2021 Annual Meeting

The EBAA 2021 Annual Meeting features keynote sessions, lively panel discussions, informative webinars, scientific sessions, governance meetings, educational workshops, award ceremonies, meaningful stories about donation and much more!  The on-demand package features more than 20 hours of educational content. 

  • EBAA 2021 Annual Meeting: Overall Evaluation

    Contains 2 Component(s)

    Please complete the overall evaluation for the Annual Meeting.

    Please complete the overall evaluation for the Annual Meeting.

  • US Regulations for Regenerative Medicine and Advanced Therapies

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    The presentation will cover FDA’s oversight and requirements for Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products (HCT/P’s) as well as Biological Products, which require a biologics license application (BLA). Seth will discuss at a high level the general data requirements for a BLA, along with other considerations comparing the two regulatory pathways.

    Regenerative therapies could be in the future for eye banking, and with these advancements, there will be new regulations. As eye banks prepare for new technologies such as human corneal endothelial cell (HCEC) cultures, these stem cell therapies would be regulated as both drug and biological products under FD&C Act, and section 351 of the PHS Act regulations. Seth Olson, the FDA/Life Sciences Associate for LATHAM & WATKINS, LLP, compares and contrasts these requirements to prepare organizations for expanded regulations and provides insights for various regulatory pathways.

    The presentation will cover FDA’s oversight and requirements for Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products (HCT/P’s) as well as Biological Products, which require a biologics license application (BLA). Seth will discuss at a high level the general data requirements for a BLA, along with other considerations comparing the two regulatory pathways.

    J. Seth Olson, JD

    Associate

    Latham & Watkins

    Seth Olson, JD, is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice. He advises clients on regulatory, compliance, and transactional matters involving the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other federal health agencies, including the medical device, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, human cellular and tissue-based products, food, dietary supplement, and cosmetic industries. 

  • Establishing a High-Performance Culture

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Establishing a High-Performance Culture

    Eye banking is made up of many individuals performing different roles to help facilitate donation and provide ocular tissue for transplant, education and research.  Although everyone at an eye bank has a different role and doesn't always work with one another, it is important that everyone align with the culture of the organization and is able to successfully represent the organization any situation. 

    Amy Leslie, CEO at Perspective Consulting, will discuss tools, data, and proven methods to deliver results by aligning your people with your organization. 

    During this 60-minute session, attendees will how to do the following: 
    Identify the elements of a high-performance culture
    Align organizational culture with the organization’s brand and mission
    Reinforce the organizational culture throughout the employees’ experience with your organization

    CEUs: 1

    Amy Leslie

    CEO

    Perspective Consulting

    Amy Leslie is CEO of Perspective Consulting, a firm specializing in talent optimization and a certified partner of the Predictive Index. Amy has 2 decades of leadership experience in small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. She has run business units with P&L responsibility. Amy’s team works hard to help build great organizational cultures and inspiring leaders. She believes organizations who are intentional and strategic in the way they build teams, hire people, and lead them are more successful at achieving their goals and have happier humans at work!

  • Metrics for Success: Strengthening Relationships with Donation Partners

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Metrics for Success: Strengthening Relationships with Donation Partners

    Representatives from two different organizations will share the tools their organization have developed to strengthen their relationships with their donation partners. 

    Reducing Case Loss Through a Data-Driven Hospital Relations Approach 
    Learn how Saving Sight's hospital development team has applied a systematic approach to gathering, analyzing and sharing data with donor hospitals. This practice has allowed us to identify and address case loss "hot spots," motivate external partners, and apply a "virtual rounding" technique during COVID-19 when hospital visits were limited. 

    Developing a Relationship Management Process
    Find out why Mid-America Transplant decided to create a process for relationship management, how to measure a relationship, and how it allows you to create more meaningful goals and action plans. 

    CEUs: 1

    Haley Lyne

    Hospital Development Manager

    Saving Sight

    Haley Lyne joined the Saving Sight team as a Recovery Technician in October 2015. In June 2016, Haley was promoted to Hospital Development Manager for the Southwest Missouri region. Haley services approximately 46 hospitals as well as numerous Medical Examiners, Coroners, and Funeral Homes within her region. Prior to working at Saving Sight, Haley worked three years as an Ophthalmic Assistant for a corneal transplant surgeon. Haley is a student at American College for Healthcare Sciences obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Integrative Health Sciences.

