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Michigan State University
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East Lansing MI 48824-1035
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Doreen Sheridan Program Coordinator
Office for Education Abroad

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Biography: Doreen Sheridan is the Coordinator for Exchanges and Freshman Seminars Abroad in the office. In this role, she works with MSU's exchange partner universities, prospective or current exchange students and the Freshman Seminars Abroad teams and vendors. As the Exchanges Coordinator, Doreen communicates with partner universities regarding mutually beneficial study opportunities, which are summarized in exchange agreement documents, and offers support to students with questions about the application process, the semester at MSU or the exchange program in general.

Originally from Germany, Doreen came to the U.S. as an international student more than 14 years ago. She studied Linguistics and Psychology at Montclair State University in New Jersey and earned an MBA from Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. Doreen has enjoyed exploring many of the U.S. states, but has come to love Michigan with its natural beauty, history and culture. Consequently, she now owns a wide selection of fleece clothing and excellent snow tires, but really the Michigan winter can be fun also.

Doreen has worked in the field of international education for more than 8 years and is passionate about offering enriching study and campus life opportunities for students. Having been an international student herself, Doreen is excited to support those students who travel to MSU for their study-abroad experiences. It is important to her that all exchange students have the best possible experience in Michigan as they immerse themselves on campus and in the U.S. culture.

Mina Shin Assistant Director
Visiting International Professional Program

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Galen Sibanda African Languages Program Coordinator
African Studies Center

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Biography: Galen Sibanda joined the African Studies Center as the African Languages Program Coordinator and isiZulu instructor in 2011. His research interests are phonology, morphology, Syntax/Semantics (particularly the argument structure, thematic roles and semantic classes), the linguistic structure of Bantu languages, and language pedagogy.

Galen received his PhD in linguistic from the University of California at Berkeley in 2004.

Rael Silva Communications Manager
Office of the Dean

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Kate Simon Program Director
Japan Center for Michigan Universities

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Hersh Sisodia International Student Advisor
Office for International Students and Scholars

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Biography: Hersh Sisodia is an international student advisor at Michigan State University. He leads the F-1 immigration team. Hersh has a background in communication, usability, and technology implementation. He holds a B.A. in Communication and an M.A. in Educational Technology from Michigan State University. His graduate studies at MSU focused on incorporating technology into pedagogy and other environments. He is always looking at creative ways to utilize technologies to communicate with and educate the international population.

He has lived abroad for 10 years, speaks several Indic languages, and has studied Russian and Spanish. Hersh is a frequent presenter of sessions and workshops at NAFSA on topics of immigration and technology. He also trains MSU campus and community on intercultural communication and has previously trained on diversity and inclusion.

Krista Smith Office Assistant
Office for International Students and Scholars

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Biography: Krista Smith is the Office Assistant at OISS. She joined our office in December 2002 and thrives on the fast paced environment here. She processes I-20s for F-1 students. Krista has worked at MSU since August 2000 and is an avid MSU sports fan. In her spare time she loves to shoot photos.

Jennifer Somerville Budget and Financial Manager
Office for Education Abroad

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Biography: Jennifer joined the Office of Study Abroad in February 2016 as the Business Manager. Her background includes various administrative roles in academic and non-academic units on campus. Her career at MSU began in January 2006 in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. After three years, she received a promotion to office manager of the department of Accounting and Information Systems in the Broad Business College. In July 2012, she joined Founding Director, Michael Rush in the opening of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum where she was the Finance and Human Resources Coordinator for 3.5 years.

Prior to Michigan State University, Jennifer held various positions with increasing responsibility at the Story Automotive Group in Lansing. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Michigan State University.