Meet our International Student Advising Team

International Student Advisers are here to advise international students on immigration, personal, social, and cultural matters during their time here at UC Berkeley. We are here to serve as advocates to the university community and to help connect students to the correct resources around the community. We are also here to help university faculty and staff best serve our international student population. Learn more about us below!

How to Contact Us

  • Email your general questions to An adviser will respond within 3 business days.
  • Drop in from 10am-12pm or 1-4pm, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (no Wednesdays) to see an Adviser.
  • Call us at 510-642-2818 for quick questions
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Erin Skelly

Assistant Director for Student Services

I started at BIO in July 2012 and I am from Fort Walton Beach, FL. I speak English, German, and Dutch, and I can talk about food or directions in Japanese and Korean. I have visited Mexico, the Bahamas, the Czech Republic, Italy, Hungary, Denmark, Belgium, Japan, Thailand and China. I have studied in the Netherlands and Germany, and I have lived in the Republic of Korea.

The experience of coming from an international family background, and having studied, lived, and traveled in different countries has been one of the primary shapers of my life. I feel lucky to have a job that I love, and one which enables me to continue being a part of a global community. Also, as a Floridian, I am grateful every day for the glorious Bay Area weather and the opportunities to explore the State of California's gorgeous landscapes.

I received my M.A. in Philosophy from Florida State University, and my B.A in Religion from New College of Florida. Professionally, my interests are in mental health and counseling, crisis management, academic integrity, intercultural communication and engagement, and gender/identity issues. Personally, I love knitting, yoga, sound healing, analytic and continental philosophy, feminist science fiction, and watching live bands. And cats. I really love cats.

Tatiana Djordjevic

International Student & Scholar Adviser

I started at BIO in March 2015 and originally hail from the great Lone Star State, or more specifically, San Antonio, TX. I have studied abroad in Sweden and Russia, as a high school student, university student, and after finishing my studies. I speak both Swedish and Russian, and am learning Serbian. I have traveled to most countries in western and northern Europe, as well as Canada, Estonia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Russia. 

I am fortunate to have a diverse and international family, which originally inspired my interest in studying abroad. After benefiting from many international experiences, I am grateful to work with international students in the United States, both helping them make the most of their experience and continuing to learn about the world through them. 

Professionally, I am interested in all aspects of international education, but am especially interested in cross-cultural communication and cultural adjustment, international exchange as public diplomacy, and expanding international education to under-served groups. I am excited to support the talented and diverse international student community here at Berkeley, and look forward to meeting you! ​ ​

Amy Chin-Pokhrel - student adviser

Amy Chin-Pokhrel

Interim Customer Relations Manager

I started at BIO in May 2017. I’m originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and have been in the United States since 2006. I first came over as an international student to pursue my undergraduate studies in Minnesota. During my time as a student, I obtained on-campus employment with event operations in the student union. It was this opportunity that connected me with students from all over the world and made me realize that I was really interested in cross-cultural exchange. I stayed on at the same institution in Minnesota for 6 years to obtain an undergraduate and graduate degree, at the same time leading the event operations team. Upon completion of the program, I changed career paths and pursued another graduate degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Iowa.

I love to travel and see new sights, experience new cultures, try different food and connect with locals. I have traveled to Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, England, S. Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Within the US, I have lived in Minnesota, Iowa, Hawaii, and finally California. My first language is English, however I can converse on basic levels in Malay, Cantonese, and Hakka.

Professionally, I am interested in intercultural communication, multiculturalism, and international student adjustment. I feel like I can connect with and help other international students as I was once in their shoes. I am excited to be at CAL and look forward to meeting you!

Anna McCreedy

International Student Adviser

Programs & Events Lead

I started at BIO in June 2017 and am from Medford, Oregon. I speak English, conversational Mandarin Chinese and a little German, and have lived in Sichuan, China for over a year. I've traveled to Vietnam, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, Scotland, and Ireland.  

I completed my undergraduate degree at Colorado College with a BA in international political economy, and later pursued a master's degree in international education management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. I'm very passionate about international education, and am so lucky to be able to work in a field that involves the sharing of knowledge and cultures. Within international education, I am particularly interested in the areas of mental health support, intercultural exchange, and campus internationalization. Personally, I am interested in rafting, hiking, and playing with my dog. Come drop by BIO to say hi!

