Ravi Ammigan has served as director of OISS at UD since March 2013. With over 15 years of experience in the field of international education, he has held leadership positions in the area of international student and scholar services, admissions and recruitment, and visiting international professional programs. In his last role prior to joining UD, he led the international programming and outreach team at Michigan State University's OISS to help advance internationalization on campus and in the community. Originally from the island of Mauritius, Ravi first came to the U.S. as an international student himself and consequently stayed to work as an expatriate. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Kendall College and a master's degree in communication from Michigan State University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Center for Higher Education Internationalisation, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore researching the impact of university support services on international student engagement. At the national level, Ravi served as chair of the Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services with NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
As Assistant Director for Immigration Services at OISS, Janica provides advice and expertise on immigration regulations to international students, scholars and University departments and helps ensure regulatory compliance and technological efficiency with regard to immigration services. Her passion for different cultures and own study abroad experiences attracted to her to field. After obtaining baccalaureate degrees in Anthropology and Spanish Language and Literatures, Janica, a UD alum, worked for the Spanish Ministry of Education as an English Language and Culture Assistant in southern Spain. She later obtained her Master’s Degree in Education and Human Development in International Education from George Washington University. In her role prior to joining OISS, she worked in the International Services Office at George Washington and was responsible for delivering cross-cultural workshops for university departments and organizations such as the Fulbright Commission. Through NAFSA, she actively collaborates with other institutions in an effort to support the experience of J-1 Scholars and H-1B employees in the US, and has developed and delivered presentations and training to this end. In her free time, she enjoys sailing on the Chesapeake, traveling and cooking.
Brenda currently serves as a Senior International Student Advisor in the OISS at the University of Delaware. With over 23 years of dedication to the University, Brenda feels that she has found her niche working with international students. Prior to joining the OISS, Brenda served in the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies where she honed her skills in student records management. Feeling fortunate to have the opportunity to work with international students, Brenda finds the entire advisor experience a rewarding and educational one, from creating an initial I-20 to authorizing employment as a recent graduate finds his or her first job in the US. When she is not in the office, Brenda enjoys riding her Can-Am motorcycle and spending time with family.
Courtney currently serves as an International Student Advisor for OISS. She spent two years abroad living in Hiroshima, Japan teaching English as a Foreign Language in public and private high schools, companies, and community centers. When she returned to the US, she began teaching international students from around the world English as a Second Language in the Philadelphia area. Her interest in international education grew over the years and lead to a transition into student advising. Courtney holds a B.A. in Art History and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Memphis along with a Master of Public Administration from Widener University. In her free time, Courtney enjoys cooking and writing about food and restaurants from around the world. She also collects antique kimonos from Japan and tries to add a new one to her collection every year she goes back to visit.
Anne McCullin, a UD alum, is a Senior International Student Advisor at OISS at the University of Delaware and has contributed to the growth of the office since 1996. Experiencing the evolution of the international population at UD piqued her interest in assisting and advising international students and scholars, and her enthusiasm for the pace they bring to the office has kept her attracted to the field. In her tenure at OISS, she has served almost every population the office serves, including visiting scholars, English Language students and most currently, the Graduate student population. To balance the fast pace and challenges that each day brings to the office, Anne is an avid reader and looks forward to her monthly book club meetings. She has had the opportunity to travel abroad, most recently to the Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Peru, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, and France.
Noemi joined the OISS team in 2014 covering different areas of document processing, programming and outreach, and immigration advising. Currently, Noemi serves as International Scholar Advisor. In this position, she advises international scholars and provides guidance to university departments specifically on regulations regarding J-1 visiting scholars and H-1B employees. Born and raised in Italy, Noemi moved to the United States in 2009. Her passion for different cultures, languages, and personal study coupled with her experience working abroad attracted her to the field of international education. Noemi enjoys providing intercultural communication training for multiple UD departments and is happy to be part of several committees on Campus to better assist and engage the international community at UD. Noemi holds a B.A. in Linguistic and Cultural Mediation from the University of Milan and a M.S. in Global and International Education from Drexel University. As a member of NAFSA and CIES, she presented internationally on topics of global education with focus on female education and empowerment. Prior to joining OISS, Noemi worked as an Organization Development Advisor and an International Education Consultant in Italy, China, and Mexico. Outside of work, Noemi enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and traveling around the world.
Travis currently serves International Student Advisor and Programming Coordinator for OISS. His passion for the field of International Education was fueled by his study abroad experience at Kinston University in London. At OISS, Travis is primarily responsible for the development, implementation, and coordination of programs and services that enhance the educational and social experience of international students and visiting scholars at UD. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in International Education at SIT Graduate Institute. In his spare time, Travis loves to travel and enjoys cooking. He is also an avid Chelsea Football Club fan.
