Eversight Board of Directors
Said Issa, M.D., M.P.H., Board Chair
Said Issa, M.D., M.P.H., is the Medical Director and Chief Surgeon at Laser Vision Care Center, PLLC, where in addition to his surgical practice he mentors medical students and other health professionals. Dr. Issa graduated from the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, following his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, receiving his master’s degree from the U-M School of Public Health. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Wayne State University's Kresge Eye Institute and a refractive fellowship at the Windsor Laser Center, and is currently affiliated with Beaumont Hospital. Dr. Issa also serves as President of the Arab-American Cultural Center in Ypsilanti, MI, and is the Associate Director for Global Education Excellence, (GEE) an education management company with eleven schools in Michigan and Ohio, including Central Academy in Ann Arbor, recently ranked as the #1 school in Michigan.
Edward J. Hunter, Board Vice-Chair
Ed Hunter is Vice Chair of the Eversight Board of Directors. Mr. Hunter is Chaplain and Regional Mission Officer for Presence Mercy Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois, and Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin Illinois. He has served in the Presence Health System for the past 28 years. Mr. Hunter is a board certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains and endorsed by the Diocese of Rockford. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, where he continued graduate studies in theology. He completed his Clinical Pastoral Education internship at Children’s Memorial in Chicago. Throughout this time, Mr. Hunter has been committed to a comprehensive and holistic approach to ministry, embracing body, mind and spirit.
He is a founding board member of the Greater Elgin Family Care Center, and a member of the Elgin Salvation Army Advisory Committee. He serves as Vice Chair for Eversight, and also serves on Eversight Illinois Board of Directors. Ed is a volunteer chaplain for Fox Valley Hospice, and a member of the Northern Illinois Critical Incident Debriefing team. Ed is also a proud member of the Elgin Lions Club.
Gary Babcock, Board Treasurer
Gary Babcock has been a Lion for more than 30 years. He has served multiple officer positions, including District Governor, Vice District Governor, Cabinet Treasurer and Zone Chairman, and is Treasurer of the Lions of Michigan Foundation. Mr. Babcock is also a trustee and Board Member for the Napoleon United Methodist Church. He was awarded the Lions Clubs International Distinguished Leadership Medal, LCIF Melvin Jones Fellowship, LMSF John S. and Noel Benefactor Awards, LMSF Ken Lautzenheiser Service Award, two International President’s Appreciation Awards and two District Governor’s Appreciation Awards. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Ferris State University.
Jonathan Lass, M.D., Board Secretary
Jonathan H. Lass, M.D is the Charles I. Thomas Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and has served as Program Director for Ophthalmology residency programs at Case Western and University Hospitals from 1993-2013. Dr. Lass remains on staff at University Hospitals Eye Institute, following 20 years of service as Department Chair, and currently serves as Medical Director for both Eversight Ohio and the Case Cornea Image Analysis Reading Center. Dr. Lass is on the editorial board of Cornea: The Journal of Cornea and External Disease.
Dr. Lass has over 200 publications in the past 20 years in the fields of corneal physiology and immunology, genetics, cornea image analysis and clinical trials of corneal disease. His research has contributed to major advancements in corneal preservation and transplantation, including the NEI-funded Cornea Donor Study, which found that donor age does not affect graft success or cell loss for the majority of donors aged 34-71 transplanted in the United States. Dr. Lass is the study chair of the Cornea Preservation Time study, a multi-center prospective trial and the largest clinical trial in corneal diseases sponsored by the National Eye Institute, examining the effect of presentation time of the donor on graft survival and endothelial cell loss following DSEK surgery. Among several other awards, Dr. Lass received the Senior Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2004 and the R. Townley Paton Award from the Eye Bank Association of America, its highest award, in 2012.
Dr. Lass serves as Medical Director for Eversight Ohio and board member for the Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation. He volunteers with the Cleveland Free Clinic and has organized a free eye clinic there, serving those in need. Dr. Lass is also an avid cellist and member of the World Doctors Orchestra.
