International Education Staff

Myung Park

myung park

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

Myung was 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 Systems. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Phoenix.

Shannon Brazell

shannon brazell

International Education Admissions and Registration Specialist, smbrazell@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 countryside 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.

Ashley Chambers

ashley chambers

International Education Homestay Coordinator, achambers@pierce.ctc.edu

As a former student and graduate of Pierce College, Ashley is very excited to return to her roots after completing her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences with a main focus on education. She is currently working on her M.A. in Public Administration. She was born and raised in Puyallup/Tacoma area and has been married to her high school sweetheart, Cole, for eleven years. For the past fifteen years, she was in Social Services as a Life Skills Coordinator and Case Manager. She also worked to provide host families and international students a positive homestay experience serving as a Community Counselor through a national au pair agency and with a local high school exchange program as Homestay Coordinator/Community Education Outreach Coordinator. She took a 7 year hiatus to raise her family of four kids, ages 10, twin 6 year olds, and a five year old but returned to the workforce a few years ago. She looks forward to developing a solid and exciting homestay program here.

Brent Leavell

brent leavell

Manager, International Outreach and Partnerships, lleavell@pierce.ctc.edu

Brent travels extensively on marketing and recruitment campaigns overseas to meet with prospective students and build partnerships and pathways with institutions and agencies. He has worked in international education for nearly a decade in several capacities related to academic achievement and enjoys working with stakeholders in education. He was awarded a Fulbright in Indonesia to help him complete his M.S. in Geography focused on how culture influences business development. He has served on several Fulbright Selection panels in Indonesia and the U.S. Brent has owned an international business that produced educational toys, worked as a wilderness river guide in Alaska, Chile, and the Rocky Mountain region, and worked in the agriculture, education, business development and tourism sectors. He enjoys spending time with his family, skiing, running rivers, photography and learning about new cultures. He also enjoys tasting spicy food from around the globe.

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.

Brandon Pearson

brandon pearson

International Admissions Coordinator, bpearson@pierce.ctc.edu

Brandon is a proud community college graduate and recently earned his Master of Arts in Cultural Studies from the University of Washington-Bothell where he focused his culminating project on issues surrounding homelessness in Olympia, WA and the greater Thurston County area. He is excited to welcome students from around the world to Pierce College and the beautiful state he calls home. When not at work, Brandon is spending time with his family and enjoys reading, polishing his carpentry skills, quilting, and baking yummy goodies. He looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your educational goals in the United States.

Bowie Pattanan Stanescki

bowie pattanan stanescki

Program Assistant, pstanescki@pierce.ctc.edu

Bowie is the program assistant for the International Office. She grew up in Bangkok, Thailand and has lived in the US for the last 5 years in Florida, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Delaware and Washington. Bowie studied English and History at the Silpakorn University in Nakhon Patoom Province in Thailand and also studied in the United States as an international student. She enjoys meeting students from all over the world and sharing her Thai culture with the Pierce College Community.

Kate Strittmatter

kate strittmatter

International Outreach Specialist, kstrittmatter@pierce.ctc.edu

Kate is the International Outreach Specialist. She travels on marketing and recruitment campaigns overseas to meet with prospective students. Kate taught English to elementary school students in South Korea through the EPIK program. She received her M.A. from the University of Nebraska in Educational Administration. She's happy to have the opportunity to work with international students and help them achieve their educational goals at Pierce College!

Susan Taylor

susan taylor

SEVIS and Immigration Manager, sjtaylor@pierce.ctc.edu

Susan has been working with international students for over 10 years. She has studied and lived abroad in Beijing, China and Taipei, Taiwan and has travelled to many countries throughout Asia (except Korea). Susan loves helping students achieve their goals and feels lucky to work with the wonderful international student community at Pierce. Her door is always open to students who have questions about their I-20’s, F-1 visas, OPT, or anything else.

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 with home improvements and yard work, he enjoys such pastimes as reading, biking, hiking, camping, and taking in the occasional movie.

Julia Woodworth

julia woodworth

Program Specialist, jwoodworth@pierce.ctc.edu

Julia Woodworth is the International Department Student Programs Specialist. She especially enjoys creating meaningful activities for international students and planning transformative study tour trips. She believes all students should have the chance to study abroad, regardless of their background and financial means. Julia first became interested in higher education after working as a resident assistant at Gonzaga University, where she received a degree in Economics. Julia’s favorite part of working at Pierce College is helping students succeed, and bringing students together to build a strong sense of community on campus. In her free time, she gardens, makes costumes, and enjoys cooking. She has traveled to almost two dozen countries and especially enjoys learning about other cultures.

Kim Woolhouse

kim woolhouse

Program Support Supervisor, kwoolhouse@pierce.ctc.edu

Kim began working for Pierce College International Education in 2010 as the Homestay Assistant, then became the Program Assistant and currently is the Program Support Supervisor. She has a great respect and appreciation for her colleagues in International Education as they are all sincerely caring of students’ adjustment to life in the U.S. and to their academic success. Having grown up in a multicultural family, she understands the challenges in communication and adjusting to cultural differences. Her interests are classical yoga, ethnic vegetarian and vegan food, hiking and being in nature, gardening, local live theater and musical events, anyone with a zest for living and making the world a better place in any way, great or small. She loves anyone with a great sense of humor and jokes her lifelong goal is striving to remember the punch lines.