Florida Lions Eye Bank


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Our Team

Executive Director
Elizabeth Fout-Caraza, MHSA

Medical Director
Sander Dubovy, M.D.


Together, we restore the beauty of sight.

Executive Director: Elizabeth Fout-Caraza, MHSA

Elizabeth Fout-Caraza has served the Florida Lions Eye Bank since 1998, when she joined as a recovery technician. In 2005, Fout-Caraza assumed the role of Executive Director, and has successfully led the Florida Lions Eye Bank through regulatory changes, technological advances, financial restructuring, and unprecedented growth. Fout-Caraza holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in Hospital Services Administration from Florida International University.

Medical Director: Sander Dubovy, M.D.

As volunteer medical director, Sander R. Dubovy, M.D. oversees both the medical operations of the Florida Lions Eye Bank and its affiliated ocular pathology laboratory. Dr. Dubovy is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and is one of only a few physicians in the nation who is board-certified in both. In 2015, Dr. Dubovy was awarded the Victor T. Curtin Chair in Ophthalmology, which was established with a major gift from the Lions of South Florida to support experimental ophthalmic research.

Technical Director: Jorge A. Peña , M.D., CEBT

Director Laboratory Services: Concetta Triglia, MS, CEBT

Director of Quality Assurance: Vivian C. Lopez

Director of Public Relations: Mara Budnetz

The Florida Lions Eye Bank team also includes our compassionate family service representatives, our highly trained recovery technicians, the skilled staff of the ocular pathology lab, and our hardworking administrative and technical support personnel. Additionally, we could not do the work we do without the help of our network of hospitals, funeral directors, medical examiners, airline employees, and law enforcement agencies.


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Florida Lions Eye Bank comprises Lions from many different clubs throughout Multiple District 35. Officers serve one-year terms and are appointed each June. As “Knights of the Blind” for the past century, Lions are champions of vision-related causes all over the world, and major supporters of the Florida Lions Eye Bank.


2018-2019 Officers


President: Lion Norma Callahan, PDG

Vice Presidents:
Lion Jerry Skufe, PDG
Lion Karen Stowers
Lion Geoff Wade, ID
Lion Ken Engstrom, DG

Lion Antonio Burgos, PDG
Lion Betty Barrera, PDG
Lion Robert Gentilini
Lion Bill Arthur
Lion Elbio Gimenez, DG
Lion Dean Hess, PCC
Lion Joel Levenston, 1st VDG
Lion Alfredo Santamaria

Lion Luis Olarte, CC

Lion James Campbell

Immediate Past President: Lion George Letakis, PDG




For information on how you can volunteer, send an email to info@fleb.org
or call today at 305-324-4340.

Florida Lions Eye Bank

Calendar of Events

October 24, Wednesday
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Naples, Florida

December 5, Wednesday
Nominating Committee Meeting
5:00pm – 6:00pm
Board of Directors Meeting
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Miami, Florida


Contact Us


Florida Lions Eye Bank
900 NW 17th Street #348
Miami, FL 33136


Telephone: (305) 326-6359
Toll-free: (800) 329-7000 Ext. 6359


General Email: info@fleb.org


Distribution Email: FLEBDistribution@med.miami.edu







In the fight against visual impairment and blindness, the Florida Lions Eye Bank recovers, processes and distributes ocular tissue for sight-saving surgery. It provides eye tissue and funding for ophthalmic research and training and operates a pathology lab to assist with patient diagnosis and treatment. It also provides professional and community education to promote eye donation.


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