International Students & Programs Office Contacts

Find ISPO staff on the 1st floor of Student Center B, located on the corner of Gilman Drive and Mandeville Lane, or call (858) 534-3730. Visit our contact page for office hours and appointment times.

ISPO Organization Chart

International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) Staff

  • Dulce Dorado

    Dulce Dorado

    Director of International Students & Programs Office
    Assistant Dean, International Center

    As the Director of the International Students & Programs Office, Dulce Dorado enjoys helping students achieve their academic and personal goals. She received her bachelor's degree in Political Science and minor in Japanese Studies from UC San Diego. Dulce's career in international education has included advising international students both in university and English language program settings, developing innovative programs to engage international students in campus life, advising undergraduate students pursuing programs abroad, and teaching English at a public high school in Japan on the Japanese Exchange Teaching (JET) Program. She encourages students to share their culture and language with fellow classmates so everyone can benefit from the intercultural exchange and dialog. When away from the office, Dulce enjoys photography and hiking in the local mountains. Dulce loves the feeling of accomplishment when she reaches the summit and looks out onto the beautiful scenery.

  • Tricia Chan Schueler

    Tricia Chan Schueler

    Assistant Director of International Student Services

    As the Assistant Director of International Student Services, Tricia enjoys the opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Scripps College and a Master of Arts in International Education from New York University and has over 10 years of experience in the field of international education. While attending college, some of her most memorable experiences were from studying abroad in Beijing, China and Sussex, England. These experiences abroad encouraged her to travel to Japan to teach for two years and to return to the US to work directly with international students. She encourages students to be proactive and to take advantage of the benefits that come with being an international student in a new country. Tricia advises students to remember to balance their studies with having fun in San Diego When Tricia is not working, she enjoys running around Mission Bay, taking her dog, Roscoe to the Ocean Beach dog beach and traveling with her family.

  • Gabriela Hoffmann

    Gabriela Hoffmann

    Assistant Director of International Programs

    A Southern California native, Gabriela Hoffmann received her undergraduate degree in history from UC Riverside and a Master's degree in European Studies from the University College London. She really enjoys the interactive element of her job and helping students navigate through the ins and outs of life here as an international student. She recommends that international students get involved in the local community and UC San Diego campus as much as they can. It will hugely benefit their time abroad and will lead to life-long friendships. Gabi's international experiences are many. She has lived in South Korea, Japan, England, and southern Austria. In her free time, Gabi really enjoys hiking and walking, especially around Torrey Pines.

  • Casey Donovan

    Casey Donovan

    ISPO Office Manager

    As the Office Manager for the International Students & Programs Office, Casey looks forward to acting as the smaller gear that contributes to much larger efforts put forth by our diverse staff and students alike.  He believes that embracing diversity underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, building character and acceptance along the way to share with the rest of the world.  Casey says, “Playing a role in the ISPO program that congregates the world’s brilliant minds of our future in my hometown of San Diego is a humbling and moving opportunity.”  In his role’s efforts, he hopes to make positive contributions to the UCSD college experience for all students, no matter what corner of the world they’re from.  During his downtime Casey enjoys Astronomy, road trips, drawing and playing guitar.

  • Barry Fass-Holmes, Ph.D.

    Barry Fass-Holmes, Ph.D.

    Analytical Studies Coordinator & SEVIS Data Analyst

    As Analytical Studies coordinator, Barry conducts analytical studies on international students' academic progress, engagement, and satisfaction. With a bachelors, masters and doctorate in Psychology, plus a background in public education, Barry has an interest in contributing to the improvement of students' academic achievement. "I'm impressed and amazed by how international students perform so well here at UC San Diego. Students know so many languages." During Barry's free time, his activities include philanthropy, volunteer work, cycling, tennis and animals.

  • Ricky Paniagua

    Ricky Paniagua

    Compliance Coordinator

    Originally from the San Francisco Mission District, Ricky grew up equally between San Francisco and San Diego and calls both of them home. His educational and professional background focus in Sociology and Organizational Leadership and he has held various positions over the course of his career in international education that have led him to become Compliance Coordinator. He has traveled to 40 of the 50 states, Canada, Mexico and throughout Europe and Asia. He also works as a certified yoga instructor with UCSD Recreation FitLife and finds he is able to meld his passion for yoga, cultural and interpersonal awareness, and a desire to better the greater community by working with the students at UC San Diego in both capacities. He also enjoys studying Ayurveda, trying new fine dining experiences, music, movies, and writing. 

