Drexel LeBow Black Alumni Network
The Drexel LeBow Black Alumni Network (DLBAN) is steered by a leadership board who promote and uphold the Network’s mission and vision. The board meets regularly to facilitate the leadership and direction of the DLBAN.
If you are interested in receiving more information about the leadership board or would like to volunteer, please contact Yasmeen Mayes, program manager of alumni relations and strategic engagement, at email@example.com.
Drexel LeBow Black Alumni Network 2021 – 2022 Leadership Board
Antoinette Brock, EMBA ‘15
Vice President, Corporate Analytics and Transparency
Bristol Myers Squibb
Toni loves to drive solutions to complex business problems when faced with ambiguity! Throughout her 24-year career at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Toni has led numerous change efforts to create best-in-class global business solutions that drive productivity across the enterprise. Her most recent accomplishment came when Toni led the sale of UPSA, BMS’s Over the Counter business in France, to a Japanese Company. The sales generated $1.6 billion dollars in revenue.
Toni is a dynamic leader, who has held numerous roles of increasing responsibility including sales representative, incentive compensation lead, trade sales and operations account executive and marketing lead, business projects and planning lead, and global transparency reporting lead. In her current role as Vice President, Corporate Analytics & Transparency, she oversees enterprise-wide HR analytics, including corporate diversity and inclusion analytics initiatives, Global Procurement analytics, the execution of Business Insights and Analytics (BIA) organizational transformation, BIA Strategy and Operation and global transparency reporting.
Toni is a champion for diversity and inclusion and is instrumental in the development of others as she continues to mentor and coach colleagues.
In addition, she is co-president of the EMBA Alumni Board and a member of the Bridge Program Board at LeBow College of Business. Toni holds a BS in Chemistry from St. Mary’s College and an MBA from Drexel University.
On a personal note, Toni enjoys spending time with her husband, Robert, and their two dogs Sammy and Mr. Jingles in her downtime. She also loves to travel. Toni comes to work for her grandmother and mother both who currently benefit from Bristol Myers Squibb medicines.
Barbara Bungy, EMBA '15, MPH '07, MCHES
Education Plus Health
Barbara Bungy, MBA, MPH, MCHES® is a natural trailblazer with a passion for making positive impact in peoples’ lives and organizational culture. She is a public health professional who has worked in the for-profit and non-profit healthcare sector for fifteen years.
Ms. Bungy is the Deputy Director for Education Plus Health, the leading nonprofit in the region to promote health equity by advocating for school-based health centers (SBHCs) as a critical source of healthcare for underserved K-12 students. Established in Pennsylvania in 2009, Education Plus Health serves more than 7,000 youth annually across fifteen public, charter, and independent Title I schools. In this role, Barbara is responsible for the quality, efficiency, effectiveness, staffing, fiscal sustainability, innovation, and expansion of the multi-site school-based health center programs that consist of primary and acute care, behavioral health, school nursing, community health work as well as all non-clinical programs. She also leads and facilitates strategic school, community, and corporate partnerships.
Previously, Ms. Bungy spent five years as the Chief Operating Officer at Philadelphia FIGHT Community Health Centers. At FIGHT, she contributed to the systemic transformation and convergence of a non-profit AIDS Service Organization into a full-scale, multi-site Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). FQHCs are community-based health centers designed to provide outpatient, primary and specialty care services to underserved communities regardless of their patient’s socio-economic status. Among the many notable accomplishments, expanding their scope of services to establish an onsite “state-of-the-art” Pediatric Health Center in March 2018 was Barbara’s most rewarding and inspiring experience.
In January 2017, Ms. Bungy was the inaugural recipient of the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovations Award within the Healthcare Category, which resulted in a nomination by her peers. Her peers made the following remarks: “Barbara has demonstrated strong leadership with compassion, enthusiasm, and a keen business sense as it applies to creating and strengthening communities. Her extensive background in healthcare, business, and social enterprise, along with her dedication to creating healthy communities in Philadelphia have been an asset and gift to Philadelphia FIGHT and the thousands of community members we serve every year. We are fortunate to have Ms. Bungy’s leadership and guidance as she and others move the organization into its next stage of growth”.
