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OISS Advising Team

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Select your visa type below to identify your advisor. You can read about who your advisor is and how you can connect with them.


F-1 Visa Advising

Students on an F-1 visa are assigned to a specific OISS advisor. In order to evenly spread-out advising caseloads, we have assigned students to an advisor based on the student's birth month.

For example: If you were born in December, you will click the December tab below to see the advisor you will be working with. 

While students are assigned a specific advisor, if at any point a student wishes to meet with another staff member in OISS they are able to do so by contacting that staff member directly.

January & February

IMG_20170313_144509_Christine Bilfinger.jpgChristine Bilfinger

Email: bilfinge(at)msu.edu
Make an appointment with Christine through Calendly.

Christine Bilfinger is an International Student Advisor at OISS, serving primarily the F-1 student population. Christine is a native of New York state and completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees at SUNY Stony Brook University, where she also worked in admissions, study abroad, and as an international student advisor. Due to her background, she loves working with students in transition -- whether it be students who are new to MSU, exploring their major, or researching graduate school, she wants to help. Christine loves spending time outside. If you are looking for a great place to take a long walk, let her know!

March & April

headshot_Bryce Carlton.jpgBryce Carlton

Email: carlto35(at)msu.edu 
Make an appointment with Bryce through Calendly.

Bryce joined the OISS team in 2019 and enjoys his role as an advisor, serving both F-1 and J-1 students as well as J-1 scholars.. Bryce obtained his Masters degree from Grand Valley State University where he completed a graduate assistantship at the Writing Center, working with international students to perfect their writing craft. He feels fortunate to have the world at his fingertips each day at MSU as he meets students and scholars from all over the globe, a Spartan perk even greater than the Dairy Store.

May

VickyLee_ProfessionalHeadshot_Vicky Lee.jpgVicky Lee

Email: leewai1(at)msu.edu 
Make an appointment with Vicky through Calendly.

Vicky Lee is the Student Engagement Coordinator and International Student Advisor here at OISS. A native born and raised in Hong Kong, Vicky completed a Bachelor's degree in Human Development & Family Studies from Michigan State University, and a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University. As a former international student, Vicky is extremely passionate about creating a more welcoming environment for a diverse student and scholar population, and fostering stronger family-school-community relationships especially in the higher education setting. Vicky is a huge fan of the Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team, and has traveled to one of the team's Final Four appearances in Indianapolis, IN in 2015. In her free time, she loves to travel to new destinations, read fiction books, and explore different cooking recipes. Vicky advises F-1 students born in the month of May. Vicky also works closely with various international student organizations and Project Explore, the OISS Chinese undergraduate student advisory group. If you are looking for fun engagement opportunities on-campus, feel free to reach out to Vicky for recommendations as well!  

June

profile pic_Nicole Namy.jpgNicole Namy, Ed.D. 

Email: namynico(at)msu.edu
Make an appointment with Nicole through Calendly.

I am the Sponsored Student Coordinator, F-1 advisor, and Engagement Team member. I also coordinate the Global Spartan Leadership Program (GSLP) and and have developed and administered varied training focused on intercultural and cross-cultural communication for campus and community. I was born and raised for a part of my life in the Middle East. I have been fortunate to travel for both professional and personal enjoyment. Every time I travel, it is life changing! Meeting and getting to know students is my favorite thing at MSU/OISS. Hearing personal stories, life journeys, and learning about student perspectives and personal outlooks is always such a learning opportunity and privilege.

July & August

Facetune_27-06-2019-12-05-04 (1)_Leydi Egan.JPGLeydi Egan 

Email: leydi(at)msu.edu 
Make an appointment with Leydi through Calendly.

Leydi Egan is an International Student & Scholar Advisor with OISS. She works directly with MSU departments and the submission of new J-1 Scholars and Student applications. She also provides immigration advice on how to maintain immigration status and compliance for F-1 & J-1 Students & Scholars.  

Leydi is from Merida, Mexico and has a B.A. in Human resources and M.A. in Higher Education from MSU. She has worked at OISS for three years but lived in Michigan for over 15 years. Her goal is to not only support new Spartans in navigating the immigration rules in the U.S., but to also make them feel welcome and heard.  

