Brian S. Alper, MD, MSPH, FAAFP
MD, College of Medicine, 1996
Brian S. Alper, MD, MSPH, FAAFP is Founder of DynaMed and Vice President of Innovations and Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) Development at EBSCO Health. While he was still in medical school, Dr. Alper created DynaMed, a clinical reference tool for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. In 2017 DynaMed Plus is available to more than one million physicians globally and used more than 12 times per minute on the web or mobile apps. Updated daily, DynaMed editors monitor the content of over 500 medical journals and 120 guideline developing organizations and cover more than 5,000 topics. Each article is evaluated for clinical relevance and scientific validity. The new evidence is then integrated with existing content, and overall conclusions are changed as appropriate, representing a synthesis of the best available evidence and guidance.
Previously, Dr. Alper was vice president of EBM Research and Development, Quality & Standards at EBSCO Information Services from 2013-2016. Prior to that, he was editor-in-chief of DynaMed and medical director of EBSCO Publishing.
Dr. Alper earned his MD at Hahnemann University (now Drexel College of Medicine), completed his residency in family medicine at Penn State University/Good Samaritan Hospital, and completed a fellowship and became a clinical research assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is board certified from the American Board of Family Medicine and a Fellow at the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is a member of American Academy of Family Physicians; American College of Physicians; American Medical Informatics Association; The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluate (GRADE) Working Group; Guidelines International Network; Health Level 7; International Society of Evidence-based Health Care; Partners for a Greater Voice Board of Directors; Patient-Centered Clinical Decision Support Learning Network; the Rosalind Franklin University Global Health Advisory Board; and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.
Dr. Alper received Drexel University's Outstanding Entrepreneur Award from the College of Medicine in 2011.
Detlev "Det" Ansinn, Jr.
BS, Electrical Engineering, CoE, 1995
As a serial entrepreneur, Mr. Ansinn has been developing software solutions for over 35 years. Mr. Ansinn is the President and Founder of BrickSimple, LLC, a software development studio specializing in cutting edge mobile/VR/AR applications, which he founded in 2002. Additionally, since 2015, Mr. Ansinn has served as Chief Technology Officer and a Board Member at Adherent Health, a technology platform including biosensors and wearable and mobile technologies. He is also a Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at WorkSage, a digital platform provider that introduces job candidates through a network of qualified referral sources and engaged stakeholders.
In addition to his entrepreneurship, Mr. Ansinn has served the Council President of the Borough of Doylestown. He was first elected to Doylestown Borough Council in 2005 becoming its first ever Democratic Council President in 2007. With leadership on local government issues ranging from green sustainable construction to LGBT protections and has served as President of the Bucks County Borough’s Association. Beyond the Borough, Mr. Ansinn serves as a member of the Bucks County Open Space Review Board and is past President of the Bucks County Free Library system. In 2012, he was a convention delegate for Pennsylvania’s 8th congressional district and was a participant in the White House Business Council. He is a trainer and facilitator for the national Life Entrepreneurship program of the New Leaders Council. Locally, he is also an active member with the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce and a regular conference speaker on technology, business, and social issues.
Ms. Auerbach has been a licensed psychologist who has practiced as a family therapist. A former SEI fellow of the Wharton School, she has provided psychological counseling for issues related to the management of wealth and succession planning in family-owned and closely held businesses as well as family foundations.
In the 1990s, as vice president for the Institute for Mental Health Initiatives in Washington, DC, Ms. Auerbach studied violence issues and television. She helped create and develop an anger management program called RETHINK and conducted workshops for TV professionals, educators, parents and teenagers.
Ms. Auerbach is a trustee of the Isaac and Carol Auerbach Family Foundation. In 2014, Ms. Auerbach established the Isaac L. Auerbach Cybersecurity Institute at Drexel, an interdisciplinary hub for educating the next generation of leaders in the field of cybersecurity, advancing the collective understanding of cyber-threats, and developing new capabilities and technologies to counter cyberattacks. The Auerbach family's partnership has fueled Drexel's growing strength in computer and information science. Carol and Isaac Auerbach established the Isaac L. Auerbach Professorship at the College of Computing & Informatics (CCI) shortly before Mr. Auerbach's death in 1992, and Ms. Auerbach has served on the search committee for two CCI deans. Ms. Auerbach is married to Albert Berger, with whom she partnered to create the two cybersecurity labs that were the precursor to the Institute.