    Darcy Ross

    Hospital Development Manager

    Saving Sight

    Darcey Ross serves as a Hospital Development Manager for Saving Sight. Darcey began her career with Saving Sight as a laboratory technician, but has been in her current role working with hospitals in the Kansas City area for the past 2 and half years. Prior to joining Saving Sight, Darcey was an ophthalmic technician and an optometric assistant. 

    Tori Weiss

    Hospital Development Manager

    Saving Sight

    Tori Weiss has been a Hospital Development Manager at Saving Sight for almost two years based out of St. Louis. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Public Health and has experience working in development and fundraising with other non-profits.

    Lindsey Speir

    Director, Hospital and Transplant Center Services

    Mid-America Transplant

    Lindsey Speir is the Director of Hospital and Transplant Center Services at Mid-America Transplant who helps enhance hospital partner relationships to ensure donation opportunities are made possible. Lindsey has been a Registered Nurse for 15 years, is a Certified Procurement Transplant Coordinator, and has a master’s in health administration. Prior to her current position, Lindsey started her career as a Trauma Surgical ICU nurse, worked for 2 years as an Organ Procurement Coordinator, and 4 years as the Manager of Organ Procurement at Mid-America Transplant. Lindsey’s clinical background, relationship management skills, and passion for process improvement has led to many enhancements with hospital partners which directly resulted in more tissue and organ donors.

    Teresa Ham

    Chief Administrative Officer

    Advancing Sight Network

    Teresa Ham joined the Advancing Sight Network team in 2002 and she currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer for the multi-state organization. Teresa brings both compassion and professionalism as she leads accounting, human resources, marketing, development and education for Advancing Sight Network. She also serves the donation community on a national level as chair of the EBAA Donor, Partner and Community Relations Committee and a member of the Donate Life America Advisory council where she serves as both state team liaison and EBAA liaison. Teresa serves as 2nd Team Leader for Donate Life Alabama where she passionately pursues organ, eye, and tissue donation education at the state level. Teresa earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Huntingdon College. 

  • Roundtable Discussion: Internal Audits

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Roundtable Discussion: Internal Audits

    Join us for a lively discussion on internal audits. This session will be hosted in Zoom Meetings, and attendees will be encouraged to participate in the discussion and share their own tips and tools for conducting internal audits. This discussion will be moderated by Kristen Pereira, Chair of the  EBAA Quality Assurance Committee. 

    CEUs: 1

    Kristen Pereira

    Manager of Quality and Compliance

    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.

  • Roundtable Discussion: Technical Training

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Roundtable Discussion: Technical Training

    Join us for a lively discussion on technical training. This session will be hosted in Zoom Meetings, and attendees will be encouraged to participate in the discussion and share their own tips and tools for training technicians. This discussion will be moderated by Troy Win'E and Ingrid Schunder, Chair and Vice Chair of the Technician Education Committee. Discussion topics will include designing a training program, utilizing training aids and virtual platforms, and creating video and photo libraries. 

    If you are looking for some tips for your own technical training program, or you have some tools and best practices to share, be to sure to join us for this discussion!   

    CEUs: 1

    Troy Win'E, CEBT

    Senior Director of Recovery and Partner Relations

    SightLife

    Troy Win’E, CEBT, is the Sr. Director of Recovery and Partner Relation at SightLife. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Cellular Molecular Biology from the University of Washington. Troy currently serves on the EBAA Technician Education Committee as Chair. 

    Ingrid Schunder, MBA, CEBT

    Vice President of Logistics

    Miracles in Sight

    Ingrid Schunder, MBA, CEBT, is the Vice President of Logistics and Development and 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 served in the United States Army, HHC, 2nd Armored Division as the Commanding General’s Attendant. Prior to her career in eye banking she taught high school Spanish and English. Her degrees include MBA in leadership, a BA in Psychology and a BS in Education. Currently, Ingrid serves on the EBAA Technician Education Committee and the Technician Education Seminar Staff.

  • Roundtable Discussion: Community Outreach and the COVID-19 Pivot: Doing it Better When You Must Do it Differently

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Roundtable Discussion: Community Outreach and the COVID-19 Pivot: Doing it Better When You Must Do it Differently

    “Necessity is the mother of invention” - COVID-19 has changed how we support our donor families, activate our supporters, and keep our staff connected to our mission. This session will highlight how four eye banks have used this period to get creative while also adding value to their programs. 

    Join us for a lively discussion on successful COVID-19 pivots for Community Outreach, Marketing, Aftercare, and Relationship building with partners, donor families, and recipients. This session will be hosted in Zoom Meetings, and attendees will be encouraged to participate in the discussion and share their own successful pivots.  

