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  • Developing Ambassadors to Promote Your Organization’s Mission

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/06/2019 at 1:00 PM (EST)

    Join us for this session to get ideas of programs that you can start at your eye bank!

    Sharing the transformative effect of donation and transplantation is an essential objective of any eye bank or organ procurement organization (OPO). While organizational staff can play a large role in sharing these stories, oftentimes, the message is most powerful when delivered directly from the people who have been most impacted. Identifying and developing individuals to become ambassadors for your organization can be difficult but designing a strong program can lead to having group of individuals who are able to speak knowledgeably and meaningful about your organization and increases the number of stories you are able to share with the public and various community and business partners.  

    This session will highlight the programs that two eye banks and two OPOs have in place to connect with cornea transplant recipients and donor families and develop them into ambassadors to promote the organization’s message and overall donation. The speakers will provide specific examples of programs such as developing a speaker’s bureau, creating specific campaigns and telling stories digitally, working with physicians to reach recipients, training individuals to go out into the community to speak on the organization’s behalf, and much more! Join us for this session to learn how you can develop ambassadors for your eye bank!

    Jerilyn Giardina

    Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley

    Jerilyn Giardina began her career in eye banking in 2014. Since joining the LEBDV team, Jerilyn has served as Community Relations Manager and is currently LEBDV’s Director of Partner Relations and Community Outreach. Some of Jerilyn’s contributions to the Eye Bank’s mission include launching the Recipient Kit Program, LEBDV’s Annual Cornea Transplant Luncheon and most recently the Heartfelt Collection of Quotes and Letters for donor families.

    Colleen Duran

    Gift of Life Donor Program

    Colleen Duran is the Volunteer Coordinator for Gift of Life Donor Program, the organ procurement organization that serves eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. In addition to managing the Volunteer Ambassador program, Colleen also coordinates their high school education outreach efforts. Prior to joining Gift of Life, Colleen worked with multiple nonprofits and government agencies to help them build strong, engaging volunteer and outreach programs, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Reading is Fundamental, AmeriCorps, and Peace Corps.

    Rebecca Grossman


    Rebecca Grossman serves as the Senior Manager of Family Services and Community Engagement at SightLife. Rebecca Grossman graduated the University of Vermont with her social work degree. Before her time at SightLife she worked in child welfare traveling around the country training volunteers who work with children and teens in foster care. In her spare time she enjoys the many outdoor activities available in the northwest, is a co-producer of a story telling show, and taking pictures of her cat Frank.

    Sirdaria Williams

    Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency

    Sirdaria "Sid" Williams is a Community Educator for LOPA (Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency). Her role with LOPA pools her cumulative experience in public relations, strategic communications, public speaking, digital and social media. Sid is very involved with LOPA's social media efforts, as well as their college partnerships to spread awareness about donation and increase Louisiana's donor registry.

    In fact, Sid first learned about organ, tissue and eye donation while in graduate school at Louisiana State University. She spent two years as a teacher's assistant for a public relations campaigns class that partners with LOPA every semester to increase the donor registry while spreading awareness on and off-campus. As she helped guide students through their campaigns, she fell in love with LOPA’s core purpose to "Make Life Happen" and has helped to promote the cause ever since.   

    Fred Jordan

    Miracles in Sight

    Fred Jordan, FSL, has been with Miracles In Sight since 2001. Fred is licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina as a Funeral Director/Embalmer. Over his many years with Miracles In Sight, Fred has fulfilled the roles of Surgical Recovery Specialist, Lab Technician, Professional Development Specialist and is now Director of Development. He currently serves as Chair of the EBAA Donor Development Committee.

  • Eye Donation Month: Using EBAA Materials to Promote Your Eye Bank and the Gift of Sight

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Check out this free session to learn more about Eye Donation Month materials!

    November is Eye Donation Month, and EBAA has prepared a marketing toolkit filled with promotional materials for your organization. Find out how to best use the collateral that has been developed, and the theme “The Power of You”  to share your mission and promote cornea donation within your community. EBAA’s public relations consultants, Denise Gavilan and Dave Harrison, and EBAA Communications Manager, Colleen Bayus, will present the tools and discuss best practices for spreading the word about your eye bank’s work to the media to gain publicity and support for your mission. The speakers will also introduce a fun month-long social media campaign to keep the Eye Donation Month buzz going throughout all of November. Attendees will also hear an eye bank professional share their past Eye Donation Month successes which increased awareness about their eye bank and cornea donation, ultimately strengthening important relationships and developing new ones. The session will close with the premiere of this year’s Eye Donation Month video.

