ILEB - Meet Our Team


Medical Administration

Keith Carter - Chair, MD

Dr. Carter is the Lillian C. O'Brien and Dr. C.S. O'Brien Chair in Ophthalmology and has served as the Chairman and Head of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa since 2006. He is also a Professor of Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, as well as a Professor of Otolaryngology.

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Mark Greiner - Medical Director, MD

Dr. Greiner is Medical Director and researcher for ILEB. He is also an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. As a clinician-scientist, his practice specialty is Cornea and External Diseases. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Eye Bank Association of America.

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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.

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Administration

Vacant Position - Executive Director



David Mixon - Senior Database Administrator, MSBA

David has received both a bachelor's degree in computer science and master's degree in business analytics from the University of Iowa. He is the senior database administrator for ILEB and is responsible for the website and database design, development, and implementation, and brings data-driven decision making capabilities to ILEB. David also helps streamline, automate, and centralize our data to make it available in ways that will help us continue to lead growth and change in our industry. Prior to joining the eye bank, he worked as the IT director for Perfect Game Inc., for eight years.


Carol Kempf - Secretary

Carol joined our 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.



Adewale Alarape - Accountant, BA, BS

Adewale is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s in accounting. He joined the ILEB team in 2014 as the organization’s accountant where he is responsible for managing budgets as well as the accounts payable and receivable. Adewale has worked as an accountant in various departments within the university including the Mossman Business Services (MBSB), Accounts Payable, Purchasing and Travel, and was involved in the UIOWA flood team as it relates to the University of Iowa flood reimbursement from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).




Compliance & Quality Systems

Kris Halter - Director of Compliance & Quality Systems, BSE, PMP

Kris is a University of Iowa graduate with a bachelor’s in industrial engineering. He began working for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank in 2017 as the director of compliance & quality systems and is responsible for the overall quality and compliance systems, regulatory compliance, and process improvement efforts of the organization. He previously worked in robotics, remote imaging, and medical training device research fields, along with process improvement and change management in the private manufacturing industry, and as an IT project manager at the University of Iowa.  



Greg Olson - Quality Systems Coordinator, BA, LSSBB, CAPM, CQIA

Greg received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Illinois University, completed the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training through Villanova University, and has earned his Certified Associate in Project Management and Certified Quality Improvement Associate accreditation. He joined the eye bank in January of 2017 as a quality and operational improvement coordinator, where he focuses on industry compliance and on Lean process improvement projects.  



Oscar Perez - Quality Systems Coordinator, BS

Oscar received his Bachelor of Science in business administration, with an emphasis in management, from Rockford College in Illinois. He 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. Oscar’s career began as a process engineer and then quality engineer for a manufacturing company.




Clinical Operations

Adam Stockman - Director of Clinical Operations, BA, CEBT

Adam graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s in economics and is the director of clinical operations for ILEB. He oversees both the donor eligibility and processing departments. Adam 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 four years as faculty for the annual technician education seminar. In addition to his service on the Technician Education Committee, Adam has also served on the Exam Committee, the Statistical Reporting Committee, and is an active inspector as part of his service with the Accreditation Board. He began working at the Iowa Lions Eye Bank in 2003 as a recovery technician. 




Clinical Operations - Donor Eligibility

Monica Freiburger - Donor Eligibility Manager, BA, CEBT

Monica graduated from Coe College with her bachelor's in biology. Monica serves as the donor eligibility manager where she is responsible for the coordination and support of the daily operations. Monica began her journey at the eye bank as a recovery technician, and then transferred to a full-time position in donor eligibility. She was awarded the Jachin Misko Memorial Scholarship for Technical Advancement in Eye Bank in 2014 and is CEBT certified. 


Kay Jandik - Donor Eligibility Specialist, BS, ASCP

Kay graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Science in biology and a chemistry minor, along with a Bachelor of Science degree in clinical laboratory sciences from the Carver College of Medicine. She is also a certified laboratory medical technologist (ASCP.) She joined the eye bank in 2017 and is currently a donor eligibility specialist where she screens donor charts along with completing various lab duties. Prior to her work at ILEB, Kay was a laboratory technologist for ten years and then an ophthalmology technician for ten years at the Iowa City Veteran’s Hospital.



Ryan Quesnell - Donor Eligibility Specialist, BBA

Ryan graduated from the University of Iowa earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration and serves as medical service corps officer in the Iowa Army National Guard. He is a donor eligibility specialist and is in charge of screening our donor charts and completing various lab duties. Ryan started working in eye banking in 2012 as a recovery technician. Prior to this position, he brought with him two years of clinical dental experience and over three years of military trauma medicine leadership.



Scott Van Oss - Donor Eligibility Specialist, COA, CEBT

Scott is a donor eligibility specialist at ILEB and is responsible for screening donor charts and completing various lab duties. He was awarded the Jachin Misko Memorial Scholarship for Technical Advancement in 2017 and completed his CEBT certification the same year. In the past, Scott worked as a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant for a pediatric ophthalmologist in addition to working as a clinical technician with the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.  


