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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.



Ward DeutschmanWard Deutschman, Director of F-1/M-1 School Certification and J-1 Program Designation Services

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, currently serves Region X as the Past Chair on the Regional Team and  has been advising international students for over 25 years.  She received her Bachelor and Master’s degree from New York University.  Helen has advised F-1 and J-1 students at an Intensive English Language Program and  a private University. Helen has served on NAFSA’s trainer corps and presented numerous conference sessions and workshops.  She also served as Region X’s Student Regbud and was the Vermont Service Center Student Lead.




Kimberly Carr

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.





Sanghamitra Ray

Sanghamitra serves as Assistant Director (DSO/ ARO) at the Office of International Students and Scholars at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She holds a Master’s degree from New York University in International Education and Cross-cultural Studies, as well as a graduate Certificate in Immigration Law from The City University of New York.  An international educator with 12 years of experience, Sanghamitra is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators and presents at various conferences.



Jesse Ruhl

Jesse is an attorney in private practice who specializes in representing colleges, universities, K-12 schools and international students. He was formerly the Assistant General Counsel and Associate Dean of Students at Westminster Theological Seminary where he also served as the seminary’s PDSO/RO. He has more than 20 years of experience representing individuals and organizations and has developed an expertise advising institutions of higher education on regulatory compliance impacting their academic and broader institutional policies. His legal practice focuses not only on immigration law associated with F-1 and J-1 regulations including exchange programs, OPT, STEM and COS, but also other areas of federal and state law compliance. At present he serves as the PDSO at Bank Street College of Education in NYC and is a frequent contributor to NAFSA’s ISSS listservs.  He brings his broad range of expertise to IETS where he has been training and advising DSOs since 2019.



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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