Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Evaluation Staff

An An

Evaluator

Bachelor of Arts in English and Journalism, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China
Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs, University of Southern California 
Master of Arts in TESOL, University of Southern California

Prior to joining IERF, An worked in the Office of Graduate and International Admissions and the Office of International Services at USC. Her various responsibilities involved assisting with processing applications from international students as well as providing them with support after their arrival on campus. The latter included processing immigration documents and helping with queries on related issues. During her time at USC, An also did volunteer work, mentoring low income, first generation college-bound high school students.

An is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Andrea Ben Zion

Senior Evaluator

Zweites Juristisches Staatsexamen (Second Legal State Exam) (Germany)

Prior to joining IERF in 2006, Andrea worked at the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation in Los Angeles, working on translations and contributing to the Foundation’s searchable thesaurus.

Andrea is a native of Germany and grew up there. She is fluent in German and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Hebrew. She has traveled in Europe and the Middle East and has lived in Japan. Andrea specializes in the educational systems of Central Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Andrea contributed to IERF’s publication, the Index of Educational Terms (2012), a handy reference used for evaluating academic records from around the world. It provides a guide on the most commonly found educational terms in ten major languages.

Anastasia Harper

Evaluator

Specialist degree in Linguistics, Translation and Interpretation, Saint Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts (Russia)

Prior to joining IERF, Anastasia worked as an assistant and interpreter at institutions such as the Credit Europe Bank in Saint Petersburg.

She has traveled extensively abroad, having also previously served as an intern in Brescia (Italy) and in Christchurch (United Kingdom). Anastasia is fluent in Russian and has a working knowledge of Italian and Ukrainian.

Carole Khoury

Senior Evaluator

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Loyola Marymount University
Master of Arts in Psychology, Pepperdine University

Prior to joining IERF in 2001, Carole worked as a counseling aide at the International Education Counseling Center at Santa Monica College and as a graduate assistant at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University.

Carole is a native of Lebanon and lived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for fifteen years. She is fluent in Arabic and French, conversant in Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese. She has traveled extensively, spending time in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Latin America.

Carole specializes in the educational systems of Latin America and the Middle East.

She has co-presented a poster session on Peru at a NAFSA – Association of International Educators national conference.

Carole contributed to IERF’s publication, The New Country Index (2004). This is a reference frequently used for interpreting the educational backgrounds of those who have studied outside the United States and who need statements of educational equivalencies in order to enter the U.S. educational environment and work force.

Ksenia Kozhukhovskaya

Evaluator

Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics with a minor in Engineering Mechanics, University of California, San Diego

Prior to joining IERF, Ksenia was a research assistant in the Linguistics Department at UCSD and a programming intern at the Institute of Research in Astrophysics and Planetology, in Toulouse, France. She has also worked in sales and customer service.

Ksenia is a native of Moscow and is fluent in Russian. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe.

Dawid Kwapien

Evaluator

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a concentration in Political Science, Pepperdine University

Prior to joining IERF, Dawid worked as a policy and research intern at the World Travel and Tourism council in London. He produced research that was presented at various UN conferences whilst preparing for the 2015 Sustainable Innovation Forum in Paris, France.

During his time at Pepperdine University, Dawid acted as the chapter president for Amnesty International where he led campaigns to assist in institutional awareness of atrocities occurring around the world. In addition, he participated in various leadership positions for the International Justice Mission.

Dawid is a dual citizen in the United States and the European Union. He grew up in Poland and has traveled extensively throughout Europe. Dawid is conversant in Polish and has a working knowledge of French.

I-Hsing Lin

Senior Evaluator

Bachelor of Arts in Japanese, Soochow University (Taiwan)
Master of Arts in Linguistics, California State University, Northridge

Prior to joining IERF in 1999, I-Hsing worked at CSUN’s ESL program as a student advisor, assisting international students with issues related to the U.S. educational system and culture. Additionally, she taught English conversation at CSUN and Japanese at Santa Monica College.