Barbara spent nine years employed by Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM) within the Department of Pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children where she held several leadership positions including the Executive Director for the Center of the Urban Child; the Director of Grant Funded Programs and the HIV Prevention Services Program Manager for the Dorothy Mann Center (DMC) for Pediatric and Adolescent HIV.
In addition to her commitment to family and friends, Ms. Bungy dedicates her time to organizations and community groups that impact economic inequality, financial literacy, financial stability, philanthropy, social justice, health literacy, health equity, mental and emotional health & wellness, leadership development, youth empowerment, arts & culture, faith, spirituality, and Christianity.
Barbara is a board member for Prevention Point Philadelphia, a nonprofit public health organization that provides harm reduction services and promotes wellness, empowerment and safety for communities affected by drug use and poverty. In 2020, she was appointed Vice President of the Board of Commissioner’s for the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC). NCHEC is the national accrediting organization for health educators whose mission is to improve the practice of health education and to serve the public and profession of health education by certifying health education specialists (CHES® & MCHES®), promoting professional development, and strengthening professional preparation and practice. Furthermore, she is the Chair for the Camden County (NJ) Mental Health Board, a public county advisory group responsible for the oversight of mental health services including recommendations of mental health funding appropriations to the County Board of Freeholders and the State Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
Ms. Bungy is proud to be a Drexel University “Double Dragon”. She holds an Executive MBA from the LeBow College of Business (2015) and an Executive MPH from the Dornsife School of Public Health (2007). In 2015, Barbara attained certification from NCHEC as a Master Health Education Specialist (MCHES®). She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rowan University, Glassboro NJ (1999). Barbara has been an active member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) for eleven years.
Ezekiel G. Cannon, ‘19
Assistant Financial Analyst
Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics
University of Pennsylvania
Ezekiel Cannon is currently an Assistant Financial Analyst for the Division of Recreation & Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Pennsylvania.
A native of Cleveland, OH, he moved to Detroit, MI for high school where he graduated from Ferndale High School in 2014. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Analytics and Finance from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business in 2019. Ezekiel participated in the co-op program and had opportunities at the Philadelphia Water Department, Drexel University, and A & A Limited in Hong Kong. He also completed several internships, including Frontier Promotions as a corporate trainer and Athena Global Advisors as a data science intern. Mr. Cannon also supported Drexel Men’s Basketball team as an Assistant Manager for a few seasons.
During his time at Drexel University, Ezekiel was a member of the school’s Bringing Hope Home chapter, Drexel Black Student Union, Drexel NAACP, and Drexel Black Action Committee. Ezekiel is an alumnus of the LeBow BRIDGE program and a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., joining by way of the Psi Chapter at Drexel University. He is currently a member of the Rho chapter, an alumni chapter in the Philadelphia area. He has served as Assistant Director of Collee Brother Affairs and Assistant Parliamentarian for the Eastern Region of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and as the treasurer and President of the Psi chapter. Ezekiel is an alumnus of the DiverseForce on Boards program at the University of Pennsylvania and is a former Gateway Scholar of the Gateway to Leadership Foundation.
Ezekiel volunteers as a Minds Matter mentor and serves on a few nonprofit boards, including Drexel University LeBow BRIDGE Alumni Group, Hope for Hope, Inc., The Tennessee Program, and The Business Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise where he currently serves as treasurer of the board.
Ezekiel loves recreational activities such as biking, boxing, reading, swimming, and playing video games. He currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.
Gamal Dopwell, MS ‘19
Gamal Dopwell is a growth-oriented leader and skilled Supply Chain Manager with a history of achievements in logistics, cost-effective change implementation, and staff development. He has overseen multiple facets of the supply chain cycle, including transportation, distribution, freight budget maintenance, and negotiations with third-party logistics (3PL) vendors.
A native of Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Gamal received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Saint Joseph’s University, where he excelled in courses focusing on data analytics and international trade. His curiosity on how things work—specifically, how goods make their way from conception and manufacturing into the hands of consumers—drove him to pursue a Master of Science in Supply Chain Management and Logistics with a minor in Project Management from Drexel University. An avid learner, he further developed his expertise in process improvements, problem solving, and management of complex, high-impact projects with certifications in Lean Six Sigma (Green Belt) and Project Management (CAPM).
