The Seeing Eye Leadership Team
James A. Kutsch, Jr., Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer
James Kutsch joined The Seeing Eye in September 2006 as President and Chief Executive Officer. Kutsch was previously Vice President of Strategic Technology at Convergys Labs. There he was responsible for evaluating new and emerging technologies and incorporating them into company services.
Before joining Convergys, Kutsch served as Vice President of Computing and Network Services and later Chief Information Officer at AT&T Universal Card Services. Earlier in his AT&T career, he was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs. Kutsch was a Professor of Computer Science at West Virginia University from 1976-1979.
Prior to assuming the role of President at The Seeing Eye, he served 10 years on the organization’s Board of Trustees. He has lectured nationally on disability awareness, adaptive technology, and advocacy. He has made extensive contributions in product accessibility evaluations, and has published several articles in various professional journals. Kutsch designed and developed the first talking computer for blind computer users in 1975 as his doctoral dissertation research.
Kutsch earned a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Computer Science from West Virginia University. He also holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Illinois.
Peggy Gibbon, Director of Canine Development
Peggy Gibbon is the Director of Canine Development overseeing canine genetics, early enrichment for newborn puppies at the Breeding Station, the Puppy Development Division, the Washington Valley kennels, and adoptions.
Gibbon joined The Seeing Eye in 1983 as an Apprentice Instructor. She was later responsible for teaching apprentice instructors for 10 years and managed the Puppy Development Division for a short time. Peggy has a B.S. in Animal Science from Cook College of Rutgers University.
Dolores Holle, VMD, Director of Canine Medicine & Surgery
Dolores Holle, VMD, joined The Seeing Eye in April 1991 as Director of Canine Medicine & Surgery and Attending Veterinarian. In this capacity, she is responsible for the overall management of the canine health care system, from birth of a puppy through placement of the dog with a blind person.
Prior to joining The Seeing Eye, Dr. Holle worked in a small animal hospital practice and in emergency medical care. The Seeing Eye was not new to Dr. Holle, who selected The Seeing Eye as the topic of her Honors Program Presentation as an undergraduate at The College of St. Elizabeth. She did graduate level work at the University of Minnesota and received her Veterinary Medical Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Randall Ivens, Director of Human Resources
Randy Ivens, The Seeing Eye’s Human Resources Director, joined the staff in June 1998. A native of Morristown, N.J., Ivens grew up watching the work of The Seeing Eye. In addition to managing the traditional human resources functions, he also oversees volunteer management.
Ivens arrived at The Seeing Eye after 24 years with Prudential in a number of human resources capacities including recruiting, employee relations, compensation, training and development and organizational development. He holds a B.A. degree in business and economics from Marietta College.
David Johnson, Director of Instruction & Training
David Johnson is the Director of the Instruction & Training Department which encompasses the training of dogs, instruction of students, admissions, nursing staff, and follow-up services for graduates. Johnson has been with the organization since 1984, including eight years as a senior manager supervising teams of instructors.
Johnson is a New Jersey native and holds a degree in Animal Care from Becker College in Massachusetts.
Glenn Cianci, Director of Facilities Management
Glenn Cianci is the Director of Facilities Management, managing the operation of the Washington Valley, Morristown and Chester sites. Cianci joined The Seeing Eye in 2014.
Cianci previously served as a Facility Manager at Hoffmann-La Roche in Nutley, NJ. He earned a BS in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University.
Robert Pudlak, CFO & Director of Administration & Finance
Robert Pudlak joined The Seeing Eye as Director of Administration & Finance and Chief Financial Officer in 2008.
Previously, Pudlak served as Chief Financial Officer for Bergen Regional Medical Center, Kessler Rehabilitation Corporation, and Atacama Minerals. Pudlak is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a B.S. in Accounting from Seton Hall University.
Deborah Morrone-Colella, Director of Donor & Public Relations;
Deborah Morrone-Collela is Director of Donor & Public Relations, overseeing all fundraising and communications programs. She joined The Seeing Eye in 2014.
Morrone-Colella previously served as Vice President of Development at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Prior to that, she was Managing Director of Changing Our World, Inc. She also has served as Executive Director of Christian Health Care Center and as Vice President of Development at Saint Joseph's Regional Medical Center. She is a graduate of Moravian College.
The Seeing Eye Board of Trustees
The Trustees of the Board at The Seeing Eye dedicate themselves to pooling their skills in finance, management, veterinary health, advocacy and strategic development to ensure that The Seeing Eye and its mission endure for many years to come.
Karon C. Bales, T.E.P., C.S.
