Graduate Advisors

CCI Academic Advisors are dedicated to empowering students towards success and are committed to advocating on behalf of each student in support of their holistic development.

Your graduate advisor is available to you for questions about registration, program planning and progression, and any other academic or administrative concerns. If your advisor cannot help you, they will direct you to someone that can. Please allow two business days for a response from your advisor, although during high traffic times such as the first few weeks of the term and registration, the response time may be longer.

Equality and Non-Discrimination Policy

The University is committed to an environment of equal opportunity in education and employment and to proactively undertake initiatives and take actions to create such an environment. In the administration of its admissions policies, educational policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and all other University administered programs and activities; the University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity and expression, genetic information, and any other characteristic prohibited by law (i.e., creed, marital status, citizenship status). Moreover, Drexel does not tolerate unlawful harassment of any kind.

You will find your assigned academic advisor below:

Alyson Demas

Alyson Demas

Assistant Director of Advising, Graduate Level

I first joined Drexel University in April 2016. I am the Assistant Director of Graduate Advising in the College of Computing and Informatics. I have worked with Drexel’s School of Education previously and have served on several university-wide committees. I received a B.A. degree from Rowan University, and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania in Counseling and Mental Health Services.

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. We are here to support you through your academic opportunities, and we encourage you to make the most of your experience here. Drexel has so much to offer in terms of organizations, resources, and civic engagement, and we are here to guide you through that process.

I am originally from New Jersey and now reside in the suburbs of Philadelphia. I truly enjoy spending time with my family and friends, while exploring the outdoors and all that nature has to offer. I also love music and going out to restaurants to try different places and foods.

Karen DeVose

Karen DeVose, Ed.D

Director of Advising Pronouns: she/her/hers/herself

I rejoined Drexel University in January 2021. I am the Director of Advising in the College of Computing & Informatics. My previous role was at Syracuse University as the Assistant Director of Academic Advising in the College of Arts and Sciences.

I received a B.S. degree from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (Business Administration) and a Master of Education from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania (Education Administration and Supervision), a Post Graduate Certificate from Drexel University (Student Development and Affairs) and a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Gwynedd Mercy University.

My research includes identifying factors and barriers that impact retention and persistence of underrepresented minority students at predominately white institutions. I am committed to helping all students and specifically underrepresented minority students socially and academically integrate themselves in higher education to improve retention, persistence, and graduation rates through 1) creating policies, procedures, and initiatives to improve retention and student’s success, 2) identifying resources and support programming; and 3) developing academic advisors.

To be successful student, students should pursue their academic interests, be unafraid to challenge themselves, change their mind, and then change it again, get involved in campus organizations, dream big, and stay positive!

I am native of Philadelphia, PA and one of seven children. I am foodie who loves to travel, read, and Line and African dance. I am a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated.

Brandy Hoffman

Brandy Hoffmann

Senior Academic Advisor, Graduate Advising
Advises graduate students with last names A - K Pronouns: she/her/hers/herself

I joined the College of Computing & Informatics team as an Academic Advisor in July 2020. My passion for the field of higher education began in 2011 when I worked as a student assistant for Montclair State University. Since then, I have worked within academic advising, study abroad and international education. I possess a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an MS.Ed. in Student Affairs and College Counseling.

Prior to coming to Drexel, I worked as an Academic Success Coach for the University of Wisconsin, where I primarily worked with online, adult-learners and non-traditional students. Supporting non-traditional students is one of my interest areas. I find it essential to consider who students are holistically and understand the many facets that make up who a student is outside of just being a student. My goal is to support students as they go through their academic journey and to help students navigate as they go through their program.

Outside of work, I enjoy being active whether that be playing a sport or taking a hike. Some of my most interesting hobbies have been paddle boarding and aerial silks. I have lived in three different states and now consider PA my home.

Lois Kasten

Lois Kasten

Academic Advisor
Advises graduate students with last names L-Z

I have been working in higher education for 27 years, and 17 out of those 27 years have been at Drexel. When you get to know me, you will find that I am very passionate about what I do in helping our students with achieving all their academic goals during their time at Drexel.

I am a firm believer that your time and money are most valuable, so I am here to help you achieve your goals along the way.

I am from the Southwest part of this beautiful country (Albuquerque, New Mexico) but call Philadelphia my home these days.

Brenna Martin

Brenna Martin

Associate Director, Operations and Faculty Affairs Pronouns: she/her/hers/herself

Tammi Wrice

Tammi Wrice

Academic Advisor