ISSS Staff Bios
ISSS staff are available to assist you with a variety of issues. In many instances you will need to schedule an appointment to speak with your advisor as only quick matters can be handled on a walk-in basis. Whenever possible, you are encouraged to email your questions to your advisor or to schedule an appointment for a more detailed discussion.
If you are unable to make a scheduled appointment, you should call ISSS ahead of time to let the advisor know you cannot make it.
Gudrun Kendon Director
Gudrun Kendon is the Director of International Student and Scholar Services at the Center of Global Education. She joined ISSS in January of 2007 after having worked for five years in the Cultural Division of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C. She is committed to the field of international education and has worked advising international students since 1989 primarily in the Washington, D.C. area. She holds a Master's degree in Intercultural Management from the School of International Training located in Brattleboro, Vermont. Born in England, she has traveled extensively throughout Europe, visited New Caledonia, Kenya, South Africa, Malawi, Egypt, Israel, Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Colombia, and has lived in Australia, Spain and The Netherlands. She finds working with international students extremely rewarding and feels honored to be able to meet and learn about people from all over the world!
Amrine Obermueller International Student and Scholar Advisor
Amrine Obermueller is the International Student and Scholar Advisor for ISSS. She joined ISSS in January 2018, and has been working with international students at different universities since 2011. She holds a Master's degree in International Education from the School of International Training located in Brattleboro, Vermont and a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and International Studies from the University of Kansas. Originally born and raised in Kansas, she has also lived in Florida, Vermont, Rhode Island, and now D.C. She has studied abroad in Spain, Mexico, and Turkey, and has traveled and spent time in over 30 countries. She loves learning about other cultures and languages and welcomes all students to stop by and say hello!
Haruka Fesi Administrative Assistant
Haruka Fesi is an administrative assistant at the ISSS. She started working in the Office of Global Strategies Office in 2017, and joined ISSS office in November 2019. She holds a bachelor's degree in Psychological Studies from Temple University. Haruka Is originally from Yokohama, Japan, and has lived in Montreal, Canada, New York City and now in Virginia. Because she was once a an international student, she is a passionate advocate for international students. Other than International Education, she is committed to rock climbing, yoga, baking breads, and playing the piano!
The ISSS staff does not work for the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services and are not agents of the U.S. government. They do, however administer the F and J federal visa programs and are responsible for University compliance with federal regulations governing those programs. They are not immigration attorneys and as such are prohibited from legally advising you on matters unrelated to the F or J program, your studies or employment related to your status.