International Education Staff
The International Education staff have an office located in the Pagoda Union Building (PUB) room 9302. It is the department of Shoreline Community College that oversees international student outreach, orientation, partnerships, immigration, academic advising, and study abroad programs.
Advising – IEAdvisors@shoreline.edu
Class registration, academic planning, transfer applications, etc. You can meet with an advisor on Zoom or schedule an appointment via Starfish.
I-20 signatures or extensions, status or visa questions, OPT, etc. You can meet with an F-1 Specialist on Zoom or schedule a Zoom appointment by emailing them!
Enrollment letter requests, Common App form requests, address changes, or to connect with other staff!
COVID-19 questions, campus operations, insurance questions, who to contact at other Shoreline departments, or any other support you need.
We really want to talk to you, so don’t hesitate to reach out!
"People in other countries are quickly discovering the hidden gem within the U.S. higher education system, namely community colleges!"
Associate Vice President for International Education and Global Engagement
Samira has been with Shoreline's dynamic IE department for over 10 years and loves working with a team that is innovative and dedicated to students and the field of international education. Before joining Shoreline, Samira was an International Student/Scholar Advisor at the University of Michigan. She has two Masters degrees - in German and in Teaching English as A Second Language. Originally from India, she has also lived and studied in Europe and speaks several languages.
"Helping international students here in the US is my way to repay the kindness of the people around the world who assisted me when I was far from home and needed help and support."
Director, International Admissions & Student Services
Lianne is originally from Vermont but has lived all over the U.S. She has also lived in Sweden and Russia. Lianne previously worked as an International Student Advisor at North Dakota State University and Assistant Director for International and Multicultural Student Services at Arkansas Tech University. Lianne attended the University of Maine at Farmington, where she received tremendous support and guidance from the staff and faculty. It was this experience, along with being an international student herself, that created her passion for service as a mentor and guide for international students during their college experience.
"I’m excited to help you become part of the vibrant community at Shoreline and make the most out of your time here as a student!"
Assistant Director, International Student Services and Operations
Yushin was born in the U.S. and grew up in the Seattle area. Her interest in working with students began as an undergraduate, when she served as a Peer Mentor to first-year and transfer A/API students. After graduating, she worked in admissions and financial aid, and had the opportunity to work closely with a diverse population of students. She earned an M.A. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from New York University. She is excited to continue her work with student engagement with international and nontraditional students.
“The world is an amazing place. Take every opportunity to get out and experience it.”
Julianne (Julz) Scott
Program Coordinator, International Admissions
Julz grew up in the Seattle area. She has worked with community colleges for the past few years, and has been working with the admissions team at Shoreline Community College since 2014. Julz loves the atmosphere that community colleges bring and connecting with students from all over the world. She loves going for adventures to new places, spending time with friends, her family, and their dogs.
*IMPORTANT: Inquiries related to specific applications should be sent to email@example.com to ensure a prompt response.
"Becoming an international student was the best decision I ever made. With dedicated support from Shoreline, you can open doors for yourself and grow in confidence.”
Program Assistant, International Admissions
Jenna joined Shoreline’s International Education Admissions team in September 2022. Originally from California, she received her Master’s degree in Scotland (United Kingdom) in 2013. Her experience as an international student opened many doors for her, and she looks forward to helping students progress in their studies and personal growth at Shoreline. Jenna has travelled to 30 countries so far; she has also lived in Australia, New Zealand, and Texas (USA)!
"Never be late to start a new adventure. Apply to Shoreline and get started!"
Program Specialist/F1 Specialist
Harumi is originally from Japan and earned an A.A.A.S degree in the Business Technology program at Shoreline Community College. She joined the office in 2005 and has been assisting the admissions and immigration areas of our office since 2010. She loves yoga, watching movies, and spending time with her dog and cat.
“I enjoy meeting students from all over the world and being part of their U.S. academic experience.”
