Meet the Staff

Bill Taylor

Director

Bill Taylor has been with International Student Services since 1998 and became director in 2013.  He is the Primary Designated School Official for the F visa program and the Responsible Officer for the J visa program at Texas A&M University.  He has participated in the NAFSA Trainer Corp and taught F and J workshops.  Prior to joining Texas A&M University, he was an adjunct instructor at Central Texas College and Temple College.  He also worked on a congressional campaign.   He graduated from Angelo State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Baylor University with a Masters of Public Policy and Administration.  While at Angelo State University, he participated in a study abroad program in Lüneburg, Germany.

Primary Designated School Official for F Program, Responsible Officer for J Program

Amanda Brinlee

Assistant Director

Amanda Brinlee has been with International Student Services since 2006 and is currently a Assistant Director. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology in 2005 and a Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration in 2010. Amanda is actively involved in NAFSA and currently serves on the Region III team on the Chair Stream. She has previously served as the Chair on the Houston Forum for International student and Scholar Advisors. Amanda grew up in the Bryan/College Station area and enjoys being an Aggie!

Designated School Official for F Program, Alternate Responsible Officer for J Program

Samantha Clement

Assistant Director

Originally from Maryland, Samantha completed her Bachelor’s degree in Language and International Trade (Spanish/Tourism) from Clemson University. She then completed her Master’s degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences at Texas A&M University. Samantha has been working with International Student Services since 2008 and really enjoys assisting international students!

Designated School Official for F Program, Alternate Responsible Officer for J Program

Misty Payne

Administrative Coordinator II

Misty has been with the International Student Services Division since September of 2017. Originally from the Carolinas, she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has 20 years experience working with the U.S. and foreign governments having lived in Europe, the Middle East and having visited more than a dozen countries. She earned her Masters of Science in Health Care Administration and MBA at the University of Maryland University College. She enjoys traveling, spending time with family and is really enjoying working with International Students and learning in this diverse environment.


Rose Mesecher

Administrative Associate IV

Born in Ohio, though travelled a lot while younger. Rose has seventeen years of experience in office and business operations, receiving an Associate of Arts in Business Administration.  Rose has been working with International Student Services since the summer of 2017 and really enjoys assisting others! In her spare time, Rose is a volunteer and enjoys arts, crafts and designing new things as well as spending time with family.
 

White, Steven

Program Coordinator I

Steven is a former Aggie (class of '90), was a member of the Corps of Cadets (Co. D-1), and received a B.S. in Kinesiology/Outdoor Education. He was the Program Director at Camp Tejas for 13 years and lived and worked in southern India for 5 years. He received a M.A. in Intercultural Leadership from SBTS in Louisville, KY. Steven started working at TAMU in 2015 as Training Coordinator for TCALL in the College of Education & Human Development. Steven has been very involved with the international community at Texas A&M for the past 3 years. He has served on the Brazos Valley Worldfest Board, the Social Diversity and Climate Committee for the Dept. of EAHR , and mentored many TAMU international students and student organizations. Steven currently serves as the Advisor for ISMA (International Student Mentor Association)​. He created a group called Desi Aggies in which he has lead, coordinated, and planned many various events for international students at A&M. One of the events is called "Time4Chai" on Friday nights where Steven loves making and serving gallons of chai to be enjoyed by the international students followed by games. Steven is Program Coordinator for ISS in which he will plan and manage the primary events and programs coordinated by International Student Services.


David Nathan Huddleston

SEVIS Coordinator

David Nathan Huddleston joined International Student Services in February 2017. He comes from Decatur, AL. He graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with a minor in Speech Communications. For two years, David served as international student advisor for F-1 students, as well as teaching English, speech and physical education at Agape Christian School in Saipan, CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands.) He is an experienced actor and singer, with speaking roles in 2 Major Plays and speaking/singing roles in 2 Musical productions of the Pensacola Christian College, Fine Arts Series. He also enjoys playing volleyball and cooking for his family.

Designated School Official for F Program, Alternate Responsible Officer for J Program
 

Alyssa Morgan

International Student Advisor II

Alyssa joined International Student Services in July of 2013.  She is from a small town of Columbus, TX.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology and Master of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology. Alyssa enjoys assisting international students! In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and catching up on crime/detective shows and documentaries.

Designated School Official for F Program, Alternate Responsible Officer for J Program.

Julie Brooks

International Student Advisor II

Julie joined International Student Services in September 2014. Originally from Louisiana, she earned an Associate of Arts in Office Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Grambling State University. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, dancing, and listening to good music.

Designated School Official for F Program, Alternate Responsible Officer for J Program.