I-Hsing is a native of Taiwan and grew up there. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Taiwanese. She has traveled extensively throughout Asia. I-Hsing specializes in the educational systems of Asia and the Middle East.

She has presented numerous papers at national and regional conferences on various topics relating to international education. Included in these conferences are those held by NAFSA – Association of International Educators, the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals (NAGAP), the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), and the Pacific American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (PACRAO). She has also attended conferences overseas.

I-Hsing, who is member of IERF’s team of trainers, has provided extensive training for university admissions professionals, both in the U.S. and abroad.

I-Hsing contributed to IERF’s publications, The New Country Index (2004), The New Country Index Volume II (2011), the Index of Educational Terms (2012) and the Index of Academic Calendars & Dates (2015). These are references frequently used for interpreting the educational backgrounds of those who have studied outside the United States and who need statements of educational equivalencies in order to enter the U.S. educational environment and work force.

She also contributed to NAFSA’s Online Guide to Educational Systems around the World publication.

John McGrath

Evaluator

Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies with a Concentration in Film and Minor in Spanish, Fordham University
Master of Fine Arts in Film Production, Loyola Marymount University

John joined IERF in 2015 as a Typist, before becoming an Evaluator in 2016. Previous work experience also involved serving as a Graduate Assistant for the School of Film and Television at Loyola Marymount University. He has traveled extensively abroad including his participation in a month-long homestay in Granada, Spain and a semester abroad program in Sydney, Australia.

John also has a working knowledge of Spanish.

Andrej Molchan

Senior Evaluator

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and German, University of Redlands

Prior to joining IERF, Andrej worked as an English-Teaching Assistant at a vocational high school in Leipzig, Germany, under a Fulbright Grant. As an undergraduate, he studied abroad for one semester in Berlin, where he completed a marketing internship at a local biomedical firm.

Andrej is fluent in German and has a working knowledge of Russian, Slovak, and Spanish. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and specializes in educational systems found throughout Asia and Europe, as well as the British-based systems.

He has also presented at conferences on topics related to international education. Conferences include those held by NAFSA – Association of International Educators (Region XII) and the Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC).

Andrej also contributed to IERF’s publication, the Index of Educational Terms (2012), a handy reference used for evaluating academic records from around the world. It provides a guide on the most commonly found educational terms in ten major languages.

John Navarrette

Evaluator

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, University of Redlands

Prior to joining IERF, John worked as a tutor and instructor for such institutions as the Chaffey College Success Center, Sylvan Learning Center, and the Mathematics Department of the University of Redlands.

John is also proficient in German and Spanish.

Matthew Ng

Evaluator

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Economics, California State University, Northridge 
Master of Science in Economics, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Prior to joining IERF, Matthew worked as a paralegal focusing on immigration law for 11 years. He has also previously served as a recruitment coordinator and student advisor at CSUN's Intensive English Program, assisting international students with issues related to the U.S. educational system and culture.

Matthew also contributed to IERF’s publication, the Index of Academic Calendars & Dates (2015), a handy reference used for determining and converting dates of study on academic records from around the world.

Matthew is a native of Hong Kong and grew up there. He is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. He has also traveled extensively throughout Asia.

Melody Ojeda

Evaluator

Bachelor of Arts in History, University of California, Los Angeles

During her undergraduate studies, Melody had the opportunity to study abroad in both Buenos Aires, Argentina and Jerusalem, Israel. While in Argentina, she studied history and cultural studies, and while in Israel, she studied archaeology.

Melody has also worked as a research assistant for a scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC and as an Education Facilitator for the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Prior to joining IERF, Melody most recently served as a District Coordinator for a tutoring agency, working with over 100 school districts, 5,000 students, and over 400 tutors throughout the State of California

Melody has traveled extensively throughout Europe and also lived in Vienna, Austria for one year. She is fluent in Spanish and can read and write in Hebrew.

Kevin Orbach

Evaluator

Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics, with a concentration in French, University of California, Santa Barbara
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Certificate, University of California, Santa Barbara

Prior to joining IERF, Kevin worked both domestically and abroad in China as an English teacher, as well as on projects to document and preserve Native American languages.

