- Peter Briggs - Director
Peter Briggs has served as Director of the OISS since October 2001. He has more than 30 years experience in the field of services to international students and scholars. Prior to coming to MSU, Peter served in a number of administrative roles at the University of Oregon and was a grants administrator at the Institute of International Education. He has held a variety of leadership roles and served on boards for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Council of International Schools and Educational Evaluators, Inc. Peter holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Washington and a master's degree in Education Policy and Management from the University of Oregon. His extensive professional travels have taken him throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia.
- Christine "Chris" Bargerstock - Associate Director
- Elizabeth Matthews - Assistant Director
- Brooke H.M. Stokdyk - Assistant Director
Brooke H.M. Stokdyk is an Assistant Director at the OISS. Brooke hails from Indiana University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Germanic Studies and a Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration. She also spent three and a half years working with international students and scholars at Indiana University before starting her career at MSU in 2005. Brooke works with mainly J-1 and F-1 regulatory issues, and is the coordinator of the J-1 program. She also works extensively with health insurance / health care advising and education and acts as a liaison for a number of federal and state government agencies. She has spent time in Germany and a few other European countries, and hopes to travel in the future with her husband and two young, vibrant, energetic, stubborn, clever, exhausting, loving children.
- Nancy Rademacher - Office Manager/SEVIS Coordinator
Nancy Rademacher is the SEVIS Coordinator at OISS. Her functions include office management, SEVIS reporting, computer technical support, knowledge of university policies and procedures, and immigration regulations. Nancy lived in Okinawa for more than two years while growing up and has visited Hong Kong. Although her responsibilities keep her away from the reception area for the most part, she truly enjoys the opportunity to help international students and scholars. Nancy has worked at MSU since 1980, and has been at OISS since 1987. She is an avid sports fan and supports MSU teams. Go Green!
Chris Bargerstock is Associate Director at OISS. She completed her B.S. degree in Social Science at Michigan State University. Chris has her M.P.A. (Masters of Public Administration) from Wayne State University. Chris works with faculty and staff and she processes H1-B petitions for MSU. Chris has 3 wonderful children with whom she spends her free time away from the office. Chris has lived in Michigan all her life. According to Chris, OISS is unique because working in OISS brings the world to me.
Elizabeth Matthews is an Assistant Director at OISS. Liz earned her bachelor's degree in English with a Specialization in Dance from Michigan State University and a master's degree in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. Prior professional positions include working as Associate Director of the International Office at Northwestern University and Director of the International Center at Illinois Institute of Technology. In addition, Liz has served as the Chair of International Educators of Illinois, International Student and Scholar Services representative for NAFSA Region V, and currently serves the organization as Regulatory Ombudsperson for student issues. She has presented and coordinated numerous workshops and sessions at the regional and national levels of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. A product of the "Study Abroad" culture at MSU, her travels have taken her to many countries including Ireland, Italy, Costa Rica, Nepal, and Singapore. Most recently she participated in the 2012 Baden-Württemberg Seminar in Tübingen, Germany. Always a Spartan, Liz is very happy to be serving her alma mater through her work at OISS.
- Ismail Adawe - International Student Advisor
Ismail Adawe is an International Student Advisor serving F-1 students. Growing up in both Africa and North America, he became fascinated with other cultures early on. Ismail went on to earn his undergraduate education at Northwood University (B.A. International Business and Management) and graduate education at Central Michigan University (M.S. International Administration). Prior to joining OISS, Ismail worked with the International Neurologic and Psychiatric Epidemiology Program (INPEP) and the Institute of International Health (IIH) at Michigan State University. Ismail lived and studied in several African and Middle Eastern countries and worked in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is passionate about assisting international students and about the internalization of Michigan State University. Ismail enjoys learning about the world not only by traveling, but by getting to know the unique and wonderful international students here at Michigan State University.
- Amber Cordell - International Student Advisor/Orientation Coordinator
Amber Cordell is an International Student Advisor at the OISS. She also serves as Orientation Coordinator for new international students and works with many volunteers to help new students with their transition to MSU. Originally from Mississippi, Amber graduated from Shorter College with degrees in psychology and religion. She also holds her MA in religion, with an emphasis on Japanese Buddhism, from Wake Forest University. Amber taught English in Japan for three years through the JET Program and has traveled extensively throughout Asia and Europe. She worked with international students and scholars for two years at the University of Kansas Medical Center and enjoys working with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. She enjoys karaoke and international festivals.
- Charles "Charlie" Liu - International Student Advisor/Programming
Charles "Charlie" Liu came to the U.S. from Taiwan. His large family emphasized teamwork and active learning, and Charlie served eight years in the United States Marine Corps. He later earned his law degree from the Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida. He has two children: Jonathan and Joanna. Formerly, Charlie works with Saginaw Valley State University's growing population of international students and also adjunct in teaching Mandarin Chinese. Drawing on his prior experiences as a team member in the military, a legal representative for the underprivileged and a youth advisor at his church, Charlie helps students build connections with other students from diverse backgrounds. At OISS, he hopes to find a common ground to help relate to students with campus and community partners because it is important for students to find a sense of community on and off campus. Go Green, Go White!
- Takhmina Maralbaeva - International Student and Scholar Advisor
Takhmina Maralbaeva joined OISS as an International Student and Scholar Advisor in February 2012. She was born and raised in Kyrgyzstan and speaks fluent Russian and basic Kyrgyz. Takhmina studied at Grand Valley State University as a recipient of the Edmund Muskie Fellowship and graduated with a master's degree in Public Administration. She believes that her former experience of being an international student will help her succeed in working with the international community at MSU. Takhmina works mainly with J-1 scholars and students, and also assists with the International Sponsored Student Program.