Rachael is currently an International Student Advisor for international graduate students at UD. In addition to her advising responsibilities, she provides database and systems management support for SEVIS reporting and compliance with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. While completing her undergraduate degree at UD, she studied Japanese and Chinese, and a year abroad in Japan fueled her passion for international work and studies. After graduating with a Masters in TESOL and teaching at the UD English Language Institute for three years, Rachael developed a specific interest in the field of international student support services and turned to OISS to assist students with their various immigration, employment, academic and cross-cultural needs and challenges. Rachael enjoys road trips with friends and family, reading, and hiking with her two big dogs.
Vina currently serves as the Sponsored Student Coordinator at OISS to support international students who are funded by foreign governments, the U.S. government and other external organizations. She also serves as a liaison between the sponsors, the University and the students to ensure that the students have a successful experience at UD. Before coming to UD, she worked with several NGOs and donor agencies in the international development sector in Indonesia and India, focusing on disaster management and project evaluation. Vina has a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Satya Wacana Christian University in Indonesia. She also received an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University—at which both schools she was an international student herself. Outside of the office, Vina is an avid bird watcher, translator, and jewelry maker.
Elly Barczak joined the OISS team in January 2015 and currently serves as Document Processing Associate. Having previously worked for both the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware, she enjoys being a part of the campus community. Elly took an extended break to raise her children and returned to the work force as a Member Services Representative for the U-DEL Federal Credit Union. Outside of the office, Elly serves as President of the Welsh Society of Delaware and enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.
Crystal Coleman joined the Office for International Students and Scholars in June 2013 as the Office Manager. Her responsibilities include providing support and assistance to the Director and management of all clerical and administrative functions in the immediate office. Crystal enjoys working in the fast paced working environment of the OISS office. Crystal strives to provide quality customer service and support to all international student and scholars. Crystal attended Strayer University where she majored in Business Administration. With over 12 years of Higher education experience Crystal has consistently made a positive difference in serving students and faculty. In her last role prior to joining UD, she was a key player in effectively coordinating various activities related to the wind down of the Wesley College New Castle Campus. Crystal enjoys spending time with her family and friends; she also enjoys being outdoors biking, gardening and taking long walks in the park.
Janina is currently serving as a Programming & Outreach Associate at OISS. She is originally from Peru where she lived before she moved to the U.S. She got her B.A. in Tourism Administration and Cultural Management. Some of her passions are learning more about new cultures and traveling around the world. She considers herself an explorer and is always trying to find something new to learn. In Peru she created the first inventory on cultural expressions that included dances, myths and traditions. She is looking forward to meeting all international students and learning more about each one.
Lisa, a native Delawarean and an alumnus of the University of Delaware, has over twenty-five years of experience in the fields of broadcasting, design and health care. She enjoys the everyday encounters with the students and scholars, and is inspired by the enthusiasm, positive outlook and diversity they bring to OISS. Lisa wants to ensure that each concern is addressed with the highest standard of service. She has always had an interest in foreign cultures, and her first trip abroad involved traveling to Germany to meet her long time pen pal. Additional travels have been to England, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain and Montenegro. In her spare time, she enjoys speed walking, reading, gardening and spending time with her family.
Nikki is the Communications Coordinator at OISS and the Institute for Global Studies. A Native Delawarean, she received a B.A. in Anthropology and a B.A. in American History from the University of Delaware in 2014 and is now pursuing a Master's degree in Urban Affairs & Public Policy. Nikki's passion for International Education was sparked by her own study abroad and research experiences in Jordan, Germany, and Peru. She considers it a great privilege to be able to help tell the story of UD's international community through her role at OISS. In her spare time, Nikki enjoys traveling (and photographing) the world, exploring new museums and historic sites, and boating with her family in Ocean City, Maryland.
As front desk associate and receptionst at OISS, Lisa Peterson greatly enjoys being the initial point of contact for international students, visiting scholars and their families. In this role, she answers a wide range of questions and concerns and provides guidance and support to their needs. Having recently spent a year in this position, Lisa rejoined the department in April 2014 and finds the fast-paced environment both challenging and rewarding. She especially enjoys interacting with students from all over the world. After graduating from the University of Delaware, Lisa worked as a Senior Executive Secretary at MBNA (now Bank of America) before taking an extended break to raise her four children. In her free time, Lisa enjoys reading, playing tennis, scrapbooking, and spending time with friends and family.
Katie Saturno joined the OISS in January 2017 as a Scholar Services Associate. Katie is a native Delawarean and started as an undergraduate at UD. She graduated from the American University of Paris with a BA and MA in International Affairs and also holds a Master 2 from the faculty of Social and Economic Sciences from l’Institut Catholique de Paris. She spent the majority of the last 15 years living and working in France, and developed a passion for international education during her time abroad. She feels privileged to be able to work with the international student and scholar community at UD. Katie enjoys hiking with her dogs, cooking, and spending time with family.
Kwaku Addae-Ankrah, Graduate Assistant
Elizabeth Doggett, Intern
Sho Nohara, LEAP Intern
Di Wang, Graduate Assistant