Staff Listing


Machel Borsum

Machel Borsum

  • Staff Assistant
Administration Building 200

More About Machel

  • Machel dreamed of being an actress when she was young, so she is quite talented at speaking in accents!
  • Family is her everything—she has three children of her own, and during her time in IPS many international students have also adopted her as their American mom.


  • Supervises student staff
  • Oversees undergraduate and online application processing
  • Advises and processes 12-month OPTs

Vienna Chapin

  • Study Abroad Coordinator
Administration Building 235B

More About Vienna

  • Vienna was born and raised in the "Yoop."
  • She received her first BA from Finlandia University in liberal arts and communications, and her second BA from Michigan Tech in scientific and technical communications.
  • She enjoys analyzing graphic design and film.


  • Manages study abroad recruitment
  • Helps students with study abroad applications
  • Manages study abroad pre-departure sessions
  • Assists with faculty-led study abroad programs
  • Produces study abroad promotions
  • Manages study abroad webpages
  • Parade of Nations Committee Co-Chair

Laura Givens

  • Senior Staff Assistant
Administration Building 200

More About Laura

  • Laura is a hockey mom, and enjoys cheering on the Hancock Bulldogs, especially her son.
  • Her hidden talent is high-kicking—she has high-kicked in front of several famous landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower!


  • Assists with new International student arrival & orientation
  • Assist with the coordination of study abroad sessions
  • Assist with project development/management and department activities
  • Oversees department finances
  • Administer e-mail alerts/announcements to prospective and current international and study abroad students
  • Parade of Nations Committee Member

Helen Halt

  • International Admissions Coordinator
Administration Building 203

More About Helen

  • Six of her siblings graduated from Michigan Tech. Helen is the seventh! She studied chemistry and Spanish.
  • Helen has a newfound love for racquetball—you’ll find her up at the SDC courts every chance she gets.


  • Coordinates incoming exchange student program
  • Assists in international recruiting and credential evaluation
  • Manages admissions communications
  • Supports prospective students through application process and post-acceptance
  • Coordinates international student arrivals
  • Advises students applying for national scholarships and fellowships (Fulbright, Boren, Rhodes)

Janey Pindral

  • Staff Assistant
Administration Building 200


  • Coordinates J-Scholar Program
  • International student SEVIS registration
  • Processes new I-20s for student program extensions, address changes, changing financial support, change of major, change of level, and adding dependents
  • International student transfers in and out
  • Processes newly admitted undergraduate I-20 and DS-2019 forms, acceptance letters, and scholarship letters
  • Assists with international student arrivals

Darnishia Slade

  • Director of International Career Education
Administration Building 220H

More About Darnishia

  • Dar enjoys quality time with family and friends. Her favorite pastime is watching a good comedy, and she’s always up for an impromptu road trip.
  • Darnishia enjoys spending time with her puppy Trotter, especially when they have opportunities to work as a team providing pet therapy for students and local organizations.


  • CPT and OPT work authorizations
  • Career advising

Cassy Tefft de Munoz

  • Director of International Programs and Services
Administration Building 235A

More About Cassy

  • When not at the office, Cassy spends time camping, reading, hiking, eating, and exploring the local area with her husband, daughter, and playful puppy.
  • Cassy's favorite foods include chicken tikka, tacos de pastor, and Gỏi cuốn (Vietnamese spring rolls).


  • Inspector Gadget—that’s Cassy's nickname. A ceaseless problem-solver and eternal optimist, Cassy is passionate about supporting students as they dream and create the future, wherever the world takes them.
  • Oversees recruitment and admission of international undergraduate students
  • Oversees cultural and transition support for the international student community
  • Oversees study abroad programs
  • Oversees campus and community internationalization initiatives

Robert Wenc

  • Program Representative/Community Liaison
Administration Building 200

More About Bob

  • Bob retired from his full-time position at Michigan Tech in 2005, but since then has enjoyed working part-time in IPS—especially when the work is not in the morning hours!


  • Assist with new international student arrivals
  • Parade of Nations fundraising and Multicultural Festival booth and facility coordination
  • Assist international undergraduate students with off-campus housing questions
  • Plans and hosts special events like International Ski Day and day trips
  • Helps establish and maintain positive relations between IPS and local organizations and businesses
  • Helps where needed whenever possible

Student Staff

Mackenzie Brunet

Mackenzie Brunet

  • Senior Student Staff Assistant

More About Mackenzie

  • The first-year mechanical engineering major from Hancock, Michigan has broken or chipped her teeth 11 times! Also, she can wiggle her eyes.
Ankita Bakshi

Ankita Bakshi

  • Student Staff Assistant

More About Ankita

  • The master’s student in the department of civil and environmental engineering is from Faridabad, India. She blogged about her Michigan Tech Winter Carnival 2017 experiences during the University's live all-night statue-building celebration.
Elizabeth Scaife

Elizabeth Scaife

  • USAC Study Abroad Ambassador

More About Elizabeth

  • Elizabeth is a third-year biological sciences major with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine. She's from Grand Marais, Michigan, a tiny town right on Lake Superior.
  • A "huge Greek mythology nerd," one of her goals is to travel to Greece to explore the land where the myths originate.
  • She hopes to move to Montana after veterinary school to open a practice and run a small horse ranch.
Zachery L'Italien

Zachery L'Italien

  • ISA Study Abroad Ambassador

More About Zachery

  • The third-year audio production and technology major is from Lake City, Michigan.
  • Zach tells really terrible stories that his friends critique on a scale of 1 to 100. He also tells terrible jokes (so ask him to tell you one at your own risk!).