International Student Services (ISS)
Snohomish Hall, Third Floor, Room #301
20000 68th Avenue West
Lynnwood, WA 98036 U.S.A.
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed on Fridays during Summer Quarter)
Please contact our office directly to meet with or speak to an advisor.
Interim Executive Director of International Student Services
“I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and traveled to Europe for the first time at the age of 12. Even though I was young, I fell in love with learning about different cultures. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University, I lived in Germany for two years and had experiences there that enriched my life and the way I view the world. I have been a a proud member of the Edmonds CC International Student Services since 1996. Our promise is to do everything that we can to make sure that students in our International Program have a successful and meaningful time at our college, both academically and personally."
Director of International Marketing
“I am originally from Mexico and came to the U.S. and to Edmonds CC as an international student 23 years ago. Today, I am in charge of the department that promotes Edmonds CC overseas. I usually travel to Asia, Europe and Latin America to meet parents, prospective students, and agencies that send international students to our college.”
Thalia R. Saplad
Director of International Student Recruitment
"I feel lucky to have been born and raised in Hawaii, and also the Island of Belau. (Micronesia). I have over 25+ years’ experience working for Washington State Community Colleges, and am excited to welcome students from all over the globe to Edmonds CC – the PREMIERE Washington State Community College!"
"I was born and raised in Busan, South Korea. I studied Chinese at university in Korea. During my college, I visited Beijing and Shanghai to improve my Chinese skills. And I enjoyed meeting new people in China. It was great experience. After I came to the U.S., I have been fortunate working with international students for over 10+ years at Washington State Community Colleges. Edmonds Community College is a great college to improve your English skills, or meet new friends from all over the world. We hope to see you here!"
"I was born and raised in Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan. I received a Spanish BA at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. During that time, I spent two summers and a semester in Spain and was lucky enough to explore many parts of Europe. After graduating, I worked for Japanese, British, and Danish companies in Tokyo until I moved to Seattle in 1999. I love traveling to different countries, meeting people from all over the world, and experiencing new cultures and languages. This is why I enjoy working in ISS at Edmonds CC and helping international students take the first step in achieving their goals!"
“I majored in Global Studies at the University of Washington, Bothell and strongly believe in International Education. I have lived and studied abroad for many years, in elementary school, high school, and college. I grew up in a military family and moved every three years, until my 18th birthday. I have lived in Japan and in the Philippines. I have also traveled to South Korea, Hong Kong and Haiti. I am an alumna of Edmonds CC and I have worked here since 1998. In addition, I am also the advisor for the Global Volunteer Club. It is my sincere wish to encourage and support you during your studies at Edmonds Community College and in the United States.”
"My main responsibilities in ISS include advising students who transfer to four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. and designing a meaningful transfer plan while helping them understand their transfer options. I assist students choose courses for admission and completion of an associate’s degree. I also organize transfer fairs and work with Marketing to establish transfer agreements. I especially enjoy seeing students succeed with their transfer plan. As a life-long learner, I love traveling and learning from different cultures. In the Philippines where I was born and raised, I was awarded fellowships and scholarships to Italy, Sweden and Israel."
"I am a native of the Pacific Northwest. I have a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle (2008), and a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Evergreen State College (2001). I joined the International Student Services office at Edmonds Community College in April 2009 as an Associate Director. I have several years of experience advising international students on immigration and academic matters, including transfer planning and university admissions. I love working with international students and I look forward to welcoming more international students to the college!"
"The very best part of my job at Edmonds Community College is helping international students. Every day, students teach me something new about our world! I feel like my office is the globe. Specifically, I advise international students who want to begin their college studies here before transferring to a four-year college or university. Edmonds students have successfully transferred to schools all over the United States, and beyond. I have earned college degrees in sociology and physical therapy from Franklin College and the University of Evansville, both in Indiana. I look forward to welcoming you to our fabulous campus community!"
"I have lived in the greater Seattle area for over 25 years and am originally from South Korea. I studied Tourism Management at University of Seoul and graduated with a degree in Global Studies from the University of Washington Bothell — I am a proud Husky! I also have more than 15 years of experience working with students from all backgrounds, including international and ESL students. I have always felt fortunate to work and engage with students to pursue their passions in a college setting. It is rewarding to motivate students to grow and succeed in their studies and careers."
