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Ravichandran Ammigan

Ravi Ammigan

Director
Phone: (302) 831-2115
rammigan@udel.edu

Ravi Ammigan has served as director of OISS at the University of Delaware since March 2013. With over 12 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 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. At the national level, Ravi serves as Chair of the Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services (KCISSS) with NAFSA: Association of International Educators. He is also faculty in the Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations program at the Intercultural Communication Institute.

Frances O'Brie

Frances O'Brien

Assistant Director
Phone: (302) 831-2115
frances@udel.edu

Frances O'Brien currently serves as the Assistant Director for Immigration Services at OISS at the University of Delaware. In addition to a passion for law and regulatory compliance, she is a proponent for international education; her research interests include international student success, and the cognitive benefits of foreign language acquisition. After obtaining baccalaureate degrees in Spanish Language and Literatures and Political Science with a concentration in Globalization and International Relations, Frances, a UD Alumni, obtained her Master’s Degree in Education from Widener University in Pennsylvania. Frances has presented nationally on topics such as language acquisition and internationalization, and is currently developing a measurement instrument for evaluating a University’s propensity for fostering international student success. On campus, Frances also tutors English Language Students in preparation for success at the University level and occasionally lectures for teacher preparation courses, speaking on topics such as internationalization in the classroom and communicating with non-native English speaking families in US grade schools. In her free time, she satiates her creative thirst by crocheting, gardening and running a local photography business.

Anne McCullin

Anne McCullin

International Student Advisor
(Graduate Student Services)
Phone: (302) 831-2115
annemc@udel.edu

Anne McCullin, a UD Alumni, is an 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 Peru, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, and France.

Brenda Foraker

Brenda Foraker

International Student Advisor
(Undergraduate Student Services)
Phone: (302) 831-2115
brendaf@udel.edu

Brenda currently serves as an 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.

Janica Cimo

Janica Cimo

International Scholar Advisor
(Visiting Scholars and H1B Employees)
Phone: (302) 831-2115
jcimo@udel.edu

Janica Cimo currently serves as an Immigration Services Advisor of OISS at the University of Delaware. 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 Alumni, 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 Washington, DC. In her role prior to joining OISS, she organized international programming at George Washington and presented cross-cultural trainings for university departments and organizations such as Fulbright. Through the NAFSA network, she actively collaborates with other institutions in the region in an effort to support the progress and experience of J-1 Scholars and Student Interns in the US, and has developed and delivered presentations to this end. In her free time, she enjoys sailing on the Chesapeake, traveling and cooking.

Olga Scarpero

Olga Scarpero

International Student Advisor
(ELI Student Services)
Phone: (302) 831-2115
scarpero@udel.edu

Olga Scarpero is an International Student Advisor at OISS. Born and raised in Russia, Olga moved to the U.S. in 2006 to continue her collegiate education. Her personal experience as an international student greatly contributed to her passion for the field of international education. She holds a B.S. in Linguistics and Intercultural Communications, a B.S. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and an MBA. Prior to joining OISS, Olga worked as an International Admissions Coordinator at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Olga is very excited about the opportunity to work with the international students of UD and assist them with all aspects of their academic lives. Outside of work Olga enjoys traveling and at least once a year she tries to go somewhere she has never been before.

Lisa Peterson

Noemi Murphy

International Scholar Advisor
(Programming & Outreach)
Phone: (302) 831-2115
nmurphy@udel.edu, oissprogramming@udel.edu

Noemi Murphy currently serves as International Scholar Advisor at OISS. 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 working abroad experiences attracted her to the field of international education. 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. She is a member of NAFSA and CIES and presented internationally on topics of global education with focus on female education and empowerment. She enjoys ESL and foreign language instruction and tutors students in the evening time. Prior to joining OISS, Noemi worked as Organization Development Advisor and International Education Consultant in Italy, China, and Mexico. She is very excited for the opportunity to coordinate the Programming and Outreach for OISS and help international students feel at home at UD. Outside of work, Noemi enjoys swimming, biking, cooking, and traveling around the world.

Crystal Coleman

Crystal Coleman

Office Manager
(Front Desk Operations)
Phone: (302) 831-2115
coleman@udel.edu

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 most recently, 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.

Lisa Peterson

Lisa Peterson

Receptionist
Phone: (302) 831-2115
lisap@udel.edu

Lisa Peterson is the OISS Receptionist and greatly enjoys being the initial point of contact for international students, visiting scholars and their families. In this role, Lisa 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.

Lisa Peterson

Lieselot Whitbeck

Legal Fellow
Phone: (302) 831-2115
lieselot@udel.edu

Lieselot Whitbeck joined OISS as a legal fellow in September 2014. In her position, she advises and assists the OISS staff on issues regarding federal immigration law and immigration compliance. Lieselot received training in university immigration services as an intern with International Support Services at Virginia Tech and volunteered with immigrant assistance organizations in Virginia, DC, and Seattle. Prior to attending law school, she spent over two years as an adjudications officer at the USCIS Boston Field Office. Lieselot received a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and immigration studies from Washington University in Saint Louis. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She enjoys quilting and swing dancing.

Program Assistants

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Weibiao Li

Graduate Assistant
(Undergraduate Student Services)
Phone: (302) 831-2115
oiss@udel.edu

 

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Sean Ellis

Graduate Assistant
(Graduate Student Services)
Phone: (302) 831-2115
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Connor Kelleher

Program Assistant
(Visiting Scholar Services)
Phone: (302) 831-2115
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Zeina Nobani

Graduate Assistant
(Programming & Outreach)
Phone: (302) 831-2115
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Shabbir Wardhawala

Program Assistant
(ELI Student Services)
Phone: (302) 831-2115
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Rosemena Dalmace

Work Study Assistant
(Front-Desk Operations)
Phone: (302) 831-2115
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Interns

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Stephanie Leon

Document Processing Intern
Phone: (302) 831-2115
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Lucille Taquet

Programming Intern
Phone: (302) 831-2115
oiss@udel.edu