Jessica Cordisco, Director
As the Director, Jessica 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. Jessica received her Bachelor of Arts in International Area Studies with a Concentration in Justice and Human Rights and a minor in Criminal Justice from Drexel University. She also is learning to speak Arabic. She has been passionate about intercultural communication since a young age and is dedicated to aid Drexel's international students and scholars. She is also an active member of the National Association of Foreign Student Adviser (NAFSA) and the Philadelphia Area International Educators Network (PAIEN).
Josie Yaller, Assistant Director
As the Assistant Director, Josie is responsible for matters pertaining to the cohort of newly-admitted international F-1 and J-1 students, as well as for re-admission, SEVIS-transfer students, returns from leave of absence, and changes of education level. She researches and on advises immigration regulations for both students and Drexel staff partners. She evaluates newly-admitted students' requests for I-20 or DS-2019. In addition to research and administrative duties, Josie oversees projects ranging from statistical rendering and analysis to developing new communications tools for Drexel's new rising class. She also serves as a point of contact for Drexel's non-citizen students with visa statuses other than F-1 and J-1. Josie's international credentials encompass ten years of formal study of foreign language and culture, culminating in a semester abroad in Madrid. While there, she served at the U.S. Embassy. After college, Josie worked at University of Pennsylvania's International Students office for several years. She looks forward to working with international students and colleagues who place the same high value on international education that she does. She received her Bachelors in Economics and International Relations at Syracuse University. She is also an active member of NAFSA
Kea Glenn, International Student Advisor
As the International Students and Scholars Advisor, Kea is responsible for advising F-1 students and scholars at the University. She serves as Designated School Official and advises current students on academic, cultural and visa regulations governing their stay in the U.S. She is also the Team Lead in presenting several student employment authorization workshops to include Co-op/Curricular Practical Training as well as Optional Practical Training. Kea received her Bachelor of Arts at Shawnee State University where she studied International Relations/Political Science as well as enriched her cultural awareness/foreign language skills by studying abroad in China. After college, Kea joined the Army and is currently serving in the Ohio Army National Guard as an Engineer Operations Officer. She has invested over nine years to working in higher education, and looks forward to serving the international students and scholars' community with the same dedication and passion.
Dylan O'Donoghue, International Student Advisor
As the International Students and Scholars Advisor, Dylan advises F-1 and J1 students at the University. She serves as Designated School Official and advises current students on academic, cultural and visa regulations governing their stay in the U.S. Dylan also implements programming for the ISSS office. This includes hosting workshops and events with ISSS, student organizations, and other offices. In addition, she maintains the office's social media and newsletters. Dylan graduated from Grinnell College with Bachelor degrees in Chinese Studies and English Literature. After graduation, she received a fellowship through Grinnell College to live and teach English in Nanjing, China. Upon returning to the U.S., Dylan stayed involved in the field of education and while also completing her Certification as an Interpreter for Mandarin. She is currently pursuing a certificate at Drexel University in Issues in Human Trafficking.
Chelsea Herskovitz, International Student Advisor
As the International Students and Scholars Advisor, Chelsea advises F-1 students and scholars at the University. She serves as Designated School Official and advises current students on academic, cultural and visa regulations governing their stay in the U.S. Chelsea graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations. Following graduation, she spent 6 months backpacking throughout Southeast Asia and hasn't stopped traveling since. Because of her personal and professional experience, she enjoys working with students and colleagues who are also globally minded. She is currently pursuing a Master's of Business Administration.
Dave Johnson, Administrative Coordinator
As the Administrative Coordinator for the International Students and Scholar Services, David is responsible for supporting and answering inquires for our students, scholars and visitors of ISSS. He helps to maintain the workflow of the office by scheduling appointments, answering inquiries, directing students and scholars to the appropriate advisers and assisting the Assistant Dean of the ISSS. Dave also supervises all of the work-study students and student employees, working with the office. David migrated to Philadelphia in 2005 from Va. Beach, Virginia, a large military city with the largest number of active military members on the east coast consisting of men and woman from across the globe. Growing up in that unique area produced a plethora of experiences with the international community. Those and other experiences made the transition into ISSS an easy fit for Dave. He is committed to community outreach with over ten years of services related to working with various men's shelters, job help services, helping the homeless and partnering with local police and community centers.