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ISSS Staff

Jessica Cordisco, Director

jgc45@drexel.edu

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 monitoring and upholding compliance reporting for Drexel’s international population, including outreach and education for both Drexel-sponsored and non-Drexel-sponsored visa category students. She also oversees management of ISSS’s paperless office operations including management of software.

She studied Economics and International Relations at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Josie's international credentials encompass more than ten years of formal study of foreign language and culture, culminating in a semester abroad in Madrid. While there, she served an internship at the U.S. Embassy. After college, Josie worked at University of Pennsylvania's International Students office for several years before joining Drexel in 2014. She looks forward to working with international students and colleagues who place the same high value on international education that she does.

Dylan O'Donoghue, Assistant Director

As an Assistant Director, Dylan is responsible for communication, issuance, monitoring, and compliance, of foreign national employees. She advises on J-1 and H-1B visa regulations for faculty, staff and visiting scholars at Drexel.

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 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 completed her graduate certificate at Drexel University in Issues in Human Trafficking and is currently pursuing her Masters in Legal Studies at Drexel.

Kea Glenn, Senior International Student Advisor

As the Senior International Students and Scholars Advisor, Kea is responsible for advising F-1 and J-1 students at the University. She serves as Designated School Official and Alternate Responsible Officer whom 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 U.S. Army and is currently serving in the Ohio Army National Guard as an Engineer Intelligence Officer. She has invested over ten years to working in higher education, and looks forward to serving the international students and scholars community with the same dedication and passion.

Chelsea Herskovitz, International Student Advisor

As the International Students and Scholars Advisor, Chelsea responsible for advising F-1 and J-1 students at the University. She serves as Designated School Official and Alternate Responsible Officer whom 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.

Katie Arnson, International Student Advisor

As International Students and Scholars Advisor, Katie responsible for advising F-1 and J-1 students at the University. She serves as Designated School Official and Alternate Responsible Officer whom advises current students on visa regulations, academic policies, and cultural influences that affect their stay in the U.S. In addition, she implements cultural programming through hosting workshops and events for ISSS in collaboration with student organizations and other university departments.

Katie graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in Biological Anthropology. After graduating she worked in the biomedical field, but her passion for traveling, cross-cultural sharing, and the international community led her to move to China to live and teach in the Hunan province.  While living in China, she gained her English as a Second Language certificate and continued teaching upon her return to Philadelphia. Katie is driven by aiding those towards success and has dedicated many years to working with the adult international student population through teaching and advising. Being of service and making meaningful connections is most important to her, and she is continuing that at Drexel.

Nicholas Gehman, International Student Advisor, English Language

As an International Students and Scholars Advisor, Nicholas advises F-1 and J-1 students at Drexel University English Language Center. He serves as Designated School Official and Alternate Responsible Officer and advises current students on academic, cultural and visa regulations governing their stay in the U.S.

Nicholas completed his BS at Bucknell University and his MPA at Penn State University. He has worked as an educator and administrator in China and Saudi Arabia. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, recording and performing music.

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. 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 such a diverse area produced a plethora of experiences with the international community. Those and other experiences made the transition into ISSS an easy fit for David. He is committed to community outreach with over ten years of services related to working with men's shelters, job and homeless services, and partnerships with local police and community centers. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Communication at Drexel University.