Office of International Programs
- International Recruitment & Admissions
- International Student & Scholar Services
- Study Abroad & Exchange
- International Training & Professional Development Programs
Kristof Zaba, Ed.D.
Dean for Global Engagement and International Programs
Responsible for oversight of the Office of International Programs and advancement of the University's global engagement strategy.
Dr. Kristof Zaba joined the Office of International Programs in January 2022. As the Dean for Global Engagement and International Programs, he is responsible for the overall oversight of the Office of International Programs and the advancement of the University's global engagement strategy. Dr. Zaba’s professional career has focused on providing transformative learning opportunities to students, supporting their academic success, and helping them reach their career goals. His professional interests broadly focus on examining the experience of international students in the American higher education context, student engagement theories, and their impact on academic success and retention of different student populations. Dr. Zaba is a true globetrotter with a career and personal interests that led him to visit several countries in Central and Latin America, the Middle East, Europe, Northeast and Southeast Asia, and Australia.
Dr. Zababegan his undergraduate career pursuing English Studies at a teachers’ training college in his native Poland. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in International Marketing, and a Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College, The City University of New York, and a Doctor of Education Degree specializing in Organizational Leadership Studies from Northeastern University, Boston.
Contact: +1 (406) 994-7688
Business Operations Manager
Oversees the ﬁscal and human resource operations within the department and is responsible for various special initiatives that advance the global objectives for Montana State University. Provides administrative support for both the Vice Provost and the Director of International Student Services.
Originally from the New York City area, Ted has lived in Montana since 1991, and he and his family have lived in Bozeman since 2000. His career has included many years working for nonprofit organizations, as well as MSU Extension, plus several years of consulting work. He brings a great variety of experience in project and grants management, as well as communications and marketing.
He graduated from Williams College in 1988 with a BA in Geology with a Concentration in Environmental Studies. In Spring 2018, he earned a Business Management Professional Certificate from Gallatin College. He joined OIP’s International Training and Professional Development Programs Division in Fall 2018.
Outside the office, Ted loves exploring Montana’s mountains and rivers. Climbing, mountain biking, snowboarding and paddling are some of his favorite ways to enjoy our region’s vast and spectacular wild places. He also enjoys travelling internationally with his family.
Contact: +1 (406) 994-6808 or [email protected]
Oversees front desk operations and provides customer service and support for all units within the Office of International Programs. Serves as the pivotal point of contact for internal and external constituents, supports departmental events, coordinates information, and manages all office-related projects and inventory.
Director of International Student and Scholar Services
Oversees daily operations across International Admissions and Recruitment and International Student and Scholar Services.
Brennan Reeves joined the Office of International of International Programs as the Director of International Student and Scholar Services in November of 2020. He is responsible for international admissions, recruitment, and student immigration processes.
Originally from Alabama, Brennan has worked in a variety of positions in international education and has a decade of experience in the field. His goals are to boost international enrollment, help international students become an integral part of the campus and community, and to ensure that MSU’s international students have a successful, transformative experience here in Bozeman.
Outside of work, Brennan enjoys traveling with his wife and all things outdoors.
Contact: +1 (406) 994-7180 or [email protected]
Responsible for international student enrollment growth at MSU through developing and executing recruitment strategies, working closely with educational partners and students to introduce MSU, and assisting the students during the application process.
Anna earned dual bachelor’s degrees in Plan II Honors and European Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, in her hometown. Growing up around various Latinx cultures in Texas piqued her affinity for intercultural exchange; she traveled in Central America and Europe throughout her early life and studied abroad in Lisbon, Portugal during her career at UT. These experiences, along with international friendships formed through summer jobs in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, reinforced her commitment to the idea that diversity is an integral part of a fulfilling life and a kinder world. After spending several years working for conservation corps in the Rocky Mountain West and the US Forest Service, she landed at MSU in 2019 and joined the Office of International Programs in April 2022.Anna is passionate about increasing international student enrollment at MSU with the end goal of bringing the world to Montana and Montana to the world.
In her free time, Anna enjoys watching every Liverpool game, doing yoga, cooking, hiking, thrifting, reading military history books, practicing Spanish and Portuguese, and spending time with family.
