Gannon University to Recognize Five Distinguished Alumni

Posted: October 3, 2013Gannon University will recognize its 2013 Distinguished Alumni during a ceremony on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Yehl Room of the Waldron Campus Center. Five honorees will be recognized for succeeding in their respective fields and making significant contributions to their church and/or community.

Honorees are available for interviews with the media from 5-5:45 p.m. on Oct. 4. Please request an interview in advance by contacting Haley Figurski at 814-823-1886 or figurski007@gannon.edu.

The Distinguished Alumni include the following:

Gregory F. Reed, Ph.D., Class of 1985, Gibsonia, Pa., resident/St. Marys, Pa., native. Reed has more than 27 years of combined industry and academic experience in the electric power and energy sector, including positions in engineering, research and development, and executive management. He is currently the director of the electric power initiative in the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, associate director of the University's Center for Energy, and associate professor of electric power engineering in the Swanson School's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Reed earned his bachelor's degree from Gannon in electrical engineering in 1985, before earning his Master's of Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1986 and a doctorate in electric power engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997.

Kevin P. Sullivan, Class of 1987, Burbank, Calif., resident/Stratford, Conn., native. Sullivan is a writer and producer for Nickelodeon. With more than 25 years' experience in television and entertainment, his work includes production work for "The 62nd Annual Academy Awards" and designing theme-park attractions for The Walt Disney Company. A 1987 Gannon graduate with a degree in communications, Sullivan was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2010 for his work on "The Fairly OddParents," and in 2011 he was nominated for two Annie Awards (the Animation Guild's highest honor) for writing "The Fairly OddParents" and "T.U.F.F. Puppy."

Antoinette Spevetz, M.D., Class of 1983, Oxford, Pa., resident. Spevetz is a professor of medicine at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, where she is responsible for more than 30 graduate medical education programs and over 300 trainees. In addition to earning her degree from Gannon in health science as part of the Gannon Hahnemann program in 1983, Spevetz earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Hahnemann Medical School a month later. She continued her education with a residency at Abington Memorial Hospital and fellowships at Cooper University Hospital. During her career she also served on the faculty at the University of Florida in Jacksonville and she directed two intensive care units at Upper Chesapeake Health in Maryland. 

Andrew C. Rapp, Class of 1995, Foxburg, Pa., resident. Rapp is the senior program analyst with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Five years after graduating from Gannon in 1995 with an English degree, Rapp enlisted in the U.S. Army as a counterintelligence agent and airborne paratrooper. After reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant and earning several medals and ribbons, Rapp was honorably discharged from the Army in 2006. He immediately began employment as a contractor for the U.S. Army, training more than 300 soldiers and civilians in human intelligence collection. Rapp continued to fulfill Army contracts in Arizona until August 2008 when he returned home to western Pennsylvania to work for Ibis Tek before accepting his current job.

Monsignor James E. Sanner, Class of 1953, San Antonio, Texas, resident/Erie, Pa., native. Sanner, retired from 34 years of active military duty, is currently under government contract as the base chaplain for the U.S. Army's base at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. An Erie native, Sanner attended Gannon from 1951-53 before completing his degree in philosophy at Saint Bonaventure University in 1995. He attended Christ the King Seminary from 1955-59, was ordained at Saint Peter Cathedral in 1959 and received a Master of Science degree in guidance and counseling from Long Island University in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1976. During the Vietnam War, he applied to be a chaplain in the military, and after training his brigade was deployed to Vietnam where he served for a year in 1968. He took several assignments all over the world there after, including a return to Vietnam with the 4th Infantry Division, before retiring in 2002. He climbed in rank to lieutenant colonel and colonel and earned decorations, medals and campaign ribbons.