    CEUs: 1

    Matt Webber

    Partner Relations Manager

    Lions VisionGift

    Matt Webber is the Partner Relations Manger at Lions VisionGift, helping to develop and implement strategies and activities to advance Lions VisionGift's initiatives. Prior to this, Matt served as the Community Engagement Manager at Donate Life NW. Matt enjoys Oregon, his running shoes, fly fishing, and writing short bios for presentations at EBAA.

    Rebecca Grossman

    Senior Manager of Family and Community Resources

    SightLife

    Rebecca Grossman, BSW, is the Senior Manager of Family and Community Resources and oversees the Aftercare Program. Her unique background fits well for this rewarding and complex position. Rebecca’s formal education began with a degree in social work from the University of Vermont. Rebecca has continued her education by earning certificates from University of Washington in Adult Education and Public Relations and has taken numerous courses to become a death doula. She also co-produced a live storytelling program for 11 years. She is an advocate, a storyteller, and has cultivated a truly remarkable community to support and connect SightLife donor families.

    Jerilyn Giardina

    Community Relations Manager

    Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley

    Jerilyn Giardina joined Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley (LEBDV) in 2014. She oversees the community relations, development, and family services programs. Some of Jerilyn’s favorite contributions to the eye bank’s mission include launching the Recipient Kit Program, hosting events that engage with cornea transplant recipients and donor families, and most recently publishing the Heartfelt Collection of Letters for donor families. She is looking forward to completing her Master's Degree in Nonprofit Leadership at LaSalle University this summer. 

    Annie Kuhl

    Chief Communications Officer

    Saving Sight

    Annie Kuhl is Chief Communications Officer at Saving Sight, an eye and tissue bank serving Missouri, Kansas and Illinois. She has worked at Saving Sight and within the field of transplantation for almost 19 years. In her job role, Annie leads a communications team overseeing all communications, marketing and fundraising strategies for the organization. Additionally, she directs another team of individuals who maintain relationships with Saving Sight’s donor hospitals. Annie graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with both a Bachelor of Journalism degree and Master of Arts degree in the study of journalism.

  • Keynote Session: Embedding a Culture of Innovation into Everyone’s DNA

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Keynote Session: Embedding a Culture of Innovation into Everyone’s DNA

    How will we compete in the 4th industrial revolution? By disrupting industry norms to innovate, versus simply iterating to achieve our quarterly results. Innovation is no longer a trendy buzz word, for many legacy brands it's a matter of survival. So how do we embed a culture of innovation across an entire organization when we’ve all been told for so long that we're not creative and we don't think we’re capable of innovating. 

    Duncan Wardle believes everyone is creative and can innovate and he is on a mission to prove it. During this highly interactive and entertaining keynote presentation, Duncan will present a tool kit made-up of a series of Creative Behaviors and Innovation Tools that makes innovation easy, creativity tangible and the process fun. With this keynote you will learn some of the tools and behaviors Duncan developed leaning in on his experience as the former head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney.

    Be sure to attend this session and be ready to participate and to be entertained by Duncan’s unique creative process! 

    IMPORTANT: This session will not be recorded and will only be broadcast live.

    CEUs: 1

    Duncan Wardle

    Founder

    iD8 (IDEATE)

    Duncan Wardle, is the former Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, where he and his team helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe. As founder of iD8 & innov8 he now brings his extensive Disney experience to audiences around the world using a very unique approach to Design Thinking, that not only places the end user at the core of the creative thinking process, but also looks in new and usual places to uncover insights for innovation, helping people capture unlikely connections, leading to fresh thinking and disruptive ideas.

  • Meaningful Aftercare Programs: Supporting Families after Donation

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Meaningful Aftercare Programs: Supporting Families after Donation

    Donors and their families make generous decisions that save and enhance the lives of others. Eye banks, tissue banks, and organ procurement organizations have developed various programs and resources for donor families to provide comfort, help guide them through the loss of a loved one, connect them with other donor families, and to help them honor their loved one. 

    During this panel discussion, representatives from various eye banks and an organ procurement organization will share information about the aftercare programs at their organizations and some of the services that they provide and the initiatives that they have launched.  The speakers will discuss various ways to provide support to families following donation and how they provide opportunities to honor their loved one and the gifts that they gave to others. 

