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.


  • 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

Kate Weber

Kate Weber

Student Staff Assistant

More About Kate

  • The second-year Software Engineering major from Eau Claire, Wisconsin was on a water ski show team for 10 years.
  • Kate likes hiking, reading, and downhill skiing.
Ritugandha Chaugale

Ritugandha Chaugale

Student Staff Assistant

More About Ritugandha

  • The master's student in environmental engineering is from Maharashtra, India.
Mackenzie Brunet

Mackenzie Brunet

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.
Nicole Bird

Nicole Bird

USAC Study Abroad Ambassador

More About Nicole

  • The University Studies Abroad Consortium Ambassador, a fourth-year geological engineering major from Lake Orion, Michigan, restored a 1973 VW Beetle with her dad.
  • She has a twin sister who also goes to Michigan Tech, and studied abroad in Japan.
  • Nicole used to be right-handed—she taught herself to be left-handed!
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.
Angela Becia

Angela Becia

ISA Study Abroad Ambassador

More About Angela

  • The International Studies Abroad (ISA) Ambassador is a fifth-year Business management and marketing double major with a minor in global business.
  • She's from Houghton.
  • Angela has studied abroad twice, with ISA in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, and with USAC in Torino (Piedmont Region), Italy. She enjoys doing things people are afraid to do when they travel: try bizarre foods (such as carne cruda in Italy and cow tongue in New Zealand), and talk to locals in their native language.
Kemin Fena

Kemin Fena

ISA Study Abroad Ambassador

More About Kemin

  • The fourth-year biomedical engineering major from Duluth, Minnesota studied abroad in Lima, Peru, where she practiced her Spanish and volunteered in a children’s hospital.
  • Kemin has been involved in Michigan Tech’s International Club for three years. She loves meeting new people, learning about different cultures, and trying different cuisines from around the world.
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!).