While his professional activities typically do not involve direct interaction with consumers, Gamal regularly executes improved operational initiatives with the customer in mind. He is committed to delivering quality, sustainable, and affordable products that meet the everyday needs of people around the world. His unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction is evident in his focus on ethical manufacturing practices as well as his success in developing efficiencies that result in timely product transport and delivery.
Gamal is not one to shy away from a challenge. He excels at assessing the needs and resources of his teams in order to mitigate risks, maximize profits, and develop comprehensive improvement plans. His business savvy and strong work ethic have earned him leadership roles at some of the nation’s top manufacturers and logistics companies, including his current post at Newell Brands.
In his spare time, Gamal invests in his community by mentoring youths through his local chapter of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. He also enjoys bowling, reading, and attending spoken word performances.
Rodney Gillespie, '89
Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Solid Tumor
Rodney Gillespie is a global executive with broad leadership experience. He is currently the Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Solid Tumor for Janssen Oncology, a Johnson and Johnson company. This includes products for Prostate, Bladder and Lung Cancer.
While only with Janssen Oncology for eighteen months, Rodney spent thirteen years with AstraZeneca, a global pharmaceutical company. Rodney began his career with AstraZeneca in the United States where he held several senior roles in market access, marketing, and sales leadership before assuming posts in the UK and in South Africa. Through his role as Country President AstraZeneca in South Africa, a position he held from 2016 through mid- 2019, Rodney had overall responsibility for the P&L, strategy, and direction of the company.
Rodney has a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce & Engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA and a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Washington, Seattle, WA.
Rodney and his amazing wife, Angela live in Chadds Ford, PA. He has two daughters, Jasmyn and Jaida. Jasmyn is a recent college graduate of High Point University and Jaida is an undergraduate student at the Mecca, Howard University in Washington, DC.
Rodney has a passion for participating in activities and organizations that allow him to give back to disadvantaged communities and kids. Rodney was on the Board of Directors for The American International School of South Africa and is a member of the South African Chapter and London Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. He is also a member of Sigma Pi Phi. He continues to mentor numerous young professionals in their career journey. In addition, he enjoys running and cycling via Peloton. He enjoys a good book and a good movie.
Bernard Greene, ‘99, EMBA ‘14
Senior Director, Software Development & Engineering
Next Generation Access Networks
Bernard Greene is currently a Senior Director at Comcast on the Next Generation Access Networks team.
In this role Bernard leads a 30+ person software development team responsible for geographic information system (GIS) technologies, applications, and analytics. This team is geographically diverse, spread out across the U.S. and India. In previous roles at Comcast, Bernard led broadband syndication implementations for domestic and Canadian customers and launched the X1 for Hospitality product found in the Four Seasons Philadelphia hotel.
Before coming to Comcast in 2016, Bernard spent twelve years at Day & Zimmermann in various roles of increasing responsibility. He performed enterprise strategic planning, business planning and business analysis, needs analysis and business risk assessment, and consulted with executive business unit leaders to shape demand and determine how to best support the business through the effective use of technology. He was also responsible for web and mobile application development as well as customer relationship tools that supported business development. Bernard was also a technology consultant with SAP and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He received both his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering and his Executive MBA from Drexel University in 1999 and 2014, respectively. He is very passionate about helping people and giving back to the community. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Philadelphia YMCA and is Vice Chair of the Drexel University Alumni Board of Governors. Bernard also mentors several junior resources in both formal and informal capacities. Originally from Washington, DC, Bernard lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two daughters, ages 15 and 12.
Sharon Manker, '14
Manager, Diverse Supplier Initiatives
Sharon Manker is an award-winning supplier diversity professional that is a results-driven visionary with a stellar record of success developing and operationalizing strategies and programs that engage and unite diverse missions and organizations.
Sharon is skilled at creating a compelling vision, communicating a call to action, and building high-performing teams enthusiastic about achieving organizational objectives. Sharon is a recognized community leader and public speaker with expertise in topics on leadership, minority, veteran, disabled, and women’s equality, the state of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender equality, and social justice. Sharon has an established network of contacts with local and national constituent groups including boards, committees, government, nonprofit organizations, and industry-leading corporations. Sharon is analytical, collaborative, and success oriented.
