Faculty and Staff News

Faculty Members Honored at Faculty Social

On Friday, February 20th, faculty were recognized for their service to the University and their scholarly achievements for 2014. The social was held in the Bennett Lounge in the Hafter Community Center.

The following faculty were presented with certificates in honor of their promotions to full professor: Audrey J. Smith, PhD; Elise B. Ciner, OD; Connie Chronister, OD; and Charles M. Wormington, PhD,OD, FAAO (pictured below from left to right with President Michael H. Mittelman, OD, MPH.


Dr. Maria Parisi and Dr. Brooke Smith;
Dr. Audrey Smith and Bob Serianni.

Interim Director Appointed

Dr. Janice Scharre, Salus University provost and vice president of Academic Affairs has announced the appointment of Ms. Joy Henderson, MMS, PA-C, as interim director of the Physician Assistant program, effective February 13. Prior to joining the Physician Assistant faculty at Salus in 2013, Ms. Henderson specialized in primary care, geriatric and family practice medicine.

Ms. Henderson succeeds Richard C. Vause, MPAS, PA-C, DHSc, program director since 2009, who returns full-time to the classroom and will teach across the University’s four colleges. A national search for a program director is expected to begin the week of February 16.


Salus Honors Service Awardees

In December, the University’s annual holiday party for faculty and staff took place in the Hafter Student Community Center. Amidst the holiday decorations and following tradition, President Mittelman and members of President’s Council donned aprons and served trays of hors d’oeuvres to the guests, who enjoyed the hors d’oeuvres almost as much as the opportunity to visit with co-workers in a relaxed, social setting.

This year, Dr. Mittelman presented the University’s service awards to 36 employees whose combined years of service to PCO/Salus totaled 695 years. The most senior faculty member of the University, Harry Kaplan, was celebrated for his 50 years of service to PCO/Salus. The University staff member with the most seniority, Ms. Jeanne Zearfoss, was honored for 40 years of service, as were faculty members Bernie Blaustein, Anthony F. Di Stefano and Joel Silbert.. Additional  honorees were: Sue Oleszewski for 35 years; Alex Anderson, Elise B. Ciner and Charles Wormington for 30 years; Renee H. Campbell, Andrew S. Gurwood, Helene M. Kaiser and Janice M. Mignogna, for 25 years; Abraham Gonen, Lynn D. Greenspan, Fabiana Perla,  Jacquelyn C. Reading, Winifred A. Sontag and James J. Wood for 20 years; Marlene D. Hill, Tracey M. Robbins, Edward S. Sloskey II and Chawn A. Thomas for 15 years; Jill J. Leslie, Carolyn C. Mason and Sharon R. Williams for 10 years; and Alexis R. Abate,  Victor H. Bray, Jr., Linda Casser, John J. Fitzgerald III, Anagloria C. Potts, Brooke C. Smith, Lachelle E. Smith, Richard C. Vause, Jr., Lisa Walker and Alison C. Wilk for five years.

The awards ceremony was followed by a buffet lunch provided by Williamson’s Culinart.  

Maura Keenan Appointed VP

Salus president, Dr. Michael H. Mittelman, announced the promotion of Ms. Maura Keenan, MBA, from director of Human Resources to vice president of Human Resources and Administrative Services.The newly created position will combine the key support functions of general Administration, Human Resources, Facilities and Security within a single office. 

Dr. Mittelman noted Ms. Keenan's extensive background of more than 20 years in human resources and administration in both not-for-profit and for-profit environments, saying "I'm excited Maura has agreed to take on these additional responsibilities that will allow us to become more aligned and agile as a University community."

Ms. Keenan's experience includes strategic management in operations and finance as well as human resources. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey and a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus in Human Resources Management from California State University.  

We Salute

The University community warmly welcomes its newest members:

  • Marietta Dooley, MLS, Director, Gerard Cottet Library
  • Samuel Mathias, Classroom Technology Manager, Elkins Park
  • Caitlin Dwyer Vitoria, MA, Assessment Data Manager, TLS
  • Enrique Pfeiffer, MD, Assistant Professor, Optometry

The University community offers sincere congratulations to the following members: 

  • Linda Casser, OD, professor, who gave the keynote address at the NAVAO (National Association of Veterans Administration Optometrists) annual meeting in Denver in November.
  • Katherine Maciejewski '18OD, who was welcomed as a recent member of the Virginia Optometric Association (VOA).
  • Jenny Myung, OD, who has been accepted as a "Young Investigator" for a February event co-sponsored by ARVO (Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology), where she will be one of only six investigators to meet with legislators and the ARVO Board of Directors in Washington, DC. 
  • Richard Vause, DHSc, director, Physician Assistant program, who presented at the ribbon cutting and open house of the Global Institute for Simulation Training in Exton, PA in November.