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Jose Martinez

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University of the Incarnate Word
Chair, Region III
Jose Martinez, Director of International Student & Scholar Services at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), is the Region III Chair. Jose has served as the Region KCISSS Representative and Conference Planner. He is an Academy for International Education alumni and a former Advocacy Day...

Xuan Li

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Northeastern State University
Chair Elect, Region III
Xuan Li grew up in Weifang, China and graduated from Northeastern State University (NSU), Oklahoma with a Master of Health and Kinesiology. Realizing his passion for international education and recruitment, he joined NSU international team upon his completion of the study as an Instructional...

Telba Espinoza-Contreras

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Northwestern State University
Past Chair, Region III
Telba Espinoza-Contreras has been working professionally in the field of International Education since 2016 at Northwestern State University, in Natchitoches, Louisiana as the Director of the International Student Resource Center and Study Abroad. Telba came to the United States initially as an...

Katy Lane

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Texas A&M University
Conference Planner , Region III
Katy Lane serves as director of the Center for International Business Studies, Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. She has worked in international education for nearly 15 years at the university and college levels. In her prior role, Katy was Associate Director at TAMU’s Education Abroad...

Trisha Iyonsi

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Oklahoma State University
Registrar, Region III
Trisha Iyonsi, International Employment and Tax Coordinator at Oklahoma State University, is the Region III Registrar. Trisha has worked in the field of international education for the past 15 years in a variety of capacities including English Language Learning, J-1 advising for students and...

Brian Smith

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Brian Smith
LewerMark Student Insurance
Communications Liaison, Region III
Brian Smith is a Consultant at LewerMark Student Insurance. He has over 15 years of experience working in the Higher Education industry and has been with LewerMark since the fall of 2019. In his role as a Consultant for LewerMark, Brian is committed to working with institutions to best serve their...

Paul Hopkinson

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CAPA: The Global Education Network
Development Chair, Region III
Originally from Massachusetts but now based just outside Austin, Paul has experience working in international admission, academic advising, custom program and internship development with higher education institutions and study abroad organizations. As the Institutional Relations representative for...

Courtney Bauman

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Courtney Bauman
SIT Study Abroad
Training Coordinator, Region III
Courtney Bauman is a University Relations Manager for SIT Study Abroad and is based in Austin, TX. Courtney’s career in international education spans nearly two decades. Prior to joining SIT Study Abroad, she worked as a University Relations Coordinator for USAC Study Abroad and spent nearly a...

Shannon Bedo

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Houston Christian University
Advocacy Representative, Region III
Shannon Bedo is the Director of International and Veteran Student Services at Houston Christian University, where she leads efforts for recruiting, admissions, immigration, and programming for the international and veteran student population. She has previously served at Baylor College of Medicine...

Catie Miller

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Catie Miller
Oklahoma State University
Conference Planner Apprentice, Region III
Catie Miller is the Global Programs Coordinator with the Center for Global Learning at Oklahoma State University. Prior to moving (back) to Oklahoma, where she obtained her B.S. in Recreation Management and M.S. in Educational Leadership – College Student Development from Oklahoma State University...

Jill Clemmons

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Jill Clemmons
Louisiana State University
KC EA Liaison, Region III
Jill Clemmons is the Associate Director for Study Abroad at Louisiana State University. She has worked in study abroad administration for 21 years, having previously worked for the University System of Georgia. While she is deeply committed to making study abroad available to all students, she feels...

Esther Zhao

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Esther Zhao
Baylor University
KC IEM Liaison, Region III
Esther Zhao currently serves as an International Admissions Specialist at Baylor University. Following graduation in 2018, she started working at Undergraduate Admissions to make Baylor a possibility for international students. She oversees international recruitment, international social media...

Jie Fan

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Jie Fan
Texas A&M University
KCISSS Representative, Region III
As a native Beijinger, Jie (“Jay”) finished her bachelor’s degree in International Politics from Beijing International Studies University. Then she came to the United States and studied at Florida State University for her master in International Affairs. Once an international student, Jie has...

Maka Hutson

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Maka Huton
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Regulatory Ombudsperson-Scholar Issues, Region III
Maka Hutson practices immigration law at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Dallas, TX. Before law school, she served as a student and scholar advisor at a major research university for seven years. She has experience practicing all aspects of immigration law, including business immigration...

Chris Larkin

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Chris Larkin
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Student RegBud, Region III
Chris has worked international education since 2004 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bangladesh and lived in Korea for 8 years teaching Anthropology, Intercultural Communication and EFL. He currently serves as the Assistant Director for International Student and Scholar Services advising on F-1, J-1...

Marcus King

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Marcus King
Prairie View A&M University
Diversity/Minority Serving Inst. Liaison, Region III
Marcus King currently coordinates the Title III grant for Internationalizing Prairie View A&M University, a Historically Black College & University (HBCU) near his hometown Houston, TX. There he helps to manage the study abroad office which sends more than 100 students abroad a year and has...

Julie La Combe

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Julie La Combe
Lone Star College
Two-Year Institution Liaison, Region III
Julie is an International Student Advisor at Lone Star College in Houston, Texas. Julie has been in the field of International Education for the past 8 years with experiences working as an ESL instructor, International Admission’s Evaluator and International Student Advisor. She enjoys working with...

Allyson Douglass

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Allyson Douglass
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Arkansas Representative, Region III
Allyson Douglass is the International Student Advisor for all international students at UAMS, as well as assists with recruitment efforts and handles all event planning for the Graduate School. After two years she began working in the Office of International Services as the International Student...

Tilisha Bryant

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Tilisha Bryant
Louisiana State University
Louisiana Representative, Region III
Tilisha Bryant, Director of International Students at Louisiana State University,-Shreveport. Serving as DSO, she is committed to the total experience of the international student.

Liz Cosgrove Ford

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Liz Cosgrove
University of North Texas
North Texas Representative, Region III
Liz currently serves as Associate Director of International Student and Scholar Services at the University of North Texas where she leads a team of F1 advisors and staff to support nearly 5000 international students. Liz began her career in International Education in 2001 teaching English as a...

Qiu (Jessie) Jiang

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Jessie Qui Jiang
Trinity University
South Texas Representative, Region III
Jessie (Qiu) Jiang is currently the International Student and Scholar Advisor at Trinity University. Jessie has been working in the field of international education since 2012. She has served various roles as an F-1/J-1/H-1B nonimmigrant student/scholar advisor. She has also overseen cultural...

Arakssi Arshakian

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Arakssi Arshakian
Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State Representative, Region III
Arakssi Arshakian works at Oklahoma State University where she serves as Academic Program Coordinator. Arakssi coordinates a joint degree program between China Agricultural University (CAU) and Oklahoma State University (OSU) in three phases: before students’ arrival and while studying in CAU, upon...