The Eye and Ear Foundation Staff

Staff Members

Executive Director

Lawton Snyder

Executive Director


Mr. Snyder directs all development activities for the Eye & Ear Foundation, including corporate and foundation grants, special events and planned giving in support of the academic and research missions of the University of Pittsburgh Departments of Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center with the aim of enhancing the quality of patient care through advances gained through supported research.

Prior to joining the Eye & Ear Foundation in December 2009, Mr. Snyder most recently served as Director of Development with the School of Pharmacy at the University of Pittsburgh. He has also held a fundraising appointment as Director of Development for University of Arizona Health Sciences, focusing primarily on Ophthalmology and Vision Science, the Sarver Heart Center, and the Center for Integrative Medicine. Mr. Snyder holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from Rutgers University, a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from University of Pittsburgh, and an MBA from Robert Morris University.

Director, Communication and Outreach

Katherine M. Troy

Director of Operations


Katherine oversees the day-to-day operations of the Eye & Ear Foundation. She serves as a project manager and is charged with implementing policies and protocols to ensure organizational effectiveness and productivity. Katherine is also responsible for Foundation & Board initiatives, annual campaigns, communications, brand, and messaging with a focus on maintaining the Foundation’s mission, as well as to increase public awareness of and support for the Eye & Ear Foundation.

Katherine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, along with a minor in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. She began her career with the Manufacturers Life Insurance Company, ultimately as serving as the Director of Operations for the Pittsburgh Office. Eventually, Katherine pursued her entrepreneurial interests with a start-up in 2005.

Financial Administrator

Elaine Ehalt

Director of Finance


Elaine is responsible for the financial management of the Eye & Ear Foundation. She manages the various funds held at the foundation and reports financial performance to management, the departments, and the Board of Directors. Elaine is charged with monitoring the budget, preparing financial statements, processing gifts, accounts receivables and payables.  She oversees the audit and tax functions in coordination with an outside firm.

Elaine received a BS degree in Accounting from the Pennsylvania State University. She began her career as an accountant with Joseph Horne Company. Before obtaining her position at the Foundation, Elaine’s vast accounting experience includes a controller position for Grant Fashions, a subsidiary for Oxford Development., a business manager for the University of Pittsburgh’s Dental School, a financial analyst for Western Psychiatric Institute, and an accountant for the Concept Group.

Development Associate - Carrie-Fogel

Carrie Fogel

Development Officer/Director of Foundation Relations


Carrie serves as the Director of Foundation Relations and manages donor and alumni relationships with the Eye & Ear Foundation. She fosters philanthropic relationships with organizational donors such as private, corporate, and family foundations to support research, and program development. Carrie provides assistance to faculty and researchers seeking to increase their impact and meet their goals by developing high-quality proposals and maintaining stewardship.  She also researches, interviews, and writes many of the articles for the Foundation’s Sight + Sound Newsletter.

Carrie received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the team at the Eye & Ear Foundation, Carrie worked as the Development Coordinator for Congregation Beth Shalom in Squirrel Hill where she successfully created an Annual Fundraising Campaign for the synagogue, as well as coordinating several community events and fundraisers.

Development Associate - Heather Chronis

Heather Chronis

Development Officer/Director of Patient Relations


Heather assists the Executive Director with stewardship, solicitation, and research of prospective and current donors. She researches, interviews, and writes many of the articles for the Foundation’s Sight + Sound Newsletter. Other responsibilities include direct major gift fundraising and donor relationship management.

Heather holds a Bachelor’s degree in  Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Heather’s most recent experience is as an assistant manager at Talbots.  She has an extensive background in Pharmaceutical sales, as well as volunteering for such notable nonprofits as Cinderella Ball, Denis Theatre, the Easter Seals of Western & Central Pa, and the Junior League of Pittsburgh.