Board of Trustees - Salus University

OFFICERS

Rebecca Delia, MS, Chair, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Ms. Delia joined our Board in 2018 and currently serves as Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee and the Audit & Compliance Committee.  

Ms. Delia is currently Senior Vice President of Financial S&Lutions LLC, a financial advisory firm to college and universities. Ms. Delia is a member of the advisory council for the Women’s Leadership Network of the United Way of the Capital Region and a Founding Board Member of Ladies First, a professional association of women engaged in the public finance industry.  

Ms. Delia is a graduate of the American Graduate School of International Management with a MIM and Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in German International Trade.  
Daniel A. Abramowicz, PhD, Vice Chair, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dr. Abramowicz joined our Board of Trustees in 2000 and currently serves as our Vice Chair, Chair of the Committee on Trustees and a member of the Executive Committee and the Audit & Compliance Committee.

Dr. Abramowicz is currently Executive Vice President – Corporate Technology and Regulatory Affairs of Crown Holdings, a leading packaging supplier. He also serves as Chairperson of the Executive Corporate Committee of The Franklin Institute, Director of the Industrial Research Institute and Chairperson of The President’s Advisory Board of Conwell-Egan Catholic High School. 

Dr. Abramowicz is a graduate of Princeton University with a PhD and MS in Biophysical Chemistry and of St. Francis College with a dual BS/BA in Chemistry and Mathematics and Computer Science. 
Craig Cassey, OD ’86, Secretary, Media, Pennsylvania
Dr. Cassey joined our Board of Trustees in 2007 and currently serves as Chair of the Institutional Policy & Curriculum Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.

Dr. Cassey currently maintains a private optometry practice. 

Dr. Cassey is a graduate of Salus University, Pennsylvania College of Optometry with an OD and Bucknell University with a BS in Biology with a minor in Sociology.
Terri Albertson, BS, Treasurer, Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Ms. Albertson joined our Board of Trustees in 2018 and currently serves as Chair of the Audit & Compliance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.  

Ms. Albertson is currently Assistant Vice President of Finance and Controller of Haverford College.  

Ms. Albertson is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College with a BA in Economics and Business Administration with a major in Accounting.
Lisa Lonie, MS, Assistant Secretary, Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, Non-Voting Ex-Officio
Ms. Lonie is currently the executive assistant to president Dr. Michael Mittelman.

MEMBERS

Derrick Artis, OD ’89, MBA, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Dr. Artis joined our Board of Trustees in 2013 and currently serves on the Committee on Trustees and the Institutional Policy & Curriculum Committee.

Dr. Artis is currently an independent healthcare industry management consultant. He previously served as Executive Vice President of Operations at Vision Source, Director of Professional Affairs for Johnson and Johnson’s Vistakon contact lens division and as a practicing optometrist. He is active in the Grace Church of Humble, Texas and supports several international medical care organizations, including leading a medical eye care team providing eye care throughout Kenya in 2012.

Dr. Artis is a graduate of Salus University, Pennsylvania College of Optometry with an OD and was recognized as our Alumnus of the Year in 2006. He is also a graduate of the University of Miami with an MBA and MHA and the Virginia Commonwealth University with a BS in Biology.    
Thomas E. Beeman, PhD, Margate, New Jersey
Admiral Beeman joined our Board of Trustees in 2017 and currently serves as a member of the Institutional Policy & Curriculum Committee. 

Admiral Beeman is currently executive in residence at Penn Medicine and Saint Joseph University. Following a distinguished military career, he served as Chief Operating Officer, Regional Operations for Penn Medicine and President & Chief Executive Officer of Lancaster General Health. In addition, he served as cochair of the COVER commission appointed by the president to improve mental health care in the Veterans Administration. 

Admiral Beeman is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a PhD in Organizational Leadership and Policy, Weidner University with an MBA in Healthcare Administration and St. Joseph’s University with a MA in Public Health Education and Promotion and a BS in Community Health and Preventative medicine. 
Christopher Dezzi, MBA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mr. Dezzi joined our Board of Trustees in 2009 and currently serves as a member of the Finance Committee.   

