Academic Advisors in the Advisement and Support Services Center
Universities are complex organizations where students need to be aware of many policies, procedures, and expectations. Your academic advisor is a good place to begin asking questions about your Drexel experience. Just ASK your advisor located in the Advisement and Support Services Center, Room 415 Bellet Building.
Margaret Breslin, RN
Academic Advisor, BSN Accelerated Career Entry program (ACE)
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Margaret “Peggy” Breslin joined the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University in July 2003. She earned an Associate Degree in Nursing in 1981 and Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1986 from Hahnemann School of Allied Health. She is proud to be considered an alumnus of Drexel University. With her 30 years of nursing experience in medical-surgical areas, intravenous therapy, critical care and the operating room, she relates to the demands and challenges nursing students face today. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing, Nu Eta Chapter, NACADA (National ACademic ADvising Association) and served as President of the Infusion Nurses Society, Penns Valley Chapter.
Rachel Fretz-Cianci, MS
Academic Advisor, BSN Co-op Program
Students with last names A-G, Athletes, Coordinator of CNHP Learning Community
Global Studies Advisor for CNHP
Rachel has more than 10 years of experience working in higher education. After a year teaching English in Taiwan, she began working in higher education in 2001 as an admission’s counselor at Manor College. She started working at Drexel in 2003 in the Admission Department. In 2005, Rachel assumed her current role as an academic advisor to undergraduate nursing students in Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. She earned a B.S. in Platform Arts, Secondary Education from Maratha Bible College and a M.S. in Global and International Education from Drexel University. By attending professional development conferences and presentations, she remains up to date with current trends within the advising field in order to better serve her students. Rachel’s passions include international travel and learning about different cultures, and she is pursing learning different languages in order to communicate more effectively.
Marsela Furxhiu-Laze, MS
Academic Advisor: Medical Billing & Coding Certificate and
Transfer Credit Advisor: BSN Accelerated Career Entry - ACE Program
Marsela joined Drexel University’s professional staff in 2001 and became an Academic Advisor in 2007. She has a lot of experience working in higher education. She advised for 5 years ½ B.S. Health Services Administration students and in August she assumed a new role as Transfer Credit Advisor in support of the BSN Accelerated Career Entry Program. Marsela is the advisor for the online Medical Billing & Coding Certificate students. She has her B.S. in education from Drexel University. She earned a Master of Science in Instructional Technology and certificate in teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) from Drexel in 2006. She is proud to be considered an alumnus of Drexel University. She is a member of NACADA (National Academic Advising Association) and ACHE (Association for Continuing Higher Education). She hopes to give her students the tools they need to succeed and is excited to assist students achieve academic success as they progress at Drexel. She likes to read, draw, travel, run/walk and spend time with family and friends.
Academic Advisor, BSN Co-op program
Students with last names P-Z, Liberty Scholars, Fast Track Transfers
Rebecca (Becky) McCanna joined the College of Nursing and Health Professions as an advisor in Fall of 2012. Originally from western New York state, Becky has been a resident of Philadelphia since 2007. Becky holds a B.A. in psychology from Gettysburg College and an M.S. in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University. She has worked in several area colleges and universities with positions in public health research and counseling. She has also worked with advising students from the middle school to college years. Becky is passionate about working with her students to help them to succeed and grow in their time at Drexel. In her personal time, Becky enjoys being with her family and friends, traveling, and exploring the city’s restaurant scene.
Andrea Perry, MS
Academic Advisor, BSN Co-op Program
Students with last names H-O, ROTC, Honors
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Andrea Perry joined Drexel University’s professional staff in 2007 and became an Academic Advisor for the BSN Co-op program in 2009. Andrea began her undergraduate studies at Drexel, then graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art, with a dual major in Photography and Art History. She holds a MS in Communication from Drexel. She fully understands the demands and pressures faced by students, as she knows from personal experience – changing majors, transferring to another college, studying abroad, and working part-time throughout college. In her free time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her family (including her four cats and one dog), gardening and volunteering with her local civic association.
Kate Powers, EdM
B.S. Health Services Administration, Radiologic Technology
Kate joined Drexel’s professional staff in August of 2011 working in assessment for the undergraduate Nursing Programs. She transitioned to the position of Academic Advisor in September of 2012. Kate is a proud product of New Jersey State Colleges and Universities, having earned a B.A. in Political Science from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, an Ed.M. with Certification in Social Studies Education from Rutgers University, as well as an additional Endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL) from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Kate’s professional passions include supporting transfer students, adult learners, and distance learners with the unique challenges they face and assisting students with accessing resources, developing and attaining goals, and completing their academic programs in the most cost-effective way possible. Outside of work, Kate enjoys swimming in the ocean and playing on the beach with family and friends on the same South Jersey beach where she grew up. Other spare time hobbies include hiking, birding, reading, attending concerts, and walking dogs.
Rachel Tavenor, MSEd
Academic Advisor, B.S. in Health Sciences
Rachel Tavenor joined the College of Nursing & Health Professions in the summer of 2010 as the Academic Advisor for students pursuing their B.S. in Health Sciences. She advises 4-year HSCI students as well as those in the accelerated BS/MHS (physician assistant) and BS/DPT (physical therapy) programs. She holds a BA in psychology and creative writing from Franklin & Marshall College and a MSEd in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. By creating a welcoming environment with open and informative communication, Rachel hopes to give her students the tools they need to succeed both in class and after graduation. Outside of work, Rachel is an active member of her college and sorority alumni chapters. She also enjoys writing and cheering for the Phillies.
Kyra Thornburg, M.S.
Kyra Thornburg joined Drexel University’s professional staff in the summer of 2013. She recently moved to the area after she was born and raised in Allentown, PA. She received her B.A. in Communication Studies from West Chester University and her M.S. in Academic Advising from Kansas State University. She started her career as an Admissions Representative and has now moved into the role of advising Behavioral Health Counseling and Nutrition Sciences students. As a recent graduate, she recognizes the many obstacles students must face and hopes to create a welcoming environment that will lead to success. In her spare time, Kyra enjoys being with her friends and family, playing with her two dogs, and routing for the Eagles!