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Drexel 100

A Note from our Drexel 100 Chair, Dana Dornsife'83

Honoring Drexel’s Most Distinguished Alumni

The Drexel 100 is the University’s alumni hall of fame and it was launched in 1992 as part of the celebration surrounding Drexel’s 100th anniversary.  Every two years, the Drexel community bestows this highest level of alumni recognition on a small, select group of graduates whose lifetime achievements have brought great honor to Drexel University and the Drexel University College of Medicine.  These achievements may be professional, civic, or in service to the University.

Induction in the Drexel 100 is especially meaningful because it represents recognition by one’s peers.   New members are elected only once every two years by the current Drexel 100 membership.  Suggestions for candidates for The Drexel 100 are always welcome.  Please forward the names of worthy alumni and the reasons why he or she should be honored to Ken Goldman, Associate Vice President of Major Gifts by email at, by phone at 215-895-2607, or by fax at 215-895-4966. The Drexel 100 is a lasting tribute to the Drexel educational experience and how talented individuals have used that preparation to make a significant difference in the world.


Dana L. Dornsife '83
Chair, The Drexel 100

Drexel 100 inductees for 2013

Sylvia Sibby Brasler

BS, College of Home Economics, 1960

Mrs. Brasler is Vice President of Brasler Properties. She has demonstrated distinguished service to the University throughout many years. She served as a Drexel University Trustee from 1982 to 1998 and then was named an Emeritus Trustee in 2010. Mrs. Brasler has received several awards for her service to Drexel from the University’s Alumni Association. These include the Golden Dragon Award (2010), the Rankin-Epstein Distinguished Alumni Award (1998), the Harriet E. Worrell Award (1993), and the Alumni Service Award (1970). In addition, the Sibby Merkel Brasler Design Fund was established in her honor at Westphal College. The fund has supported scholarships, travel stipends for students and faculty, and a speaker series. Mrs. Brasler continues her service to the University by serving as a member of the President’s Board of Visitors, the Jacovini Award Committee and the Design Council of Westphal College. She previously served on the Space To Create Campaign Committee, the Reunion Committee of the Alumni Board of Governors, the Alumni Advocates, the Friends of Design Arts, the Sports Fans of the 50s, and the “Ink Not Ink” exhibition reception committee. In addition to her service to her alma mater, Mrs. Brasler has been the Benefit Coordinator of the Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Center (formerly the Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center) for 20 years, where she has helped to raise over $10 million. She has led numerous committees of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Academy of Music. She has served on the boards of Young Audiences of Eastern Pennsylvania and Germantown Cricket Club. She is also a past president of the Parents Committee of the William Penn Charter School and was a Director of the Boys and Girls Philadelphia Tennis Championships.

Albert R. Checcio

BS, College of Arts and Sciences, 1975

Mr. Checcio is a nationally recognized development leader with 35 years of experience in higher education and health care. He has been the Senior Vice President for University Advancement at the University of Southern California since 2010. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the University’s overall advancement efforts on both the University Park and Health Sciences campuses and for building partnerships with all of USC’s philanthropic and volunteer communities, including prominent individual supporters, charitable foundations, corporate donors, alumni and friends. He reports directly to the President and works closely with the Provost and the Deans in developing advancement plans and infrastructure to fulfill the University’s potential and support its continued academic ascent. He also staffs the Development Committee and the Alumni Affairs Committee of the USC Board of Trustees. Upon his arrival at USC, Mr. Checcio played an instrumental role in organizing and launching the $6 billion Campaign for the University of Southern California, the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the University’s history and largest active campaign in American higher education. The Campaign for USC has already raised $2.5 billion in less than three years. Before joining USC, he was Vice President of Development and University Relations at Fordham University. His previous experience encompasses the design and execution of fundraising campaigns at a number of universities, including American University, Temple University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Drexel. He also served as Vice President of Development at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Joel Cohen

BS, College of Arts and Sciences, 1975

Mr. Cohen is a leader in the packaging industry as well as at Drexel. He founded Allflex Packaging Products in 1967 and is the holder of three patents. At Drexel University, Mr. Cohen served as a Trustee from 1998 to 2001 and also served as Chair of Drexel University Alumni Association Board of Governors. Mr. Cohen currently serves on the President's Board of Visitors and the Advisory Boards of both the LeBow College of Business and the College of Engineering and is a member of the Honors and Awards committee of Drexel's Alumni Board of Governors In 2013, he founded the Global Classroom program as an elective for the LeBow College of Business. In 2011, Mr. Cohen received the A.J.Drexel Paul Award, Drexel's highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association. That same year, he received an alumni association award from the LeBow College of Business. In 2008, Mr. Cohen was inducted into the World Association for Cooperative Education Hall of Fame, and in 2004, he was the recipient of the Golden Dragon Award.

