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Salus University Annual Reunion Celebration
May 2, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Program
Welcome
Michael H. Mittelman, OD ’80, MPH, FAAO, FACHE
President, Salus University
Presentation of Salus University
Alumni Association Awards
Kenneth W. Savitski, OD ’87
Special Recognition Award
Judith A. Creuz, AuD ’06
Instructor, Penn State University,
and champion for the Osborne College of Audiology
Audiology Alumnus of the Year Award
Tomi Thibodeaux Browne, AuD ’04
Humanitarian, activist, founder of HEARt of the Village, Inc.
Albert Fitch Memorial Alumnus of the Year Award
Gregory A. Caldwell, OD ’95, FAAO
AOA Board of Trustees Member
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President’s Message
Dear Friends and Fellow Alumni,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Alumni
Weekend 2015. If you were able to take part in
the daytime activities I hope your visit brought
back many happy thoughts of your time with
us. Whether you studied at our campus in Elkins
Park, visited previously, or visited the campus for
the first time today, I am confident you will leave
this weekend with wonderful memories of good
times spent with old and new friends.
This year’s theme pays tribute to collaboration. With
interdisciplinary education becoming an increasingly ubiquitous,
valued, and visible component of health professional/
provider education and training, Salus is proud to be uniquely
positioned to implement and evaluate models that will innovate
interdisciplinary education. Our students and faculty have
embraced the interdisciplinary educational experiences afforded
to them through their education at Salus. As a member of
the Salus community, I hope you will embrace being part of
our interdisciplinary network in a way that benefits you as a
practitioner and the health and wellbeing of those you serve.
Congratulations to this year’s Alumni Association awardees – we
applaud you for all you do and have done for Salus University,
your professions, and the promotion of health and wellness.
I’d also like to extend a special welcome to the reunion class
members who are here celebrating milestone anniversaries of
their graduation. Thank you all for joining us this weekend. Have
a wonderful time and please stay connected.
Sincerely,
Michael H. Mittelman, OD ’80, MPH, FAAO, FACHE
President
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Albert Fitch Memorial Alumnus of the Year Award
Gregory A. Caldwell, OD ’95, FAAO
AOA Board of Trustees Member
Dr. Caldwell is a private practice optometrist
who is committed to mentoring aspiring young
professionals and advocating for the profession.
An active Salus University Pennsylvania College of
Optometry preceptor since 1999 who has hosted
more than 30 students, he receives high ratings
from his externs in all areas of clinical teaching.
He also contributes his talents through leadership roles on both
the state and national levels – including his service as trustee
and past president of the POA, third party liaison for the AOA,
POPAC chair, legislative committee and continuing education
committee, and currently as trustee of the national AOA board.
His leadership and advocacy efforts are credited with ensuring
optometry’s access to patients, and defeating ophthalmology’s
“Definition of Ophthalmic Surgery” legislation. This award is
proudly bestowed upon Dr. Caldwell in recognition of his valued
contributions to the profession and to the students of the
University’s Pennsylvania College of Optometry.
“As a student at PCO I was taught by faculty members who were
recognized as the leaders in optometric education. I witnessed
how they and key administrators advocated at the highest levels
for our great profession. Their efforts positioned optometry to
be the leader in primary eye care and to be recognized as an
integral and well-respected component of today’s healthcare
system. I am confident that this is what Albert Fitch envisioned
for optometry nearly a century ago.
The breadth and depth of today’s optometric practice cannot be
taken for granted. Thank you Albert Fitch – and the many leaders
who followed in his legacy to shape our profession. Thank you
PCO for infusing in me a part of Albert Fitch’s optometric DNA
and for exemplifying the importance of giving back ’for the love
of optometry!’ “
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Audiology Alumna of the Year Award
Tomi Thibodeaux Browne, AuD ’04
Humanitarian, activist,
founder of HEARt of the Village, Inc.
Dr. Browne is a mentor, activist and humanitarian.
