Dean’s Student Advisory Board
Faculty/Staff Member of the Month
Awarded in March 2021
Dana serves as clinical professor of general business in the LeBow College of Business and has been an integral member of the faculty for over 30 years. Sophia Desko, a third year LeBow student describes Dana as someone who “goes out of her way to help students in and out of the classroom.” Dana received her MBA from LeBow in 1992 and in 2020, she was awarded the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award.
Awarded in Feb. 2021
Aqila joined Drexel in 2016 after a decade leading admissions, enrollment management and institutional research for federal & state programs and policies in elementary and secondary education. She shares her experiences with the undergraduate services team through initiatives in recruitment and undergraduate programming for first-year and transfer students to LeBow. Aqila holds a M.Ed. in higher education, a Graduate Certificate in institutional research and a certificate in computer science, and she is currently pursuing a master’s in computer science. Diotima Roy, a pre-junior economics major, says Aqila “is one of the sweetest people at LeBow and on any given day, she never fails to greet you with a warm smile!”
Awarded in Jan. 2021
Michelle joined LeBow in May 2019 and has worked for Drexel University since 2008. Prior to LeBow, Michelle worked on the Recruitment team for the College of Computing & Informatics assisting both undergraduate and graduate students as well on the Events & Visitor Relations team within Enrollment Management & Student Success. Michelle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Loyola University Maryland and a Master’s in Tourism & Hospitality Management from Temple University. Fritz Lorcale, a first-year Business & Engineering major, describes Michelle as “one of the most caring staff members in LeBow.”
Awarded in Dec. 2020
James Rinier joined LeBow in 2016 and is an assistant clinical professor of accounting at Drexel’s LeBow College of Business. He brings years of industry experience to the classroom and is a popular choice for students looking to take accounting courses. Sam Morningstar, a finance and accounting major, describes Professor Rinier as “one of the most enthusiastic professors I’ve ever met” and as someone “who goes the extra mile to show that he truly cares about his students.”
Awarded in Nov. 2020
Lauren D’Innocenzo, PhD, is an associate professor of Management at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. She has conducted research in various areas such as understanding team effectiveness by exploring compositional elements and contextual influences, and emergent team dynamics. She brings real-world experience to LeBow from her time working with Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and hospitals. D’Innocenzo holds a PhD from the University of Connecticut and was recently named a Top 40 Under 40 Business Professor by Poets and Quants.
D’Innocenzo’s passion for teaching is evident in her thoughtful and holistic approach to helping students both inside and outside the classroom. Christian Maxey, a student majoring in organizational management at LeBow, has had Dr. D’Innocenzo twice and recalls how influential she was in both courses: “Her knowledge of our course material, awareness of shifting and evolving trends in business, and broad expertise in her field is remarkable. The care and compassion she has for her students is what makes her so incredible.” D’Innocenzo’s classes are often lauded for being beneficial for professional development, but are all the more transformative in one’s personal lives too. “She remains a mentor to me to this day,” Maxey added.
Awarded in Feb. 2020
Brad Sodowick, MD, is an assistant clinical professor of finance at Drexel LeBow College of Business. In addition to his teaching career, he has a diversified education in psychology, business and medicine, and has worked for hospitals and non-profit organizations and acted as a consultant for various financial institutions. Sodowick has several medical awards and publication credits to his name. Rajeev Nunna, a finance major in LeBow, says of Sodowick, “[He is] a professor who will do whatever it takes to help his students understand and enjoy course material. [He’s] someone who seems like they truly love their job.”
Awarded in Jan. 2020
Randall Thomas, fondly known as “Randy” to the Drexel community, joined the LeBow Starbucks team in 2017 as a cashier. Due to his exceptional performance reviews and his ability to build connections with students, faculty and staff alike, he was promoted to shift supervisor in late 2019. Anyone who’s been to the LeBow Starbucks can attest to the fact that Thomas has made their day at least once, whether it be with a quick dry-witted joke and a smile or simply by remembering their regular order.
Awarded in Dec. 2019
Jackie McCurdy joined LeBow in 2005 and leads the Undergraduate Student Services team. Undergraduate Student Services provides an array of support to students including academic advising, graduation clearing, academic support, academic standing, course scheduling and student advocacy. Jackie holds an undergraduate degree in english and a master’s in education. Ruth Thomas, a finance major in LeBow, says of McCurdy, “[She is] someone who really knows how to make LeBow feel like home. [She is] truly committed to student success.”
Awarded in Nov. 2019
Caitlin Brady joined LeBow in 2017 as the associate director of Undergraduate Programs. Brady supports student success through programming, leadership development and college-wide diversity & inclusion initiatives. Brady holds an undergraduate degree in communication studies and a master’s in higher educational counseling and student affairs. Sam Morningstar, a finance and accounting major, describes Brady as “the most warm-hearted, enthusiastic, and hard-working person ever.” Bella Santosusso, a recent graduate, says of Brady, “[She] pushed me to be the student, leader and friend I didn’t know I had the potential to be.”
Mukit "Mo" Wali
Awarded in Oct. 2019
Mo is one of the most well-known members of the LeBow community. You can always find him in the building during the evenings and late nights caring for our facilities and sharing his warm personality with students. Mo also works as an elementary school teacher during the daytime. For all students, Mo will always provide great conversation, positivity and encouragement. He is an integral part of the LeBow team and has played a positive role in LeBow students’ college experience for years.