International Scholar Services - Leadership

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Amanda Thompson

Director
Amanda received her BA in English from the University of Alberta (1988) and her LLB from the University of British Columba (1991). She practiced law briefly in Canada before moving to the US in 1994 (first as a TN status and then in H-1B), and has been licensed in the US as an attorney since 1998. Amanda has worked for one of the largest law firms in the US, but also has run her own solo law practice; additionally, she managed international services at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory for more than 6 years. Amanda authored 2 legal treatises, and, until 2012, updated them biannually. Amanada has just started (part-time) a master's degree in Society and the Law, focusing on immigration law, in Purdue's Sociology Department. She has 3 grown children, 4 dogs, several fish, and 3 citizenships.
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Moira Haehl

Assistant Director
Moira has been part of the ISS scholar team since March 2019 and is currently the Assistant Director. She has a Chemical Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and started her career working in Research and Development at Eli Lilly and Company.  Moira has worked in several regulatory positions prior to joining Purdue.  Moira was born in Scotland and moved to the US when she was in high school.  In her free time, she loves to travel, explore new places, go to sporting events, and spend time with her four adult children and dogs.

International Scholar Services Counseling Team

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Austin Smith

Counselor & Tech Specialist

Austin joined the ISS Scholar team as a Counselor in July 2021. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from Kenyon College, with study abroad experiences in Madagascar and France. After graduating, Austin moved to Paris, France where he taught middle school English. Returning to the US, he worked for the Social Security Administration before joining Purdue. Outside of work you can find Austin reading, knitting/crocheting, and traveling around the world.

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Brad McDaniel

Counselor

Brad joined the International Scholar team in July 2022 from the International Student team. He has more than 8 years of experience working within international students and scholars. Prior to joining Purdue, he worked with international students and scholars at Oklahoma State University. Brad holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma State University. In his free time, Brad enjoys spending time with his partner Randy, their dog Hoss, quilting, learning about other cultures, and traveling.

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Matthew Tenaglio

Counselor & Tech Specialist

Matt is from Weirton, WV and is a proud alumnus of West Virginia University where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2021 after receiving a Bachelor’s in History in 2018. As a law student, Matt developed a deep interest in the intersection of Immigration and Labor/Employment Law, which led him to Purdue’s ISS office in 2021. Prior to that, he worked as a legal clerk in WVU’s ISS office from 2019-2021 and was a member of WVU’s Immigration Law Clinic, where he worked on a wide array of cases including Asylum, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and Removal Defense proceedings. As a member of the Immigration Law Clinic, he helped draft a Petition for certiorari for the U.S. Supreme Court and wrote and submitted briefs to federal courts including the U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Matt loves soccer—both as a spectator and player—and you can find him watching WVU and Purdue football and basketball or exploring the Hoosier State in his free time.

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Chad Broeker

Counselor

Chad serves as a Counselor for International Scholars. He loves the field of International Education and has been working in it for over 16 years. Chad is a transplant to Indiana but has lived here many years and has strong roots in the state. Additionally, he has lived in Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Mississippi, Arizona, and Minnesota.

He earned an associate’s degree in avionic systems technology from the Community College of the Air Force, a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, with a minor in religious studies, from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, and a master’s degree in anthropology from Purdue University.

Chad served in the United States Air Force and the United States Air National Guard and is now a retired veteran. He loves to travel and has been blessed to do so through his military time, his career in international education, and personal life. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and enjoys a plethora of outdoor activities including hiking, camping, and canoeing.

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Melissa E Hay-Bishop

Senior Administrative Clerk

Melissa Hay has been with the International Scholar Team since June of 2021. Prior to that she worked in the Purdue Computer Science Department as an administrative assistant and liaison since March, 2019. She has four children, two sons that are Purdue students, one daughter who is in the music business in Nashville, TN, and one daughter in high school at McCutcheon. She also has two rescue pups: Murphy, a Cairn Terrier and Chloe, a mini goldendoodle. In her free time she enjoys reading, music, watching her kids' activities, and knitting.

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Gilly Grace Hammack

Clerical Assistant

Gilly is one of the student workers on the ISS scholar team since July 2022, but has worked in the International Services offices since June 2021 for the student team. She is a student at Purdue, enrolled in the grad class of 2025. She is a Visual Communication and Design major. She was born and raised solely in West Lafayette.  She has owned three guinea pigs throughout her life, including her current one, Fendal. In her freetime, she enjoys reading or drawing.

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Cheuk Yiu Lee (Noel)

Clerical Assistant

Noel is a student clerical assistant of ISS who has been working with the scholar team since February 2022. She originated in Hong Kong and moved to the United States in 2017, and is majoring in Communication and Political Science here at Purdue. Photography and exploring new places are her favorite pastime. She loves to travel and takes all types of pictures every day, but specializes in journalistic portraits and fashion photography. As an immigrated international student who has experienced issues similar to those of transitioning international faculty members and students, she is happy to help out with their needs at ISS so all international faculty members and students can thrive.

Purdue International Scholar Assistance (PISA) team

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Sarah Underwood

PISA Manager
Sarah has been an employee of Purdue University for ten years, and a Lafayette resident for twenty. She has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Business Management and Leadership from Western Governors University. She enjoys spending time with her family, her cats, dinosaurs, reading, walking and traveling. She plans to someday visit Nepal and tour Everest Base Camp.
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Laura Lathrop

PISA Specialist
Laura joined Purdue University’s PISA team in September 2022 as a recent transplant to Indiana from Minnesota (where it is much too cold). Laura holds a Master of Arts in Teaching and a BA in History, and spent two years teaching English to undergraduates at Ningxia University in China. Returning stateside, Laura worked first in special needs classrooms, and later as a host and outreach facilitator for an organization serving international scholars at the University of Minnesota. She freelances as a writer and editor, volunteers as a trained domestic violence survivor advocate, and draws from a broad experience in office administration, information management, and content creation.

In her spare time, Laura enjoys taking road trips all over the US, exploring Indiana, reading, cooking, and mastering new board games with her family.