I have lived in Minnesota since 2008 and am originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I received my Bachelors degree in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and had the opportunity to study abroad in Seville, Spain during that time. This experience changed me as an individual and sparked my career in International Education. I spent eight years living in Chicago working in the field and received my Masters degree in Multicultural Communications from DePaul University.
I have caught the travel bug and love to travel internationally when I can. Those who know me well know that I have a love for trying new foods from all over the world. I enjoy spending time with close family and friends and watching Wisconsin football (Go Packers!).
Sarah ChurchillAssistant Director
Hello! Due to my parent’s work, I spent most of my childhood in Japan, living in Kanazawa, Kobe and Tokyo. I absolutely loved my time in Japan and enjoy going back to visit when I am able. I first came to Minnesota to attend St. Olaf College in 2003. I received my B.A. in Psychology and Family Studies. While at St. Olaf College I was able to study abroad in Rome, Italy.
In 2010 I came to the University of St. Thomas to continue my education in the Leadership in Student Affairs program. During my time as a graduate student I was able to work as a Graduate Assistant in International Student Services. I graduated in May 2012 and am extremely excited to now continue working with International Students as the Intercultural Programs Coordinator. Please stop in anytime and say hello!
Othman (Ozzy) ZaimiIntercultural Programs Manager
I was born and raised in Morocco but moved to the United States in 2012. I received my Bachelors and Master’s degrees in English studies in Morocco and then got a Master’s degree in Student Affairs and Administration from University of Wisconsin La Crosse. I was an ESL instructor for most of my career and will always be a teacher at heart. I have worked with various international education services in the UW-System in Wisconsin before moving to St. Paul.
I love learning to cook and especially trying recipes from all over the world. I also have a passion for board games and enjoy building up my collection of games. I especially love chatting with anyone about anything so never hesitate to come by and say hi!
Miho PataniOffice Coordinator
I came to the University of St. Thomas after working for University of Wisconsin-River Falls and a foreign education consulting company in the field of international education. I received my B.A. in International Studies from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and M.S. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
Throughout my career, I’ve always enjoyed working with people from different cultural backgrounds and learning from them. I’m very excited to be a part of UST community. I hope to play a part in your process to success in your new endeavor at University of St. Thomas.
I was born and raised right here in St. Paul, Minnesota. I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2013 with a Bachelor of Individualized Studies degree. My degree allowed me to choose three concentrations instead of just one major. I studied Psychology, Spanish, and Management. While I was at the U of M I had the opportunity to study abroad in Toledo, Spain, which was an amazing experience for me.
I am a graduate student in the Leadership in Student Affairs program at the University of St. Thomas. I am excited to be a part of the International Student Services team. I have always had an interest in learning about other cultures and I look forward to getting to know all of our international students.
I’m a graduate student studying Real Estate at the University of St. Thomas. As an international student myself, ISS is a very warm place for me.
I was born in GuangZhou, China, which is a coastal city with lots of sunshine. I like to watch movies, meet friends and play badminton for fun. I’m enjoying studying at the University and working with ISS big family, where I’m learning new cultures and having fun everyday.
Hi everyone! I’m a junior and my major is Business Administration with (hopefully) a concentration in Operations and Supply Chain Management. I was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but my parents are from Vietnam. I am fluent in Vietnamese, and know a little bit of Spanish. As this year’s ISS-Event Coordinator I hope to meet a lot of amazing people, plan fun events, and learn more about everyone’s culture!
I was born and grew up in China. I have studied in United States since 2011. I got the opportunity to study in South high school in Minneapolis for my senior year. Affter I graduated, I made a lot of friends and memories in this city, which made me decide to stay here for my further study. University of St. Thomas is well known for its academic reputation and its wide selection of majors and minors. That’s why I decided to study here.
This is the first year I work at International Student Services. I really enjoy working at ISS and sharing my experiences and cultures in St. Thomas with other international students. Please feel free stop by ISS office to say hi! We love to see you !
Hello! My name is Don Kim from sophomore class at University of St. Thomas, majoring in International Business. I am originally from Seoul, South Korea, but I have settled in Minnesota 6 years ago in 2009, starting the student life as an 8th grader at a middle school called Saint Wenceslaus School. My life started in Korea, then after 10 years, I have been fortunate enough to study and experience in different countries such as New Zealand, Holland, and England. I really love globalism and being part of the international community as half of my life has been in different nations around the World. Moreover, I love learning about other cultures and volunteering to make this World a better place. A fun fact about me is that I went to an all-male military high school called Saint Thomas Academy, a school that shares some foundation history with UST. Also, I will be joining the US Army in 2016 to serve as a Reserve Corp Unit, which will definitely help the settlement in the U.S. easier. As a Global citizen and a devoted Christian, I am very active and social, through Event Coordinating at ISS, GMSA, IBA, Cru, SHINE, and more. I enjoy meeting new people and making new friends, so please stop by at ISS! Especially if you like soccer or cars, there will be plenty to talk about. Otherwise, I will do my best to bring your time at UST very exciting and memorable.