Abbie Dean

MS, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, 2007

After receiving her Master's in Interior Architecture at Drexel, Ms. Dean became a volunteer Curator and Exhibition Designer at Drexel’s Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (named in honor of her late father) until 2011. Since 2004, Ms. Dean has been a Drexel Trustee and serves on the Student Life, Institutional Advancement and Buildings and Properties Committees. In 2012, she was named a Trustee at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. She is also a member of the Friends of the 11th Street Committee. In 2009, Ms. Dean co-directed the INK NOT INK exhibition at Drexel in conjunction with the Shenzhen Art Museum, followed by the exhibition NI UNA MAS which included a 1,000-person performance art/demonstration and an original artwork by Yoko Ono and finally, HALF THE SKY: Women in the New Art of China, an exhibition co-curated with the National Art Museum of China and reviewed by Art in America. Previously, Ms. Dean was a Marketing and Advertising Consultant to Confab, Inc. from 1988 to 1994 and Senior VP, Corporate Communications and Advertising there from 1994 to 1998. Prior to Confab, Ms. Dean spent over a dozen years in New York working for advertising firms including McCann Erickson Worldwide, Dancer Fitzgerald Sample/Saatchi & Saatchi, and Rosenfeld Sirowitz & Humphrey during which time she created and produced commercials featuring Candace Bergen, Bill Cosby, Walter Matthau, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Victoria Principal and Charles Durning. Recognitions for agency work included Clio Awards, One Show Awards, The Art Directors Club Echo, and Best of New York Awards. Civic roles include serving as a Trustee of the National Liberty Museum and The Baldwin School. In addition, she has been a member of the Arts Advisory Board at Tufts University, where she earned her Bachelor's of Arts in Art History and Theater.

Samuel P. De Bow, Jr. RADM, NOAA (Ret.)

BS, LeBow College of Business, 1976

As President and Chief Operating Office, RADM De Bow is in full charge of day-to-day leadership and management of I.M. Systems Group, Inc. (IMSG), a service provider to the U.S. federal sector, primarily with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and international governments by supplying end to end environmental and IT solutions. RADM De Bow retired from active duty on October 1, 2007 after close to 30 years of service and in 2008 became the Director of the Center of Excellence for Research on Offshore Renewable Energy at the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography. There he was Co-Principal Investigator for a comprehensive state and federal funded $10 M Marine Spatial Planning effort to site offshore renewable energy in Rhode Island waters while also managing a $3 M annual program to operate the oceanographic Research Vessel Endeavor for the National Science Foundation. RADM De Bow was the Director of the NOAA Commissioned Corps and NOAA’s Office of Marine and Aviation Operations. He was nominated for this position by President George W. Bush, confirmed by the senate, and subsequently promoted from Captain to Rear Admiral. RADM De Bow was nominated and selected to serve a six-year term on the Board of Directors of the Military Officers Association of American (MOAA), the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers and independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization.

Beth Baughman DuPree

Hahnemann University, 1987

Dr. DuPree is a mother, wife, and skilled surgeon who has been honored for her humanitarian endeavors as well as her medical work. She serves as the Medical Director of The Breast Health Program at Holy Redeemer Health System in Meadowbrook, PA, and holds an academic appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania where she trains young breast surgical fellows in the art and science of breast care. In October, 1999, she gained national and international attention by performing bilateral skin-sparing mastectomies, in conjunction with plastic surgeon Robert Skalicky, DO, that were featured live on the internet as the first “reality surgery.” This webcast and its subsequent television documentary received a coveted Gracie Allen Award in New York City in April, 2000 for educating women about the breast cancer journey. Dr. DuPree has received numerous awards including the 2002 Clara Barton Humanitarian Award, the 2002 Visions of Hope Award, and the 2003 Women Pioneering the Future Award. In 2013, she was honored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with one of the inaugural REAL Awards as an influential healthcare worker in chronic disease care. She has also been named one of More and Fitness magazine’s “Ten Fierce Females” at the 10th annual all women NYC half marathon titlled, “Women Run The World.” Dr. DuPree strongly urges her patients to integrate healing therapies with state-of-the-art western medical care. In 2007, Dr. DuPree established a non-profit organization called The Healing Consciousness Foundation which funds holistic and wellness therapies for women and men living with a breast cancer diagnosis and those at risk for developing breast cancer. Dr. DuPree’s foundation name was inspired by the book she wrote entitled The Healing Consciousness: A Doctor’s Journey to Healing, now in its second edition. Dr. DuPree is a prominent keynote speaker at many national events, primarily addressing women’s health issues, breast cancer, healing, and wellness and a frequent breast cancer expert on The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams as well as The Today Show.