  • Chanelle Castaneda

    Chanelle Castaneda

    Intake Advisor

    Chanelle reccently relocated back to San Diego, her hometown, after living in Guam for the past 3 years. While in Guam, Chanelle worked for the University of Maryland University College, and prior to that, worked at California State University Northridge, where she completed her undergraduate education. Having spent time in Africa, Costa Rica, and Guam, Chanelle understands the difficulties of living in a foreign country and she is glad to be part of a team who can help out!

  • Pauline DeGuzman

    Pauline DeGuzman

    International Student Advisor

    Pauline’s interest in International Education began with her summer abroad in Rome, Italy. Apart from learning about different cultures, she also enjoys navigating the ins and outs of immigration policy and how it affects our society at large. After earning her B.A. in Social Ecology & Criminology from the UC Irvine, she quickly found herself working for various institutions or higher education creating and implementing university policies that govern international students. On her spare time, she enjoys crafting with her Silhouette Cameo, visiting the SD Zoo with her family, and exploring new places to EAT!

  • Peter Jombik

    Peter Jombik

    Intake Advisor

    Peter is a proud Triton, having graduated from UC San Diego with the Bachelor's degree in International Studies. Growing up in Europe, traveling extensively in Asia, and living the American Dream in California have all contributed to his affinity for anything international, and made him the true world citizen he is today. Being a student of Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC), he followed ERC's main theme of "developing world citizens through scholarship, leadership, and service." During his senior year, Peter participated in the UC Education Abroad Program at the University of Hong Kong, tutored international students with the English-In-Action Program, and volunteered at the International Rescue Committee to help refugees in San Diego apply for college. Through all these experiences, he has developed a strong understanding of the needs of the international student community, as well as a strong passion for helping the members of this community to succeed in their studies and lives overall. For the past three years, Peter has been fortunate enough to make this passion his career in the field of student services.

  • Emily Kawahara

    Emily Kawahara

    International Student Advisor
    Triton Edge Program Coordinator

    Emily has been fascinated with travel and meeting members of the global community for a long time. Originally from Sacramento, Emily received her B.A. in Philosophy and English & World Literature (Creative Writing) from Pitzer College. Her most influential international experience was studying abroad in Nepal, during which she lived with a host family in a village outside of Kathmandu, conducted a research project on journalists affected by censorship in Nepal’s recent history, and trekked in the Annapurna range. Emily also taught English in the Lampang Province of Thailand on a Fulbright Scholarship. Emily enjoys the complexities of immigration regulations and strives to ensure that international students feel supported and well-informed. Outside of work, she likes being active and trying new sports or sticking to the one she knows, tennis. She also enjoys adventuring, thrift store shopping, and hanging out with cats.

  • Argiria Williams

    Argiria Williams

    Intake Advisor

    Argiria was born in Melbourne Australia and was raised between Australia and San Diego. A UC San Diego Alumni with a BA in International Studies-Sociology and a minor in Global Health, she has worked in International Education as well as Academic Affairs. She has worked closely with students and faculty, and loves helping people reach their goals and see their full potential. She has always had a passion for all things international and all things Anthony Bourdain- produced. She comes from a big multicultural Greek family and knows the struggles of adjusting in a different country. She encourages all students to take advantage of the amazing opportunities and allow themselves the ability to grow while here in San Diego. In her spare time she enjoys trying out different places to eat, traveling, and attending music and poetry events.   


  • Laura Page

    Laura Page

    International Student Advisor

    Laura is a UCSD alumna with a BA in Sociology who spent one year studying abroad at McGill University in Montreal. She knows what it’s like to attend a university outside of her home country and return with a new perspective. The best part about being an Advisor, according to Laura, is interacting with students who come from different cultural backgrounds. Laura encourages students to reach out and get involved during their time at UC San Diego. Laura would like students to know there are a multitude of resources on campus which exist to help students succeed. Before returning to UCSD as an Advisor, she worked at a start-up semiconductor company as a Sales Manager handling international accounts She also holds an M.B.A. from San Diego State University. Laura enjoys walking and hiking, reading, volunteering as a leader for Girl Scouts, and spending time with her family.

