The Eye & Ear Foundation Staff


Lawton Snyder

Chief Executive Officer


Mr. Snyder directs all development activities for the Eye & Ear Foundation in support of the academic and research efforts for Departments of Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh, with the aim of enhancing the quality of patient care through advances gained through supported research. His responsibilities also include serving as the liaison between the Board of Directors of the Eye & Ear Foundation, UPMC, and the University of Pittsburgh, while enhancing public relations and awareness of the Foundation.

Prior to joining the Eye & Ear Foundation in December 2009, Mr. Snyder 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.

Communications -

Katherine M. Troy

Director of Operations

  • Communications: Board of Directors and Foundation
  • Compliance: Brand, Messaging, Policy and Procedures
  • Project Manager: Annual Giving Campaign, Publications, Social Media, and Website

Lisa A. Goldstein

  • Blog
  • Letters
  • Misc. projects
  • The Scoop on Sight + Sound digital newsletter
  • Sight & Sound Newsletter
  • Website

Data Administration

Development -

Heather Chronis Danek

Director of Development for Individual Giving and Corporate Partnerships

  • Corporate Partnerships
  • Patient and Clinic Relations
  • Otolaryngology Alumni
  • Physician and Donor Engagement

Carrie C. Fogel

Director of Development for Individual Giving and Foundation Relationships

  • Foundation Relations
  • Grant Proposals
  • Physician and Donor Engagement

Craig J. Smith

Senior Development Associate

  • Donor Cultivation and Engagement
  • Ophthalmology Alumni
  • Communications
  • Grant Writing

Finance -

Elaine Ehalt

Director, Finance

  • Fund Management
  • Gift Processing
  • Accounts Receivable/Payable
  • Audit/990