Sean J. Gallagher

BS, LeBow College of Business, 1993

As one of the youngest partners at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Gallagher was promoted to partner-level managing director after serving only three short years as Managing Director. He currently serves as Co-Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager of the U.S. Value Equity team at Goldman Sachs Asset Management in New York City. In this role, he oversees the portfolio management and investment research efforts for the firm's U.S. value equity accounts. Mr. Gallagher has 19 years of industry experience and has been a member of the U.S. Value Equity team since joining Goldman Sachs in 2000. Prior to that, Mr. Gallagher was an Equity Research Analyst with Merrill Lynch Asset Management where he focused on technology, telecommunication, and real estate investment trusts. In the community, Mr. Gallagher serves on the Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York. In 2011, he joined the Drexel Board of Trustees, and he is also a member of the LeBow College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board and the LeBow Finance Advisory Council. In 2012, Mr. Gallagher was inducted into the World Association for Cooperative Education Hall of Fame. In addition, to his Drexel degree, Mr. Gallagher earned an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the NYU Stern School of Business in 2003.

Edwin L. Gerber

BS, 1957, MS, 1961, College of Engineering

Dr. Gerber has been a teaching at Drexel for 55 years. He has been devoted to engineering education, and he is well known in the community of electrical engineering educators in the United States as a pioneer in the introduction and application of new information technology and dissemination techniques in the classroom. After graduating from Drexel, he was offered the position of Instructor and has been associated with the Electrical Engineering Department (now known as the Electrical and Computer Engineering, ECE) at Drexel since 1957. Today he is a Full Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and he also serves as Assistant ECE Department Head and a liaison to the Evening Program. He has received many awards including the Centennial Certificate of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Gerber served ASEE as Program Chairman, Industry Liaison, and Session Chairman for the instrumentation division. Drexel University has also honored Dr. Gerber on many occasions for his pioneering work in engineering education and for his dedication to Drexel’s undergraduate students. He received the Martin Kaplan Distinguished Faculty Award (1993), the Samuel Mercer Award for Distinguished Instruction (1994), and the Thomas W. Moore Teaching Award (1995). Dr. Gerber is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a registered professional engineer in the State of Pennsylvania, and a past Fellow of the National Science Foundation.

Robert C. III

MBA, LeBow College of Business, 1973

Mr. Ill has had a distinguished career as President, CEO, and Director of Triumph Group Inc., a leader in supplying and overhauling aerospace systems and components including mechanical and electromechanical control systems, flight instruments, aircraft and engine accessories, and structural components such as wings. In 1993, Mr. Ill demonstrated his entrepreneurial skill by taking business segments from conglomerate Alco Standard Corp in order to create Triumph Group. He continues to lead Triumph Group as Chairman. He is a Director of P.H. Glatfelter Company, Mohawk Industries, and Baker Industries, and he has served as a Trustee of the Eisenhower Fellowships. He is also Chair of the 2013 US Open at Merion Golf Club. In 2009, Ernst & Young named him one of the Entrepreneurs of the Year in the Manufacturing, Distribution & Construction field. Mr. Ill is a member of the Drexel President's Leadership Council and a former member of the Board of Visitors. He served as a Captain in the US Army from 1965 to 1968.

