Student Affairs

Phi Nguyen
Assistant Dean of Students
Student Affairs | Nesbitt Hall, 234 | 267.359.6053

Phi Nguyen has a strong foundation in supporting students in health and science fields, having worked for several years at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine before joining Drexel in 2010. Upon arriving at Drexel, Phi was tasked with increasing engagement and student programming for students enrolled on the Center City Campus. She supported student organizations, improved shared student spaces, and connected students to resources and opportunities. In 2012, she assumed responsibility for graduate student support, from reworking graduate orientation to bolstering the Graduate Student Association to become an autonomous and empowered organization.

As a result of her student affairs background, Phi enjoys working with students on a wide range of topics. Some of her professional interests include global education, community engagement, peer mentorship and career development. Phi advocates for her students and believes in a collaborative and holistic approach to student services.

In her current role at Dornsife School of Public Health, she oversees admissions, student recruitment, career services and alumni relations at the School. She is heavily involved with the Public Health Alumni Network board of directors and works with them to engage public health alumni and students. Public health students obtain skills that will enable them to promote health, prevent disease and save lives through research and action. With costs of health care rising, the need for public health professionals is growing.

Michelle McDermott
Assistant Director, Student and Alumni Services
Student Affairs | Nesbitt Hall, 213 | 267.359.6089

As the Assistant Director of Student and Alumni Services, Michelle McDermott is passionate about creating opportunities for growth and facilitating connections for SPH students and alumni. Her focus includes career development services for students and alumni, with signature programs including: Professional Development Seminar Series, Alumni Mentor Program, and Career Fair.

Before joining the Dornsife School of Public Health, she supported the transition and success of students as Assistant Director/Resident Director at Drexel University. Michelle received her MA in Student Affairs in Higher Education Indiana University of Pennsylvania and BA in Psychology from Cabrini University. She enjoys helping students bridge their interests and passions with their professional goals to find a sense of fulfillment and success.

Gabrielle Alaimo
Student Services Coordinator
Student Affairs | Nesbitt Hall, 210 | 267.359.6113

As the Student Services Coordinator of Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health, Gabby’s focus lies on the planning and implementation of programming for current and incoming students. This programming includes: orientation, career fairs, professional development events, and commencement. She is also involved in the advisement of the Student Government Organization and Student Organization Leadership Committee.

Gabby holds a BS in Exercise Science from the University of Delaware, where she captained the Cross Country and Track & Field teams. Gabby credits her involvement in the Student Athlete Advisory Committee for igniting her passion for student development. She is currently working towards a master’s degree in Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania.