August 2018 Issue of Insight


LooKing Forward: Do Your Best Work

July 1 starts a new fiscal year for EBAA, so we conduct our staff performance reviews around this time. Ideally, they would be finished in June, so any salary adjustments can be applied at the top of the new fiscal year. But staff are busy with post-Annual meeting action items, and then everyone wants and needs vacation time, so the reviews don’t happen until the second half of July (not to worry, all increases are applied retroactively to July 1).

Additionally, the Board of Directors met for orientation and training on August 3-4 to ensure that we’re all on the same page, particularly as we fully implement our streamlined, strategic, competency-based Board model. Dave Korroch, our Speaker of the House, will report on the outcomes of this meeting separately, and will seek member input throughout the year.

So, the past few weeks have been a time for simultaneously thinking retrospectively and prospectively. That’s a good thing for individuals, and it’s a good thing for organizations. Because you can’t decide where you’re going unless you know how you got this far. And you can benefit from having someone else (a supervisor or a facilitator) push you to look past the routine activity and busywork to identify the real turning points of your year, and then help you decide how to build on them.

My favorite performance review question for staff is “What accomplishment are you most proud of?” This doesn’t have to be something big, but rather something where you knew you were doing your best work, even if it was just helping one member with one issue. By identifying a time when you were doing your best work, you can replicate it and integrate it into other aspects of your job until you’re doing your best work every day.

So, as the summer slides inexorably into autumn, try to find a quiet place and some uninterrupted time to think about the work you’re proud of and how you’re going to do more of that, for yourself and for others. The results will speak for themselves.

Speaking of one’s best work…
Genevieve Casaceli joined EBAA in April 2016 as Education and Meetings Coordinator. In the past year, Genevieve has really grown in her role, increasing her interaction with our meeting attendees and exhibitors and taking on more responsibility for our educational programming. Most notable was sharing her experience as a donor family member to our TES attendees and being described by our 2018 Mary Jane O’Neill Fellow as “my guardian angel”.

For these reasons, and many others, Genevieve’s performance review included a promotion to Education & Programs Manager. Congratulations to her – we look forward to her continued growth in her new role!
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EBAA Fall Meetings

Each year, the EBAA Fall Meetings brings together corneal surgeons, eye bank professionals, and others from every aspect of the eye banking profession for the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in eye banking from various perspectives and for EBAA Boards and committees meet to conduct necessary business.

Join us in Chicago, Illinois, at one of the meetings or seminars listed below where attendees will connect with leading thinkers, learn about pioneering research and emerging trends, and use your voice to help drive eye banking’s positive impact on the world.

Cornea and Eye Banking Forum: Early Bird Registration Ends September 7!

There is only one month left to register at low early bird rates for the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum. The event, hosted by EBAA and the Cornea Society, will take place on October 26, at the Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Early bird registration ends Friday, September 7.

This year’s program will feature:

  • The presentation of over 25 scientific abstracts
  • Two 30-minute symposia for topic-specific invited talks
  • Two award lectures: the Paton Lecture and the Troutman Prize Lecture
  • Four award presentations

With the presentation of all new information and research, this event continues to be a favorite among corneal surgeons and eye bankers. Following the 2017 program, attendees were surveyed, and this is what they had to say:

  • “Great papers presented. Only meeting where I leave and change something about how I practice medicine.”
  • “Best true cornea scientific meeting of the year!”
  • “I think it has the most cutting-edge research, and comments from thought leaders in cornea are invaluable.”
  • “Innovative and topical presentations related to cornea transplant and eye banking.”
  • “The information shared here is way ahead of anything published.”

Don’t miss out on the cornea and eye banking event of the year; register today at the low early bird rates!

EBAA Fall Leadership Meeting: Complimentary Registration!

The 2018 Fall Leadership Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 26, at the Westin Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Registration for the EBAA meetings on October 26 is complimentary; anyone attending the Accreditation Board Meeting, the Medical Advisory Board Meeting, and/or the Board of Directors Meeting should register in advance. For more information and to register, click here.

