About Us

Out Mission

GAISA is building a new model of international student successin higher education through evidence-based research and student-centered advocacy.

Meet Our Board

In order to further advance the experience of international students around the world, we have assembled a diverse and experienced team to help GAISA achieve our mission. We are also extremely fortunate to have the overwhelming support of many like-minded organizations and partners who have joined us on the journey to improving the lives of millions of international students.

Richard DeCapua, Ed.D.

Founding President, GAISA

Before his journey with GAISA, Rich was a 20-year higher ed veteran working at institutions such as Boston College, Brandeis University, and Wesleyan University where he oversaw numerous aspects of campus life and student affairs that directly impacted the success of international students. Rich is currently still teaching in numerous higher education graduate programs where he specializes in higher education finance.

Austin A. Ashe

MIT Sloan School of Management

Associate Director, Office of Undergraduate Education

I've spent 15 years working within the field of higher education. During that time I have worked within spaces that include: academic advising, university advancement, alumni affairs, student leadership, first-year programs & orientation, and residential life. I am currently finishing my doctoral program at the University of Massachusetts (Boston) higher education program. My research seeks to examine the connections between #HipHopEd, cultural/racial identity of faculty, and pedagogical approach.

M.L. “Cissy” Petty

George Washington University

Vice President Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Tamara Yakaboski, Ph.D.

University of Northern Colorado

Professor & Department Chair

Huan Roholt

University of Pennsylvania/NAFSA

International Student and Scholar Advisor/ NAFSA China MIG Vice Chair

John Singleton

Texas Christian University

Director of International Services

Shams Vahedi, LL.M.

Michigan State University

Immigration Advisor

Jamele Adams

Brandeis University

Dean of Students

Suzanne E. Beech

Ulster University

Lecturer in Human Geography

Jenny Bowen

Indiana University

Director, International Student Advising

Nathalie P. Rita

University of Hawaii at Manoa

PhD Candidate and Researcher

Olga A. Moskaleva

The Pennsylvania State University

Regional Global Education Coordinator

Dulce Amor L. Dorado

University of California San Diego

Director of International Students & Programs Office

Justin S. Jeffery

University of Georgia

Director of International Student Life

Whitney Szmodis

Lehigh University

Assistant Director, Fellowship Advising and United Nations Programs

Samantha C. Brandauer

Dickinson College

Associate Provost and Executive Director

Denis Simon

Duke University School of Law

Senior Adviser to the President for China Affairs and Professor of the Practice

Gerardo Blanco

Boston College

Director for the Center for Higher International Education & Faculty

Rudie Altamirano

University of Pennsylvania

Director of International Student, Scholar, Immigration & Integration Services

Shontay Delalue

Dartmouth College

Senior Vice President and Senior Diversity Officer

Margee Ensign

Dickinson College


Jacinda Félix Haro

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Dean of Students and Senior Student Affairs Officer

Samba Dieng

Louisiana State University

Senior Internationalization Officer and Executive Director of International Programs

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