Dr. Susan Oleszewski has demonstrated a career-long dedication to the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) and Salus University, serving with distinction in multiple leadership roles. In her 40 years at the institution she has served in the following roles: The Eye Institute (TEI) resident, clinical instructor, chief for Primary Care Module 5, director of Clinical Services at TEI, associate dean for Clinical Sciences at PCO, vice president and executive director for Patient Care Services, chief of staff and compliance officer, and most recently vice president for Institutional Advancement and Community Relations. A champion for children’s vision care, Dr. Oleszewski founded the University’s Looking Out for Kids (LOFK) initiative which has raised well over $600,000 since its inception in 2007. The LOFK funds are used to provide vision care and eyeglasses to economically disadvantaged children in Philadelphia and its surrounding communities. Dr. Oleszewski has spearheaded numerous initiatives to honor the legacy of individuals who have helped shape the institution. In 1990, she organized the first Excellence in Education Conference to support TEI residents. Eventually the Excellence in Education Conference was renamed the Dr. Joseph Toland Excellence in Education Conference. As an appropriate way to honor Dr. Joseph Toland’s contributions, in 2014 she spearheaded a campaign to aptly name TEI’s classroom - the “Toland Classroom”. Two years later, with the passing of Dr. Toland, she passionately fundraised to endow the Joseph C. Toland Scholarship. Most recently, to honor the 50-year teaching legacy of Dr. Lorraine Lombardi, she is currently fundraising to name the largest classroom on the Elkins Park Campus, the “Lombardi Classroom”.
Dr. Oleszewski has been an exceptional role model for many female colleagues, having entered optometry more than 40 years ago when optometry was a male dominated profession. Having executed all of her roles and initiatives at this institution with dedication, passion and distinction, the Salus University Alumni Association proudly awards Dr. Oleszewski with the Special Recognition Award.