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Governing Councils

Within the functional structure of the College, there are several advisory councils that support and advise the senior administration.

President’s Council

The President’s Council as established is defined by the SUNY Policies of the Board of Trustees in 2007. It is the president’s senior advisory group, and engages in wide-ranging discussion of issues important to the short- and long-term future of the College. Areas of importance may include, but are not limited to, institutional planning, budgets and resources, state, federal and external relations, operational policies and procedures for the College, assessment and quality controls and other issues that may arise. Membership on the President Council includes members of the senior administration and others that the president chooses to appoint.

David Heath, OD, EdM, President (Chair)
Ann Warwick, MA, Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director, Optometric Center of New York
David Bowers, MP, MBA, Vice President for Administration and Finance
Douglas Schading, MsEd,  Assistant Vice President for Human Resources
Steven Schwartz, OD, PhD, Director of Institutional Research and Planning
David Troilo, PhD, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Liduvina Martinez-Gonzalez, MS, Vice President for Clinical Administration and Executive Director, University Eye Center
Karen DeGazon, Assistant to the President
Amber E. Hopkins-Jenkins, MA, Director of Communications
Richard Soden, OD, Director of Health Care Development
Dr. Guilherme Albieri, PhD, Vice President for Student Affairs

Dean’s Council

The Dean’s Council is an advisory committee made up of the department chairs, directory of library services, director of residency programs, director of continuing professional education, associate dean for graduate programs and research and the associate dean for institutional planning.

David Troilo, MA, PhD, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs (Chair)
Stewart Bloomfield, PhD, Associate Dean, Graduate Programs & Research
Liduvina Martinez-Gonzalez, MS, Vice President for Clinical Affairs, Executive Director, University Eye Center (ex officio)
Elaine Wells, MA, MLS, Library Director
Diane Adamczyk, OD,  Director of Residency Programs
Richard Madonna, MA, OD, Director, Continuing Professional Education
Suresh Viswanathan, OD, PhD, Chair, Biological & Vision Sciences
Michael McGovern, OD, Chief Medical Officer

Research Council

The Research Council recommends policy and procedures related to all research activities in order to promote a vigorous research program at the College. The Council recommends initiatives, plans, policies and strategies to the administration, and acts as an internal resource for other researchers. The chair of the research council is the vice president for academic affairs. The associate dean for graduate programs and research and the grants manager serve ex officio. Members of the Research Council are appointed by the vice president for academic affairs. The council is composed of eight faculty members who are active researchers. To the extent possible the faculty members will consist of funded faculty holding external research grants. If more than eight faculty members qualify by the funding criterion, then faculty will rotate annually on a first-in first-out basis. At least two slots will be filled by clinical researchers.

Stewart Bloomfield, PhD, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research (Chair)
David Troilo, MA, PhD, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs (ex ex officio)
Jose-Manuel Alonso, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Benjamin Backus, PhD, Associate Professor, Vision Sciences
Mitchell Dul, MS, OD, Professor, Department of Clinical Sciences
Miduturu Srinivas, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Kathryn Richdale, OD, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor
Robert McPeek, AB, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Qasim Zaidi, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Graduate Center for Vision Research

Clinic Council

Clinic Council conducts the clinical business of the University Eye Center staff. The Clinic Council makes recommendations to the vice president of clinical administration for matters regarding the welfare and management of the University Eye Center. The Clinic Council also recommends action to the chief medical officer on matters of a clinical nature. The Clinic Council coordinates the activities and general policies of the various services. It assures that the professional care and treatment for patients are in accordance with the highest standards in optometric care.

The Clinic Council is an advisory group to the vice president for clinical administration and engages in discussions relating to, but not limited to, the strategic plan and the mission of the UEC, staff membership, the provision of quality patient care, effectiveness and efficiency of all patient care-related activities, the educational process within the context of the patient care setting, affiliated sites, departmental and external relations, credentialing, quality assessment and improvement, environmental and safety issues, professional and regulatory requirements and operational policies and procedures. Membership on the Clinic Council includes senior leadership within the University Eye Center and representation from the Clinical Education Council

Michael McGovern, OD, Chief Medical Officer (Chair)
Liduvina Martinez-Gonzalez, MS, Vice President for Clinical Administration and Executive Director, University Eye Center
Joseph Stamm, OD, Chief, Advanced Care
Daniella Rutner, OD, Chief, Vision Rehabilition
Catherine Pace-Watson, OD, Interim Chief, Adult and Pediatric Primary Care
David Troilo, PhD, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs (ex officio)
Diane Adamczyk, OD, Director, Residency Education
Marcia DeRiggs, Director, Patient Financial Services
C. Andrea Brunhoelzl, Director, Clinical Operations
Danielle Breslin, Clinical Operations Manager
Richard Madonna, OD, Depart Chair, Clinical Education
Kristen Fry, OD, Director, Clinical Vision Research Center
Janelle Mallios, OD, Section Chief of Pediatrics
Matthew Bovenzi, OD, Assistant Chief, Primary Care
Eva Duchnowski, OD, Secion Chief of Contact Lenses
Steven Ritter, OD, Assistant Chief, Vision Rehabilitation

Information Technology Council

The Information Technology Council is chaired by the chief information officer and reports to the vice president for administration and finance.  Broadly representative in its membership, the Council serves to encourage consultation, coordination and communication among those within the College who have an interest in or responsibility for technology issues, to promote and extend participation in new technology-based initiatives and to provide guidance in planning, budgeting and implementing new technologies at the College.

Robert Pellot, Chief Information Officer (Chair)
Ann Beaton, Department of Biological Sciences
Fiona Dhrimaj, Media Services Manager
Elaine Wells, Library Director
Steven Schwartz, Director of Institutional Research and Planning
Jacqueline Estevez Martinez, College Registrar
Liduvina Martinez-Gonzalez, Vice President for Clinical Administration and Executive Director, University Eye Center
Rochelle Mozlin, Department of Clinical Sciences
Ana Corsino, University Eye Center

Institutional Research and Planning Committee

The Institutional Research and Planning Committee will provide support and counsel to the president and the director of institutional research and planning on assessment design, implementation and analysis relative to the College’s strategic priorities. The Committee assists in the development of institutional budgets and the allocation of resources in alignment with the College’s Strategic Plan.

Steven Schwartz, OD, PhD, Director of Institutional Research and Planning (Chair)
Vito Cavallaro (Staff)
Marcel Catafago (Staff)
Ann Beaton, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Julie Appel, OD, Assistant Clinical Professor
Richard Soden, OD, Director of Health Care Development
Michael McGovern, OD, Chief Medical Officer
Stewart Bloomfield, PhD, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research
Jennifer Gould MS, OD, Assistant Clinical Professor
Kim Duong, Student Representative

College Council

The Council consists of 10 members, nine of whom are appointed by the governor and one is elected by and from among the students of the College. In accordance with statutes and policies established by the State University of New York Board of Trustees, this Council advises the president on the operations and affairs of the campus. They also serve an essential role in the selection of the college president. The members of this Council receive no compensation for their services.

David J. Dexter, OD
David P. Dozack, OD
Charles Gold, OD
Frank J. Pirozzolo, OD
James R. Ruhl, PhD
Gretchen Stone (Chair)
Paula Ulmer Shultz, OD
Emily Ellingson, Student Representative