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Drexel 100

A Note from our Drexel 100 Chair, DAVID R. GELTZER ‘77

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.  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, Senior Associate Vice President, Presidential Initiatives in the Office of Institutional Advancement 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.


David R. Geltzer ‘77
Chair, The Drexel 100

Drexel 100 inductees for 2015

Michael L. Anderson

BS, LeBow College of Business, 1989

Mr. Anderson was the first Drexel basketball player to make the roster of an NBA team. At Drexel, he led the Dragons to their first-ever NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship appearance in 1986. A year later, he led the Dragons to an upset over a stellar U.S. Navy team in the Palestra, one of the biggest wins in school history. Mr. Anderson is in the top ten all-time in career NCAA steals with 341 and tied for first all-time in career triple doubles. He was recognized in 2008 by the Colonial Athletic Association as a Men's Basketball Legend.

Mark L. Boxer, PhD

MS, College of Computing and Informatics, 2001

Dr. Boxer is global chief information officer and executive vice president for Cigna Corporation. He has been honored as a "Premier 100 IT Leader" by Computerworld and as an "Elite Eight" technology executive by Insurance and Technology magazine. Dr. Boxer is a business advocate and champion for advancing the employment of the disabled, receiving the "Anthony Coelho ADA Award" and sharing the American Association of People with Disabilities "Justice for All" Award with two U.S Congressman. Dr. Boxer earned a doctorate in global public health from Arizona's School of Health Sciences.

Maria Mascioli Charlton

MBA, LeBow College of Business, 1982

Ms. Charlton is the chief financial officer of Edmar Abrasive Company, a family owned manufacturer and distributor of abrasive and diamond products used primarily in the construction industry. Ms. Charlton has been one of Drexel's most dedicated volunteers in several capacities, including serving as chair of the Drexel University Alumni Association Board of Governors from 2007 to 2009 and as a member of the Board of Trustees. She currently serves on the President's Leadership Council and the LeBow Dean's Advisory Council.

K. Blair Christie

BS, LeBow College of Business, 1994
MBA, LeBow College of Business, 1999

Ms. Christie is senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Cisco, a worldwide leader in networking. She has responsibility for the company's global marketing, corporate communications and government affairs groups. A frequent speaker on communications and women's issues, Ms. Christie has received numerous awards and honors including PR Week magazine's "Power List" 2012 and 2013, Forbes Magazine's 2012 "Top 20 Most Social CMO's in the Fortune 100" and B to B Magazine's 2012 "Top Marketers." She was also named a Henry Crown Fellow in 2015.

Paul Citron

BS, College of Engineering, 1969
Honorary Degree, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, 2013

Mr. Citron retired in 2003 after 32 years with Medtronic, Inc. In 1980, he was given Medtronic's "Invention of Distinction" award for his role as co-inventor of the tined pacing lead, a technology that markedly improved the reliability and effectiveness of cardiac pacing. In addition, he has several other medical device pacing-related patents. He has worked with leading biomedical engineering institutions including Johns Hopkins University, MIT, University of Minnesota, Georgia Tech and Case Western Reserve.

Richard J. Cohen, PhD

PhD, Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1978

Since 1980, Dr. Cohen has served as president and chief executive officer of the Public Health Management Corporation, a non-profit public health institute in Philadelphia that builds healthier communities through partnerships with government, foundations, businesses and community-based organizations. Dr. Cohen leads close to 1,400 employees, more than 250 public health programs and approximately ten subsidiary organizations. Regionally and nationally, Dr. Cohen is sought not only for his depth of experience in public health delivery and management, but also for his insight into the underlying issues.

Angela Dowd-Burton

BS, LeBow College of Business, 1974
MBA, LeBow College of Business, 1979

Ms. Dowd-Burton is executive director for the City of Philadelphia's Office of Economic Opportunity. She was appointed by Mayor Michael Nutter to her role in 2010 and is responsible for leveraging regional business services to expand the capacity of minority and women-owned businesses and their ability to successfully compete in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Ms. Dowd-Burton has received numerous awards including the U.S. Small Business Administration 2012 Minority Business Champion of the Year Award.

Dorothea R. Johnson, MD

MD, Woman's Medical College, 1956
Honorary Degree, Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1986

Dr. Johnson served as vice president for Health Affairs at AT&T until her retirement after 38 years in 1995. As one of the first women to break the glass ceiling in a large firm, Dr. Johnson initiated the first culture-based health promotion program in the corporate world. She founded Total Life Concept (TLC), a process that extended the notion of risk factors to include the norms and values of the worksite. The work she initiated at AT&T is seen as a landmark step in the creation of a healthy work environment. In addition, in 1985, she became the first woman president of the American Occupational Medical Association.

Moshe M. Kam, PhD, PE

MS, College of Engineering, 1985
PhD, College of Engineering, 1987

Dr. Kam is the dean of the Newark College of Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Previously, he was the department head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Drexel University. Dr. Kam is a former president and CEO of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional technical association.

Robert Lifshin

BS, Goodwin College of Professional Studies, 1958

A dedicated supporter of students at Drexel University, Mr. Lifshin was an engineering officer at VA hospitals in upstate New York, and Pittsburgh, PA. He left the VA as chief engineering officer of the Hospital in Coral Gables, FL for a career at the HUD regional office in Philadelphia, PA, his home town. Mr. Lifshin was born in South Philadelphia and worked as draftsman in his early years. He was inspired by his wife, Genevieve, to pursue an engineering education at Drexel University. He became chief of the maintenance engineering section in the five state regions and became involved in promoting and monitoring the Central office public housing programs. Bob credits his educational and professional achievements to his beloved Genny and views his support of Drexel students as "paying back" the many advantages he received through his Drexel education.

