President and CEO
Alan Blake is the President and CEO of the Advancing Sight Network. Alan has worked at the eye bank for over 15 years, beginning with his tenure as a transplant coordinator. Alan’s leadership extends beyond the eye bank, sitting on the Accreditation Board and the Board of Directors of the Eye Bank Association of America. His commitment to eye banking is seen in his membership and service in professional societies, including the European Eye Bank Association, the American Association of Tissue Banks, the Alabama Funeral Director Association, the Alabama Coroner Association, the Christian Ophthalmology Society, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has made a lasting and global impact on vision, helping to create Advancing Sight Global – a long term preservation method and network system for maximizing the use for cornea donation. This has led to the distribution of over 20,000 corneas for vision-saving surgeries. Alan is a proud graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and holds certifications in eye and tissue banking.
Chief Administrative Officer
Teresa has been a member of Advancing Sight staff since 2002. After more than 15 years as a sales and marketing executive, she decided to move into the world of non-profit organizations and found herself at Advancing Sight. She has held a variety of roles during her tenure and currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer managing accounting, human resources, marketing, and education. Her role in the donation community also includes 2nd Team Leader for Donate Life Alabama and Vice-Chair of the Eye Bank Association of America’s Donor Development Committee. Teresa also serves on the Advisory Council for Donate Life America and as a State Team Liaison. Teresa has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Huntingdon College.
Kyle Mavin, CEBT
Chief Clinical Officer
Kyle Mavin has extensive experience in eye banking leadership. Currently, he serves as the Chief Clinical Officer of Advancing Sight and the Interim Executive Director of the Southern Eye Bank. Kyle is responsible for all aspects of technical operations including recovery of ocular tissue, medical chart review, quality assurance, tissue placement and training. Kyle’s expertise includes the development and launching of clinical service lines, strategic planning and statistical operational analysis. His commitment to eye banking leadership is underscored by his co-vice chairing of the Eye Bank Association of America Accreditation Board and his clinical presentations at international conferences. With over 20 years of experience in tissue banking, Kyle has intimate knowledge of all aspects of the field and has developed deep partnerships in the organ, tissue and eye banking global communities. Kyle holds certifications in eye banking (CEBT) and is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Eye Banking Association of America, and International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories.
Dr. Gregory Grossman
Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Gregory Grossman has over 18 years of clinical and research experience and serves as the Chief Scientific Officer of Advancing Sight providing administrative leadership and scientific oversight for the Precision Ocular Biobank. He received his biomedical PhD with honors in neuroscience from Kent State University and completed a fellowship in retinal disorders at the Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute. He has authored numerous articles, book chapters and has been a sponsored presenter at symposiums throughout the world. Gregory has a broad range of experience in ophthalmology, having expertise in both anterior and posterior ocular diseases. He also has experience in eye banking, having managed clinical operations of the Cleveland Eye Bank, and serving as the Director of Research for a large eye banking system. Gregory holds certifications in eye banking (CEBT) and conducting clinical trials (CCRP), and is board certified in Medical Affairs (BCMAS). He is a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Eye Banking Association of America, International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories, the Society of Clinical Research Associates and serves on the Scientific Programs Committee of the Eye Banking Association of America and Fight For Sight Scientific Review Committee.