International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS)
Matt happily returned to the International Center in November 2021 after spending the preceding five years as a Consular Officer with the U.S. Department of State. His experience working in Mexico City and Tbilisi, Georgia, conducting 10,000+ visa interviews, provided him with valuable insight for an International Student & Scholar Advisor.
Boonsiree re-joined the International Center in November 2021 as an Advisor after having previously worked as an Immigration Assistant from 2017-2020. Boonsiree was born and raised in Thailand. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in German from a university in Bangkok. She first came to the US on a J-1 visa, and returned as an F-1 student for her Master’s Degree at Central Michigan University. Boonsiree has years of experience working with both F-1 and J-1 programs and held both F-1 and J-1 visas. Her own international experiences taught her how important it is for newcomers to feel welcomed.
Brittany joined the International Center in the Summer of 2019 as a cross country transplant from California. Brittany first encountered the International Education field as an undergrad, working in the International Programs office at California State University, Sacramento. During her final term as an undergrad, she studied on exchange at University of Western Ontario in Canada. Brittany enjoys the challenges of navigating complex immigration regulation and appreciates being able to serve as a guide for international students as they pursue their dreams in the U.S.
Monica joined the ISSA team in September 2016 and is an alumna of the University of Michigan. She returns to Michigan after working in business immigration law firm environments for approximately 8 years in Chicago and New York. She is enjoying the opportunity to help international students and scholars at her alma mater.
Monica is originally from Michigan and in her spare time enjoys traveling, photography, cooking and being a foodie.
Katherine joined the International Center in 2015 as an Immigration Assistant. She studied abroad to Japan in high school and college. Following graduation she worked in Korea as an ESL instructor while pursuing her Masters in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education.
Katherine was born and raised in Michigan. She especially enjoys trips up north, skiing, backpacking and hiking.
John has been an International Student & Scholar Advisor at the University of Michigan since 2011. John studied abroad in England during both high school and graduate school, and entered the field of international education after pursuing related coursework and practical training while completing a MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University. John also held a variety of student affairs positions during his undergraduate years at Middlebury College.