    Denise Gavilan

    Gavilan and Associates

    Denise Gavilan is owner and marketing strategist of Gavilan & Associates, an award-winning consulting firm based in Annandale, VA. Denise’s firm has led successful branding, social media, membership recruitment and retention, product marketing, conference attendance-building and more for organizations throughout the country. Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Denise has a Master’s Degree in Communications from American University.

    David Harrison

    Gavilan and Associates

    David Harrison is a seasoned public relations and marketing professional with more than 20 years' experience developing and executing integrated communications campaigns. 

    He began his career in journalism, as a reporter for the Baltimore Business Journal and the American Banker. After creating and leading the professional association practice at a large regional public relations agency, David created Harrison Communications in 2007. 

    Specializing in working with professional associations, commercial real estate firms and health care organizations, David has created numerous national and regional award-winning PR and branding campaigns.  David believes the critical element to any communications campaign is valuable content, and he helps clients uncover and deliver messages that desired audiences want to receive. 

    David is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in English Language and Literature/Liberal Arts in Business. 

    Janice Sedgwick, M.Ed, CEBT

    Georgia Eye Bank

    Janice Sedgwick, M.Ed, CEBT, earned a B.S. in Community Health and Human Services and  M.ED in Public Health Education from Georgia College and State University. Janice began her eye banking career in November 1996 as a Hospital Development Liaison for the Macon and South Georgia area.  In 2002, she became the Donor Coordinator Supervisor.  In 2010, Janice began serving as the Training & Development Supervisor and was responsible for the training and supervision of Recovery Technicians.  In January 2015, Janice was promoted to Manager of Public & Professional Relations.  Janice manages Georgia Eye Bank's many community and professional relations activities. Janice has been a Certified Eye Bank Technician since 2003.   She is past chair of Donate Life Georgia and is Co-Chair of the Donor Development Committee for the Eye Bank Association of America.

  • Keeping Track of Your Training Program: Best Practices in QA

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/11/2019

    Register to learn more about how you can keep track of your training program!

    Quality assurance and staff training go together like peanut butter and jelly!  A strong quality assurance program keeps track of staff training procedures from the initial training to competency determination to annual reviews and ongoing training. Records need to be kept and procedures need to be followed. During this session two experienced quality assurance professionals will discuss best practices for keeping track of training programs and procedures and how to keep electronic and paper systems and records up to date. Staff training procedures are a key part of any eye bank’s operations and to assure quality in those procedures, records must be kept, disclosed, and updated. Register to learn more about how you can keep track of your training program!

    Kristen Pereira, CEBT, CTBS, CQIA, CQA (ASQ)

    Sierra Donor Services Eye Bank

    Kristen Pereira, CEBT, CTBS, CQIA, CQA (ASQ), is the Manager of Quality & Compliance at the Sierra Donor Services Eye Bank and, has been a part of the organization's Quality Assurance Department for the past nine years. She has achieved a Bachelor's Degree in health care administration, along with the following certifications: Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (CTBS), Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT), Certified Quality Improvement Associate (CQIA), and Certified Quality Auditor (CQA). She is involved in all aspects of quality; from implementing policies and procedures, to adverse reaction reporting, to handling various types of third party inspections.

    Elizabeth R. Ellett, MSHA, MT(ASCP), CQA(ASQ), ACHE

    Advancing Sight Network

    Elizabeth R. Ellett, MSHA, MT(ASCP), CQA(ASQ), ACHE, is the Vice President of Regulations and Compliance at Advancing Sight Network. Elizabeth received her Master of Science in healthcare administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Elizabeth holds certifications with the American Society of Quality, American Society of Clinical Pathologist, and Lean Six Sigma as a Green Belt. She has served as both lead and general auditor for CAP and AABB and is a current member of American College of Healthcare Executives.

