Three outstanding BECA Alumni – Susan Domchek, ’86; Michael Metzger, ’94; and Stephen Keppel, ’99, will be honored on April 22, 2016 as the 2015-2016 Bethlehem Catholic Distinguished Graduates.
Susan M. Domchek is a Penn Medicine physician who specializes in medical oncology in Breast Cancer. Susan graduated from Harvard Medical School then continued her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and her fellowship at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Susan received her board certification in Medical Oncology in 2001. She is the executive director at the Basser Center for BRCA, the director at MacDonald Women’s Cancer Risk Evaluation Center. Along with being a physician, Dr. Domchek is a professor in Oncology at Basser. Susan was also recognized by America’s Top Doctors from 2012-2014, by the Best Doctors in American in 2009-2010 and again in 2011-2012, and also in the Philadelphia Magazine’s Top Docs issues from 2011-2013. Currently, Susan’s practice location is at the Rena Rowan Breast Center Abramson Cancer Center Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.
Michael Metzger received his Bachelor of Architecture from Drexel University in 2000 which offered him two intern experiences. After graduating from Drexel, Michael became project architect at Spillman Farmer Architects, a position he held for almost 14 years. Following his time at Spillman, he became the Eastern PA President for The American Institute of Architects, which he is still actively participates in, and is now the president of ALLOY5 Design Studio since January 2015. ALLOY5 is a design firm formed in Bethlehem, PA that offers architectural and graphic design services. Some of Michael’s major projects headed through ALLOY5 include Artsquest Center at SteelStacks, and the Easton YMCA. Michael has also been instrumental working on renovations to several local colleges and the design of the Doerign Science Center at Bryn Athen College. Michael serves on the facilities committee at Bethlehem Catholic where he had also coached volleyball.
Stephen Keppel began his career path with a professional internship with McCann Erikson in New York. After going to Mass at the Alumni Hall chapel and hearing Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh’s sermon, he was reminded that as a Catholic citizen it is part of his responsibility to find a way to give back. He spent a year of service teaching English in Haiti for The Haitian Project. In Haiti, Stephen excelled in engaging with different types of people while also developing creative solutions to challenges faced whether it be helping his graduates start businesses or getting access to water for the neighborhood. After returning from his service trip to Haiti, Stephen received his master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. Prior to his current job at Univision News in Miami, FL, he worked for The Economist Intelligence Unit in London. At Univision, Stephen is the vice president for empowerment initiatives and also oversees several projects on things like health, education, poverty, and entrepreneurship.