Meet the team
Education Abroad Advising
Emily’ s interest in international affairs began while an undergraduate at The Ohio State University, where she majored in International Studies. She studied abroad in Beijing, China and then later served as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English in Sichuan, China. After Peace Corps, Emily earned a Master’s degree in Geography and Planning from The University of Akron in 2003. After working in Urban Planning for a while, she realized she missed working with international students and people from other countries. In 2005, she took advantage of an opportunity with the Department of Homeland Security, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where she adjudicated citizenship applications and other types of immigration benefits. After this term position ended, Emily stayed home to raise her children for several years, concentrating on volunteering and taking leadership roles in her children’ s schools. In 2015, Emily was ready to return to the workforce and was fortunate to be hired as an International Student and Scholar Advisor here at UA. She currently serves as Assistant Director of Immigration Services and enjoys working closely with international students.
Robyn's experience in international education began as a student assistant in the English Language Institute during her undergraduate studies at The University of Akron. While earning her Master's degree in Higher Education Administration at UA, she served as a graduate assistant in the Office of International Programs and later transitioned to a full-time immigration advisor for international students in September 2004. From 2006 to 2009, she served as Director of International Programs and Services at Walsh University, where she coordinated global learning programs, provided international student and scholar services, planned cultural programs and events, and was responsible for the university's compliance with federal regulations relating to international students and scholars. In 2012, she received her law degree from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota. From September 2013 to May 2017, she was a judicial law clerk and attorney advisor with the Executive Office for Immigration Review in the U.S. Department of Justice.
Robyn has strong connections to family and friends in northeast Ohio and is grateful for the opportunity to serve her alma mater in this new role. Her responsibilities include strengthening international partnerships, building study abroad capacity, and managing the university's compliance with federal regulations relating to international students and scholars.
Pamella Cash is a transplant to Ohio from California. She is originally from Tennessee but was raised in Southern California where she graduated from California State University at Long Beach with her Bachelor’ s Degree in History.
She has worked in education for over 15 years, most recently at Stark State College in the Disability Support/Military Services office. Prior to moving from CA, she worked for nearly 6 years as the Registrar of an online professional development company, working with K-12 teachers around the world. She is very happy to be here in Ohio and is excited to a part of the University of Akron community.
As a third generation student at The University of Akron, Jennifer Dixon has been a Zip all her life. Her first experience with international education began during her undergraduate years when Jennifer participated in a summer study abroad program in Spain with other UA students and a semester as an exchange student in South Korea.
Upon returning to Akron she immersed herself in volunteering in the Office of International Programs as a leader of New International Student Orientation, a teaching assistant in the English Language Institute, and a founding member of the Study Abroad Society. Upon graduating in 2015, Jennifer was granted the opportunity to serve as a graduate assistant for International Programs and Study Abroad while pursuing her Master in Business Administration at UA. During this time she served as the president of the Study Abroad Society, and founded the International Student Council. Jennifer is honored to continue being a Zip and begin her career as an International Recruiter. This role will take her around the world to increase The University of Akron’s global impact and diversify its international student population.
Rashad joined the University of Akron in June 2017 and is the primary contact for students from the Mideast, Indian Subcontinent, Caribbean and Northern Africa. Rashad worked as the Coordinator for the International House Living Learning Community at the University of Memphis. In this capacity worked directly with study abroad international students, coordinated with specialized programming outcomes with professors and helped to acclimate international students to college in the United States and life in Memphis. He also served as Assistant Director of Admissions traveling the U.S to recruit domestic and International students to Nova Southeastern University. Rashad completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Eastern Michigan University and will soon receive his MA degree in Cross Disciplinary Studies – High Education/Leadership.
Nicola Kille joined the University of Akron in May 2017 as the Executive Director of the Center for International Students and Scholars. In her new role she will work with international students from orientation throughout their time at Akron to graduation, and beyond as alumni. Previously, she held several positions in international education and community engagement during her sixteen years at the College of Wooster, including Assistant Director, Global Engagement; Associate Director, Off Campus Study and most recently Associate Director of both International Student Affairs and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
She is originally from London, England, but has lived in the United States for many years. Nicola received her BA (History) from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth, and her MA (Intercultural Relations) from the University of the Pacific (Stockton, Calif.) and the Intercultural Communication Institute (Portland, Ore). During her undergraduate degree, she spent a year as an international student in the United States.
Tracy an Akron, Ohio native has over 25 years of experience at The University of Akron. She is an alum with a BA in Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration.
She has worked in a range of areas for the university: the international student services, undergraduate/graduate admissions, immigration, and programming.
Naturally, her all-time favorite mascot is Zippy!
After spending 15 plus years in Michigan, Jung moved to Ohio in January 2018 to join the International Center team at UA as immigration services adviser. In Michigan, Jung served international students from around the world at Lansing Community College in admissions and immigration advising from 2013-18. Jung received his B.A. (psychology) from Michigan State University.
As a child growing up, Jung had an opportunity to live in South Korea, Guam and the United States. This experience gave him an opportunity to immerse himself in new cultures and allowed him to efficiently adapt to new environments. As someone who personally experienced multiple challenges of adapting to a new culture while trying to maintain his own, Jung understands some of the struggles that international students face. Jung is excited to have an opportunity to help international students navigate their journey at The University of Akron!
Lin was born and grew up in China, and moved to the United States in 2013 for her master’s degree in Communication Studies at Kent State University (KSU). Before her move, she already received a bachelor’ s and a master’s degree in English (as a second language) and worked as a college ESL teacher for 6 years at a Chinese university. She was a teaching assistant while pursuing her master’ s degree at KSU and later transitioned to be an adjunct faculty at both KSU and John Carroll University after graduation in 2015. She also interned at Cleveland Clinic International Operations and Global Patient Services, assisting with international development and programs to better serve international patients. From 2016 to early 2017, she served as the Education and Workforce Development Program Manager at the International Institute of Akron. She managed classes and programs to help refugees and immigrants acquire essential language, life and job skills to start their new lives in Akron, and advised interested ones on college opportunities. Her role is to promote The University of Akron around the globe and serve as the primary contact for prospective international students and their parents in and outside the United States.
Denise Wilson joined the International Recruitment Office in July 2017 after nearly twenty years abroad. Denise is originally from Northeast Ohio and is a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College. Denise was introduced to international admissions and student administration during her ten years with the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden and worked with students from over 100 countries. Denise then continued her international experience working as the Graduate School Administrator in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. Denise brings twenty years of international admissions, qualification evaluation and student administration experience to UAkron and is looking forward to seeing the international student population continue to grow.
JP has been working with international students and recruitment since 1999 with organizations from Walt Disney World to The College of Wooster in three countries. He spent several years as the head of admissions at Temple University, Japan Campus under current University of Akron President Matthew Wilson.
He has recruited in 84 countries and firmly believes in the value of international education (and that The University of Akron offers a great blend of options to students from around the world). In his personal life he is an avowed “geek” that speaks on the cultural value of anime is very much looking forward to ZipCon!
Haitao Zhao is a student assistant, and his current responsibilities include communicating with prospective and current international students regarding immigration inquiries and applications, scheduling immigration advising appointments, assisting the immigration advisors in requesting documents needed for the issuance of I-20s, and express mailing I-20s.
His international education began in Fall 2012, when he came to The University of Akron to pursue his Master’ s degree in Computer Science. He began working as a graduate assistant in the Office of International Programs in Spring 2013, where he assisted the immigration advisor with processing and mailing international students’ immigration documents. He received his Master’ s degree in Fall 2014 and began his PhD program, and he has continued serving as a graduate assistant.