    Matthew Arnett

    Dakota Lions Sight and Health

    Matthew Arnett is the Chief Quality Officer of Dakota Lions Sight & Health (DLSH) where he has worked since 2013. Prior to joining DLSH, he worked as an analytical chemist for a FDA-regulated pharmaceutical and cosmetics manufacturing firm. Matthew currently serves as Chair of the EBAA Quality Assurance Committee and has also served on the Mary Jane O'Neill Fellowship in International Eye Banking Selection Committee and as a guest faculty member of the 2019 Technician Education Seminar. When not at work, Matthew enjoys spending time with his family (wife & son), cheering for the Green Bay Packers as a partial (1/360,760th) owner of the team, and brewing his own beer in a custom designed brewery in his garage.

  • Ocular Research Tissue: From the Eye Bank to the Researcher

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 08/28/2019

    Whether your organization is already involved in this space, or you are considering offering new services related to research tissue, this is the session for you. Register for this session today!

    Eye banks play an important role in ocular research. Eye bank technicians are the first ones to recover the tissue that will be used by researchers and are often the ones who dissect the tissue based on requests and needs. The relationship between the eye bank and the researcher is important and there is becoming more of a need for a strong relationship between the two. During this session, the speakers will discuss how eye banks can become involved in providing research tissue, the opportunities that are becoming available, how to perform certain dissections, and how to work with researchers to fulfill specific needs. Attendees will hear from three eye bank professionals as well as a researcher who works closely with eye banks to get the tissue that is needed for his research. Whether your organization is already involved in this space, or you are considering offering new services related to research tissue, this is the session for you. Register for this session today!

    Dan Stamer, PhD

    Duke University

    W. Daniel Stamer, PhD, currently serves as the Joseph A.C. Wadsworth Professor of Ophthalmology and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University.  Professor Stamer was educated at the University of Arizona, earning his bachelors of science in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 1990 and doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology in 1996.  He completed two research fellowships: the first with Dr. Andrea Yool in electrophysiology and the second with Dr. David Epstein in glaucoma/cell biology.  Professor Stamer started his research program in 1998 at the University of Arizona, where he remained for 14 years, rising through the ranks to full Professor and Director of Ophthalmic Research. He joined the faculty at the Duke Eye Center in 2011.  Notable recent accomplishments include the Rudin Prize for Glaucoma in 2012, the Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Scientific Investigator Award in 2013, election as ARVO trustee in 2015 and ARVO president in 2019. He currently holds prominent editorial positions in three premier ophthalmology journals: as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics, member of editorial board Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science and executive editor of Experimental Eye Research.

    The primary research focus of the Stamer laboratory is to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms that regulate conventional outflow such that novel targets can be identified, validated and used for the development of therapeutics that target/modify the diseased tissue responsible for elevated intraocular pressure in glaucoma. Professor Stamer has been working in the area of glaucoma research for the past 25 years, pioneering cellular, tissue, organ culture and murine model systems for use by his laboratory and others to study conventional outflow physiology and pharmacology. His laboratory has worked closely with industry, assisting in the development/pre-clinical testing of several new classes of glaucoma drugs that target the diseased conventional outflow pathway responsible for ocular hypertension.

    Research progress by the Stamer laboratory group is documented in over 140 peer-reviewed primary contributions to the literature and two dozen reviews/book chapters/editorials.  

    Sung Lee

    Lions Gift of Sight

    Sung Lee has been the Research Coordinator at the Lions Gift of Sight for the past 7 years. Primary duties include providing customized processing of research eye tissues and perform research projects under the guidance of the Lions Gift of Sight medical director.

    David Ammar, PhD

    Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research

    David Ammar, PhD, is the scientific director at Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research (LEITR). Dr. Ammar received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry and his doctorate in biological chemistry. He has held a number of academic positions and has been with LEITR since 2018.

    Kristen McCoy, MA, CEBT, CTBS


    Kristen McCoy, MA, CEBT, CTBS, has been with Eversight since 1996, first holding the position of Laboratory Technician at Eversight in Illinois and later becoming the Laboratory Manager. She was appointed to Technical Director in 2008 when she assumed the responsibility for corporate training, and is currently the Vice President of Innovations. Kristen holds a master's degree in health and humans services administration from St. Mary's University in Minnesota, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton and is a Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) and Certified Tissue Bank Specialist (CTBS). She has served on numerous Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) committees and sub-committees over the years including the Technician Education Committee and the Certification Board. Kristen also served as a faculty member of the Technician Education Seminar for eight years.

  • 2018 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum

    Contains 34 Component(s), Includes Credits

    If you missed the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum in Chicago, IL on October 26, purchase the Forum package today!