Herbert Kean, MD

Hahnemann University, 1956

Dr. Kean is retired from private practice as an Otolaryngologist. He is also Emeritus Clinical Professor of Otolaryngology at Thomas Jefferson Medical College. He was trained in facial plastic surgery with specializations in ear, nose and throat and rhinoplasty. Dr. Kean has over five decades of association with Jefferson; after completing his postgraduate training in 1960, he returned to become a member of the faculty in 1969. He performed the first outpatient procedure at the Jefferson Surgical Center in 1986, as well as the 50,000th outpatient procedure in 1998. Dr. Kean has also served as a Director of Entercom Communications Corp., the Wistar Institute, and the National Liberty Museum. In 2002, at the Wistar Institute, Dr. Kean established the Jeannette P. Kean Memorial Fund benefiting cancer research in memory of his first wife, and he established the Herbert Kean MD Family Professorship. Also in 2002, Dr. Kean founded The Herbert Kean, MD Chair in Otolaryngology at Thomas Jefferson Medical College. At Drexel University College of Medicine, Dr. Kean formerly served on the Alumni Association Board. In 2010, Dr. Kean received the Award of Merit from Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals.

James L. Madara, MD

Hahnemann University, 1975

Dr. Madara is CEO of the American Medical Association. Prior to joining the AMA, he served as the Thompson Distinguished Service Professor and Dean of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and as CEO of the University of Chicago Hospitals and Medical Center. Earlier he served as Timmie Professor and Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University, and as Professor of Pathology and Director of the Digestive Diseases Center at Harvard. An academic pathologist and an authority on epithelial cell biology and gastrointestinal disease, he has received several international awards and served in a variety of other capacities including editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Pathology.

Richelle Parham

BS, LeBow College of Business, 1991; BS, Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, 1991

As Chief Marketing Officer of eBay North America, Ms. Parham leverages her background in consumer and digital marketing to develop strategies and execute all marketing activities to reach 100+ million active eBay users. Ms. Parham is responsible for all areas of eBay North American marketing activities, including consumer product marketing, loyalty and relationship marketing, digital marketing, global citizenship, search optimization and search marketing, seller marketing, market research and eBay's global partner network. She has been with eBay since November of 2010. Prior to eBay, Ms. Parham served as head of Global Marketing Innovation and Initiatives and Global Marketing Services at Visa Inc. Her previous experience also includes 13 years at Digitas, Inc., a world leading marketing agency, where she held a variety of senior leadership roles, including Senior Vice President and General Manager of the agency's Chicago office. Ms. Parham has received many awards and honors, including the 2013 Direct Marketing News Marketing Hall of Femme; 2012 Women of Influence award by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal; and induction into the World Association for Cooperative Education Co-op Hall of Fame in 2012. She was named a Top 12 Innovator of Marketing and Advertising by Black Enterprise magazine in 2013, and was one of Savoy magazine's Top Women for 2012. She was also honored by the Council of Urban Professionals Women's Leadership Forum. Since 2012, Ms. Parham has served on the board of directors for Scripps Networks Interactive Inc.

Michael Williams

BS, 1980, MBA, 1983, LeBow College of Business

Mr. Williams serves as a Senior Advisor to the private equity firm Sterling Partners. In November 2012, Mr. Williams was named Chairman of the Board of Prospect Mortgage, LLC, a leading provider of mortgage financing in the country and a Sterling Partners portfolio company. Mr. Williams is a member of the Board of Directors of Realogy Holdings Corporation, a global leader in real estate franchising and service delivery. Previously, Mr. Williams served as Fannie Mae’s President & CEO and a member of the company’s Board of Directors from April 2009 through June 2012. A seasoned housing industry executive, Mr. Williams focused Fannie Mae on supporting realistic, common-sense lending, building a profitable new book of business, reducing credit losses and helping struggling home-owners, and transforming the company to better serve the housing and mortgage markets. During his tenure as CEO, the company provided over $2.7T in liquidity to the mortgage market, enabling over 8.1M homeowners to refinance their mortgage, 2.2M families to purchase a home, and 1.3M units of affordable rental housing to be constructed. As a result, the company returned to profitability in 2012, generating $7.8B in net income in the first half of the year. During his 21-year career with Fannie Mae, Mr. Williams held a number of senior roles, including EVP & Chief Operating Officer and EVP & President, eBusiness. Mr. Williams is a member of the Board of Directors for the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC, where he serves as Treasurer of the Board and Chair of the Finance & Investments Committee. Mr. Williams is a member of the Board of Trustees for Drexel University, where he serves on the Audit Committee and is a member of the Advisory Board for the LeBow School of Business.