Mr. Dezzi is currently President of the Dezzi Group, Ltd, a full service political and business consulting firm. Mr. Dezzi is Chairman Emeritus of the Gladney Center for Adoption, a member of the Talent and Workforce Committee of Holy Redeemer Health System and a member of the Executive Committee for Elementary Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  

Mr. Dezzi is a graduate of Temple University with an MBA and LaSalle University with a BA in English & Political Science.  
Reade Fahs, MBA, Atlanta, Georgia
Mr. Fahs joined our Board of Trustees in 2017 and currently serves as a member of the Institutional Advancement Committee and the Institutional Policy & Curriculum Committee.

Mr. Fahs is currently Chief Executive Officer of National Vision, Inc., one of the largest optical retailers in the country, and Chairman of the Board of VisionSpring, a non-profit provider of affordable eyeglasses, vision screening and training around the world.  

Mr. Fahs is a graduate of Harvard College with an AB in English and American Literature.
Carolyn Forcina, BS, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania
Ms. Forcina joined our Board of Trustees in 2020 and currently serves as chair of the Health Services Committee.  

Ms. Forcina was with the American Hospital Association for 24 years serving as Regional Executive responsible for member relations in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. More recently she was Vice President of Government Relations & Education for Pandion Optimization Alliance, an organization representing hospitals and health systems in the greater Rochester, New York, region. Currently she is a consultant and freelance writer specializing in health policy and health system transformation.

Ms. Forcina graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a BA in Public Policy.
Keith D. Ignotz, MBA, Charlottesville, Virginia
Mr. Ignotz joined our Board of Trustees in 1991 and currently serves as Chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee.

Mr. Ignotz is currently President & Chief Executive Officer and a Director of OcuMedic, Inc., an ophthalmic drug delivery company. Mr. Ignotz previously served in Chief Executive and Director roles with several ophthalmic device and biopharmaceutical companies.  

Mr. Ignotz is a graduate of Pepperdine University with an MBA and San Jose State University with a BA in Business.
Kathleen Kinslow, CRNA, EdD, MBA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Dr. Kinslow joined our Board of Trustees in January 2021 and currently serves as a member of the Institutional Policy and Curriculum Committee.  

Dr. Kinslow is East Coast president of Prospect Medical Holdings.

Dr. Kinslow is a graduate of Temple University with a master’s degree in Nursing, of Widener University with a doctorate in Education, and of St. Joseph’s University with a master’s degree in Business Administration. 
Joyce Koh, JD, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Ms. Koh joined our Board of Trustees in 2020 and currently serves as a member of the Committee on Trustees and the Finance Committee. 

Ms. Koh is Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel at Capmark Finance, Inc., a diversified financial services company.

Ms. Koh is a graduate of The Beasley School of Law at Temple University with a JD and of the University of Pennsylvania with a dual BA in English and Economics.   
Dana Mattingly, MHA, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Ms. Dana Mattingly, BS, RN joined our Board in 2022, and currently serves as a member on the Health Services Committee and Audit & Compliance Committee. 
 
Ms. Mattingly is the Corporate Senior Director for Compliance – Revenue Integrity, Medicare and Commercial Risk Adjustment for Aetna. 
 
Ms. Mattingly is a graduate of Rosemont College (BS), Harrisburg Community College (RN)  and Penn State (MHA).
Sarah Mitchell, JD, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
Ms. Mitchell joined our Board of Trustees in January 2018 and is a member of the Health Services Committee and the Finance Committee.  

Ms. Mitchell is the former Chief Executive Officer of New Jersey Protection and Advocacy, Inc., a non-profit agency providing legal services to people with disabilities. During a distinguished legal, healthcare and social work career, Ms. Mitchell was appointed by President Clinton as the first Chair of the TWWIIA Advisory Panel to the Social Security Administration regarding the federal work incentives program. Ms. Mitchell also has served as an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University, Assistant Dean at Rutgers University School of Law and President of the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems.