    The Cornea and Eye Banking Forum is an annual event that features the research and innovations in corneal transplantation and eye banking. If you were unable to attend the much-anticipated event in person, you still have a chance to catch up on the research that was presented this Fall. Purchase the Forum package today!

    Included with purchase:

    - 2018 CEBF Program Booklet (electronic version)

    - Access to 26 scientific presentations and two invited sessions

    - Attendees will earn 4.5 CEUs for attending the sessions

    Cornea and Eye Banking Forum Recording List


    What I Learned from My First 50 Cases (Invited)

    • DALK: Deepinder Dhaliwal, MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
    • DMEK: Peter Veldman, MD, University of Chicago
    • DWEK: Mark Gorovoy, MD, Gorovoy MD Specialists


    Predictive Factors for Graft Dislocation and Outcomes After DSAEK in the Cornea Preservation Time Study

    Jonathan H. Lass, MD, University Hospitals/ Case Western Reserve University


    Donor, Recipient, and Operative Factors Associated with Increased Endothelial Cell Loss in the Cornea Preservation Time Study

    Sanjay Patel, MD, FRC Ophth, Mayo Clinic


    Factors Associated with Graft Rejection in the Cornea Preservation Time Study

    Steven Dunn, MD, Michigan Cornea Consultants


    Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty for Failed Penetrating Keratoplasty: Visual Outcomes and Graft Survival

    Anand Pasari, MD, DNB, FICO, Cornea Research Foundation of America


    Donor DMEK Tissue Characteristics and Association with Clinical Outcomes

    Michael D. Straiko, MD, Devers Eye Institute


    Graft Preparation Failure in Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK)

    Maya Tong, MD, Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery


    Optimizing Visualization of DMEK Tissue: Assessing the Duration of Trypan Blue Staining

    Jennifer Ling, MD, University of California, Davis


    Ready to Go: First Year Clinical Outcomes Using Preloaded DMEK Grafts

    Luke Potts, MD, PhD, Devers Eye Institute


    DMEK Using “Patient-Ready” Tissue:  A Comparison of the Use of Pre-Stripped vs. Fully Prepared Pre-Stripped, Pre-Stained and Pre-Loaded Donor Grafts.

    Paul Phillips, MD, Sightline Ophthalmic Associates


    Comparing Endothelial Cell Loss Between 2 DMEK Inserters

    Joanne Ho, MD, MAS,* University of Washington


    Evaluation of a New “Pull-Through” “Endo-In” Inserter for DMEK - the E-DMEK Procedure

    Donald Tan, FRCS, Singapore National Eye Centre


    International Outcomes with the Boston Type I Keratoprosthesis

    Huong Duong, MD, Stein Eye Institute

    Change in Transplant Rates for Keratoconus Treatment Since the Launch of Corneal Collagen Crosslinking in Ontario and British Columbia

    Jaime Sklar, BMSc, MSc, University of Toronto


    Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia: A Now Medically Treatable Disease Spectrum?

    Matthew Ip, MD, Prince of Wales Hospital


    Tissue Loss and Processing Time at One Eye Bank Over the Course of 3000 DMEK Grafts: What Can Others Learn From Our Experience?

    Lindsay Mandel, Weill Cornell Medicine


    Outcomes of Gamma-Irradiated Sterile Corneal Grafts

    Priya Mathews, MD MPH, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


    Efficacy of Amphotericin B Supplementation of Corneal Storage Media in Inhibiting Candida Growth Under Simulated Eye Banking Conditions

    Bennie H. Jeng, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine


    Efficacy of Varying Amphotericin-B Concentrations Against Candida albicans After Short Exposure Times in Cold Storage

    Khoa Tran, PhD, Lions VisionGift


    Efficiency Evaluation of the New Cold Cornea Storage Medium with Dissolvable Antifungal Tablet

    Eric Abdullayev, MD, MBA, CEBT, Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research


    Increasing Betadine Exposure During Cornea Tissue Preparation Decreases Positive Rim Cultures and Postoperative Infections

    Charles Salisbury, MD, Eye Consultants of Atlanta


    Controversies in Eye Banking: Postkeratoplasty Fungal Infections (Invited)