She was recruited by George S. Osborne to
complete her AuD degree and teach in the
online program. Her engagement in the then
Pennsylvania College of Optometry School of
Audiology grew to include support of recruitment
efforts which long-term have helped to further the study of
audiology and establish the Salus University Osborne College
of Audiology. She has been a mentor to our students and
alumni. Founder of HEARt of the Village, Inc. she has taken
multiple groups of audiology students to Kenya, East Africa
including two from Salus. For many years she served as the
Alumni Association’s only audiology representative. Dr. Browne
recruited new members and, thanks to her vision and leadership,
established the award that is now bestowed upon her. Retired
from private practice, she remains a strong advocate for
audiology, the Osborne College of Audiology in particular, and
continues to travel to East Africa with HEARt of the Village.
In recognition of her contributions to the profession and the
College, the Alumni Association is honored to present
Dr. Browne with this award.
“I was recruited by Dr. Osborne to join the Alumni Association
as the first audiology Board member. What a joy it is to have
been involved from the beginning. I’ve watched the program
grow from a twinkle in George Osborne’s eye to his dream of
a thriving, independent College of Audiology that educates the
best and brightest. Thank you so much for the honor.”
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Special Recognition Award
Judith A. Creuz, AuD ’06
Instructor, Penn State University,
and champion for the
Osborne College of Audiology
Dr. Creuz, clinical coordinator and
Communication Sciences and Disorders
instructor at The Pennsylvania State University,
has had a profound impact on the lives of many
of our students who chose to pursue audiology
at Salus University thanks to her mentorship. Included with
her nomination were supporting statements from ten current
audiology students. Each spoke of her talent as a professor, her
advocacy of audiology, and her ability to inspire, encourage and
mentor. She started Penn State’s Audiology Club in an effort to
garner more interest in the profession, support students as they
consider grad school, and assist in the application process. For
those who made the decision to pursue audiology, Dr. Creuz
championed the Osborne College of Audiology program as the
best program in the profession. It is in recognition of Dr. Creuz’s
advocacy of audiology and the Osborne College of Audiology,
and her extraordinary talent as an educator and mentor that the
Alumni Association proudly presents this award to Dr. Creuz.
“I was privileged to meet George Osborne at professional
conferences, and to be infected with his contagious enthusiasm
for the profession of Audiology. One of the highlights of my
life was getting the call from Dr. Osborne telling me that I had
passed the comprehensive final exam for the AuD program.
At that time I never expected to become a teacher and mentor
for students considering Audiology as a career. I am forever
grateful for the opportunities afforded me through the AuD
program at Salus and am so proud of the students who have
decided to follow in my footsteps by pursuing their AuD degree
at the George S. Osborne College of Audiology. The spirit of
Dr. Osborne lives in all of us!”
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Past Alumni Association Award Recipients
1960 Leon J. Kolankiewcz, OD ’26
1961 Irving Bennett, OD ’44
1962 Alden N. Haffner, OD ’52
1963 John D. Perry, OD ’28
1964 Lawrence Fitch, OD ’36
1965 Andrew F. Fischer, OD ’37
1966 J. Donald Kratz, OD ’37
1967 Paul L. Connolly, OD ’45
1968 Harold Simmerman, OD ’30
1969 Martin R. Snook, OD ’36
1970 Melvin Wolfberg, OD ’51
1971 John C. Neill, OD ’22
1972 Emanuel C. Nurock, OD ’27
1973 Bernard Kushner, OD ’40
1974 Spencer I. Richmond, OD ’55
Joseph C. Toland, OD, MD ’54
1975 Donald H. Evans, OD ’43
1976 Harry Kaplan, OD ’49
