Kelley has been in the field of international education for over 20 years. She began her employment at the ELS Language Centers assisting with immigration processing, intercultural programming and admissions for ESL programs after completing a Bachelor of Arts degree from Clark University in International Relations. She expanded her professional expertise in immigration processing when she began employment at the ISSO while concurrently completing a Master of Science degree in International/Mass Communication at Boston University. She was appointed Director of the ISSO in September 2002 where she manages a team providing immigration sponsorship and support services to nearly 8,000 international students and scholars. She advises international students, scholars, and university departments on immigration issues and specializes in institutional policy formulation, nonimmigrant employment matters and federal compliance. Jeanne has been an active member of the NAFSA community by serving on national committees regarding immigration policy and practice and has been invited to chair and present numerous workshops and sessions involving advocacy and immigration processing in higher education. While she enjoys the challenges and the rewards of working with international students and scholars, she spends her free time routing for Boston sports teams, exploring the mountains and the beaches of New England and traveling to new international estinations. Jeanne can be reached by e-mail
M. Andrea Popa is the Associate Director for Student Services at Boston University. She has 18 years of professional experience in international education, including international student advising, immigration policy and procedure development, and employment-based immigration sponsorship for international scholars. Andrea is an experienced trainer and frequent presenter with NAFSA: Association of International Educators on topics involving F-1, J-1 and H-1B best practices and was part of the curriculum development team for NAFSA’s J-1 Beginners Core Education Program (2010 edition). Andrea holds an M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a B.A. in English and Sociology from Eastern Nazarene College. In her personal time, Andrea is a Daisy Girl Scout leader and children’s program coordinator. Andrea spent twelve years of her childhood in Portugal and the Azores Islands, and two years living and working in Bucharest, Romania. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
M. Karam joined the ISSO in December 2003.
She is the Assistant Director for Admissions and International Student
Support Services. Beatrice earned her Bachelor's degree in
International Relations from Boston University and her Master's
degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. She can
be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
Sharon Ralston joined the Administrative team in August 2012 as the Assistant Director for Scholar Services. She has been hooked on International Education since doing an internship with international spouses as part of her graduate degree program in 1993 and from there her career just fell into place. Over the years, Sharon has advised international students, scholars, medical residents and their inviting academic departments on various immigration and employment issues. Sharon has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from James Madison University and a Master’s degree in Higher Education from Virginia Tech. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ama Edzie is the Assistant Director of Systems & Operations. Originally from Boston, Ama earned her B.A. in Computer Science and her MBA from Boston College. Ama
serves as the primary point of contact regarding all office operations and IT project management. Prior to joining BU, she was Systems Administrator, International Student Advisor and Team Lead of Technical Help Center at Boston College. Ama was a frequent presenter at
NAFSA: Association of International Educators on topics including
SEVIS II, fsaAtlas Tips and Tricks and Everyday SEVIS Compliance. Ama's travels includes China, Mexico, France, Italy, Switzerland, UK, Ghana, and Antigua. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Moca is the SEVIS Specialist at the International Students
& Scholars Office. He joined the ISSO in 1998 as an International
Student and Scholar Advisor before moving to his current position
in 2004. Chris monitors the transmission of information that Boston
University is required to report to the Department of Homeland Security
through the Student & Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS)
for all of our F-1 students, J-1 exchange visitors, and their dependents.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations
and German from the University of New Hampshire and his Master of
Education degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Boston
University. His travel interests have brought him to Austria, England,
Germany, Japan and Russia. Chris can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margaret Wheeler joined
Boston University ISSO in January 2011, after several years of working
as an immigration attorney for the University of North Carolina.
She advises international scholars and university departments on
the Charles River Campus on issues related to immigration status,
employment and travel. She holds a BA in Russian and Spanish Languages
and Literatures form the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, and has studied abroad in both Madrid and Sevilla, Spain,
as well as in Russia. She also holds an MA in Dance from Mills College
in Oakland, CA as well as a J.D. from New England School of Law.
She can be reached at email@example.com.
Whitman joined the ISSO as International Scholar
Advisor in October 2009. She advises international scholars and
university departments on the Medical Campus on issues related to
immigration status, employment and travel. Olivia has lived and
studied in Germany and Sweden, and taught English and American Culture
Studies in Austria and Czech Republic. She began advising international
students and scholars in 2004. Olivia holds a B.A. in International
Studies from Middlebury College, and has earned Master's degrees
from Fairleigh Dickinson University (Multilingual Education) and
Stockholm University (International Education). Olivia can be reached
Kendra Zysk joined the ISSO as the International Scholar Administrator in December, 2011. She received a B.A. in International Relations and Spanish from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in 2005. Kendra spent a semester abroad in Madrid, Spain and also worked as an Office Intern for HWS’ Center for Global Education. While working towards her Master’s Degree in 2009 at NYU, she worked as a Graduate Student Employee with NYU’s Office for International Students & Scholars, specializing in admissions processing. After graduating from NYU, she worked briefly at Berklee College of Music as an Applicant Advisor/DSO for the Office of Summer Programs. Kendra is excited to now be working at Boston University in a position that fuses both her experience in employment law and her love of international education and cooperation. Kendra can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diane R. Burke joined the ISSO in April 2011. She received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Wheaton College in 2006 and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University in 2010. As a part of those degrees, Diane has studied in Mexico, New Zealand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. She brings a passion for learning about the many cultures of the world and is excited for working with the diverse community of Boston University. She currently advises students from the College
of Communication and College of Arts & Sciences. Diane can be reached at email@example.com.
