About Us


The Lions Eye Bank of Nebraska (LEBN) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1960 by the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the Lions Clubs of Nebraska.  Since its inception, LEBN has worked to provide Nebraskans with both the opportunity to give the gift of sight through eye donation after death, and the chance to receive renewed sight through corneal transplant surgery.

Through its work in carefully screening donors and respectfully performing the recovery, evaluation, processing, and distribution of ocular tissue for transplant, it serves as the vital link between donors and recipients in providing the precious gift of sight.

The Lions Eye Bank of Nebraska is a founding and fully accredited member of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) and is registered with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Laboratories at UNMC in Omaha and Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney are maintained to provide timely processing of eye tissue.

Mission Statement

The Lions Eye Bank of Nebraska is a nonprofit organization whose mission is the recovery, evaluation, processing, and distribution of donated human eye tissue for the purpose of corneal transplant, scleral implant, ocular research, and professional instruction. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality human eye tissue to restore vision to those with visual difficulties and to aid in the crusade against all blindness.  The staff and board members of the Lions Eye Bank of Nebraska serve as stewards to ensure that we maintain the dignity and respect of all those involved in eye donation.

Board of Directors

Lion Michael Hall, Chairman

Russ Terman-White, Secretary

Lion Michael McGuire, Treasurer

Michael Halsted, M.D., Medical Director

Ronald Krause, Immediate Past Chair


L. Christi Kjar, Executive Director

Curtis Coughlin, Technical Director

Jennifer Lederer, Tissue Procurement Manager

Angie Bashus, Quality Assurance Coordinator

Cindy Retallick, Tissue Procurement Coordinator

Carmen Pirruccello, Tissue Procurement Coordinator

Melissa Cline, Tissue Procurement Coordinator