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Office of International Programs

Contact Us

Phone

Please send an email to iss_desk@edcc.edu or visit edcc.edu/international  

Phone: 425.640.1518
Fax: 425.774.0455

Address

Office of International Programs (OIP)
Snohomish Hall, Third Floor, Room #301
20000 68th Avenue West
Lynnwood, WA 98036 U.S.A.

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Email

Email: iss_desk@edcc.edu

Hours

Office Hours

For the health and safety of our community, all college offices have moved services online through March 19, pending further announcements. We are serving students and the community remotely during this time. Please visit edcc.edu/international/fall2020.


Our Staff

Leadership

lisaLisa Thompson 
Executive Director of Office of International Programs
Phone: 425.640.1148
Email: lthompso@edcc.edu

“I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and traveled to Europe for the first time at the age of 12. Even though I was young, I fell in love with learning about different cultures. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University, I lived in Germany for two years and had experiences there that enriched my life and the way I view the world. I have been a a proud member of the Edmonds College Office of International Programs since 1996. Our promise is to do everything that we can to make sure that students in our International Program have a successful and meaningful time at our college, both academically and personally."

martha

Martha Acosta-Pieters
Director of International Marketing
Phone: 425.640.1353
Email: macostap@edcc.edu 

“I am originally from Mexico and came to the U.S. and to Edmonds College as an international student 23 years ago. Today, I am in charge of the department that promotes Edmonds College overseas. I usually travel to Asia, Europe and Latin America to meet parents, prospective students, and agencies that send international students to our college.”

Thalia Saplad

Thalia R. Saplad 
Director of International Outreach/Global Engagement
Phone: 425.640.1064
Fax: 425.774.0455 
Email: thalia.saplad@edcc.edu

"I feel lucky to have been born and raised in Hawaii, and also the Island of Belau. (Micronesia). I have over 25+ years’ experience working for Washington State Community Colleges, and am excited to welcome students from all over the globe to Edmonds College – the PREMIERE Washington State Community College!"


Admissions

Hyun Bin "Binee" ParkHyun Bin "Binee" Park
Associate Director of International Admissions
Phone: 425.640.1078
Email: issadmissions@edcc.edu
Website: Admissions
 "I was born and raised in Busan, South Korea.  I studied Chinese at university in Korea.  During my college, I visited Beijing and Shanghai to improve my Chinese skills.  And I enjoyed meeting new people in China.  It was great experience.  After I came to the U.S., I have been fortunate working with international students for over 10+ years at Washington State Community Colleges. Edmonds College is a great college to improve your English skills, or meet new friends from all over the  world.  We hope to see you here!"

Takako Croce

Takako Croce
Associate Director of Office of International Programs
Phone: 425.640.1414
Email: takako.croce@edcc.edu
Website: Admissions | Advising | Transfer Advising

"I was born and raised in Tokyo/Yokohama, Japan and moved to the Seattle area in 1999. I joined Office of International Programs in 2011, and enjoy working in admissions, academic and immigration advising, and Japan marketing. I love traveling to different countries, and I feel lucky to be able to have intercultural experiences by meeting students from all over the world everyday in OIP. As an international student myself once before, I would like to support international students take the first step in achieving their goals. I look forward to meeting you at Edmonds College!"


Advisors

Stacey Cantave

Stacey Cantave 
Associate Director of Office of International Programs
Phone: 425.640.1154
Email: Stacey.cantave@edcc.edu
Website: Advising | Transfer Advising

“I majored in Global Studies at the University of Washington, Bothell and strongly believe in International Education. I have lived and studied abroad for many years, in elementary school, high school, and college. I grew up in a military family and moved every three years, until my 18th birthday. I have lived in Japan and in the Philippines. I have also traveled to South Korea, Hong Kong and Haiti. I am an alumna of Edmonds College and I have worked here since 1998. It is my sincere wish to encourage and support you during your studies at Edmonds College and in the United States.”

Mandy Mino-Cuasay

Mandy Mino
Associate Director of Office of International Programs, University Transfer Advisor 
Phone: 425.640.1518
Email: mandy.mino-cuasay@edcc.edu
Website: Advising | Transfer Advising

"My main responsibilities in OIP include advising students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. and designing a meaningful transfer plan while helping them understand their transfer options. I assist students choose courses for admission and completion of an associate’s degree. I especially enjoy seeing students succeed with their transfer plan. As a life-long learner, I love traveling and learning from different cultures. In the Philippines where I was born and raised, I was awarded fellowships and scholarships to Italy, Sweden and Israel."

Anne Richardson

Anne Richardson
Associate Director of Office of International Programs
Phone: 425.640.1933
Email: anne.richardson@edcc.edu 
Website: Advising | Transfer Advising

"I am a native of the Pacific Northwest. I have a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle (2008), and a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Evergreen State College (2001). I joined the Office of International Programs at Edmonds College in April 2009 as an Associate Director. I have several years of experience advising international students on immigration and academic matters, including transfer planning and university admissions. I love working with international students and I look forward to welcoming more international students to the college!"

