Board of Trustees 2023

Officers

Rebecca Delia, MIM, Chair, Hershey, Pennsylvania

Rebecca Delia joined our Board in 2018 and currently serves as Chair of the Executive Committee.

Delia is currently Senior Vice President of FSL Public Finance, LLC, a firm which provides financial advisory, swap advisory and consulting services to municipal and non-profit clients, including college and universities. Delia was a Founding Board Member of Ladies First, a professional association of women engaged in the public finance industry.

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, Bensalem, 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 will be retiring from Crown in 2024. He also is the former Chairperson of the Executive Corporate Committee of The Franklin Institute and member of the Institute’s Board of Trustees; former Director and Chairperson of the Industrial Research Institute and current Vice-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 Physical Chemistry and of St. Francis College with a BS in Chemistry and a BA in 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 Academic 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.

Emily Turner, CFA, Treasurer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Emily Turner joined our Board of Trustees in January 2021 and currently serves as Chair of the Finance & Investment Committee and member of the Executive Committee and the Strategic Initiatives.

Turner is an investment advisor at Goldman, Sachs & Co. specializing in wealth management. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of CFA Society Philadelphia. Turner is a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Investment Committee for the Barra Foundation. Additionally, Turner is Co-Chair of 100 Women in Finance in Philadelphia.

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

Members

Terri Albertson, BA, Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Terri Albertson joined the Board as an elected member in January 2018. She has over 30 years of professional experience in providing value-added services, to governmental, not-for-profit clients including quasi-governmental agencies, colleges and universities, foundation, behavioral health, social service, cultural organizations, religious organizations, and hospitals. Albertson began her career in public accounting, where she was a partner with national firms specializing in serving small-to-mid-sized colleges and universities. Previously she was Associate Vice President for Finance at Haverford College and was Assistant CFO/Controller at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). She currently serves as Vice President for Finance and Administration at Ursinus College.

In addition, she had her own certified public accounting firm, providing performance and financial audit services to the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Auditor General, consulting projects to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Resolution Trust Corporation and litigation support services to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Albertson is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College with a BA in Economics and Business Administration with a major in Accounting.

Thomas E. Beeman, PhD, MBA, Haverford, Pennsylvania

Rear Admiral Thomas E Beeman, PhD, LHD, USN (ret) joined our board of trustees in 2017 and currently serves as a member of the Committee on Trustees.

Rear Admiral Beeman is a Professor of Practice at Saint Joseph University. Following a distinguished military career, he served as Chief Operating Officer of Regional Operations for Penn Medicine and President and CEO of Lancaster General Health. He currently serves as a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Military Enhancement Commission appointed by the Governor and served as co-chair 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 Leadership and Policy, Widener University with an MBA in Healthcare Administration, Saint Joseph University with an MA in Public Health Education and a BS in Community Health and Preventative Medicine. He is the co-author of three books and a number of academic articles.

Thomas E. Beeman, PhD, LHD (hon), LFACHE Professor of Practice Haub School of Business Saint Joseph University Rear Admiral (U), USN, (ret).

Christopher Dezzi, MBA, Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania

Christopher Dezzi joined our Board of Trustees in 2009 and currently serves as a member of the Finance & Investment Committee and the Institutional Advancement Committee.

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

Reade Fahs, MBA, Atlanta, Georgia

Reade Fahs joined our Board of Trustees in 2017 and currently serves as a member of the Institutional Advancement Committee and the Strategic Initiatives.

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.

Fahs is a graduate of Harvard College with an AB in English and American Literature.

Carolyn Forcina, BA, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania

Carolyn Forcina joined our Board of Trustees in 2020 and currently serves as Chair of the Health Services Committee and member of the Executive and the Strategic Initiatives committees.

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. She is currently a consultant and freelance writer specializing in health policy and health system transformation.

