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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 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. At the national level, Ravi serves on the chair-stream 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

Assistant Director of OISS at the University of Delaware, Frances balances her passion for law and regulatory compliance with strong advocacy in the field of international education. Her research interests include international student success, assessment, prevention education, and exploring the cognitive benefits of foreign language acquisition. Frances earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Widener University after obtaining baccalaureate degrees in Spanish and Political Science from UD. She 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. A member of the International Research Team, she is the Principle Investigator on the implementation of a home-grown tool to measure engagement, success and adjustment among international students, the MESA. Frances serves as the Chair-Elect for the International Caucus and is a member of several collaborative consortia to promote internationalization on campus. 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 alum, 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 the Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, 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 currently serves as an International Scholar Advisor at OISS. 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 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 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

Noemi Murphy

International Scholar Advisor
(Visiting Scholars and Programming & Outreach)
Phone: (302) 831-2115
nmurphy@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 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.

Lisa Peterson

Courtney Johnson

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

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.

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 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

Elly Barczak

Document Processing Associate
Phone: (302) 831-2115
ebarczak@udel.edu

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.

IGS Staff Partners

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Vina Titaley

Sponsored Student Coordinator
Phone: (302) 831-1746
titaley@udel.edu

 

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Nikki Laws

Communications Coordinator
Phone: (302) 831-2115
nlaws@udel.edu

 



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
oiss@udel.edu

 

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Connor Kelleher

Program Assistant
(Visiting Scholar Services)
Phone: (302) 831-2115
oiss@udel.edu

 

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Zeina Nobani

Graduate Assistant
(Programming & Outreach)
Phone: (302) 831-2115
oiss@udel.edu

 

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Liana Flikier

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

 

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Rosemena Dalmace

Work Study Assistant
(Front-Desk Operations)
Phone: (302) 831-2115
oiss@udel.edu

 

Interns

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Stephanie Leon

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

 

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Lucille Taquet

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