Fun Fact: Heather grew up riding horses and showing cows on her family's dairy farm in east Tennessee.
Heather is the Director of International Student & Scholar Services, where she has worked since 1998 in various roles. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from the Ohio State University in Columbus. Heather served two years in Senegal as a Peace Corps Volunteer, studied abroad in Chennai, India, and participated in a Fulbright program to Germany. She enjoys learning about the world not only by traveling, but by getting to know the unique and wonderful international students here at Georgia State.
Fun Fact: Tammy boasts a collection of 19 snow globes from her various travels around the world.
Tammy is the Assistant Director in the ISSS office and assists Georgia State University departments with obtaining H-1B, TN, O-1 status and Permanent Residency for international faculty and staff. Tammy has worked in international education since 2000 and in higher education since 1996. Tammy obtained both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Georgia. In addition to working at Georgia State University and The University of Georgia, Tammy has been active in both state and regional groups dedicated to the field of international education. From 2006-2008 she has served as Secretary-Treasurer and Chair of the Georgia Association of International Educators, and in 2005 she was awarded a Fulbright grant through the U.S. – Germany International Education Administrators Program.
International Admission Coordinator
Fun Fact: Yun has an insatiable appetite for African and Caribbean food.
Yun coordinates international admissions processes in ISSS. Originally from China, Yun moved to Pittsburgh, PA with her family in 2006. After completing her master's degree in higher education at Pennsylvania State University, she joined ISSS in August 2008. Yun reviews and processes applications and issues visa eligibility documents for F-1 and J-1 international students. She also advises international students on immigration and financial requirements, and guides them through the admissions process at Georgia State University.Yun has traveled to several Asian countries and enjoys experiencing different cultures.
F-1 Student Advisor and ISAC Coordinator
Fun Fact: Lenka lived in historic castles while working as a tour guide in the Czech Republic.
Lenka joined the ISSS office in July 2008 as an international student advisor and coordinator for International Student Associations Council (ISAC). Originally from the Czech Republic, Lenka taught Czech Language, Literature and Music Education courses while finishing her master’s degree at Palacky University in Olomouc. Lenka entered the field of international education in 2006 as a graduate assistant in the International Student Center at Kansas State University, where she received her master’s degree in English as a Second Language (ESL). She enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures, and likes to spend her spare time hiking, skiing, and rollerblading in the great outdoors.
F-1 and J-1 Student Advisor
Fun Fact: Mary has been taking flamenco guitar lessons since 2011 and she plans to travel to Spain in the future to gain more exposure to the culture.
Mary advises F-1 and J-1 exchange students at Georgia State University. Mary earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Student Affairs Administration from Central Michigan University in 2010. While working as a graduate assistant in the International Student Affairs Office at CMU, Mary developed a strong passion for working with international students. After obtaining her master’s degree, Mary moved to Arizona where she worked at the University of Arizona in the International Student Services Department as the International Student Specialist. Mary has a particular interest in learning about Middle Eastern culture and her goal is to become fluent in Arabic. Mary enjoys spending her free time reading, watching movies, playing flamenco guitar, watching sports, and spending time with her family.
Scholar Advisor and SEVIS Coordinator
Fun Fact: Holly received a fashion and beauty overhaul from Stacy London and Clinton Kelly as a participant on TLC’s reality TV show What Not to Wear.
Holly joined ISSS in 2007. Holly advises J-1 visiting scholars at GSU and, as the technical liaison for the office, is responsible for ensuring the accuracy and integrity of international student records in the U.S. government’s Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). After receiving her B.A. in French from the University of Georgia in 1998, Holly moved to Washington, DC, where she began her career in international education as an intern in the Public Affairs division of the Canadian Embassy. Holly worked with International Visitor exchange programs at Meridian International Center in Washington, and from 1999-2005 worked with U.S. and J-1 Visiting Fulbright Scholar Programs at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. Holly moved to Savannah, GA, in 2006, where she advised F-1 international students at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Holly enjoys foreign languages and cultures, and feels fortunate to work at a campus as diverse as Georgia State.
F-1 and J-1 Student Advisor
Fun Fact: Kati was voted "Funniest Female" by her high school class.
Kati advises F-1 and J-1 exchange students at Georgia State University. Kati received her Master’s degree in International Affairs from Florida State University in 2011. In addition to working at Georgia State, Kati has worked in International Student and Scholar Services offices at both Florida State University and the University of South Florida. Kati finds helping and interacting with international students extremely gratifying, especially since she studied abroad herself and appreciated having a support system overseas. Kati studied abroad in Dubrovnik, Croatia, where she was also the first ever intern at the Inter-University Centre. Kati enjoys learning about cultures and hopes to travel to every country at least once in her lifetime. Kati loves spending time with her family and her two precious puggles, as well as, baking, watching movies and party planning.
Fun Fact: Antony is a professional singer, hip-hop dancer, and model.
Antony is the Office Manager for International Student & Scholar Services where he has been since August of 2011. Antony comes to GSU from Kennesaw State University where most of his background was within student development, student advocacy, diversity, residence life, and student activities. Antony obtained a bachelor's degree in social psychology from Georgia Southwestern State University. Antony absolutely loves working with students and has a strong desire to assist and advocate for them in any way possible. He first discovered his passion to work directly with the international student population while working within the Student Development office at Kennesaw State University while operating as the Program Director/Coordinator for GLBTIQ Student Retention Services.
Customer Service Specialist
Fun Fact: Shane has hiked four glaciers on three different continents.
Shane is the Customer Service Specialist for ISSS and he is the first point of contact when visiting the office. Shane appreciates the innocence of being a first time international traveler and enjoys representing a positive American culture to international students and scholars. Shane received a B.S. from the University of South Carolina and his previous background is in hotel development and management. Shane came to ISSS from South Carolina and previously lived in Washington, DC, and Florida. He has traveled to twenty countries over the past eight years and studied abroad in New Zealand. Shane shares a great love for the South Pacific islands and enjoys cooking, camping, and any water-related activities.