Meet the Staff | Find Your Advisor
DSO = Designated School Official for F1 Status
PDSO = Primary Designated School Official
ARO = Alternate Responsible Officer for J1 Status
RO = Responsible Officer (primary ARO)
- Apollonia Johnson, DSO, Students with Panther ID #’s ending in 0,1,2.
- Brett Reichert, DSO, ARO, Students with Panther ID #’s ending in 3.
- Mike Townsend, DSO, ARO, Students with Panther ID #’s ending in 4,5.
- Allie Seay, DSO, ARO, Students with Panther ID #’s ending in 6,7,8.
- Christy Brozowski, DSO, ARO, Students with Panther ID #’s ending in 9.
Other Roles in ISSS Downtown:
- Heather Housley, PDSO, RO
- Drew Webster, H-1B, Permanent Residency Specialist, ARO
- Tim Edenfield, ARO, J1 Scholar Advisor
- Kaori McEwen, DSO
Director - All Campuses
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.
Associate Director and SEVIS Coordinator
Fun Fact: Brett worked at Euro-Disney (now Disneyland Paris) in 1993 and ran a full marathon in 2015.
Brett has a BA in Political Science from Mercer University and an MS in Multilingual-Multicultural Education from Florida State University. In 2000, he was a Fulbright Grantee at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. From 2002 - 2010, he worked for the Samsung Global Management Institute in Seoul, Korea and later held positions at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, France and Atlanta. From 2010 – 2014, Brett lead the development of International Services at Clayton State University and received a NAFSA Region VII Travel Grant in 2011. He was Treasurer for "Study Georgia" in 2012 and is the current Chair of the University System of Georgia's Council on International Students and Scholars. Over the years, Brett has travelled or worked in 33 countries, including study abroad in Up With People, and the Peace Corps in Mauritania, Africa. Brett speaks fluent French and is dedicated to the success of international students from all walks of life.
Assistant Director for Scholar Services (H-1B, TN, Permanent Residency Specialist)
Fun Fact: Drew has done comedy improv, where he pretended to be riding a dinosaur in front of other grownups.
Drew is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sewanee: The University of the South. He has also received a second undergraduate degree and a Master’s degree in Film Studies from, respectively, the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Inspired by his time as an international student, Drew then went on to work for the Humphrey Fellowship Program at Vanderbilt, a Fulbright exchange with educational leaders from developing nations and emerging economies. Drew also previously worked for Georgia State advising F-1 and J-1 students. Drew comes to us from The University of Texas at Austin, where worked with J-1 Scholars, employment-based visas, and green card petitions. Drew is a major film and history buff and enjoys, hiking, and photography.
ISAC and Senior International Student Advisor
Fun Fact: Mike has built over 50 homes in the U.S. and in Africa with Habitat for Humanity.
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. Mike is currently serving as the Chair of the Georgia International Leadership Conference.
International Admissions Coordinator and International Student Advisor
Fun Fact: Christy has spent several seasons refurbishing mega-yachts.
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: Allie is a drummer. She has studied percussion (classical and jazz) since she was 10 years old. Over the years, she has played with various local artists and orchestras.
Allie currently serves as an International Student Advisor. She hails from Liberty, South Carolina and relocated to Atlanta to join the ISSS team. After graduating from Presbyterian College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a double minor in International Studies and German, she went on to achieve a Master of Arts in International Education from the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. She has studied and lived in Germany, which generated a passion for travel and learning of new cultures. Allie enjoys the outdoors, live music and long walks with her dog!
International Student Advisor
Fun Fact: Apollonia has been involved in various sports throughout her life. Her primary interest has been soccer, and in 2001, she played for the Germany National U16 Team. More recently, she has been training in Mixed Martial Arts and biking through Atlanta.
Apollonia is an International Student Advisor who relocated from Athens, GA. She was born and raised in Germany. After completing her studies there, she moved to the U.S. She has worked as a chef for twelve years and was employed at the University of Georgia for more than 6 years in various capacities. Her most recent UGA role was in the Office of International Education where she found her passion in Academic Immigration before joining the ISSS team. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs with a minor in German at the University of North Georgia. Apollonia enjoys spending her free time with her daughter, restaurant event hopping, and all kinds of sports.
J-1 Scholar Advisor
International Student Coordinator
Responsibilities: ISAC and ISSS budgets, Student Health Insurance, Sprintax, Student Assistants, Office Management
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.
Student Support Specialist
Fun Fact: Kiara is a certified holistic nutritionist and coaches individuals on lifestyle changes in her spare time.
Kiara is the Student Support Specialist and joined the ISSS family in July 2017. She graduated from Clayton State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Human Services. Post-graduation, Kiara has been involved in customer service oriented jobs from healthcare work to administrative positions. She is delighted to assist international students and others with various needs and issues. Kiara also enjoys reading, yoga, and cooking in her spare time.
Associate Director, DSO, Perimeter College ISSS
Fun Fact: Veronique was born on the 37 square-mile French and Dutch Caribbean island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten and was an F-1 student.
Veronique has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Stetson University and an Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from Florida International University. Veronique has over 20 years of experience as an international educator. She is passionate about helping students from around the world to attain their academic and personal goals and to have a positive experience in the United States. Veronique lived in Aruba for two years and has travelled to Europe, South America, and throughout the Caribbean. She treasures time with her family and enjoys travelling, especially to warm and sunny places.
International Student Advisor, DSO, Perimeter College - Clarkston
Fun Fact: Deborah is a Georgia native! She was born and raised in Gwinnett County, which is part of the metropolitan Atlanta area.
Deborah joined Perimeter College in 2002. Previously, she worked at Gwinnett Technical College in Admissions, the Registrar’s Office and eventually in the Information Technology. Deborah assisted with building the online registration system that is still in use at Gwinnett Technical College. Deborah has attended several colleges including Georgia State University and the former Georgia Perimeter College. She loves spending time with her four children, relaxing outside, hiking and reading.
International Student Advisor, DSO, Perimeter College - Dunwoody
Fun Fact: Tacoma’s brother was an artist. In his memory, her art collecting hobby helps to support other artists.
Tacoma has worked for Perimeter College since November 2007 and has over thirteen years of immigration advisement experience. She loves working with International Students and assisting them to achieve their educational dreams in the United States. Tacoma is a Floridian but has lived in Georgia for thirty years. She enjoys domestic and international travel, and spending quality time with her family.
Student Support Specialist, DSO, Perimeter College - Clarkston
Fun Fact: Natasha was an athlete growing up, participating in track and cheerleading during high school.
Natasha joined Perimeter College in 2012 and is currently a student herself at Georgia Piedmont Technical College where she is pursuing an Associate’s degree to become a Computer Support Specialist. Natasha is excited to be a part of ISSS at Perimeter College and enjoys helping international students. Outside of work, Natasha loves spending time with her son and dog, and she relishes exploring new places throughout the Georgia and beyond.
Student Support Specialist, DSO, Perimeter College - Dunwoody