"I grew up in Vietnam and was educated both in Vietnam and in the US. I have been volunteering and working with international students since I was a college student. I really enjoy helping international students and love learning about different cultures and languages. I have been with International Student Services at Edmonds Community College since 2012. My job is to help students with financial and medical insurance issues and look forward to meeting and assisting students achieve their goals. In addition, I am also the advisor for the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA)."
Contracts and Database
“I am from Vietnam where I had extensive experience working with people from different countries. I hope that I can apply that experience to provide the best services relating the financial issues and database at International Student Services.”
"I enjoy working both with agencies and students from overseas. The strongest encouragement to work for the ISS Office is seeing the hard work that parents and agencies go through to make a successful education possible for their student in the United States. My main duty is to provide the best support to our prospective agent. I am in charge of inviting, managing, processing, monitoring, and coordinating agreements. "
"I was born in San Francisco, California, and grew up on a small farm near Portland, Oregon. After traveling Europe for four weeks at the age of 16, I knew I wanted to continue learning about different cultures all over the world. As soon as I graduated from Seattle University in 2004, I lived and worked as an English and psychology teacher in Japan for two years, India for three, and Saudi Arabia for two. By the time I returned to the USA, I realized I enjoyed appreciating similarities between human beings as equally as differences. My motto is "Have time, will travel!" I am honored to work with Edmonds CC’s Global Engagement and Study Abroad Programs, and look forward to helping you realize your own unique educational and professional journey!"
"As a student at Eastern Washington University I studied abroad in Spain and was never the same again! I found a passion for learning about other cultures and experiencing the whole world. So, after graduating with a degree in International Affairs I pursued these interests, working in a traveler’s hostel, backpacking through Europe, and most recently teaching English in Vietnam. My eyes were opened and heart made full after seeing how connected all of us humans are. Now I am thrilled to be working at Edmonds CC helping students find their perfect study abroad experience. I can’t wait to see where your international journey will take you!"
Programming and Orientation
"Hello! I was born in Washington and was an Edmonds Community College student through the Running Start Program. I am a Seattle University alumna, and a former exchange student at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. My time in Japan was the experience of a lifetime and I’m excited to be able to work with students from all over the world here at Edmonds CC. My goal as a programming coordinator is to help our international students get to know the Seattle area and make new friends through our ISS orientations, activities, and programs. Stop by and ask me how you can get involved!"
Marketing and Recruitment
Associate Director of International Marketing
"Our team is proud to support all ISS marketing activities and international recruitment for Edmonds CC. I am thankful to be part of a community that actively celebrates diversity and promotes international education. I was born in the Philippines and grew up in Vietnam, China, and Olympia, WA. I am a Washington State University graduate (Go Cougs!) in Intercultural Communication. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and friends trying different cuisines, cooking, watching movies, going to Seattle Mariners games, and exploring beautiful Washington state!"
"I was born in Beijing, China and moved to Connecticut, USA at the age of ten. I have a B.A. in Anthropology from Cornell University and a M.S. Ed. In International Educational Development from University of Pennsylvania. My study abroad experiences in Russia and Nepal helped me to find my passion in promoting educational exchange and cultural diversity. While I focus on recruiting students from China and Mongolia at Edmonds, I also have extensive experience in working with students and educational professionals from all over the world."
"I am originally from China, where I have been working in international education and international student services for thirteen years. I had my first study-abroad exchange experience in Finland, I received my Master of Science (MS) Degree in Management in the U.S., and have traveled to over 10 countries. I have great passion in promoting international education and cultural diversity. I chose to work in ISS at Edmonds CC because I like the diversity here. Working as a team, we are dedicated to having more international students study at Edmonds, to experience diversity and to expand your possibilities in life."
Front Office Staff
Front Office Manager
"I was born and raised in Washington state and graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle. During that time, I studied in France and participated in a program in Thailand and India. After graduating I returned to India to write the rural development of a small village, and later worked for a Japanese company. These experiences drew me to International Student Services, where I love supporting students who are here to have a great, life changing experience!"
Our Front Office Staff is comprised of students from all around the world. Currently we have students who speak: Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), French, Korean, and Vietnamese. The Front Office Staff strive to make each student’s visit comfortable and meet all their needs.