MEET THE STAFF

Who are we?

International Student Services recognizes international students as a vital part of UW–Madison. We are committed to educating and empowering students to make informed decisions and working with them to advocate for a globally inclusive community. We support this through three operational areas:

Advising

We advise F and J international students, alumni, and their dependents on their journey to, through, and beyond UW–Madison. We do this by remaining relevant on immigration policy, compliance, education, and advocacy. We aim to, in partnership with campus stakeholders,  empower students to successfully achieve their educational and personal goals.

Compliance

We ensure institutional compliance with federal regulations and university policy by maintaining data integrity, providing technical expertise in Terra Dotta, and supporting logistical functions for daily operations.

Global Engagement

We seek to intentionally and holistically support international students, campus, and the Madison community through coordinating events and programs that foster a sense of belonging, promote advocacy, and enhance global engagement.

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: International Student Services Director

Mina House (she/her/hers)

Position title: Assistant Director for Operations

Colleen Hutchinson (she/her/hers)

Position title: Associate Director for Advising Services

Melissa Murray Baltus (she/her/hers)

Position title: Assistant Director for Global Engagement

Barbara Kluesner (she/her/hers)

Position title: Assistant Director of Compliance

Advising Team

Kathleen Finnegan (she/her/hers)

Position title: International Student Advisor

Ryan Goos (he/him/his)

Position title: International Student Advisor

Sydney Jenkins (she/her/hers)

Position title: International Student Advisor

Randa Meyer (she/her/hers)

Position title: International Student Advisor

Moldir Oskenbay (she/her/hers)

Position title: International Student Advisor

Alexander Schirk (he/him/his)

Position title: International Student Advisor

Sara Sheibani (she/her/hers)

Position title: International Student Advisor

Stacy Woodward (she/her/hers)

Position title: International Student Advisor

Global Engagement Team

Kacha Fischer (she/her/hers)

Position title: International Engagement Coordinator

Jaya Larsen (she/her/hers)

Position title: International Division Communications Specialist

Jay Stokes (he/him/his)

Position title: International Engagement Coordinator

Allison Streckenbach (she/her/hers)

Position title: Transitions Coordinator

Compliance Team

David Burnett (he/him/his)

Position title: SEVIS Specialist

Jacquie Bormett (she/her/hers)

Position title: SEVIS Specialist

Eric Delgado (he/him/his)

Position title: SEVIS Specialist

Cameron Millard (he/him/his)

Position title: Information Systems Network Support Technician Senior

Allyson (Ally) Opps (she/her/hers)

Position title: J-1 Compliance Specialist

ISS Student Staff

Graciela Lebron (she/her/hers)

Position title: ISS Peer Advisor

Guangzhi (Oliver) Ding (he/him/his)

Position title: ISS Peer Advisor

Dorcas Donkoh (she/her/hers)

Position title: ISS Peer Advisor

Aquila Peeran (she/her/hers)

Position title: ISS Peer Advisor

Xiao Cheng (she/her/hers)

Position title: ISS Peer Advisor

Rushali Bhudeka (she/her/hers)

Position title: ISS Peer Advisor

Emily Herbert (she/her/hers)

Position title: ISS Peer Advisor

Vaishnavi Kale (she/her/hers)

Position title: ISS Peer Advisor

Ellen Jeon (she/her/hers)

Credentials: Global Engagement Intern

Position title: Outreach & Communications Intern

Ziyao Zhou (she/her/hers)

Credentials: Global Engagement Intern

Position title: International Reach Intern

Huawei Huang (she/her/hers)

Credentials: Global Engagement Intern

Position title: Transitions Intern

Chunxin (Aurora) Hou

Credentials: Global Engagement Intern

Position title: Transitions Intern

Parker Wall (he/him)

Credentials: Global Engagement Intern

Position title: Global Badger Experience Grant Intern

George (Georgii) Sukhotin (he/him)

Credentials: Global Engagement Intern

Position title: Student Organization & Peer Mentor Intern