- Nicole Namy - International Sponsored Student Advisor
Nicole Namy is the International Sponsored Student Advisor at OISS. She graduated from MSU with degrees in English/Education. She has worked in East Lansing within the field of special education and prior in the Detroit area administering youth programming for a community center and area schools. Nicole was born in Lebanon, is fluent in Arabic and has a flare for yummy Lebanese cooking! She also has a great passion for traveling and is excited to work with international sponsored students at Michigan State University.
- Jessica Scott - International Student and Scholar Advisor
Jessica Scott is an International Student and Scholar Advisor at OISS. Originally from northern Michigan, Jessica graduated from Kalamazoo College with degrees in Spanish Language Literature and International Studies with a focus on Latin America. She lived and studied in Argentina for a year as an exchange student and later studied abroad in Chile. Her interest in international education and immigration-related matters stems from her travels and previous work experience. Prior to joining OISS, she worked for two years with the migrant education program in northeast Colorado and later spent two years working with an immigration law firm in Boston. Jessica is thrilled to be a member of the OISS team and to work with the international community of Michigan State University.
- Hersh Sisodia - International Student Advisor
Hersh Sisodia is an International Student Advisor at OISS and works primarily with F-1 students and SEVIS-related issues. Hersh was born in India and raised in the United States. He graduated from MSU's College of Communication Arts and Sciences with degree in Intercultural Communication and is pursuing a graduate degree in Educational Technology from the College of Education. He speaks several Indic languages and has studied Russian and Spanish. Prior to joining OISS, Hersh worked for the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives at MSU. He has always been interested in international affairs and is very passionate about helping international students in making their experience the best possible at MSU.
- Neringa Tuyilingire - International Student and Scholar Advisor
Neringa Tuyilingire is an International Student and Scholar Advisor at OISS. She was born and raised in Lithuania, and came to the U.S. in 1999 to pursue a college education. Neringa graduated from MSU's James Madison College with degree in International Relations. Prior to MSU, she spent two years working with international scholars at Rutgers University. Neringa has traveled to several European countries during her undergraduate studies, and studied abroad in Brussels, Belgium. Her diverse personal and professional background has greatly contributed to her interest in the field of international education. Neringa works with international scholars on H-1B and J visas. She is very excited to be part of OISS and would like to be of as much assistance as she can to the international students and scholars at MSU.
- Joy Walter - International Student Advisor/Community Outreach Coordinator
Joy Walter is an International Student Advisor and Community Outreach Coordinator at OISS. She spent her childhood in the jungles of Bangladesh and attended high school on an island in Malaysia before coming to Michigan State University to earn her BA in Journalism and International Relations. Her experiences growing up as a "third culture kid" have instilled in her the idea that the world is a big place made much easier to understand through the valuable help of intercultural communication, education and outreach. Joy worked at the Grameen Foundation in Washington, D.C. and the Office of Study Abroad at MSU before joining the OISS team. She is passionate about getting international students off campus and engaged in the Greater Lansing community and loves finding the hidden spots around town that make Lansing great.
- Laura Wise - International Student Advisor/Experiential Learning Coordinator
Laura Wise is an International Student Advisor serving F-1 students. She also coordinates with campus and community partners to provide international students with experiential learning opportunities. Laura completed her undergraduate education at Grand Valley State University (B.S. Communication, B.A. Philosophy) and is a graduate of Michigan State's Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) Master's program. Before joining OISS, Laura worked with the Michigan House of Representatives for over 5 years and also provided assistance for MSU's Freshman Seminar Abroad programs. She is excited to welcome and support Michigan State's international students as part of the OISS team, as well as the opportunity to continue learning about the fields of international education and intercultural communication.
- Nycki Cuddie (USA) - Front Desk Lead
- Krista Smith - Office Assistant
Krista Smith is the Office Assistant at OISS. She joined our office in December 2002 and thrives on the fast paced environment here. Her time is spent supervising student employees, processing F-1 I-20 requests, organizing office events and assisting with orientation. Krista has worked at MSU since August 2000 and is an avid MSU sports fan. In her spare time she loves to shoot photography.
- Josué Meléndez-Rodriguez (USA)
- Chelsea Bollman (USA) - J-1 Program Intern
- Adam Burns (USA) - Sponsored Student Intern
- Jiaying Chen (China) - Programming & Orientation Intern
- Wendy Emali (Kenya) - Experiential Learning Intern
- Sahar Mahmood (USA/Afghanistan) - H-1B Program Intern
- Farai Masimira (Zimbabwe) - Design Intern
- Hui Qian (China) - Community Health Intern
- Kelly Quaine (USA) - Programming & Orientation Intern
- Marissa Russo (USA) - Communications Intern
- Kyra Stephenson (USA) - Programming & Community Outreach Intern
- Jinhui Zhang (China) - J-1 Program Intern
- Wenjue Zhang (China) -Immigration Peer Advising Intern
- Andres Cardoso-Diaz (Mexico)
- Tsungai Chibanga (Zimbabwe)
- Yiqing (Helena) Ge (China)
- Sapna Gorajia (Kenya/USA)
- Sonia Gutierrez (USA)
- Courtney Holts (USA)
- Erika Ratliff (USA)
- Kyle Rosher (USA)
- Linda Umulisa (Rwanda)
- Yihe (Lydia) Zhang (China)