Capuano joined the ISSO international student advising
team in September 2010. She studied political science and French
at Marquette University, graduating in 2004. She obtained her J.D.
from the Syracuse University College of Law in 2007. For the past
three years, Elizabeth has been working in the immigration field
in Washington, D.C. She is a Massachusetts native, and has traveled
extensively through Western Europe. Elizabeth advises students from
Goldman School of Dental Medicine, the School of Medicine, and the
School of Public Health and can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christy Cornett comes to Boston University with twelve years of experience in student advising. Prior to joining the ISSO team, she served as assistant director of student life at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she also earned a degree in fine arts with a focus on printmaking and book arts. As an artist and educator, Christy brings a creative and intuitive approach to student advising. She is pleased to provide support and guidance to Boston University's diverse and talented international community. She can be reached at email@example.com.
A. Enderlin currently serves as the ISSO advisor
to students in the College of Arts and Sciences, Sargent College
and International Exchange Students (XRG). David has been involved
in the field of international education for over 30 years.
David, a fourth generation Californian from the Napa Valley,
graduated with a BA in International Relations and Political Science
at the University of California, Davis. After serving in the Peace
Corps in Zaire (Congo) he did graduate work at the Fletcher School
of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He has served in a variety
of positions working with international students at Nathaniel Hawthorne
College in New Hampshire and Northeastern University. He can be
reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Favazzo comes to Boston University with nearly 20 years of experience in the education industry. He served as the Coordinator of International Recruitment at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA where he received a master’s degree in Counseling. While studying at Marist College, John spent his junior year abroad at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland where he lived in an international residence hall. This experience had a profound effect on John’s world view, sparking his interest in cultural exchange and travel. John has worked as a Middle School Guidance Counselor in the DC area, a Senior Member Services Manager for Eduventures and as Senior Program Manager at the Institute of International Education. Originally from the North Shore, John is excited to be back in Boston advising international students. He
can be reached at email@example.com.
A. M. Lynch began her position at the ISSO as an International
Student Advisor in 2003. She has been at Boston University since
1987, working with predominately international students in an academic
unit until she joined the ISSO. Originally from Texas,
Sam attended Boston University and interrupted her studies to move
to Hong Kong in 1983. She lived and worked in Hong Kong for
three years, and traveled extensively throughout Southeast Asia
and Micronesia. Sam can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pirbudagov joined the ISSO in September 2010 as
International Student Advisor. Daniel is originally from
the Caucasus region of former Soviet Union. He has extensive experience
living, working, and studying in the US. He holds a Bachelor’s
degree in International Business from Elizabethtown College and
a Master's degree in International Education from the SIT Graduate
Institute. Daniel has worked in Washington, D.C. with World Learning,
a nonprofit organization involved with international educational
exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. government. Before coming
to Boston University, Daniel worked as International Student Coordinator
and Advisor at his alma mater, Elizabethtown College. Daniel is
very happy to be part of ISSO at Boston University. He advises students
from the College of Engineering, the College of Fine Arts and Summer
Term and can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.
Lauren Jeffery Snow returned to the ISSO as an International Student Advisor in August 2012. Previously, she served as Admission Officer for Navitas at UMass Lowell, Senior ISSO Coordinator at the BU ISSO and International Admission Assistant at Bentley University. In 2011, Lauren earned her Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations in Lesley University to supplement her Bachelor’s degree in Clothing and Textiles. Her travels have taken her to coffee fields in Brazil, the deepest lake in the world and the quiet island of Skye. She I looking forward to meeting and working closely with students from the Graduate School of Management and the School of Hospitality. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elkin Arroyo joined the ISSO in April 2012. He received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Bryant University in 2010. Originally from Colombia, Elkin has always enjoyed travelling, foreign languages and meeting people from all over the world. His personal and professional travels have taken him to Mexico, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Italy. He has worked in a variety of fields including customer service, banking, financial services, and non-profits, but has found his niche in international education, reason for which he is excited to work with the international population of Boston University. Elkin can be reached at email@example.com.
Hsiu-Hsien Chiang joined the ISSO in October 2011. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies from Vassar College in 2005. Her academic focus was on gender issues in modern Japan, and she also studied Japanese and Latin while in school. She taught English language with the AEON Amity language school for a year in Okayama, Japan. Hsiu-Hsien grew up in Massachusetts and is very excited to be working with the diverse, stimulating Boston University community. Hsiu-Hsien can be reached
Benjamin W. Ditter joined the ISSO in October 2011. He received a Bachelor of Arts in German and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2007. He also focused on History, French and European Studies during his undergraduate program. Originally from Wisconsin, Benjamin moved to the East Coast in 2010 upon accepting a position with the English language school, Berlitz. Benjamin has spent several years in the field of International Customer Service in addition to studying abroad in Germany. Because of his passion for service and interest in the many languages and cultures of the world, Benjamin is very excited to be a part of the ISSO team. Benjamin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.