Kristine Towns-von Stauber
Program Specialist/F1 Specialist
Kris joined Shoreline Community College in January 2014. Previously, she worked as a Student Immigration Advisor at The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Geography. She enjoys helping students understand U.S. immigration laws so they can be successful in their academic goals. When not at work, she likes spending time with her husband, two daughters, and many pets.
"Wherever your journey takes you, I hope Shoreline will be a memorable experience for you. It is an honor to have you here with us and I wish you the best!"
Program Assistant, Student Services
Kachouaz (Kat) is French by birth, Hmong by ethnicity and American by citizenship. Kat holds a B.A. from the U of MN, Twin Cities in Global Studies with a focus on Culture, Ethnicity and Identity. Prior to Shoreline, Kat worked for a Tour Operator and for an airline. She has enjoyed traveling multiple times to Europe and Asia. As a multicultural individual, Kat understands the challenges of adjusting to a new environment and juggling different identities. She looks forward to supporting international students during their growth here at Shoreline Community College. Kat enjoys tiny living with her two cats and spending time with her niece.
"My experience at Shoreline changed me and my view of the world. The diverse community and amazing staff at Shoreline will support you always."
Program Assistant, Student Services
Jinhee is from South Korea and she also studied in China. She came to Shoreline Community College as a student in 2016, majored in Communication Studies, and earned her Associate Degree in Spring 2018. She worked as an IPM (ISL) and Office Assistant during her time of study. Living in different countries, and studying and working as an international student here has helped her better understand the struggles that international students have while living in the U.S. Outside of work, she likes to watch movies.
“There is much to be learned outside our comfort zones – whether traveling internationally, or to a new part of your city or country. Go with ears and heart open!”
Special Project Lead, International Engagement
Colleen attended the University of Puget Sound where she earned a degree in International Relations and Foreign Languages. She feels fortunate that she had the opportunity to study for a semester at the Universidad de Alicante in Spain. After college she taught English in Japan, and later returned to the U.S. to earn an M.Ed. at the University of Washington. Colleen has worked in the International Education field for over 20 years, including teaching Intercultural Communication, developing and managing study/teach abroad programs and international college partnerships, meeting with prospective students and their families overseas to share the value of a community college education, administering federal grants to internationalize campus & curricula, and serving as a domestic and international student advisor.
"Living, studying, and working abroad is a life changing experience! We are so excited to share that experience with you during your time here at Shoreline."
Special Programs Manager
Jackie is originally from Los Angeles and came to Seattle by way of Japan and Spain where she taught ESL. She has worked with community colleges for over a decade and has been a part of the International Education team at Shoreline Community College since 2020 as Program Manager for the Trajal Hospitality College Japanese study abroad program and as a member of the Slate CRM team. She teaches ESL classes at Shoreline and loves supporting students, staff and faculty from a variety of roles. She spends most of her free time with her twin sister on road trips to the beautiful state and national parks here in Washington.
“International education promotes peace, mutual understanding, and the pursuit of scientific truth.”
Senior Associate Director, International Outreach
Bo Fu has lived in the United States since 1995. Bo has a master's degree in International Studies from Peking University in China. Bo lectured on International Politics and Relations at Shandong University in early 1990s. Bo taught Mandarin Chinese at Shoreline, South Seattle, and Edmonds colleges for many years. He has been actively engaging in international education promotion for over two decades. Bo traveled extensively to recruit international students and develop global partnerships for Shoreline. Bo believes that international education and global cooperation help protect the environment, improve the well-being of human society, maintain world peace, enhance mutual understanding, and promote respect for cultural diversity. Bo loves traveling, taking road trips, and listening to classical music.
“I love helping students and families take the first steps towards studying in the United States; I really believe that intercultural experiences change lives!”
Lisa A. Maroni
Senior Associate Director, International Outreach
A Metro Detroit native, Lisa has worked in several international education roles over the past decade, including in outreach, international student services, and instructing both college-level and ESL courses. She earned her Master’s in Counseling-Student Affairs and her Bachelor’s in International Studies-Business. Lisa taught English in South Korea and Taiwan before attending graduate school, and was fortunate to have six study abroad experiences throughout college and high school. Because Lisa has visited, studied, lived or worked in over 60 countries, she loves helping new international students find their path to study in the US.
