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International Student & Scholar Services


Sherif BarsoumSherif Barsoum
has been Director of ISSS since August 2007. He has been in the field of International Education for 20 years, with 13 of those spent as Assistant Director of the International Office at Ohio State University. A two-time graduate of Ohio State University, he received his Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and is now working on an EdD through the University of Alabama. Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Sherif is well traveled, and has developed a world-wide network of colleagues through his executive position in NAFSA as Vice President of Public Policy and Practice. He enjoys leading cross-cultural workshops and inter-cultural programming. He is a strong advocate of Study Abroad and of international exchange. He also leads a Maymester program each year to Egypt or Morocco.



Heather YoungHeather Young
is the Associate Director of International Student and Scholar Services at Vanderbilt University.   Heather has been working in the field of international education for June 2000, and has been with Vanderbilt since August 2003.  She earned her Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University, after earning a BA from Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Religious Studies and Computer Information Systems. Heather was awarded a Fulbright for Administrators in International Education Scholarship to Germany and Poland in October 2005. She has also traveled to Belize, Jamaica, and Nicaragua.



Marci AngevineMarci Angevine
joined ISSS as an International Student & Scholar Advisor in August 2005. She advises Vanderbilt students and scholars on F and J visas.  Marci is originally from the Midwest, and got her BA in French and Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed her Master’s degree in Education at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Marci has held positions advising international students at The Institute of International Education in Chicago and Ramapo College of New Jersey, before coming to Vanderbilt. Marci is very interested in the francophone world but loves to learn about all cultures. She has lived in France and traveled throughout Europe. In 2006, she was awarded a Fulbright International Educators Award to Japan. She is excited about continually expanding her knowledge of the world. Marci is also a member of NAFSA.



Heather JonesHeather A Jones
joined ISSS as an International Student & Scholar Advisor in February 2008. 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 ReddyRadhika Reddy
began her new position at ISSS as International Student & Scholar Adviser 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 adviser 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/President Elect for 2013-14. 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 a beautiful baby girl named Ava Grace that was born in March of 2010. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys reading, crafting, decorating, and shopping.



Peggy KnuppPeggy 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.