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  • Equipment Program: Are You in Compliance?

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 04/22/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    Register today to learn how to strengthen your equipment program. ​

    Is your eye bank’s equipment program in compliance with FDA and EBAA? By the end of this session, you will not only be able to answer this question, but will know how to qualify and maintain the equipment at your eye bank. Angelina Usherenko from The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration, and Katrina Capuzzo from SightLife, will provide helpful information about how to develop and maintain an effective equipment program. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Review FDA and EBAA requirements for an equipment program
    • Learn how to qualify and maintain specific equipment
    • Describe processes for preventative maintenance and calibration
    • Identify pros and cons of paper and electronic tracking system

     Register today to learn how to strengthen your equipment program. 

    Pricing

    For one fee of $50 (EBAA Member) or $150 (Non-Member), the entire organization may attend the webinar. After registration, a confirmation email will be sent with a discount code. The contact person who purchased the session should send the discount code to other staff members who may wish to attend the session. The discount code will allow staff to attend remotely for free. 

    Note: if an organization has multiple locations, additional registrations must be purchased for each location.

    CEU Information

    A new CEU process has been implemented. If an individual views the session through their own eyeLEARN account, they simply need to complete the survey on their account to claim credit for the session. If a group of people view the session together in a conference room, then each person should complete the survey listed in the confirmation email to claim CEU credit. 

    Important: Whether through eyeLEARN or the survey in the confirmation email, each attendee must complete their own survey to claim credit for the session.

    Katrina Capuzzo, CEBT

    SightLife

    Katrina Capuzzo, CEBT, is the Quality Assurance Manager at SightLife, where she has worked since 2009.  She has also held various positions in Recovery, Distribution, and Donor Eligibility, most recently developing and managing the Initial and Annual Competency program for Medical Director Designees.  Along the way, she’s discovered a love of learning, spreadsheets, and curiosity.  When not at work, Katrina enjoys spending time with her family and trying to keep up with her toddler’s preternatural energy levels.

    Angelina Usherenko

    The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration

    Angelina Usherenko is a Quality Assurance Coordinator at The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration. Prior to joining The Eye-Bank in November 2020, she worked at Right Start, Inc. as a Monitoring Coordinator. 

    Angelina received a MPH in Health Policy and Management from the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Community Health from Hunter College. She is passionate about all aspects of public health and continues to educate herself on the advances in healthcare and trends to improve the outcome of vulnerable populations. Additionally, she is a member of the American Public Health Association.

    Angelina was born in Ukraine, and immigrated to the US when she was 11 months old. She is an avid tennis player and book reader. Her favorite hobby is traveling, and she hopes to visit all the continents one day after the pandemic passes. 

  • EBAA Community Chat: Executive Director/CEO

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/25/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

    This session is for EDs/CEOs only.

    Executive Directors/CEOs from across the country will be gathering to discuss topics of interest to today's leaders in eye banking. Join your peers for this interactive discussion and be ready to discuss issues facing the industry, as well as your individual organization. Register today for this free discussion!

    This session is for Executive Directors/CEOs only. CEUs are not awarded for this session.

  • Promoting Donation Together: Updates from the Donation Community

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 03/19/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    This complimentary session will feature representatives from Donate Life America, the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation, and the Division of Transplantation at the Health Resources and Services Administration who will share updates, resources, and details regarding their current campaigns and initiatives.

    The eye, tissue and organ donation community consists of many unique organizations specializing in specific aspects of donation and transplantation. Many of these organizations offer materials, resources, and templates to the overall community to help each other promote eye, tissue and organ donation. This complimentary session will feature representatives from Donate Life America, the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation, and the Division of Transplantation at the Health Resources and Services Administration who will share updates, resources, and details regarding their current campaigns and initiatives.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify tools available from Donate Life America for promoting cornea donation
    • Gain knowledge about the Division of Transplantation at Health Resources and Services Administration and resources available to eye banks
    • Learn how to engage with diverse communities using resources from the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation

    Taking place before Donate Life Month, attendees will receive specific tips and resources to help make your Donate Life Month commemoration even more successful. Join us for this free session!

    CEUs are not awarded for this session.

    Lauren Darensbourg

    HRSA Division of Transplantation

    Lauren Darensbourg serves as Lead of the Donation Education Team in the Division of Transplantation at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, Lauren develops and coordinates public and professional education and outreach activities in support of HRSA’s mission to improve awareness about organ donation and transplantation, and to promote the need for increased donor registrations. Lauren earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry, as well as a Master of Public Health from Florida A & M University. 

    Marion Shuck MA, MPhil

    AMAT

    Marion L. Shuck is Vice President of Governmental and External Relations at Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, as well as serving as the President of, the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantations.  In both roles, Marion specializes in building key partnerships and strengthening existing relationships with communities, business leaders, legislators, hospitals, faith-based organizations, and industry partners.  Her most important role is advocating for donor families and marginalized communities, while increasing opportunities for organ and tissue donation through education and outreach. 

