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  • EBAA Accreditation: Inspections, Common Findings, and Important Updates

    Contains 1 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/18/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    We hope you will join us for this free informational session about the importance of EBAA Eye Bank Accreditation, and how to set your eye bank up for success during inspections!

    EBAA Eye Bank Accreditation, established in 1981, demonstrates that an eye bank is operating in compliance with the EBAA Medical Standards and ensures that safe, quality ocular tissue is being used for transplant. The Accreditation process includes an in-depth inspection by an eye bank professional and a corneal surgeon, a review of necessary records, evaluation of various tasks to prove technician’s proficiency and compliance with the Medical Standards, interviews with the Medical Director and various staff members, and more. Being prepared for an inspection is key, as any significant findings during the inspection could cost an eye bank to lose its accreditation or to receive a 1 year accreditation status.

    Join us for this complimentary session about EBAA Eye Bank Accreditation.  Accreditation Board Co-Chair, Chris Stoeger, and Co-Vice Chair, Kyle Mavin, will provide an overview of the EBAA Eye Bank Accreditation process, sharing information about preparing for an inspection, what to expect during an inspection, common findings and additional information about EBAA Accreditation. We hope you will join us for this free informational session about the importance of EBAA Eye Bank Accreditation, and how to set your eye bank up for success during inspections!

    CEUs will not be awarded for this session.

    ​Chris Stoeger, MBA, CEBT, CTBS

    Lions VisionGift

    Chris Stoeger, MBA, CEBT, CTBS, has over two decades of eye and tissue banking experience. He is currently CEO of Lions VisionGift. Chris has been active in the EBAA through many years of committee work. He currently serves on the Medical Advisory Board and the Accreditation Board, and has served on the EBAA Board of Directors. Chris is the co-author of many peer reviewed publications focused on safety, efficacy, efficiency, and innovation in eye banking and cornea transplantation.

    Kyle Mavin, CEBT

    Advancing Sight Network

    Kyle Mavin, CEBT, is the Chief Clinical Officer for Advancing Sight Network. Prior to this position, he held multiple clinical positions including recovery, lab, processing and management for 17 years at Eversight. He has served on the EBAA Accreditation Board for 8 years and is currently the co-vice chair of the Accreditation Board. 

  • Call Center Operations: From Recruitment to Retention

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/11/2020 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Learn more about recruiting, training, and retaining call center staff!

    Donor coordinators and call center staff members play a key role in the donation process.  Ensuring that your organization’s call center staff is set up for success from the beginning is important and can be done by focusing on recruiting, training, and retaining individuals who are well suited for the job.  During this session, speakers from three different eye banks will discuss how their organizations hire, train, evaluate and keep high-performing staff members in their call centers.  The speakers will provide specific examples of their recruitment process, as well as demonstrate the types of incentives and care that they provide their call center staff. Register today to learn more about call center operations!

    Victoria Hamilton

    Lions VisionGift

    Victoria Hamilton is the Logistics Center Supervisor at Lions VisionGift. After graduating from California State University Monterey Bay with her degree in molecular biology, Victoria found her way into eye banking in 2015 where she started as a donation specialist. Victoria became the training supervisor in April 2019 and then department supervisor in July. Throughout Victoria's experience she has been continually humbled by the donor families and Lions VisionGift staff. 

    Jan Keeling

    Miracles in Sight

    Jan Keeling is the Director of Donor Services at Miracles in Sight. She has been with Miracles In Sight for 12 years. She has 5 years of Quality and Engineering experience in manufacturing and development, 26 years in management processing, development and design. Jan is a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt. She has also had a seat on the Board of Directors for Donate Life as well as being a member of ASQ for 25 years. 

    Kody Westrick, CEBT

    Lions Gift of Sight

    Kody Westrick, CEBT, has been working to support call center teams that facilitate eye and tissue donation for the last 7 years. The unique challenges, mission driven attitudes, and focus on successful outcomes for the community have kept him engaged and interested in furthering his role in such a dynamic field. Kody obtained his Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) status in 2019.

  • The CEBT Exam: Updates, Information & Resources (Free Webinar)

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Learn about how to prepare for the exam to become a Certified Eye Bank Technician.