An active member of the community and a patron of the arts, Ms. Auerbach serves on the National Advisory Committee for Foundations, Inc., a non-profit committed to improving educational experiences for America's children and youth. She also serves on the Patron Leadership Council for the Manhattan Theatre Club. Ms. Auerbach has served on the boards of the Bellevue Arts Museum, the Jewish Communal Fund, the Association of Israel's Decorative Arts, the Atlantic Theater Company, the Partnership for Effective Learning and Innovative Education, Inc., the Pilchuck Glass School, the former Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education and she served as vice president of the Philadelphia Jewish Federation.
At Drexel, Ms. Auerbach has served as a member of the CCI Dean's Executive Board and a member of CCI's Task Force.
Albert "Al" Berger
Mr. Berger was the CEO and chairman of the board of Allied Holdings, the parent company of Allied-Universal (formerly Allied Barton Security), the largest American-owned security officer services company. The company was sold in 2005 to MacAndrews & Forbes holdings, Inc. Prior to Allied, Mr. Berger served as chief executive officer of SpectaGuard from 1998 to February 2003 and remained as a board member through 2008. From 1994 through 1998, he redeveloped a hotel property and served as a consultant with Gryphon Investors and others in the security business. Mr. Berger served as director, president, and vice chairman of Pinkerton from 1990 to 1994 and as a director of California Plant Protection from 1975 to 1987. He had also served as President of HCC Industries from 1985 to 1987, and from 1961 through 1985, Mr. Berger held various positions in the chemical industry and owned a specialty chemical business from 1965 through 1985.
Mr. Berger is a member of the National Advisory Committee for Foundations, Inc. He serves as a member of the Patron Leadership Council for the Manhattan Theatre Club and he served on the board of directors. He also served as a member on the board of the Bellevue Arts Museum.
Mr. Berger's wife, Carol Auerbach, is a trustee of the Isaac and Carol Auerbach Family Foundation. In 2014, Ms. Auerbach established the Isaac L. Auerbach Cybersecurity Institute at Drexel, an interdisciplinary hub for educating the next generation of leaders in the field of cybersecurity, advancing the collective understanding of cyber-threats, and developing new capabilities and technologies to counter cyberattacks. The Institute is named in honor of Carol Auerbach's late husband, Isaac Auerbach, who passed away in 1992.
At Drexel, Mr. Auerbach has served as a member of the CCI's Board.
Thomas Eric "Rick" Berk
BS, Computer Science, College of Computing and Informatics, 1986
Rick is a Partner and Head of firm wide Compliance and Enterprise Risk Management at Brown Brothers Harriman, a Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) is a privately owned and managed financial services firm which serves individuals and institutions globally, with expertise in Private Banking, Investment Management, and Investor Services.
Prior to this role, he served as Co-Head of the Investor Services Technology Services Division, Head of Investor Services Product Management, and Chief Information Officer. During Rick’s tenure, BBH delivered bespoke applications and enterprise technology and data solutions that help global banks and asset managers manage their most complex and difficult business requirements, helping to position BBH as a technology leader in the financial services industry.
Prior to joining BBH, Rick was the vice president of global accounts development at ADP BISG, where he was responsible for developing systems and servicing ADP’s largest clients. He also spent several years in the communications technology industry.
Rick has a BS degree in Computer Science from Drexel University and is an active member of the Alpha Upsilon chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. He has also been a Trustee of the South Shore Health System in Weymouth, Massachusetts.
BS, Information Systems, College of Computing and Informatics, 2004
A technology developer turned entrepreneur and investor, Mr. Bucci is the Founder of RevZilla.com and member of the Board of Directors of Comoto Holdings. Comoto owns RevZilla.com, the largest online provider of motorcycle apparel, accessories and parts. It also owns Cycle Gear, the largest American retailer of motorcycle parts and apparel with over 120 stores in 38 states. Previous to Comoto’s acquisition in 2016, Mr. Bucci co-founded RevZilla in 2007 growing it to be the largest eCommerce company in the worldwide motorcycle aftermarket, with sales cresting $100 million in 2015 and zero outside investment taken. Mr. Bucci was CEO of RevZilla from 2007 until he exited the day to day operations in 2017.
