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Advisor Bios

 Rosie Kelly, Academic Advisor
Freshmen (Incoming Class 2014) A-C, plus all PECK Students
Freshmen (Incoming Class 2013) Q-T

Rosie Kelly is a proud Delaware County native, and graduate of Saint Joseph’s University. During her time as a student, Rosie got involved (hey freshmen- that’s the secret!) and discovered her love for higher education. She has since held positions in Financial Aid and Admissions before stepping into her latest role in the College of Engineering. An avid Philadelphia sports fan, Rosie will never stop loving the Phightin’ Phillies, and can often be found snacking on crab fries and swooning over Chase Utley at the game. She’s currently working on her Master’s in Leadership at Cabrini College, and is set to complete her program in May 2015. Her dream is to travel to London and cross Abbey Road (she’s a bit of a Beatles fan), after having been bitten by the travel bug (she saw the pyramids of Giza- in person!). When she’s not busy exploring Philadelphia, she can be found catching up on Real Housewives and attempting to cook.

Emily Bogunovich, Academic Advisor 
Freshmen (Incoming Class 2014) D-G plus all Engineering Learning Community Students
Freshmen (Incoming Class 2013) H-K

Emily BogunovichEmily Bogunovich is excited to be working with the new Drexel Engineering students. After graduating from Temple University, she completed a Masters degree from the University of Massachusetts. In addition to advising, Emily has experience in coordinating student programs, working with ESL students, and teaching writing. She enjoys traveling, cycling (you will definitely see her riding around the city), running, lying around in our city's amazing parks, reading cookbooks and novels, trying out new recipes, and checking out new and old favorite Philly restaurants. She lives in South Philly with her husband and cat, Steve. She is a big fan of pizza and is always willing to offer advice on where to go to get a slice.

Adam Glass, Academic Advisor
Freshmen (Incoming Class 2014) H-M
Freshmen (Incoming Class 2013) D-G

Adam GlassAdam Glass is a native of Erie, PA and just recently started with Drexel University. Adam enjoys the outdoors, video games, reading, cooking vegetarian and vegan cuisine, yoga, UFC, and the uniqueness of life and culture. Adam graduated from Mercyhurst University and then received his masters from Edinboro University in College Counseling and Student Affairs. Adam has extensive experience working with students on the Autism spectrum as well as traditional and other non-traditional students. Adam is a very holistic person who likes to bring in the mind, body, and soul to everything he does.

Dionne Gordon-Starks, Senior Academic Advisor 
Freshmen (Incoming Class 2014) N-Sh
Transfers (Incoming Class 2014) A-C
Freshmen (Incoming Class 2013) A-C

Dionne Gordon-StarksDionne has been a professional advisor within the field of higher education for over thirteen years. Her background in career and academic advising has helped her shape a very holistic approach to the field of advising.  She has been employed with Drexel University for 6 years as a Senior Advisor within Goodwin College. Dionne recently obtained her Masters of Science in Higher Education with a concentration in student development from Drexel University. However, she is also a proud alumnus from Saint Joseph’s University. Dionne resides in Philadelphia with her husband and 10 year old son.  She wears many hats and enjoys activities which include: cooking, church, traveling and football  Her favorite football teams are her son’s team, the Enon Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers!

Jennifer Matthews,Academic Advisor 
Freshmen (Incoming Class 2014) Si-Z plus all Construction Management and Engineering Technology Students
Freshmen (Incoming Class 2013) M-P

Jennifer MatthewsJennifer Matthews, a native of South Jersey, graduated from Randolph-Macon College located in Richmond, VA with a BA in Psychology. Jenn has a true passion for sports and was a four-year starter on the RMC women’s soccer team. She went on to attend graduate school here at Drexel University (Go Dragons!) where she earned her MS in Education. Jenn has worked as an Academic Advisor here at Drexel at both the graduate and undergraduate levels for nearly 10 years now and has a passion for helping students. Jenn’s husband also works at Drexel as a Systems Administrator in the School of BioMedical Engineering and together they have three children: Carter, Brynn & Reid. They’re also expecting baby #4 in late January! In her spare time (ha, with 3.5 kids that’s almost comical), she enjoys drinking Dunkin Donuts coffee, spending time with family and friends, loving on her kiddos and cheering on the Phillies, Union, Flyers and Eagles. 


Rachael Switalski, Director 
Internal Transfers and Special Cases

Rachael SwitalskiRachael is from the Empire State, but grew up on a dairy farm, not in New York City. Rachael earned a BA in English Literature & Rhetoric at Binghamton University and her Master's in Higher Ed Administration at Temple U. Rachael has been working in advising for many years and is always excited to greet a new freshman class. Rachael and her husband live in the Queen Village neighborhood in Philly with a small, but very determined, aging wire-haired terrier and a very energetic Italian Greyhound/Rat Terrier puppy. In her free time, Rachael enjoys traveling to far away lands, improving her photography, knitting rather obsessively, wondering what would really happen during a zombie apocalypse, and catching up on the latest Doctor Who episodes.

Noelle Palladino, Assistant Director, Transfer Advising
Transfers (Incoming Class 2014) D-Z
Transfers (Incoming Class 2013) A-Z

Noelle PalladinoNoelle Palladino, a native of North Jersey, is the Transfer Coordinator for the College of Engineering as well as an academic advisor. After graduating from Rutgers University in 1999 she moved to the South Jersey area and starting working for Drexel University. She has worked for the College of Engineering from the start of her career, almost 15 years (ACK!!!), and has been working with transfer students for the last 13 years. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her husband and children, Dominic and Gigi, going to the beach, and during hockey season, cheering on the New Jersey Devils – NJ pride!  (sorry Flyers/Rangers fans – don’t hold that against me)


Colby Hepner, Academic Advisor
Freshmen (Incoming Class 2014) All International, Athlete, ROTC
Freshmen (Incoming Class 2013) L , U-Z

Colby HepnerColby Hepner, born and raised in Central PA, is the newest member to the advising staff but has been working in the College of Engineering for over a year. A proud graduate of Drexel, Colby has run the crazy gamut that is Drexel University and is ready to share his experiences and give some advice to all of the Engineering students. He holds a degree in International Studies, studied in South Korea twice, and is always eager to learn about new cultures (but more importantly try their food). In his spare time, Colby enjoys watching too much TV, attempting to play the guitar, going to fitness classes at the gym, exploring the many restaurants of Philly, keeping up to date with the latest celebrity gossip, spending time with friends, and making people laugh.

Dr. Adam Fontecchio, Associate Dean

Adam FontecchioDr. Fontecchio’s research involves fundamental investigations of liquid crystal interactions to develop novel devices. Using Holographically-formed Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal (H-PDLC) Bragg gratings, he has developed novel multiplexed formation techniques for reflective displays, remote sensing wavelength filtration, and a novel strain gauge. He has also investigated the materials development of polymer / liquid crystal systems for optimization of electro-optical characteristics. In 1998 he received a NASA Rhode Island Space Grant Fellowship, and from 1999 – 2002 he was a NASA Graduate Student Research Fellow at Goddard Space Flight Center where he investigated Holographically-formed Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal technology for space-borne remote sensing applications. He traveled to Tokyo, Japan in the summer of 2000 as part of the National Science Foundation Summer Institute, where he studied polymer-stabilized liquid crystal devices at the NTT Cyberspace Laboratories. He has collaborated with researchers at the Josef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana, Slovenia, through an NSF funded program. At the 2000 International Liquid Crystal Conference held in Sendai, Japan, he was awarded the Best Poster Award from a field of more than 800 posters. He has also served as a Visiting Lecturer in Physics at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth campus.