Outside of work, Leydi enjoys practicing yoga and running. Once the pandemic is over, she would like to travel more to other countries to get to know other customs and cultures. She has traveled to Scotland, London, Panama, as well as leading education abroad programs in Mexico and Spain.

September

Boonsiree Nuveman.jpgBoonsiree Nuveman

Email: nuvemanb(at)msu.edu
Make an appointment with Boonsiree through Calendly

My name is Boonsiree Nuveman. I am an International Student and Scholar Advisor for OISS. I am looking forward to meeting you, answering your questions, and providing you the support that you need during your F-1 program. 

A little bit about myself, I am also international just like you. I am originally from Bangkok, Thailand. 

My first experience in the U.S. was on a J-1 Work and Travel program in 2005 and 2006. That experience started of my interest in U.S. immigration regulations and my passion for international and cultural exchange. I returned to the U.S. in 2008 as an F-1 student to study towards a Master's degree at Central Michigan University. 

Prior to my position at MSU, I was an Immigration Assistant at the University of Michigan's International Center. I also worked for a J-1 Training and Internship Program for several years. As you can see, I have both personal and professional experiences involving immigration and international exchange. 

My goal is to work with MSU international students, scholars and their families, helping them with immigration, academic, and personal questions. My own international experiences taught me how important it is for newcomers to feel welcomed. I am looking forward to helping MSU's international population adjust to their new environment and connecting them with MSU and surrounding communities.

I'm looking forward to meeting you! If you have any questions and need advice, feel free to make an appointment with me.

October

pic_Jessica Scott-Nehls.jpgJessica Scott-Nehls

Email: scottj46(at)msu.edu 
Make an appointment with Jessica through Calendly

Originally from a small town in northern Michigan, Jessica's love of travel and new cultures developed when she lived and studied in Argentina for a year as an exchange student. She later studied abroad in Chile as an undergraduate at Kalamazoo College where she graduated with a dual Bachelor's in Spanish Language & Literature and International Studies with a focus on Latin America. Prior to joining OISS, she worked for two years with the migrant education program in northeast Colorado and later spent two years working with an immigration law firm in Boston. Her passion for serving students and scholars and her interest in social welfare policy lead her to pursue her Master's in Social Work at MSU. Jessica works with F-1 and J-1 students and scholars advising on immigration, health insurance and provides one-on-one support for students who are faced with challenges related to their academics, finances, or overall well-being. She enjoys learning from international students and scholars as they share about their home countries and cultures!  

November & December

Bristol Photo_Bristol Day.jpgBristol Day

Email: daybrist(at)msu.edu 
Make an appointment with Bristol through Calendly.

Bristol is an international student advisor here in OISS who works primarily with F-1 international students. She is originally from Detroit and is the first in her family to have attended college. She attended Kalamazoo College for her bachelor's degree in sociology and anthropology and then graduated from the College of Education here at Michigan State University for her master's in student affairs. She loves living here in Lansing/East Lansing and has lots of suggestions on fun things to do around town.  

J-1 Visa Advising

headshot_Bryce Carlton.jpgBryce Carlton

Email: carlto35(at)msu.edu  
Make an appointment with Bryce through Calendly.

Bryce joined the OISS team in 2019 and enjoys his role as an advisor, serving both F-1 and J-1 students as well as J-1 scholars.. Bryce obtained his Masters degree from Grand Valley State University where he completed a graduate assistantship at the Writing Center, working with international students to perfect their writing craft. He feels fortunate to have the world at his fingertips each day at MSU as he meets students and scholars from all over the globe, a Spartan perk even greater than the Dairy Store.


Facetune_27-06-2019-12-05-04 (1)_Leydi Egan.JPGLeydi Egan 

Email: leydi(at)msu.edu
Make an appointment with Leydi through Calendly.

Leydi Egan is an International Student & Scholar Advisor with OISS. She works directly with MSU departments and the submission of new J-1 Scholars and Student applications. She also provides immigration advice on how to maintain immigration status and compliance for F-1 & J-1 Students & Scholars.  

