Board of Directors
Each member of the Board of Directors is dedicated to fulfilling Lions VisionGift’s mission of advancing the science of sight and honoring the gift of vision. Thanks to their leadership, we have been able to restore the sight to more than 40,000 people and make advancements in science that have impacted the world.
Lions VisionGift Board of Directors (2019)
Bob Van Slyke
Bob was able to make a career out of his interest in gemstones as a goldsmith and jewelry store owner. As a 30-year member of the Lions, he accepted the challenge of Hellen Keller to be a knight for the blind. His Board Service is part of his commitment to that challenge. Additionally, Bob holds a BS in Business Administration from George Fox University.
Chris Dorr, JD
Chris’ association with LVG began more than two decades ago as an eye bank technician. He continued to work part time during law school at Lewis and Clark College. He spent 10 years in private practice before becoming an Administrative Law Judge for the State of Oregon. Chris serves on the Board because he deeply believes in the mission and wishes to support the organization and staff who continue to bring the organization to new heights. Chris has a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Washington.
Chuck is retired after a 31-year business career with Graybar Electric Company. He has had corneal transplants in both eyes using eye tissue provided by Lions VisionGift. As a longtime Lion and recipient, Chuck finds his work as a member of the LVG Board of Directors to be both interesting and rewarding.
Dave has been a Lions member since 1978 – the same year he became a licensed embalmer and certified volunteer enucleator. Dave has been the owner and operator of the Hamilton-Mylan Funeral Home in Vancouver, WA since 1986. He holds a BSBA in Management from Walla Walla College and an AS in Funeral Service Education from Mt Hood Community College. Dave enjoys bringing his extensive funeral service perspective to the LVG Board. He believes his service helps others with the gift of sight.
Emanuel Tanne, MD
Dr. Tanne is Medical Director Emeritus for Lions VisionGift. He served as the Surgical Director from 1975-1987 and has served on the Board since 1987. Dr. Tanne received his AB from Columbia, his MD from SUNY Downstate, internship at the University of California, San Francisco, and performed a residency in ophthalmology at the New Jersey College of Medicine. He completed two fellowships both in corneal and ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery. One at the Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia and the second at the Queen Victoria Hospital, in England. He has published many papers, held numerous academic appointments, and served in the military as a flight surgeon. He is also the founder of the Intracranial Hypertension Research Foundation. Dr. Tanne believes that it is an obligation for people to improve the lives of others and even more so as a physician. His career in ophthalmology, corneal transplantation, and support of eye banking is the pathway in which he lives up to this obligation.
Gary has a long tradition of service to the community. He belongs to the Masonic Lodge, the Union County Shrine Club, and the La Grande Lions Club. He has served as Master of the Lodge, President of his Shrine Club, and has held many positions of leadership in the Lions at the Club, Zone and District Level- including District Governor. Gary is a past Chairman of the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation as well as Lions VisionGift. He, along with his wife Carol, have owned and operated numerous businesses. Most recently, Gary became a licensed real estate broker and he is a Principal Broker at Mt. Emily Reality. Gary has been on the Board of Lions VisionGift since 1994 and he served on the Executive Committee for more than 20 years.
Jeff was born and raised in Eugene. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Oregon and an Associate of Arts degree from the San Francisco College of Mortuary Science. Jeff is co-owner ofMusgrove Mortuaries and Cemeteries which operates several funeral homes and cemeteries in Lane County. He is Past President of the Oregon Funeral Directors Association and serves on their Board of Directors. Besides his involvement with Lions Visiongift, Jeff also serves on the Board of Directors of the Eugene Mission, the Funeral Service Agency, and is the Oregon Representative on the National Funeral Directors Association Policy Board. He is active in his church and is Past President of the Eugene Active 20/30 Club, the Eugene Downtown Lions Club, the Oregon Club of Eugene-Springfield and the Midtown Business Associates. Jeff says of Lions VisionGift, “I am excited to be a part of this dynamic and innovative organization that is giving the gift of sight and transforming lives all over this country and around the world”.
Kevin earned a BS in accounting from the University of Oregon and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is a CPA and a CFP® professional, who currently works as financial advisor with Sittner & Nelson, LLC in Eugene, after beginning his career with PwC as an auditor and management consultant. Kevin passionately supports the organization’s mission of providing the gift of sight and furthering the field through research and takes great pride in serving on the LVG Board.
As a Donor Mom, Leslie possesses a high degree of empathy making her an effective Board Member with the ability to represent other Donor family’s best interests. After graduation from the University of Oregon and serving her country for four years in the US Army, she has spent the last 30 years working in the field of Social Work.
Linda stepped into her Board Member role, motivated to start giving back, in 2016 after a long career at Intel. She brings her human resources, diversity, equity and inclusion and coaching expertise to LVG. Linda graduated from Oregon State University with an engineering degree and a Master’s degree from Oregon Graduate Institute. She runs a coaching and consulting business at www.blueskieshappytrails.com.
Matt began his career working as an ER and laboratory technician where he was first exposed to eye banking when observing a recovery. He was captivated by the professionalism and respect the recovery technician exhibited throughout the process. He worked full time at LVG for three years – quickly becoming a Certified Eye Bank Technician prior to his promotion to the role of Operations Officer. Matt worked as an on-call technician throughout his pursuit of a law degree at Willamette University and finally left eye banking to practice law. He is principal at a firm with a specialization in workers’ compensation law at Reinisch Wilson Weier PC. Matt spent eight years in the Army Reserve reaching the rank of Captain and he holds a BS in Biology from Willamette University. Matt returned to LVG as a Board Member in 2017.
Susan Meikle Stoops
Susan Meikle Stoops is a retired Special Education teacher and administrator who earned a BA at Willamette University (1971, American Studies and Education) and a MS (1975, Special Education) at Western Oregon University (then OCE). Susan’s late husband, Jack W. Stoops, a cornea donor, was a long-time member of the LVG Board of Directors. After his death in 2016, Susan joined the LVG Board to continue their shared commitment to restoring sight through transplantation and research. She is honored to serve currently as Board Chair.
With a background in operations management and data analysis, Will has served on the Board of Lions VisionGift for two years. He was motivated by a desire to serve his community and help LVG increase its positive impact on the communities it serves. Will has an MBA from Harvard (2012) and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Olin College (2006). Will is currently the Principal Data Analyst at Customer.io and previously worked as an Operations-focused Director at Simple Finance in Portland and a Manager of Strategic Operations at athenahealth in Boston.