Who We Are

The Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation collaborates with others to change lives in Northeast Ohio and beyond through the restoration and preservation of sight. We raise and provide funds and resources for vision research, and community and professional education. We work to increase the number of people whose sight is preserved or restored through its support of transplants, education and research.

Board of Directors

The CEBF Board of Directors is a diverse group of professionals with deep connections throughout the community, supporting our extensive and successful fundraising activities to achieve our mission.

Board President

  • Allen Roth, MD

Vice President

  • Ted Ward

Secretary

  • Colleen Flynn Goss

Treasurer

  • Barry Effron, MD
Directors

  • Heather M. Fox
  • Jonathan Lass, MD
  • James P. Sacher
  • William R. Yeakley, MD
  • Matt Ziaja
  • Susan V. Janssen, Emeritus
Staff

  • Debbie May-Johnson, Executive Director
  • Leanna Mullen, Engagement Coordinator

Why serve on the CEBF Board of Directors? Take it from our Board Members:

Serving on CEBF's Board of Directors, I love being surrounded by a diverse group of individuals with backgrounds ranging from medical professionals, to lawyers, to finance, to multimedia. I am captivated by the science and innovation coming from the Cleveland medical community and I am excited to be a part of Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation and our work of providing the gift of sight through its funding of valuable and impactful vision research.

Heather Fox, Executive Vice President of Sales, Lifelearn, Inc.

I have been a proud member of the Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation Board of Directors since 2012. As a cornea-fellowship trained ophthalmologist, I have devoted my entire career over the past 40 years at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals to advance the success of corneal transplantation to restore vision with corneal blindness as a surgeon and researcher. CEBF and its mission to support vision research in Northeast Ohio absolutely complements my work.

Jonathan Lass, MD, Ophthalmologist, University Hospitals

I've seen firsthand what goes on behind the scenes: the fundraising, the research, the passion and commitment of the doctors and researchers. Though a lot of people battle significantly greater vision challenges than I do, I've seen the impact and the power of donating to the Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation, where money goes directly to research. We're engaged in the community, and I feel passionately about how this is helping others who benefit from this research.

Matt Ziaja, Sales Manager: Central & Western US, Compumark

Email Executive Director Debbie May-Johnson ([email protected]) if interested in joining the CEBF Board of Directors.

What We Do

We enable sight through vision research funding and professional and community education. 

Our fundraising supports research accelerating cures for some of the most critical eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. The effects of blindness may likely touch you or a loved one.

Top Blinding Diseases by the Numbers:

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

About 11 million people in the United States have some form of age-related macular degeneration. This number is expected to double to nearly 22 million by 2050. Advanced AMD is a leading cause of irreversible blindness and visual impairment in the world.

Diabetic Retinopathy

From 2010 to 2050, the number of Americans with diabetic retinopathy is expected to nearly double, from 7.7 million to 14.6 million. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults.

Glaucoma

According to the World Health Organization, Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world. An estimated 60 million people suffer from glaucoma worldwide.

Resources

Eversight

Eversight restores sight and prevents blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research.

Lifebanc

Serving as Northeast Ohio’s  nonprofit organ and tissue recovery organization, Lifebanc began more than 30 years ago and serves over four million people and works with 80 hospitals in a 20-county area of Northeast Ohio. 

Donate Life Ohio

A coalition of Ohio’s eye, organ and tissue recovery agencies dedicated to educating Ohioans about the need for eye, organ and tissue donation and motivating them to join the OHIO DONOR REGISTRY. Sign up to be a donor today.

Cleveland Sight Center

Cleveland Sight Center has served the needs of Northeast Ohio residents who are blind or have low vision for over a century. They provide developmental, rehabilitation and vocational services to ensure success in today’s society.

Lions Clubs

With over 1.4 million members, Lions Clubs are the largest service organization in the world.  

Transplant Games of America

The games are a multi-sport festival event to help promote the need for eye, organ and tissue donation. The purpose is to show the world that transplantation is a treatment that does indeed work. 

National Eye Institute

As part of the federal government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Eye Institute’s mission is to “conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind.”

Bright Focus

BrightFocus funds exceptional scientific research worldwide to defeat Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma and provides expert information on these heartbreaking diseases.