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 meets with individual students with concerns about alcohol and other drug use, implements campus-wide harm-reduction programs, and oversees implementation of the University Alcohol and Other Drug Policy. 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)

Ken 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. Ken 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.


Jackie Recktenwald, Program Coordinator (jamich@upenn.edu)

Jackie is the Program Coordinator at the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Program Initiatives. At AOD, Jackie is responsible for the administrative management of the Event Registration Program and the Event Observer Program. She collaborates on an ongoing basis with undergraduate and graduate student groups, a wide range of program staff, and outside vendors to ensure that events with alcohol are planned and implemented in compliance with University policy and state law. She previously worked at the University’s Office of the Sexual Violence Investigative Officer as an Administrative Coordinator. Prior to coming to Penn, Jackie received a BA in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego, and worked in Washington, D.C. for three years as staff assistant and scheduler for a United States Senator.

Where We Are:

3535 Market St, Mezzanine (click for map of campus)
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 573-3525