Marilena Drakou, Assistant Director
As the Assistant Director, Marilena is the lead for the J-1 scholars, J-1 students and their dependents providing holistic immigration advising and adjustment throughout their stay. Additionally, she co-leads immigration-related workshops and seminars for professional staff and faculty within University and maintains up-to-date information on regulations, policies and practices (internal and external) pertaining to international students. She is also an active member of the National Association of Foreign Student Adviser (NAFSA) and the Philadelphia Area International Educators Network (PAIEN). Marilena, has been working in the field of international education since August 2007, and has joined Drexel University since July 2004 where she has worked in various professional roles. She originally came from Greece and she received her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from the University of Athens in Greece with specialty in Nurse Anesthesia. In 2007 she also received a Bachelor's of Science in Health Service Administration from Drexel University with honors. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Legal Studies with specialty in Criminal Law at Thomas Kline Law School at Drexel University. She is very excited to be part of the ISSS team and she relishes learning and working in such a diverse institution.
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.
Jessica Cordisco, Assistant Director
As the Assistant Director, Jessica is responsible for F-1 student advising as well as ISSS data management, data analysis and government compliance reporting. She oversees efforts across campus to ensure compliance reporting requirements. Jessica is also in charge of the intake of H1B and permanent residency applications. She has experience working and interacting with people of diverse cultures and varying levels of English language proficiency. 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 to the best of her ability. She is also an active member of the National Association of Foreign Student Adviser (NAFSA) and the Philadelphia Area International Educators Network (PAIEN).
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 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. 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.