    CEUs: 1

    Pam Albert, RN, BSN, CPTC, CBF

    Sr. Director, Tissue Donation & Aftercare Services

    New England Donor Services

    Pam Albert, RN, BSN, CPTC, began her career at New England Donor Services (NEDS) in June of 1989 as a donation coordinator, coming to this position with ten years of transplant nursing experience in Boston. At NEDS, she has worked as the Education Specialist/Hospital Development Coordinator, Donor Family Liaison, Director of Tissue Operations and Aftercare Services. In July of 2015, she took on the role of Sr. Director Tissue Donation & Aftercare Services. In this role she oversees the Aftercare Services Department and acts as a performance coach for Tissue Operations Center staff, as well as a mentor and coach for new managers and directors in Tissue Donation Services.

    Patti Auch

    Family Care Coordinator

    Dakota Lions Sight and Health

    Patti Auch is the Family Care Coordinator at Dakota Lions Sight and Health. She works with hundreds of donor families at aRebecca Grossman, BSW, is the Senior Manager of Family and Community Resources and oversees the Aftercare Program. Her unique background fits well for this rewarding and complex position. Rebecca’s formal education began with a degree in social work from the University of Vermont. Rebecca has continued her education by earning certificates from University of Washington in Adult Education and Public Relations and has taken numerous courses to become a death doula. She also co-produced a live storytelling program for 11 years. She is an advocate, a storyteller, and has cultivated a truly remarkable community to support and connect SightLife donor families. given time, supporting them through their grief journey. She is humbled to have the opportunity to be a support resource to our donor families. Patti, has a BS in Health Administration, was a registered LPN and is nationally certified in Death & Grief Studies.

    Rebecca Grossman

    Senior Manager of Family and Community Resources

    SightLife

    Rebecca Grossman, BSW, is the Senior Manager of Family and Community Resources and oversees the Aftercare Program. Her unique background fits well for this rewarding and complex position. Rebecca’s formal education began with a degree in social work from the University of Vermont. Rebecca has continued her education by earning certificates from University of Washington in Adult Education and Public Relations and has taken numerous courses to become a death doula. She also co-produced a live storytelling program for 11 years. She is an advocate, a storyteller, and has cultivated a truly remarkable community to support and connect SightLife donor families.

    Deb Schuett

    Family Services Coordinator

    Iowa Lions Eye Bank

    Deb Schuett is the family service coordinator for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank and has a passion for creating a variety of opportunities, programs, and events to honor all cornea and eye donors, compassionately serves to support and assist grieving donor families, and actively educates and encourages the grateful recipients of the gift of sight. Deb is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked in the healthcare profession throughout her career, joining the Iowa Lions Eye Bank staff in 2002.

    Penny Loy

    PR/Communications Specialist

    Miracles in Sight

    Penny Loy is the PR/Communications Specialist for Miracles In Sight. Her daily work includes sending correspondence to donor families, and follow up on any and all questions pertaining to eye donation and corneal transplantation. She also coordinates correspondence between donor family/recipients. Penny also designed, developed, and executed shipment of the MIS family blanket.

    Janice Sedgwick, M.Ed, CEBT

    Manager, Public & Professional Relations

    Georgia Eye Bank

    Janice Sedgwick, CEBT, has worked for Georgia Eye bank the past 24 years and held many different positions within the organization.  In her current role as Public & Professional Relations Manager, she manages GEB’s community and professional relations activities.  Janice served as past chair for Donate Life Georgia and has been a member of the EBAA Donor, Partner and Community Relations Committee for a number of years.

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The Lever to Competitive Advantage

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: The Lever to Competitive Advantage

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion- these are not just buzz words but instead are principles that should be incorporated into every aspect of an organization. 

    Delight Deloney, Field Service Director for the Society for Human Resource Management, will discuss the importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the impact it has on the bottom line of the workplace. Attendees will learn how to recognize and overcome bias, while creating opportunities for self-reflection and improved understanding of cultural differences.

    CEUs: 1

    Delight Deloney

    Field Services Director

    Society for Human Resource Management

    Delight Deloney, MSW, MHRIR, SHRM-CP, is an award winning, passionate people developer with a background in Human Resources and Counseling. At SHRM she is responsible for overseeing the fostering and promotion of memberships, educational programs, certification and services focused on advancing the profession of human resources and creating better workplaces for all. She is an experienced HR professional specializing in an array of HR topics. She has worked extensively in the aerospace industry. 

    Delight holds a Master in Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MHRIR) degree and a Master in Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from Virginia Union University.