    Karen Headley

    Donate Life America

    Karen Headley joined the Donate Life America (DLA) staff in December 2012 to develop and manage its fundraising and partnership efforts. As Vice President of Partnerships & Philanthropy, she continues to build DLA’s fundraising program and establishes key partnerships to further the Donate Life mission. Karen possesses more than 24 years of experience in non-profit management, fundraising, corporate sponsorship and volunteer development. Prior to joining DLA, she served for more than ten years in varying leadership roles at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and worked for Ogilvy Public Relations in their health and medical practice. Karen began her career in the non-profit sector working for the American Cancer Society. She is from Richmond, VA, and received her bachelor's in science from The University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce. Karen currently lives in Richmond and serves on many community boards, she loves to cook, travel, enjoys live music and spending time with family, friends and her rescue dog Louie. 

  • A Sister's Gift

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    During the 2020 Annual Meeting, Shannon Hartley tells the story of how she received a directed donation from her sister, allowing her to see again. Her doctor, Joshua Zaffos, MD, also discusses the experience from his point of view.

    During the 2020 Annual Meeting, Shannon Hartley tells the story of how she received a directed donation from her sister, allowing her to see again. Her doctor, Joshua Zaffos, MD, also discusses the experience from his point of view. 

    Listen to the presentation for free!

  • Cornea and Eye Banking Forum 2020

    Contains 5 Product(s)

    Cornea and Eye Banking Forum 2020

    Cornea and Eye Banking Forum 2020

  • 2020 R. Townley Paton Award Lecture: Reflections During Covid-19: My Important but Little Known Research and Our Legacy

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/07/2020

    View Dr. Stephen Kaufman's Paton Award Lecture here.

    During the 2020 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum, Dr. Stephen Kaufman was awarded the R. Townley Paton Award and delivered the R. Towley Paton Award Lecture titled, "Reflections During Covid-19: My Important but Little Known Research and Our Legacy." Attend the complimentary lecture here!

  • A Novel Dual-Chamber Vial for Corneal Graft Preservation

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 11/07/2020

    The 2020 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum Best Paper of Session Award was awarded to Joana Karanxha from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute for her abstract presentation, "A Novel Dual-Chamber Vial for Corneal Graft Preservation."

    The 2020 Cornea and Eye Banking Forum Best Paper of Session Award was awarded to Joana Karanxha from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute for her abstract presentation, "A Novel Dual-Chamber Vial for Corneal Graft Preservation."

    Listen to the presentation for free!

  • A Financial Wellness Check: Diagnosing Symptoms in Your Finance Function

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The speaker, Lisa Stover, CPA, CGMA, CAE, explores real world examples of unhealthy finance departments, how they were identified, their impact on the organization, and how they were fixed.

    Just like a person, a finance function will not perform at its full potential if it is not healthy. But unlike a person, a finance department can't tell you that it isn't feeling well...or can it? Knowing the symptoms of an unhealthy finance department, how to spot them and how to treat them can help you keep your finance function operating at its best. The speaker, Lisa Stover, CPA, CGMA, CAE, explores real world examples of unhealthy finance departments, how they were identified, their impact on the organization, and how they were fixed. Register today!

    Pricing

    For one fee of $50 (EBAA Member) or $150 (Non-Member), the entire organization may attend the webinar. After registration, a confirmation email will be sent with a discount code. The contact person who purchased the session should send the discount code to other staff members who may wish to attend the session. The discount code will allow staff to attend remotely for free. 

    Note: if an organization has multiple locations, additional registrations must be purchased for each location.

    CEU Information

    A new CEU process has been implemented. If an individual views the session through their own eyeLEARN account, they simply need to complete the survey on their account to claim credit for the session. If a group of people view the session together in a conference room, then each person should complete the survey listed in the confirmation email to claim CEU credit. 

    Important: Whether through eyeLEARN or the survey in the confirmation email, each attendee must complete their own survey to claim credit for the session.

    ​Lisa Stover, CPA, CGMA, CAE

    CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

    Lisa Stover, CPA, CGMA, CAE is a Principal in the Nonprofit Outsourcing Practice of CliftonLarsonAllen LLP.  She has worked exclusively with not-for-profit organizations for over 15 years. Lisa has comprehensive knowledge of all areas of not-for-profit accounting including audit, regulation, accounting services, and consulting.  She has a wealth of experience in performing CFO duties, developing accounting policies and procedures manuals, managing large finance and administration teams, finance and accounting system assessments, financial reporting and implementation of technical accounting standards.  She also specializes in developing budget and forecast procedures that lead to organization wide budget-accountability and assisting Board members in reading and understanding financial statements. 

  • Quality Control: Process Verification Prior to Distribution

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Strengthen your quality assurance program by learning how performing process verification before distribution can be essential to your organization’s operations.