Anne Richardson

Elizabeth Lyon
Associate Director of Office of International Programs, University Transfer Advisor
Phone: 425.640.1564
Email: elizabeth.lyon@edcc.edu
Website: Advising | Transfer Advising 

"The very best part of my job at Edmonds College is helping international students. Every day, students teach me something new about our world!  I feel like my office is the globe. Specifically, I advise international students who want to begin their college studies here before transferring to a four-year college or university. Edmonds students have successfully transferred to schools all over the United States, and beyond. I have earned college degrees in sociology and physical therapy from Franklin College and the University of Evansville, both in Indiana. I look forward to welcoming you to our fabulous campus community!"


Fiscal


YonHee FisherYonHee Fisher

Associate Director of Fiscal and Contracts Management
Phone: 425.640.1188
Email: yonhee.fisher@edcc.edu
Website: Payment | Medical Insurance

"I have lived in the greater Seattle area for over 25 years and am originally from South Korea. I studied Tourism Management at University of Seoul and graduated with a degree in Global Studies from the University of Washington Bothell — I am a proud Husky! I also have more than 15 years of experience working with students from all backgrounds, including international and ESL students. I have always felt fortunate to work and engage with students to pursue their passions in a college setting. It is rewarding to motivate students to grow and succeed in their studies and careers."


Contracts and Database

linhLinh Van
Contracts and Data Entry Coordinator
Phone: 425.640.1795
Email: linh.van@edcc.edu
Website: Partnerships

 "I enjoy working both with agencies and students from overseas. The strongest encouragement to work for the OIP Office is seeing the hard work that parents and agencies go through to ​make​ ​​a successful​ education possible​ ​for their student​ in the United States. My main​ ​duty is to provide the best support to our prospective agent. I am in charge of inviting, managing, processing, monitoring, and coordinating agreements. "


Study Abroad

emilyEmily Schifferling
Associate Director of Contracted Programs and International Exchange
Phone: 425.640.1618
Email: emily.schifferling@edcc.edu 
Website: Study Abroad

"I was born in San Francisco, California, and grew up on a small farm near Portland, Oregon. After traveling Europe for four weeks at the age of 16, I knew I wanted to continue learning about different cultures all over the world. As soon as I graduated from Seattle University in 2004, I lived and worked as an English and psychology teacher in Japan for two years, India for three, and Saudi Arabia for two. By the time I returned to the USA, I realized I enjoyed appreciating similarities between human beings as equally as differences. My motto is "Have time, will travel!" I am honored to work with Edmonds College’s Global Engagement and Study Abroad Programs, and look forward to helping you realize your own unique educational and professional journey!"


Programming and Orientation

Melissa RandolfMelissa Randolf
Programming Coordinator
Phone: 425.640.1050
Email: melissa.randolf@edcc.edu
Website: Activities | Conversation Programs | International Assistants | Orientation

"Hello! I was born in Washington and was an Edmonds College student through the Running Start Program. I am a Seattle University alumna, and a former exchange student at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. My time in Japan was the experience of a lifetime and I’m excited to be able to work with students from all over the world here at Edmonds College. My goal as a programming coordinator is to help our international students get to know the Seattle area and make new friends through our OIP orientations, activities, and programs. Stop by and ask me how you can get involved!"


Marketing and Recruitment

abbiAbbi Gilbertson
Associate Director of International Marketing
Phone: 425.640.1384
Email: abbi.gilbertson@edcc.edu 

"Our team is proud to support all OIP marketing activities and international recruitment for Edmonds College. I am thankful to be part of a community that actively celebrates diversity and promotes international education.  I was born in the Philippines and grew up in Vietnam, China, and Olympia, WA. I am a Washington State University graduate (Go Cougs!)  in Intercultural Communication. Outside of work, I love spending time with my husband and our dog, trying different cuisines, cooking, watching movies, going to Seattle Mariners games, and exploring beautiful Washington state!"

beckyBecky Qiao
Associate Director of International Outreach
Phone: 425.640.1640
Email: becky.qiao@edcc.edu

"I came to the U.S. as an international student to earn a bachelor degree in International Business from the University of Washington. I’m fortunate that American education helped me realize my passion for international education. After serving students for over a decade as an international student academic and immigration advisor, an instructor, and an entrepreneur, I also completed my master degree in Higher Education and joined OIP at Edmonds College. Here we not only provide excellent education, we also build long-term relationships with our students. When students arrive in the States and encounter any problems in life, we are here for them as advisors and mentors. I can’t express how excited I am to be part of the OIP family at Edmonds College, and I can’t wait to see our students’ smiles on campus and around the world."

cChristina Zhai
Associate Director of International Outreach
Phone: 425.640.1779
Email: christina.zhai@edcc.edu
Website: China
"I am originally from China, where I have been working in international education and international student services for thirteen years. I had my first study-abroad exchange experience in Finland, I received my Master of Science (MS) Degree in Management in the U.S., and have traveled to over 10 countries. I have great passion in promoting international education and cultural diversity. I chose to work in OIP at Edmonds College because I like the diversity here. Working as a team, we are dedicated to having more international students study at Edmonds, to experience diversity and to expand your possibilities in life."


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