2018 Medical Advisory Board Live Audio Broadcast

The Medical Advisory Board (MAB) Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 25 at 1 PM CST and will include discussion about suggested changes to the Medical Standards, issues concerning eye banking, and updates of various EBAA committees. If you are unable to attend the meeting in person, you can still listen to the conversation by registering for the live audio broadcast. CEBTs may earn up to 2 CEUs for attending the entire session. To register for the live audio broadcast, click here.


The Medical Advisory Board (MAB) and Accreditation Board (AB) have opened a call for agenda items for the Fall Leadership meetings.  Guidelines for item submission can be found below.

Medical Advisory Board
Guidelines for submitting MAB agenda items:

  • All items must be submitted in writing to the Chair and Secretary of the MAB (Jennifer Li, MD and Eric Meinecke), no later than Friday, September 21, 2018.
  • Items submitted after the cut-off date will be deferred until the next meeting unless an exception is granted by the Chair.
  • Any recommended change to the Medical Standards must be accompanied by a draft of the new wording for the standard in question.
  • Introduction of additional items during the MAB meeting must be accompanied by a draft of the new wording for the standard in question and submitted to the Chair for review.

Accreditation Board
Guidelines for Submitting AB Agenda Items:

  • All items must be submitted in writing to the Accreditation Board Co-Chairs (Chris Stoeger and Christopher Ketcherside, MD), no later than Friday, October 5, 2018.
  • Items submitted after the cut-off date will be deferred until the next meeting unless an exception is granted by the Co-chairs.

If you have any questions about submitting agenda items for MAB or AB, please contact Jennifer DeMatteo.

Save the Date for the 33rd Annual Run for Vision

The 33rd Annual Run for Vision will be held Sunday, October 28 at 6:30 am in Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. This event is an annual favorite – bringing ophthalmologists, eye bankers, donor families, and cornea recipients together to show their mettle and to possibly win a medal!

Please plan to join us. Registration will open soon.
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PAO Scholarship Recipient Story

Submitted by Kayla Gray

I was honored and humbled to be the 2018 recipient of the Patricia Aiken-O’Neill Scholarship. It enabled me to attend the annual conference in Philadelphia that would not have been possible otherwise. The EBAA Annual Meeting is a wonderful conference that really pushes forward the idea of collaboration and innovation. This year’s conference was not only inspiring but also motivation for a more stimulating and engaged future.

Over the course of the conference, I had the opportunity to be in the presence of some of the greatest minds in eye banking and hear how they plan to change the future. I was completely mesmerized by the passion that the speakers had throughout the conference and began to look for ways to become more involved.

The most moving moment was hearing a name I had not heard since I was a student. In 2013, I received a call from my family that my grandfather had a heart attack and his prognosis was not good. Being his legal healthcare power of attorney, I knew what had to be done, or so I thought. I went down and made the decisions regarding end of life care, whether or not to continue life support, and funeral arrangements. What I had not prepared for was the idea of donation beyond organs. At that time, I was very naïve, like much of the United States, in believing that if I was an organ donor, I could donate my organs. Sadly, that is not the case. When I spoke with Lifeline of Ohio, it was brought to my attention that he was only eligible for corneal donation. I moved forward with the donation and did not think of it until a few months later. I received a letter, a beautiful letter letting me know how much of an impact cornea donation makes and thanking me for helping make my grandfather’s donation a reality. Signed Beth Binnion.

This name, one I had only read, gave me inspiration. I never knew much about the cornea, nor the aspects of eye donation. So, I began researching. I realized there was an entire field in medicine that I had never known. I learned about the magic of the cornea, the lack of a waitlist, and how one person can bring sight or assistance to several people. To say, the very least, I started to think of this Beth as a teacher who had opened my eyes to a potential future. Fast forward a few years, I find myself at an interview for Eversight, my new local eye bank.

At this past year’s EBAA Annual Meeting, I had the opportunity to thank Beth for the letter and for inviting me into the world of eye banking. It was a moving moment, to see someone who I had only ever read her name, studied her signature, and who through a few kind words helped my grieving process. After a few moments of speaking, we realized that I grew up in the same place her husband did and loved the same Cincinnati traditions of goetta and Skyline.

