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.

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Communications - giving@eyeandear.org

Katherine M. Troy

Director of Operations and Communications

  • Manage Foundation Operations
  • Policy & Procedures Administration and Compliance
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Project Management

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Lisa A. Goldstein


  • Blog
  • Letters
  • Miscellaneous Writing Projects
  • Pamphlets
  • Sight & Sound Newsletter
  • Social Media
  • The Scoop on Sight + Sound digital newsletter
  • Website

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Development - research@eyeandear.org

Heather Chronis Danek

Senior Director of Development, Individual Giving and Corporate Relationships

  • Optic Nerve Regeneration
  • Pittsburgh CREATES – Robotic Surgery and Skull Based Surgery
  • Retina
  • Sino-Nasal
  • Clinic Engagement
  • Community Engagement
  • Otolaryngology Alumni
  • Patient Relations

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Carrie C. Fogel

Senior Director of Development, Corporate and Foundation Relations

  • Balance
  • Cortical Vision
  • Low Vision
  • Pittsburgh Hearing and Research Center – Hearing Loss and Tinnitus
  • Survivorship Clinic
  • Foundation Relationships
  • Grant Writing
  • Pediatrics

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Craig J. Smith

Director of Development and Community Initiatives

  • Cornea
  • Glaucoma
  • Sleep
  • Voice Center
  • Community Initiatives
  • Donor Cultivation and Engagement
  • Ophthalmology Alumni
  • Stewardship Manager

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Finance - finance@eyeandear.org

Elaine Ehalt

Director of Finance and Compliance

  • Corporate Regulatory Compliance
  • Financial Management:
    • Accounting
    • Budgets
    • Fund Analysis
    • Investment Administrator
    • Audit/990
    • Gift Processing

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