Busharat Ahmad, M.D.
Busharat Ahmad, M.D., a practicing ophthalmologist for over 30 years, is one of the most well-known and respected International Medical Graduates (IMGs) in the United States, as recognized by the American Medical Association. Dr. Ahmad is a delegate to the AMA House of Delegates from Michigan and has served on the AMA Council on Long Range Planning and Development (CLRPD). He currently serves as trustee and secretary of the Education Council for Foreign Medical Graduates Board, and is a representative of the American Academy of Ophthalmology to the American Council on Transplantation. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of the MSMS Health Foundation, a non-profit organization and serves as a Trustee on the HUDA Clinic Board, a free clinic in downtown Detroit.
Dr. Ahmad has held leadership positions with the Eye Bank Association of America (serving as its national president from 1984-85), and the American Council of Transplantation. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, American Academy of Ophthalmology, International College of Surgeons and the Society of Eye Surgeons. He is also a diplomat in Ophthalmology, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of England. Dr. Ahmad has received numerous awards for his contributions to medicine, including the George Tarjan Memorial Award from the American Psychiatric Association, the Presidential Citation from Michigan State Medical Society, the Exemplary Service Award and Benjamin Rush Award from the American Medical Association and the Man of the Year Award from Kiwanis International.
Jarold A. Anderson
Jarold (Jerry) Anderson is an advisor and board member of Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, where Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network, where he served as president and chief executive officer for 25 years before retiring in December 2012. Prior to joining Gift of Hope in 1987, Mr. Anderson was executive director of administration at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association in Chicago. He has held officer and board positions with numerous local and national organizations in the donation and transplant field, including positions as president of the Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO) and officer and board member of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS). Mr. Anderson is also a founding board member and past chairperson of AlloSource, one of the nation's largest not-for-profit providers of bone and soft tissue allografts, and a member of the American Association of Tissue Banks. He holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago, and completed additional graduate training at the University of Michigan.
Rashid L. Bashshur, Ph.D.
Dr. Bashshur is currently the Senior Advisor for e-Health at the University of Michigan Health system and is Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Department of Health Management and Policy. Dr. Bashshur has been a catalyst for the development of telemedicine in the US and worldwide since the early 1970s. From 1970-72 Dr. Bashshur also served at the National Academy of Sciences as a consultant on the use of telecommunications to support rural health programs. In the later 1970s, Dr. Bashshur was commissioned by the Indian Health Service and NASA to report on STARPHAC (Space Technology Applied to Rural Papago Health Care); this report was published as “Technology Serves the People” (1981) by the Government Printing Office. Dr. Bashshur served as Scientific Program Chair of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Annual Meeting in 1997, and as co-chair in 1998, 1999, and 2000. He was elected President in 2000 and is now President-Emeritus. Dr. Bashshur was the senior editor of three reports on telemedicine that were submitted to the U.S. Congress in 1994, 1995 and 2001. Dr. Bashshur has published extensively and co-founded the Telemedicine Journal, a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal, and served as Editor-in-Chief from 1995 to 2005, now Editor-in-Chief Emeritus. Among his recent publications, Dr. Bashshur co-authored “The History of Telemedicine, Evolution, Context and Transformation” in 2009. This book was sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and describes telemedicine as a major innovation in health care.
In January 2000, Dr. Bashshur chaired a WHO “International Consultation” in Geneva, to develop a global strategy for telemedicine. In August 2001, he co-chaired the International State of the Art Symposium, on Telemedicine/Telehealth, which was co-sponsored by the UMHS and by WHO. In 2004, he also chaired the Second International Conference on Future Directions for Telemedicine. The proceedings from both conferences were published in the Telemedicine and e-Health Journal. Dr. Bashshur convenes an annual symposium on Telemedicine at the Henry Ford Health System.
