ISSO Staff


Jodi Hanelt Director Contact Bio
Ruth Brigham Senior Assistant Director Contact Bio

Kathleen McCarthy

Assistant Director  Contact Bio
Bonnie Ryle Graduate Student Advisor Contact Bio
Khuong Nguyen SEVIS Administrator Contact Bio  
Amanda An Department Coordinator Contact Bio
Jingwen Yan International Student Advisor
for Community Integration
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Jodi Hanelt: DirectorJodi Hanelt Director

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.



Ruth Brigham:  Senior Assistant DirectorRuth Brigham Senior Assistant Director

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.



Kathleen McCarthy: Assistant Director 

KathleenKathleen joined the ISSO in summer 2017. Prior to joining Brandeis University, she worked at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with international students in both the admission and immigration departments. Kathleen enjoys the cross cultural exchange that happens when working with international students and scholars.  She has earned a master's degree from Boston University's School of Education. In her free time, she enjoys visiting art museums, sewing, cooking, gardening, and traveling. 



Bonnie Ryle:  International Graduate Student AdvisorBonnie Ryle International Graduate Student Advisor

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.



Khuong Nguyen:  SEVIS AdministratorKhuong Nguyen SEVIS Administrator

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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Amanda An: Department Coordinator

Amanda An

Amanda joined the ISSO in July 2017. Amanda is originally from Southern California and prior to joining Brandeis worked as an international student advisor at California Institute of the Arts and Fuller Theological Seminary. In her free time, she enjoys visiting museums, being outdoors, and spending time with her family and dog.                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Jingwen Yan : International Student Advisor for Community Integration

Jingwen YanJingwen is the International Student Advisor for Community Integration, and reports jointly to the International Students & Scholars Office and English Language Programs. She is originally from Jilin, China. Before she joined Brandeis in December 2016, Jingwen worked as a Student Success Coach in the First Year Experience Office at Salem State University. She holds a B.A in English Literature from Beijing's Jiaotong University, an M.A in English Literature and an M.Ed in Higher Education in Student Affairs from Salem State University. In her free time, she loves to read, take walks, and spend time with her dog.