    • Antifungal Supplementation of Donor Storage Media
      • Bennie H. Jeng, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and Gregory Grossman, PhD, Alabama Eye Bank
    • Donor Rim Fungal Cultures
      • Jennifer Li, MD, University of California, Davis, and Mark A. Terry, MD, Devers Eye Institute
    • Response to a Donor Rim Fungal Culture
      • Elmer Tu, MD, University of Illinois, Chicago, and Kourtney Houser, MD, Hamilton Eye Institute, University of Tennessee

    Long-Term Outcomes of Living-Related Conjunctival Limbal Allograft Compared to Keratolimbal Allograft in Patients with Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency

    Medi Eslani, MD, Cincinnati Eye Institute/ University of Cincinnati


    The Utility of Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography for the Assessment of Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency

    William Binotti, MD, Tufts Medical Center


    High Resolution Anterior Segment Optical Coherence Tomography for the Diagnosis and Differentiation of Conjunctival Lymphoma, Conjunctival Amyloidosis and Benign Lymphoid Hyperplasia

    Nandini Venkateswaran, MD, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute


    Ex vivo Expansion of Limbal Stem Cells Using Descemet’s Membrane as a Culture Substrate

    Joshua Hou, MD, University of Minnesota


    Possible Molecular Mechanisms Explaining the Effect of ROCK Inhibitor on Corneal Endothelial Cells in Fuchs Dystrophy

    Friedrich Kruse, MD, Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg


    Quarter-Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (Quarter-DMEK) for Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy: 12 Months Clinical  Outcome of the First Case Series

    Lamis Baydoun, MD, Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery

  • 2018 R. Townley Paton Award Lecture: Planning for the Next Generation: The Art of Mentorship

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    If you were unable to attend the 2018 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum in Chicago, IL, where Dr. Barry Lee was awarded the R. Townley Paton Award, check out the free lecture here!

    During the 2018 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum in Chicago, IL, Dr. Barry Lee was awarded the R. Townley Paton Award and delivered the R. Towley Paton Award Lecture titled, "Planning for the Next Generation: The Art of Mentorship." Attend the complimentary lecture here!

  • Communication That Matters: How Compassionate Language Can Increase Authorizations

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Authorization rates can increase with the utilization of compassionate language, expert navigation of the UDRAI and effective staff training.

    Messages and communications all come down to the delivery. In the donation community, delivery is important when you are speaking with donor family members and next of kin. Compassionate language isn’t always natural for everyone, but it is a necessity when speaking with individuals who lost their loved one just hours before.  By using compassionate language and keeping a calm and steady tone, donor coordinators and call center staff are able to help navigate individuals through a very important discussion during their worst moments.  During this webinar, three experienced eye bank professionals discuss donor authorization phone calls and how to communicate with individuals in a compassionate and effective manner.  

     Through presentations and audio recordings, attendees will learn the following:

    • The importance of compassionate language and how to communicate with compassion
    • Steps to prepare for and lead the call with the next of kin
    • How to navigate next of kin through the UDRAI and sensitive topics
    • Tips for training staff and providing feedback

     Authorization rates can increase with the utilization of compassionate language, expert navigation of the UDRAI and effective staff training. Purchase this session today to learn more!

    Joy Fragola

    Southern Eye Bank

    As the Professional Outreach Director for Southern Eye Bank since 2005, Joy is focused on relationship building and community and professional education concerning organ, tissue and cornea donation.  She travels throughout southwest Louisiana, from Morgan City to Cameron, and as far north as Deridder to develop partnerships with hospitals, coroners, hospices, funeral homes and other community organizations to facilitate donation.

    Joy also trains Southern Eye Bank’s referral coordinators as they approach families for authorization for cornea and eye donation.

    With a Master’s degree in Psychology, Joy taught at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and continues to enjoy teaching through her role at Southern Eye Bank.  Her background in Leadership Development for General Electric and other major companies across the country has contributed to her passion for excellence through collaboration.

    This passion has helped create an awareness of the role of Southern Eye Bank (SEB) in SW Louisiana.  In November, 2017, SEB was the co-recipient, along with Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, of the Lafayette General Health System’s Community Hero Award.  This award offers community-wide recognition for effective service partnerships that are considered outstanding by clients, patients, caregivers and peers.  Service, effectiveness, and impact on healthcare must be evident.

    Originally from upstate New York, Joy has lived in Lafayette, LA for the past 16 years.  

