position with a company that directly impacts people’s lives led Catisha Turner to join Regeneration Technologies (now RTI Surgical) after serving in the United States Navy for six years.

Today, Catisha is a trusted and highly collaborative leader, and as the Plant Director for the Alachua, Fla. facility, she is not only RTI Surgical’s first female plant director, but she is also the first African American plant director.

Catisha was promoted to this position in December 2021 because of her profound knowledge of our business, portfolio, sterilization processes and industry and her employee-focused leadership style that demonstrates respect, appreciation and support for colleagues. She leads with integrity and compassion and always puts her team’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing first, while holding everyone around her accountable.

“I have the honor to lead by her side and to say that I am proud of her is an understatement. She has become more than a leader and a peer to me; she is a voice of reason, sound wisdom and a friend. I am fully devoted to supporting her initiatives to push the plant forward,” said Rose Lopez, Quality Director.

As Alachua’s plant director, Catisha leads more than 100 employees in nine departments and collaborates cross-functionally to ensure that RTI’s customers receive high-quality allograft implants that improve the quality of life for patients around the world. “What we do is so pivotal to people’s lives because we help complete the circle. High standards are really important no matter what department you are in,” said Catisha.

“Catisha has the ability to bring out the best in all of us and helps transform our mistakes into lessons. Her communication and leadership have made us all more productive and converted our skills into strengths,” said Josh Spears, Operations Supervisor.

Catisha earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Duke University. While balancing both her work and personal life, she earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida Warrington College of Business in 2019. When Catisha is not focusing on work, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her two daughters.

“RTI Surgical is incredibly lucky to have such a strong, talented, driven woman leading the critical operations at our facility in Alachua,” said Amanda LoGuidice, Vice President of QARA and Product Science.