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.
Megan CouchGraduate Assistant
I was raised in Iowa, but moved to Wisconsin in 2001 where I stayed up until this year. I obtained my B.A. at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse in 2013, concentrating in Rhetoric/Writing and French. I studied in Nancy, France for a semester while honing my foreign language skills and traveling to all parts of the country. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about a new culture and finding new foods and fashions. I have worked for study abroad offices and international education/foreign language departments in the past, and have found the experiences to not only be very enriching but also thrilling and educational.
Through my graduate degree here at St. Thomas, I hope to find a job in higher education pertaining to International Education and Study Abroad after my two-year stint at our university. I am extremely excited to get started with our international students this year, and to create fun, culture-driven events for students in hopes that our St. Thomas community can develop and deepen our learning experience!
My name is Anh Tran and I am an international student from Vietnam. Currently, I am majoring in Mathmatical Economic and minoring in Acturial Science, Math and Mathmatical Statistic. I am looking forward to graduating in May 2015 (hopefully).
The reason why I chose to come to St. Thomas was really by chance, but I am glad that it happened. For me St. Thomas is just like a second home, and everyone here is just a big family of mine. The diversity here at St. Thomas is growing day by day, and I am happy that I am also a part of it. Working at ISS office is a great chance for me to experience that new trend of diversity at St. Thomas, so thank you ISS.
My name is Blair John and I’m an international graduate student doing my Master’s degree in counseling psychology. I was born and raised in the Bahamas and did my undergraduate degree at St. John’s University (yes, that St. John’s). I love to watch and play sports, especially basketball, soccer and American football. In addition to that, I absolutely love to read on a variety of topics such as politics, philosophy, history, sci-fi, adventure and fantasy. I love working with people of various different backgrounds and cultures, hence, the ISS is just an awesome place to work!
I am originally from Redondo Beach, California but moved to Minnesota in 1991. For my undergraduate studies I attended the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse where I earned a degree in Elementary Education and Spanish. During my junior year, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Granada, Spain which sparked my interest in international education. After graduation, I returned to Spain for a year to teach English and help develop a primary bilingual language program. For the past four years I have been teaching Spanish in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
Currently I am pursuing a Master's degree in International Higher Education through Loyola University Chicago. I have always had a passion for international education and hope to one day have a career in study abroad or international student services. I am elated to be interning at the St. Thomas and cannot wait to get to know all of our wonderful international students