    Krystal Christensen-Wiederrich

    Lions VisionGift

    Krystal Christensen-Wiederrich, is a Portland-transplant, originally from South Dakota, where she received her bachelor's degree in english from Black Hills State University. In 2015, Krsytal started at Lions VisionGift as a Donation Specialist. She took a six-month hiatus to volunteer in Cambodia and was honored to return to Lions VisionGift. In May of 2017, she became the Logistics Center Supervisor. Over the last year the eye bank has been through many process changes and new software implementations. Currently, she is finishing a coding bootcamp through the University of Oregon to understand software development and better serve their department when they upgrade to new technologies. 

    Micah Monroe


    Micah Monroe has served with SightLife since 2015 in multiple roles. For three years he has trained and developed transplant professionals to navigate the difficulties of facilitating donation discussions with families across the country. Currently he is the Manager of Operations for SightLife’s NE office in Bethlehem, PA where he has been building a secondary communication center to support SightLife’s Seattle Headquarters. Previous to eyebanking, Micah taught English as a second language in Mexico, Thailand, and domestically. He holds a BA in English from Western Washington University.   

    Fred Jordan, FSL

    Miracles in Sight

    Fred Jordan, FSLhas been with Miracles In Sight since 2001. Fred is licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina as a Funeral Director/Embalmer. Over his many years with Miracles In Sight, Fred has fulfilled the roles of Surgical Recovery Specialist, Lab Technician, Professional Development Specialist and is now Director of Development. He currently serves as Chair of the EBAA Donor Development Committee.

  • EBAA Statistical Report: Highlights, Trends, and How to Use the Data at Your Organization

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Learn about the latest data; highlights of the 2018 report; trends in donation, recoveries and transplantation; how to use the report to benchmark your organization; and everything else you need to know about the report and the reporting process.

    The 2018 EBAA Statistical Report was recently released and contains a lot of data! Join us for this complimentary webinar presentation to learn about the latest data; highlights of the 2018 report; trends in donation, recoveries and transplantation; how to use the report to benchmark your organization; and everything else you need to know about the report and the reporting process. 

  • eyeLEARN: A Guide to Navigating EBAA's Online Education Portal

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Want to learn more about all that eyeLEARN has to offer? Watch this overview for free!

    EBAA Director of Education, Stacey Gardner, and EBAA Education and Programs Manager, Genevieve Casaceli, discuss eyeLEARN, explain how to navigate the site, and walk through how to purchase and attend sessions. Check out the recording for free today!

  • An Introduction to Lean Methodology in Eye Banking

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 04/01/2019

    Learn more about lean methodology and how it can impact your eye bank!

    Lean Methodology is a structured and effective way to look for, and to reduce or eliminate, waste in an organization’s daily operations and processes.  Lean focuses on the value of the goods and services that we provide from the customer’s point of view.  This webinar presentation offers an introductory look at applying Lean Methodology at an eye bank through these three major components:

    - Defining what is or is not a value –added activity from a customer perspective
    - Highlighting the 5 Lean Principles
    - Discussing the 8 types of waste that are common and identifiable in our work processes.

    The speaker presents all of the types of waste in regards to an organization’s operations and processing, giving examples specific to eye banking that Iowa Lions Eye Bank has found through their continuous improvement efforts.  Attendees will learn about the common tools used in Lean process improvement projects and how to identify to which tools will work best for your eye bank. Register today!

    Recording Length: 1 Hour

    CEU: 1

    Note: If you purchase the “Group Training” option for an educational session, up to 15 individuals from your eye bank may receive CEU credit for the session. In order for those individuals to have access to the session, please send the list of names to Please note that all individuals will need to have an eyeLEARN account in order to have access to the session. To activate and log into your eyeLEARN account, simply use your EBAA credentials that you use to log into the EBAA Member’s Section. Once Genevieve Casaceli has received the list of names, and their accounts have been activated in eyeLEARN, Genevieve will give each person access to the session, and they will be able to view the session and obtain CEU credit. If you prefer to watch as a group, please use a group signature sheet to claim credit.

    Greg Olson, LSSBB, CAPM, CQIA

    Greg received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University, completed the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training through Villanova University, and has earned his Certified Associate in Project Management and Certified Quality Improvement Associate accreditation. He joined the Iowa Lions Eye Bank in January of 2017 as a quality and operational improvement coordinator, where he focused on industry compliance and on Lean process improvement projects.