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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.


Cleveland Foundation

The Cleveland Foundation, one of the nation’s largest and longest-standing foundations, is a strategic and philanthropic partner of the Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation. Together, we have access to the best in class investment management, and we are growing our endowment through our planned giving initiatives.

Local Institutions and Researchers

Our partnership with Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals Medical Center has secured Cleveland as a hub for groundbreaking research by supporting scientists in furthering their advancements in treatments for some of the world’s most prolific and devastating diseases including corneal diseases, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration and glaucoma. 

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 Chair

  • James P. Sacher


  • Allen S. Roth, MD

Finance Chair

  • Barry A, Effron, MD


  • Heather M. Fox
  • Colleen Flynn Goss
  • Lee Jordan
  • Jonathan Lass, MD
  • David A. Telfer
  • Theodore D. Ward
  • William R. Yeakley, MD
  • Matt Ziaja
  • Susan V. Janssen, Emeritus


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