    Learn about how to prepare for the exam to become a Certified Eye Bank Technician. Members of the Exam Committee will share important facts about the exam and will discuss the current resources that are available to help candidates prepare to take the exam.

    CEUs will not be awarded for this session.

  • Total Recall: Compliance without Calamity

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Learn more about handling recalls.

    Product recalls can occur at any time, therefore it is important for eye banks to have a plan that can be implemented in a timely manner to ensure patient safety.

    During this webinar, planned by the Quality Assurance and Technician Education Committees, speakers discuss the recent Altaire Pharmaceuticals recall and the regulatory, logistical, and operational aspects of implementing the recall.  Attendees learn more about the recall of the critical supply, what steps should be taken when similar situations arise, and how two eye banks responded to the recall to ensure the safety of tissue and the continuation of eye bank processes. Attend this session to learn more about how other organizations navigated the recall and how to prepare for an unexpected recall in the future.

    Matthew Arnett

    Dakota Lions Sight & 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.

    Ingrid Schunder, MBA, CEBT

    Miacles in Sight

    Ingrid Schunder, MBA, CEBT, began her career in eye banking in 1999 and has been with Miracles In Sight since 2013. In her current role as Vice President of Logistics and Development, Ingrid is responsible for the day to day logistical operations of both North and South Carolina. This includes the supervision and ongoing training of the Surgical Recovery Specialists who perform ocular tissue recoveries as well as the Professional Development Staff servicing the hospitals, Medical Examiners, Coroners and Funeral Homes of North and South Carolina. Ingrid is currently a member of the Technician Education Committee and has served on the faculty for the Technician Education Seminar for the past three years.

    Brian Philippy, CEBT

    Lions Medical Eye Bank and Research Center of Eastern Virginia

    Brian Philippy, CEBT, started eye banking in 1997 in Minnesota when he was a young pup. Now residing in beautiful Northern Michigan, Brian's family of four contains three eye bankers! The passion for restoring sight and the altruism and ethics unique to our profession are contagious.

    Jennifer DeMatteo, MCM, CIC

    Eye Bank Association of America

    Jennifer DeMatteo, MCM, CIC, is the Director of Regulations and Standards for the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA). She oversees the EBAA Accreditation program, Medical Standards process and serves as their regulatory liaison. She received her bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science degree in clinical microbiology from Hahnemann University (now Drexel University). She was responsible for directing the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and Employee Health programs and personnel in major tertiary hospital and ambulatory care settings.  Jennifer has been a Healthcare Epidemiologist for over 20 years and is certified in Infection Control & Epidemiology (CBIC).

  • Developing Ambassadors to Promote Your Organization’s Mission

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 11/06/2019

    Purchase 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! 

    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

    SightLife

    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.

  • 2019 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum

    Contains 30 Component(s), Includes Credits

    If you missed the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum in San Francisco, California on October 11, purchase this complete package today!

    The Eye Bank Association of America and the Cornea Society hosted the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum on October 11, 2019 in San Francisco, CA. The event highlighted the latest developments in cornea and eye banking and potential options that are on the horizon, while also encouraging discussion and questions from the floor. The day-long event received rave reviews from attendees and is now available for purchase.

    The online package includes access to hours of on-demand sessions including:

    • Presentation of 25 scientific free papers
    • The R. Townley Paton Award Lecture: Defining Competency for Cornea Surgeons: Fellowship and Beyond
    • The Richard C. Troutman Prize Lecture: Optimized Protocol for Regeneration of the Conjunctival Epithelium Using the Cell Suspension Technique
    • Two mini-symposia on “The Future of Eye Banking and Corneal Transplantation”
      • Management of Limbal Stem Cells Deficiency and Corneal Stromal Opacification
      • Management of Corneal Endothelial Dysfunction

    Congratulations to Shruti Sinha, MBBS, MS, from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/ Harvard Medical School, on receiving the Best Paper of Session Award for her presentation, Prevalence of Persistent Corneal Epithelial Defects in Chronic Ocular Graft-Versus-Host Disease. The Best Paper of Session Award is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Miracles in Sight.