Without the scholarship, I would have never had the opportunity to meet this wonderful woman. I think that is what is the most powerful part of these conferences, making connections. The scientific symposium is innovative, the talks are informative, the food is delicious but there is something special about the people in eye banking. Having the opportunity to put faces to the names you have been working closely with over the years over email, to having conversations with the first author of the article that inspired your current research project, or finally saying thank you to the person who introduced you to eye banking through a donor letter.
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Legislative and Regulatory Update


EBAA reported on recent legislative and regulatory developments in the August 7 issue of Focal Point, the association’s bi-weekly advocacy and legislative update. To view that issue, please click here. For past issues, please visit the archive in the “Members Only” section of the website.
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Educational Programs, Seminars, and Events

The Power of You: EBAA Presents FREE Eye Donation Month Webinar

EBAA has launched its education and awareness campaign for November’s Eye
Donation Month, formerly known as National Eye Donor Month, and on August 28, at 2:00 pm EDT we are inviting YOU to Eye Donation Month: Tools for Marketing & Media Outreach a free, 30-minute webinar that will discuss strategies and tactics for rolling out, customizing, and promoting the Eye Donation Month campaign in your local community. The webinar is part of a fresh new campaign centered around the theme, The Power of You, which acknowledges the entire community of people who are involved in the journey of sight restoration.

Recognizing that member eye bank involvement is key to the campaign’s success, the webinar will introduce the new, complementary marketing and media outreach materials available online, and presenters from Gavilan and Associates, a strategic marketing firm, will share campaign graphics, downloadable toolkits, social media posts, press releases and more. Participants will also learn tips for working with print, broadcast and online media to promote Eye Donation Month.

“This year’s campaign will continue to champion donor registration, recognize the gift of sight, and educate the public about the role eye banks play in cornea donation and transplantation,” said Kevin Corcoran. “As we rebrand and expand our campaign, we feel it’s important to help all our members understand and utilize the tools and resources at their disposal. This webinar will seek to coordinate our efforts, with marketing collateral and strategies that will optimize the message of registering as a donor and celebrating the life-changing impact of eye donation.”

Registration for this free webinar is open now—make plans to participate today!

Thank you for advancing the lasting legacy of restored sight—it’s The Power of You that makes it all possible!

2018 Fall Certified Eye Bank Technician Exam: Early Bird Deadline Ends in Two Weeks!

The application for the 2018 Fall Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) Exam is currently available. To take the exam in the U.S. and Canada, the application is due September 5; rates will increase on August 25. To take the exam in any other location, a candidate must submit the international application, which is due tomorrow.

Becoming a Certified Eye Bank Technician can have a major impact on an individual. Here’s what recently certified individuals have to say about what it means to them:

  • “Becoming a CEBT means I will have the knowledge to be a stronger advocate for both our donors and recipients.”– Ann Kent, CEBT
  • “This certification has allowed me to function in a greater capacity in helping to restore sight.” – Bryce Mattinson, CEBT
  • “Becoming a CEBT has allowed me to demonstrate my dedication to the highest quality standards and to validate my experience in the eye banking field.” – Allison Andersen, CEBT

If you are interested in learning more about the exam and the application process, please visit the CEBT Exam Page, which features resources to prepare for the CEBT exam, including the exam outline, a study guide, and a practice exam. Take advantage of the low early bird rates and submit an exam application today!

EBAA Quality Assurance Seminar: Registration Closes September 7!

EBAA will be hosting the EBAA Quality Assurance Seminar at the Hotel Valencia Riverwalk September 27-28 in San Antonio, Texas, and we hope you will join us!

Planned by the EBAA Quality Assurance Committee, this two-day seminar will explore topics and issues specifically of interest and concern to eye bank quality assurance professionals. This educational event will include lectures, dynamic discussion, and interactive sessions on the following topics:

  • Introduction to Quality Assurance
  • Overview of EBAA and HCT/Ps
  • FDA Registration
  • Deviation Reporting
  • Complaints, Non-conformance, and CAPA
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Validation
  • Adverse Reaction & Investigations
  • SOP Creation & Document Control
  • Training Program & OSHA
  • Vendor/ Supplier Qualification

If you are a quality assurance professional, you will not want to miss this seminar. The deadline for registration is September 7. Reserve your seat and register today!

