Our Team




June Sadowski-Devárez, President/Director of F-1 Program

June, President and Director of F-1 Program, brings more than 35 years of experience to IETS with a specialty in federal regulations pertaining to F-1 students and compliance issues for educational institutions. She specializes in simplifying complex immigration regulations, policies and procedures for practical application in academic settings. In 1988, while serving as Assistant Dean/Director of International Student and Scholar Services at St. John’s University, June identified the need for resources and training for administrators in her position. She founded IETS in 1990 to fill this need for international educators and to improve the delivery of services in the profession. June is a sought after presenter and consultant to academic institutions across the U.S.  She holds a Master of Arts degree in Student Personnel Administration in Higher and Adult Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Sal Longarino, Director of J-1 Program

Sal, Director of J-1 Program, serves as Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars at Fordham University. Previously, he directed the OISS at New York University for 7 years. Sal is a sought after presenter at NAFSA national and regional conferences.  He was NAFSA’s national CAFSS (now called KC-ISSS) chair, a past chair of Region X and a past member of One To World’s Board of Directors. He is also currently NAFSA’s New York State Whip for Advocacy and NAFSA’s Alternate Representative to the DPI/NGO at the UN.


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Ward, Director of School Certification and J-1 Program Designation Services, is a consultant in regulatory affairs to small colleges, and serves as an accreditation team chair for the New York and New Jersey state education departments. He has recently retired after working as PDSO/RO for 5 years, during which he was a founding Board member of Study New York. He holds an Ed.D. in Educational Administration and has been in college administration for many years.  Some of the posts he has held with various colleges include: Provost, Associate Vice President, Dean of Admissions, adjunct Associate Professor of Computer Science and adjunct Associate Professor of Education.


Helen Leonard, Director of Advanced F-1 Practice

Helen, Director of Advanced F-1 Practice, is Assistant Director of the Office of Global Services at New York University and  has been advising international students for 25 years.  She received her Bachelor and Master’s degree from New York University where she manages all new student document issuance for over 6000 newly admitted international students annually, in addition to managing a team of advisors and graduate assistants.  Helen has served on NAFSA’s trainer corps and presented numerous conference sessions and workshops.  She is also Chair-elect of  NAFSA Region X.


Katharine McBride, Director of K-12 Program

Katharine (Kitty), Director of K-12 Program, recently retired from Woodberry Forest School in Woodberry Forest, Virginia after 24 years with the school. Her most recent position was as Director of the International Student Services and Program Office, a position she created and held for 7 years. She was responsible for each international student from the time the contract was signed until the day of graduation. She was not just the PDSO for the school but also an advocate, as needed, for the students. She is a member of NAIS and worked with SEVP as one of the K-12 representatives to the SEVIS Local User Group monthly meetings in DC. She and her husband now live in Beaufort, SC where she is a DSO at Beaufort Academy.

Kitty holds a BA in French Literature and Language from Wheaton College in Massachusetts and a MA in International Policy Studies (specialization Franco-American Diplomatic relations) from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey (formally the Monterey Institue of International Studies).




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Jane is in the Division of Advancement at Le Moyne College.  She has twenty-five years’ experience in higher education, educational testing and executive training and has worked for several universities, including New York University and Teachers College, Columbia University.   While living in Hong Kong, China, she was the Asia representative for a major educational testing company, and worked with international students wishing to study in the U.S. She also conducted research in Chinese schools and in cross cultural psychology. Jane has been an executive trainer with major U.S. corporations and Executive MBA programs.  She holds  an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.


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Kimberly serves as an Assistant Director at the Office for International Services at Fordham University.  She is the university specialist for the hiring of foreign national instructional staff, which includes H-1Bs, TNs, and J-1 scholars.  She is a member of NAFSA and holds two Master of Science degrees, one in Education Administration and Supervision from the Graduate School of Education, Fordham University, and the other in Human Resources Management from the Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University.


2016-04-21_18-00-02Lucy Cheung

Lucy is a partner at Goldstein and Cheung LLP. Admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 2008, the New York bar in 2010, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 2010, Ms. Cheung practices general immigration law, with a focus on students, education institutions, extraordinary individuals, business, corporations, and family immigration issues. She is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and NAFSA-Association of International Educators, among other organizations. She has recently been selected as a 2015 Super Lawyer Rising Star for the Metro New York area. Ms. Cheung is formerly the Chair of NAFSA’s Region X (New York/New Jersey). She previously held the position of Regulatory Ombud for Scholar Issues from 2011 to 2014. She is a former NAFSA Region X Chair and was the recipient of the 2012 NAFSA Region X Rising Professional Award for her notable commitment to the field through professional and volunteer activities.


2016-04-21_18-07-20Michael Goldstein

Michael is a partner at Goldstein and Cheung LLP. Admitted to the New York state bar in 2010, Mr. Goldstein practices general immigration law, with a focus on academic institutions, EB1, EB2, extraordinary and professional nonimmigrant, and family and business immigrant petitions.  He is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and NAFSA-Association of International Educators, among other organizations. Mr. Goldstein is a frequent presenter on immigration law topics at professional conferences including NAFSA’s regional conferences and state meetings, as well as at college and university campuses throughout the NY Metropolitan area.


Makeda King-Smith

Makeda, Senior F-1 SEVIS Trainer, has served as Director of International Student Services at Cooper Union and as a Senior Immigration Specialist for the Mount Sinai Health System.  She has worked in higher education for 8 years as a PDSO,  ARO, and also with the H-1B population.  Makeda holds an MSW from Fordham University and is a licensed social worker in New York State.




James (Jim) Shafer

Jim, Director of Marketing and Recruitment, Touro College Graduate School of Technology also heads his own consultancy, JDS International Education Support.  He has over 20 years of regulatory, administrative, and international recruitment experience developed at English language institutes in both the private sector and in higher education.   Jim wore many hats in his fifteen years at  New York Language Center (NYLC), eventually serving as both the Principal Designated School Official and as the international marketing director.  On top of this he has over three and a half years of experience at a public university, New Jersey City University, where he implemented private sector, CRM techniques.  Jim is a frequent presenter at NAFSA Region X conferences.




Gwyneth A. Smith

Gwyneth, Associate Director of the International Students and Scholars Office at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, has been working in the field of International Education for 15 years. Gwyneth is responsible for immigration-related matters for the F-1 student population and H-1B faculty/staff on Columbia’s Medical Center campus. Gwyneth is also proficient in J-1 Exchange Visitor matters. She holds both an M.A. in International Relations from the Brussels School of International Studies, through the University of Kent at Canterbury, England and an Ed.M. in International Educational Development, focusing on policy from Teachers College, Columbia University. Throughout this time she has presented at numerous local, regional, and national Association of International Educators (NAFSA) conferences and at various  One To World meetings. She has also presented for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Gwyneth trains on F-1, J-1, and H-1B regulations. Gwyneth previously served as both Student and Scholar Regulatory Ombudsman and on the Chair-stream for NAFSA’s Region X (New York/New Jersey). She is currently the Core Education Program Dean for “Filing Academic     H-1B Petitions” at NAFSA.



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