Miracles In Sight (MIS) experienced a changing of the guard, so to speak, on June 6, when the CEO, Dean Vavra, began his transition into retirement and Ingrid Schunder became President and CEO of the nonprofit organization.
During the recent conflict in Ukraine, Miracles In Sight along with peer eye banking organizations donated specialized corneal tissue to the Ukrainian Vitreoretinal Society (UVRS) for use in treating combat-related eye injuries. Miracles In Sight, Eye Life International, Lions Vision Gift, the Nevada Donor Network, Advancing Sight, CorneaGen and the San Diego Eye Bank received this letter of thanks from UVRS president, Dr. Andrii Ruban, for the vital support during this difficult time.
Innovation is the science of delivering ideas that are both meaningful and unique, and there is a myth that only for-profit companies with tens of millions of dollars can be innovative. However, Miracles In Sight and similar nonprofits continue to demonstrate that creative organizations armed with motivation and collaboration can bring meaningful change to operating rooms across the world.
Miracles In Sight (MIS) is proud to have participated in the Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring (MOM) program’s Student Engagement Weekend during AAO 2021, the annual conference of the American Academy of Ophthalmology that was held in New Orleans, November 12-15.
Eye Donation Month is held each November to help bring awareness to the importance of eye donation. All month long, Miracles In Sight, (with the help of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA)) will help generate awareness about the need for eye donation, common misconceptions about the process, and life-changing opportunities that are created when recipients regain their sight through corneal transplants. This year, the theme is “A Community of Compassion”– the many people working together in various roles, driven by collective passion to #restoresight. The intention is to inspire individuals to register as donors, and highlight the mission of EBAA member eye banks to #restoresight worldwide.
Winston-Salem, NC (July 28, 2021) – Ingrid Schunder began her career in eye banking in 1999 in Austin Texas at the Lone Star Lions Eye Bank. During her 13 years there, she performed all aspects of eye banking in her role as Technical Director. In 2016 she earned her MBA in leadership and was promoted to the Vice President of Donor Logistics. Ingrid’s responsibilities included the day-to-day logistical operations of the donor recovery process, hospital development, Medical Examiner and Coroner relationships in North and South Carolina as well as Central Texas. In 2020, Ingrid led the project for the acquisition of the Lone Star Eye Bank, now Miracles In Sight, Lone Star Division.