    Host Organizations

    The Eye Bank Association of America
    The vision of the Eye Bank Association of America is the restoration of sight worldwide. The oldest transplant association in the United States, the EBAA is the nationally-recognized accrediting body for eye banks. Since 1961, EBAA member eye banks have provided tissue for over 2 million sight restoring corneal transplants. The EBAA champions the restoration of sight through core services to its members which advance donation, transplantation and research in their communities and throughout the world.

    Cornea Society
    The Cornea Society was founded in 1975 in recognition of the contributions of its namesake, Ramon Castroviejo, MD, a consummate educator and a pioneer in corneal transplantation. The Society has fostered the exchange of information about the cornea and anterior segment of the eye through scientific meetings, communications, and a quality scientific journal and newsletter. It thrives today as an international organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about the cornea and external eye and serves as the collective voice of corneal specialists globally and with governmental agencies domestically.

    The Future of Eye Banking and Corneal Transplantation I
    Management of Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency and Cornea l Stroma l Opacification: Where Are We Heading?
    Moderators: Anthony J. Aldave, MD, and Michelle K. Rhee, MD
    Panelists:
    Nasim Annabi, PhD, University o f California, Los Angeles
    Sophie Deng, MD, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
    Jod S. Mehta, PhD, MBBS, FRCOphth, FRCS (Ed), FAMS, Singapore National Eye Centre
    Muralidhar Ramappa, MD, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute

     

    Mesenchymal Stem Cells Derived-Exosomes as Novel Therapies for Corneal Scarring
    Hon Shing Ong, MBBS, MSc, FRCOphth, FRCS(Ed), FAMS, Singapore National Eye Centre / Singapore Eye Research Institute

     

    Can Guttae Formation in Fuchs Dystrophy be Prevented by Inhibition of Rho-kinase Signaling Pathway?
    Friedrich E. Kruse, MD, Univeristy of Erlangen-Nuremberg

     

    Alpha-Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone Attenuates Oxidative Stress and Inflammatory Cytokine-Induced Endothelial Cell Loss in Eye Bank-Stored Corneas
    Zala Luznik, MD, PhD, Schepens Eye Research Institute/ Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/ Harvard Medical School

     

    Long Term Clinical Outcomes after Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty in Patients with Previous Glaucoma Surgery
    Clemence Bonnet, MD, Stein Eye Institute, UCLA

     

    DSAEK Failure in Eyes with Pre-Existing Glaucoma
    Jennifer Y. Li, MD, University of California, Davis

     

    Long Term Outcomes after Endothelial Keratoplasty Among Medicare Fee-For-Service Beneficiaries
    Divya Srikumaran, MD, Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute

     

    Sterile Vitritis after Boston Type 1 Keratoprosthesis Implantation: Incidence, Risk Factors and Outcomes
    Reza Ghaffari, MD, Stein Eye Institute, UCLA

     

     The Barcelona Principles, Eye Banking and the World Health Organization
    Graeme Pollock, PhD, Centre for Eye Research Australia, The University of Melbourne

     

    Prevalence of Persistent Corneal Epithelial Defects in Chronic Ocular Graft-Versus-Host Disease
    Shruti Sinha, MBBS, MS, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/ Harvard Medical School

     

    5 Years After Phacoemulsification with or without CyPass Micro-Stent: Corneal Endothelial Cell Loss and Morphometric Changes
    Beth Ann Benetz, CRA, FOPS, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Eye Institute/Cornea Image Analysis Reading Center

     

    Efficacy of the Narrow-Band Ultraviolet (UV) Light in Antifungal Decontamination of Donor Corneal Grafts for DSAEK Contaminated During Microkeratome Preparation - Preliminary Results
    Eric Abdullayev, MD, MBA, CEBT, Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research

     
    Corneal Tissue Stored in Hypothermic Medium with Amphotericin B Supplementaton: Clinical Outcomes after DMEK Surgery
    Theofilos Tourtas, MD, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg


    Cornea Preservation Time Study Graft Success Factors: A New Data Analytic Approach and Findings
    Jonathan Lass, MD, Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Eye Institute

     

    The Future of Eye Banking and Corneal Transplantation II
    Management of Corneal Endothelial Dysfunction: Where Are We Heading?
    Moderators: Michelle K. Rhee, MD and Anthony J. Aldave, MD
    Panelists:
    Noriko Koizumi, MD, Doshisha University, Kyotanabe
    Shigeto Shimmura, MD, Keio University School of Medicine 
    Marian Macsai, MD, NorthShore University Health System
    Ula Jurkunas, MD, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Schepens Eye Institute/Harvard Medical School