Karon C. Bales is a founding partner of Bales Beall LLP. Her practice is centered on family law and estate planning plus their interrelated litigation, particularly in matters of significant assets, complex property protection, and interests in family businesses. Ms. Bales is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Estates and Trusts Law and in Family Law. She is a registered member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (Worldwide), and has been listed in the Best Lawyers in Canada since 2006. Ms. Bales is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Ms. Bales has been involved in community charities, including as a Trustee of The United Way of Greater Toronto, North York General Hospital Foundation (past chair), and North York General Hospital Board (past vice chair). She is currently chair and a board member of Nightwood Theatre, which seeks to promote Canadian women in contemporary theatre.
Ari Benacerraf, Vice Chair
Ari Benacerraf is Partner and co-founder of Diamond Castle, where he plays a leadership role as part of the Diamond Castle investment team and is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. Prior to that, Mr. Benacerraf served as a Managing Director at DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, where he had been a Principal and a Vice President since 1995, and before that he served as a Vice President at Bankers Trust Company from 1992 to 1995. Previously he was an Associate at Banque Nationale de Paris. Mr. Benacerraf holds an MBA from The Johnson School of Management of Cornell University (1988) and a BA in Chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College (1985)..
Cynthia R. Bryant, LL.M.
Cynthia Bryant is the Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of Native Affairs and Policy at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C. . Bryant holds a B.A. in Creative Arts from Bradford College, a J.D. from the University of Kansas Law School, and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from American University Washington College of Law. She studied abroad at the American Institute in Aix-en-Provence, France, in the WCL European Comparative Law Program, and at Middlebury College in the Summer Advanced French Immersion Program. Bryant is a member of the American Society of International Law, the American Council of the Blind, Guide Dog Users Incorporated. She is a former Board member of the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired in Kansas City and former member of the Junior League of Kansas City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Bryant is a Seeing Eye graduate.
Julie H. Carroll, J.D., Secretary
Julie Carroll was the senior attorney advisor at the National Council of Disability in Washington, D.C., before her retirement. She holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.S. in public health administration from the University of North Carolina. She received her J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and was admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1994. Carroll sits on a number of boards and committees, including the Transportation Research Board, and the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America Standards Committee. She is also a member of the International Code Council Disability Advisory Working Group and the advisory panel at the National Center for Accessible Transportation. She is a graduate of The Seeing Eye.
Lewis M. Chakrin, Ph.D.
Lewis Chakrin is the dean of the Anisfield School of Business at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Prior to this appointment in 2005, he was executive vice president, Corporate Strategy and Business Development at AT&T Wireless Services. He earned a Ph.D. in finance and an M.B.A. from New York University. In addition, he holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in operations research from New York University and Columbia University, respectively.
Anthony J. DeCarlo, V.M.D.
Dr. Anthony DeCarlo is the co-founder and CEO of the RBVH Veterinary Healthcare Network which includes Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, one of the country’s premier privately-owned veterinary hospitals located in Tinton Falls, as well as the RBVH Physical Rehabilitation Center, RBVH Cherry Hill, RBVH Hillsborough, and RBVH Linwood. Dr. DeCarlo received his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982 and completed a neurology residency there in 1985. Early in his career, he was a pioneer in performing MRIs in small animals. In addition to being active in the veterinary community, Dr. DeCarlo is a proud volunteer for the Ronald McDonald Cancer Camp for Children and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County. He currently lives in Colts Neck, N.J.
Thomas Duffy, Chair
Thomas Duffy is the Global Chief Operating Officer, Audit for KPMG LLP. He is a member of the AICPA and is a licensed CPA in the New York and New Jersey. Duffy holds a B.S. in accounting from St. Peter’s University. He has served as chair of The Seeing Eye's Board of Trustees since December 2016. In addition to his position on The Seeing Eye Board of Trustees, he is a member of the Board of Trustees of Oasis in Paterson, New Jersey, a nonprofit dedicated to providing services to needy women and children.
Stuart H. Fine, D.H.A.
Having retired as a health system CEO, Stuart Fine now serves as Associate Professor & Director of Programs in Healthcare Management for Temple University’s Fox School of Business in Philadelphia, PA. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Planning & Administration from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Business Administration Degree from Temple University, and a Doctorate in Health Administration from Medical University of South Carolina.
Dr. Fine serves and has served in board leadership roles for a broad variety of healthcare-focused not-for-profit organizations and alliances. Along with his wife Sandy, he resides in Montgomery County, PA.
Robert A. Hamwee, Treasurer
Robert Hamwee is the managing director of New Mountain Capital LLC. He holds a B.B.A. in finance and accounting from the University of Michigan. Previously Hamwee was with GSC Partners, Greenwich Street Capital Partners and The Blackstone Group. He is Chairman of the Board of APW, Ltd., and ATSI Holdings. He is also a director of International Wire Group, Inc., Precision Partners, Inc., and Viasystems Group, Inc.
