For Immediate Release
Contact: Craig Garretson

July 27, 2017

Two New Members Elected to Board of Trustees

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Susan E. Gnall, a senior vice president at Morgan Stanley, and Dr. Michael Mittelman, president of Salus University, were recently elected to the Board of Trustees at The Seeing Eye.

Gnall, a long-time volunteer at The Seeing Eye, is a Senior Vice President Wealth Management and co-founder of the Mamis/Gnall Group at Morgan Stanley. She joined Morgan Stanley following a 15-year career at Merrill Lynch. Prior to becoming a financial adviser, Gnall had run a family business, restructuring its financing and preparing it for an eventual sale to a large competitor, and had worked in corporate and strategic planning for International Paper and General Foods Corporation. The Morristown resident holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from College of the Holy Cross and an MBA in finance from New York University.

“From my involvement with The Seeing Eye's staff & administration over many years, I have witnessed firsthand their dedication and commitment to fulfilling their mission of providing independence, dignity, and self-confidence to people who are blind through their expertly trained and eminently brave Seeing Eye dogs,” Gnall said. “As a member of the Board of Trustees, I look forward to working with the other trustees to ensure that the organization will always be able to meet these worthy goals.”

Mittelman, the president of Salus University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, became a U.S. Navy optometrist following his graduation from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1980 and retired as a Rear Admiral (Upper Half). Prior to joining Salus University, he had served as Deputy Surgeon General of the Navy. The native of Long Island, New York, earned a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also graduated from the Naval War College non-resident program. He now lives in Pennsylvania.

“I am absolutely thrilled and honored to be joining The Seeing Eye’s Board of Trustees,” Mittelman said. “As an optometrist and president of Salus University, where we specialize in training not only optometrists but also low-vision orientation and mobility trainers, I have seen, first-hand, the importance of having Seeing Eye dogs who can work seamlessly with those whose safety and well-being are their responsibility. The work that is done at this wonderful facility changes the lives of all of those who are lucky enough to receive their services. It makes me both humble and proud to be able to contribute to the mission of this great organization.”

Dr. James A. Kutsch, Jr., President & CEO of The Seeing Eye, said the school will benefit greatly from the addition of the new Trustees. “I am delighted that The Seeing Eye will now leverage their vast experience and abundant energy,” he said.

Established in 1929, The Seeing Eye provides specially bred and trained dogs to guide people who are blind. Seeing Eye® dog users experience greatly enhanced mobility and independence, allowing them to retain their active lifestyles despite blindness. The Seeing Eye is a 501(c)3 non-profit supported by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, bequests, and other planned gifts.

The Seeing Eye is a trademarked name and can only be used to describe the dogs bred and trained at the school’s facilities in Morristown, N.J. If you would like more information on The Seeing Eye, please visit the website at, call (973) 539-4425, or email