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 and 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

Delo Blough

Director (PDSO, RO)

Sara Jones

Associate Director (DSO, ARO)
Administration, Student Team
  • Swanson School of Engineering

Brianna Allen

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

Richard Sherman

Assistant Director of the Student Team (DSO, ARO)
Administration, Student Team
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of General Studies
  • Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
  • Exchange Students through the Study Abroad Office
  • Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
  • Graduate School of Public Health
  • Katz Graduate School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Law
  • School of Pharmacy

Kati Von Lehman

Assistant Director of Outreach and Assessment (DSO, ARO)

Cintia Benitez

Immigration Specialist (DSO, ARO)
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

Kaylee Rush

New Student Specialist
Student Team

Michele Shuey

Regional Campuses
  • University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Samila Sosic

Regional Campuses
  • University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Branwyn Turnage

Office Coordinator

Jean Wenner

Immigration Specialist (DSO, ARO)
Student Team
  • School of Computing and Information
  • School of Dental Medicine
  • School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Social Work