Melissa DePretto Behan, M.Ed.
Melissa currently serves as the Director of Residential Living and uses her knowledge of Organizational Development as well as Student Learning to oversee the operations of one of the largest departments on Drexel’s campus.
Melissa completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Seton Hall University, and her Masters of Education in Adult and Organizational Development at Temple University. While completing her Masters she began her career in Student Affairs as an Area Coordinator in the Office of Housing and Residence Life at Rutgers University-Camden.
Melissa started at Drexel as a Resident Director in Race Street Residences and Van Rensselaer Hall in 2010, and was then given Assistant Director responsibilities in 2011 working on integrating Academic initiatives into the residential experience. Her work with Academics has led to increased academic engagement in the halls and a stronger partnership between Academics and Student Affairs.
She stepped into the Associate Director role in 2012 and used her background and passion for training to reinvigorate the training and selection processes of all of our Resident Assistants. She also began to work with Desk Operations to ensure that our students feel at home in each residence hall by coordinating the group of Residential Desk Coordinators who oversee the functions of each hall’s front desk.
Melissa has a passion for Drexel and Philadelphia and loves to find new places to eat and explore in the city and suburbs.
Gabby Mora, M.S.
Originally from Venezuela, Gabby has lived in the US since 2001. She attended college at Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN with majors in Mass Media and Business Administration. Additionally, Gabby holds an M.S. in Advertising from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and an M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
With experience working in Residential Living at various institutions across the country since 2006, Gabby started at Drexel as the Resident Director of Kelly Hall in 2011. Her experience and work in student leadership development allowed her to step into an Assistant Director role in 2012. Her focus on leadership development for first-year and upper-class students has helped the department work closer with residents to ensure that we are helping them grow outside of the classroom. During her time at Drexel, Gabby also served as the Interim Director for the Student Center for Inclusion and Culture, a position that taught her the demands of running a department and how to promote educational opportunities to students. Her diverse involvement at Drexel helped Gabby move into the Associate Director position in the summer of 2013. As the Associate Director, Gabby works with leadership development as well as social justice/inclusion education for our department; both for our residents and staff.
An avid musical theater lover, you may often find Gabby attending different musicals in Philadelphia or simply listening to show tunes in her office.
Kim joined the Residential Living Office in May of 2012 as an Administrative Assistant. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and communications from the University of Scranton in May of 2008 and immediately moved to the City of Brotherly Love. She recently started her graduate studies in Global and International Education here at Drexel University and is very excited to align her knowledge in this area with department initiatives.
In her current role, Kim is responsible for managing the financial processes for the department and provides administrative support to her colleagues. Kim also serves as a member of the department's Leadership Team.
Kim loves live music, the outdoors and spending time exploring Philadelphia with friends and family.
Jen Tifone, M.Ed.
Assistant Director/ Resident Director,
Jen is in her third year as the AD/RD of Millennium Hall which houses the Honors Program Living Learning Community. Through Jen’s AD position she works integrating academic engagement into the residential communities. Prior to moving to Philadelphia, Jen lived in South Dakota where she worked as a Complex Director at Black Hills State University. Jen graduated with her undergraduate degree in 2006 from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Political Science and while out west Jen earned her master’s degree from South Dakota State University in the Counseling and Human Resource Development with a specialization in Student Personnel Services which she completed in 2010.
In her spare time Jen enjoys exploring the city and finding new places to go hiking with her dog Sammie.
Ashley Jones, M.Ed.
Ashley is a native of Virginia, and attended Longwood University. Ashley graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2008 with a concentration in Communication Studies. She worked full time for two years in administrative roles but realized that her passion was higher education and was accepted into the College Student Personnel Administration graduate program at James Madison University. After a summer intern opportunity at Drexel, Ashley fell in love with Philadelphia and the university. She is excited to be back and even more excited to be working in the Residential Living Office and living in Calhoun Hall.
Ashley loves walking around the city with her dog Doug. She loves trying new restaurants and most recently is dedicated to find the best places to watch her favorite Washington, DC sports teams.
Jenna C. Perez, MSW, LSW
Jenna Perez joined the Residential Living Office in the summer of 2013. She received her Masters of Social Work degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. During her time at Rutgers University she worked for the Department of Residence Life as an Assistant Residence Life Coordinator for upper-class students in an apartment setting.
During her time at Rutgers University, Jenna was also able to work with Rutgers Upward Bound, Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program and the Summer Housing and Internship Program (SHIP). She worked with the residential living component of these programs, in addition to serving as an adviser, seminar instructor and program coordinator. Jenna is excited to be back in higher education after taking some time to work with various child welfare agencies.
Jenna enjoys Sunday family dinners and attempting new recipes. She also likes playing tennis and swimming.
Robert Phipps, M.Ed.
Myers Hall & Van Rensselaer Hall
Rob has moved from Utah to join the Residential Living Office team in July of 2013. Rob has had the opportunity to live many different places and experience many different cultures unique to all these cities. prior to getting this Master’s Degree. Some of these places include Mexico City, MX; Trinidad; Salt Lake City, UT; Stillwater, OK; Houston, TX; Denver, CO; and Granville, OH.
Rob earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance from Oklahoma State University (YeeHa! Go Pokes!), as well as his Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy with an Emphasis in Student Affairs from The University of Utah (Go U of U!). Prior to being a Drexel Dragon (Go Blue and Gold!), Rob excelled in playing Frolfing, Golfing, Snowboarding, camping/hiking and spending time with friends and family.
Rob now currently enjoys working with College Learning Communities, checking out Philadelphia and the surrounding area, all the museums, and following his favorite sports teams! Feel free to stop by his office in Myers and say "Hi" anytime!