Meet the Staff
Fun Fact: Heather grew up riding horses and showing cows on her family’s dairy farm in east Tennessee.
Heather is the Director of International Student & Scholar Services, where she has worked since 1998 in various roles. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the Ohio State University in Columbus. Heather served two years in Senegal as a Peace Corps Volunteer, studied abroad in Chennai, India, and participated in Fulbright programs to Germany and India. She enjoys learning about the world not only by traveling, but by getting to know the unique and wonderful international students here at Georgia State.
Fun Fact: While working at a Euro-Disney Resort hotel (now Disneyland Paris) in 1994, Brett danced down “Main Street USA”, in France, in the annual Holiday Parade wearing a 10 ft. tall reindeer costume.
Brett joined ISSS July 1, 2014 as Assistant Director for International Student and Scholar Services. He holds a bachelor degree from Mercer University, Macon, and a Master of Science in Multilingual-Multicultural Education from Florida State University. In 2000, he was awarded a Fulbright Grant to study the multi-lingual policies of Belgium and hosted by the University of Antwerp. He went on to teach EFL for the Samsung Global Management Institute in Seoul, Korea for 2 years and later served as ESL Director for SCAD and Student Services Director at SCAD Lacoste (France). From 2010 – 2014, he lead the International Student Services Office at Clayton State University. Brett’s own study abroad travels began as a student in 1988 on a year-long tour with the international “Up With People” Program. Since then, he has travelled or worked in 31 countries, speaks French fluently, and is dedicated to the success of international students from all walks of life.
ISAC and International Student Advisor
Fun Fact: Mike has built over 50 homes in the U.S. and in Africa.
Mike is an International Student Advisor who coordinates orientation and serves as the advisor to the International Student Associations Council (ISAC). He previously worked with Habitat for Humanity International. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of the Cumberlands and his master’s degree from the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mike loves to travel and learn about various cultures. He has previously lived in Kenya and Cambodia. Mike enjoys volunteering, tackling home remodeling projects, and spending time with his family.
International Admissions Coordinator/ International Student Advisor
Fun Fact: Christy enjoys collecting “zines” from her travels.
Christy coordinates the international admissions processes in ISSS. After earning her B.A. in English Literature from University of Cincinnati, Christy jumped around from Virginia to Colorado before finally settling in Savannah, GA. While in Savannah she taught elementary education before ultimately getting her Masters of Education in Adult Education and Community Leadership from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She relocated to Atlanta to join the ISSS team. In her free time, Christy enjoys being active in the outdoors, yoga, and spending time with three nieces.
International Student Advisor
Fun Fact: Drew’s apartment is decorated with maps from all of his travels and interests.
Drew advises F-1 and J-1 exchange students at Georgia State University. Drew earned his Master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh in the UK in 2009. While living in international dorms, Drew learned a great deal about the experiences of international students and grew passionate about working with students in the U.S. After obtaining his Master’s, Drew moved to Nashville to work as Assistant Director of the Humphrey Fellowship Program at Vanderbilt for exchange professionals from developing countries. Drew enjoys spending his free time hiking, taking photographs, reading historical books, catching the latest film at Midtown Art Cinema, and trying the varied world cuisines to be found in Atlanta.
International Student Advisor
Fun Fact: Tyler loves live music. He has attended over 100 different performance, including concerts in seven different countries.
Tyler joined the ISSS staff as an International Student Advisor in October 2014. He primarily advises students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to coming on board at Georgia State University, Tyler obtained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Wake Forest University and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Tyler also spent an academic year in Budapest, Hungary on a Fulbright grant, teaching English and advising international students. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys reading, listening to music and drinking lots and lots of coffee.
International Student Coordinator
Fun Fact: Kaori has studied the tea ceremony since elementary school and later became a registered Sake Sommelier.
Kaori, originally from Japan, joined ISSS in the spring of 2014 as the International Student Coordinator and manages the office’s day to day operations. She earned her bachelor’s degree in International Studies in Japan, and then, as an F1 student, moved to Georgia where she earned her Master of Public Administration degree from Kennesaw State University. Before she joined the ISSS, she worked for Japanese non-profit organizations to promote mutual cultural understanding between Japan and Georgia. Kaori has traveled extensively in the US and South America and has always been interested in learning about new cultures. She enjoys working out, spending time outdoors, and shopping for antiques with her husband.
International Scholar Advisor
Fun Fact: Jenny has participated in several desert dirt bike races.
Jenny is the Scholar Advisor assisting Georgia State University departments with obtaining H-1B, TN, O-1 status and Permanent Residency for international faculty and staff. She also assists departments to obtain J-1 visas for Research Scholars, Professors and Short Term Scholars. Jenny received her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and her master’s degree in English from Weber State University. She got her start in the International Education field in 2004 and since has worked in all facets of International Student and Scholar Services. She relocated to Atlanta in 2011 with her family and is enjoying the opportunity to experience life in the south.
Student Support Specialist
Fun Fact: While living in the Middle East, Isra often spent time observing her father either working in his research science lab or aiding camels and horses as he was a microbiologist and veterinarian who specialized in large animals.
Isra received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an International Affairs concentration from Georgia State University. Isra was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates in the city of Al-Ain. However, she is Egyptian and Sudanese and speaks Arabic fluently. Isra loves to travel and has lived in many places in the Middle East including Oman and Egypt. Isra is very happy to be part of the ISSS office and is excited to meet Georgia State University’s international students. Outside of work, Isra enjoys traveling, spending time with her husband, cats, and fútbol (or what Americans call soccer).