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Dr. Shelley A. des Etages
Class of 1990
Pace University
BS, Biology

Nominated by
Dr. Stephen Friedman
President of Pace University

 

Russell J. Ebeid
Class of 1962
Kettering University
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering

Nominated by
Dr. Stanley Liberty
President of Kettering University

 

Tyler Florence
Class of 1984
Johnson & Wales University
BS, Food Service Management
Honorary Doctorate, 2004

Nominated by
Dr. John A. Yena
Chairman of Johnson & Wales University

 

Wayne Gattinella
Class of 1976
Drexel University
BS, Marketing

Nominated by
Mr. C.R. “Chuck” Pennoni
Interim President of Drexel University

 

Denise Gray
Class of 1986
Kettering University
Bachelor of Electrical Engineering

Nominated by
Dr. Stanley Liberty
President of Kettering University

                 
Dr. Shelley A. des Etages is a Senior Principal Scientist at Pfizer, Inc. where she is involved in finding new medications. She was interested in the cooperative education program because it offered the opportunity to broaden her horizon and experience a professional work environment. I was hired by The Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) and worked with the company during my senior year. I learned to read a document, extract, summarize and clearly communicate the key points. In addition, my supervisor taught me the concept of toxic versus safe exposure levels for chemicals. This experience increased my awareness of the diligence with which the industry and government monitors the man-made and natural entities that are used in everyday household items.”   Russell J. Ebeid is president of Guardian Glass Group and chairman of the board for Guardian Industries in Auburn Hills, Mich., a diversified global manufacturing company and international leader in glass, automotive and building products. Mr. Ebeid has spent a lifetime giving back to the community. He is one of the country’s most distinguished Arab-American Businessmen, and he received the National Arab-American Businessman of the Year Award in 2003. He has been listed in “Who’s Who in America” and “Who’s Who in the World” since 1991. Mr. Ebeid’s philanthropy efforts provide a means for Arab-American students to complete their college education, and the Ebeid Family Fund provides a model for other Arab-Americans to engage in broader philanthropy in support of educational and cultural services.   Tyler is the chief executive officer of The Florence Group. For 15 years and counting, Chef Florence has delighted fans and audiences around the world by sharing the sights, sounds and flavors of his unique culinary vision, as a franchise star of the Food Network. While Johnson & Wales University gave me the tools that I needed to succeed as a chef, it was the work experience that I gained in the co-op program that really put the proof in the pudding. My education at JWU set me up for success and truly prepared me for the working world; it was the hands-on experience that gave me the all important perspective needed to translate those skills into real life.”   Mr. Gattinella has served as President of WebMD since 2001 and as its Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors since 2005. WebMD is the leading source of online health information, serving over 60 million unique monthly users including both consumers and healthcare professionals. Previously, Mr. Gattinella was Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for PeoplePC, an Internet service provider. Mr. Gattinella has also held senior management positions with Medco Health Solutions and MCI Telecommunications. He currently volunteers for Drexel University as a Trustee for the College of Medicine and as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for the LeBow College of Business. While a student, Mr. Gattinella completed a co-op in retail at Strawbridge & Clothier, a former Philadelphia department store.   Denise (Glover) Gray is considered the “battery czar” at General Motors in Detroit and is one of the country’s leading experts on the advanced development, design and validation of battery system solutions for hybrid technologies. Her role as GM’s director of Hybrid Energy Storage Systems has been featured in national media including “60 Minutes” on CBS. She is responsible for developing a new generation of batteries that will give an edge to electric vehicles. Ms. Gray has global responsibilities and oversight for GM’s worldwide hybrid development efforts. Among her positions at GM, she has been director of Transmission Controls and director of Engine and Transmission controller Systems Integration. Her community service includes being an advocate for Kettering’s Office of Multicultural Student Initiatives.