  • Jeung Ho (Jo) Peters

    Jeung Ho (Jo) Peters

    International Student Advisor

    Jo was born and raised in Germany as a daughter of Korean immigrants. She graduated from Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum with a masters degree in Film and Television and minors in Economics and Sociology. Having relocated to the U.S. in 2004, Jo knows what it feels like to be a newcomer to a foreign country and wants to help international students who are experiencing the same thing. Jo has been working as a student adviser focusing on international education for the past 10 years. She is passionate about meeting new international students and getting to know their culture. In her free time Jo enjoys taking pictures, meeting friends, taking long bike rides along the coast, sports in general, traveling to foreign countries and experiencing different cultures, and volunteering for the German American Film Festival.

  • Carol Robertson

    Carol Robertson

    International Student Advisor

    With a B.S. in Spanish and Psychology from Dickinson College and a Masters in Education in Counseling and Psychology from the University of Southern California, Carol Robertson enjoys interacting with International students. Having studied abroad in Spain, Carol knows what it feels like to be in a foreign country. As an International Student Advisor interacting with students and helping them reach their goals is one of her favorite things about the job. Carol encourages students to get involved in as many activities as possible while on campus. In her spare time Carol enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family.

  • Ruby Rosas

    Ruby Rosas

    International Student Advisor

    Having moved around extensively for much of her childhood, Ruby Rosas knows what it’s like being in an environment totally different from what she’s used to. It was not until college that Ruby set down her roots in San Diego where she attended Southwestern Junior College. After a couple years she transferred to UC San Diego where she earned her B.A. in Literatures in English. With her experience of traveling and being a student at UCSD, Ruby has a clear view on the student perspective. As an International Student Advisor, Ruby has the chance to help guide new students to success during their stay in San Diego. “Get out of your comfort zone. Make new friends outside of your race, culture, and major.” In her free time Ruby enjoys watching television and taking pictures.

  • David Saide

    David Saide

    Intake Advisor

    David was born in Iowa and was raised in a multicultural family that had him frequently traveling between Iowa and Mexico. He received his B.A. in International Studies and Anthropology with a minor in Portuguese from the University of Iowa. During and after his undergraduate studies, he studied, worked and volunteered in Northeastern Brazil for a total of 3 years. David then dove into the profession of international education as the Coordinator of the Education Sector at the Consulate-General of Brazil in Chicago where he assisted with the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program in the Midwest. Most recently, he received his M.A. in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. David is passionate about working with international students and learning about their countries and cultures. In his free time David enjoys bboying (breakdancing), biking, photography, traveling and playing the guitar.  

  • Doug Shriner

    Doug Shriner

    Intake Advisor

    Doug, a recent transplant from Texas and the proud parent of a Triton alumn, has a broad background in higher education. He has worked with high school, undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of International Advising, Financial Aid, and Outreach.  Doug also acted as a private consultant assisting the US Departments of Education and Health & Human Services in designing regulations to protect student funding options. In Texas, he worked with former Mexican President Vicente Fox to raise scholarship funds for college students on both sides of the border. Doug has a Master’s degree in International Business and has travelled throughout Asia, Europe, Central America and the US. For fun he enjoys working in the yard and on home improvement projects.

  • Emily Stewart

    Emily Stewart

    International Student Advisor

    Emily has been working towards being an International Student Advisor since she was an undergraduate herself.  At this time, she met many international students and even traveled to South Korea with two of them.  After earning her Bachelor’s from California State University of San Marcos, she moved from sunny Southern California to snowy Vermont and received her Master’s degree in International Education from the School of International Training.  After that, she lived in the Boston area for 5 years and worked in the International Student Office at Brandeis University.  Whenever Emily meets someone from a new country, she always wants to learn their language and visit their country so she has a long list going! She hopes that international students gain as much out of their time with ISPO and the U.S. as she gets from them. When Emily is not working, she enjoys reading, playing tennis, and spending time with her friends, family, and dog.

  • Lisa Swid

    Lisa Swid

    International Student Advisor

    With a B.A. in Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara and two Master’s degrees; one in Conflict Studies & Human Rights from Utrecht University and the second in Middle Eastern History from Tel Aviv University, Lisa Swid takes joy in serving as a point of contact for those who are new to the U.S. and to our community.  As an International Student Advisor and SARC Outreach Assistant, Lisa brings her five years of experience living abroad, along with her love of all things international to her role, serving as a bridge between the International Students & Programs Office and the Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention Resource Center.  Having traveled to more than 20 countries outside of the U.S., Lisa brings her experience of feeling new and sometimes lost or out of place, to her daily interactions with international students. With her compassionate nature, she welcomes students to approach her with any questions or concerns they might have. In her free time, Lisa enjoys connecting with nature as much as possible, camping every chance she gets, baking Swedish cookies, eating Middle Eastern food and practicing yoga.

