ILEB - Meet Our Team

  • Kenneth Goins - Medical Director, MD



  • Mark Greiner - Assoc. Medical Director, MD



  • Matthew Rauen - Assoc. Medical Director, MD

    Matthew received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Research at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. He then received his medical degree from the University of Iowa where he also completed his ophthalmology residency. Next, he completed a cornea, external disease and refractive surgery fellowship, also at the University of Iowa. Dr. Rauen was a member of the 2011 Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) Physicians' Leadership Program. He serves on the (EBBA) Accreditation Board. He serves on the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) content committee in the field of Cornea Surgery and serves on the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons Government Relations Committee.



  • Cindy Reed - Executive Director, R.N., PhD

    Cindy has been Executive Director of the Iowa Lions Eye Bank since 2004. She is responsible for providing leadership for all functions of the eye bank, including strategic planning fiscal oversight. Dr. Reed is currently past Chair of Vision Share, a nonprofit consortium of 18 U.S. eye banks, and a key member of the core physician/eye-banker team collaborating to improve donation and transplantation through cornea metabolic function research. She is most proud of the talented staff at the Iowa Lions Eye Bank, and also proud of the Iowa Lions Donor Memorial and Healing Garden, a tribute to the more than 28,000 eye, organ and tissue donors in Iowa since 1955. Cindy and her husband Steve live in Solon, have 5 adult children, one grandchild, and two 4 year old Great Pyrenees.



  • David Mixon - Senior Database Administrator, BA

    David is a 2006 Computer Science graduate from the University of Iowa. He started working for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank (ILEB) in July, 2014 after serving as the IT Director for Perfect Game Inc. in Cedar Rapids the previous 8 years. His responsibilities for the ILEB include web and database design, development, and implementation. He is currently redesigning the ILEB's website as well as developing a first-of-it’s-kind research database for our Medical Directors and Research Staff. The Eye Banking and corneal transplant fields are rapidly evolving with ILEB at the forefront of many new technological innovations and discoveries. David is here to help streamline, automate and and centralize our data, to make it available in new ways that will help us continue to lead growth and change in our industry. David says it is very refreshing to come to work each morning knowing his efforts are helping people that help so many others!



  • Carol Kempf - Secretary

    Carol joined the office staff at Iowa Lions Eye Bank in September of 2003. Her administrative responsibilities include special mailings and correspondence, support to staff members, assistance to the Executive Director and coordination of a variety of eye bank operations. She greets and assists all visitors, including couriers, Lions relay volunteers, delivery personnel, special guests and various other professionals. Carol personally enjoys her involvement with several Family Services projects to honor donors and support grateful recipients.



  • Adewale Alarape - Accountant, BA, BS

    Adewale Alarape migrated with his family from Nigeria to the United States in 2005, and settled in Iowa. In Nigeria, Adewale worked as a Livestock Supervisor for many years with United African Foods of Nigeria PLC (UACN) where he was responsible for the health and management of several thousands of livestock. Adewale graduated with a BBA in Accounting from the Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa. After graduation, he began working as an Accountant at the University of Iowa, first with Mossman Business Services (MBSB), and then with Accounts Payable, Purchasing and Travel Department. Adewale served as an Accountant with the UIOWA flood team as it relates to the University of Iowa flood reimbursement from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In August 2014, Adewale joined Iowa Lions Eye Bank as an Accountant, and he is both excited and proud to be part of a team that is positively impacting many lives in the United States and abroad. Adewale spends time away from work with his wife and three growing children and, he is active in church activities.



  • Garret Locke - Director of Compliance & Quality Systems, MBA, CEBT

    Garret is the Director of Compliance & Quality Systems at Iowa Lions Eye Bank (ILEB) and has nearly two decades of experience in eye banking, initially with Northwest Lions Eye Bank in Seattle, WA before becoming the Technical Director at ILEB in 1999. His primary role is to monitor current regulatory trends and oversee the many facets of quality improvement at ILEB. He has served on several boards, committees and subcommittees for the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) including Regional President, Board of Directors, Medical Advisory Board, Accreditation Board, Technician Education Committee and the Quality Assurance Committee. Garret has also served multiple times as faculty for the Technician Education Seminar and as the vice-Chair and current chair of the Quality Assurance Committee. Garret has delivered multiple presentations to several national organizations, including the EBAA and around the state of Iowa and has been a Lions Club member since 2001 and has served on their board. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching and attending his kids’ activities as well as playing the saxophone, outdoor activities and triathlons.



