Meet the OIA Staff

​Lindsay Barron, International Scholar Advisor

  • BSBA in Human Resource Management, Central Michigan University
  • MSA in Leadership, Central Michigan University

Lindsay works as an international scholar advisor, and is passionate about working with international students and assisting in their time here in the U.S. She first started at CMU in the Graduate Studies office working on graduate student admissions. From there, she transferred over to OIA doing undergraduate admissions, and now works as an advisor. Lindsay said that, as an alumna of CMU, she knew that it would be a wonderful place to work.

​Jake Bush, Communications Coordinator

  • BS in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations, Central Michigan University

Jake is a recent CMU grad from Breckenridge, MI. He’s passionate about the global community and international affairs, and feels it’s important to foster cultural awareness in students and beyond the university setting.

​Bryce Carlton, International Student Coordinator

  • BA in English, Grand Valley State University
  • M.Ed. in TESOL, Grand Valley State University

Bryce works as the international student coordinator in OIA, and is from Portland, MI. He studied and lived in Japan for a summer during his middle school, and believes that a globalized educational setting – where members of different cultures learn from and interact with another – can produce learning environments that foster students who are prepared to have an impact on the entire global community.

As a graduate student, Bryce began working with international students for the first time as an International Specialist Writing Consultant. As graduation approached, he began searching for jobs that would allow him to create positive educational experiences for international students hoping to study in the U.S. This led him to CMU’s Office of International Affairs.

​Gina Carman, Office Supervisor

Gina is from Remus, MI, and is passionate about meeting new students and learning about their cultures. When she’s not working, Gina loves to spend time with her family, especially her three grandchildren, and loves being on the lake.

​Anjam Chaudhary, Faculty-Led Programs Coordinator

  • BA in South Asian Studies with a concentration on Business and Finance, INALCO France
  • BA in Corporate Communications, Université Paris XIII, France
  • MA in French Education, Université de Rouen, France
  • MA in Integrated Advertising and Public Relations, Florida International University
  • Ph.D. in French Literature, Pennsylvania State University

Anjam is originally from France with ancestral roots in South Asia. Her passion for languages and cultures led her into taking part in various language programs in Spain, the UK, and the USA where she decided to finish her education and pursue her professional career. While in the U.S. she studied abroad in Germany as well. Her interest for foreign cultures and the world led her to the position of Faculty-Led Programs Coordinator at the OIA, and she enjoys being able to travel vicariously through the programs she creates.

​Megan Doerr, International Recruitment

  • BA Criminal Justice and Spanish, Grand Valley State University
  • MA International Administration, University of Denver Joseph Korbel School of International Studies

Megan, from Canadian Lakes, MI, works as the International Recruiter for OIA. Her love for international travel and culture began with a family homestay in Germany at age 14, and continued with study abroad programs to Chile and Costa Rica. As an adult, Megan's love for Latin America grew while working for a volunteer abroad organization in Costa Rica, and visiting other Latin American countries. Megan's passion for travel, meeting new people, and learning about other cultures motivates her to help others have the same positive growth experiences through study abroad, while meeting their personal and professional goals.

When she’s not working, Megan can be found training for triathlons, enjoying nature as a competitive endurance mountain biker, or hiking with her beloved Siberian Husky, Tico.

​Lynn Greiff, Executive Secretary

  • BA in Art History, Michigan State University

Lynn is the executive secretary for the Office of International Affairs. She's from Alma, MI and spent time living abroad in England. Lynn is passionate about working with the international faculty and students at CMU.

Megan Hofer, International Student Advisor

  • Bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services, Central Michigan University
  • Master’s degree in Recreation Administration, Central Michigan University

Megan serves as an international student advisor in the OIA, and originally hails from Marysville, MI. She studied abroad in Ireland when she was in college, and has personally traveled throughout Europe and in China as well.

She loves the cultural exchange she receives while working with students from all over the world. Megan says that while her job is to help them assimilate, she receives so much in return from meeting with each international student on a daily basis and getting to know them.

After she received her Master’s degree, Megan knew she wanted to work in higher education. She worked for a couple other universities in Michigan before she found herself back in Mount Pleasant and lucky enough to work for her alma mater.

Donna Mayes, Secretary

  • AA in Accounting and Business Administration, Mid-Michigan Community College
  • BA in Business Administration, Central Michigan University

Donna has worked at CMU for nearly 20 years now, starting as a temp as she finished her bachelor’s degree. She enjoys interacting with and learning from the international students, who she says represent the ‘best of the best’ in their country – serious students wanting not only an education, but to learn about new cultures as well.

In her spare time, Donna is passionate about giving back to the community, and works with a number of non-profit organizations. She volunteers with the Isabella County Citizens Emergency Response Team and she is the leader of The Compassionate Friends Mid-Michigan Chapter, a support group that helps those who have lost a child.

Tracy Nakajima, Director of OIA

  • BA from Knox College
  • MA from Central Michigan University

Tracy is the director of the Office of International Affairs, and has spent over 14 years living, studying, and working in Asia, in areas such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan. She is passionate about international affairs because international education broadens minds, changes lives, and promotes mutual understanding.

Tracy chose to work in OIA when the opportunity arose because the position combined her interests in working with international students with her career experiences. She believed that CMU provided the right environment, curriculum, and support services necessary for international students to achieve their goals, and she wanted to contribute to that community.

Evelyn Seitz, Secretary

  • Bachelor's in English Literature, San Diego State University

Evelyn is originally from Ithaca, MI, and currently resides in Midland, MI with her husband and daughter. She spent time studying abroad in Mexico, Spain and Germany during college, and now works as a secretary for the OIA at CMU. Evelyn says she finds it interesting to work with international students as they always bring such diverse experiences and perspectives with them. She says it’s incredibly rewarding to help new students and make them feel at home in Mount Pleasant.

Tisa Thompson, Coordinator of International Student Services

  • BA in International Studies, Japanese, and Political Science, Hope College
  • MBA in Strategic Management, Davenport University

Tisa is originally from Reed City, MI and has spent time living and studying abroad in Japan, Germany, France, Italy, and Switzerland. Tisa loves exploring different cultures and working with people of various backgrounds. She enjoys learning about the lives of their students and what brought them to CMU for their education. She is passionate about helping people better their lives, and she feels she is able to do so with the international students at CMU. When she’s not working, Tisa can be found outside enjoying nature, or out on a lake somewhere.

Raye Walraven, Senior Office Specialist

  • AAS in Graphic Design, Mid-Michigan Community College
  • BA in Advertising and Public Relations, Grand Valley State University
  • MBA, Northwood University

Raye, the senior office specialist for OIA, lives in Harrison, MI and grew up in St. Johns, MI. When she was in high school, she visited Paris and completely fell in love with France. She returned to the French countryside to live for a summer semester during college as well. Raye loves to meet new people and experience new cultures. She’s intrigued by everything unfamiliar to her, and continues to travel abroad whenever she is able.

Education has always been important to Raye, and she counts finding a job in higher education in such close proximity as a blessing. In her current position, she is able to work with students and staff from many different cultures. Raye also enjoys all types of design, including interior, landscape and graphic design.