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Education

  • University Of Central Florida

    Master of Arts (MA), Higher Education/Higher Education Administration

    2007-2009

    Activities and Societies: Student Personnel Association (SPA)

  • University Of South Florida

    Bachelor of Arts (BA), Psychology

    1997-2000

    Spent semester in London through Florida State University’s Study Abroad Program.

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Work Experience

  • University Of South Florida

    Assistant Director, INTO USF Immigration

    August 2010 – Present

    Leading the INTO USF Immigration team, I advised a population of 1,000 F-1 students on immigr ation policies as a Designated School Official (DSO). Utilized Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) batching software and Banner to ensure compliance of English language program students.

    Taught extended learning classes to Academic English students to give them US immigration information throughout the semester. Ran reports and maintained student data to ensure compliance and auditable record keeping.

    Developed effective new policies and procedures as student population grew from 250 to 1,000, and coordinated with International Student Services for F-1 change-of-level students through INTO USF pathway programs.

  • University Of Central Florida

    International Student Advisor

    September 2005 – September 2010

    I Advised a population of 1,200 F-1 international students on immigration policies as a Designated School Official (DSO), and maintained the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) for all student reporting matters. Ran reports and audited student records to ensure compliance and student retention.

    Conducted workshops for students including topics of maintaining immigration status, employment and travel guidelines. Facilitated orientations for all new international students, including immigration regulations, employment and taxation, culture shock, programming and available resources.

    Liaised with on campus health center to ensure students are in compliance with mandatory health insurance regulations. Coordinated special workshops with campus immigration attorney, and partnered with other campus departments to make campus services easily accessible and known to international students.

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Accolades & Accomplishments

  • USPS Employee of the Year

    International Services Center, University of Central Florida

    January 2010
  • Diversity in Contracts Champion

    University of Central Florida

    May 2007
  • International Student Association (ISA) Adviser
  • Non-Traditional Knights (NTK) Project (a Non-Traditional Student Advisory Board) Committee Member
  • UCF Alumni Center Liaison for International Alumni
  • Created International Student Mentoring Programs
  • Chaired "International Education Week" Committee (2006-2010)
  • Established "Week of Welcome" for incoming international students
  • Implemented "Discover Florida" events and excursions to showcase state of Florida to new international students
  • Facilitated Disney J-1 Program at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management
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Certifications & Training

  • F-1 Student Advising Training (Intermediate)

    August 2010 – Present

    NAFSA: Association of International Educators

  • J-1 Training

    2011 – Present

    NAFSA: Association of International Educators

  • Supervisory Skills Series

    October 2007 – Present

    University of Central Florida

  • Star Series

    October 2007 – Present

    University of Central Florida

  • Human Resources Liaison Training

    October 2005 – Present

    University of Central Florida

  • Certificate of Continuing Education: How to Be a Super Communicator

    May 2009 – Present

    Rockhurst University

  • Sunapsis Users Conference

    October 2013 – Present

    Indiana University

  • PROFICIENT IN:

    Excel, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Photoshop

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Organizations

  • National Association of International Educators (NAFSA)

    Communications Chair, Region VII

    2013 – Present
  • Florida Association of International Educators (FAIE)

    Tampa District Coordinator, Website Coordinator

    2010 – Present
  • Florida International Leadership Conference (FILC)

    Conference Co-Chair / Registrar

    2008 – 2010
  • University Support Personnel System (USPS)

    Staff Council / Marketing Chair

    2007 – 2009
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Publications

  • Ouch! My Immigration Status Hurts!

    NAFSA Annual Conference

    May 2014

    A DSO’s guide to navigating accidents, illness and reduced courseload requests from F-1 international students

  • Healthy, Happy & Helping

    NAFSA Region VII

    October 2013

    Co-Presented with an International Student Insurance specialist on understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) student insurance policies.