This year, the Alumni Association Awards will be awarded in one ceremony as part of the University's Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) Centennial Gala
Each year, the University’s Alumni Association
recognizes the professional contributions and achievements of graduates and friends of the institution. Awardees are nominated by alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of Salus.
Each alumni award is presented to an alumnus of Salus University and its Colleges who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary service and contributions to their respective professions, bringing honor and prestige to Salus University.
The Public Service Award is presented to a person (or organization) usually of national standing, who or which has made a recent significant contribution to Salus University or to their profession.
“We love hearing about all of our alumni accomplishments, and we’re here to celebrate that,” said Kate Braemer, coordinator, Alumni Relations and Special Events. “And, this year we get to include them in our founding College’s centennial celebration.”
The awardees will receive their awards during the Centennial Awards Ceremony the evening of Friday, April 26 at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia. The night will also celebrate the 35 new Presidential Medal of Honor recipients
The awardees are:
George Lindley, AuD ‘03
Audiology Alumnus of the Year
Dr. Lindley is being awarded in recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to healthcare and to strengthening the audiology profession. He has served the Emmaus, Pa., community through his private practice, East Penn Hearing Center, for eight years. He also has demonstrated the utmost commitment for the care of the pediatric population as an audiologist at St. Luke’s Hospital and Healthcare Network. Dr. Lindley is also the assistant dean for the Foundations and Assessment of Audiologic Medicine and an assistant professor for the Osborne College of Audiology (OCA). He was nominated by Rita Chaiken, BS, MS, AuD
, adjunct professor in OCA.
Kelly A. Malloy, OD ‘96, Resident ‘97, FAAO
Albert Fitch Memorial Alumnus of the Year
It is because Dr. Malloy has served The Eye Institute (TEI) of Salus University
and PCO through her commitment to the diagnosis and management of neuro-ophthalmic disease that she is being awarded the Albert Fitch Memorial Alumnus of the Year. She also has provided diligent leadership to professional optometry serving as a Fellow and a Diplomate in Neuro-Ophthalmic Disease of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO). She has lectured extensively and has been widely published. Dr. Malloy has also received numerous awards as a PCO student and is a past recipient of the PCO Professor of the Year Award. She was nominated by Melissa Trego, OD, PhD
, dean of PCO.
Daniel Millward, MMS ‘09, PA-C
Physician Assistant Alumnus of the Year
Millward is being awarded the Physician Assistant Alumnus of the Year because not only is he currently serving as an assistant professor and director of Admissions for a developing Physician Assistant program at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colo.; but also because since graduating from Salus, he has practiced in the area of family medicine and providing healthcare on the Navajo Reservation in Utah. Millward received his Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University before matriculating into Salus University's inaugural Physician Assistant Class in 2009. He was nominated by Donna Agnew, MSPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
, interim dean of the College of Health Sciences.
Christine M. Geiger, MEd ‘98
Blindness and Low Vision Studies Alumna of the Year
Geiger is being recognized for her outstanding service and dedication to heatlhcare and to the strengthening of the profession as she has been a teacher at Saint Lucy Day School, in Philadelphia, for 25 years, teaching children from birth through second grade with low vision and blindness. She dedicated her career to assisting infants and children with visual impairments reach their full potential through specialized instruction in activities of daily living, technology, recreation and literacy skills. She has also educated student teachers both at Kutztown University and in Salus University's College of Education and Rehabilitation
, developing their skills as teachers of children with visual impairments. Geiger was nominated by last year's winner, Sister Lisa Lettiere, IHM, MEd, TVI, COMS
who said that Geiger is "very generous with her time."
Eynon-Archbald Lions Club
Public Service Award
The Eynon-Archbald Lions Club is being recognized for their fundraiser to provide eyeglasses and hearing aids for the needy; their fall festival to promote children’s literacy; delivery of more than 300 Thanksgiving meals to the needy; providing hearing and vision screenings; and assistance in making a town’s park handicap accessible. The club is also known for its loaner service for medical equipment, donation of items of need to towns police and fire services, assistance to military veterans and other services that they annually provide. It is the second largest lions club in Pennsylvania, with just over 100 members. The club was nominated by Ken Savitski, OD '87.