John D. Hollenbach
A graduate of The Seeing Eye, John Hollenbach is the retired president and chief executive officer of First Federal Savings Bank of Perkasie. He is a graduate of the School of Executive Development, University of Georgia. Hollenbach lives in Sellersville, Pa.
Margaret E. L. Howard, Ph.D., Vice Chair
Peggi Howard joined the Board in 2009. She holds a B.A. from Kenyon College, an M.S.W. from Rutgers University and a D.Lit. from Drew University. Peggi is currently the Vice President of Administration and University Relations at Drew University. Peggi also served as New Jersey Governor Thomas H. Kean’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Cabinet Secretary from 1984 to 1990. She lives in Whitehouse Station, N.J., with her husband and three children.
The Honorable Thomas Kean
The Honorable Thomas Kean served as Governor of New Jersey from 1982 through 1990 and as President of Drew University from 1990 through 2005. In 2002, he was selected to head the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission. He then served as chairman of the 9/11 Public Discourse Project, a nonprofit entity created with private funds to continue the Commission's work of guarding against future attacks. Governor Kean writes a regular column for The Star Ledger with former Governor Brendan Byrne and appears as a regular commentator on New Jersey Network News.
Catherine A. Kiernan, Esq.
Cathy Kiernan is the Vice President and General Counsel at Seton Hall University. Cathy joined Seton Hall in 1989 and established the University's first in-house legal department. She manages all of the University's legal affairs. In addition, she has oversight of risk management, regulatory compliance and internal audit. She is also a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet.
Ms. Kiernan holds a B.A. in English from Montclair State University and a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law, where she was also an associate editor of the Seton Hall Law Review. She is a member of the Bar of the State of New Jersey and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Prior to joining Seton Hall, Ms. Kiernan served as a law clerk to the Honorable Frederick C. Kentz, III, New Jersey Superior Court, Chancery Division, and was also in private practice for several years at Whipple, Ross & Hirsch. She is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, as well as the New Jersey State Bar Association, where she serves as Vice Chair of the Higher Education Committee. Cathy resides in Millington, NJ, with her husband, Bill, and daughter, Elizabeth.
James A. Kutsch, Jr., Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer
Jim Kutsch, a graduate of The Seeing Eye, was appointed President and CEO in September of 2006, having served for ten years on the board of trustees. He holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.S. in computer science from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Illinois. Dr. Kutsch served as vice president of Strategic Technology for Convergys Corporation from 2003 to 2006. Before joining Convergys, Kutsch held a number of positions with AT&T Universal Card Services and AT&T Bell Laboratories. He lives in Morristown, N.J.
OhSang Kwon is a private investor who has spent his career in private equity and investment banking. OhSang was a founding partner of Avista Capital Partners, a private equity firm, which he left in 2014 to invest on his own. Prior to Avista, OhSang spent his career at DLJ Securities Corp. and DLJ Merchant Banking Partners. Prior to his banking and private equity career, he clerked for the Hon. William C. Conner, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York. OhSang serves on the board of trustees of Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, NY. He is married with three sons, who all attend Packer. OhSang holds a JD from Columbia Law School (1995) and an AB from Harvard College (1990).
Michael G. May
Elected to the board in 2007, May is an innovator who founded Sendero Group, LLC, a software development company and manufacturer of the first accessible GPS navigation products, as well as a distributor of various adaptive technologies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Davis, and a master’s degree in international affairs from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. May is a graduate of The Seeing Eye and lives in Davis, California.
Michael B. McKitish
Michael B. McKitish, now the Assistant Head for Finance and Operations for the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., previously served as the Vice President of Finance and Business Affairs at Drew University; prior to that, he worked for many years for the State of New Jersey, primarily in the Treasury Department, where he served as Associate Deputy Treasurer and Acting GSA Administrator; General Services Administration Administrator and Acting Director of Purchase & Property; and Chief Fiscal Officer. He also is a former School Board Member in Washington Township (Mercer County) and former Treasurer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County.
Vicki N. Meyers-Wallen, V.M.D., Ph.D., Dipl. ACT
Dr. Vicki Meyers-Wallen is an internationally recognized expert in veterinary reproduction. She received both her V.M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1986, she was board certified in Theriogenology (veterinary reproduction, American College of Theriogenologists). Her clinical research has led to the recognition of several disorders that affect reproductive performance, with the goal of identifying mutations that cause inherited disorders in dogs and cats. Recently her group produced a DNA-based test for an inherited disorder of this type, allowing definitive diagnosis of normal, affected and carrier dogs. She has been a trustee of The Seeing Eye since 2009. She is an Associate Professor in Genetics and Reproduction at the Baker Institute for Animal Health, Cornell University, and is an active member of the University Faculty Senate. She lives in the country in Ithaca, N.Y., with her dogs, cats and several deer and wild turkeys.