Arnold Mazer, OD ’40
1977 Morey X. Powell, OD ’36
1978 Ron G. Fair, OD ’54
1979 Alvin Levin, OD ’51
1980 Robert J. Morrison, OD ’48
1981 Milton J. Eger, OD ’40
1982 Gilda C. ’43, George H. ’49, and
John J. ’48S Crozier, ODs
1983 Martin Hafter, OD ’49
1984 Elmer S. Friedberg, OD ’38
1985 Richard N. Gross, OD ’56
1986 John Costabile, OD ’46
1987 Harvey P. Hanlen, OD ’74
1988 Robert C. Phillips, OD ’38
1989 Robert J. Johnson, Sr., OD ’43
1990 Freda Sattel, OD ’43S
1991 Lawrence A. Ragone, OD ’53
1992 Markus I. Barth, OD ’74
1992 Richard J. Shuster, OD ’72
1992 Larry C. Wallis, OD ’74
1993 Barry J. Farkas, OD ’71
1994 Louis J. Catania, OD ’69
1995 75 Presidential Medals
1996 Barry Schneider, OD ’68S
1997 A. Michael (Gus) Iatesta, OD ’52
1998 Frank W. DiChiara, OD ’53
1999 Robert M. Cole, OD ’74
2000 Leonard M. Steiner, OD ’78
2001 Neil W. Draisin, OD ’71
2002 Beverly B. Miller, OD ’75
2003 Leonard J. Press, OD ’77
2004 Harold Wiener, OD ’50
2005 Paul B. Freeman, OD ’74
2006 Derrick L. Artis, OD ’89
2007 Michael H. Mittelman, OD ’80, MPH
2008 Dennis H. Lyons, OD ’73
2009 Michele R. Haranin, OD ’89
2010 Jeffrey L. Weaver, OD ’85
2011 Joseph P. Shovlin, OD ’80
2012 John S. Biernacki, OD ’52
2013 Robert P. Bittel, Jr., OD ’83
2014 Glenn S. Corbin, OD ‘82
Audiology Alumnus of the Year Award
This award is presented to an alumnus of the Salus University George S. Osborne College
of Audiology (OCA) or the PCO School of Audiology who has distinguished himself/herself
through extraordinary service and contributions to the profession of Audiology, bringing
honor and prestige to Salus University and OCA.
2012 Gail Gudmundsen, AuD ’02
2013 Robert M. DiSogra, AuD ’03
2014 Rita R. Chaiken, AuD ‘03
Albert Fitch Memorial Alumnus of the Year Award
This award is presented to an alumnus of the Salus University Pennsylvania College of
Optometry who has distinguished himself/herself through extraordinary service and
contributions to the profession of optometry, bringing honor and prestige to the College.
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1962 Hon. Martin Silver
1963 Dr. Jacob Nevyas
1964 Hon. Nochem S. Winnet
1965 Alden N. Haffner, OD ’52
1966 Harold Kohn, Esq.
1967 William P. McCracken, Jr., Esq.
1968 J. Harold Bailey
1969 Maurice E. Cox
1970 Martin Topaz
1972 Hon. Louis Sherman
1974 Hon. Samuel M. Lehrer
1975 Richard W. Averill, Esq.
1976 Dr. Merrill DeLong
1977 Mrs. Doris Wagner
1978 Optometrists of North
Carolina and West Virginia
1979 Hugh S. Daniel, Jr., OD
1980 Dr. Frederick Tanger
1981 Dr. Wilhelm P. Sohnges
1982 Mr. Thomas P. Lynch
1983 Mr. Kenneth B. Lee
1984 Mr. Edward K. Hueber
1985 Mr. James A. Ream
1986 Hon. Ivan Itkin
Hon. Dwight Evans
1989 Hon. Thomas K. Gilhool
1994 Dr. Charles F. Mullen
1999 Donald M. Gleken, JD
2008 Yigal Gutman, BA, MA
2009 Carl A. Polsky, Esq.
2012 Robert E. Horne, MS
2014 Felix M. Barker, II, OD, FAAO
2014 Pierrette Dayhaw-Barker, PhD
Distinguished Service Award
This award is presented to a non-alumnus who is closely identified with Salus University
and who has provided notable service to the University and their profession.
1966 Luci Baines Johnson
1967 Hon. Abraham A. Ribicoff
1968 LIONS International
1970 Hon. James A. Byrne
1972 Hon. Daniel J. Flood
1975 Dr. William W. Policoff
1976 Dr. Lester Kieft
1977 Mr. Richard A. Doran
1978 Mr. Richard G. Hill
1980 World Medical Relief
1981 The E. F. Wildermuth Foundation
1982 Dr. William Feinbloom
1983 American Foundation for the Blind
1984 Better Vision Institute, Inc.
1985 University City Science Center
1986 Samuel S. Fels Fund
1988 Maurice C. Clifford, MD
1989 Hon. John J. Shumaker
1992 John M. Torok
2000 Hon. Allyson Y. Schwartz
2009 American Foundation for the Blind
2013 New Jersey Academy of Optometry
(NJAO)
2014 Marcia M. Shaull
Public Service Award
This award is presented to a person (or organization), preferably of national standing, which
has made a recent significant contribution to Salus University or to their profession.