Kevin has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia, spending a semester in Selçuk, Turkey studying Greek ruins. Kevin is fluent in French, conversant in Modern and Biblical Hebrew, and has a working knowledge of Mandarin.

Stephanie Paredes

Evaluator

Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences with an option in Family Science, California State University, Northridge
Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences with an option in Family Science, California State University, Northridge

Prior to joining IERF, Stephanie worked as a Research Assistant in clinical research. She was responsible for applying specific protocols to daily study procedures, as well as the resolution of queries, and cognitive testing administration. Stephanie also worked on research in multi-cultural influences on adolescent behaviors while at California State University, Northridge.

Stephanie has traveled extensively throughout Western Europe and South America; specifically, spending an extended amount of time in Spain, Denmark, and Ecuador. She is fluent in Spanish.

Somsai Ratanaphom

Evaluator

Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts, California State University, Northridge
Master of Science in Tourism and Hospitality Management, California State University, Northridge

Prior to joining IERF, Somsai worked as a full-time computer instructor at Newton International College, in Los Angeles. He also taught a Hospitality Management course as a part-time faculty member at Hancock University, in Long Beach, California. He has extensive experience working with international students at both institutions.

Somsai was born in Laos and grew up in Oakland, California. His languages include Laotian, Japanese and Thai.

Irene C. Romo

Evaluator

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, Santa Monica College
Completed further studies at California State University, Los Angeles

Irene has been with IERF for over 13 years. Prior to occupying an evaluator position, she managed the Client Service Department for 6 years.

Irene is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese. She has traveled throughout Mexico. Irene specializes in the educational systems of Latin America, Canada, Anglophone Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Taiwan.

She has made presentations on the educational systems of countries in Latin America, including at a regional conference held by NAFSA – Association of International Educators. Irene contributed to IERF’s publications, The New Country Index Volume II (2011) and the Index of Educational Terms (2012). These are references frequently used for interpreting the educational backgrounds of those who have studied outside the United States and who need statements of educational equivalencies in order to enter the U.S. educational environment and work force.

Amy Santiago

Senior Evaluator

Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, Santa Monica College
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles

Amy joined IERF in 2006 as an Executive Assistant before transitioning to an evaluator in 2007. She has held previous positions in customer service and youth-outreach programs.

Amy is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of Italian, Portuguese and Pilipino. She has traveled throughout Mexico. Amy specializes in the educational systems of Asia, Latin America, Canada, Egypt, Italy, and Nigeria.

She has made presentations on the educational systems of countries in Latin America as well as on Transnational Education. Examples include conferences held by NAFSA – Association of International Educators and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

Amy contributed to IERF’s publications, The New Country Index Volume II (2011) and the Index of Educational Terms (2012). These are references frequently used for interpreting the educational backgrounds of those who have studied outside the United States and who need statements of educational equivalencies in order to enter the U.S. educational environment and work force.

She also contributed to NAFSA’s Online Guide to Educational Systems around the World publication.

Alice Tang

Senior Evaluator and Information & Research Coordinator

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Prior to joining IERF in 2005, Alice had extensive experience in customer service and education, including that of participating in adolescent outreach and immigrant literacy development programs. Before assuming her current position, she successfully held the position as the Allied Health Evaluation Coordinator at IERF.

Alice has studied several languages and has a working knowledge of Chinese, French, Russian and Armenian. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia. Alice specializes in the educational systems of Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, Anglophone Africa, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

She has presented numerous papers on various topics relating to international education at national and regional conferences. Included in these conferences are those held by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), NAFSA – Association of International Educators, the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals (NAGAP), and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN).

Alice contributed to IERF’s publication, The New Country Index Volume II (2011). She also served as co-editor to the Index of Educational Terms (2012) and the Index of Academic Calendars & Dates (2015). These are references frequently used for interpreting the educational backgrounds of those who have studied outside the United States and who need statements of educational equivalencies in order to enter the U.S. educational environment and work force.

She also contributed to NAFSA’s Online Guide to Educational Systems around the World publication.

