The Eye and Ear Foundation Staff

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.


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.

Jared G. Blumer

Administrative Coordinator


Jared supports the data and administrative needs of the Foundation.  As the database administrator, Jared ensures the integrity and security of our data. He is the point person for data requests, generating analytical and fundraising reports, lists, and queries.

Prior to joining the Eye & Ear Foundation team, Jared served as a Database Assistant and Community Involvement Administrative Assistant for Foodshare, based in Connecticut.  Jared holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from the Pennsylvania State University.


Paul F. Stabile

Director of Development

Paul manages and directs individual major gift prospects and proposals. He assists the Executive Director in developing and executing the Foundation’s fundraising plan.

Paul comes to us with over 15 years of development experience. He most recently was a Senior Manager of Distinguished Events with the American Cancer Society and the Regional Director of Mission Advancement for the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. He has a solid background in major gift fundraising, special events, planned giving and stewardship.

Development Associate - Carrie-Fogel

Carrie C. Fogel

Development Officer/Director, 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, Patient Relations


Heather serves as the Director of Patient Relations and manages the Grateful Patient program for the Eye & Ear Foundation. She is responsible for direct major gift fundraising and donor relationship management. Additionally, Heather manages Ophthalmology alumni relationships for the Eye & Ear Foundation and researches, interviews and writes many of the articles for the Foundation’s Sight + Sound Newsletter.

Heather holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh. While most recently in a management role at Talbot’s, Heather has an extensive background in Pharmaceutical sales including Bayer, Bristol-Myers and Genzyme. In addition, she has volunteered broadly in Pittsburgh with such notable nonprofits as Cinderella Ball, the Women’s Committee of the Carnegie Museum of Art, Denis Theatre, Easter Seals of Western & Central PA and the Junior League of Pittsburgh. In 2016, Heather was awarded the Anne D. Johnston Award by the Junior League of Pittsburgh which is given in honor of outstanding contribution to the League and the community.