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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.
Assistant Director and SEVIS Coordinator
Advises: Students with Panther ID#'s ending in 6,7
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 Vice-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 French fluently, and is dedicated to the success of international students from all walks of life.
Senior International Scholar Advisor
Advises: J1 Scholars and all GSU Departments on H1-B and PR Petitions
Fun Fact: Doreen is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer and an endurance athlete competing in several national and international marathons and triathlon races.
Doreen is the International Scholar Advisor and a new member of the ISSS team. She was born and raised in Canada and immigrated to the U.S. in 1999. Doreen spent the early part of her career working in Probation and Parole. Since immigrating to the U.S. the majority of her professional career has been in Human Resources and Immigration Compliance. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology from the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Doreen has a fondness for travel and started traveling abroad in the 1990s. She is very excited to be part of the ISSS team and enjoys learning and working in such a diverse institution.
ISAC and International Student Advisor
Advises: Students with Panther ID#'s ending in 4,5
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
Advises: Students with Panther ID#'s ending in 8,9
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
Advises: Students with Panther ID#'s ending in 0,1,2,3
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
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
Responsibilities: Front Desk, Check-in System, ISSS Phone & Email, Travel Signatures, E-ship Global, USPS, FedEx, Informational Signage.
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Associate Director, 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, 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, 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, Perimeter College - Dunwoody
Fun Fact: Aisha loves travelling, especially to Carribbean Islands.
Aisha joined the Perimeter College in August 2010 and been a full-time specialist since January 2014. Aisha manages the ISSS front office on the Dunwoody Campus and prides herself in providing extraordinary customer services to all students and visitors. Prior to joining the ISSS team, she spent many years in the customer service field. Aisha enjoys relaxing, outdoor adventures and of course spending quality family time with her two sons.
Student Support Specialist, 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.