Jie Fan

International Student Advisor I

As a native Beijinger, Jie (“Jay”) finished her bachelor’s degree in International Politics from Beijing International Studies University. Then she came to the United States and studied at Florida State University for her master in International Affairs. As an international student, Jie has experienced the diversity and globalism of American culture and found her purpose in life. After graduation, she moved back to Beijing China and served as an English instructor and education consultant for four years and helped many students to prepare for their new adventure in America. Now, Jie is honored to join in the ISS team at Texas A&M University to help international students to fully enjoy being Aggies. If you want to chat with Jie, she is a big a fan of comics/anime, drama, and detective/crime novels.

Designated School Official for F Program, Alternate Responsible Officer for J Program
 

Jessica Forrest

International Student Advisor I

Jessi is from Green Bay, WI. She has a BA in Spanish and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MA in International Studies-Education from Concordia University in Irvine, CA. She has spent one year abroad working and living in China, and three years working and living in Colombia. Her work experience includes customer service, student loan consolidation processing, English & culture instruction at university level, and coordination for international volunteers abroad. She enjoys reading, puzzles, going to Green Bay Packers games, learning new types of dance, and experiencing new places.

Designated School Official for F Program, Alternate Responsible Officer for J Program

Chris Larkin

International Student Advisor I

Chris originally hails from Atlanta, GA but lived in Bangladesh as a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2004-2006 and then lived in South Korea from 2007 to 2015.  During his 10 years in Asia, he was able to travel to many different countries in East, Southeast and South Asia.  Chris has worked as an archaeologist, curator, radio producer and sound editor in previous endeavors.  He is also an amateur marathon runner and astronomer and enjoys traveling outside of the United States when time allows.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Georgia State University and his Master of Arts in Anthropology from University of New Mexico.  Currently, he is working on his Doctorate of Education in Higher Education from Concordia University-Portland.

Designated School Official for F Program, Alternate Responsible Officer for J Program

Jessica Thomas

International Student Advisor I

Jessica is from Newtown, Connecticut. She got her Bachelor’s honors degree in International Relations from the University of Connecticut before moving to Seoul, South Korea to complete her Master’s in International Trade. While in Seoul, Jessica had the opportunity to learn Korean and travel around Asia, while working as an English teacher for major South Korean companies. In the five years she lived abroad she also had the chance to work as a freelance actress in Korean productions, as well as a regular guest on a radio show while doing regular voice-work. Her hobbies include singing, seeing friends, learning new things, experiencing different cultures, and watching horror movies on Netflix at home with her dog. More than anything, she is excited to meet and help the international students here at Texas A&M!

Designated School Official for F Program, Alternate Responsible Officer for J Program


Amanda Hull

International Student Advisor I

Amanda is originally from McDonald, OH, but studied in London, England in 2011 and taught English in Cheonan, South Korea from 2013-2014. She has also spent time in Japan, France, Ireland, and Wales, and looks forward to expanding that list in the future. Her work experience includes everything from manufacturing to horse racing to libraries, and all of it is fodder for inspiration in her next novel! In addition to writing, Amanda likes playing video games, reading, going to hockey games, and superhero movies. She’s so excited to join the Aggie team and learn about all that Texas has to offer! Amanda earned her BS in Journalism and Broadcast Meteorology from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH, and her M.S.Ed. in Student Affairs and College Counseling from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH.

Designated School Official for F Program, Alternate Responsible Officer for J Program

Balliett, Blaine

International Student Advisor I

Blaine started working for International Student Services in January of 2018. He is originally from Longview, TX but after high school graduation in August 2011, he moved to the Bryan/College Station area to pursue his college education at Texas A&M University. He graduated in May 2015 with his B.S. in Agricultural Leadership and Development and is currently finishing up his M.S. in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications. When he is not in the office he enjoys attending Aggie sports events, hanging out with friends and family, and playing with his dog, Goose.

Designated School Official for F Program, Alternate Responsible Officer for J Program.
 

Duzich, Elani

International Student Advisor I

A native South Texan, Elani Duzich moved to College Station in 2010 to complete a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies—Communications and Media and French (2014). Since that time, she has studied abroad in France (Angers & Paris), traveled throughout Europe (Ireland, Italy, Spain, Hungry, & Czech Republic), worked as a High School College Advisor (Houston, TX), and graduated with her Master of International Affairs (Bush School, 2017). In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, tacos, singing, reading, baking, and spending time with her dog. She is excited for her newest adventure with International Student Services and hopes to convey her love of Aggieland and Texas with everyone she meets.

Designated School Official for F Program, Alternate Responsible Officer for J Program