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.
Supervises student staff
Oversees undergraduate and online application processing
Advises and processes 12-month OPTs
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
More About Laura
Laura is a hockey mom, and enjoys cheering on the Hancock Bulldogs, especially her
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
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
Coordinates international student arrivals
Advises students applying for national scholarships and fellowships (Fulbright, Boren,
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
Director of International Career Education
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
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
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
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 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
Helps where needed whenever possible
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.
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!
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.