Contact Us/About Us

The staff of the ISSI is here to support you throughout your studies at Northeastern University. We are happy to answer your questions and to provide any assistance we can.


Mailing Address:
International Student and Scholar Institute
405 Ell Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Normal Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8:30AM – 7:00PM
Friday: 8:30AM – 5:00PM

Winter Intersession Hours
Monday, December 15 through Tuesday, December 23
Monday-Friday: 8:30AM – 5:00PM

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - Thursday, January 1, 2015 - CLOSED

Friday, January 2, 2015 - 8:30am-5:00pm

Normal Hours resume on Monday, January 5, 2015

Kristen Cammarata
Associate Director, International Student Support
For 12 years, Kristen was the Regional Educational Advising Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and was responsible for the advising centers in all 19 countries in the MENA region. She also served as a Senior Program Manager for EducationUSA Global Programs at the Institute of International Education developing U.S. based training programs for advisers from around the world. Kristen has worked for the Peace Corps in Morocco, completed a year as a Fulbright scholar in Morocco and taught English in Japan. Kristen holds a BA in Political Science and English from Fairfield University and a MA in environmental studies from Brown University.

Jessica Dearbeck
Customer Service Supervisor
Jessica grew up in Rochester, NY and pursued her B.A. in Vocal Music and her M.S in Organizational Leadership at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA. She worked in Higher Ed Administration at Mercyhurst College from 2007-2013 in the Residence Life Office and The Campus Involvement Center. She relocated to the Boston area in 2013 and is enjoying getting to know all that it has to offer. She has traveled internationally to Italy, Poland and Ireland, and is very excited about her position in the front office of the ISSI to have the opportunity to meet new people and learn about new cultures!

Kelsey Dennis
International Student Advisor and Admissions Specialist
Kelsey has worked in international education since 2011 after completing an MA in Intercultural Relations at Lesley University. Previously, she earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of New Hampshire and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English in Kyrgyzstan for two years. Kelsey enjoys traveling, knitting, sailing and hiking.

Gretchen Hyslip
Assistant Director for International Student Programs
Gretchen grew up in New Hampshire and came to Boston in 2008 for her degree in International Affairs from Northeastern. But this Husky didn’t stop there! Her time at Northeastern has taken her across the world from NUin London to a Dialogue in Argentina. She enjoys seeing new places, meeting new people and working at the ISSI.

Wayne Jenks
Staff Assistant
Wayne has attended universities in the United States, Canada, and Scotland, where he studied international relations. He has worked at the ISSI since 1986, and is concerned with the department's front area operations, finances, supplies, courier services, paper records, and student employment issues.

Miho Kito
International Student and Scholar Advisor
Miho joined the ISSI staff in December of 2012. She earned her Master's degree from Northeastern University after completing her undergraduate degree and working in several industries in her native Japan. Miho is responsible for advising international students in F-1 and J-1 visa classifications and J-1 scholars, in all aspects of immigration regulations. She also supports orientation and cultural programming for these populations. She has traveled to Italy, France, Spain, China, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico and Canada. She enjoys the international educational environment.

Ikuko Konda
International Student Advisor, Admissions Specialist
Born and raised in Japan, Ikuko first came to the US to pursue her undergraduate degree in Ohio. After completing her BA in Communication, she moved to Boston and earned a MA in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. Ikuko has worked with the international student population since 2006. She's traveled abroad to countries such as Germany, Panama, China, and India but she also enjoys traveling across the US, especially in New England. She works with the Admissions team in the ISSI.

Laurie Larocque
Associate Director
Laurie has worked at ISSI since 1979, during which time her responsibilities have included immigration-related issues, orientation for international students, workshop presentations, and various ISSI-sponsored cultural programs. She received her bachelor's degree in French from Regis College, has taken graduate courses in education and counseling, and received an MBA from Northeastern University. Laurie enjoys reading-especially books with cross-cultural themes-as well as cooking, and traveling. She speaks French, Spanish, and English.

Salvatore Mazzone
Sal, who has been engaged in the field of international education for 20 years, joined the ISSI in 1995. His primary responsibilities are SEVIS compliance, systems management, and international student and scholar advising. Sal's academic background is in anthropology, sociolinguistics, and cultural studies. Originally from Italy, he has retained that country's passion for soccer and fine cuisine. Sal speaks Italian and English.

Stephanie McCormick
Optional Practical Training Specialist
Stephanie comes to the ISSI from Suffolk University, where she served the international student population. At Northeastern she works as the ISSI's advisor to graduating F-1 visa students throughout the "Optional Practical Training" (OPT) application/authorization process.

Khuong Nguyen
Compliance Specialist
Originally from California (though born in North Carolina), Khuong moved to Boston in 1998 where he attended Boston Latin Academy for high school. Khuong entered Northeastern as a Pharmacy major in 2005, and began his association with the ISSI in 2006, serving as the President of the Vietnamese Student Association. There, he discovered his true passion working alongside international students and creating various programs for students to enjoy. He speaks Vietnamese and English.

Daniel Pirbudagov
Associate Director
Daniel joined Northeastern University in April 2014 as the Associate Director of the Admissions Unit in the ISSI. Daniel is originally from the Caucasus region of the former Soviet Union. He has extensive experience living, working, and studying in the US. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Elizabethtown College and a Master's degree in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute. Daniel has worked in Washington, D.C. with World Learning, a nonprofit organization involved with international educational exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. government. Before coming to Northeastern University, Daniel worked as an International Student Advisor at both Boston University and his alma mater, Elizabethtown College. Daniel is very happy to be part of the ISSI at Northeastern University.

Tim Sroka
Co-op Specialist for International Students
Tim grew up in Ohio and moved to New York after his undergraduate studies to pursue his master’s in International Education at New York University (NYU). Before joining the ISSI as a Co-Op Specialist, he worked with international students and scholars at The Ohio State University, NYU, and Hult International Business School. He also serves currently as the NAFSA Region XI Communications Representative. Tim speaks Russian and lived in Russia while in college.

Meaghan Sturtevant
International Student Advisor
Meaghan is originally from the Boston area and holds a Master’s Degree in Intercultural Communication from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Before starting at Northeastern, she worked for three years as an International Student Advisor at a private English language school in Boston. She studied abroad in Tours, France and worked as an English teacher in a small town in France. She also worked in a Study Abroad Office for two years as a graduate assistant at UMBC. Meaghan enjoys meeting students from around the world. She speaks French.

John Bielaus
Associate Director - Technology and Data Management
John joined the ISSI in August of 2010. He has over nine years of professional experience in higher education, having worked on financial aid, billing, and registration systems. He received his Bachelor's degree in Computers in Communications from Boston University, and his Master's degree from the World History program at Northeastern University's College of Arts & Sciences. His job responsibilities with the ISSI include maintaining the office's database and server, troubleshooting technical issues, and running reports for data analysis. John has trekked across six continents and visited differing areas of the world from Iceland to Fiji to North Korea.