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 both in-person and online appointments. Appointments are generally 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.

Delo Blough  

Director (PDSO, RO)
Administration
Pronouns - she / her
+1-412-383-2745

 
Working Remotely

  • Mondays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thursdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Fridays: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Sara Jones  

Associate Director (DSO, ARO)
Administration
Pronouns - she / her
+1-412-624-7119

 
Working Remotely

  • Mondays: 7:30am - 4:00pm
  • Tuesdays: 7:30am - 4:00pm
  • Wednesdays: 7:30am - 4:00pm
  • Thursdays: 7:30am - 4:00pm
  • Fridays: 7:30am - 4:00pm

Richard Sherman  

Assistant Director of the Student Team (DSO, ARO)
Administration, Student Team
Pronouns - he / him
+1-412-624-7843

 
On Campus

  • Wednesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Working Remotely

  • Mondays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thursdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Fridays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • College of Business Administration
  • Katz Graduate School of Business

Kati Von Lehman  

Assistant Director of Outreach and Assessment (DSO, ARO)
Administration
Pronouns - she / her
+1-412-624-0354

 
Working Remotely

  • Mondays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesdays: 9:30am - 6:00pm
  • Thursdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Fridays: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Nicole Arms  

Administrative System Assistant (DSO, ARO)
Administration
Pronouns - she / her
+1-412-624-7127

 
On Campus

  • Tuesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thursdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Working Remotely

  • Mondays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Fridays: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Cintia Benitez  

Immigration Specialist (DSO, ARO)
Employment Team
Pronouns - she / her
+1-412-648-0129

 
Working Remotely

  • Mondays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thursdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Fridays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Scholars and Employees
  • Non-Pitt Sponsored Employees
  • Legal Permanent Residency Applicants

Kaylee Burns  

Immigration Specialist (DSO, ARO)
Student Team, Regional Campuses
Pronouns - she / her
+1-412-624-7691

 
Working Remotely

  • Mondays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thursdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Fridays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
  • University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
  • University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Caitlin Dawson  

Immigration Specialist (DSO, ARO)
Student Team
Pronouns - she / her
+1-412-624-7126

 
On Campus

  • Wednesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thursdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Working Remotely

  • Mondays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Fridays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • College of General Studies
  • Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
  • School of Public Health
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Louis Deemer  

Immigration Specialist (DSO, ARO)
Student Team
Pronouns - they / them
+1-412-624-8921

 
On Campus

  • Wednesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thursdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Working Remotely

  • Mondays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Fridays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Pharmacy
  • Swanson School of Engineering

Jay Evick  

Immigration Specialist (DSO, ARO)
Employment Team
Pronouns - he / him
+1-412-383-2635

 
On Campus

  • Mondays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thursdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Fridays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Scholars and Employees
  • Non-Pitt Sponsored Employees

Michele Shuey

Regional Campuses
+1-724-836-7463
  • University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Samila Sosic

Regional Campuses
+1-814-362-5154
  • University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Branwyn Turnage  

Immigration Coordinator (DSO, ARO)
Employment Team
Pronouns - she / her
+1-412-624-7123

 
On Campus

  • Mondays: 7:00am - 3:30pm
  • Tuesdays: 7:00am - 3:30pm

Working Remotely

  • Wednesdays: 7:00am - 3:30pm
  • Thursdays: 7:00am - 3:30pm
  • Fridays: 7:00am - 3:30pm
  • Scholars and Employees

Yagmur Usta-Cater  

New Student Specialist (DSO, ARO)
Student Team
Pronouns – she / her
+1-412-383-2734

 
Working Remotely

  • Mondays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thursdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Fridays: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Rachel Vandevort  

Front Desk Coordinator
Administration
Pronouns - she / her
+1-412-624-7389

 
On Campus

  • Mondays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thursdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Fridays: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Jean Wenner  

Immigration Specialist (DSO, ARO)
Student Team
Pronouns - she / her
+1-412-624-7121

 
On Campus

  • Wednesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Working Remotely

  • Mondays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Thursdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Fridays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • School of Computing and Information
  • School of Education
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work

Zakaria Miller  

Graduate Intern
Administration
Pronouns - she / her