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.

An contributed to IERF’s publication, the Index of Languages (2017), a reference guide on the languages of instruction in countries around the world.

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.

Anastasia contributed to IERF’s publication, the Index of Languages (2017), a reference guide on the languages of instruction in countries around the world.

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.

Ksenia contributed to IERF’s publication, the Index of Languages (2017), a reference guide on the languages of instruction in countries around the world.

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.

John contributed to IERF’s publication, the Index of Languages (2017), a reference guide on the languages of instruction in countries around the world.

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. He has also previously worked as a research assistant, providing aid in the translation of 17th century German documents.

John is proficient in German and Spanish and has a working knowledge of Chinese and Japanese.

John contributed to IERF’s publication, the Index of Languages (2017), a reference guide on the languages of instruction in countries around the world.

Christin Neary

Evaluator

Bachelor of Arts in French and Psychology, Indiana University in Bloomington

Prior to joining IERF, Christin spent seven years living in France: one year studying in Aix-en-Provence as part of a university exchange program and six years teaching English as a foreign language in Lille. While in Lille, Christin was a high school teacher, and a lecturer at Université Lille 3.

Christin completed her degree at Indiana University, where she had two majors in French and psychology, as well as two minors in music theory and comparative literature. There she had the opportunity to work in the Cognition and Action Neuroimaging Lab, where she used fMRI technology to study the brain and, specifically, the neural pathways involved when musicians learn new melodies.

Originally from Indianapolis, Christin has traveled extensively throughout Europe. She is fluent in French.

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.

Melody contributed to IERF’s publication, the Index of Languages (2017), a reference guide on the languages of instruction in countries around the world.

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.

Stephanie contributed to IERF’s publication, the Index of Languages (2017), a reference guide on the languages of instruction in countries around the world.

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 20 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, Asia and the Pacific, and Anglophone Africa.

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), the Index of Educational Terms (2012), and the Index of Languages (2017). 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, the Middle East, as well as those countries patterned after the British and French systems.

She has presented on such topics as diploma mills, the educational systems of countries in Latin America, and transnational education. Examples include conferences held at the district, regional and national level 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), the Index of Educational Terms (2012), and the Index of Languages (2017). 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 Europe, Asia and the Pacific, Anglophone Africa, and the Middle East.

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 of the Index of Educational Terms (2012), the Index of Academic Calendars & Dates (2015), and the Index of Languages (2017). 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 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. She specializes in the educational systems of Asia as well as those countries patterned after the French and Russian systems.

Alina 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. She also contributed to the Index of Languages (2017), a reference guide on the languages of instruction in countries around the world.

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 of the Index of Educational Terms (2012) , the Index of Academic Calendars & Dates (2015), and the Index of Languages (2017). 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, Computers in Human Behavior, and International Journal of Public Opinion Research. Jun also contributed to IERF’s publication, the Index of Languages (2017), a reference guide on the languages of instruction in countries around the world.

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 Asia and the Pacific as well as those countries patterned after the British system.

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), the Index of Educational Terms (2012), and the Index of Languages (2017).  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.