Employee Spotlight

 

Donation Requires a Generous Heart and Helping Hands


Say hello to Alyson Ronan…

Alyson Ronan Heart of DonationWhat is your job title?
Lab Coordinator

How long have you worked for SEB?
I have worked for Southern Eye Bank for 5 wonderful years.

How does your work help donation?
As a lab coordinator I am able to review the social and medical history of the donor in order to verify the gifts that were donated can be used for transplant into a recipient. I also evaluate the donor tissue and process it for surgical use for the surgeons. All of my day-to-day responsibilities are to make sure that we handle the donor gifts in a respectable manner and place them with the most suitable recipient to ensure a successful transplant.

Why is your work important to you?
It is an honor to be able to work for Southern Eye Bank because I am able to give the donor family a sense of closure and ability to know their loved one has given a very special gift of sight to a recipient. I am also able to give a recipient a chance to see the world around them again. I am just a small piece of the big puzzle to give the gift of sight. I find that my life is so much more enriched from my career and being able to help others.


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Say hello to Megan Lopez…

Megan Lopez Heart of DonationWhat is your job title?
Laboratory Coordinator
 

How long have you worked for SEB?
I was a recovery technician for about 1.5 years. I briefly left SEB but I returned in 2016. I have been in my current position for about 4.5 years.

How does your work help donation?
The laboratory coordinators are the behind-the-scenes people who make sure that the generous gifts these donors and their families have selflessly given us are able to find homes with recipients who are in need of corneal transplants. We are the brief layover between the tissue recovery process and the actual transplantation process. We make sure that the tissue is safe for transplant and then work with various domestic and international partners (surgeons, researchers, other eye banks, etc.) to try to make sure all gifts can help someone in need.

Why is your work important to you?
I love being able to help facilitate corneal transplants for those in need of such a life changing procedure. Since my job requires me to review donor medical records in order to make sure every tissue is safe for transplant, I get to know at least a little bit about every donor’s story even though I never had the opportunity to meet them. Finding recipients for their gifts and helping our donors’ legacy live on by helping someone else regain their vision is really rewarding, and I am so thankful to get to be a small part in that every day.

Say hello to Kat Angers…

Kat Angers Heart of Donation

What is your job title?
Referral Coordinator

How long have you worked for SEB?
5 years

How does your work help donation?
Being on the front end of referrals, I am able to reach out to the families and explain to them how important donation is in helping others.

Why is your work important to you?
Having lost my dad suddenly, I have a clear understanding of what the families are going through.  My dad was a donor and it gives us great pride and peace of mind to know that he was able to help so many people.  I feel that experience helps me convey to the families how important donation is.

Say hello to Terry Scheel…

Terry Scheel Southern Eye Bank Heart of Donation

What is your job title?
I am a Recovery Technician, which means I travel to the donor’s location of passing and perform the procedure of procurement on the donated tissue. I also function in the role of referral coordinator, when needed. This function entails initiating personal contact, via phone, with the donor’s families, and obtaining consent for donations.

How long have you worked for SEB?
In August of 2013, I began working here as a secondary job. Upon my retirement from being a paramedic for 31 years, it then became my full-time job.

How does your work help donation?
If we, as organ procurement agencies, did not do this valuable job, citizens in need of life-changing/saving transplants may not receive the tissues they so desperately require. We provide an opportunity for recipients to have the potential to live a fuller life post-transplant.

Why is your work important to you?
My entire adult life and careers have been committed to helping and changing lives of the people that live and visit my community. Being a recovery technician for these life-changing surgeries continues to fulfill that commitment I cherish.