Welcome! Below you will find a directory of the staff members at OISS, organized by team. This is the page where you can find individual staff members' contact information, areas of expertise, and appointment scheduling information if available. We encourage you to click on our bio links to get to know more about us! 

We recommend that you visit our Contact Us page for a broader overview of how to do the following:

  • How to submit requests
  • How to schedule an appointment
  • How to participate in OISS programs and events
  • How to follow OISS news and social media

Contact Us Page

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Administrative Services

The administrative services team provides general oversight, planning and administration support for the Office of International Students & Scholars.

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Simran

Simran Singh | she.her.hers

Director of the Office of International Student & Scholars
singh-s@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!

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Nancy

Nancy Dinh | she.her.hers

Director of Budget & Administration
nancydinh@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!

I can advise on or assist with: Budget & Finance, Human Resources

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Sarah

Sarah Cortes | she.her.hers

Financial Analyst; J-1 Scholar Case Coordinator
scortes@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!

I can advise on or assist with: Student payroll; Payments and reimbursements; Procurement; Financial administration support; J-1 scholar advising team support

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Kerry

Kerry Trimble | she.her.hers

Systems Analyst
kerrytrimble@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!

I can advise on or assist with: OISS systems access and support

Student Advising Services

The student advising team at OISS serves the F-1 and J-1 student population at UC Santa Barbara. Whether you're here at UCSB to obtain your degree, or you are visiting our campus as a part of an exchange program, we are here to help! We provide immigration support via approval of student requests, drop-in advising, and one-on-one advising appointments. Visit the student advising page for more information on our services, how to submit requests, and how to meet with an advisor.

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Erik

Erik Williams | he.him.his

International Student Programs Coordinator
erikwilliams@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
I advise students with the last names: E, K
Schedule an appointment with Erik!

I can advise on or assist with: F-1 student advising; J-1 student advising; OPT STEM Extension Advising; Student Conduct; UCSBGlobal; H-1B advising

I am a point of contact for: Office of Student Conduct; Department of Athletics; Graduate Student Association; Career Services

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CeCe

Cristina Carney | she.her.hers

International Student Programs Coordinator
cristinacarney@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
I advise students with the last names: G, X - Y
I am the advisor for all students requesting an OPT STEM Extension.

Schedule an appointment with CeCe!

I can advise on or assist with: F-1 student advising; J-1 student advising; OPT STEM Extension advising

I am a point of contact for: Counseling & Psychological Services; Student Mental Health Coordination Services

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Maya

Maya James | she.her.hers

International Student Advising Assistant Coordinator
mayajames@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
I am temporarily unavailable for student advising while coordinating OISS Marketing + Communications.

I can advise on or assist with: Marketing + Communications (OISS Website, News & Updates, Newsletter, Social Media, Event Marketing, Multimedia); F-1 student advising; J-1 student advising

I am a point of contact for: Campus marketing directors and coordinators; College of Letters & Science, UCSB Summer Sessions

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Ashley

Ashley Rifkin | she.her.hers

International Programs Coordinator
ashleyrifkin@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
I advise students with the last names: A - D
Schedule an appointment with Ashley!

I can advise on or assist with: International programming; cross-campus program collaboration; F-1 student advising; J-1 student advising; President's Work Study

I am a point of contact for: Campus programming directors and coordinators

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Kyle

Kyle Argonza | he.they

International Intake Advisor 
kargonza@ucsb.edu
| Visit my bio!
Please email Kyle to schedule an appointment with him!

I can advise on or assist with: General F-1 student advising; General J-1 student advising

I am a point of contact for: OISS student advising general inquiries; ED20i Co-instructor

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Trevor

Trevor Brandt | he.him.his

International Student Advisor
trevorbrandt@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
I advise students with the last names: W, Z
Schedule an appointment with Trevor!

I can advise on or assist with: F-1 student advising; J-1 student advising

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Nicole

Nicole Morgan | she.her.hers

International Student Advisor
enmorgan@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
I advise students with the last names: I, J, N-V
Schedule an appointment with Nicole!

I can advise on or assist with: F-1 student advising; J-1 student advising

I am a point of contact for: International Student Advisory Board (ISAB); Global Gaucho Commission; Transfer Student Advisory Committee

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Madi

Madison Motoyasu | she.her.hers

International Student Advisor
mmotoyasu@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
I advise students with the last names: F, H, L - M
Schedule an appointment with Madison!

I can advise on or assist with: F-1 student advising; J-1 student advising

I am a point of contact for: International Student Advisory Board (ISAB); Education Abroad Program (Reciprocity) 

Scholar Advising Services

The scholar advising team at OISS serves the J-1 scholar population at UC Santa Barbara. We are here to help! For inquiries and requests, please email j1scholar@sa.ucsb.edu

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Mavel

Mavel Marina, PhD 

International Advisement Specialist & Instructor
mavel@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
I advise scholars with the last names: M - Z
To schedule an appointment, please email j1scholar@ucsb.edu. 

I can advise on or assist with: J-1 exchange visitor/scholar advising

I am a point of contact for: ED20i Introduction to the U.S. Higher Education System 

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Jason

Jason Hopkins | he.him.his 

International Scholar Advisor
jhopkins@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
I advise scholars with the last names: A - L
Please email me at jhopkins@ucsb.edu if you would like to schedule an appointment.

I can advise on or assist with: J-1 exchange visitor/scholar advising

I am a point of contact for: Student Affairs Assessment Initiative

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Sarah

Sarah Cortes | she.her.hers

Financial Analyst; J-1 Scholar Case Coordinator
scortes@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!

I can advise on or assist with: Student payroll; Payments and reimbursements; Procurement; Financial administration support; J-1 scholar advising team support

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Frida

Frida Cortez | she.her.hers

Assistant Case Coordinator of International Scholars
fridacortez@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!

I can advise on or assist with: J-1 scholar advising team support

I am a point of contact for: Student Resource Building Governance Board

Employment-based Advising Services

The employment based advising services team supports international Gauchos who are currently on or seeking a change of status to any type of employment-based visa. This includes H-1B, E-3 and TN. For all general inquiries, please contact LongTermVisa@sa.ucsb.edu. We're happy to help!

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Kayleen

Kayleen McDonald | she.her.hers 

Immigration Specialist
kayleen@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
I advise employment-based international Gauchos with the last names: A - L
Please email me at kayleen@ucsb.edu if you would like to schedule an appointment.

I can advise on or assist with: Employment-based visa advising (H-1B, E-3, and TN); PERM Labor Certification; Adjustment of Status

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Erik

Erik Williams | he.him.his

International Student Programs Coordinator
erikwilliams@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
I advise employment-based international Gauchos with the last names: M - Z
Schedule an appointment with Erik!

I can advise on or assist with: Employment-based visa advising

Events, Marketing & Outreach

OISS provides the UCSB community with events, programs, marketing, communications, and outreach. We often collaborate with campus departments and student groups on events, programs, and multimedia projects. Join us!

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Ashley

Ashley Rifkin | she.her.hers

International Programs Coordinator
oissprograms@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!
Schedule an appointment with Ashley!

I am the point contact for OISS programs, events and cross-campus collaborations. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have a question about any international programs or events, or if you're interested in collaborating with OISS!

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Maya

Maya James | she.her.hers

International Student Advising Assistant Coordinator
mayajames@ucsb.edu | Visit my bio!

I am the OISS point contact for Marketing + Communications. This includes our website, the OISS newsletter, news and updates, social media, event marketing, and multimedia. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about our marketing, or would like help co-promoting a program or event. Finally, I encourage you to sign up for the OISS newsletter using this link: bit.ly/signupOISS.