Meet the Staff of International Students and Scholars

Meet the Staff of ISS

Beth Bogdahn
Office Manager, Notary Public

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Beth Bogdahn is the Office Manager for the International Programs Office and IPO's primary representative to the UMass community. She manages and supervises all front office staff and also serves as a Notary Public.
Sherry Bohonowicz
International Undergraduate Exchange Coordinator

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Sherry has been working in the International Programs Office since 1996. She first worked with the financial aspects of education abroad. Later she worked as office manager and assistant to the Vice Provost. She currently works as the incoming undergraduate exchange admissions advisor and Program Coordinator of the International student orientations held twice a year. Sherry is a Massachusetts native having growing up just outside Boston and has spent her married life living here in beautiful scenic Western Massachusetts and enjoys spending time with her family.

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Hi! My name is Kelly and I am a senior German Studies major. As part of my degree I spent three semesters studying abroad at the University of Tübingen, Germany, where I took classes in German, Linguistics, Intercultural Communication, and American Studies. For me, the most valuable and memorable part of studying abroad was the international community I surrounded myself with. The more I learned about other cultures, the more I felt I learned about myself and America too. I knew that upon my return to UMass, I wanted to continue meeting and working with students from all over the world, which is how I ended up at IPO! Now I work with incoming exchange students to ensure that their experience in Amherst goes as smoothly as possible. Studying in a foreign country - even when you speak the language well - is always full of unexpected joys and challenges. The important thing to know is that you never have to face those challenges alone!
Nancy Condon
International Scholar Advisor

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Nancy is the Advisor to International Faculty and Researchers. She has been working in the field for 20 years. Her primary duties are doing immigration work for J scholars and Faculty and Staff on H1B work visas as well as filing green card applications for tenure track faculty. She is a member of NAFSA (National Association Foreign Students and Study Abroad) and has presented workshops on Permanent Residency, H and J visas. In addition, she is active within the Five-College Group for International Programs and International Students and Scholars Forum (ISSAF) for Massachusetts. Nancy is on the board of the Amherst Town Committee for International Students (ATCIS) and she helps manage Round the World Women a program for International Women that has weekly cultural and social programs. It is a privilege for her to work with the International Community and help them navigate their way through the bureaucracy of the immigration system as well as advising on other relevant issues.
Naoko Ishida
Assistant Director of Operations

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Naoko joined the UMass Amherst community first as an International Student and has worked in other offices across campus prior to landing at IPO in 2002, as a SEVIS Coordinator and now in the role of Assistant Director of Operations for the International Student and Scholar Services. Her primary duties are overseeing immigration record and compliance and ensuring smooth operation of the advising unit. She also advises students and scholars on immigration issues. Outside of work, Naoko volunteers her time serving on committees for her two sons. She is a member of the Amherst Hockey Association and serves as Timekeeper Coordinator and is also the Team Manager for the Western Mass Vipers 14U. She devotes most of her weekends at ice rinks watching them play hockey.

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Hi everyone! My name is Emily, and I am current senior studying communications, economics and film. My first experience with the International Programs Office was when I studied abroad the spring semester of my junior year. I spent five months studying television production and film theory in London at the University of Westminster through CIS. I absolutely loved my abroad experience, and can’t wait to go back to Europe soon and continue my travels and revisit London (which without a doubt is my favorite city). However, I am even more excited to now be working in the International Students office at IPO. I love spending my day being able to interact with international students from all over the world.

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Hello! My name is Jenny Pham and I work at the International Programs Office! I am currently a junior year student studying Communications. I have a huge interest in fashion, travel, and photography! I would someday love to study abroad in another country. I would love to explore the cultures and foods. On my bucket list, I want to travel every part of the world! A fun fact about me is that I actually went to Italy this summer!
Kenneth Reade
Director, International Student and Scholars Services

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Ken Reade has worked in the field of international education since 1989 and he remains active both regionally and nationally in a number of areas effecting international education and immigration regulatory practice. Ken has been a longtime advocate of federal immigration reform policies and in 2013, Reade was named “Advocate of the Year” by the field’s leading professional organization NAFSA: Association of International Educators. He has also served as NAFSA’s Region XI (Northeastern United States) Chair, as well as a variety of other positions within the association and is a frequent presenter at regional and national NAFSA conferences. In 2010 he received the region’s “Distinguished Service Award.” Ken joined the IPO at UMass in August, 2014 and previously served in the Office of Visa and Immigration Services at Dartmouth College since 2001. His other previous international education experiences included positions in London, UK with Central College Abroad, Pacific University (Oregon) and the University of Illinois Chicago. As a native Oregonian, Ken appreciates the natural beauty of Western Massachusetts and resides in Northampton, MA with his wife Susan, two daughters and a friendly Yellow Lab named Lucy. Ken is also a passionate soccer fan and welcomes any and all discussion of the world’s “beautiful game” with the UMass international population!
Beryl Tang
International Student & Scholar Administrative Assistant

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Beryl Tang is the pre-advisor to the international student and scholars.
Richard Yam, D.PE
International Student Advisor

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Richard advises international students regarding immigration, financial, academic and personal matters. He is also responsible for coordinating the IPO Buddies Program and processes international student employment authorization through Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT). Richard is originally from Hong Kong and first came to the US in 1980 as an international student at Springfield College, in Springfield, MA. Throughout his 25-years working experience in higher education (Hong Kong & USA), he has been a faculty member, department chair, acting director of international center and international student and scholar advisor. He is interested in research utilizing interviewing methodology on various topics of international education such as: intercultural competence, measuring the effectiveness of recruitment, the significance of foreign-born international educators, first language usage of foreign-born international educators, recruiting and advising of international student athletes. Richard is the Director of Coaching (soccer) in his hometown in Longmeadow, MA and also plays soccer regularly.