Promoting Donation Together: Updates from the Donation Community

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


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. 


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