  • Oscar Perez - Quality Systems Coordinator, BS

    Oscar’s career began in 1989 as a Process Engineer and then Quality Engineer for a manufacturing company. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Management, from Rockford College in Illinois. Oscar has served as the Quality Systems Coordinator of the Iowa Lions Eye Bank since 2009 and is primarily responsible for quality and regulatory eye banking procedures through review, tracking and revision.



  • Taryn Quesnell - Laboratory Technician

    Taryn is a Lead Transplant Recovery Technician for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank and has been with the Eye Bank since December 2013. She specializes in procuring ocular tissue for surgical and non-surgical uses, using surgical ocular tissues for transplant purposes in accordance with medical standards. She partners with the Iowa Donor Network and hospitals throughout the state of Iowa in building relationships to promote eye donations. Before becoming a Lead Transplant Recovery Technician, Taryn Quesnell volunteered at On With Life and Meals from the Heartland where she assisted persons who sustained a traumatic brain injury, stroke, tumor, or an aneurysm and prepared meals for less fortunate families. She is dedicated in volunteering for non-profit organizations and passionate about helping families and serving her community. She has a degree in Mortuary Science and has also earned her Associates Degree in Science. She obtained her certificate of Certified Nursing Assistant. She believes that her recoveries make our society a better place and wants to inspire others that being an eye donor is a true gift of the heart.



  • Adam Stockman - Director of Laboratory Operations, BA, CEBT

    Adam is a native Iowan who began working for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank as a recovery technician in 2003 and is now the Director of Laboratory Operations. He is a skilled technical trainer and was an active member of the Eye Bank Association of America’s (EBAA) Technician Education Committee for several years including serving 4 years as faculty for the annual Technician Education Seminar. Adam currently serves on the EBAA’s Exam Committee and the Accreditation Board. "The ability to go home every day knowing that I did my part to save or restore someone’s sight is a truly amazing feeling. I feel blessed to be a part of such a special organization".



  • Monica Freiburger - Laboratory Technician, BA, CEBT

    Monica attended Coe College and majored in Biology. She began working for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank as a part time tissue recovery technician in June 2008. She became a full time Laboratory Technician in May of 2011. In 2014 Monica was awarded the Jachin Misko Memorial Scholarship for Technical Advancement in Eye Banking which allowed her to attend the Technician Education Seminar. In the summer of 2014 she became CEBT certified. Monica is responsible for the coordination and support of the daily operations of the lab.



  • Shannon Bodell - Laboratory Technician

    Shannon began working for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank in 2010 as an on-call tissue Recovery Technician while attending classes at Kirkwood Community College. She then advanced to a full-time position as a Laboratory Technician in 2013. Shannon is responsible for, and assists with, the coordination and support of the daily operations of the eye bank’s lab.



  • Bryan Anderson - Laboratory Technician, BS

    Bryan graduated from Iowa State University with dual degrees in Animal Ecology and Biology. He first started working for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank in January 2008 as a recovery technician serving western Iowa working out of the Ames/Des Moines offices. After graduation, Bryan moved to Iowa City accepting a position as a full-time Lab Tech. The duties of Bryan’s current position include performing cornea recoveries, reviewing medical histories, and tending to lab operations. Additionally Bryan is the lab trainer for new recovery technicians.



  • Todd Shinkunas - Tissue Distribution Manager, BA, CEBT

    Todd specializes in the distribution of transplant tissue. He is also heavily involved with donor and tissue evaluations, chart reviews, receipt and sending of tissue for surgical placement. Todd enjoys working with eye bank staff, surgery schedulers, and surgeons from all over the country. He truly appreciates the selfless acts of donation to help others. He is thrilled to be a part of eye donation and helping restore sight for those in need.



  • Rachel Walton - On-Call Recovery Technician, BS, Funeral Director

    Rachel is a part-time transplant recovery technician for the Ames/Des Moines area. She has worked with ILEB since 2008 and was the Lead Technician from 2010 to 2014. Rachel has recovered corneas from over 1,000 donors and has trained 16 recovery technicians on over 100 cornea recoveries. Rachel started working with ILEB while attending Iowa State University and in 2010 received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Rachel went on to receive her Advanced Diploma in Mortuary Science from Des Moines Area Community College in 2013. Rachel is a licensed Funeral Director for Hamilton’s Funeral Home in Des Moines.



