Identifying New Partners to Promote Donation in Your Community

Exploring different partnership opportunities provides eye banks with a variety of avenues to promote their mission. This webinar features speakers from three eye banks who will discuss working with Lions Clubs, fraternities and sororities, and a DLA state team to staff a DMV ambassador program. Additionally, Heather Butterfield will provide an update about the DLA DMV Committee and an overview of what they do and how eye banks can work with the DMV to promote donation and register new donors. 

Attendees will learn:

  • How to utilize Lions Clubs to promote the importance of eye donation
  • How to work with fraternities and sororities as eye donation ambassadors
  • The opportunities for partnering with the DMV
  • The benefits of working with various partners to promote your mission

Join us to learn more about identifying new pathways and partners for promoting the work of your eye bank.

Drew Timmons

Tissue Donation Screening & Education Supervisor

UT Southwestern Transplant Services Center Lions Eye Bank

Drew Timmons, CTBS, is the Tissue Donation Screening & Education Supervisor at UT Southwestern Transplant Services Center Lions Eye Bank. While serving as an enlisted aircrew member in the Air Force, Drew became interested in health care after flying a medical evacuation mission from Canada to the United States. Once he left the military, this interest intensified while his wife was dealing with health issues which led to the decision to attend nursing school. After graduation, Drew went to work in a surgical intensive care unit where he worked on numerous organ donor cases. Several years later he joined the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency as an organ recovery coordinator, later becoming a regional manager. In 1999, Drew moved to Dallas where he began working at Transplant Services Center UT Southwestern Medical Center in a dual role coordinating recoveries and performing hospital development. Currently, Drew oversees the Eye & Tissue Call Center as well as the Outreach team which works with hospitals to facilitate the donation process. In addition, the team performs public education to promote donation. An award-winning photographer, Drew enjoys traveling and spending time with his grandchildren.

Patty Stockdale

Partner & Community Relations Manager

Lions Gift of Sight

Patty Stockdale currently serves as Partner & Community Relations Manager at Lions Gift of Sight, and on the EBAA Donor, Partner & Community Relations Committee. She has been a friend of the eye bank since 2007, volunteering in a variety of roles prior to joining the staff in 2015. Patty holds a degree in Business Management and has a diverse background in business.

Maria Chelko

Communications Manager

The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration

Maria Chelko has fifteen years of experience as an educator in hospital, community, and academic settings. Since joining The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration in 2017, she has served in many positions including Family Support Coordinator and Hospital and Community Liaison. She is currently Communications Manager. Throughout her career in eye banking, she has been dedicated to improving eye donation outcomes and fostering a positive culture of donation in the New York City area through public and professional education and donor family outreach. Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Penn State University and a master’s in Writing from The University of New Hampshire

Heather Butterfield

Director of Strategic Communications

Iowa Donor Network

Heather Butterfield is Director of Strategic Communications at Iowa Donor Network, Iowa’s only nonprofit organ and tissue recovery agency. Part of her role is serving as liaison to the Iowa Department of Transportation and the state’s 99 DMV offices. Heather currently serves as chair of Donate Life America’s DMV Committee. Donation is a cause near to Heather’s heart; in 2012 her 20-year-old little sister Kayte Mosher passed away and became a tissue and cornea donor. Kayte’s gifts helped more than 300 people and inspired Heather to leave her career in broadcast journalism. Heather has been with Iowa Donor Network since 2015.   

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1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CEU credit  |  Certificate available