    Quality Assurance is an important aspect of eye banking as it ensures that the corneal tissue that is provided for transplant, research, and education has gone through a series of processes and steps that have been validated and verified prior to distribution. Process verification enables an eye bank to catch any errors or deviations before the tissue is distributed.  The speakers define and discuss process verification, presenting real case studies to highlight what happens if verification is not completed prior to distribution. 

    The session will include:
    • Discussion about the difference between verification and validation
    • Applicable FDA regulations and EBAA Medical Standards
    • The verification processes implemented by three different organizations
    • Case studies from two eye banks and changes that resulted
    • How to perform a CAPA and root cause analysis

    Strengthen your quality assurance program by learning how performing process verification before distribution can be essential to your organization’s operations. 

    Pricing

    For one fee of $50 (EBAA Member) or $150 (Non-Member), the entire organization may attend the webinar. After registration, a confirmation email will be sent with a discount code. The contact person who purchased the session should send the discount code to other staff members who may wish to attend the session. The discount code will allow staff to attend remotely for free. 

    Note: if an organization has multiple locations, additional registrations must be purchased for each location.

    CEU Information

    A new CEU process has been implemented. If an individual views the session through their own eyeLEARN account, they simply need to complete the survey on their account to claim credit for the session. If a group of people view the session together in a conference room, then each person should complete the survey listed in the confirmation email to claim CEU credit. 

    Important: Whether through eyeLEARN or the survey in the confirmation email, each attendee must complete their own survey to claim credit for the session.

    Wayne Dietz, CEBT

    San Diego Eye Bank

    Celebrating his 35th year in Eye Banking, Wayne is the Quality Assurance Director at the San Diego Eye Bank.  Yes, when he started, Eye Banks were not performing serological testing in 1985.  After leaving the United States Navy he brought his surgical scrub skills to the technical department, becoming Technical Director in 1988.  Prior to entering the Quality Department Wayne was the Tissue Distribution Manager.  Working with Verble Worth and Verble, he helped to establish the consent program at the Medical Examiner’s Office.  He has served on the following committees:  Technician Training, Technician Certification, Research and Quality Assurance.

    Susan Hurlbert, CEBT

    Eversight

    Susan Hurlbert, CEBT, has more than 15 years of experience in eye banking. She joined Eversight in 2004, performing recoveries, tissue evaluations, and donor eligibility, and moved into quality improvement in 2013. She presently serves on EBAA's Medical Review Subcommittee and Quality Assurance Committee.

    ​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.

  • Risk Above Mission: Keeping Staff Safe

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Listen to real stories about the situations technicians have found themselves in and how eye banks have worked to keep their staff safe while also carrying out their mission.

    Eye banks take the mission to restore sight very seriously and often go to great lengths to facilitate donation when possible. However, eye bank staff can sometimes find themselves in situations with increased risk. Eye banks have policies and procedures for the everyday concerns that can arise when procuring human tissue, but the number of concerns and considerations has increased as eye bank staff navigate a global pandemic, protests, extreme weather conditions, wildfires, recovery locations with various practices and procedures, and much more. Listen to real stories about the situations technicians have found themselves in and how eye banks have worked to keep their staff safe while also carrying out their mission. 

    Pricing

    For one fee of $50 (EBAA Member) or $150 (Non-Member), the entire organization may attend the webinar. After registration, a confirmation email will be sent with a discount code. The contact person who purchased the session should send the discount code to other staff members who may wish to attend the session. The discount code will allow staff to attend remotely for free. 

    Note: if an organization has multiple locations, additional registrations must be purchased for each location.

    CEU Information

    A new CEU process has been implemented. If an individual views the session through their own eyeLEARN account, they simply need to complete the survey on their account to claim credit for the session. If a group of people view the session together in a conference room, then each person should complete the survey listed in the confirmation email to claim CEU credit. 

    Important: Whether through eyeLEARN or the survey in the confirmation email, each attendee must complete their own survey to claim credit for the session.

    Troy Win'E, CEBT

    SightLife

    Troy Win’E, CEBT, is the Director of Recovery Services at SightLife. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in cellular molecular biology from the University of Washington. Troy is the Chair of the EBAA Technician Education Committee and served on the 2019 and 2020 Technician Education Seminar Faculty.

    Kristen McCoy, MA, CEBT, CTBS

    Miracles in Sight

    Kristen McCoy, MA, CEBT, CTBS, is the Vice President of Surgical Applications with Miracles in Sight. Prior to working at Miracles in Sight, Kristen was with Eversight for over 22 years. 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.

    Chris Conwell, CEBT

    Sierra Donor Services Eye Bank

    Chris Conwell, CEBT, started his career in Emergency Medical Services and entered eye banking as a recovery technician in 2011. He is now the Processing Supervisor where he processes tissue for DMEK, DSAEK, and ALK surgeries. Chris oversees all training aspects for processing and tissue recovery staff.