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

Sara Jones

Interim Director (PDSO, RO)

Claire Mokry

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

Renee Brown

Regional Campuses
  • University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Katy Gongaware

Immigration Coordinator (ARO)
Employment Team

Kate Madeano

Immigration Specialist (DSO, ARO)
Student Team
  • School of Computing and Information
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • School of Pharmacy

Shannon O'Reilly

Immigration Specialist (DSO, ARO)
Student Team
  • Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
  • Graduate School of Public Health
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Law
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work
  • Swanson School of Engineering

Kaylee Rush

New Student Specialist
Student Team

Richard Sherman

Immigration Specialist (DSO, ARO)
Student Team
  • 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

Michele Shuey

Regional Campuses
  • University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Samila Sosic

Regional Campuses
  • University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Kati Von Lehman

Compliance Coordinator (DSO, ARO)

Jean Wenner

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