Leydi is from Merida, Mexico and has a B.A. in Human resources and M.A. in Higher Education from MSU. She has worked at OISS for three years but lived in Michigan for over 15 years. Her goal is to not only support new Spartans in navigating the immigration rules in the U.S., but to also make them feel welcome and heard.  

Outside of work, Leydi enjoys practicing yoga and running. Once the pandemic is over, she would like to travel more to other countries to get to know other customs and cultures. She has traveled to Scotland, London, Panama, as well as leading education abroad programs in Mexico and Spain.


Boonsiree Nuveman.jpgBoonsiree Nuveman

Email: nuvemanb(at)msu.edu
Make an appointment with Boonsiree through Calendly

My name is Boonsiree Nuveman. I am an International Student and Scholar Advisor for OISS. I am looking forward to meeting you, answering your questions, and providing you the support that you need during your J-1 program. 

A little bit about myself, I am also international just like you. I am originally from Bangkok, Thailand. 

My first experience in the U.S. was on a J-1 Work and Travel program in 2005 and 2006. That experience started of my interest in U.S. immigration regulations and my passion for international and cultural exchange. I returned to the U.S. in 2008 as an F-1 student to study towards a Master's degree at Central Michigan University. 

Prior to my position at MSU, I was an Immigration Assistant at the University of Michigan's International Center. I also worked for a J-1 Training and Internship Program for several years. As you can see, I have both personal and professional experiences involving immigration and international exchange. 

My goal is to work with MSU international students, scholars and their families, helping them with immigration, academic, and personal questions. My own international experiences taught me how important it is for newcomers to feel welcomed. I am looking forward to helping MSU's international population adjust to their new environment and connecting them with MSU and surrounding communities.

I'm looking forward to meeting you! If you have any questions and need advice, feel free to make an appointment with me.


pic_Jessica Scott-Nehls.jpgJessica Scott-Nehls

Email: scottj46(at)msu.edu
Make an appointment with Jessica through Calendly

Originally from a small town in northern Michigan, Jessica's love of travel and new cultures developed when she lived and studied in Argentina for a year as an exchange student. She later studied abroad in Chile as an undergraduate at Kalamazoo College where she graduated with a dual Bachelor's in Spanish Language & Literature and International Studies with a focus on Latin America. Prior to joining OISS, she worked for two years with the migrant education program in northeast Colorado and later spent two years working with an immigration law firm in Boston. Her passion for serving students and scholars and her interest in social welfare policy lead her to pursue her Master's in Social Work at MSU. Jessica works with F-1 and J-1 students and scholars advising on immigration, health insurance and provides one-on-one support for students who are faced with challenges related to their academics, finances, or overall well-being. She enjoys learning from international students and scholars as they share about their home countries and cultures!  

U.S. Health Care and Insurance

The health care system in the United States is complex, and as a student or scholar at MSU, you are required to have health insurance. Learn how to use your health insurance so you can get the medical care you need.OISS provides general health insurance assistance with the following:  

  • Understanding your health insurance plan 
  • Finding out where to get medical treatment 
  • Understanding your medical bills 
  • Getting insurance for your spouse or child 

General questions related to U.S. Health Care and Insurance can be sent to ihealth(at)msu.edu.


Meet Our Community Health Intern

Erin Kramer Cropped.jpgErin Kramer

Email: ihealth(at)msu.edu

Erin Kramer is the Community Health Intern for OISS who is in her final year of her Bachelor of Social Work Program. Erin is excited to begin her Master of Social Work and Master of Global Health programs at Michigan State University in May 2021. Erin has spent time abroad in Belize and Iceland, she is able to communicate in Spanish.  Erin can assist with health insurance-related questions and is knowledgeable about health resources in the East Lansing area! Erin enjoys hearing different student perspectives and assisting in OISS' health program development.

Advocacy and Outreach Team

The OISS Student Advocacy and Outreach Team works to assist students who face challenges during their studies, whether related to academics, finances, health, or overall well-being. We are available to guide students as they seek resources either on or off-campus to meet their unique needs. Learn how you can get help and meet the team members, below!