Vacant Position - Donor Eligibility Specialist




Clinical Operations - Processing Services

Shannon Bodell - Processing Services Manager, CEBT

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 and is CEBT certified. Shannon is responsible for, and assists with, the coordination and support of the daily operations of the eye bank’s lab.


Syed Hashmi - Processing Services Specialist, MD, MBA

Syed has earned his MD and MBA degrees as well as a certified quality auditor certification. Syed is 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. He started working at the Iowa Lions Eye Bank in 2011 as a tissue operator in our processing department. 


Rashmi Mallik - Processing Services Specialist, BS

Rashmi is originally from Nepal and moved to the United States in 2012 where she graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology. She joined the eye bank in 2018 as a tissue processing specialist. Currently, she is a tissue circulator in the processing department. 


Anna Wilcox - Processing Services Specialist, BS

Anna graduated from Iowa State University with her bachelor’s degree in nutritional science and global resource systems. She is currently a clinical/technical specialist with ILEB where she is a circulator as well as a tissue processor and active participant in our research projects. Anna began working at the eye bank as a recovery technician in September of 2016. 


Chelsea Green - Processing Services Specialist, BA, BS

Chelsea graduated from the University of Illinois Chicago with her bachelor’s degrees in psychological research, minority studies, and a minor in pre-med. She joined the eye bank in 2017 as a tissue processing specialist. Chelsea operates as a tissue processor as well as a tissue circulator for the eye bank.



Research and Business Development

Greg Schmidt - Director of Research and Business Development, BS, CEBT

Greg is a graduate of Mount Mercy College with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He is the director of research and business development where he oversees the research program, supervises distribution, and is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with local and national corneal transplant surgeons. Greg began working for the eye bank in March 2000.


Ben Aldrich - Research Scientist, PhD

Ben received his PhD from Kansas State University. His position at ILEB is to engage in research activities that will improve our understanding of corneal tissue. The overarching goal of this research is to improve the quality of tissue utilized in sight restorative surgery and help reduce vision loss. He joined the eye bank as a research associate after holding positions in the Department of Biology and Department of Anesthesia at the University of Iowa. 


Vacant Position - Research Scientist



Jessica Skeie - Research Scientist, PhD

Jessica graduated from the University of Iowa with her PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2010. She has been conducting research with the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa since 2005. Her research interests have included endothelial cell changes in the choroid of patients with age related macular degeneration, bioinformatics of proteomic shifts in retinal diseases, and potential use of genetic engineering for curing inherited retinal diseases. She joined the Iowa Lions Eye Bank in 2016 where she now uses bioinformatics to study the impact of diabetes on corneal endothelial cells.


Anna Wilcox - Research Assistant, BS

Anna graduated from Iowa State University with her bachelor’s degree in nutritional science and global resource systems. She is currently a clinical/technical specialist with ILEB where she is a circulator as well as a tissue processor and active participant in our research projects. Anna began working at the eye bank as a recovery technician in September of 2016. 


Laken Pins - Distribution Manager, BSHCA

Laken graduated in with her Bachelors of Science in health care administration. She is the distribution manager for ILEB and is part of the business development team where she is responsible for daily distribution tasks and maintaining relationships with our surgeons. Laken previously worked at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as a nursing assistant on the Internal Medicine floor as well as the Burn/Trauma Unit, and a secretary for the GI Hepatology department. She joined the eye bank in January 2017.



Constituent Relations

Ashley Funkhauser - Director of Constituent Relations

Ashley is an alum of the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and joined ILEB in January 2018. She has also held positions within the University of Iowa as assistant director of alumni relations for the Tippie College of Business and marketing coordinator for the volunteer department at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Ashley oversees the Constituent Relations team which handles public outreach, marketing, and communications for ILEB.

 



Ashley Dockendorf - Constituent Relations Coordinator, BA

Ashley graduated from The University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s degree in communication studies. She is currently constituent relations coordinator and works closely with hospitals, funeral homes, and other donation constituents in Eastern Iowa to promote awareness about eye, tissue, and organ donation. Ashley has worked in the non-profit sector throughout her career and joined the Iowa Lions Eye Bank in 2017.


Deb Schuett - Constituent Relations Coordinator

Deb is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the family service coordinator for the eye bank and 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. Deb has worked in the healthcare profession throughout her career and initially joined the Iowa Lions Eye Bank staff in 2002 as an education coordinator. 


Ellie Engelbrecht - Constituent Relations Coordinator, BA

Ellie is an alumna of The University of Iowa with a Bachelor’s in health and human physiology and psychology. She is constituent relations coordinator and is responsible for working with our constituents in Central and Western Iowa. She joined the eye bank in February 2016 as a recovery technician and a part time research assistant before transitioning into her current position.  



Recovery Services

Taryn Quesnell - Recovery Services Lead

Taryn holds a degree in mortuary science, associate’s degree in science, and is a certified nursing assistant. She is the lead transplant recovery technician for the Iowa Lions Eye Bank and specializes in procuring both ocular tissue for surgical transplant purposes and non-surgical use. Taryn has worked at the eye bank since December 2013.