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Director - All Campuses
Fun Fact: Jody once starred in a commercial selling lawn care supplies while living in China.
Jody is the Director of International Student & Scholar Services. Her career trajectory in international education began almost 20 years ago when she was teaching English in China. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs from Marshall University where she also received her Master’s Degree in Student Affairs Counseling. During her graduate studies, she tailored her internship and practicum requirements to supporting the needs of international students studying in the United States. Currently, Jody is studying towards her Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2012, she was a CIES Fulbright Recipient in South Korea and in 2014, she was awarded the Excellence in Diversifying International Education from Diversity Abroad. While traveling is always favorite activity for her, she also enjoys discovering new podcasts, and studying geography.
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's role in ISSS is to advise all GSU faculty, researchers, and staff who are being sponsored by their departments on issues regarding the filing of employment-based visas and green cards, while also overseeing the J-1 scholar program. 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 he worked with J-1 scholars, employment-based visas, and green card petitions. Drew is a major film and history buff and enjoys poring over maps, hiking, and photography.
Assistant Director for Student Services
Fun Fact: Allie has studied percussion (classical and jazz) since she was 10 years old.
She hails from Liberty, South Carolina and relocated to Atlanta to join the ISSS team in 2016. 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 walks with her doggo, Chico!
International Student Advisor
Fun Fact: Destiny has an amusing fascination with the British Royal Family.
Destiny currently serves as an International Student Advisor. Destiny earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Technical Writing, from Albany State University in 2012. Destiny has studied abroad in Barcelona Spain and participated in a medical internship in Cuzco, Peru. Upon graduating from ASU, Destiny started a career in Higher Education working as an Admissions Counselor/Recruiter for Albany State University. Destiny enjoys art museums, traveling, writing poetry, and listening to various genres of music. Destiny comes to us from Life University where she served as an International Admissions Counselor.
International Student Advisor
Fun Fact: Katie has a 5-year-old ball python named Khaleesi that enjoys long naps under a log and exploring her new home.
Katie currently serves ISSS as an International Student Advisor. Originally from Chicagoland, she received her undergraduate degree in International Studies and Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she studied abroad in China twice. Her love for higher education and international cultures led her to a master’s degree at Indiana University–Bloomington in Higher Education and Student Affairs and a graduate assistantship with its Office of International Services. When she is not at work, Katie enjoys reading fantasy and Chinese history books, hiking, Big10 football, board games, and biking around Piedmont Park. Katie loves traveling and is working on completing a culinary tour of Atlanta!
International Student Coordinator
Fun Fact: Meng served as an interpreter for FIS Snowboarding Junior World Championships and World Championships of Snowboarding.
Meng currently advises International Student Associations Council (ISAC) and provides international students and scholars with assistance in health insurance, tax, and tuition waiver. Meng originally comes from Harbin, China. She received her bachelor’s degree in Translation and Interpreting in China and was an exchange student at University of Illinois-Springfield for one semester. Meng also earned her master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from Pennsylvania State University and after graduation, she worked at Penn State’s Intensive English Communication Program, coordinating the tutoring center and teaching ESL. In her spare time, Meng enjoys learning about different cultures and languages from books, movies, and food recipes.
Carlos M. García
Student Support Specialist
Fun Fact: Carlos has hiked the “Camino de Santiago” pilgrimage in northern Spain!
Carlos currently manages front office operations and assists our International Students and Scholars at the Atlanta campus. He comes to us from Kennesaw State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Management. After graduating from KSU, Carlos taught English in Spain for three years and obtained a Master's in International Education at the University of Alcalá. He enjoys exploring Atlanta on his bicycle and loves going to neighborhood festivals. His favorite hobbies are camping and hiking, and he has worked as an Outdoor Adventures Trip Leader and Camp Counselor. Carlos loves learning about different cultures and he is currently studying French and Catalan. Carlos also enjoys traveling, playing guitar, painting, photography, meditating, eating out, and game nights!
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
Student Support Specialist, DSO, Perimeter College - Dunwoody
Fun Fact: I have a weird obsession with crime shows. I have watched every episode of Law and Order: SVU.
LaMesha joined the International Student and Scholar Services Office in January 2019. She helps to manage the front office desk and assist students with all of their needs. LaMesha is no stranger to Georgia State University. She received her bachelor's degree in Speech Communication from Georgia State University in May of 2018. After graduating, she accepted a role at GSU in Piedmont Central Dining Hall before transitioning to ISSS. In her spare time LaMesha likes to check out new restaurants around metro Atlanta, binge watch TV and spend time with her son.