Leadership


Management

 

Eric Meinecke

President & Chief Executive Officer

Eric Meinecke3Following graduation from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000, Eric began his eye banking career at Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank (RMLEB) in Colorado. He served in various positions of increasing responsibility through April 2005. He then served as the Technical Director for the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin for three years before returning to Colorado in 2008 where he was RMLEB’s Technical Director. Eric joined the Georgia Eye Bank team in April 2011 as Chief Operating Officer and was promoted to President & Chief Executive Officer in January 2014.

Eric has been a Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) since 2003 and has served in various leadership roles for the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA). He currently serves on the Medical Advisory Board, is Vice Chair of the Accreditation Board, and is a member of the Legislative/Regulatory committee for the EBAA.

 

David Thompson

Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

David Thompson3David has been Manager of Finance & Administration of Georgia Eye Bank, Inc. since 2003 and in April 2011 became Chief Financial & Administrative Officer. Prior to joining Georgia Eye Bank, and over 29 years, David has held various financial and business development positions in the technical industry. David also has participated in fund raising activities for other non-profit organizations.

David obtained his BS degree in Business Administration from the University of South Florida.

 

Susan Littlefield

Manager, Quality Systems & Regulatory Affairs

Susan LittlefieldSusan has been Manager of Quality Services & Regulatory Affairs at Georgia Eye Bank since 2002. Prior to joining the eye bank, Susan had 20 years of product development experience in the ocular medical device industry. Susan is a Georgia native.

Susan leads the eye bank’s regulatory compliance program and quality assurance initiatives. She is responsible for document control, environmental monitoring/testing, and process validation. Susan maintains the eye bank’s standard operating procedures manual and completes statistical reports for the Eye Bank Association of America.

Susan obtained a BS degree in Biology from North Georgia College in Dahlonega and then obtained a MS degree in Biology, with a microbiology concentration from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

 


Supervisors

 

Saira Quraishy

Laboratory Supervisor

Saira QuraishySaira joined Georgia Eye Bank in May 2006 as a Donor Coordinator. In April 2007, Saira transitioned into a technical/laboratory position where she learned her new responsibilities quickly. As a Laboratory Technician, Saira performed donor recoveries, laboratory processing, and tissue evaluation. In February 2008, Saira was promoted to the position of Senior Technical Coordinator and became a Medical Director Designee (MDD). As a MDD, Saira is authorized to perform donor eligibility determinations and release tissue for transplantation.

After several years of dedicated service and outstanding job performance, Saira was promoted to the position of Laboratory Supervisor in April 2013. Saira supervises all laboratory operations, donor eligibility determinations, and tissue distribution activities. Saira obtained a BS degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University and has been a Certified Eye Bank Technician (CEBT) since 2007. Saira serves on the Exam committee for the Eye Bank Association of America.

 

Janice Sedgwick

Training & Development Supervisor

Janice Sedgwick3In November 1996, Janice joined Georgia Eye Bank as a Hospital Development Liaison for the Macon and South Georgia area. In 2002, she became the Donor Coordinator Supervisor. Since 2010, Janice serves as the Training & Development Supervisor. In addition to training and supervising Recovery Technicians, Janice leads GEB’s community and professional relations activities (hospital/hospice development, coroner/ME relations, funeral home partnership program, and donation awareness events).
Janice has been a Certified Eye Bank Technician since 2003. She is past chair of Donate Life Georgia and is a member of the Donor Development Committee for the Eye Bank Association of America.
Janice obtained her undergraduate degree in Community Health and Human Services. She then obtained a M.Ed. in Public Health Education from Georgia College and State University.

 

Max Stapleton

Donor Coordinator Supervisor

Max StapletonA Georgia native, Max joined Georgia Eye Bank in January 2004. He held the position of Donor Coordinator for several years before transitioning to the role of Surgery Scheduler & Supply Coordinator.

In December 2012, Max was promoted to the position of Donor Coordinator Supervisor where he oversees the medical screening of potential donors, donor family communications, and recovery scheduling logistics. Max and his dedicated and professional staff interact daily with funeral home professionals, coroners/medical examiners, and partnering organ and tissue recovery agencies. Georgia Eye Bank’s Donor Coordination team is staffed and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to honor the wishes of eye donors and their families.

Max earned his BA degree in Communication and his Master of Divinity from Mercer University.

 


Board of Trustees

Paige P. Baker, Esq.
MendenFreiman LLP

Bruce L. Dick
Retired
SunTrust Bank, Atlanta

Joan Macdonald Hodge, Ph.D
Principal
Georgetown Clinical Consulting Corp.

Alan Kozarsky, M.D.
Eye Consultants of Atlanta

G. Barry Lacy
Retired
United Parcel Service

Ed Lynn
Retired
Allergan

Signe H. Maximous
Retired
Hewlett Packard Company
Vice-President, Research
Corneal Dystrophy Foundation

Eric Meinecke
President & Chief Executive Officer
Georgia Eye Bank, Inc.

Terence G. Norman
Director, Human Resources
Birla Carbon Group

R. Doyle Stulting, M.D. Ph.D.
Woolfson Eye Institute

Russell G. Thornton, CFM
Vice-President
Wealthcare Capital Management

Bruce H. Varnum
Chairman & Senior Presidential Advisor
Georgia Eye Bank, Inc.

William J. Voyles
WJV Consulting

A. Kimbrough Davis, Esq.
Trustee Emeritus
Abrams, Davis, Mason & Long LLC

 


Medical Advisory Committee

Co-Medical Directors

Alan M. Kozarsky, MD
W. Barry Lee, MD
R. Doyle Stulting, MD, Ph.D.

Associate Medical Directors

Stephen Hamilton, MD
David A. Palay, MD

Committee Members

J. Chandler Berg, MD
Henry F. Edelhauser, Ph.D.
Richard R. Schulze Jr., MD

 


Volunteers

It takes many volunteers to make eye donation happen. The following list provides an idea of just how extensive our volunteer system has to be in order to give the Gift of Sight.

  • Donors and Their Families
  • Eye Bank Board of Trustees
  • Financial Supporters
  • Funeral Homes
  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation
  • Georgia General Assembly

  • Georgia Hospitals
  • Georgia State Patrol & Licensing Posts
  • Hospice Programs
  • Medical Examiners/Coroners
  • Physicians and Medical Staff
  • Recipients