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
mmeulblok@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.

Shannon Scott

Shannon Scott

International Education Admissions and Registration Specialist
SMScott@pierce.ctc.edu

Shannon received her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Pacific University in Oregon. After completing her degree she taught English in Japan for three years by participating in the JET Programme. She fell in love with living in a small country side town and traveling to all of the islands in Japan to sight see and try all the delicious foods. Since she enjoyed living and teaching abroad so much she loves meeting International students and helping them adjust to living here in America.

Shannon was born in Tacoma, but has lived in four other states before settling back near her family. She has three dachshund pups and loves to scrapbook, travel, take photos and bake.

Breanna Baker

Breanna Baker

Student Activities Coordinator
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.

Chris Waraksa

Chris Waraksa

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

Chris has had many years of varied experience in the field of education. He has taught English and ESL classes in public schools and universities in the United States and in South Korea. In Korea, Chris taught and directed business English programs for Samsung's Human Resources Development Center in Seoul. After returning to the United States he directed international business programs for the University of Washington's Educational Outreach before joining International Education at Pierce College.

In his free time Chris enjoys spending time with his family at home, where there always seems to be something in the house or yard that needs his weekend attention. When not busy fixing leaky faucets or loose bricks, or pruning back the black berries and holly, he enjoys such pastimes as reading, biking, hiking, and taking in the occasional movie.

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

Shannon Scott
Program Specialist/International Education Admissions
253-964-6656

The International Club

Mary Meulblok
Manager, International Student Services
253-964-6725

Housing and Homestay

homestay@pierce.ctc.edu