Caitlyn Foy, DOT, MOTR/L, Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, Faculty Representative

Dr. Caitlyn Foy serves as the Board of Trustees Faculty Representative. She has served in multiple roles for the Faculty Executive Council at Salus University for over nine years. Dr. Foy is the Director of the Post-professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate and Advanced Specialty Certificates Programs. She is an Associate Professor who teaches in the OTD and MSOT programs at Salus University. Dr. Foy enjoys working with the Student Occupational Therapy Association as their faculty advisor, and her clinical practice specialty areas include Inpatient Rehabilitation and Acute Care for adults and older adults.  

Kathleen Kinslow, CRNA, EdD, MBA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. Kinslow joined our Board in January 2021 and currently serves as a member of the Academic Policy and Curriculum Committee. She is the chair of institutional advancement. She is an independent consultant in healthcare.

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

Joyce Koh joined our Board of Trustees in 2020 and currently serves on the Committee on Trustees.

Koh is the Sole Director of her law firm, Joyce Koh, LLC, seasoned in corporate transactions since 2008, serving clients ranging from blue chip companies, major national and local community banks, quasi-governmental agencies and small privately held corporations.

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.   

Sean Lewis, BS, Student Representative to the Board

Sean Lewis was elected as student representative to the Board of Trustees for 2023. He is a member of our Doctor of Optometry Class of 2024 and serves on our Student Council.

Lewis is a graduate of Norfolk State University’s Dozoretz Scholars Program with a BS in Biology. Before coming to Salus, he taught Advanced Placement chemistry, biology, physics, and environmental science at the E.L. Haynes Public Charter School in Washington, DC with dual teaching certifications in both science and special education. He also served as department chair of the science department, and was Director of the school’s youth mentoring program.

While at Salus, he received the Pinnacle Student of the Year award from the student body, has been a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Golden Key International Honour Society, president of the Sexuality And Gender Alliance at Salus (SAGAS), and a TA for Optometry Clinical Skills.

Daniel Liberman, JD, MSc, Summit, New Jersey

Daniel Liberman joined the Board in 2023. Liberman is currently Chief Executive Officer of ABB Optical Group, a leading provider of optical products and services in the United States. He previously served as President of WS Audiology, the Chief Commercial Officer at Essilor of America, and Vice President and General Manager of National Retail for Samsung Mobile. 

He is a graduate of Stanford University (BS), University of Bath (MSc) and Michigan Law School (JD).

Dana Mattingly, MHA, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Dana Mattingly, BS, RN joined our Board in 2022, and currently serves as a member on the Health Services Committee and the chair of the Audit & Compliance Committee.  

Mattingly is the Executive Director,  Compliance – Revenue Integrity, Medicare, Medicaid and Commercial Risk Adjustment for Aetna, a CVS Health business.  

Mattingly is a graduate of Rosemont College (BS), Harrisburg Community College (RN)  and Penn State (MHA).

William McCune, MPH, Oreland, Pennsylvania

William McCune joined the Board in 2023. He recently retired from Lancaster General Health where he was Senior Vice President for Hospital Operations.  

He is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College and has a Masters of Public Health degree from Yale University. 

Sarah Mitchell, JD, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

Sarah Mitchell joined our Board of Trustees in January 2018 and currently serves as a member of the Health Services Committee and the Finance & Investment Committee.

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, 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. 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.

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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Michele Palos-Samsi, PA-C, Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania

Michele Samsi joined our Board of Trustees in January 2018 and currently serves as a member of the Academic Policy & Curriculum Committee and the Health Services Committee.

Samsi was 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.

Samsi is a graduate of Drexel University/Hahnemann University with a PA-C.

Shannon Tornoe, BS, Wayne, Pennsylvania

Shannon Tornoe joined our Board of Trustees in January 2021 and currently serves as a member of the Audit & Compliance Committee and the Academic Policy & Curriculum Committee.

Tornoe is the Vice President, HUB international, a global risk management and insurance brokerage firm.

Tornoe is a graduate of California State University with a BS 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
Jo Surpin, MA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Harold Wiener, OD ’50, North Arlington, New Jersey