Class Notes: Fall 2022

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George F. Vander Voort, BS metallurgical engineering ’67, president and consultant of Vander Voort Consulting and consultant for Struers Inc. and Struers A/S, was selected for the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for 2020 by the International Association of Top Professionals for his influence, proficiency and dedication to metallography, materials science and metallurgical engineering. The award will be presented in September at the International Materials, Applications & Technologies Conference in New Orleans.


Val Rossman, MCAT, HU creative arts in therapy ’76, in May 2022 exhibited current artwork in a solo show at the Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia titled, “Unexpected Interference.” Rossman’s abstract paintings express the unpredictability of life, using full color, as well as black and white.

Arthur W. Sagoskin, MD, MCP ’78, who co-founded Shady Grove Fertility more than 30 years ago, will retire at the end of 2022.

David E. Schleicher, BS electrical engineering ’79, is the new president and CEO of Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative.


Martin G. Belisario, BS mechanical engineering ’85, of Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP, was named among the 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. Belisario was also individually ranked by Chambers USA for his prowess in IP law.

Joseph G. Cacchione, MD, HU ’85, was named the new CEO of Jefferson Health and Thomas Jefferson University.

Linda Dennison Tapp, BS biological sciences ’88, president of SafetyFUNdamentals, received the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

James A. McKelvey III, BS civil engineering ’89, MS ’92, received the Philadelphia Civil Engineering of the Year Award for 2022 from the Philadelphia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.


Daniel Corey, BS civil engineering ’95, joined STV as vice president and national director of mobility technologies. Based in the firm’s Philadelphia office, Corey is leading a national practice of intelligent transportation systems, electric vehicle, connected and automated vehicles and data professionals.

Gina Furia Rubel, BS corporate communications ’91, CEO of Furia Rubel Communications Inc., was recognized among the 2022 LAWDRAGON Global 100 Leaders in Legal Strategy and Consulting. Furia Rubel Communications received the Business Achievement Award from the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce and was included in Chambers Litigation Support, a comprehensive guide for the leading professional services providers in key markets worldwide.

Heather L. Pacan, BS general information systems ’99, MS information systems ’02, vice president, Americas, sales support at Paessler, was named among the CRN Women of the Channel in 2022.

Jennifer Peirce Brandt, BS architectural engineering, civil engineering ’95, president and co-founder of Peirce Engineering, received the Geotechnical Engineer of the Year Award for 2022 by the Philadelphia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

John D. Simmons, BS electrical engineering ’92, of Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP, was named among the 2022 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.

Harold R. Windisch, BS civil engineering ’90, was recognized by the Philadelphia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers as the recipient of its Government Service Award for 2022.

Baby Dragons

Ezra Scher MoatzLauren Moatz, BA architecture ’07, and David Louis Katzer Scher, BS nursing ’11, welcomed their son, Ezra Scher Moatz, on Nov. 11, 2021.


George Aulisio, MS library and information science ’08, was named dean of the Weinberg Memorial Library at the University of Scranton. Aulisio is currently completing his PhD in philosophy from Temple University. His scholarship includes work in both philosophy and library science. He also published a book titled “Sudden Selector’s Guide to Philosophy” and has served as editor of the Library Materials and Pricing Index since 2018.

Felecia E. Commodore, BS business administration ’06, was promoted to associate professor in the Higher Education program of the Education Foundations and Leadership Department at Old Dominion University. Commodore is the first African American to receive tenure in the history of the department.

Alicia C. Definis, BS business administration ’09, was appointed CEO of Dorai Home, a leading developer of eco-chic home products that help prevent mold with instant-drying materials.

Sean M. Douglass, MS forensic science ’10, joined Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP as an associate to expand the firm’s patent practice.

Ian B.K. Martin, MD, MCP HU ’00, system chair of Medical College of Wisconsin’s Department of Emergency Medicine, professor of medicine and emergency physician-in-chief for the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network, was selected as one of six fellows for the prestigious 2022–2023 Association of American Medical Colleges’ Council of Deans Fellowship program.

Michelle Terry, BS interior design ’03, was appointed operations chief of staff at Faegre Drinker.

Michael Lee Webster, BS electrical engineering ’04, was promoted to engineering manager of V-COMM LLC.

Michael Jonathan White, BS civil engineering ’05, was promoted to associate at Cushing Terrell, a multidisciplinary architecture, engineering and design firm.


Emily Maiers and Zachary Gosling walk down the aisle at their weddingEmily Maiers, BS entrepreneurship ’15, and Zachary Gosling, BS entrepreneurship ’15, were married on April 23, 2022, in Jamaica.
A group of guests hold up a Drexel Dragons flag at Nina Monzo and David Simons's weddingNina Monzo, BS business and engineering ’13 and David Simon, BS civil engineering ’13, were married on Feb. 12, 2022.


Selli Abdali, BS biological sciences ’15, was the subject of a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer titled, “Parents Who Fled Afghanistan Name Their New Baby for the Philadelphia Woman Who Helped Them.”

Jose S. Altamirano, MBA ’15, is running for elected office in California, Board of Equalization, 1st District. If elected, Altamirano will be the first Latino to represent the district since the board was established in 1879.

Peter D. Coyl, MS library and information science ’10, was named library director and CEO of the Sacramento Public Library.

Paige A. Joffe, BS business administration ’15, JD ’20, of Capehart Scatchard, was sworn in as the Young Lawyer Trustee of the Camden County Bar Association on June 23, 2022, in Collingswood, New Jersey.

Devon Pope, JD ’15, started a new position as associate at Hughes Hubbard and Reed LLP in New York City.

Katie J. Reilly, BS music industry ’11, MBA ’11, published an op-ed, “Ron DeSantis should remember the first rule of Disney. Evil never wins,” in LGBTQ Nation. Reilly was also featured on CHANNEL Q’s radio show “The Morning Beat with AJ and Mikalah.”

Jason R. Woloski, MD ’14, was elected president of the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians.


Jordan Egan, BS interior design ’21, joined SOSH Architects as an interior designer.

Amanda Cohen, BARCH ’22, became a licensed architect in Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania Licensing System. The program enabled her to become licensed to practice pre-graduation at age 23.

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