In May of 2015, Dr. Bashshur was presented with a special award at the ATA 2015 Annual Meeting, the first ever “ATA Medal-Distinguished Service Award”. This award has been established as one of the ATA’s highest awards, presented only on occasion to an individual for the highest level of achievement in the telemedicine and telehealth field.
William Constad, M.D.
William H. Constad, M.D., is Clinical Professor at Rutgers Medical School and affiliated with Jersey City Medical Center and St. Barnabas Medical Center, and has been in private practice with Hudson Eye Physicians and Surgeons since 1985. He served on the editorial board for the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine for several years, and has contributed numerous articles and textbook chapters to the ophthalmic literature. Dr. Constad specializes in corneal transplantation and external corneal disease; specialty contact lens fitting for Keratoconus and scarring, post-transplantation and post-refractive surgery. He serves as Medical Director for Eversight New Jersey and sits on the Board of Directors for both Eversight New Jersey and Eversight. In 2012, he was honored by Eversight New Jersey with its “Man of Vision” award, and received the Founders’ Award from the Eversight Board in 2014.
Alan Daninhirsch received a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Pratt Institute in 1966 and is currently a Registered Architect in the State of Connecticut where he practiced for over 30 years. From 1966 to 1968 he served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, commanding a float bridge company for most of his military career. Mr. Daninhirsch is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 10361 where he served as Post Commander for three years. He is a Life Member of the International Association of Lions Clubs and has been an active member of the New Britain Lions Club since 1973. He has served as District Governor and State Council Chairman for the Association and has received numerous awards of recognition for his service. He is a graduate of the Lions Advanced Leadership Program and the Faculty Development Institute. He is a Director of the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation and is involved the Lions KidSight pediatric eye screening program. He currently serves as a Director of the Connecticut Eye Bank and Visual Research Foundation and as a member of the Eversight Connecticut Board of Directors and Board Liaison to the Eversight network.
Patty Jo Herndon
Patty Jo serves on the Eversight Board, as well as Eversight Michigan. She is the President and CEO of the Michigan Donor Family Council and also serves as the President of the Gift of Life Foundation. Patty Jo became involved in the organ donation community following the passing of her sister, Ellen, in 1997. Patty Jo remembers walking out of the hospital room, after saying goodbye to Ellen, and the emergency room doctor holding her hands and telling her what an incredible gift that the family was giving at such a difficult time. Donating Ellen’s organs has affected her family in a positive way, as Ellen is living on in others. In 2015, her sister, Maureen, passed away and her corneas were donated, which will help provide scientists with the resources they need to find new cures and treatments for blinding eye conditions. Patty Jo retired in 2012, after 30 years in the insurance industry. She and her husband reside in Plymouth, MI and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.
Matthew Krichbaum, J.D.
Matthew Krichbaum, J.D., was elected to the Board of Directors for Eversight in 2013. He graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in 1992. Mr. Krichbaum is a Principal of Soble Rowe Krichbaum, LLP. He concentrates his practice in civil litigation, including commercial, intellectual property, and civil rights cases. Mr. Krichbaum is a court-approved mediator for the counties of Wayne, Washtenaw, Livingston and Jackson, and was formerly chair of the Washtenaw County Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He currently serves as a director on the Board of Nice Work Public Media. From 2009 through 2015, he was a member of the State Bar of Michigan Committee on Legal Related Education and Community Outreach, also serving as chair of the Constitution Day Subcommittee. From 2008 through 2012, Mr. Krichbaum served as Vice President of the Board of the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Esther LaMothe has been a member of the Novi Lions’ club since 1995, has held numerous offices within the organization, including International Director for Lions Clubs International, as well as on the faculty for the Lions Clubs International Leadership Development Institutes since 2012. Ms. LaMothe is a frequent moderator and presenter at Lions Leadership Forums and International Conventions in the US and Canada. In recognition of her service to the Association, she has received numerous awards, including two International President’s Leadership Medals; three International President’s Medals; five International President’s Certificates of Appreciation and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the Lions Club organization bestows upon its members. She is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow. Ms. LaMothe is a retired educator and administrator and in addition to service on the Eversight Board, is currently active in numerous professional and community organizations, including Elections Inspector, Allegiance Hospital Community Outreach and the LGPA Wendy’s Charity Classic, a fundraiser for adoption.