1979 Lawrence Fitch, OD ’36
1981 Guy D. Wengert, OD ’28
1982 Presidents of Optometric Societies
1983 Edwin E. Czarnecki, OD ’58
PCO Preceptors
1984 William G. Walton, Jr., OD ’40
Alumni who are LIONS
1985 Onofrey G. Rybachok, DSc., HD
1988 George L. Brown, OD ’34
1989 Pennsylvania State Council
of Lions Clubs
1991 Michael Carcaise, OD ’55
1998 CIBA Vision Corporation
1999 The Seymour R. Marco Family
Foundation
2000 Essilor of America, Inc.
2003 Gilda C. Crozier, OD ’43S
Freda Sattel, OD ’43S
2006 Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
2012 Thomas L. Lewis, OD ’70, PhD
2013 Harry Kaplan, OD ’49
2014 Anthony F. Di Stefano, OD ‘73, MPH, MEd
Special Recognition Award
This award is presented as special recognition of an individual’s or organization’s
contribution to Salus University, their profession or their community.
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Salus University Alumni Association
The Alumni Association seeks to:
• strengthen relationships with current and future alumni
• coordinate and promote activities that provide opportunities for professional
growth and social interaction
• encourage a culture of pride, engagement, and philanthropy
To get involved call or email: 215.780.1391 or jlemisch@salus.edu.
Alumni Association Board of Trustees 2014-2015
Officers
President Kenneth Savitski, OD ’87
President Elect Dennis H. Lyons, OD ’73, FAAO
Vice President David W. Friess, OD ’02, FAAO
Secretary Amanda Marchegiani, AuD ’10
Treasurer Merle Silverbook ’08
Directors
Caitlin Clompus Anderson, MMS ’12, PA-C
Kinshasa A. Coghill, MS ’02
Marianne Denning, ’09
Robert S. Duszak, OD ’02, FAAO
John A. Dziadul, Jr., OD ’86, FAAO
Victoria L. Dzurinko, OD ’02, FAAO
Jennifer L. Edgar, MS ’02
Anthony A. Fiorilli, OD ’76, FAAO
Scott Goldberg, OD ’76, FAAO
Shereen Hakki, OD ’95
Jason B. Hales, OD ’02, FAAO
Karen L. Heaney, OD ’09
La’Shandra Holmes-Russell, MS ’09
Harry Kaplan, OD ’49, FAAO
Michael D. Katz, OD ’83
Gary S. Litman, OD ’75
Theresa E. Mamah, AuD ’12
Ryan O. McKinnis, OD ’10, FAAO
Elizabeth S. McMunn, OD ’00
Kurt J. Moody, OD ’83, FAAO
Robert L. Owens, OD ’80, FAAO
Annette R. Peppard, AuD ’03
Althea L. E. Rhoden-Grey, AuD ’07
Robert A. Rosenberg, OD ’61, MA, FAAO
Mahsa Salehi, OD ’09, FAAO
Robert N. Spivack, OD ’85 (Past President)
Allan S. Tocker, OD ’83
Edward W. Zikoski, OD ’85, FAAO
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What Kind of bench?
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Sample Inscriptions:
IN MEMORY OF
JOHN ALUMNUS, OD ’52
DEDICATED BY
JANE SMITH, TRUSTEE
JOHN ALUMNUS, OD ’52
EVERY DAY IS A GIFT
Name
Address (Home or Business – circle one)
Phone (Home, Business, or Cell – circle one)
Method of payment:
Check payable to Salus University
MasterCard Visa
Credit Card # V-Code Exp.
Signature
Salus University
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Elkins Park, PA 19027
Phone 215.780.1391
Fax 215.780.1396
alumni@salus.edu
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Each dedication plaque holds twenty seven characters per line (including spaces and
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