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.

​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.

Cassie DeHaan, International Student Coordinator

  • B.S. in Music, Central Michigan University
  • M.A. in Higher Education Administration, Central Michigan University

Originally from the small town of Middleville, MI, Cassie serves as the International Student Coordinator in the OIA. During her master’s program, Cassie found that she was passionate about working with international students and began as an intern in the office. Cassie says that starting as an intern and moving into the position of Graduate Assistant in the OIA was an amazing opportunity that has led her to where she is today.

When she is not in the office, Cassie can often be found singing and playing her ukulele or spending some play-time in the park with her corgi, Pippin.

​Megan Doerr, Director, International Recruitment & Outreach

  • 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 History of Art, Michigan State University

Lynn is the executive secretary for International Student/Scholar Services in the OIA. Having lived in England for over 25 years, she has travelled extensively throughout the UK and Europe. She enjoys interacting with the international students and faculty and is committed to ensuring they obtain a positive experience while 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.

Tyler Morkin, SEVIS Coordinator

  • B.S. in Education, Central Michigan University
  • M.A. in TESOL, Central Michigan University

Tyler is originally from Crystal Falls, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He first came to CMU to complete his bachelor’s degree. More than 10 years later, Tyler has enjoyed working in various capacities at CMU, including as an instructional technologist, faculty member in the English Language Institute and the English Language and Literature department, and now as the SEVIS coordinator for the Office of International Affairs. Tyler became interested in international education in high school when he started taking French classes. As an undergraduate, he majored in French and studied abroad in France. Outside of work, he enjoys sightseeing with his family and working on various projects around his house!

Tracy Nakajima, Director, International Student & Scholar Services

  • 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, Assistant Director, International Recruitment & Outreach

  • 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.