Who are we?

ISS has a mission to contribute to the successful experience of all international students studying at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by providing vital services and programs. We also work to advance the internationalization of campus and community by providing dynamic leadership and resources.

If you’re looking for your advisor, you can find your ISS advisor through our chart.

International Leadership Team

Samantha McCabe (she/her/hers)

Position title: Director


Samantha leads the charge of ISS to advocate and support international students studying at University of Wisconsin-Madison. As Director, Sam works closely with campus administration and Big Ten University colleagues to create policies and practices that support international students in the most inclusive and engaging way.

Morgan Keller (he/him/his)

Position title: Assistant Director of Student Transitions and Co-curricular Education


Morgan leads all transitional support and co-curricular education for international students. He supervises TCET which advises all students in the College of Letters & Science. He also oversees International Student Orientation and all transition programming for ISS.

Colleen Hutchinson (she/her/hers)

Position title: Interim Assistant Director

International Student Services Professional Staff

Melissa Murray (she/her/hers)

Position title: International Student Advisor and International Reach Program Coordinator

Melissa serves as an International Student Advisor and International Reach Program Coordinator.  Originally from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, her travels have taken her to Canada, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Ukraine, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, and the…

Preamtip Satasuk (she/her/hers)

Position title: International Student Advisor

Preamtip serves as an International Student Advisor. Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, she graduated from Bangkok University with a degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. She interned in Australia before working as duty manager…

Sabrine Ali (she/her/hers)

Position title: BRIDGE Coordinator and Documentation Services Coordinator

Sabrine is part Palestinian and part Panamanian. She grew up in Jordan and Panama for a few years before returning to the U.S. In keeping theme with her role as a BRIDGE Coordinator, she feels…

Stacy Woodward (she/her/hers)

Position title: International Student Advisor

Originally from Ashland, Wisconsin, Stacy completed her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her master’s degree in International Education from the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute in…

Helen Halt (she/her/hers)

Position title: International Student Advisor

Helen is originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She got her undergraduate degree in Chemistry and a certificate in International Spanish from Michigan Technological University, studying abroad for a semester in Alicante, Spain. After…

Amy Moniot (she/her/hers)

Position title: International Student Advisor

Amy has a long history of connecting with international students and scholars. From her undergraduate student worker job in the English Language Institute at the University of Akron, as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and through…

Dilyn Riesterer (she/her/hers)

Position title: International Student Advisor

Dilyn serves as an International Student Advisor. Originally from Newton, Wisconsin, she earned a Bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin and a Master’s degree focusing on Global Higher Education from the…

Kathleen Finnegan (she/her/hers)

Position title: Program Coordinator

Kathleen serves as the Program Coordinator for ISS. Originally from Lawrence, Kansas she got her first international experience living with a host family in Eutin, Germany as a high school student. She earned a bachelor’s…

Mina House (she/her/hers)

Position title: Peer Advising Coordinator

Mina was born and raised in Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelors in International Studies. It was at UW Oshkosh where she developed her passion for international education and…

Yuriko Sato (she/her/hers)

Position title: International Student Services Assistant

Yuriko serves as an International Student Services Assistant at the ISS Office. She is from Sendai, Japan, and received a Master’s degree in the ELPA Global Higher Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to…

ISS Technical Support Staff

Cameron Millard (he/him/his)

Position title: Information Systems Network Support Technician Senior

Terra Dotta (they/them)

Position title: UW International Student & Scholar Portal

Jacquie Bormett (she/her/hers)

Position title: University Service Associate

ISS Student Staff

Soko Cheng (she/her/hers)

Position title: ISS Peer Advisor

Soko earned her Bachelor’s in Anthropology and Sociology with minors in Gender & Women’s Studies and Social Service at Knox College. Last year, she studied abroad at Chiang Mai University, where she acquired the basics…

Eric Delgado (he/him/his)

Position title: ISS Peer Advisor

Eric was born in San Diego, California and raised in an immigrant family from Mexico. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Miami with degrees in Music Composition. As a…

Ryan Goos (he/him/his)

Position title: ISS Peer Advisor

Ryan was born and raised in Minnesota, and received Bachelors Degrees in International Studies and Spanish from Luther College in Iowa. He discovered a passion for international travel during his study abroad semester in Cordoba,…

Emily Guse (she/her/hers)

Position title: ISS Peer Advisor

Emily is thrilled to serve as an International Student Services Peer Advisor this year! Her enthusiasm for language learning and cultural exchange led her to study abroad in Seville, Spain, teach English in rural Chile,…

Abigail Lewis (she/her/hers)

Position title: ISS Peer Advisor

A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, Abby is completing her PhD in European History at UW-Madison. She completed her bachelor’s degree in History from UNC-Chapel Hill and her master’s in History from UW-Madison. During the…

Laura Pham (she/her/hers)

Position title: ISS Peer Advisor

Laura was born and raised in Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied International Studies, Spanish and Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies. During her degree, she spent…

Zijia Kang (she/her/hers)

Position title: ISS Peer Advisor

Zijia is an international student who is bilingual in both English and Mandarin. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Miami University in Ohio and is currently a graduate student studying Business Analytics. Apart…

Ik Kittisenee (he/him/his)

Position title: ISS Peer Advisor

Ik is currently a PhD student in Southeast Asian history at UW-Madison. He grew up in a Sino-Thai family living in a border area where he experienced the multi-cultural atmosphere shared by the communities of…

Yinzhu Hong (she/her/hers)

Position title: Engagement Assistant


I’m a Chinese with Korean minority nationality, so I can speak mandarin, Korean and English. Raised under multi-cultural environment, so very excited to provide students with a welcoming environment and promote different cultures. Currently studying…

Xiuyue Yan (she/her/hers)

Position title: Visual Media Assistant


Xiuyue Yan is an international student from China. She is currently studying Journalism at UW-Madison and is pursing a Certificate in Digital Studies and a Certificate in Digital Production. As an international student, Xiuyue is…

Kacha Fischer (she/her/hers)

Position title: International Reach Program Assistant


Kacha is very excited to be a part of the International REACH team! She graduated from Marquette University last year with a degree in History and Spanish Language, Literature, and Cultures and is currently a…

Sarah Woller(she/her/hers)

Position title: Global Higher Education Practicum Student

Though not technically part of the ISS staff, Sarah will be completing her practicum at ISS for the Spring 2021 semester. Sarah graduated from UW-Madison with a double major in Political Science and Communications, as…