I started my career in eye and tissue banking at Transplant Services Center in Dallas in 1994. After six years of recovery, screening, coordination and processing, I moved to Portland in 2000 to work for Lions VisionGift. At Lions VisionGift, I have had progressively responsible roles, ultimately taking over for Barbara Crow as CEO in 2017. I have been active in the EBAA through many years of committee and Board work. I currently serve on the Medical Advisory Board, the Board of Directors and as Co-Chair of the Accreditation Board. I have also been involved in numerous research projects focused on tissue safety, efficacy, and eye bank efficiency.
I have had many mentors in the eye banking. That is one of the joys of being in this profession. People I worked for, people I worked with, people in the EBAA network. They all have something to teach. This past year I have had the privilege of working with a great group of engaged individuals on the Board. It’s a fantastic team of very bright and dedicated people. I would be honored to serve for one more term in order to help finish some very important work we began together.
I have spent my entire career in eye banking. Eye banking is undergoing a remarkable transformation, but at its core, eye banking is still about facilitating an extraordinary and precious gift from donor to recipient or researcher. While eye banks may do more to ensure the gift is ready for use than at any time in our history, the relationship between donor, eye bank and recipient, will not change.
The EBAA plays an important role for eye banks that is best left outside our own organizations. Whether it is Medical Standards, Accreditation, Collaboration, or Advocacy, the EBAA stands as a neutral territory where we come together as colleagues to advance our profession. As competition increases along with tissue availability and technological advancements, the EBAA’s role is more important than ever. The EBAA is currently at an inflection point where it must consider expanding its reach or potentially representing less than close to 100% of the profession in the US and Canada. I welcome the challenge of working through these complex issues and representing the best interests of the entire profession in my approach.
- Member, International Relations Committee (2001-2003)
- Member, Meetings Committee (2002-2004)
- Board of Directors, Western Region President (2003-2005)
- Member, Technician Education Committee (2003-2005), (2006-2008)
- Member, Disaster Preparedness Task Force (2001-2004)
- Member, Information Task Force (2005-2006)
- Member, Exam Committee, (2001, 2003, 2005-2006)
- Member, Constitution and Bylaws Committee (2006-2008)
- Member, Accreditation Committee, (2008-current)Co-Vice Chair (2016-2018)
- Member, Accreditation Forms Subcommittee (2010-June 2016)
- Member, Statistical Report Task Force (2011-2012)
- Member representative, Board of Directors (2012-2015)
- Member, Medical Advisory Board (2012-current)
- Member, MAB Medical Review Subcommittee (2008-2009), (2013-2018)
- Member, MAB Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Postkeratoplasty Fungal Infection, (2016-2017)