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ISPO Staff

  • Dulce Dorado

    Dulce Dorado

    Director of International Students & Programs Office

    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 Student Experience & Engagement

    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.

  • Pauline DeGuzman

    Pauline DeGuzman

    Manager of International Student Services

    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!

  • Grace Fuller

    Grace Fuller

    Manager of International Student Experience & Engagement

    Grace received her bachelor's degree in International Studies from Pepperdine University with an emphasis in Intercultural Communication and a minor in Religion. Originally from Chicago, she spent a year studying abroad in Florence, Italy, as well as a year teaching abroad at JiangHan University in Wuhan, China post college. Throughout her career in higher education, she has focused on how we all operate out of our own culture as well as how other cultures enrich our communities and provide opportunities to learn outside of our lived experiences. She has experience working with American students abroad as well as international students abroad and domestically. Grace is excited to be at UC San Diego to foster and facilitate community and learning opportunities for international students. When away from the office, you can find Grace outside - she is pretty content as long as she is outdoors and loves to snorkel, paddleboard, hike, backpack and travel. 

  • 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.

  • Argiria Williams

    Argiria Williams

    Exchange & Sponsored Student Program Coordinator

    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.   

  • Chanelle Chestnutt

    Chanelle Chestnutt

    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!

  • 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 six years, Peter has been fortunate enough to make this passion his career in the field of international student services.

  • Karen Zuffante Pabon

    Karen Zuffante Pabon

    International Student Advisor

    As a seasonal International Student Advisor at UC San Diego, Karen brings over 30 years of experience in the fields of international education and immigration to ISPO. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature from Colby College and a master's degree in Latin American development from Georgetown University. Karen has studied abroad and worked in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Japan, and the Philippines. She speaks Spanish fluently and some survival Japanese.

    Her professional experience ranges from teaching English as a second language, intercultural consulting, immigration assistance, international student and scholar advising, and directing the International Center at Wellesley College. She has worked as an International Student and Scholar Advisor at Georgetown University, MIT, the University of Texas at Austin, Yale University, Teikyo Post University, Babson College and Wellesley College where she contributed greatly to developing international student services, internationalization efforts and global competency training. Throughout her experience, she has been passionate about international education and devoted to increasing intercultural understanding and bridging cultural gaps.

  • 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.

  • 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), producing, rhyming, 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 

    Shelly received a BA in Business Administration at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and subsequently attended UC San Diego Extension and earned her Professional Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). After receiving her TEFL certificate, she taught English in Turkey for a year, where she met her husband and enjoyed experiencing Turkish culture and rich Turkish cuisine, especially Icli Kofte! She enjoys meeting and helping international students to make the best of their international university experience while learning more about their cultures. In her spare time. Shelly enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and taking her dog, Rosie on outings around San Diego.

  • Michelle Wong

    Michelle Wong

    Intake Advisor

    Born in San Diego and raised in Los Angeles, Michelle is a SoCal native through and through. She received her undergraduate degrees in East Asian Studies and Chinese Studies at the University of California, Irvine and is a proud Anteater. Having studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan and Taipei, Taiwan, Michelle has lived the international student experience and from it, was inspired to continue working with international students to make the most of their time abroad. She is currently working toward her Masters in Higher Education Leadership at the University of San Diego and is interested in helping international students form meaningful relationships as she firmly believes it is the people you meet abroad who will leave the most lasting impact. Aside from traveling and experiencing new cultures, Michelle enjoys reading food blogs, watching Friends, and drinking boba at the beach.

  • Ana Luiza Corrêa de Mattos

    Ana Luiza Corrêa de Mattos

    Graphic Designer

    Ana Luiza earned her BA in Industrial Design in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She has been working in the communication field since 2002 when she first started as an intern in a graphic design studio, even before she started university. As a graphic designer and art director, Ana is passionate about finding the best tools to execute and create holistic visual solutions for different kinds of projects. Ana feels most fulfilled when she uses her work to help people to achieve their goals as she believes that one of her purposes in this life is to make people feel more confident. Friendly, cooperative, multitasking and good at getting things done, she loves to make new friends and always has a positive word to say. Ana appreciates the simple things in life. A simple smile and a glass of kombucha are just enough to make her happy. In her free time, Ana enjoys reading books in English and play with her inseparable dog.

ISPO Student Staff

  • Chloe (Ying-Ti) Yueh

    Chloe (Ying-Ti) Yueh

    Student Assistant

    Chloe is a sophomore at UC San Diego pursuing a B.S. in Management Science and Minor in Accounting. She was born and raised in Taiwan until the end of middle school, after which she came to the U.S. to pursue her education. As an international student herself, Chloe understands the struggles that her peers are going through, and working at ISPO has helped her gain insights into immigration on both the school's and students' sides. In her free time, she enjoys playing the ukulele and watercolor painting.

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  • David Yang

    David Yang


    Recent UC San Diego visual arts media graduate with an emphasis in film. David Yang was born on the island of Saipan, Northern Marianas Islands. Growing up in a multi-cultural environment near the deepest trench in the world, where he spent most of his years bathing in the sun and riding ATVs in the jungle before coming to San Diego. During his childhood, he also spent five years studying in Shanghai, China. A city he grew to love despite getting squeezed on public transportation because there are so many people. He is fluent in both Mandarin and English. Mostly he spends a lot of time watching movies and TV series along with making them. As a profession, he creates promotional content for companies and organizations. He's also a travel photographer and independent filmmaker. He has shot on live music concerts, MMA tournaments, feature films and written and created award-winning independent short film projects.

  • Karina Ivanyan

    Karina Ivanyan

    Student Engagement Program Intern

    As a Student Engagement Program Intern, Karina works on projects related to virtual student engagement for new and continuing international students at UC San Diego. She enjoys learning about different cultures and meeting people from all over the world. Karina is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a minor in Spanish at the University of San Diego. She loves photography, cooking, and going on road trips with her family and friends in her spare time.

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)