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: (ending Friday, May 8, 2015)
Monday-Thursday: 8:30AM – 7:00PM
Friday: 8:30AM – 5:00PM
Daily Walk-In Advising Hours: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Summer Office Hours: (beginning Monday, May 11, 2015)
Monday: 8:30AM – 7:00PM
Tuesday-Friday: 8:30AM – 5:00PM
Daily Walk-In Advising Hours: 11:00AM - 3:00PM

If you are a continuing student, meaning you have already started at Northeastern, but have not graduated (this includes students requesting as well as on OPT), and need an I-20 or DS-2019 sent to you, you may either request the ISSI to send your documents via USPS regular mail (email the ISSI at to do so) OR pay for shipping through eShipGlobal.

To request shipping, please follow the steps outlined below:

1.) Go to
eShipGlobal's website
2.) Sign up with your Northeastern email address
3.) Use "Student Login"
4.) Receive Documents
5.) Northeastern University
6.) ISSI (Continuing Students)
7.) Enter Receiver's Address
8.) Select Service
9.) Pay for the Service

A prepaid label will be created and emailed to the ISSI; the ISSI will ship the documents as soon as it is processed.

Boston Campus

Kristen Cammarata
Associate Director, International Student Support Services
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!

Giscard Dimanche
International Student Advisor - Special Programs
Giscard was born and raised in Boston, MA, where he attended Northeastern University for both his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice as well as his Master’s Degree in Global Studies and International Affairs. Throughout this time, his love for international education flourished while working with Kaplan International as an International Admissions Specialist. Coming full circle, he has returned to his beloved alma mater as the International Student Advisor for Special Programs in 2014 within the ISSI to better advise the international community at large while exchanging knowledge and learning about different cultures in the process.

Wayne Jenks
International Student and Scholar Advisor
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
Senior Assistant Director
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.

Daniela Periolska
Customer Service Representative
Daniela graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of National and World Economy, in Sofia, Bulgaria, where she was born and raised. Throughout college, she was a five- time participant of exchange programs to the U.S. where she first developed her passion for travel and education. After graduating, she spent time in Barcelona, Spain studying Spanish and traveling the country. In 2011 she moved to Boston and continued working with a variety of organizations helping students, agents, and schools throughout the globe with their international education programs. She is excited to be a part of the ISSI team working with such great colleagues and students.

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
Interim Data Manager
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, 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.

Seattle Campus

Laura Iwane
Assistant Director - International Student and Scholar Advising
Laura has more than 10 years professional experience in education, having worked as foreign student advisor and elementary school ESL teacher. Born and raised in Maine, she moved to New York where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and began her career. She relocated to Seattle in the summer of 2014 and is happy to make her home in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Laura is excited to support the international students of NU Seattle.