Ms. Mitchell is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School with a JD, the University of Michigan with a MS in Social Work and the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Nursing. 
Michael H. Mittelman, OD ’80, MPH, MBA, FAAO, FACHE, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, Ex-Officio
Dr. Mittelman is the sixth President of Salus University

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Jamie A.E. Neiman, OD '01, Resident '02, Levittown, Pennsylvania, Faculty Representative
Dr. Neiman is our current faculty representative to the Board of Trustees and an Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Dr. Neiman is PCO’s Coordinator for the Scholars Clinical Skills Courses and for the Traditional Clinical Skills 1 and Advanced Clinical Skills Course. She is also a Lecturer and Laboratory Instructor in all the Clinical Skills Courses. Dr. Neiman is also Coordinator of the Patient Care 3 Course for both the Scholars and Traditional Students.

Dr. Neiman is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry with an OD and Primary Care Residency and of the University of Delaware with a BA in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.  
Danita Nias, MS, Boca Raton, Florida
Ms. Danita Nias joined the Board in 2022, and currently serves as a member on the Institutional Advancement Committee. 
 
She is the Vice President of Institutional Advancement and CEO of the Florida Atlantic University Foundation. She is a graduate of Syracuse University (MS) and the University of Maryland (BS).
Michele Palos-Samsi, PA-C, Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
Ms. Samsi joined our Board of Trustees in January 2018 and a member of the Health Services Committee.  

Ms. Samsi is a practicing Physician Assistant at Miriam Medical Clinic. Previously she co-founded a family practice medical clinic in Philadelphia that served uninsured patients for over 15 years.  

Ms. Samsi is a graduate of Drexel University/Hahnemann University with a PA-C.  
Chase Sereno, BS, Student Representative
Chase Sereno is our current student representative to the Board of Trustees. He is a member of our Doctor of Audiology Class of 2024 and serves on our Student Council.
 
Mr. Sereno is a graduate of Utah State with a BS in Communications Disorders and Deaf Education, as well as the State University of NY at Fredonia with a BS in Communications.
Jo Surpin, MA, Immediate Past Chair, Collingswood, New Jersey
Ms. Surpin joined our Board of Trustees in 1995 and previously served as its Chair from 2007 to 2021.
  
Ms. Surpin is President of Applied Medical Software, which implements of gainsharing programs that align physician and hospital incentives, and President of Strategic Health Alliance of Collingswood, New Jersey, a healthcare management and consulting organization. She is a recipient of the Salus University Presidential Medal of Honor and the American College of Health Care Executives Regent Award for Innovation.

Ms. Surpin is a graduate of Temple University with an MA and BA in Economics.
Shannon Tornoe, BS, Wayne, Pennsylvania
Ms. Tornoe joined our Board of Trustees in January 2021 and currently serves as a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee.  

Ms. Tornoe is the president and CEO of Coast to Coast Insurance Brokers/CCIB.

Ms. Tornoe is a graduate of California State University with a BS in Finance. 
Emily Turner, CFA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ms. Turner joined our Board of Trustees in January 2021 and currently serves as a member of the Finance and Investment Committee.

Ms. Turner is an investment advisor at Goldman, Sachs & Co. specializing in wealth management.

Ms. Turner is a graduate of The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Economics and a concentration in Finance. 

EMERITI

Mark Boas, MS, OD ’86, Exton, Pennsylvania
I. William Collins, OD '47, University Park, Florida
Barry J. Farkas, OD '71, New York, New York
Donald M. Gleklen, JD, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Carl Polsky, JD, Roslyn, Pennsylvania
Jane Scaccetti, MS, CPA, MST, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Harold Wiener, OD ’50, North Arlington, New Jersey