Director of ISSS TBA.
Heather A Jones joined ISSS as an International Student & Scholar Advisor in February 2008. She undertook the position of associate director since August 2015. She advises Vanderbilt students and scholars on F & J visas and assists with coordinating the various ISSS programs. Heather is originally from Ohio, and received her BA in International Business from Michigan State University. While attending MSU, she studied in Angers, France. Previously, Heather was an International Student Advisor at Eastern Oregon University for three years, where she also worked with international admissions and study abroad programs. Heather is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Education & Policy Management at Vanderbilt. Outside of work and school, she enjoys cooking, running with her dog, and exploring new places.
Radhika Reddy began her new position at ISSS as International Student & Scholar Advisor October 2007. She originally joined ISSS as Administrative Assistant in April 2005. She was previously employed by Nashville State Community College as an Admissions Assistant and enjoys assisting students and scholars with their adjustment to life in the U.S. She was born and brought up in India and moved to the United States in 1999 with her family. She has two children, and enjoys cooking and gardening.
Michelle Kovash began her new position at ISSS as International Student & Scholar advisor September 2013. Michelle started at Vanderbilt University in August 2009 as the Office Assistant in the Dean of Students Office. She initially joined ISSS as the Administrative Assistant in 2010. She also serves as the University Staff Advisory Council Vice President for 2014/15. Michelle is originally from Ontario, Canada and moved to Pikeville, Kentucky where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Pikeville. After graduating and moving to Tennessee with her then fiancée, she began a position with Spherion Staffing as their Recruiting Agent. Michelle is now married and has two beautiful little girls. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys reading, graphic design, decorating, and shopping.
Peggy Knupp joined the International Suite in the summer of 2008. She is the receptionist for the three offices: International Student and Scholar Services, Global Education Office, and International Services. Prior to working on the university side, she spent six years working on the Medical Center side, in Vanderbilt Internal Medicine. Peggy has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. She has studied in Groningen, Netherlands and has travelled to Paris, Prague, and parts of Germany. In her free time, Peggy enjoys reading, riding her bike, and creating digital artwork.