Currently, as Senior Diversity Program Lead for American Water Works Service Company, Inc., its subsidiary and affiliated companies, the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater, and other related services to 15 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. Sharon has been with American Water for over 6 years and has held previous roles as a Senior Buyer for national categories prior to transitioning full-time to the Supplier Diversity Coordinator rotational position. In the role, she cochaired American Water’s First Supplier Diversity Summit featured in two magazines: Diversity Professional Magazine and DiversityPlus Magazine. She was instrumental in American Water being named on WBENC’s America’s Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises (WBEs) award in 2019.
In 2020, Sharon was recognized with (1) Eastern Minority Supplier Development Council’s (EMSDC) Emmett T. Vaughn Corporate Advocate of the Year” Award, (2) the Women’s Business Enterprise Center – East’s (WBEC East) Diversity Champion of the Year Award, and (3) the National Veteran Business Development Council’s (NVBDC) Advocate of the Year Award.
Sharon is also a member of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) and serves on the Board of Directors for ISM-Philadelphia chairing the Supplier Diversity Committee. In her community, she serves on the Board of Directors for Healthy NewsWorks, a K-12 literacy and journalism non-profit, chairing the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. She is the vice-chair for the Women’s Business Enterprise Center - East (WBEC-East) Women of Color Committee supporting women-owned businesses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. She is on the Drexel LeBow Black Alumni Network Leadership Board promoting diversity within the college by recruiting and retaining Black/African American and other underrepresented students and faculty at LeBow.
Sharon enjoys cooking, prefers walking over running, participating in community-centered activities, and spending time with her family. She is married with two children. Sharon is currently working on a book titled “Pearls: A collection of life lessons I picked up from West Philly to Corporate America.” As a professional black woman, she feels it is her responsibility to own and communicate a vision for those who would follow, influencing the next generation of leaders.
Angie Whitmyer McNeal, '77
McNeal’s Drexel Co-op assignment led to a Department of Navy Internship, and a career of over 35 years of Federal Government Service experience in the field of Human Resources.
Now retired, she successfully performed the full range of specialist and supervisory responsibilities including performance ratings, disciplinary actions, complaint resolution, position creation, policy development, bargaining unit management operations, pay systems administration, skill assessment studies, and employee benefits. McNeal applied, interpreted and extrapolated rules, regulations and statute to advise the highest levels of leadership at the David Taylor Naval Research Laboratory, Department of Energy, Internal Revenue Service, Immigration and Naturalization Service (now a function absorbed into The Department of Homeland Security), and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. She earned many performance awards and enjoyable experiences throughout her distinguished career.
McNeal is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., NAACP, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast Committee, Charter Member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Anne Arundel County, Drexel University Black Alumni Council, and committed donor to Public TV. Consistently, she leads community service activities including food drives that have resulted in the donation of over 7 tons of canned and non-perishable goods to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank.
McNeal earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Drexel University in 1977. Since that time, she has completed many leadership courses, workshops and seminars including the prestigious Federal Executive Institute.
Christina Russell, CPA, '13
Audit Financial Services
Christina Russell is a Certified Public Accountant in the states of New York and Pennsylvania. Christina graduated from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Finance.
Christina has spent over eight years in the financial services industry serving clients in the external audit services and advisory services sectors. Christina is an active alum in the Drexel University community and serves as Secretary for Drexel University’s Black Alumni Council.
Brian C. Weddington, ‘88, MBA, CFA
Diamond Tree Partners, LLC
Brian C. Weddington, CFA is a financial and advisory services professional with over 20 years of experience in corporate and investment banking, investment management and research, and strategy and financial advisory consulting. Mr. Weddington is Managing Partner of Diamond Tree Partners, LLC.
Mr. Weddington is currently pursuing private investments and leadership opportunities in small- to mid-cap companies. This follows a successful career at Moody’s Investors Service where he was responsible for managing credit ratings for US Food & Beverage companies representing over $200 billion of rated debt instruments. Over the course of his professional career, which has included senior roles at Bank of New York, Merrill Lynch and a private investment firm that he founded, Mr. Weddington has developed deep industry expertise in consumer products, protein & agriculture, media and telecommunications.
Mr. Weddington earned a Bachelor of Science in Management of Computerized Information Systems from Drexel University (LeBow) in 1988. He later earned an MBA at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter. Mr. Weddington has served on boards of various small for- and non-profit entities including styleWORKS, Big Mouth Productions, and Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association.