CEO, Lions VisionGift
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, Medical Review Subcommittee, and the Accreditation Board. I have also been involved in numerous research projects focused on tissue safety, efficacy, and eye bank efficiency.
As for my education, 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 who I simply try to emulate because they are doing amazing work. They all have something to teach. I did get an MBA from OHSU with a healthcare focus to get a more well-rounded business education. As a relatively new CEO, I have had to lean on all my education and experience. I would do the same as an EBAA Board member.
I have spent my entire career in eye banking. I have worked in most of the positions you would find in a traditional eye bank. The fact that I must make the distinction “traditional” is telling about the remarkable transformation that eye banking has undergone over the past quarter century. That said, at its core, eye banking is still about facilitating a remarkable and precious gift from donor to recipient. 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. I would consider it an honor to serve the entire eye banking community as part of the EBAA Board of Directors and I ask for your vote.
- International Relations 2001-2003
- Meetings 2002-2004
- Board of Directors/Western Region President 2003-2005
- Technician Education 2003 – 2005, 2006-2008
- Disaster Preparedness Task Force 2001-2004
- Information Task Force 2005-2006
- Exam 2001, 2003, 2005-2006
- Constitution and Bylaws 2006-2008
- Accreditation 2008-Present
- Accreditation Forms Subcommittee 2010-June 2016
- Accreditation Board Co-Vice-Chairman 7/2016-Present
- Statistical Report Task Force 2011-2012
- Board of Directors 7/12-6/15
- Medical Advisory Board 7/12-Present
- MAB Medical Review Subcommittee 2008-2009, 7/13-Present
- Medical Advisory Board Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Postkeratoplasty Fungal Infection 7/16-6/17
- Membership Expansion Task Force 1/18-present