Get Help from the Advocacy and Outreach Team

  • Email the Advocacy and Outreach team at oisshelp(at)msu.edu
  • Connect with us by making a Zoom appointment
  • New for Spring Semester 2021, the Advocacy and Outreach team offers daily virtual drop-in hours to answer questions and offer support to students. These drop-in hours are called OISS Connect.

OISS Connect


OISS Connect provides international students an opportunity to meet with a member of the Advocacy and Outreach team to address their concerns related to academics, finances, overall well-being, or adjustment to MSU. If you have questions about an immigration-related matter, please contact your OISS F-1 or J-1 advisor. During OISS Connect hours, no appointment is needed to speak one-on-one with a member of the team.

During the meeting, we will discuss how you are doing and work to get you connected to appropriate resources on campus or in the community. If your concerns require follow-up, we will work together to schedule another time to connect.

To minimize wait times, OISS Connect sessions are typically limited to 15 minutes per person, and assistance is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Spring 2021 OISS Connect Hours


All times are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT/UTC-4) Time Zone Converter

  • Mondays, 8:00am - 10:00am
  • Tuesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Wednesdays, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Thursdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Friday, 8:00am - 10:00am

How to Use OISS Connect

  1. Go to OISS Connect on Zoom
  2. Enter the Virtual Advocacy & Outreach Waiting Room.
  3. An Advocacy and Outreach team member will meet with students in the order in which they enter the Waiting Room.

Is OISS Connect the Right Place for Me?

Not sure if your question or concerns are the right fit for OISS Connect? Check out this example:

Wen, a sophomore at MSU, was feeling overwhelmed by his coursework and feeling homesick. He met with the OISS Advocacy and Outreach team during OISS Connect, and they pointed him to academic resources within his college. They also created a specific plan for getting more involved on campus.


Meet the OISS Advocacy & Outreach Team! 

pic_Jessica Scott-Nehls.jpgJessica Scott-Nehls


My name is Jess and I am the Student Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator. I have my Master’s in Social Work and Bachelor’s in Spanish and International Studies. Whether you are new to MSU or preparing to complete your degree, unexpected challenges can arise during your studies and we are here to help you navigate those and find resources to help. In your academic journey at MSU, we are a part of your support team, so please reach out with any questions, concerns you face, or if you just want to say hi. I speak English and Spanish and look forward to meeting you!

Jess’s Wellness Tip:

When feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I like to take 15 minutes to get outside regardless of the weather. I purposefully leave my phone inside so I am not distracted and can focus on the current moment. Whether I’m just sitting or taking a short walk, taking this break outdoors helps me clear my head, disconnect from my stressors, and appreciate my environment.


Rachel_Ko 200px 280px.pngRachel Ko


It's great to meet you! My name is Rachel and I am one of the Advocacy and Outreach Interns. I am a Master's student in my first year of the Social Work program. College brings many surprises and challenges and having to balance it on your own can be even more stressful. I am happy to connect with you to explore different resources or just chat and get to know one another. I can speak English and Mandarin Chinese and I hope we can meet one another with coffee or tea at hand!

Rachel's Wellness Tip:

I use the free Yoga app to practice mindfulness in my breath and thoughts as well as to release tension in my body. I recommend investing in a spacious, durable exercise mat - really helps my yoga sessions.  I also light candles and drink dark coffee to start my day. This routine makes the space feel like my own.


Hannah_Wellman cropped 200px 280px.pngHannah Wellman


My name is Hannah and I am a senior undergraduate student at MSU, studying Business Management and Chinese. I have been working with OISS for a little over 2 years, and I am very familiar with resources both on-campus and off-campus. I also am able to communicate in Mandarin. I am available on email or zoom, and I am always happy to help in any way I can!

Hannah’s Wellness Tip:

One of my tips to stay organized is to take some time at the beginning of the week to write down all of the assignments I have to do and when they must be completed by. This helps me to not forget when things are due and only takes a few minutes!


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