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Academic Advising

Undergrad Advising


Margaret Breslin, BSN, RN - BSN Accelerated Career Entry

Margaret Breslin, BSN, RN 
Academic Advisor, BSN Accelerated Career Entry program (NACE) - Fall Cohort and designated (NACT) Cohorts

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.

1601 Cherry Street, Mail Stop 91045
9th Floor, Room 9102E
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Leslie Calimer, MS - RN-BSN Degree Completion Program

Leslie Calimer, MS 
Assistant Director, Advising
RN-BSN Degree Completion Program

Leslie Calimer began her academic career in 1989 at Women's Medical in the Continuing Nursing Education Department. Leslie has worked with registered nurses in the Home Study Department, as an Administrative Assistant, offering tests through the RN Magazine and online for nurses to receive CEUs for their license. Leslie became Project Manager in the NCLEX department in 2003, forming partnerships with community colleges to assist graduate nurses to pass the NCLEX the first time! Leslie joined the advising staff in July 2010 for the RN-BSN Degree Completion Program. Leslie obtained her Bachelor's of Science in Communications and Applied Technology through Goodwin College in 2015 and her Master's of Science through the School of Education in September 2017 at Drexel University. 

1601 Cherry Street, Mail Stop 91049
9th Floor, Room 948
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Shannon Edwards - BSN Co-op and No Co-op

Shannon Edwards 
Academic Advisor, BSN Co-op; Last names A-G and Sp-Z

Shannon Edwards joined Drexel University's professional staff in the fall of 2016. He recently moved to Philadelphia from Omaha, NE, but grew up in Dunbar, WV. He received his BA in Psychology from West Virginia State University. During his time working for a non-profit organization called College Summit, Shannon discovered his passion for working with students to help them reach their career aspirations. While working for several different Universities, Shannon gained expertise in academic advising, enrollment counseling, financial aid assistance and recruitment. Shannon likes to exercise, participate in community outreach events, play sports and spend time with family and friends. 

1601 Cherry Street
9th Floor, Room 945A
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Andrea Perry, MS - BSN Accelerated Career Entry, BSN Co-op and No Co-op

Andrea Perry, MS
Senior Academic Advisor BSN Accelerated Career Entry program (ACE) – Spring Cohorts
BSN Accelerated Career 24 month (NACT) - Fall 2017 Cohort BSN Co-op and No Co-op: Special Cases

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 and is currently pursuing a MS in Legal Studies. 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 friends and family (including her cats and dog), gardening, hiking, reading and attending concerts.

1601 Cherry Street, MS 91045
9th Floor, Room 9102D
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Sam Price - RN-BSN Degree Completion Program

Sam Price 
Academic Advisor, RN-BSN Degree Completion Program

Sam has advised RN-BSN students since 2014. Previously, he worked in the Continuing Nursing Education department in Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions, assisting with local and national conferences for nursing educators. He holds and MFA from Temple University and a BA from Franklin & Marshall.

1601 Cherry Street, Mail Stop 91049
9th Floor, Room 945B
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Andrea Sanchez, MBA - BSN Co-op and No Co-op

Andrea Sanchez, MBA
Academic Advisor: BSN Co-op and No Co-op: Last names H-O and P-So

Andrea Sanchez joined Drexel University’s BSN Co-op advising team in the fall of 2016. In 2015 she moved to Philadelphia from Columbus, Ohio but grew up in San Antonio, Texas. Andrea holds a BA in Psychology and an MBA in Health Services & Finance. It was her time as a work-study student that she realized she loved higher education and wanted to be a part of the industry professionally. She enjoys the energy of a university and loves helping students achieve their goals. She has direct experience in advising nursing students and understands the challenges they face throughout their program. Having previously worked for many universities she has gained expertise in academic advising, finance advising, VA affairs, and grant research administration. On her time off she enjoys painting, sculpting, going to the movies, Netflix and spending time with family and friends.

1601 Cherry Street
9th Floor, Room 945E
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Health Professions

Robert Lee, MS- Health Sciences and Nutrition Sciences

Robert Lee, MS
Academic Advisor, Health Sciences: Last names P-Z, Nutrition Sciences

Robert Lee joined Drexel University in Fall of ’17 advising the Online HSAD program and Medical Billing & Certificate program; then transitioned to Health Sciences and Nutrition Sciences at the start of 2018. Robert resides in scenic Bucks County, Pennsylvania; did his undergraduate at Millersville University and earned a BS in Business Management and Psychology and earned a MS in Counseling Psychology from Holy Family University. Prior to this role, Robert was a school counselor for a few schools in the Bucks County area. Outside of work, Robert coaches CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting to both youth and masters athletes, exercising, binging on the latest TV series with his fiancée and finding new and interesting places to eat (he loves food) with family and friends.


1601 Cherry Street, Mail Stop 9503
7th Floor, Room 786C
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Leah Semmelhaack, MS - Health Sciences

Leah Semmelhaack, MS
Academic Advisor: Health Sciences: Last names A-O

Leah Semmelhaack joined Drexel University’s professional staff in the summer of 2013, managing tutor programs and providing academic coaching in the Center for Academic Success (no the Center for Learning and Academic Success Services). Her background in higher and adult education includes supervising student employees, advising student organizations, fundraising and tutoring English as a Second Language.  In the spring of 2014, she transitioned into the role of Academic Advisor for Undergraduate Health Sciences students. She enjoys helping students achieve their definition of success and accomplish their personal, academic and professional goals. Leah earned a BA in English from Pennsylvania State University where she was a Schreyer Honors College Scholar. She also completed a MS in Human Resource Development at Drexel University in 2016. In her free time, Leah enjoys photography, volunteering, attending concerts, traveling and making trips to the beach.

1601 Cherry Street, Mail Stop 9503
7th Floor, Room 786B
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Kate Skladanek, EdM - Health Services Administration (Online)

Kate Skladanek, EdM
Academic Advisor: Health Services Administration (Online), Medical Billing and Coding (Online)

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 BA 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.

1601 Cherry Street, MS 71043
7th Floor, Room 709B
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Cynarra Tweed, BA - Behavioral Health Counseling and Health Services Administration (On Campus)

Cynarra Tweed, BA
Academic Advisor: Behavioral Health Counseling, Health Services Administration (On Campus)

Cynarra Tweed joined Drexel University in the summer of 2016. Much of her background comes from Colorado State University where she completed her B.A., started her graduate studies, and worked as an Educational Programmer working to prevent and respond to gender-based violence and other forms of institutional oppression. Social Justice and diversity have always influenced both her professional and academic career. Her commitment has been to cultivate a safe and inclusive environment for all students that support their development and retention. Specifically, her commitment and interest lie in disrupting systemic marginalization of diverse and historically under-represented students. Over the years she has had the pleasure of serving students in a variety of capacities, including victim advocacy, teaching, advising, and facilitating workshops/trainings on different topics of identity from a social justice framework.

1601 Cherry Street
7th Floor, Room 709
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Grad Advising

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