Board of Directors
Each member of the Board of Directors is dedicated to fulfilling 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.
VisionGift Board of Directors (2021)
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.
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.
Shipra Kamra is Head of People Operations at RFPIO, she brings over 15 years of experience in Human Resources and has worked in Nike, Target, CDK Global, and other technology organizations. Her expertise lies in partnering with businesses to transform organization and people strategy, Talent management, and Leadership Development. Shipra was born and raised in India. She has a Bachelor in Computer Applications from MD University, India & MBA from MSRIM College, Bangalore. Her experience of working in different geographies/countries helps her look at the problems from a different lens. As an HR leader, diversity & inclusion is a top priority for her, and she believes in providing equal opportunities to all. She is passionate about giving back to the community and has volunteered for the community in many different ways. Shipra admires the mission and contributions of Lions VisionGift and is committed to contributing in ways to enhance LVG’s impact in the community.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Chandrika Gokul worked at Intel Corporation as a senior director driving business transformation, strategy, innovation and operations. She has held several management and leadership positions, served as chief of staff and Co-Chaired standards (DLNA) committees during her tenure at Intel. Chandrika has a B.S in Electrical engineering from Bangalore University, India and M.S in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Portland State University. Outside of work; she enjoys exploring various cultures and has travelled to over 45+ countries. She enjoys cooking, hiking and volunteering in the community. Chandrika says of Lions Vision Gift – I sincerely hope to leverage my experience to serve the larger community and contribute to something greater. I am grateful to be a part of a company working relentlessly to create value everyday. Lions is an innovative organization, positively impacting the community by transforming one life at a time through the gift of sight. My commitment to serve on the board for such an organization and create value through a shared purpose and have an impact on community and humanity at large makes my vision a reality.
Matt Fisher, JD
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. He is in private practice at Crispin Hannon Marton Cambreleng, LLC, representing injured workers. 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.
Hsin-Cheng was born and raised in Taiwan. She has a B.A. in Transportation Management from the Taiwan Ocean University and received her M.B.A. from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Hsen-Cheng started her career as a financial analyst in Chicago and San Francisco. But she was lured to the Pacific Northwest where she is currently a Certified Financial Planner with Northwestern Mutual. Passionate about giving back to the community, Hsin-Cheng volunteers at various non-profits including Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) and Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO). Hsin-Cheng loves the mission of Lions VisionGift and is pleased to bring her expertise and experience to our Board.
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.