Prior to founding RevZilla.com, Mr. Bucci focused on retail and consumer brands' online technologies, experiences, and marketing strategies. He has been involved in the development of all facets of the eCommerce industry with companies ranging from small to large retailers such as Smashbox Cosmetics, Vineyard Vines, Oneida, Spencer Gifts, Spirit Halloween, Chrome Hearts, and L.L. Bean, among others. He has held a variety of positions including Director of Business Development with WebLinc LLC (2005-2007).
Mr. Bucci is an investor and Board member of goPuff as well as an advisor to the Tony Hawk Foundation. goPuff, an on-demand delivery service, delivering food, drinks and other convenience items, was founded by Drexel alumnus Rafael Ilishayev (BS, Legal Studies, Bennett S. LeBow College of Business, 2015) and Yakir Gola, in 2013.
In 2017, Mr. Bucci was named to the World Association of Cooperative Education Hall of Fame. In 2016, he was the keynote speaker at the commencement for Drexel's College of Computing and Informatics. In 2014, he was named to Drexel's "40 Under 40," and in 2012, he was named Drexel Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year.
BS, Information Systems, College of Computing & Informatics, 1990
As SVP of Service Operations and Chief Information Officer, Greg is driving business results through the delivery of ever-increasing capabilities and adoption of new technologies that support the strategic direction of the company. He plays a key role in helping Penn Mutual meet business goals through collaboration across the organization with a focus on current operations and continual enhancement of the company’s business capabilities and has positioned Penn Mutual as a company that is powered by it’s people and enabled by technology.
Greg joined Penn Mutual as assistant vice president within Information Management and Technology in 2004. After successfully aligning Penn Mutual’s technology delivery with its business needs and direction, he was promoted to vice president of Technology Architecture and Services in 2006. In that role, Greg was responsible for streamlining the architecture that services all of Penn Mutual’s stakeholders through technology capabilities and maintaining the ongoing reliability of the operating environment. In 2009, he was named the company’s Chief Information Officer and in 2015 Greg’s responsibilities extended to include adviser and client service operations.
Greg’s previous positions include assistant vice president of Disability Management Applications, and director of Architecture and eBusiness Development for CIGNA Health Services/Intracorp, a subsidiary of CIGNA Corporation. Prior to joining CIGNA, Greg worked in the Advanced Technologies area at The Vanguard Group.
Greg graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and earned a Masters in Business Administration from St. Joseph’s University.
Diane Marie Fanelli
BS, Accounting, Bennett S. LeBow College of Business, 1987
Ms. Fanelli is Vice President of Global System Integrators for Citrix, where she is responsible for developing and enhancing partnerships.
Prior to her position at Citrix, Ms. Fanelli was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Platform Channels at SAP. She led a global team that was responsible for expanding SAP’s ecosystem and bringing SAP innovations to market in the areas of PaaS, mobility, analytics, database, technology and IoT.
Ms. Fanelli served as the Global Customer Operations Executive Sponsor on Diversity, took part in the company's Autism at Work program, and was an Executive Sponsor of the SAP Veterans to Work program. The Veterans to Work program was established to alleviate the shortage of highly skilled talent in the technology industry. Also, she is a part of SAP's Autism at Work program.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Fanelli has served in a variety of positions including as Chief Operating Officer- Platform Solutions Division; Senior Vice President- Global Presales and Solutions; Senior Vice President Business Development; Senior Vice President for SAP Asia Pacific and Japan; Vice President of Business Development; Vice President- Presales; and other various consulting sales and delivery roles. Before joining SAP, she was the assistant controller at Pincus Bros. Inc. and senior auditor at Laventhol & Horwath.
BS, Information Systems, Computer Science, College of Computing and Informatics, 2002
Mr. Han has been a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) cybersecurity advisory practice since 2016. He specializes in enterprise transformational problem solving by guiding his clients through the "strategy through execution" process from the initial design, to solution implementation and on-going managed operations. He is an expert in cyber defensive methods and threat & vulnerability management.
He previously worked as a managing director at Accenture from 2010-2016, where he was lead managing director of the cybersecurity threat and vulnerability management practice. Prior to working at Accenture he works as a manager at PwC.