Gary M. Mignogna

BS, College of Engineering, 1980
MS, College of Engineering, 1981

Mr. Mignogna is the president and chief executive officer of AREVA Inc., a leader in nuclear energy and a growing player in the renewable energies sector. Mr. Mignogna has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to Operational Excellence through a number of initiatives launched under his leadership. He started AREVA's engineering qualification program and is the founding sponsor of the Voyager rotational program for up-and-coming leaders in engineering. Mr. Mignogna has been a member of the Nuclear Strategic Issues Advisory Committee since 2007.

Arye Rosen, PhD

PhD, College of Engineering, 1993

Dr. Rosen is a visiting professor and associate vice president for Biomedical Research Partnerships at Rowan University. Previously, he was an academy professor at Drexel's School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems and Electrical & Computer Engineering. He also served as the associate vice provost for strategic initiatives at Drexel. Dr. Rosen has been involved in research and development of microwave/millimeter-wave devices and circuits, microwave optical interaction, high-power semiconductor lasers and the use of energies for application in therapeutic medicine. He also co-founded the Medical Technology Center for Infants and Children at St. Peter's University Hospital.

Roberta Scheller

BS, Westphal, 1980

Ms. Scheller is a leading philanthropist and civic leader. She is a trustee of The Roberta and Ernest Scheller, Jr. Family Foundation, which is a notable funder of Jewish organizations and higher education, among other causes. Ms. Scheller has served as the corporate secretary for Silberline Manufacturing and, before enrolling in Drexel for her degree, she worked for Condé Nast Publishing.

Sandra Lee Sheller

MCAT, College of Nursing and Health Professions, 2004
CE, College of Nursing and Health Professions, 2005

Ms. Sheller is an active civic leader, philanthropist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Certified Art Therapist, and Family Therapist. Working many years for The Salvation Army, she was recognized for her extraordinary influence in improving the lives of families experiencing homelessness. Significant to this was her involvement in the transformation of The Salvation Army Social Service Programs towards more trauma-informed practices and services in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Her sphere of influence captured the attention of the city of Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services and the Deputy Mayor of Health and Opportunity who went on to support two pivotal projects of hers. The creation of a trauma-informed network group for social service employees and constituent agencies serving the homeless throughout Philadelphia – and a train-the-trainer trauma-informed parenting model which was cited in the 2014 National Report Card for Child Homelessness as one of three promising parenting programs.

She has presented as an expert panel member on homelessness for the US Department of Health and Human Services, and is a published author. At Drexel, she served on the College of Nursing and Health Professions Dean’s Advisory Board, as a fellow at the Center for Non-Violence and Social Justice at the Dana and David Dornsife School of Public Health, and is a past Assistant Clinical Professor in the Hahnemann Creative Arts in Therapy Graduate Program. She presently serves as a Board member for The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia and Women Against Abuse. Most recently, she served on Mayor Kenney’s transition committee, aiding in the selection of candidates for The City of Philadelphia’s leadership positions.

Ms. Sheller and her husband have established The Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University Beasley School of Law, The Stephen and Sandra Sheller Scholarship Fund for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Foundation, and The Stephen and Sandra Sheller Commons of the South Philadelphia Free Library. At Drexel, The Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services Center, named in their honor, has been designated as a model for the country for health-care delivery to underserved populations by The National Institute of Health.

Other distinguished honors include: The Salvation Army’s highest citizen’s award, The Other’s Award, in 2007; the National Philanthropy Day Award in 2009; Drexel University’s Service to Profession Alumni of the Year Award in 2012; Temple University’s highest award to non-alumni, The Russel H. Conwell Award, in 2014; Women Against Abuse’s Woman of the Year Award in 2015; and The National Liberty Museum’s Heroes of Liberty Award in 2017.

Ira M. Taffer, PhD

BS, College of Arts and Sciences, 1979
PhD, College of Arts and Sciences, 1983

Dr. Taffer is a scientist, entrepreneur and currently interim department head of the Department of Chemistry at Drexel University. In 1983, Dr. Taffer co-founded BIOMOL International, a producer of research products for the basic medical research market that was sold to Enzo Biochem, Inc. in 2008. Dr. Taffer is also a dedicated volunteer in several capacities at Drexel University, serving as the current chair of the Alumni Association Board of Governors and as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Jack Wall

BS, College of Engineering, 1986

Since 1996, Mr. Wall has been one of the entertainment industry's top composers of video game music. With more than 30 game scores to his credit, he has built a track record and an international reputation as a composer and music producer in the interactive entertainment sector. In addition to his work as a composer, Mr. Wall co-founded the first worldwide video game concert series, Video Games Live (VGL), an immersive concert event featuring music from some of the most popular video games of all time. Mr. Wall began his career in the music industry as an engineer, producer, and arranger and produced soundtracks for the films Basquiat, Somewhere in the City, Rhinoceros Hunting in Budapest, and House of America.

Rear Adm. Scott A. Weikert (ret.)

BS, College of Engineering, 1981

Now retired after an exemplary 39 year career with the U.S. Navy, Rear Adm. Weikert served as Rear Admiral, Civil Engineer Corps; Deputy Commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Command; and Deputy Chief of Civil Engineers, U.S. Navy. His military awards include the Legion of Merit (2 awards); Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards); Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3 awards); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2 awards); and various other service decorations.