Significantly Change Eye Banking and Corneal Transplantation with the EBAA High Impact Research Grant!

There is only one month left to apply for the new EBAA High Impact Research Grant. Beginning this year, the Research Committee, following Board Approval, will annually request applications on a specific topic and will select one proposal to fund at a significant amount. The new grant was established to make a larger impact on corneal and eye banking research.

This year, the committee is requesting proposals on “Maintaining Endothelial Viability During Tissue Processing and Transport” and will fund one project up to $50,000. The application is now available and the deadline to apply is September 14, 2018.

Take advantage of this unique funding opportunity, and make your mark on eye banking by submitting an application today!

Become the Host Organization for the 2019 Slit Lamp Microscopy Seminar!

EBAA is accepting proposals from member eye banks to host the 2019 Slit-Lamp Microscopy Seminar.

This small hands-on seminar will be a two-and-a-half-day event designed to provide detailed instruction to beginning eye bank technicians on slit-lamp microscopy through lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practice evaluating tissue using slit lamp microscopes.

A host eye bank is needed to provide the space, tissue and equipment for this small and unique event. The seminar will be held around September 2019. All proposals are due October 1, 2018. Submit a proposal today to host the event at your eye bank!

2019 Mary Jane O’Neill Fellowship in International Eye Banking: Now Accepting Applications for 2019!

EBAA is excited to announce that the application period for the 2019 Mary Jane O’Neill Fellowship in International Eye Banking is now open. Established in 2001 by EBAA and The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration, the Mary Jane O’Neill Fellowship provides medical directors or technical personnel from the international community of eye banks with the skills necessary to develop, operate, and maintain a successful eye bank program – ultimately, reducing blindness around the world due to corneal disease or injury.

In 2018, EBAA brought Dr. Maya Alba from the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center Eye Bank in Israel to the US to attend the 57th Annual Meeting and to intern at Eversight in Chicago, Illinois. To read about Dr. Alab’s experience, click here.

The Fellowship will bring an individual to the United States for 2 weeks in June 2019 to attend the 58th EBAA Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, and intern for one week at Lions Gift of Sight in St. Paul, Minnesota. If you know of any individuals from an international eye bank who could benefit from this Fellowship, please pass this information along. The deadline to apply is November 2.

CEBTs Who Expire in 2018: Submit Your Recertification Application by December 31


The individuals listed below are Certified Eye Bank Technicians (CEBTs) whose status will expire on December 31, 2018. If there is anyone on this list who is no longer in eye banking or who should not be on this list, please notify Genevieve Casaceli.

To view your CEUs online, log into Members’ Section, click on the small arrow next to “My Information,” and select “My Professional Development” from the drop-down menu. To recertify as a CEBT, each individual must earn 16 CEUs during the three-year certification period, including attendance at two of the following: Medical Advisory Board Meeting, Technician Skills Workshop, Scientific Session (the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum or the summer Scientific Symposium), and the Medical Directors Symposium.

The deadline to recertify is December 31, 2018. To access the recertification application, click here.