  • Shelly Taskin

    Shelly Taskin

    International Student Advisor
    English in Action Tutor Program Coordinator 
    Thanksgiving Exchange Program Coordinator

    As the Programs Coordinator/International Student Advisor, Shelly’s immediate responsibilities include English in Action Tutor Coordinator, Orientation Assistant Program Coordinator, and I-Club Staff Advisor. Prior to working at the UC San Diego International Center, Shelly was a Program Representative and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Student Advisor at the English Language Institute at UC San Diego Extension. She grew up in South Dakota and graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO with a BA in Business Administration. Shelly also received her Professional Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from UC San Diego Extension, which prepared her for teaching English in Turkey. She loves meeting people from all over the world and learning about other cultures. In addition, Shelly enjoys traveling, making DVDs, and spending time with her family.

International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) Student Staff

  • Shuqiang Wang

    Shuqiang Wang

    Student Assistant

    Shuqiang is a third year Warren student majoring in Management Science and minoring in Business and Accounting. She was born and grew up in China. Since middle school, she has been traveled to many countries in Europe and always volunteered in helping foreign students who came to China. She is enthusiastic in serving students and becomes a leader of many student associations in high school, and she is also an active member of Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) in UCSD. In addition, Shuqiang has great interest in Japanese culture, especially Japanese anime, so she is studying the language. In her daily life, she likes doing fitness, cooking, handcrafts, listening to music, and she loves riding roller coasters. Shuqiang is always ready for new challenges and all kinds of new people, and she is definitely more than a hundred percent passionate about what she really loves.

  • Olivia Tan

    Student Assistant

    Olivia is a second year Muir student majoring in International Studies - International Business and minoring in Human Development. She was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, and has experience working and interacting with people of many cultures. She enjoys serving her fellow students and is an active member of UCSD's Associated Students Concerts & Events. Olivia enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling & exploring new places, and listening to music. She hopes to learn more about other students' experiences at UCSD to better understand and aid students of different backgrounds.

  • Sofia Nelson-Ferezi

    Student Assistant

    Sofia is a third-year Revelle student double-majoring in Urban Studies and Planning and International Political Science. She was born in San Diego and raised in Tijuana, Mexico. Growing up in the US-Mexico border, Sofia has learned to appreciate the clash of two different cultures and their intercultural dynamics. In her free time, Sofia enjoys film photography, exploring the city (both San Diego and Tijuana) and going to farmer's markets. Given her trans-national background, she has been naturally driven towards international development and aspires to be a global citizen in the future by traveling, learning and experiencing what the world has to offer. Through UC San Diego, Sofia had the opportunity to meet students with diverse backgrounds which has enriched her college experience. She now looks forward to give back to the international community in UC San Diego.

  • Thi Nguyen

    Program Assistant

    Thi is a fourth-year student double-majoring in International Studies and Communication with a minor in Law and Society. She grew up in Hanoi, Vietnam and went to high school in San Jose, California. She has worked as an embedded tutor in the Analytical Writing Program, a peer mentor in the Triton Edge Program, and an International Student Services Assistant and Conversation Leader at UCSD Extension. Through all these experiences, Thi has become passionate about helping students from diverse backgrounds integrate into the American university environment. She also believes that the exchange between different viewpoints and cultures is important to every individual’s intellectual growth. In her free time, Thi enjoys journaling, reading, going out for food, cooking Vietnamese dishes, checking out comedy sketches, and watching award-winning movies and TV shows. In the future, she hopes to hold a policy advocacy, programming, editorial, or teaching position in the field of international and comparative education.  

Staff In Memoriam

  • Tecle (Tec) Kidane-Mariam (1948-2003)

    Tecle (Tec) Kidane-Mariam (1948-2003)

    International Student Advisor (1989-2000)
  • Paul Yunouye (1975-2015)

    Paul Yunouye (1975-2015)

    Assistant Director of International Programs (2014-2015)