Katherine Greco

International Student Adviser

Nice to meet you! I began working at BIO in September 2018. I was raised in Dallas, Texas and have since lived in several cities across the US. I speak conversational Japanese and have studied Spanish, French, Middle English and Ancient Greek.  

After college, I spent two years teaching English in Shizuoka, Japan. After that, I returned to the US and taught English and ESL to high school and adult students. The most rewarding part of those years was working with international and immigrant students to support them both in the classroom and in the wider world. Little by little I transitioned out of the classroom and began working in student services to guide students through housing, college placement and visa issues.   

Within the field of international education, I am particularly interested in inter-cultural communication, identity formation and student adjustment. It is a pleasure to work for Berkeley’s international students, and I look forward to meeting you soon.

Alison Leurele

International Student Adviser 

Hi there! I'm Alison and I started working at BIO in November 2018. I am a sun-loving California Bay Area native, but I have also enjoyed living, studying, and working in Oxford in the UK and in several beautiful cities in France (Bordeaux, Strasbourg, Grenoble, and Cannes). I speak French and English, and have traveled to twenty countries. I am a fellow Cal alum (Go Bears!) with BAs in English and French, and received my masters in Modern Languages and Literature from the University of Oxford.

After a rewarding UCEAP study abroad experience in Bordeaux, France, my love of teaching and travel led me to my first jobs teaching English to high school and university students in France. This eventually brought me to the field of international student services here in the U.S. I find it extremely rewarding to meet and serve brilliant students from all over the world, including many of the countries I am dying to visit.

Professionally, I am interested in intercultural communication, student orientation and adjustment, and holistic advising practice. In my free time I love reading, hiking, biking, camping, singing in the UC Chamber Chorus, and taste-testing recipes for my husband, who is a wonderful baker. I look forward to meeting you at BIO and around campus!

Alethea Stoltzfus

Alethea Stoltzfus

International Student Adviser

Hi! I'm Alethea, and I started working at BIO in January 2019. I’m originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where I was homeschooled. I earned my bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Suffolk University in Boston, then completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Hamburg, Germany. I have also worked in international student services at an English language school.

I’ve lived in Italy, Germany, and France, and have traveled to 24 different countries in Europe! I completed my master’s degree in International Education Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, where I also studied French and worked at the Intensive English Programs.

I’m interested in cultural adjustment and re-entry, language learning, and different educational systems and cultures. In my free time I like to read, hike, take pictures with my Polaroid camera, and cook food and explore new restaurants (I love pho!).

Jessica Sharp

International Student Adviser

I started working at BIO in September 2019. I’m originally from San Pedro town, a small island in northern Belize. In 2009, I moved to the Bay Area where I spent the year getting to know communities through volunteer opportunities. Ever since then, I’ve considered the Bay Area my second home. From 2010 – 2012, I completed my B.A. as a transfer student at Knox College in Galesburg, IL. By the time I graduated, I knew I wanted to pursue my graduate studies abroad. In 2012, I pursued an M.A. in English Literature at Kingston University in London.

Due to my own international experiences, I began to pursue international education professionally. My background in international education has ranged from compliance to student success advising. My professional interests include intercultural communication, student engagement and student adjustment.

I have an endless love of travel, food and learning about different cultures, and hope to continue broadening my experiences. Since I’m originally from a country with a complex and interesting cultural identity, I love learning about the intricacies of how we define ourselves. In my free time, I love reading, hiking, and scuba diving! I’m excited to be a part of the international community here at Berkeley and look forward to meeting you!

Wanya Panyapoemtaweesakul

International Student Adviser

I started at BIO in December 2019. I'm originally from Bangkok, Thailand. I moved to the U.S. in 2007 and have lived in several areas in the SF Bay Area as well as Sacramento, CA. I have always been interested in learning about other cultures and people which led me to study Anthropology. The way I started in the field of international education is when I took a job in the J-1 Work and Travel program as part of the operations team. I briefly worked in the Au Pair program as an administrator. I became very interested in helping international students and found an opportunity to do so through the intensive English language program and pathway program before transitioning to working with college students. My role has been in various positions supporting both incoming and current student populations in areas including international student admissions, program development, and student services. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, hiking, traveling and weight training.

Professionally, I'm interested in student engagement, intercultural communication and recruitment. I am very excited to be working with such a dedicated team at BIO and serving international students at UCB. Looking forward to meeting you!