      

    Five-Year Clinical Outcomes after Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK): Results of the First 500 Consecutive Cases
    Lamis Baydoun, MD, Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery

     

    Comparison Between Preloaded and Non-Preloaded Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty
    Myriam Bohm, MD, MSc, Schepens Eye Research Institute / Massachusettes Eye and Ear Infirmary / Harvard Medical School

     

    Comparison of Cell Viability and Tissue Evaluation for Endothelium in Preloaded DMEK Grafts
    Shin-Yi Chen, MD, Devers Eye Institute/Lions VisionGift

     

    Evaluation of the Long Term Visual Outcomes of DSAEK and DMEK in the Fellow Eye of the Same Patient
    Han Yang Yin, MD, SUNY Upstate Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

     

    Corneal Higher-Order Aberrations in Descemet Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty versus Ultrathin DSAEK in the Descemet Endothelial Thickness Comparison Trial: 24 Month Follow-Up
    Caitlin Kakigi, MD, Oregon Health and Science University

     

    Diagnostic Performance of Regional Three-dimensional Endothelium/Descemet's Thickness in Active Corneal Graft Rejection
    Taher Eleiwa, MD, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

     

    Post-Keratoplasty Acute Endophthalmitis
    Shilpa Das, MD, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute

     

    Randomized Trial of Netarsudil for Prevention of Post-Keratoplasty Steroid-Associated Ocular Hypertension
    Marianne Price, PhD, Cornea Research Foundation of America

     

    DMEK Donor Preparation - A New Lamellar Dissection Technique
    Donald Tan, FRCS, Singapore National Eye Centre

     

    Postoperative Safety of FDA-Approved Epithelium-Off Corneal Cross-Linking (Epi-Off CXL) in a Community-Based Health Care System
    Naveen Chandra, MD, The Permanente Medical Group

     

    Comparison of Clinical Characteristics of Neuropathic Corneal Pain Patients After Photorefractive Keratectomy and Laser In Situ Keratomileusis
    Betul N. Bayraktutar, MD, Tufts Medical Center

     

    DREAM Study of Dry Eye: Exploratory Outcomes (MMP9, Keratography) and Two-Year Follow-Up
    Penny Asbell, MD, University of Tennessee Health Science Center


    Best Paper of Session Award
    Presented by Elmer Tu, MD; Woodford Van Meter, MD; and Dean Vavra, CEBT
    Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Miracles in Sight

    EBAA and the Cornea Society gratefully acknowledge the unrestricted educational grants received in support of the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum:

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  • 2019 R. Townley Paton Award Lecture: Defining Competency for Cornea Surgeons: Fellowship and Beyond

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    If you were unable to attend the 2019 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum in San Francisco, CA, where Dr. Shahzad Mian was awarded the R. Townley Paton Award, view the free lecture here!

    During the 2019 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum in San Francisco, CA, Dr. Shahzad Mian was awarded the R. Townley Paton Award and delivered the R. Towley Paton Award Lecture titled, "Defining Competency for Cornea Surgeons:  Fellowship and Beyond." Attend the complimentary lecture here!

    W. Barry Lee, MD, FACS

    2018 R. Townley Paton Award Recipient

    Shahzad Mian, MD

    2019 R. Townley Paton Award Recipient

  • Prevalence of Persistent Corneal Epithelial Defects in Chronic Ocular Graft-Versus-Host Disease

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 10/11/2019

    The 2019 Best Paper of Session for the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum was awarded to Shruti Sinha, MBBS, MS, from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School, for the presentation, "Prevalence of Persistent Corneal Epithelial Defects in Chronic Ocular Graft-Versus-Host Disease."

    The 2019 Best Paper of Session for the Cornea and Eye Banking Forum was awarded to Shruti Sinha, MBBS, MS, from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary/Harvard Medical School, for the presentation, "Prevalence of Persistent Corneal Epithelial Defects in Chronic Ocular Graft-Versus-Host Disease."

    Listen to the presentation for free!

  • 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 3 Component(s), Includes Credits 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.