Staff Listing


Martin McFarlane
Martin oversees the ISSS office (Students and Scholars) and is reponsible for long-term planning, policy implementation, as well as staff supervision.

Carol Buss
Director, Faculty, Staff and Scholar office
Carol oversees all office operations regarding to International Faculty, Staff and Scholars.

Cheryl Hinkel
Senior Assistant Director
Cheryl advises international faculty and staff on H visas and international scholars on J visas, as well as international employees in TN and E-3 status. She also assists with Special Handling green card processing.

Erin Schiller
Senior Assistant Director
Erin holds advising sessions with students, coordinates new student check-in together with Stephanie and Afroza, updates publications and is in charge of programming for international spouses. She is the office liaison to Housing, the International Hospitality Committee and McKinley Health Center.

Stephanie Dvorachek
Senior Assistant Director
Stephanie takes daily appointments with international students, co-coordinates new student check-in, and organizes undergraduate programming. She also serves on IlliAAC and is liaison to the Tenant Union Board.

Afroza Faruque
Senior Assistant Director
Afroza meets with students, organizes programming for our undergraduate population, helps plan international student check-in and is liason to the Career Center and Counseling Center. She also serves as the webmaster for this site.

Briaunna Ponder
Assistant Director
Briaunna shares advising responsibility with Cheryl and Jessica Wade for international faculty and staff on J visas.  She also advises students and organizes New Student Orientation.

Jessica Wade
Assistant Director
Jessica works with Cheryl and Briaunna to advise international faculty and staff on H visas, international scholars on J visas, and international employees in TN and E-3 status. She also coordinates cultural and social programming for international faculty, staff and scholars.

Amira Al Mutairi
International Advising Specialist
In addition to advising our international student population through one on one appointments, Amira co-coordinates ISSS orientation programming with Briaunna.

Jennifer Avery
International Advising Specialist
Jennifer meets with and advises all categories of international students, as well as leading the office’s publication efforts including both our cultural newsletter and monthly updates to students.

William Baptist Jr.
International Advising Specialist
Will takes individual appointments with international students as well as working on ISSS publications and programming.

Nick Dunn
International Advising Specialist
Nick is available for one on one advising appointments with all international students, as well as being in charge of international student volunteering efforts and serving as liaison to the University YMCA.

Lily Huang
International Advising Specialist
Lily meets one on one with our international students, and also oversees the International Orientation Student Leaders, a group of international student employees who assist ISSS in many different areas throughout the year. Lily is also responsible for all ISSS social media outlets.

Melissa Chin
International Advising Specialist
Melissa assists international students through one on one appointments, programming, and campus presentations

Patrice Benjamin
Advising Assistant
Patrice serves in both the ISSS Student and ISSS Scholar (faculty & staff) offices.  She is responsible for providing basic immigration and procedural advice to the University’s international student and scholar population, including presenting F-1 OPT workshops and hosting scholar check-in and orientation.

Alexander Hall
International Data Management Coordinator
Alex manages the ISSS database to make sure the office is in compliance with federal regulations related to SEVIS. He is also responsible for all statistics and demographic information.

Nancy Esarey Ouedraogo
International Data Management Specialist
As Data Management Specialist, Nancy serves as project manager for the conversion to Sunapsis software for University SEVIS-related processes. She also assists Alex in managing data for international students to ensure compliance with federal regulations associated with SEVIS.

Helen Agans
Office Support Assistant
Helen works at the ISSS front desk and answers student questions, takes phone calls, and schedules appointments with advisors.

Datial Jones
Office Support Assistant
Datial is often the first point of contact for international students visiting ISSS. He schedules appointments and assists students with forms and requests.

Elizabeth Ertel
Office Support Assistant
Elizabeth assists international students with questions and documents.

Rhonda Henderson
Clerical Assistant
Rhonda works with Helen and Datial and helps students answer questions, fill out forms and schedule appointments.

MaryEllen Simpson
Office Support Assistant
MaryEllen works at the ISSS Scholar (faculty & staff) office front desk. She greets and directs scholars, works with departmental contacts, and schedules appointments with advisors.


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