Contact: +1 (406) 994-7252
Responsible for advancing MSU’s international enrollment goals through processing
and evaluating international applications.
Senior Immigration & Compliance Specialist
Advises incoming and current international F-1/J-1 students and scholars as a Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Officer (RO); maintains immigration records in SEVIS; supports immigration compliance as the senior F-1 & J-1 immigration specialist; assists with employment documentation for students and scholars; conducts audits of international student/scholar records; manages the arrival program for new international students; assists with cultural adjustment; and acts as a liaison with Residence Life & Family and Graduate Housing.
Deborah has a bachelor's degree 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, meeting students from all over the world, and helping in any way. In her free time she enjoys spending time hiking, backpacking, riding her scooter, snowshoeing and being with her family and friends.
Contact: +1 (406) 994-7722
Holly J. R. Jeide
Immigration & Compliance Specialist
Advises incoming and current international F-1/J-1 students as a Designated School Offficial (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO); maintains immigration records in SEVIS; supports immigration compliance for F-1/J-1 students; assists with employment documentation for students and scholars; conducts audits of international student records; assists with the arrival program for new international students; and coordinates extra-curricular student programming.
Holly Jeide was born and raised in Montana, though life has taken her far beyond the borders of the Treasure State and recently brought her back home again. Since March 2022, Holly has been working as a compliance specialist within the Office of International Programs’ International Student & Scholar Services division and is excited to be an ambassador on behalf of MSU and Montana in general, to our international students and scholars.
Holly received a bachelor’s degree in communications/public relations from George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, VA while living and working in the Washington, DC area. While a student at GMU, Holly was fortunate to have had multiple opportunities to study abroad in both Chile and the UK. Professionally, Holly’s years in the DC area included time spent working in the US Senate on Capitol Hill, doing communications work for a non-profit grantee of the Pew Charitable Trusts, and in support of federal-level social science research and development programs. Her return to Montana brought a shift in focus to her work, to include process improvement in education and healthcare operations.
Outside of work hours, Holly enjoys cycling and hiking, as well as chasing waterfalls and jumping in puddles with her husband and two sons.
Contact: +1 (406) 994-7418
The Study Abroad Manager is a part of the OIP leadership team within the Office of International Programs. The Study Abroad Manager is responsible for the delivery, oversight, and compliance of study abroad programs for MSU. The direct area of oversight includes, but is not limited to advising to outbound study abroad students, management of international partnerships, incoming exchange program management, study abroad marketing and outreach as well as the supervision and coordination of all functions within the study abroad unit.
Stacey Neve is the Study Abroad Manager for the Office of International Programs.
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Stacey earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Tulane University. In addition to studying abroad in Italy during undergrad, she spent several years teaching in Spain, Peru, Honduras, and Tunisia. All of those experiences had a profound impact on her life, and she is enthusiastic about facilitating international experiences for others.
Stacey is currently working on a Master of Public Administration at MSU. When she gets a break from work and school, she is an avid reader, hiker, and baker.
Contact: +1 (406) 994-4122
Responsible for the program coordination of all MSU Faculty-Led Study Abroad programs.
The Study Abroad Program Coordinator supports MSU students during the study abroad process, including study abroad advising, application review, pre-departure orientations, support while abroad, and post program transcript evaluation as part of the transition students make back to MSU. This position also assists with outreach, marketing, and back-up support for incoming exchange students. The Study Abroad Program Coordinator also manages all CCIS study abroad programs administered by MSU.
International Travel Compliance Advisor
Responsibilities include management and oversight of global partnerships, international alumni, corporate & donor engagement, and all aspects of MSU International Travel Compliance for the Montana State University system pursuant to university, state (OCHE) and federal international travel policies and guidelines.
Jessie joined the Office of International Programs in January 2023. Born in England, Jessie moved to Plymouth, MA in 2001. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations with a minor in Education Studies at Suffolk University and her master’s degree in Global Studies and International Relations at Northeastern University, both in Boston. Her international education experience led her to the American College of Thessaloniki in Greece where she studied abroad in undergrad and worked at during her masters. A lifetime of international experiences has helped Jessie to mold the belief that international education is essential and should be made accessible to all students. Outside of work Jessie enjoys reading, singing, and hanging out with her puppy.
