National Minority Donor Awareness Month: Multicultural Perspectives on Eye Donation

Join EBAA as we recognize National Minority Donor Awareness Month (August). Different cultures have varying perspectives on eye donation. What are they, how do they differ from one another, and why? This free session includes presentations by representatives from various racial, ethnic, and cultural groups discussing acceptance of and barriers to donation. Presentations are followed by panel discussion, and a short Q&A.

Jeff Thomas (Moderator)

Lions Eye Institute

Tania Llavaneras


Mike Tramber, MBA, CEBT, CETB

Vice President of Operations

Miracles in Sight

As Vice President of Operations, Mike is responsible for developing long-term strategies, creating lean and efficient operational processes, improving customer relationships and monitoring the successes of each operational department.

Mike started his career in the organ, tissue and eye donation industry more than 20 years ago as a recovery technician, where his skills and attention to detail helped him routinely win the coveted Technician of the Month award. His calm demeanor, excellent interpersonal skills and industry knowledge make him an outstanding and successful leader. He later moved to Carolina Donor Services as Tissue Recovery Manager where he led the department to win the Golden Quill and Golden Scalpel Awards for minimal errors in both documentation and surgical technique. Mike came to Miracles In Sight in 2006, where he quickly was able to use his skills to forge many process and procedural improvements and lead the company to become one of the top eye banks in the world. Mike is an advocate for donation. He is active on multiple EBAA committees, leads technician education trainings, and lectures on eye banking domestically and abroad.

After graduating high school, Mike enlisted in the US Army as a laboratory technician and worked towards completing a diploma in surgical technology. He received his Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from Mt. Olive College and his Master of Business Administration from Winston-Salem State University.

Nocona Burgess

Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation (AMAT) Native American Workgroup


National Minority Donor Awareness Month: Multicultural Perspectives on Eye Donation
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