Kisha Hortman Hawthorne, MHA, MBA, FACHE
Doctoral Student, College of Computing & Informatics
Ms. Hawthorne's health care career spans over 15 years. She has extensive experience in the areas of hospital operations, information services, revenue cycle, and project management. She is currently the Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Ms. Hawthorne has oversight of a 550+ member Information Services (IS) department. The IS department services range from platform and network engineering, quality management, project management, business and clinical application, training, analytics and reporting to desktop support, biomedical engineering, health information management and information security.
Prior to her current position, she was Associate Chief Information Officer & Assistant Vice President of Health Information Management (HIM) and Information System (IS) Business Operations; she was responsible for financial performance, budgeting, and operational management of the IS department, including functional areas such as human resources, training and development, and employee engagement.
Before joining CHOP, Ms. Hawthorne was a Senior Consultant at TRG Healthcare, LLC and an Administrator of the Patient Management Services and Special Procedures Area at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield, Illinois. Ms. Hawthorne completed her Administrative Fellowship with VHA, Inc. in Las Colinas, Texas in 2002.
Ms. Hawthorne is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She earned a Master of Healthcare Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, a Master of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Florida A&M University. She is currently a Doctoral Student in the Information Studies program at the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University.
BS, Information Studies, CCI, 1995
Mr. Kaganovsky is currently the Chief Technology Officer for Wavemaker, a GroupM/ WPP agency. Wavemaker is one of the largest media agencies focusing on service our client’s needs in media, content and technology. Kaganovsky is responsible for the overall technology agenda at Wavemaker including the technology investments by the agency and leading the Wavemaker Technology Consulting unit.
Previously he served as the CIO of Maxus, GroupM / WPP company. He served as a member of the Maxus Global Executive Committee and GroupM IT Executive Committee. His responsibilities include IT services, agency tools, application development, and technology consulting services. Kaganovsky lead the technology workstream for the integration of Maxus and MEC (forming Wavemaker).
Previously, he was the GroupM Global Applications Director where he served on the Global IT Executive Committee and the Global Technology Strategy Board. Kaganovsky was also responsible for the GroupM workstream of the WPP IT Transformation project enabling the successful transfer of all IT Infrastructure staff to a service outsource arrangement with an external party.
He has also held positions at Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers, spanning a broad range of consulting services but always with a focus on leveraging technology to deliver value and manage risk.
In 2017, he was elected to chair the Drexel University’s Alumni Association Board of Governors. As chair, he also serves as a member of the Drexel University Board of Trustees. He has also served on the President's Leadership Council from 2011-2015. In addition, he has been the President of the Alumni Corporation of Alpha Pi Lambda Fraternity. In 2015, he was nominated by Drexel and named to the Hall of Fame of the World Association of Co-operative Education.
As executive vice president and chief human resources officer for DXC Technology, Ms. Mason leads all aspects of human resources, including talent recruitment and retention, policy, benefits and compensation, workforce development and organization effectiveness, staffing and training, along with global inclusion and diversity. DXC Technology was created by the merger of CSC, a provider of information technology services and professional services, and the Enterprise Service business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, in April 2017. In May of 2018, DXC Technology is expected to merge with Vencore Holding Corporation and Keypoint Government Solutions; the new company will be named Perspecta.
Prior to DXC, Ms. Mason was the chief human resources officer and chief of staff at CSC, where she reported to former CSC chairman, president and CEO Mike Lawrie, a Drexel MBA alumnus and Drexel Trustee, who will serve as the chairman of Perspecta, upon the close of the merger, in May 2018. She joined CSC in March 2012 as the chief of staff and head of the change management and execution office. From October 2006 to March 2012, she served as the chief of staff and operation director at Misys plc. She served in various management roles at Zouk Capital from 2004 to 2006, Lendlease Group from 2002 to 2004 and Energis Communications Ltd. from 1999 to 2002.
BS, Chemical Engineering, Drexel University; MBA, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Vicki Poponi is a vice president at American Honda Motor Co., Inc., whose current responsibility is to lead the enterprise-wide alignment of Honda's digital services across all product lines, including automobile, powersports and power equipment and their sales, service and finance functions.
