Meet the ISSS Staff             


April Fawson

April Fawson assumed the role of director for international student and scholar services in international programs on April 15, 2016.  Prior to joining the Montana State University (MSU) team, she held various positions at Utah State University; her final appointment at the university was that of assistant director for the Office of Global Engagement.  April serves MSU as the primary designated school official (PDSO) and responsible officer (RO) for the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS).  In this capacity, April is responsible for keeping international students, scholars and the university compliant with United States Customs and Immigration System (USCIS) regulations.                           

Deborah Chiolero
International Student and Scholar Advisor

Deborah has been employed with the Office of International Program since 2000. In her position as an International Student and Scholar Advisor, Deborah helps the international students with immigration, academics, cultural adjustment, housing and much more.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama. After she graduated she spent three seasons working in Yellowstone National Park and moved to Bozeman.  Deborah really enjoys her job and meeting the students from all over the world.  Also, in her free time she enjoys spending time hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, biking and being with her family and friends.

Mackenzie Etchells
International Student and Scholar Advisor

Mackenzie’s enthusiasm for international education stems from learning French while attending an international elementary school in her hometown of Denver, Colorado. As an undergraduate student at Boise State University, Mackenzie studied and interned abroad in London, England. She graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication.     

Mackenzie is excited to be back in the Northwest after completing her master’s degree in College Student Development at Kansas State University. She gained valuable insight into the experiences of international students while studying French in Montreal during the summer of her graduate program, as well as through her work in K-State’s international student services, study abroad office, and intensive English language program.                                                             

Sally O'Neill
Immigration Specialist

Sally is the H-1B visa and the Permanent Residency specialist for Montana State University. She has been employed at the university since 1995 and has more than 25 years of experience in the field of international education. Sally also advises for the Turkish Dual Degree programs at MSU. Sally moved to Montana with her family in 1995 from New Mexico where she served as Assistant Director of Study Abroad at the University of New Mexico for 10 years. Sally grew up in Colorado, Belgium and New Mexico.  She studied abroad in Mexico and in Spain and speaks fluent Spanish. She has a degree in studio art with an emphasis in metal work from the University of New Mexico.  A certified gemnologist, musician and singer, Sally is a woman of multiple talents.                           

Haley Walter
Undergraduate Assistant

Haley was born and raised in Helena, MT. She is in her 3rd year and is currently working towards her degree in Business Marketing and Management. Having been raised a Bobcat, Haley always knew that she would attend MSU, and is loving every minute spent on campus and in Bozeman. She has worked to become an active part of campus by joining the Montana State University Spirit Squad where she supports the Bobcats by cheering and dancing on the sidelines. When she is not supporting the Bobcats, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, and enjoying the beautiful scenery that Bozeman has to offer. 

Haley has worked for International Programs since February 2014 and has taken on many roles as a student assistant in the office. She enjoys her work at the office because it gives her opportunities to meet and interact with the international students.