"International Education develops a ‘world-class mindset’ that will help you achieve your academic and career goals.”
Associate Director, International Outreach and Marketing
Soo has been working in higher education for over 15 years and joined the International Education Department at Shoreline in late Fall 2021. She is originally from South Korea and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and a Master of Education degree from University of Washington. She also has certificates from Harvard Business School in Global Business and the University of Oxford, England in branding and marketing courses. She has extensive experience in admissions, advising, student engagement, business development, designing marketing strategy, and recruitment with traveling to over 25 countries to meet prospective students. She has never thought “this is just a job”. It is part of her life, and she cares deeply about students’ education at heart. Soo is a native speaker of Korean, fluent in Japanese, and enjoys learning Chinese.
“The world is a fascinating place. Get out and learn more about your neighbors!”
Administrative Assistant, Budget & Outreach Support
Originally from a small town in central Montana, JoAnna has been in the Seattle area for over 20 years. She has a background in small office management and bookkeeping and joined the Shoreline Community College family in 2015. She believes that global understanding and exchange are important in our ever shrinking world and is excited to be working in the dynamic environment of the International Education Department. When not at work, JoAnna enjoys sewing, reading, and spending time with her husband and two active little boys.
“International education is a great pathway to connect the whole world by learning and experiencing different cultures.”
Xiaohan "Linda" Du
International Programs Manager - China Specialist
Linda is originally from Baoding, China. She first came to the U.S. in 2010 as an exchange student at Danville High School in Arkansas. After completing her undergraduate studies at Arkansas Tech University, she chose to earn a master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration because of her dedication to supporting international students and promoting internationalization in higher education. Linda understands the challenges most international students face and how to support them so they can be successful here at Shoreline. She loves watching movies, traveling, and cooking Chinese food.
"Let me help you plan your academic life and transfer."
Cynthia has been advising at Shoreline since 2006. She comes with years of experience in international education, including fifteen years of advising. She loves helping students achieve their goals and become successful. She believes student involvement is the key to success! Cynthia was born in Seattle, but lived most of her early years in Minnesota. She has a B.A. from the UW in English/Elementary Education and an M.Ed. from Western Washington University. She lived in Japan for five years and speaks some Japanese. She has also traveled to Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand. She has two kids.
"When I lived overseas so many people were kind and helped me. I like to repay that kindness by helping our students!"
John has been an international student advisor since 2004 and has lived in Washington since 2007. He is originally from Tennessee, where he attended university and received a Bachelor's in Economics and a Master's in ESL Education. He has traveled extensively round the world, and lived and taught English as a foreign language in Poland for one year and Japan for two years. He settled down in Seattle because of the people, the culture of the area, and the mild climate. He loves meeting with students and helping them through their educational journey in the U.S.
"I look forward to getting to know you and helping you throughout your educational journey!"
Jessica is originally from California, and settled in Seattle in 2000 after earning a Bachelor's degree in Educational Studies from the University of Oregon, and a Master's degree in Student Development Administration from Seattle University. Jessica has been advising international students in the Seattle area since 2004. She has lived and studied in the Basque Country in Spain, where she has family, and has traveled to over 15 different countries around the world. Jessica is excited to get to know students at Shoreline and help them achieve their educational goals in the U.S.
"The exchange of ideas and perspectives that comes from hosting international students on our campus is a gift to our community!"
Ginger has been advising international students since 1999 and has a Master’s degree in Higher Education. She is originally from California and received her undergraduate degree from UC Davis. Her passion for intercultural experiences was sparked by living in Spain, Germany, and Austria for three years and loves that her job brings the world to her! She is excited to help students adjust to life in Shoreline and prepare for successful careers. Ginger loves to travel and has been to China, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and many countries in Europe.