Jason Woody has served as the President and CEO of the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research (LEITR) since 1996 and has been with the organization since 1990. He recently signed a five year contract with LEITR, bringing him to year 31 with LEITR.
Jason began working at LEITR 26 years ago as an eye bank technician recovering tissue. He was quickly promoted to technical director. Three years later Jason was promoted to President and CEO, overseeing all operations of the Institute. Jason works closely with his staff and with the active Board of Directors at Lions Eye.
Under Jason’s leadership, the eye bank has grown from 10 employees to over 65 and from serving a few Florida counties to 61 out of 67. It is Jason’s mission to provide sight-saving tissue to anyone in need and during his tenure at LEITR has provided the “gift of sight” to over 75,000 individuals globally.
Jason’s long history with the institute shows his dedication, while remaining relevant in modern times and open to innovation. He is likable and leads with determination. He is a highly regarded leader and his passion for the community can be seen by his commitment to the various organizations he assists and is a member of, such as the Greater Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Corporation, Donate Life America, LifeLink, VisionShare, Leadership Tampa, the Hillsborough County School District, his Lions Club Chapter and other Lions Clubs, The Rough Riders, local Tampa and Ybor City neighbors and families. Additionally, Jason donates his time to mentor students at the University of South Florida and University of Tampa on career challenges and building collaborative relationships in the community.
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