Gannon University Announces Distinguished Alumni Recipients

Posted: August 9, 2017

Gannon University will honor five distinguished alumni for their accomplishments and service to others during Homecoming Reunion Weekend. The five recipients will be honored during a dinner awards ceremony Friday, Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. in the Yehl Alumni Room of the Waldron Campus Center, 124, W. Seventh St.

From the College of Engineering and Business is 1982 alumna Lisa Spiller, Ph.D. Spiller is distinguished professor of marketing at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. She earned her undergraduate degree in marketing and, in 1984, her MBA from Gannon.

Spiller has been a dynamic leader and adviser to the the Diocese of Richmond schools, serving on the Diocesan School Board and at the request of Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, on the Diocesan Strategic Planning Committee.

Representing the Morosky College of Health Professions and Sciences is Scott M. Krall who earned his undergraduate degree in earth science from Gannon in 1984. Since 2015, Krall has served as the U.S. head of corporate environmental sustainability and remediation for the Bayer Corporation in Pittsburgh.

Krall has maintained strong ties with Gannon University and is a member of the Board of Trustees as well as a past president of the National Alumni Board.

Daniel Daube earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in communication arts in 1984 and represents the College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences. Pursuing a love of broadcasting that began at 90.5 WERG, Gannon University's student-operated radio station, he currently serves as IT business consultant for the Turner Broadcasting System in Atlanta.

In addition to multiple credits for his broadcast work, Daube is a two-time Emmy Award winner, for editing and producing.

The recipient of Gannon's Young Alumni award is Autumn Marshall, who received bachelor's and master's degrees in occupational therapy in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Marshall resides in Haiti where she is the therapy coordinator at the Miriam Center of the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission.

 Her ministry has expanded to include the education and training of Haitian nationals in both occupational and physical therapy, and she currently serves as the president and alternate delegate of the National Haiti Association of Occupational Therapy.

Sister Mary Drexler, SSJ, a beloved member of the Catholic education community for more than 45 years, is this year's recipient of the Monsignor Wilfrid J. Nash Principles of Christian Conduct Award. Sister Mary, a 1971 graduate of Villa Maria College, retired in 2017. She served many years at Villa Maria Academy as a teacher, assistant principal and principal. Her guidance as principal was vital to the successful transition when Villa Maria Academy and Cathedral Prep merged.

She currently serves on the Gannon University Board of Trustees and and the board of directors of the Erie Catholic School System.

  1. Tickets for the dinner and awards ceremony are $40 and are available from the Gannon University Alumni office here. For more information about this and all the events of Homecoming Reunion Weekend 2017, contact gannonalumni@gannon.edu.