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: Tammy boasts a collection of 19 snow globes from her various travels around the world.
Tammy is the Assistant Director in the ISSS office and assists Georgia State University departments with obtaining H-1B, TN, O-1 status and Permanent Residency for international faculty and staff. Tammy has worked in international education since 2000 and in higher education since 1996. Tammy obtained both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Georgia. In addition to working at Georgia State University and The University of Georgia, Tammy has been active in both state and regional groups dedicated to the field of international education. From 2006-2008 she has served as Secretary-Treasurer and Chair of the Georgia Association of International Educators, and in 2005 she was awarded a Fulbright grant through the U.S. – Germany International Education Administrators Program.
International Admission Coordinator
Fun Fact: Yun has an insatiable appetite for African and Caribbean food.
Yun coordinates international admissions processes in ISSS. Originally from China, Yun moved to Pittsburgh, PA with her family in 2006. After completing her master’s degree in higher education at Pennsylvania State University, she joined ISSS in August 2008. Yun reviews and processes applications and issues visa eligibility documents for F-1 and J-1 international students. She also advises international students on immigration and financial requirements, and guides them through the admissions process at Georgia State University.Yun has traveled to several Asian countries and enjoys experiencing different cultures.
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.
Customer Service Specialist
Fun Fact: Christy enjoys collecting “zines” from her travels.
As the Customer Service Specialist, Christy welcomes visitors at the front desk and takes care of all front-of-house needs. 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 recently relocated to Atlanta to join the ISSS team! In her free time Christy enjoys being active in the outdoors, yoga, and spending time with 3 nieces.
F-1 and J-1 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.
F-1 and J-1 Student Advisor
Fun Fact: Brittany has visited 24 countries.
Brittany earned her master’s degree in Recreation Administration with an emphasis in International Education at Aurora University near Chicago, IL. She lived and took classes on a retired cruise ship navigating through the Mediterranean and North Africa for the Summer 2010 Semester at Sea voyage. In addition to her adventures at sea, she studied Spanish in Spain for a semester (Salamanca and Castellón). Previously, Brittany worked for The Institute for Shipboard Education (Semester at Sea) in Charlottesville, VA taking on several roles in student services, admissions, alumni development, field programs, and special events. Brittany enjoys hot yoga, vegan cooking, and being a Couchsurfer host.