International Education - International Education Staff

Myung Park

Myung Park

Executive Director of International Education
mpark@pierce.ctc.edu

She has been the Executive Director for Global Programs and Partnerships at Lake Washington Institute of Technology before she joined Pierce College. Prior to that position, she was the Director of Institutional Research and the Instructional Database Coordinator at the same institution.

Myung studied undergraduate finance and has an MBA in Finance and Information System. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Phoenix.

Cindy MacKersie

Cindy MacKersie

SEVIS and Cultural Programs Manager
cmacker@pierce.ctc.edu

Cindy MacKersie grew up in the state of Maine in the Northeastern United States, but has been living in Washington for the past 17 years.

She has worked in International Education at Pierce College for 12 years as an ESL instructor, Activities Coordinator, and a Student Advisor. She has a B.A. degree in French with a minor in Japanese, a Certificate in TESL, and an M.A. in Adult Education.

She has lived and worked in France, Japan, and Germany and has travelled to various other locations throughout the world including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, and many European countries.

Mary Meulblok

Mary Meulblok

Manager, International Student Services
mmeulblo@pierce.ctc.edu

Mary is the Manager of International Student Services at Pierce. She has worked in International Education for over ten years.

Mary received her degrees in French and Education from Western Washington University in 1986. Her international experience includes a year as an au pair and student at L'Universite d'haute Bretagne in Rennes, France in 1981-82.

Mary is married to a Dutchman (whom she met while he was an exchange student in college) and together they have three daughters. Her hobbies include travel, reading, and spending time with her family.

Sandy Plann

Sandy Plann

Manager, International Marketing
splann@pierce.ctc.edu

Sandy has had many years of varied experience in the field of international education. She holds a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a teaching certificate and Master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from UCLA, and has taught English to international students, immigrants and refugees. As Marketing Manager she has visited many countries, introducing Pierce College to students, high schools, colleges and universities.

In her free time, Sandy enjoys spending time with her family and pursuing various hobbies, including reading, crafts, gardening and sports, especially swimming, biking, and running. She has lived and worked in Mexico, Ecuador, Spain and Wales and is an avid traveler.

Mishelle Pasinato

Mishelle Pasinato

Intensive English Program (IEP) Manager
mpasinato@pierce.ctc.edu

Mishelle knew that she wanted to be an English teacher by the time she was in the eighth grade. Now, many years later, she finds joy every day with her students as she bounces around the classroom. The words "energetic" and "outgoing" are two of the most-used adjectives to describe her teaching style and her personality.

Mishelle graduated with Bachelors degrees in English, Sociology, and Secondary Education from Washington State University in 1990. She taught for one year in the public schools, and then bought a one-way ticket to Korea to teach English as a Foreign Language. Mishelle loved both Korean food and culture, and learned as much from her students as they learned from her. Three years later, she returned to Washington State to work for the American Cultural Exchange at Pacific Lutheran University, where she taught ESL and ran the Community Interaction section of the program. She also finished her TESOL teaching degree while working there.

She came to Pierce College in 1999, teaching college English composition courses while working on her Masters degree in education, with a focus on reading and literacy, from City University. While at C.U., she concentrated her research on ESL reading comprehension. She now teaches ESL certification courses for City University in addition to her IEP and college composition courses here at Pierce College.

Mishelle's hobbies include reading, making scrapbooks and photo albums for her family, and volunteering at her children's school.

Jennifer Gruver

Jennifer Gruver

Student Activities Coordinator/Admissions
jgruver@pierce.ctc.edu

Jennifer Gruver is originally from Baltimore, Maryland near Washington D.C. on the east coast of the US. She moved to Seattle in 1997 and has lived there off and on for 16 years. She really likes to live near the ocean.

She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor's in Sociology and Liberal Arts. During her college career, she studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic and she also taught English in Kenya during the summer. After college, she wanted to teach overseas again so she joined the JET program and taught English in Shimane Prefecture, Japan for two years. Upon returning from Japan, Jen earned her Masters in Teaching from Western Washington University in Seattle.

Jennifer has taught ESL for 3 years and has worked in student services for international students for over 6 years. She loves to work with international students because the culture she craves to learn comes right here to her office! She also loves to travel and has been to about 25 countries.

Aside from having fun with students on activities, she likes hanging out with her husband and family, listening to music, yoga, meditation, tennis, badminton, reading, talking, eating, watching movies, hiking, laughing, and learning foreign languages. She can speak a little Spanish, German, Japanese and is now learning Korean.

