Meet the Staff

vacant Director
Ruth Brigham Assistant Director, Interim Director Contact Bio
Bonnie Ryle Graduate Student Advisor Contact Bio
Gillian Boulay Undergraduate Student Advisor Contact Bio
Khuong Nguyen SEVIS Administrator Contact Bio  
Souad Nejjar Department Coordinator Contact Bio


Director (vacant)

Ruth Brigham:  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.

Bonnie Ryle:  International Graduate Student Advisor

Bonnie is the advisor to international graduate students and also the newest member the ISSO team. 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.

Gillian Boulay:  International Undergraduate Student Advisor

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.

Khuong Nguyen:  SEVIS Administrator

Khuong joined the ISSO in September 2015 and serves as the SEVIS/PASS administrator. 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.

Souad Nejjar:  Department Coordinator

A native of Morocco, Souad has been working in higher education since 2003. In 2011, she received a Master of Science in Higher Education at the University of Rochester Warner School of Education and Human Development in Rochester, NY. Souad came to Brandeis after serving as a Technical Associate in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center, overseeing laboratory management and coordination, including support to its faculty, researchers, and students, as well as administrative duties. In her spare time, Souad enjoys hiking and traveling.