Mark "Duke" Mulvoy
Duke Mulvoy is a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager at First Republic Investment Management. He joined the firm in 2015 as part of First Republic’s acquisition of Constellation Wealth Advisor. At Constellation he served as a Principal and member of the firm’s Investment Committee. He earned the Certified Portfolio Manager (CPM) designation from the Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers and Columbia University. In September of 2011, Mr. Mulvoy was appointed to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers for a two year term. Mr. Mulvoy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and was a member of the Varsity Lacrosse team. Mr. Mulvoy is a former President of the Salisbury School (CT) Alumni Council and served a three year term on the school’s Board of Trustees. He is a member of the Boston College Wall Street Council and volunteers coaching youth sports. Mr. Mulvoy lives in Harrison NY with his wife Kristen, daughters Courtney and Lindsey, son Mark, and Vogue, a former Seeing Eye breeder!
Steve N. Pangere
Steve Pangere, a graduate of The Seeing Eye, is the president and CEO of The Pangere Corporation, founded in 1905. The Pangere Corporation is a diversified construction company located in Northwest Indiana. Mr. Pangere is a graduate of Purdue University, West Lafayette, with a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Management.
Steve Pangere is active in his community and has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. Steve is a recipient of the National Medallion Award of the Boys & Girls Clubs - one of the highest awards a volunteer can receive. In 2012, Steve was inducted into the Northwest Indiana Business and Industry Hall of Fame for his commitment to and positive influence on the construction industry and the community.
On September 29, 2010, Steve and his wife, Georgiann, established The Pangere Center for Inherited Retinal Diseases at The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired. The Center is directed by Dr. Gerald Fishman, a world-renowned ophthalmologist and researcher.
Steve and Georgiann have been married for 36 years and reside in Crown Point, Indiana with Steve's guide dog, Hope. They have a son, Nick, a daughter-in-law, Zoe, and a son, Tony.
Mark G. Steinberg
Mark Steinberg recently retired as managing director of Black Rock's U.S. Cash Management team. He has 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Black Rock in 2003, Steinberg was chief operating officer of American Life Insurance Company (ALICO), AIG's International Life Insurance subsidiary. Previously he served as managing director of Allmerica Financial, senior vice president and director of the Financial Institutions Division with Putnam Financial Services, Inc., and senior vice president and director of corporate development at Oppenheimer Funds. Prior to entering the financial services industry he served as the personal assistant to Mayor John V. Lindsay of New York from 1969 to 1973. Steinberg holds a B.B.A. from the City University of New York, and completed the Executive Program at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College.
Hugh A. D'Andrade, Honorary Trustee
Hugh D'Andrade has been involved with The Seeing Eye since 1998, and a Trustee since 2000. He holds degrees from Rutgers University and Columbia Law School. D'Andrade is retired from his role as Vice Chairman, Chief Administrative Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Schering-Plough Corporation. He is currently serving on the Boards of Atlantic Mutual Companies and AutoImmune, Inc. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Drew University and a past member of the Overlook Hospital Foundation. He is a member of the American and New Jersey Bar Associations. D'Andrade resides in Summit, N.J.
Walker Dillard Kirby, Honorary Trustee
Walker Kirby has been committed to the success of The Seeing Eye and its mission for over thirty years. Since her initial involvement in 1973, she has been a member of four of the board’s committees and chairman of three. She has chaired three benefits and was honorary chairman of two benefits in New York. She is the director of the F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc. Over many years, Kirby has been a trustee or member of a host of different boards, benefiting every walk of life, from the arts, to education, gardening, and museums. She maintains a lifetime commitment to The Seeing Eye, and we are forever grateful to her.
Mike Ranger, Honorary Trustee
Michael W. Ranger served on The Seeing Eye’s Board of Trustees from 2002 through 2013, including as Chairman of the Board from 2005 through 2009, and was named an honorary trustee in December 2016. He is a director at Covanta and co-founder and senior managing director of Diamond Castle Holdings, LLC, a private equity investment firm. Prior to that, he was co-chairman of DLJ Global Energy Partners; he previously was head of the Domestic Power Group at Credit-Suisse First Boston, group head of Global Energy & Power at DLJ, a senior vice president in the Energy & Utility Group at Drexel Burnham Lambert, and was a member of the Utility Banking Group at Bankers Trust. He is a trustee emeritus at St. Lawrence University and is a member of the board of Morristown-Beard School. He holds a B.A. from St. Lawrence University.