Ableson, Kathryn Griffin, Joshua Pederson, Lori
Arvidson, Kris Griffith, Melanie Pedigo, Dana
Bahmann, Amber Guerrero, Juan Pennington, Roxanne
Ballout, Ameer Haile, Jason Penta, Jeff
Beach, Joann Hall, Susan Phinney, Ruth
Becirevic, Zuhdija Hamblin, Jessica Proctor, William
Bidwell, Son-Anh Hancock, Andrea Puthiyadam, Sibi
Bielli, Patricia Hardy, Jason Quinn, Patrick
Blaché, Millicent Harvell, Karen Quirk, Jim
Bridges, Donna Hellier, Erik Ramirez, Fabiola
Bruce, Kylie Hikes, Tucker Ramirez, Tiffany
Bucuvalas, Alexander Hurlbert, Susan Ramos, Samuel
Buras, William Hussaini, Annam Rangel, Edward
Capuzzo, Christopher Ingram, Austin Raynore, Christopher
Chai, Jie Johnson, Abigail Riordan, Nicole
Chow, Yuen Jordan, Richard Rodriguez, Sabrina
Christ, Michael Kassay, Lori Ross, Collin
Christy, Jason Kendall, Hortense Schipper, Mikelanne
Ciment, Steve Ketchen, Addam Sibrian, Aneth
Conrick, Patrick Klein, Nicole Stampley, Lori
Cooper, Christina Kraft, Tiffany Steen, Kristin
Cottrell, Stephanie Lanier, Christopher Stewart, Valerie
Croslin, Amy Leimer, Adam Tan, Hsien-Kai
Crosson, Andrea Lewis, Linda Teves, Christopher
Cunningham, Susan Liang, Nai-Ning Thompson, Wesley
Dahl, Patricia Lorentz, Holly Titus, Michael
Driver, Nancy Matschke-Neufeld, Rhianna Tomlin, Paul
Farrer, Rick Maxwell, Andrew Van Kirk, Keith
Fetzner, Holly McArdle, Brian Vrba, Colleen
Fox, Carrie Michael, Misty Whitson, Dandi
Frank, Kendall Millea, Jeffrey Win’E, Troy
Garcia, Erica Miller, Ginger Woody, Jason
Gestoso, Kimberly Mochinski, Jennifer Yan, Ivan
Giancarlo, Kayla Mullins, Andrew Zanetti, Elisa
Giaraffa, Norma Mullins, Glen
Gore, Patrick Nham, Linda

R. Townley Paton Society: Complimentary Memberships Available for Renewal Soon!

EBAA is proud to once again offer each member eye bank one complimentary R. Townley Paton Society Membership for a Medical Director. The Paton Society Membership term is January 1 through December 31 of each calendar year and provides corneal surgeons a wide variety of benefits. On August 29, Genevieve Casaceli will begin reaching out to Executive Directors to confirm the Medical Director who should receive the complimentary membership for the 2019 membership year. If you have any questions, please contact Genevieve Casaceli.
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2019 Leonard Heise Award: Nominate Someone Today!

Do you know of an individual who has dedicated their career to eye banking and the gift of sight? If the answer is yes, it is time to honor and recognize that individual!

The Heise Committee is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Heise Award to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to the EBAA and the eye banking community. The Leonard Heise Award is presented annually to a non-physician eye banker in recognition of outstanding devotion and service to EBAA’s mission and development. The deadline to nominate someone for this award is Monday, September 14, 2018. If you know of an eye banker who has made a tremendous impact on the eye banking community, nominate that person today. To submit a nomination for the Heise Award, click here.

Eye Bank News

  • As of August 6, 2018, Stacey Troha will serve as the Interim Executive Director at Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin.
  • As of June 23, 2018, Melanie Griffith, CEBT, will be the manager for both LifeShare Of The Carolinas Eye Banks (Asheville and Charlotte).

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Upcoming Events

Free August Webinar
Eye Donation Month: Tools for Marketing & Media Outreach
August 28, 2018

Women in Ophthalmology Summer Symposium
August 16 – 19, 2018
Ponte Vedra, FL

EBAA Quality Assurance Seminar
September 27 – 28, 2018
Hotel Valencia Riverwalk San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

AATB Annual Meeting
October 9 – 12, 2018
Dallas, TX

Fall Leadership Meeting
October 25, 2018
Westin Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL

Cornea and Eye Banking Forum
October 26, 2018
Westin Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL

American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting
October 27 – 30, 2018
Chicago, IL

33rd Annual Run for Vision
October 28, 2018 at 6:30 AM CDT
Grant Park
Chicago, IL

Eye Donation Month
(Formerly National Eye Donor Month)
November 2018

58th Annual Meeting
June 5 – 8, 2019
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Scottsdale, AZ

EBAA Webinar: Grief and Loss in the Workplace
December 12, 2018