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.
Tina Marie Coolidge, MS
Academic Advisor: BS Health Sciences Program
Tina Marie joined Drexel University in 2011 and has served as an Instructor, Academic Advisor, Assistant Director at the Center for Academic Success and returned to the College of Nursing and Health Professions in 2014 as an Academic Advisor. Tina Marie is a proud Dragon as she has earned her MS in Higher Education and is presently working to complete a MS in Human Resource Development through Drexel University’s School of Education. In addition, Tina Marie has a daughter that is a present Dragon and living on campus studying in the Behavioral Health Counseling program. Tina Marie is very active as an elected officer of the Association for Continuing Higher Education and is actively involved in her community. It is Tina Marie’s goal to efficiently and effectively serve her students by helping them to be self-directed learners and successful in their academic career. Tina Marie is such a proud Dragon that she named her dog “Drexel” and in her free time likes to spend time with her husband, children and dogs.
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.
Rebecca Hollm, MS
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
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.
Academic Advisor for BSN Co-op Programs
Thomas “Tom” Grabiak has been an employee of Drexel University since March 2012. Tom began his career in higher education helping students finance their education before transitioning to his current role in academic advising. He brings experience from other colleges and universities, and the human and social services field, to his current position at Drexel. Tom was born and raised in Haddonfield, NJ and graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School in 2006. In 2010 Tom graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a BA in Sociology and is currently pursuing a MS in Public Communications at Drexel. While at F&M Tom was a member of the Men’s Swim Team where he earned 6 All-American designations and set numerous pool and conference records. In his spare time Tom enjoys running, biking, experimenting with new recipes and traveling to Charleston, SC when possible. The oldest of four siblings, Tom has a passion for helping others reach their educational goals and is a proud member of the Drexel community.
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!
Academic Advisor: Health Professions, Radiologic Technology
Leah Semmelhaack joined Drexel University’s professional staff in the summer of 2013, managing the Nursing and Health Professions, Medicine Professional Studies and Public Health tutoring programs and providing academic counseling in the Center for Academic Success. In the spring of 2014, she transitioned into the role of Academic Advisor for Radiologic Technology students in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Prior to starting at Drexel, Leah’s background in higher and adult education included supervising student employees, advising student organizations and tutoring English as a Second Language. She continually draws from her experiences in academic support and passion for learning to help students achieve their academic goals at Drexel. Leah earned a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University, where she was also a member of the Schreyer Honors College. She is excited to now be working towards an M.S. in Human Resource Development at Drexel University. In her free time, Leah enjoys photography, volunteering, attending concerts, traveling and making trips to the beach.