Becky Alvarez

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Santa Rosa Junior College
Conference Logistics Chair (2025 Conference), Region XII Northern California District
Becky Alvarez is the current International Student Advisor and PDSO at Santa Rosa Junior College. She recently celebrated her 10-year anniversary working as a DSO. She previously worked with F-1 and J-1 students and scholars at Cal Poly Humboldt, where she also graduated with a BA in International...

Sarah Brockmeyer

Sarah Brockmeyer
Santa Clara University
District Rep & Chair (Northern California), Region XII
Sarah Brockmeyer manages the Center for Global Law & Policy at Santa Clara University School of Law. In this position she is responsible for overseeing the law school's global offerings, including the largest JD study abroad program in the world, expansive international visiting student and scholar...

Brian Childs

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CSU Monterey Bay
Communications & Marketing Representative, Region XII Northern California District
Dr. Brian Childs is the Director of Student Services & International Enrollment Management at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB). He has close to 20 years of experience in higher education, previously working at University of California, Santa Cruz, Monterey Peninsula College, and...

Sharon Ericsson

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University of California, Davis
Conference Content Chair (2024 Conference), Region XII Northern California District
Sharon Ericsson is an International Student Advisor (DSO/ARO) at University of California Davis Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS). In addition to advising students on maintaining their status and work authorization, she builds successful collaborations and assists with the...

Jessica Fareri

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UC Davis
Conference Logistics Chair (2024 Conference) & Chair-Elect, Region XII Northern California District
Jess Fareri works in the UC Davis Global Learning Hub as an Experiential and Intercultural Programs Coordinator. She concentrates on supportive programming for international students and scholars at UC Davis and has a special interest in supporting early-career scientists. Prior to joining the...

Alexandro Gonzalez-Calvillo

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Stanford University
Secretary, Region XII Northern California District
Alexandro Gonzalez-Calvillo currently works as an international student immigration advisor (DSO/ARO) at Stanford University. He previously worked as a senior international student advisor (DSO) at Arizona State University. His experience in international education and student services spans over 6+...

Steven Hales

Steven Hales
Contra Costa Community College District
Community Colleges Representative, Region XII
Steven Hales is the Dean of International Education for the Contra Costa Community College District. He has worked in international education as a teacher, teacher educator, and academic manager/administrator across three continents for 17 years. In addition to NAFSA, Steven has been involved with...

Danielle Joo

Danielle Joo
San Mateo County Community College
TLS Representative, Region XII Northern California District
Hailing from Minnesota, Danielle is a dedicated educator with a Master's in Curriculum & Instruction: TESOL from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her commitment to diversity and global perspectives is evident through her previous role as an interim international program services coordinator...

Erin Kelly-Weber

Erin Kelly-Weber
San José State University
Past Chair, Region XII Northern California District
Erin Kelly-Weber is a Senior Program Specialist in the Study Abroad and Away office at San Jose State University, where she supports faculty, international partners and students in developing short-term study abroad programs. Previously, she supported international high school students on the J-1...

Randeep Kullar

Randeep Kullar
CEA CAPA Education Abroad
Advocacy Rep, Region XII & Sponsorship Representative, Northern California District
Randeep is a higher education professional and more specifically a Career Counselor and International Educator. In her current role, Randeep serves as Institutional Relations Manager at CAPA. Prior to this, Randeep spent the first part of her professional career developing global internship programs...

Lauren Lewis

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Institute of International Education (IIE)
Conference Content Chair (2025 Conference), Region XII Northern California District
Lauren works at the Institute of International Education (IIE) for the KAUST Gifted Scholarship Program (KGSP). She is an Advising Manager based in San Francisco, working with Foundation Year and Undergraduate Advisors and their students across the U.S. Lauren joined the KGSP in 2017, graduated from...

Christy Li

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University of San Francisco
ISSS Representative, Region XII Northern California District
Christy Li is an International Student Advisor (DSO) at the University of San Francisco, where she advises and implements programs for international students. She is a former international student and holds a Master’s degree in International and Multicultural Education. Outside of work, Christy...

Alice Michel

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UC Santa Cruz
IEL Representative, Region XII Northern California District
Alice is the Executive Director of Global Mobility at UC Santa Cruz, overseeing both inbound and outbound mobility for the campus. She has been at UC Santa Cruz for about 15 years and in the field for over 20 years, serving in a variety of roles including advisor, teacher, and administrator. In her...

Julie Moreira

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California State University, East Bay
Workshops & Resources Chair, Region XII Northern California District
Julie Moreira is currently the Senior Coordinator for ISSS at California State University, East Bay. Julie has been in the field of International Education for the past 11 years advising F-1 and J-1 students. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration (Finance and ITM) from San Jose State...

Ximena Ospina

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California State University, Chico
EA Representative, Region XII Northern California District
Ximena is an advocate of transformative, equitable and mindful global education, with a diverse background and experience in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI), and belonging within social change organizations and higher education institutions. She is a firm believer that through...

Nushi Safinya

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Member at Large, Region XII Northern California District
Nushi is a retired faculty member and director of over 44 years. Even in her retirement, she still works diligently to help first-generation Latina high school women receive scholarships for university studies, and to recognize and reward women of color returning to complete their higher education...

Susan Sermeno

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Treasurer, Region XII Northern California District
Susan had the pleasure of filling all the positions at the international student office at John F. Kennedy University for twenty-two years. The positions she held included international student advisor, PDSO, and international admissions manager. She was the lifeline for international students from...

Chikako Walker

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San Mateo Community College District
Community College Rep, Region XII
Chikako Walker is the Acting Director of International Education for the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD). In this role, she works closely with the international education teams at all three colleges on key areas such as student recruitment, admissions, support services and...

Lena Zadorozhna

Lena Zadorozhna
Conference Registrar (2024 Conference), Region XII Northern California District
Lena Zadorozhna (she/her/hers) is an International Student Intake Advisor (DSO/ARO) at University of California, Davis' Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS). Lena has been working in the field of international education for over seven years now, following five years working in the...