Alice was selected to participate in the 2011 Baden-Württemberg Seminar, sponsored by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts in Germany.

Alina Trofimova

Senior Evaluator

Bachelor of Arts with double majors in French and Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of California, Berkeley

Prior to joining IERF, Alina has gained administrative and clerical experience working at the Berkeley Language Center and at the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. She also worked for Los Angeles Unified and Berkeley Unified School Districts, participating in literacy development and youth outreach programs. As an undergraduate student, Alina spent two semesters abroad studying French culture at the University of Lyon, and European history and language translation at the University of Bordeaux, France.

Alina also contributed to IERF’s publication, the Index of Academic Calendars & Dates (2015), a handy reference used for determining and converting dates of study on academic records from around the world.

Alina is a native of Minsk, Belarus and grew up there. She is fluent in Russian, proficient in French, and has studied Belarussian and Spanish. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe.

Emily K. Tse

Director of Evaluations

Bachelor of Arts in Classics, University of Pennsylvania
Master of Philosophy in Classics, Cambridge University (England)

Prior to joining IERF in 2000, Emily taught at the postsecondary level, both in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Emily has studied several languages and has a working knowledge of French, Spanish, German, Sanskrit, Chinese, Latin and Classical Greek. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia.

She has presented numerous papers at national and regional conferences on various topics relating to international education. Included in these conferences are those held by NAFSA – Association of International Educators, the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals (NAGAP), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). She has also presented at conferences overseas.

Emily, who spearheads IERF’s training services, has provided extensive training for university admissions professionals, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Emily has also held various positions within professional organizations in the field of international education. She serves as the Chair of NAFSA's Subcommittee for Information Management (SIM), as well as the Credentials Co-editor of the IEM Spotlight newsletter for the admissions and recruitment community. She is also a member of the Standards Committee for The Association for International Credential Evaluation Professionals (TAICEP).

Emily received the Pioneer Research Grant for a project which led to the publication of the Index of Secondary Credentials (2010). Emily also contributed to IERF's other publications, The New Country Index (2004) and The New Country Index Volume II (2011). Additionally, she also served as co-editor to the Index of Educational Terms (2012) and the Index of Academic Calendars & Dates (2015). These are references frequently used for interpreting the educational backgrounds of those who have studied outside the United States and who need statements of educational equivalencies in order to enter the U.S. educational environment and work force.

She also contributed to NAFSA’s Online Guide to Educational Systems around the World publication.

Jun Xiang

Evaluator

Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in Diplomacy & Public Affairs, Fudan University (China)
Master of Arts in Communication, University of Arizona

Prior to joining IERF, Jun was a teaching assistant/associate in the Communication Department at the University of Arizona.

He has presented numerous papers at international conferences on topics relating to communication, language, and social psychology. He has also authored and co-authored a number of articles for such publications as Communication Monographs, Communication Research, and International Journal of Public Opinion Research.

Jun grew up in China and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He has traveled extensively throughout Asia and America.

Alvin Yin

Senior Evaluator

Bachelor of Arts with double majors in Asian Studies and Law & Society, University of California, Santa Barbara
Juris Doctor with a specialization in International Law, Golden Gate University School of Law

Prior to joining IERF in 2001, Alvin interned at an immigration law office, where he drafted legal motions, served as a Chinese interpreter and translator, and assisted in legal research.

Alvin is a native of Hong Kong and grew up in there. He is fluent in Cantonese Chinese and Mandarin Chinese. He has traveled extensively throughout Asia and Europe. Alvin specializes in the educational systems of the United Kingdom, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

He has presented numerous papers on various topics relating to international education at NAFSA – Association of International Educators regional conferences. Alvin contributed to IERF’s publications, The New Country Index (2004), The New Country Index Volume II (2011) and the Index of Educational Terms (2012). These are references frequently used for interpreting the educational backgrounds of those who have studied outside the United States and who need statements of educational equivalencies in order to enter the U.S. educational environment and work force.

He also contributed to NAFSA’s Online Guide to Educational Systems around the World publication.