Tarek Elshayeb has served as Director of the ISSO since August 2013. He has previously held similar positions at Western Kentucky University, Indiana University-Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW), State University of New York (SUNY) Plattsburgh and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).
Tarek holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Alexandria University in Egypt and a Master of Science in Human Resource Development from Clemson University. Tarek has traveled to many countries through his work in the field of International Education including Zambia, South Africa, Kenya,...
Denise Medeiros serves as the Associate Director of the ISSO and has been a staff member since November, 2002. She has previously worked with international students and scholars at Cornell University and the State University of New York at Buffalo. She holds a Master of Arts in Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies both from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Denise has lived and studied in Finland and Germany and has taught English in Brazil. She has become fluent in Swedish, German,...
Kadija Alkusaimi has worked in the ISSO since August 2014. She previously worked as an International Student Recruiter and Adviser and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communications from UNC Charlotte. In her free time she enjoys travelling, reading, cooking, and spending time with family.
Favorite Covid-19 Era Activities: To destress and to stay active, Kadija likes to talk walks with her kids, do craft projects, cook, have virtual lunches/breaks with friends and listen to crime and mystery audio books.
Daniel “Dillon” Clausner Jr. has worked as an International Student and Scholar Advisor at UNC-Charlotte since December 2019. After graduating with a BA from Northwestern University, he served in the U.S. Peace Corps for 2 years in Cambodia. During the Peace Corps, Dillon was overawed by the warm welcome that Cambodians extended to him, and vowed to pursue a career where he could extend a similar welcome to those coming to the United States for work or study.
Melaina Fraboni has served as an International Student and Scholar Advisor for the ISSO since the fall of 2019. She has previously worked with international students at the English Language Institute at Elms College in Massachusetts and as an advisor at Rutgers University – New Brunswick in New Jersey. Melaina holds a Master’s of Education in College Student Affairs from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Studies from Drew University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, theater, rugby, and martial arts.
Chau Tran has served as SEVIS Coordinator in the ISSO since April 2003. She has previously worked at the University of South Carolina as the Accountant/Programmer in the Controller’s Office and from Duke Energy as IT Consultant. Chau holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from UNC Charlotte.
Chau has traveled to England, France, Malta, Latvia, Honduras, Belize and Mexico.
Favorite Covid-19 Era Activities: To destress and to stay active, Chau enjoys taking...