Breanna Baker

Breanna Baker

Activities Coordinator Assistant
bbaker@pierce.ctc.edu

Breanna Baker grew up here in the Pacific Northwest, in the seaside town of Port Townsend, Washington. At the age of 14, Breanna had a strong passion for learning and understanding many different cultures of the world. Before being accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point for her collegiate studies, Breanna had already traveled to 8 foreign countries. During her travels Breanna worked on projects overseas such as teaching first aid to villagers in rural Costa Rica, putting on summer camps for children in Mongolia, delivering first aid to Israeli and Palestinian towns, and teaching students in Hong Kong how to facilitate youth programs in their schools.

At West Point, Breanna studied Homeland Security and Arabic. After two years at the Academy, Breanna transferred to the University of Washington and finished a Bachelor's Degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics with a focus in International Relations and Arabic. Breanna's passion for global service continues as she works in the International Office. She has only been a part of the staff since 2013, but she knows she has found her dream job! She loves serving our International Students here at Pierce College. Breanna plans extra-curricular activities that students are given the opportunity to participate in, as well as facilitates programs to help International Students get the most out of their experience studying in the United States.

Some of Breanna's hobbies include spending time with her husband and Aussiedoodle puppy, rock climbing, backpacking, scuba diving, gardening, party planning, practicing her Arabic, and of course learning about different cultures and getting to know the international students and hearing each ones unique background and their life goals.

George Scheffe

George Scheffe

International Housing Manager
homestay@pierce.ctc.edu

George is a true Washingtonian who has lived up and down the west coast of the state, making his home in Longview, Bellingham and now Tacoma. He has traveled extensively in Asia, living in Japan for 3 ½ years.  While living with a Japanese family, his world exploded with color, and his appreciation for the amazing diversity and beauty of people was born. He has traveled to Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and the Middle East.

George’s career path has included work as a youth pastor, in sales, carpentry and management in the insurance industry.  He brings strategic thinking, planning,
problem-solving, and communication skills to the table.  He also actively volunteers as a chaperone for youth service work, in school-related activities, and in various neighborhood efforts to bring restoration to Tacoma. 

George met his wife in Japan and moved back to Washington, raising 3 children.  He and his family continue their international enrichment by hosting exchange students in their home. George loves family, travel, gardening and making espresso.  He is grateful for friendship that enriches the adventure called life.

Bebhinn Horrigan

Bebhinn Horrigan

Northwest Community College Initiative Program Grant Advisor
bhorrigan@pierce.ctc.edu

I was born and raised in Tacoma WA, and began my secondary education here at Pierce College in the late nineties. I truly thought at that time, "This is a place that I feel at home and I would love to work here". Although I have been "out in the world" pursuing my degrees or job, I tend to find my way back to Pierce College. I studied Education at PLU, but my path led me first to a cosmetology license from the Gene Juarez Academy, and then BA in Religion and MA in Theology, both from Faith Seminary in Tacoma.

Over the years, I have worked in several different departments for the college, including evaluations and student programs, however international education is my favorite by far. I am truly inspired by families who sacrifice and commit so much for the goal of education, and by the students who are willing to take the adventure of traveling and living far from home. As someone who didn't leave the state till I was 18, and has only held a passport for 6 years, my wanderlust spirit kicked in. My travels have taken me to Israel, Jordan, Hong Kong, England, France, and Germany. Traveling, observing, and making friends is my favorite thing, and I dream of visiting many other countries; including, but not limited to, Turkey, Greece, India, Korea, Iceland, Morocco, Kenya, South Africa, and the list goes on.

I truly love the way that my job with the Northwest Community College Initiative truly brings the world to me. I have the opportunity to learn just as much as I share through this cultural program. I am blessed to have the opportunity to work closely with students from developing countries specifically to see their dreams come true.

In my spare time, I love to go to church, travel and explore with friends, shop and drink plenty of coffee.

General Inquiries

international@pierce.ctc.edu
Voice: 253-964-6229
Fax: 253-964-6256

Pierce College International Programs
9401 Farwest Drive S.W.
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999
USA

Submission of Applications

internationalapp@
pierce.ctc.edu

Fax: 253-964-6256

Pierce College International Programs
9401 Farwest Drive S.W.
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999
USA

Study-Abroad Opportunities

for American students
Mary Meulblok
Voice: 253-964-6725

The International Club

Jen Gruver
Voice: 253-964-6656

Housing and Homestay

homestay@pierce.ctc.edu