Faculty and Staff News

New Security Position

Wayne Pancza, director of Safety and Security announced the promotion of Gary Hughes to the new position of Lead Security Officer (LSO) earlier this month. As LSO, Mr. Hughes is responsible for providing orientation and training as needed for all  existing and new Salus University security officers. He also will be responsible for the scheduling of the Department of Safety and Security’s workforce. LSO Hughes will work directly with the director of Safety and Security to help develop safety and security guidelines along with policies and procedures for Salus University Safety & Security department and the University.

Mr. Hughes’ background includes 30 years’ experience with the Philadelphia Police Department, where he was assigned to many different units, including patrol; narcotics; plain clothes undercover; investigative; civil affairs; ADA complaints; arbitration and grievance. 

The Salus University community warmly welcomes its newest members:

  • Marietta Dooley, Classroom Technology Manager, TLS
  • Dr. SallyAnn Geiss, Assistant Professor, SLP department, CER
  • Maya Fuller-Little, HR Specialist
  • Vadiris O’Neill, Billing Specialist, TEI
  • Claire Wyszynski, AA, registrar

The Salus University community offers sincere congratulations to the following members:

  • Amanda Lusaitis, who has moved from the Office of the Registrar to a new position as Student Affairs Administrative Coordinator.
  • Dr. Lauren Sponseller, assistant professor, OT department, who with husband, Kyle, welcomed son Luke Edward James Sponseller in April.
  • Dr. Satya Verma, who was interviewed by Dr. Kathy Freeman on the topic of eyecare for the geriatric patient for Practiceupdate.com. The two-part interview can be found on, Elsevier’s educational website (www.practiceupdate.com). 


  • Lynne Dellinger, director, TVI program, on the passing of her mother, Ruth Davis.
  • Dr. Maria Parisi, director, PCO externship program, on the passing of her father, Vito Parisi.


Dr. Jan E. Scharre, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, announced the appointment of Lori Grover, OD, PhD, as dean of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry last week.

Dr. Grover brings more than 23 years of experience to her new position that includes optometric education, private practice, clinical care of chronic vision impairment, curricular programming, interprofessional education and clinical research that intersects low vision and health services research.

Dr. Grover currently serves as director of the Center for Translational Health Science and is an associate professor in the Department of Health Solutions at Arizona State University.  As a member of the leadership teams for the president and the deans of the ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and the College of Health Solutions, Dr. Grover provides strategic, academic and operational direction as well as research and planning recommendations to advance the overall mission of the colleges and university. 

She is a graduate of Illinois College of Optometry and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she earned her PhD. Dr. Grover was one of the first faculty members at Johns Hopkins University to complete the leadership training program in the Office of Women in Science and Medicine.  Her academic experience includes faculty appointments in the Department of Ophthalmology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Southern California College of Optometry.

Dr. Grover possesses a record of extramural funding from the National Eye Institute, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and private foundations.  Throughout her career, she has served in a number of leadership appointments of professional societies and is a Diplomate of the Public Health and Environmental Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry.  


New NEI Grant Awarded; Dr. Scheiman is Study Chair

The National Eye Institute (NEI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded an $8 million, U10 grant to the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT) Investigator Group. Salus University Clinical Research associate dean, Dr. Mitchell Scheiman, is the Study Chair. There will be eight clinical sites for the study, including The Eye Institute of Salus University and Dr. Michael Galloway will head the TEI project.

Convergence insufficiency (CI) is a common binocular vision disorder, affecting 5-10% of school-age children. In addition to visual discomfort, children with CI and their parents report symptoms affecting reading performance, such as loss of place, loss of concentration, reading slowly, and trouble remembering what was read.
This study is a five-year, randomized clinical trial designed to determine whether the successful treatment of convergence insufficiency leads to improved attention and reading in children 9- to 14-years old.