Kim Godsoe: Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Kim Godsoe joined Brandeis University in 1994, first working in the Student Support Services Program and later serving as the Dean of Academic Services.  She joined the Provost’s Office in 2014. Godsoe supervises the offices of Academic Services, Study Abroad, International Students and Scholars, English Language Programs, and the University Registrar. She also oversees university assessment of learning goals; contributes to reaccreditation; co-chairs the Title IX Task Force; and serves as the Posse Liaison for Brandeis University, a role in which she helped to establish the Science Posse Scholars program. 

Prior to joining Brandeis, Godsoe worked in student advising and support services at Columbia University and Mount Ida College. She also taught English literature as an adjunct professor at Newbury College.

Godsoe holds a PhD in social policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, where her research focused on retention of undergraduates in STEM disciplines.  Godsoe received a Bachelor of Arts from Bryn Mawr College and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Writing from Columbia University.  She currently serves as an Executive Board Member for the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network of Massachusetts.

Vino Murugesan: Director, English Language Programs
Vino Murugesan serves as Director for English Language Programs at Brandeis University

Bonnie Greenwood: Assistant Director, English Language Programs
She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Management from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, an M.Ed. in Education from Cambridge College, and is currently completing another M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction specializing in ESL from the American College of Education.  She has instructed students at the elementary, middle, high school, and university level, as well as adult learners. Bonnie has served as a mentor, coach, and administrator for various programs involving English learners. She enjoys traveling internationally and learning about different cultures. She believes that any educational and professional goals can be met through hard work, determination, and guidance.

Elizabeth Field: Program Administrator, English Language Programs
Prior to joining Brandeis University in July 2014, Elizabeth lived in Dublin, Irleand  where she completed a Masters of Philosophy in Gender and Women's Studies from Trinity College. She earned her B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of New Haven. In her free time she enjoys reading, relaxing, and cross-stitch.

Gillian Boulay: Assistant Director, International Students and Scholars Office
Gillian is the advisor to all international undergraduate students. After spending several years living and working in southern China, Gillian moved back to her native New England and began working at Brandeis in 2009. Gillian enjoys advising and getting to know Brandeis's international students! Gillian holds a BA in Anthropology and Asian Studies (with a concentration in Chinese) from Mount Holyoke College, a TEFL Certification for Teaching English as a Foreign Language from Peking University and a Master's in Teaching Chinese from Brandeis. Gillian loves to cook and host dinner parties for family and friends.

Ruth Brigham: Senior Assistant Director, International Students and Scholars Office
Ruth is the primary advisor for J-1 students and also assists J-1 scholars.  Ruth joined the ISSO at Brandeis in 2001. Prior to Brandeis, Ruth was the director and a teacher in an ESL program and served on the board of directors for ACCESS, an organization in Boston’s Chinatown. She also taught ESL classes for a summer in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and, while there, enjoyed traveling in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. She recalls her most amazing adventure as doing relief work in Colombia for three months. To add to her international experience, Ruth lived in various European countries for over 8 years. She enjoys advising and getting to know Brandeis students and scholars from around the world! Ruth holds a BS in French and minor in Spanish, and a MA in TEFL and Intercultural Studies.

Jodi Hanelt: Director, International Students and Scholars Office
Jodi became the director of the ISSO at Brandeis in the fall of 2015.  Prior to Brandeis, Jodi worked in the international offices of Tufts University and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, in addition to holding consulting roles at other Boston-area institutions.  A graduate of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, Jodi acknowledges the valuable contributions international students and scholars make to the Brandeis community.  These opportunities lead to the formation of meaningful relationships that create a foundation for the exchange of ideas over a lifetime.

Hannah Locke: Department Coordinator, ISSO
Hannah joined ISSO in January 2016 . Previously, she worked in a number of roles at an ESL school in downtown Boston and lived abroad for three years in Prague, Czech Republic and various parts of Italy. She is thrilled to be a part of the Brandeis community and is looking forward to serving and engaging with Brandeis' International students. Hannah holds a BA in English Literature, Creative Writing, and Art History and a TEFL certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. In her free time she enjoys going to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and taking advantage of the free yoga classes on the Boston Common in summer.

Khuong Nguyen: SEVIS Administrator, ISSO
Khuong joined the ISSO in September 2015. Before joining Brandeis, he worked at his alma mater's international student office, Northeastern University, advising students on SEVIS compliance issues.  Khuong is an avid fan of baseball and enjoys cycling and traveling around the New England area.

Bonnie Ryle: International Student Advisor, ISSO
Bonnie is the advisor to international graduate students. Her background includes a BA in Spanish and a minor in Psychology.  She also has a master’s degree in Education.  Bonnie has spent many years teaching English and living abroad in Seville, Spain.  Her unique educational experiences, love for travel, and love for all cultures have led her to the globalized Brandeis University. For Bonnie, one of the best things about working at Brandeis is that there is an opportunity to connect with so many wonderful students, staff, and faculty from all over the world. In Bonnie’s spare time, she loves to travel, flamenco dance, and spend quality time with family and friends.

Alisha Cardwell: Study Abroad Advisor
Alisha began working at Brandeis in November 2012. She comes from a small town in Ohio and was fortunate to have a high school Spanish teacher who first took her out of the country to both Costa Rica and Spain. She holds a B.A. from Miami University in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs and a M.Ed. with a specialization in higher education administration from Northeastern University. As a student, Alisha studied abroad for a semester in Luxembourg and also spent a summer in Costa Rica doing volunteer work. Prior to coming to Brandeis, Alisha worked with faculty-led study abroad programs at both EF College Study Tours and the Office of Lifelong Learning at Miami University and most recently worked in Graduate Admissions at New England College of Business and Finance.

Darren R. Gallant, '08: Assistant Director of Study Abroad
Darren joined the office in March 2013. He double majored in Sociology and Politics while at Brandeis. A member of the 2nd midyear class, he was very involved in various campus organizations and student life. During his junior year, Darren studied abroad in Copenhagen with the Denmark International Studies Program (DIS) to bolster his academic learning. Darren earned his M.A. in Higher Education / Student Personnel Administration from New York University. During his time at NYU he traveled to Israel to study international higher education. Most recently Darren worked at Grinnell College and Wheelock College in residence life and academic advising. He is excited to share his experience as an undergraduate at Brandeis and his travel to some 13 countries; including Australia, Costa Rica, Italy, Spain, and France.

J. Scott Van Der Meid: Associate Dean of Study Abroad
Scott has directed the study abroad program at Brandeis University since 1999.  Prior to his time at Brandeis he worked for several years in Boston University's Office of International Programs.  Scott received his B.A. in History and German Literature with a concentration in Asia in the Modern World from Allegheny College and his M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University.  He studied in West Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany's eventual unification. Scott also studied and worked for several years in Tokyo, Japan. He has been to over 52 countries on every continent except Antarctica. Professionally Scott has served on several national advisory boards in the field of international education including Arcadia University's National Advisory Board, IFSA-Butler's Executive Council of the National Advisory Council and SIT Study Abroad's Partnership Council. He is past Co-Chair of the NAFSA Rainbow Special Interest Group and served as a founding member of the Forum on Education Abroad's Advisory Council. Other national committee involvement included NAFSA's Committee on Underrepresentation in Education Abroad, the SECUSSA Data Collection Working Group, the CIEE Nomination's Committee, the IES Membership Committee, the Forum on Education Abroad's Data Committee and Forum on Education Abroad's Ethics Working Group. He currently serves as chair of the IES Institutional Membership Committee and is a member of the Advisory Board for the NAFSA Rainbow SIG.