Contact: +1 (406) 994-7169
Director of International Training and Professional Development Programs
Develops, facilitates, and oversees the operations of all International Training Programs, both State Department-funded programs such as the Middle East Partnership Initiative Student Leaders Program (MEPI SLP) and the Fulbright Teaching Excellence & Achievement Program (FTEA), and non-State Department programs such as the Long-term Education Administrators' Program (LEAP) sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Sports, Science, and Culture (MEXT), and the Okinawa Global Leadership Program sponsored by Okinawa Board of Education; Liaises with program officers from International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), Georgetown University, the State Department, and others; Provides financial and administrative oversight, and manages the reporting monitoring, and evaluation of all programs.
Janelle Rasmussen has worked in the international education field for over 20 years, including two years spent as an ESL instructor in Japan. She joined the MSU Office of International programs in January of 2001 and has facilitated numerous U.S. State Department-funded grant programs, most recently to include ILEP (International Leaders in Education Program), TEA (Teaching Excellence and Achievement) and the MEPI (Middle East Partnership Initiative) Student Leaders Program. She also manages a very prestigious year-long professional development training program that MSU has hosted for the past 18 years, focused on International Higher Education, designed for trainees from the Ministry of Education in Japan. Janelle is very active in the IE field and has served in several National positions for the NAFSA Association for International Educators, including the Region II Montana State Representative, the Education Abroad Policy and Practice committee, Co-Chair for the Middle East Interest Group (MEIG), and currently as the Co-Chair to the United Nations Special Interest Group and as one of the three NAFSA representatives to the United Nations DPI-NGO.
Contact: +1 (406) 994-7602
Manages logistical coordination and oversees implementation for all incoming non-State Department short-term international programs, including the Long-term Education Administrators' Program (LEAP) sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Sports, Science, and Culture (MEXT), and the Okinawa Global Leadership Program sponsored by Okinawa Board of Education; Collaborates with our partners: Kumamoto University, Rikkyo University, Naha Nikkei Business School, China University of Geoscience, Huazhong Agricultural University, and universities in Mexico; Engages and manages in coordinating homestays and connects with community organizations to enable cross-cultural connections for program participants.
Makiko Diehl was born and raised in Kumamoto, Japan and moved to Bozeman in 2007. She completed a degree in English at Kumamoto Gakuen University in Japan, and then a second bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences at Montana State University. She started working in the Professional Development and Training Division in January 2011. She currently works as a Program Manager and has made a large impact on OIP's Japanese Training Programs such as Long-term Educational Administrators Program (LEAP), Okinawa Global Leadership Student and Teaching Training Programs, and the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) Internship program,
Contact: +1 406 994-7944
The Program Coordinator for the International Training Programs and Professional Development team works within the department to support program participants with diverse cultural backgrounds, facilitate group activities, and manage group dynamics. They also coordinate all logistics in relation to short-term programs for incoming foreign participants and helps to manage approved budgets for grant programs.
Kevin Bratsky works as a program coordinator in the Office of International Studies & Training and Development team. He has returned to Montana State University after being away for 20 years.
Kevin has substantial teaching experience, including a lengthy stay at South Korea's Andong National University. He has also taught basic English classes,mparticularly teacher training programs for existing and future Korean high school English teachers. He later spent many years teaching at a bilingual school in Bangkok, Thailand.
His extensive time abroad has provided him with a global network of connections, which he hopes to develop through his work at the Office of International Programs. His focus on the Fulbright Teaching Excellence & Achievement Program and the Middle East Partnership Initiative Student Leaders Program is his favorite aspect of his job in the Training and Development team. Working with these programs allows him to experience international culture from the comfort of his office. He enjoys making significant connections with others, particularly those from unique backgrounds. This is the kind of excitement that keeps drawing him back to extremely multinational settings.
Manages administrative functions within the International Training and Professional Development Programs including grant management, accounting and human resource duties, event and travel coordination and web page maintenance.