EBAA Women in STEM

February 11 is designated as “International Day of Women and Girls in Science” by the United Nations. Because EBAA has so many amazing women throughout our membership and within our organization, we decided to take a full week (February 10 – 14) to highlight just a few of the women doing incredible work and blazing a trail for the next generation in the world of eye banking.

Jackie Warn
VP of Quality & Regulatory Affairs
Nevada Donor Network

While she joined Nevada Donor Network as its Vice President of Quality & Regulatory Affairs in 2017, Jackie Warn possesses over two decades of experience within the transplant and donation community.

Her career in medicine began when she worked as a medical laboratory technician for thirteen years.

Jennifer Li, MD
Medical Director
Sierra Donor Services Eye Bank

Dr. Jennifer Li is the current Chair of the EBAA Medical Advisory Board. She is also the medical director for Sierra Donor Services, and a Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science at the University of California, Davis.

Growing up in Northern Virginia, Jennifer was encouraged by her parents to explore her interest in the sciences.

Marcy Dimond
Chief Executive Officer 
Dakota Lions Sight & Health

Marcy Dimond is the Chief Executive Officer at Dakota Lions Sight & Health, a position she has held since 2012.

Over the course of her career, Marcy has been part of the science and medical field in a variety of capacities including: nursing, operating room assistance, organ, eye and tissue donation/recovery, quality assurance and more.

Elizabeth Fout-Caraza
Executive Director
Florida Lions Eye Bank

Most career paths have twists and turns with stops at various locations along the way. Elizabeth Fout-Caraza’s is unique in that her entire professional life (22 years) has been spent at the same place – Florida Lions Eye Bank (FLEB).

Elizabeth’s very first job after graduating from the University of Florida was as a recovery technician, obtaining corneal tissue from donors.

Jennifer DeMatteo, MCM, CIC
Director of Regulations and Standards
Eye Bank Association of America

Jennifer has been at EBAA for nine years but has over twenty years of experience in acute and ambulatory infection prevention and control as a Healthcare Epidemiologist.

Growing up in the Pittsburgh area as the youngest of three daughters, Jennifer loved science and originally wanted to be an astronaut.