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.
F-1 and J-1 Student Advisor
Fun Fact: Mary has been taking flamenco guitar lessons since 2011 and she plans to travel to Spain in the future to gain more exposure to the culture.
Mary advises F-1 and J-1 exchange students at Georgia State University. Mary earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs Administration from Central Michigan University in 2010. While working as a graduate assistant in the International Student Affairs Office at CMU, Mary developed a strong passion for working with international students. After obtaining her master’s degree, Mary moved to Arizona where she worked at the University of Arizona in the International Student Services Department as the International Student Specialist. Mary has a particular interest in learning about Middle Eastern culture and her goal is to become fluent in Arabic. Mary enjoys spending her free time reading, watching movies, playing flamenco guitar, watching sports, and spending time with her family.
Scholar Advisor and SEVIS Coordinator
Fun Fact: Holly received a fashion and beauty overhaul from Stacy London and Clinton Kelly as a participant on TLC’s reality TV show What Not to Wear.
Holly joined ISSS in 2007. Holly advises J-1 visiting scholars at GSU and, as the technical liaison for the office, is responsible for ensuring the accuracy and integrity of international student records in the U.S. government’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). After receiving her B.A. in French from the University of Georgia in 1998, Holly moved to Washington, DC, where she began her career in international education as an intern in the Public Affairs division of the Canadian Embassy. Holly worked with International Visitor exchange programs at Meridian International Center in Washington, and from 1999-2005 worked with U.S. and J-1 Visiting Fulbright Scholar Programs at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Holly moved to Savannah, GA, in 2006, where she advised F-1 international students at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Holly enjoys foreign languages and cultures, and feels fortunate to work at a campus as diverse as Georgia State.
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.