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.
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