Becky Johnson and Stephanie Landrum of
Drexel University Sacramento offers the scholarships as a continuation of its effort to develop the next generation of business, nonprofit and civic leaders whose skills will be of great importance to the future of the
Scholarship finalists were interviewed by the award committee, which was comprised of leaders of the
region’s chambers of commerce and civically engaged partners.
Johnson is enrolled in Drexel’s MBA program. She is the Senior Manager for PG&E’s
division, which includes ,
Yolo, Solano and Colusa counties. She heads up the Energy Solutions &
Service group and the division leadership team, which is focused on energy
efficiency and resolving customer and public safety issues. Sacramento
Johnson has worked in the field of urban infrastructure for two decades, with previous positions in the construction, engineering and manufacturing sectors.
She is a senior fellow and executive committee board member of the American Leadership Forum. Previously, she served as chair for Leadership Sacramento, president of the Junior League of Sacramento, and she is a graduate of
Sacramento’s and the FBI Citizens’
Academy. City Management
An avid runner, she has completed more than 25 ultramarathons (longer than standard 26.2 mile distance). She is a graduate of the
University of California, . Berkeley
A driving reason for choosing Drexel is the university’s commitment to the community.
“My family has always been civically engaged, and Drexel’s values closely align with my own,” said Johnson, who grew up in
. “Plus, the
curriculum and cohort structure will enable me to learn new concepts and
Landrum has been employed by Kaiser Permanente for the past six years and is currently the Community Benefit Health Specialist for the South Sacramento Service Area. She feels Drexel’s Executive Masters program in Public Health (MPH) will be a tremendous asset to her career.
Cassidy, an MBA student at Drexel, has enjoyed a long, fulfilling career in healthcare, working just over 25 years for the Rideout Health group in
Yuba City. She and her husband, John, have been active volunteers in Yuba City, where they have
lived since 1985. She has been a Yuba City Rotary member for seven years and
the Cassidys frequently volunteer for local fundraising efforts.
“I’m so appreciative of being awarded this grant by Drexel,” Cassidy said. “Drexel shares my passion to help the community. I really look forward to the formal, critical thinking skills that I will learn at Drexel. The MBA program was exactly what I was looking for in a graduate program.”
Cassidy was born in
but her family quickly relocated to Ukiah. She attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo and
departed with a degree in nutrition. Cassidy returned to the classroom at California State
University, Chico and earned a masters degree in
Cassidy has held numerous management and administrative positions with Rideout Health and is currently the Vice President of Extended Care Services. In her spare time, Cassidy is an avid hiker and also enjoys cycling and golf.
All of Drexel’s academic programs are focused at the heart of Greater Sacramento’s growth and economic development initiatives – health, entrepreneurial business, human resources and education.
Drexel – a top-ranked, national comprehensive university – currently offers students seven master's, one doctorate and one post-baccalaureate program designed for working professionals in the fields of entrepreneurial business, human resource development, higher education and health care.
In September 2013, Drexel launched its first full-time undergraduate program in business for students who have finished at least the first two years of their undergraduate education.
For more information about Drexel University Sacramento’s programs in
California, visit www.drexel.edu/sacramento or call (916) 325-4600.