International Programs and Services

Staff Listing


Machel Borsum

Machel Borsum

  • Manager of International Student and Scholar Services

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.


  • -- anything OPT related should be emailed to this email address
  • Advises and processes 12-month OPT and 24-month OPT Stem Extension
Vienna Chapin

Vienna Chapin

  • Study Abroad Coordinator

More About Vienna

  • Vienna was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula
  • Vienna received her first Bachelors degree from Finlandia University in Liberal arts and Communications, and her second Bachelors degree from Michigan Tech in Scientific and Technical Communications
  • Vienna has traveled to Australia, Cyprus, India, Italy, and Spain
  • In the summer, Vienna enjoys spending time outdoors on the water and trails. In the fall and winter she enjoys binge-watching Netflix


  • Oversees study abroad programming, recruitment, promotions, advising, and application process
  • Oversees incoming international exchange student admissions 
Laura Givens

Laura Givens

  • Senior Staff Assistant

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 and orientation
  • Assists with the coordination of study abroad sessions
  • Assist with project development/management and department activities
  • Oversees department finances
  • Administers e-mail alerts/announcements to prospective and current international and study abroad students
  • Parade of Nations Committee Member
Helen Halt

Helen Halt

  • Assistant Director

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.


  • International recruiting and credential evaluation
  • Manages admissions communications and processes
  • Oversees international student arrivals
  • Co-teaches Life @ Michigan Tech course
  • Advises students applying for national scholarships and fellowships (Fulbright, Boren, Rhodes)
Janey Pindral

Janey Pindral

  • Staff Assistant


  • 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
Cassy Tefft de Munoz

Cassy Tefft de Munoz

  • Director of International Programs and Services

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

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 coordinator
  • Assists international undergraduate students with off-campus housing questions
  • Organizes and hosts special events like International Ski Day and day trips
  • Assists in establishing positive relations between IPS and local organizations and businesses

Student Staff

Morgan Drumm

Morgan Drumm

  • Student Staff Assistant

More about Morgan

  • Second-year materials science and engineering major from Marshall, MI
  • She is really good at binge-watching TV shows; favorites include Friends, and Grey's Anatomy, and Survivor
Alexis Finch

Alexis Finch

  • ISA Study Abroad Global Ambassador

More about Alexis

  • Fifth year Civil Engineering
  • She studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain with International Studies Abroad
  • If it's an adventure, Alexis is: sailing, biking, camping, hiking
  • Alexis binge watches The Office
Via Kumar

Via Kumar

  • Student Staff Assistant

More about Via

  • The second-year double majoring in management information systems and marketing from Chennai, India loves trying new food from different cultures
  • When Via is stressed, she likes watching a Friends episode..or two..or three..
  • She's also a Potterhead, so ask her anything about Harry Potter
Quan Ngo

Quan Ngo

  • Student Staff Assistant

More about Quan

  • Quan is a fourth-year mechanical engineering technology student from Vietnam. However, he has been studying abroad (in Thailand and the US) since 8th grade!
  • He is a brother at Theta Kappa Psi
Katie Welsh

Katie Welsh

  • Social Media and Marketing Intern

More about Katie

  • Katie is a third-year exercise science major
  • Katie studied abroad in Cork, Ireland
  • In Katie's free time, she loves to ski, hike, and adventure abour the Keweenaw with her dog 
Jenna Zamaites

Jenna Zamaites

  • Study Abroad Global Ambassador

More about Jenna

  • Jenna is a third year biological sciences major, minoring in international French
  • Jenna studied abroad in Lyon, France for two semesters
  • In her free time, Jenna loves to shoot film photography and, of course, watch Friends on Netflix