  • Scott Van Oss - Laboratory Technician, COA

    Scott began working with the Iowa Lions Eye Bank in December of 2015 after holding a position as a clinical technician with the Ophthalmology department at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Scott is a native Iowa, however, he and his wife spent time in Texas pursuing educational and work experience. After earning his certification as an ophthalmic assistant working for a Pediatric Ophthalmologist he returned to Iowa and began his work with the University of Iowa. He enjoys trying varieties of craft beer, watching movie’s with his wife, and spending time with friends. He is excited for the opportunity to learn more about the world of eye, organ and tissue donation.



  • Greg Schmidt - Director of Tissue Processing & Research, BS, CEBT

    After graduating from Mount Mercy College with a B.S. in Biology, Greg began working at the Iowa Lions Eye Bank (ILEB) in March of 2000. Greg oversees the tissue processing functions and research programs at ILEB. Tissue processing functions include DSAEK, LAK, and DMEK preparations. He has taught these techniques to many others. Greg is also responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with local and national corneal transplant surgeons. Greg serves on the EBAA Research Committee. Greg continues to look forward to the new and innovative direction that eye banking has experienced over the last decade.



  • Syed Hashmi - Tissue Processor, MD

    Syed Hashmi, MD, coordinates daily operations of the tissue preparation program for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank. He is responsible for managing the internal/ external training, education, and monitoring of the Endothelial Keratoplasty (EK), Laser Assist Keratoplasty (LAK) and Descemet’s Membrane Endothelial Keratoplasty (DMEK) tissue preparation programs. Syed also functions as the primary tissue operator, whereby meeting all tissue requirements; final properties and logistics with end user surgeons, including pre/post cut evaluations and reporting results. Syed provides direction and supervises the tissue preparation team and assists with problem solving logistics involving tissue receipt and distribution with other eye banks. He also collects, analyzes data, and prepares recommendations for quality assurance and research for EK/LAK/DMEK projects. Syed lives in Iowa City, Iowa with his wife Shalina and their two year old son, Saifan.



  • Tomi Patterson - Circulator/Tissue Processor

    Tomi is the primary circulator for Tissue Processing and Research at the eye bank, assisting in all of ILEB’s advanced techniques of corneal preparation. She earned a degree in Medical Assisting from Kirkwood Community College and accrued more than 24 years of medical, clinical, administrative and laboratory experience prior to joining the eye bank in 2009. Tomi enjoys helping people and witnessing the smiles of recipients who have had their sight restored through a cornea transplant.



  • Ben Aldrich - Research Scientist, PhD

    Ben joined the Iowa Lions Eye Bank (ILEB) as a research associate after holding positions in the Department of Biology and Department of Anesthesia at the University of Iowa. Ben’s primary role in the eye bank is to engage in research activities that will improve our understanding of corneal tissue. The overarching goal of this research endeavor is to improve the quality of tissue utilized in sight restorative surgery and help reduce vision loss. Ben’s wife Carla works for the University of Iowa, Department of Anesthesia and they have three children. – I feel very fortunate to have found a home working with an outstanding group of committed individuals with the common goal of improving the lives of others. To be a part of research that has the potential to touch so many people’s lives is fantastically rewarding.



  • Deb Schuett - Family Services Coordinator

    Deb joined the Iowa Lions Eye Bank staff in 2002 as an Education Coordinator, and transitioned into her current role as Family Services Coordinator in 2008. Deb has a passion for creating a variety of opportunities, programs and events to honor all cornea and eye donors, compassionately serves to support and assist grieving donor families, and actively educates and encourages the grateful recipients of the gift of sight. A native of Wisconsin, Deb graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and has worked in the healthcare profession her entire adult life.



  • Laura Shoemaker - Donor Development Coordinator, BA

    Laura Shoemaker joined the Iowa Lions Eye Bank in September 2015 as the Donor Development Coordinator for the Eastern Iowa area. She works within hospitals and other agencies to advance the cause of donation across the state of Iowa and nationally, providing professional and public education and assisting with the development of hospital policies and procedures regarding donation. Laura brings a wide range of experience to ILEB with a strong background in public relations, communications, and fundraising. Prior to ILEB, Laura served as the Resource Development Director at Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity. She has also worked in the home medical equipment industry, where she educated physicians and nurses on the referral process of oxygen equipment and CPAPs and Medicare reimbursement guidelines. Her fundraising experience includes assisting individuals with establishing their legacy through planned giving. Laura is very excited to join the Iowa Lions Eye Bank team’s efforts to make sure all families are given the opportunity to consider donation so that others may receive the gift of sight.