Angela Jeon-Huh, Assistant Dean
As the Assistant Dean, Angela 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. Angela began her journey with Drexel in 2010 and started her career in international education in 2002. She is currently an active member and presenter for the Association of International Educators, NAFSA and PAIEN: Philadelphia Area International Educators Network. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in international politics and masters degree in leadership development from Penn State University and anticipates completing her doctorate in educational leadership from Drexel in 2014.
Marilena Drakou, Assistant Director
As the Assistant Director, Marilena’s responsibilities include leading F-1 advising and overseeing immigration-related workshops and seminars for professional staff and faculty. She primarily focuses on advising F-1 students in regards to reinstatement, change of status and other complex immigration advising. Marilena has been with Drexel as an advisor since 2004 and with International Students and Scholars Services since 2007. She presents numerous workshops and sessions for Drexel students and professionals. She originally came to Drexel from Greece as a student and is Drexel alumna. She is a bilingual speaker with study abroad experience and enjoys teaching Greek and learning about different cultures.
Janet Gao, Assistant Director
As the Assistant Director, Janet is responsible for J-1 scholar advising and F-1 student advising as well as ISSS data management, data analysis and government compliance reporting. Janet is also in charge of presenting and leading workshops, seminars and presentations for students, scholars and other colleagues on campus. She received her master’s degree in intercultural communication from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a certified Pennsylvania program specialist for English as a second language and U.S. Department of State local coordinator. She has experience working and interacting with people of diverse cultures and varying levels of English language proficiency, as well as implementing and developing innovative programming for international students/scholars and immigrants.
Josie Yaller, New International Student Advisor
As the New International Student Advisor, Josie is responsible for advising new international F-1 and J-1 students on immigration regulations. She reviews financial documents to process I-20/DS-2019 applications for new international students for all Drexel campuses and issues I-20s for re-admission, transfer students and change of education level. 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 for a semester. After college, Josie worked at University of Pennsylvania’s International Students office for several years. Following a detour into the private sector, 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 Bachelor of Science at Syracuse University.
Linwood Whitten, International Student Advisor
As the International Student Advisor, Linwood is responsible for all matters related to students on the F-1 and J-1 student visa programs, including general advising and issuing work authorizations (CPT, OPT and academic training). He is responsible for all students transferring out to other institutions. He also does regular outreach to students regarding news and alerts related to their home country. Linwood is originally from Birmingham, Ala. He has traveled to Mexico, France, Spain, the Caribbean Islands, Netherlands and Belgium. During his childhood he lived in Germany and Japan and has studied in China. Before joining Drexel, Linwood served as an Admission Counselor at New York College of Health Professions, an Enrollment Specialist for Life University in Atlanta and an Admission Counselor for Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, where he focused on advising international students. Linwood has received his Bachelor of Science from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University.
Maryam Ronagh, International Student Engagement Coordinator
In her role, Maryam will develop engagement opportunities for international students and scholars in the larger Drexel community and ensure this population has access to the most up-to-date information pertaining to their immigration status and social life. Maryam is a recent graduate of Drexel University; she received her masters degree in Publication Management. She was very involved at Drexel as a graduate student, serving as an executive board member of the International Graduate Student Association for two years and a graduate fellow with the Office of Commuter and Transfer Student Engagement. Prior to coming to Drexel, Maryam worked as a publisher and founder of a textbook publishing company in her hometown - Tehran, Iran. In addition to her Drexel degree, she also has a masters degree in industrial engineering and is a published author in the field of manufacturing engineering.
Jessica Cordisco, Administrative Coordinator
As the Administrative Coordinator for the International Students and Scholar Services, Jessica is responsible for supporting and answering inquires for our students, scholars and visitors of ISSS. She helps to maintain the workflow of the office by scheduling appointments, answering inquiries, directing students and scholars to the appropriate advisers and assisting the Assistant Dean of the ISSS. Jessica also supervises all of the work-study students and student employees, working with the office. 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 very passionate about intercultural communication since a young age and is excited to aid Drexel’s international students and scholars to the best of her ability.