Staff

The Office of International Services (OIS) has a variety of professional staff members to assist you during your time at the University of Pittsburgh. In order to provide you the best service, our staff in Pittsburgh operate in functional teams.

  • Administration – The Administrative team includes the OIS leadership and staff who provide services for the entire international community at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Employment Team - The Employment Team works with visiting scholars, J-1 interns, and university employees at all 5 University of Pittsburgh campuses.
  • Regional Campus - While all immigration services are managed by the Pittsburgh campus, there are Regional Campus Contacts to help support international students on most regional campuses. The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville students are entirely supported by the Pittsburgh campus.
  • Student Team - The Student Team works with incoming, current, and graduated students with active SEVIS records. The Immigration Specialists on the Student Team have a portfolio of specific schools that they will serve and are available for Walk-In Hours and Scheduled Appointments. Walk-In Hours are best for brief, general questions and typically last less than 5 minutes (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays from 1 PM to 4 PM). Scheduled Appointments are best for more detailed and specific questions and are scheduled for 20 minutes in length.

If you have general questions or are not clear which person to choose from our list, you can always email OIS@pitt.edu.

Sara Jones

Interim Director (PDSO, RO)
Administration
412-624-7119
  • School of Computing and Information - after June 1

Claire Mokry

Assistant Director (DSO, ARO)
Administration, Employment Team
412-648-0129
  • Scholars and Employees
  • Non-Pitt Sponsored Employees
  • Legal Permanent Residency Applicants

Renee Brown

Regional Campuses
814-269-7188
  • University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Katy Gongaware

Immigration Coordinator (ARO)
Employment Team
412-624-7127

Kate Madeano

Immigration Specialist (DSO, ARO)
Student Team
412-624-8921
  • School of Computing and Information - until June 1
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences - until June 1
  • School of Pharmacy - until June 1

Shannon O'Reilly

Immigration Specialist (DSO, ARO)
Student Team
412-624-7126
  • Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
  • Graduate School of Public Health
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences - after June 1

Kaylee Rush

New Student Specialist
Student Team
412-624-7691

Richard Sherman

Immigration Specialist (DSO, ARO)
Student Team
412-624-7843
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of General Studies
  • Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
  • Exchange Students through the Study Abroad Office
  • Katz Graduate School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Pharmacy - after June 1

Michele Shuey

Regional Campuses
724-836-7463
  • University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Samila Sosic

Regional Campuses
814-362-5154
  • University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Branwyn Turnage

Office Coordinator
Administration
412-624-7123

Kati Von Lehman

Compliance Coordinator (DSO, ARO)
Administration
412-624-0354

Jean Wenner

Immigration Specialist (DSO, ARO)
Employment Team
412-624-7121
  • Scholars and Employees
  • Non-Pitt Sponsored Employees
  • Legal Permanent Residency Applicants