About Us

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives is to reduce harm related to alcohol and other drug use at the University of Pennsylvania.  Key efforts focus on education, prevention and confidential, non-judgmental brief interventions for both individual Penn students and student groups.  In accordance with this mission, the office oversees policies, environmental management efforts and educational programs that encourage a safe and healthy campus environment for students.

Who We Are:


Noelle Melartin, Director (melartin@upenn.edu)

Noelle is the Director for the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives, after having served as the Associate Director for the office from 2010-2015. Noelle provides brief motivational harm-reduction interventions with individual students through the First Step program, as well as with cohorts through Group First Step. She received a BA in psychology from Wesleyan University and an MSW in clinical social work from Columbia University. While at Columbia, she completed field training at Barnard College in the Alcohol and Substance Awareness Program and the Furman Counseling Center.

Kenneth Galazka, Associate Director (kgalazka@upenn.edu)

Kenneth is the Associate Director at the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives. He received a BS in Psychology at the State University of New York at Oneonta, followed by an MSW in clinical social work at the University of Pennsylvania, where he did his field work at Horizon House, a community mental health clinic, and the Outpatient Psychiatry Center at UPenn. Kenneth provides counseling to Penn students through the First Step brief intervention, designed to help students reduce the negative consequences of alcohol and other drug use.


Margaret (Xiaojiao) Yang, Program Coordinator (xiaojiao@upenn.edu)

Margaret Yang, M.S.Ed, is the current Program Coordinator at the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives. She joined the office in November 2015 after finishing her Master's at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education, focusing on Higher Education and Reading/Writing/Literacy. She is responsible for partnering with various campus constituents in increasing programming and educational efforts for the university on various topics around alcohol and drugs on campus. She is the advisor for the student organization, PennDAPA (Drug & Alcohol Peer Advisors), Penn's student peer education group around issues relating to alcohol and other drugs. She received her BA in Economics and French at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. During graduate school, Margaret worked as a graduate associate in Gregory College House as well as a graduate assistant in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

** All of the staff members at Penn AOD are Wellness Partners. Feel free to speak to any of us about support/resources if you have any wellness concerns or questions.

Where We Are:

3611 Locust Walk (click for map of campus)
3rd Floor, Vice Provost for University Life Office
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: 215-573-3525
Fax: 215-573-7944

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