Angela Jeon-Huh, Assistant Dean
As the Assistant Dean, Angela is responsible for overseeing ISSS programs and services such as immigration and cultural and academic concerns provided to international students, scholars, staff and faculty at Drexel. She is also responsible for advising and serving as the signatory for the foreign national’s H1-B and permanent residency applications for scholars, professional staff and faculty. Angela began her journey with Drexel in 2010 and started her career in international education in 2002. She is currently an active member and presenter for the Association of International Educators, NAFSA and PAIEN: Philadelphia Area International Educators Network. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in international politics and masters degree in leadership development from Penn State University and anticipates completing her doctorate in educational leadership from Drexel in 2014.
Marilena Drakou, Assistant Director
As the Assistant Director, Marilena’s responsibilities include leading F-1 advising and overseeing immigration-related workshops and seminars for professional staff and faculty. She primarily focuses on advising F-1 students in regards to reinstatement, change of status and other complex immigration advising. Marilena has been with Drexel as an advisor since 2004 and with International Students and Scholars Services since 2007. She presents numerous workshops and sessions for Drexel students and professionals. She originally came to Drexel from Greece as a student and is Drexel alumna. She is a bilingual speaker with study abroad experience and enjoys teaching Greek and learning about different cultures.
Janet Gao, Assistant Director
As the Assistant Director, Janet is responsible for J-1 scholar advising and F-1 student advising as well as ISSS data management, data analysis and government compliance reporting. Janet is also in charge of presenting and leading workshops, seminars and presentations for students, scholars and other colleagues on campus. She received her master’s dgree in intercultural communication from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a certified Pennsylvania program specialist for English as a second language and U.S. Department of State local coordinator. She has experience working and interacting with people of diverse cultures and varying levels of English language proficiency, as well as implementing and developing innovative programming for international students/scholars and immigrants.
Zaid Tesafu, New International Student Advisor
As the New International Student Advisor, Zaid is responsible for advising new international F-1 and J-1 students on immigration regulations. She reviews financial documents to process I-20/DS-2019 applications for new international students for all Drexel campuses and issues I-20s for re-admission, transfer students and change of education level. Zaid has worked with international students for the past 24 years at Drexel in admissions and with ISSS. She enjoys meeting students from all over the world.
Amanda Tarczynski, International Student Engagement Coordinator
As the International Student Engagement Coordinator, Amanda coordinates programs for the Drexel international community, including orientation, educational workshops and World Fusion Fest, a weeklong festival held in the spring term. She also functions as designated school official (DSO) and assists in issuing I-20s to incoming Drexel students. Having recently returned from living seven years in Europe, Amanda brings with her a unique perspective when working with the Drexel international community. She earned her bachelor’s degree at La Salle University and her master’s degree from the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain.
Ryan Snyder, Administrative Coordinator
As the Administrative Coordinator for ISSS, Ryan is responsible for supporting students, scholars and other visitors that come to the ISSS office. He helps to maintain the workflow of the office by scheduling appointments, answering inquiries and directing students and scholars to the appropriate advisors. Ryan also supervises the ISSS work study students and student employees. Ryan has been passionate about international education since living and studying abroad in Denmark in 2008. He received a bachelor of arts degree in studio art, bachelor of arts in political science and a concentration in international studies from Rowan University in New Jersey.