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RMLEB Leadership Team

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Edmund Jacobs - CEBT, Executive Director

Ed has been with the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank since August 1982.

In his position as Executive Director, Ed is responsible for the overall direction, leadership and administration of the organization operating under policies and governance of the RMLEB Board of Directors. He also assists the Board in developing organizational goals and establishes and implements plans to attain those goals.

Ed's education includes a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Colorado. He's also certified by the Eye Bank Association of America as an eye bank technician.

Ed has previously served on the Donor Awareness Council Board of Directors promoting eye, organ and tissue donation awareness. He has also served on the EBAA Board of Directors and on many EBAA committees.

During Ed's service on the EBAA Accreditation Board, he had the opportunity to inspect 26 eye banks. He took his knowledge of numerous best practices that he witnessed on these inspections and applied them to the improvement of RMLEB. This helped RMLEB establish and maintain the highest benchmark of quality in eye banking.

Ed strives to promote a work environment of employee empowerment, in which the RMLEB staff is well-trained, capable and confident. This is the best way, Ed believes, to maintain the highest standards and build lasting organizational success.


Kevin Smith - Accounting Manager

Kevin has been with the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank  since March of 2018.

In his position as Accounting Manager, Kevin is responsible for the efficient operation of day-to-day fiscal transactions and coordination of human resource matters.

Kevin attended the University of Great Falls on an academic and athletic basketball scholarship.  He finished his studies at Metropolitan State College of Denver and earned a B.A. in Human Performance.

Kevin has 8+ years in the nonprofit sector where he focused on program and business management.  He also has an additional 3 years of operations management. 

In Kevin’s spare time, he enjoys a nice round of golf and spending time with his family. 

Public & Professional Relations

Robert Austin - APR, Manager

Robert has been with the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank since February 1997.

In his position as Public and Professional Relations Manager, Robert is primarily responsible for developing marketing and communications strategies, plans, and programs that cultivate and expand two-way relationships with the eye bank's publics.

Robert is accredited in the practice of public relations by the Public Relations Society of America. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Colroado chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. 


Technical Department

John Lohmeier - CEBT, Technical Manager

John has been with the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank since January 1999.

In his position as Technical Manager, John is primarily responsible for the recovery, evaluation and placement of donated ocular tissues for transplantation and research use.

John's education includes a B.A. in psychology from Midland Lutheran College. While attending MLC, John played three years of football and volunteered his time with Habitat for Humanity.

John is certified through the Eye Bank Association of America as an eye bank technician. He's also a member of the EBAA.

In his spare time, John volunteers as a climbing instructor for mountaineering, rock, and ice climbing courses with the Colorado Mountain Club, and has attempted to climb two of the world's fourteen 8,000-meter peaks.

Medical Directors

Richard Davidson, MD

Richard Davidson, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. After completing his fellowship in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery, Doctor Davidson joined the staff at the Department of Ophthalmology at the Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Institute. He specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of diseases of the cornea, including corneal transplantation. In addition, he is a specialist in cataract surgery and an expert in the area of refractive surgery and complications arising from refractive surgery.

Doctor Davidson received his medical degree from Hahnemann University School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia and his fellowship at the University of California at Davis. Curriculum Vitae

F. Lance Forstot, MD a graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr. Forstot completed his ophthalmology residency and a fellowship in cornea and external diseases at the University of Florida. He is a founding partner of Corneal Consultants of Colorado and has received the Senior Achievement Award from the Academy of Ophthalmology. He is also the President of the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmology.