ISSO Staff

Jodi Hanelt
Jodi Hanelt
Director
781-736-3481

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 the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, at Harvard’s LASPAU, and has consulted at other Boston-area institutions such as MIT and UMass Medical School. During her career, Jodi has served on the NAFSA Region XI Team as the central/western state representative (2015), as the secretary for NAFSA’s Prevailing Wage Working Group (2012-2015), as a member of NAFSA Trainer Corps, and completed the NAFSA Academy (2008). As a member of NAFSA Trainer Corps, Jodi has served as a trainer for NAFSA Workshops on F-1 and J-1 visas at regional NAFSA conferences.  Jodi often presents at NAFSA conferences, including topics such as Update on Department of Labor Issues (Worcester, MA, 2019), Mental Health Awareness (Portland, ME, 2018), Prevailing Wage Step by Step (Philadelphia, PA, 2018), Immigration Jeopardy! (Mount Washington, NH, 2017), Creating and Maintaining Public Access Files for H-1B Employees (Denver, CO, 2016), and has served as a regional mentor for professionals new to the field of international student and scholar advising. Jodi is proud to witness at Brandeis the formation of meaningful relationships among the international students and scholars that create a foundation for the exchange of ideas over a lifetime. A graduate of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Tufts University, Jodi is originally from Massachusetts, and enjoys tennis, traveling, the beach, and spending time with her family and friends.

Kathleen McCarthy
Kathleen McCarthy
Associate Director
Advisor for Students with Last Names A-C and Scholars
781-736-3464

Kathleen 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. She has over ten years of experience in the higher education field. Kathleen enjoys the cross-cultural exchange that happens when working with international students and scholars. She has earned a Master of Education from Boston University in policy, planning and administration with a specialization in higher education administration. Kathleen was trained as a Designated School Official through International Education Training Services by completing F-1 SEVIS Essentials Levels I, II, III. To gain experience about scholars, she has completed training sessions through NAFSA for J-1 Exchange Visitors and H-1B employees. She has also completed NAFSA Academy for International Education to gain a broader perspective of the international education field. Kathleen has attended numerous national and regional NAFSA conferences. In her free time, she enjoys visiting art museums, sewing, cooking, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family.

 

Khuong Nguyen
Khuong Nguyen
Assistant Director for Immigration Technology Systems
Advisor for Students with Last Names R-S and Scholars
781-736-8483

Khuong joined the ISSO in September 2015. Before joining Brandeis, he worked in the international student office at his alma mater, Northeastern University, advising students on SEVIS compliance issues. Khuong has over ten years of experience in the international student and scholar services field, and participated in various workshops and trainings on topics regarding F-1 students, J-1 scholars, and H-1B petitions. He attended numerous NAFSA regional and national conferences, and had the honor of leading and collaborating on sessions focusing on Optional Practical Training and how upcoming SEVIS updates impact institutional business processes. Khuong grew up in Southern California and is an avid fan of baseball, and also enjoys cycling and traveling around the New England area.

 

Adrea Papadopoulos
Adrea Papadopoulos
Assistant Director
Advisor for Students with Last Names L-Q
781-736-3482

Adrea Papadopoulos joined the ISSO in April 2019 and has over ten years of experience in the higher education field. Prior to joining Brandeis University, she worked at Boston University in their International Students and Scholars Office. Adrea is originally from Texas where she earned her Master of Science in student affairs administration and higher education from Texas A&M University (TAMU). While pursuing her degree, she was an international student advisor in the International Student Services Office and served as an academic advisor for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at TAMU before relocating to the Boston area. Adrea received training as a Designated School Official/Alternate Responsible Officer by completing several of the training sessions through NAFSA. She was part of the NAFSA Academy Class IX for International Education which provided a wide range of international education training in the areas of education abroad, international admissions, and international student and scholar services. Adrea has attended and presented at numerous national and regional NAFSA conferences including being a trainer for the F-1 Student Advising for Beginners Workshop. Adrea is a member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps team which helps to deliver and maintain the NAFSA Core Education Program (CEP) curriculum. She has always been interested in diverse cultures and enjoys meeting people from all over the world. Through her studies, she participated in several study abroad programs in Australia, England, Italy, and China. In her free time, she loves traveling, being outdoors, running, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Naoko Kotoge
Naoko Kotoge
International Student & Scholar Advisor
Advisor for Students with Last Names D-K and Scholars
781-736-3487

Naoko joined the Brandeis ISSO as a temporary advisor in September 2018 and became a full-time international student & scholar advisor in June 2019. She came to the U.S. from Japan as an international student and became interested in international education during her senior year. She earned a master’s degree in intercultural relations from Lesley University. She has worked in both international admissions and international student advising during her career.  She also attended and presented at NAFSA conferences at both the national and regional level about cultural programming, counseling international students, and creating strategic agreements between ESL schools and universities. She likes watching sports and musicals.   

Jingwen Yan
Jingwen Yan
International Student Advisor
Advisor for Students with Last Names X-Z
781-736-8565

Jingwen 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 Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Beijing's Jiaotong University, a Master of Arts in English literature and a Master of Education in higher education in student affairs from Salem State University. As a former international student herself, Jingwen is drawn to the dialogues and conversations with international students and scholars, and she is eager to serve and support the international community on campus. Jingwen has presented multiple times at NAFSA Region XI conferences, with topics including international student orientation, student identity development, and advising for community integration. She has completed training in F-1 advising through NAFSA’s workshop. She has also attended the Winter Institute for Intercultural Communication to expand her skills in facilitating cross-cultural communication and community integration. In her free time, she loves to read, do yoga, and spend time with her family and her dog Sophie.

Rachel Benjamin
Rachel Benjamin
International Student Advisor
Advisor for Students with Last Names T-W
781-736-3480

Rachel joined the ISSO in August 2018 as the Department Coordinator, and moved into the role of International Student Advisor in November 2019. Since beginning her work at Brandeis, she has attended several conferences to expand her knowledge of the international education field, including the Massachusetts Council for International Education (MaCIE) Fall Conference, the NAFSA Spring Immigration Workshop, the NAFSA Region XI Conference, and the NAFSA F-1 Advising Basics and Intermediate trainings. She also attended the Brandeis Student Affairs Conference on Social Identities, Privilege, and Oppression to develop skills and frameworks for serving a diverse student population. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Cornell University and completed minors in international relations and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies, and she is currently taking graduate level classes in global studies at Brandeis. Before joining the ISSO, she worked as a retention specialist at Commonwealth Care Alliance assisting members with MassHealth eligibility, many of whom were recent immigrants. Rachel is originally from Ipswich, MA and spends her free time singing in a chorus, playing the ukulele, going to the beach, and traveling.

Ian Metivier
Department Coordinator
Ian joined the ISSO in March 2020. Prior to starting at Brandeis, he worked at Boston City Hall and at Northeastern University with the N.U.in program. Having participated in a variety of study abroad and international internship programs in Argentina, Spain, and the United Kingdom, Ian developed a keen interest in working with and supporting international students and their studies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish from Northeastern University. Ian is originally from Texas and enjoys tennis, visiting National Parks, board games, and international travel.