Meet the Staff

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 has served on multiple roles with the Region III team. 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!

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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!

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Brice Turney

Insurance Coordinator

Originally from northwest Ohio, Brice earned his B.A. in International Studies and Master of Public Administration from Bowling Green State University. He joined ISS in 2019. He has lived in Tours, France; Miyagi-ken, Japan, and San Francisco, CA. He has worked as an ESL instructor in Japan and the U.S., a non-profit manager battling unemployment and homelessness, and now coordinates health insurance policy for ISS. In his spare time he cooks, reads, plays video games, and plays tabletop games with his friends.
 

Steven White

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)‚Äč. 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.


Alyssa Morgan

Senior International Advisor I

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.

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Jie Fan

Senior International 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.

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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.

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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.

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Tia Spiller

International Student Advisor II

Tia was born and raised in Illinois and remained there until she was bit by the “travel bug". Her love of travel led her to study in Granada, Spain and work in Sapporo, Japan. She also continued to follow the “travel bug” to various other countries and throughout the U.S.  She earned her Bachelor’s in Foreign Languages and Literature from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and then completed an M.S.Ed in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at University of Pennsylvania. She’s been working with international students since 2015; previously as an English teacher. In her free time she likes playing video games, drawing, trying different foods, cooking, or relaxing with friends and family.

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Rebecca Shaffer

International Student Advisor II

Originally from Arizona, Rebecca has been a resident of Texas for the last 10 years. After completing her undergraduate degree in linguistics from the University of Arizona, Rebecca moved to Istanbul, Turkey and taught English at the primary, secondary and university levels. In addition to completing her master’s degree in sociology while in Turkey, Rebecca also learned to love and embrace the international education experience.  She is excited to be part of the International Student Services department to assist Aggie international students in their own educational endeavors and experiences.

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