For Immediate Release
Contact: Craig Garretson, (973) 539-4425

January 16, 2014

Crnkovich Elected Chairman of The Seeing Eye Board of Trustees

Ari Benacerraf, Steve Pangere also join board of Morristown school

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Peter N. Crnkovich, Senior Adviser of Morgan Stanley, has been elected Chairman of The Seeing Eye’s Board of Trustees. Crnkovich, who was first elected a trustee of the Morristown school in 2003, had been serving as Vice Chairman since 2009. 

“I’m proud to help lead The Seeing Eye in its mission to enhance the dignity and independence of people who are blind and visually impaired through the use of our amazing Seeing Eye® dogs,” Crnkovich said.

The resident of Madison, N.J., served as chairman of Morgan Stanley’s Global Healthcare Industry Investment Banking Practice and has a B.S. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

“Peter’s financial acumen, investment expertise, and leadership have played a key role in helping The Seeing Eye maintain its reputation for excellence,” said Dr. James A. Kutsch, President and CEO. “With Pete’s guidance, we’re confident that The Seeing Eye will provide high quality services as long as people need Seeing Eye dogs.”

Crnkovich succeeds past Chairman Dr. Lewis M. Chakrin of Mendham, N.J., dean of the Anisfield

School of Business at Ramapo College of New Jersey, who had served the maximum permitted term as Chairman but will remain on the Board of Trustees. Dr. Margaret E. L. (Peggi) Howard of

Whitehouse Station, N.J., Vice President of Administration and University Relations at Drew

University, was elected Vice Chair. These new officers join three officers who were re-elected: Vice Chair Thomas Duffy of Franklin Lakes, N.J.; Secretary Julie Carroll of Falls Church, Va.; and Treasurer Robert Hamwee of New Vernon, N.J. 

In addition, two people were recently elected to the Board of Trustees: Ari Benacerraf of New

York, N.Y., senior managing director of Amulet Capital/Diamond Castle Holdings, and Steve Pangere of Crown Point, Ind., President and CEO of The Pangere Corporation of Gary, Ind. Pangere is a graduate of The Seeing Eye, having been matched with his first Seeing Eye dog, a black Labrador/golden retriever cross named Hope, in 2010.

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 philanthropy 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