Elspeth Moore, B.S., M.L.S., is a former high school teacher for more than 30 years. Ms. Moore earned a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from the College of St. Elisabeth and completed her Masters of Library and Information Science at Rutgers State University. She is an active member of the West Milford Lions Club in West Milford, N.J., and served as Past District Governor. She is also currently serving as Campaign Sightfirst II District Coordinator. She has received some of the highest wards given by Lions Clubs, including the International President’s Leadership Award, the MD16 Harold Nutter Award, International President’s Leadership Award, the International President’s Certificate, and the International Melvin Jones Fellow. Ms. Moore has served the Lions of New Jersey as a past District Governor, Campaign Sightfirst II District Coordinator, Council Chair and State Advisor. In 2015, she was honored by Eversight New Jersey as Visionary of the Year.
Kevin W. Ross, President/CEO
Kevin W. Ross, M.S., M.P.H. is President and Chief Executive Officer of Eversight. Mr. Ross joined the organization in 1990, and developed the Midwire software platform in his earlier position as Vice President, Information Systems. He also served as Vice President, Finance prior to selection in 2007 as President and CEO. Kevin led the implementation of a $2.5 million tax-exempt bond issue to finance Eversight’s Ann Arbor headquarters and Eversight Michigan lab facility. Kevin serves as a member of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) Board of Directors, and as a member of the EBAA Medical Advisory Committee. Other roles include Vice Chair of the Gift of Life Michigan Advisory Board, Vice Chair of the Vision Share eye bank network, and eye bank liaison to the Cornea Preservation Time Study.
He holds Master’s degrees in Computer Science and Public Health from the University of Michigan, and is a longstanding member of the Ann Arbor (Host) Lions Club and the Michigan Alumni Pep Band. Kevin and his wife, Suzanne, live with their two daughters in Ann Arbor, MI.
Charles J. Pivoney, Chief Innovations Officer
Charles J. Pivoney, M.B.A., is the Chief Operating Officer of Eversight. He began his career in eye banking more than 25 years ago as a Technical Coordinator for Eversight Illinois and rapidly progressed into leadership roles, including Laboratory Supervisor and Administrator. He serves as Immediate Past Chair for the Gift of Hope Advisory Council, is a charter member of Donate Life Illinois, and has been a member of the Illinois Secretary of State Organ & Tissue Donor Advisory Council and Illinois Department of Health Task Force on Transplantation. Mr. Pivoney received his Master's degree in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management, Chicago, and a Bachelor's degree in Biology from Northeastern Illinois University. He has served on the Board of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA), as well as several EBAA committees. In addition to his career accomplishments, Mr. Pivoney is a certified youth sports coach and member of the Tinley Park Lions Club.
Florence M. Johnston, President Emerita
Florence Johnston, M.S., attended the University of Michigan, where she received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Nursing. In addition to her service on the Eversight Board, Ms. Johnston was formerly Chief Executive Officer from 1998 to 2004.
Ms. Johnston has held a wide variety of leadership positions on boards and committees for donation-related organizations, including the Eye Bank Association of America and Gift of Life Michigan. Her professional experience includes positions at University of Michigan Hospitals, with the World Health Organization and as a member of the faculty of University of Michigan School Of Nursing. Currently, Ms. Johnston volunteers as docent for the University of Michigan Anthropology Museum.
Marilyn R. Lindenauer, President Emerita
Marilyn Lindenauer, M.P.H., served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Eversight from 1989 until her retirement in 1998. During her tenure as CEO, she served on the Board of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) from 1994 through 1998 and was a member or chair of multiple EBAA committees. She earned a Master's degree in the Department of Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan. Marilyn is a member of the Ann Arbor (Host) Lions Club.