Poponi joined Honda in 2005, as the assistant vice president of automobile Product Planning, with responsibility for Honda and Acura product planning, strategic planning, market research and coordination of quality assurance efforts. Her key efforts focused on improving the company's product planning and launch planning processes to create a market-driven culture across all departments. In 2013, Poponi joined the Parts, Service & Technical Division as the assistant vice president of Service Engineering, leading the technical operations, with responsibilities for monitoring the U.S. and export markets to identify and address emerging market issues, providing technical guidance to dealership service technicians and working with R&D teams to ensure the serviceability of future products by dealers. In 2015, Poponi became vice president of the Export Sales Division, with P&L responsibility for sales of automobiles and parts built in the U.S. and North America to more than 84 countries and 15 Honda assembly plants around the world. In April 2017, Poponi became the vice president of Auto Sales Operations, where she was responsible for all market support activities for Honda and Acura vehicle sales, which included marketing operations, dealer franchise planning and operations, dealer sales training and communications. Poponi assumed her current role on April 1, 2019.
Prior to joining AHM, Poponi held key leadership roles, including P&L responsibility, with Honeywell's Garrett Turbocharging Systems, Kimberly-Clark Corporation and Scott Paper Company.
Poponi received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University, and holds a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
As SVP & CIO of Comcast Cable, Rick Rioboli leads the information technology organization responsible for the technology, systems and tools that support the customer lifecycle (sales, activation, billing, support, etc.), as well as employee-facing functions such as human resources, finance and workplace information technology. Rick and his team are responsible for leading the technology strategy and execution of Comcast’s customer experience transformation, which strives to make the customer experience simple, consistent and digital.
Rick has over 20 years of experience leading product and engineering teams focused on bringing innovative, customer-facing products and technologies to market. His teams have been awarded two Technology and Engineering Emmys as recognition for the impact of their work on television engineering: Video Personal Recommendations on the X1 platform (2015) and the Voice Remote on the X1 platform (2017).
Rick received his Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University and his Master's in Computer Engineering from Villanova University.
Steven M. Scopellite
Steve is a technology visionary who retired from Goldman Sachs in 2013 after a distinguished career of nearly 30 years, having served as Global Chief Information Officer and head of the 8,000-person Global Technology Division. During his tenure at Goldman Sachs, Steve led the firm’s penetration of new markets across Europe and Asia, pioneered the bank’s expansion into electronic trading, and developed the global funding platform. He was named to the Institutional Investor Tech 50 list in 2012 and 2013.
Steve currently serves as the Chairman to the Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees. He serves as a director of Soltage, LLC, a leading renewable energy provider. He serves as a director at Ionic Security, a secure platform to protect and control data. He is co-founder and advisor to Aspec Scire, a ground breaking drone-data analytics company. He served as a director of Akamai Technologies, Inc. from January 1, 2014 until May 23, 2017 and also serves as an advisor and consultant to the CIO Strategy Exchange (CIOSE).
His daughter, Kimberly, is a pre-junior at Drexel who is studying Health Sciences at the College of Nursing and Health Professions.
Walter W. Straub
Former Trustee; BS, Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, 1965; MBA, LeBow, 1970; Honorary Degree, 2012
Mr. Straub is the chairman of the board of Vangard Voice Systems, a developer of voice software tools for mobile workforce and smartphone applications. He is also a director of mSIGNIA, a company which operates a platform to help authentication and online service providers in the lifecycle management of their mobile-based private data.
Mr. Straub was a co-founder of Rainbow Technologies, Inc., a computer and information security company. He led Rainbow's initial public offering in 1987 and its secondary offering in 1991. He was chairman of the board, CEO and president of Rainbow from 1984 until March 2004, when Rainbow merged with SafeNet, Inc. Mr. Straub then became a director of SafeNet, Inc., and he was named chairman of the board and CEO of the company in 2006. SafeNet was sold to a private equity group the following year. From 1989 until 2008, Mr. Straub was also a director of CAM Commerce Solutions, Inc., a provider of commerce solutions for traditional and web retailers. He serves on the President's Advisory Council of Concordia University, Irvine.
As a student he was an active member of Drexel Hillel. From May 1993 to May 2008, Mr. Straub was a member of the Board of Trustees of Drexel University. He has also served as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Drexel Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento, the CCI Task Force, and the CCI Dean's Executive Board. Mr. Straub was inducted into the Drexel 100 in 1992 and into the World Association of Cooperative Education Hall of Fame in 2004. In 2017, he was the keynote speaker at the commencement for Drexel's College of Computing and Informatics. He is a Charter Member of the College of Engineering Alumni Circle of Distinction.