International Center

Phone:
810-762-0867
Email:
juliecoe@umflint.edu
International Center

Julie Coe

Assistant Director

Julie’s journey with second language acquisition dates back to her childhood and her exposure to the Spanish language; however, it wasn’t until she studied and lived abroad did she come to the realization of the complex challenges of living in a bilingual and bicultural home. This personal experience led her to her chosen professional path.

Today, Julie is responsible for leading the International Center. What guides her leadership compass are two aspects: the students and the staff. She ensures that mechanisms are in place for continual program review and improvement in order to provide an engaging, challenging, and dynamic learning environment for students as they are faced with language acquisition and cultural adaptation.

She continues in her efforts for team building and developing leaders on the IC team. She values each team member and understands that each one brings a unique contribution to the program. Julie is a strong advocate of creativity and promotes an innovative culture. She is intentional to empower her team toward continual professional development. She is pursuing her second master's degree in Leadership and Organizational Behavior at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Outside of work, Julie enjoys being active with her son. She is passionate about photography, travel, and eastern philosophies. She also appreciates a good sense of humor.

Phone:
8107620867
Email:
rfeneser@umflint.edu
International Center / International Admissions

Roxana Bratcher

International Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator

Roxana Bratcher is a University of Michigan Flint graduate with a BA in Graphic Design and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Roxana is originally from Romania and has a slight accent to prove it. She had lived, studied and worked in England prior to moving to the United States in mid 2000’s. Before joining the International Center team, Roxana worked in both Undergraduate and Graduate Admission Offices at the University of Michigan Flint for a total of seven years. She is determined to assist students in their academic journey as she also “walked a mile “ in those shoes. Her life and work experience makeup a set of skills complimentary to the International Center. Roxana speaks three languages so don’t hesitate to come in the Office and say “Buna Ziua”, “Holla” or/ and “Hello”.

Phone:
8107620867
Email:
kitaylor@umflint.edu
International Center

Kimberly Butka

International Student Services and Scholar Manager

Kimberly enjoys her work with students and helping them to become well rounded indivduals.  She joined the University in 2005 in Undergraduate Admissions.  During her time there she processed and evaluated International Student applications and was given the opportunity to become a “DSO” Designated School Official. She has worked with several different departments on campus including Undergraduate Admissions, International Center, Housing and Residential Life and Financial Aid.  Kimberly has a BA in History from Monmouth College and a MA in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University.  Kimberly’s duties include Immigration advising for student and scholars, updating student records, orientation preparation, and programming for the International Student population.  Kimberly enjoys what she does because the work is challenging and different every day.  She enjoys working with the students to help them learn and navigate the US higher education system.

Phone:
810-762-0867
Email:
taeder@umflint.edu
International Center / International Admissions

Tamara Bednarski

Administrative Assistant Senior

Tamara M. Bednarski is a University of Michigan-Flint graduate with a BA in Social Work and will be graduating with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration April 2018. Originally from South Africa, born and raised in what she believes is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.  She has lived and worked in the Netherlands and the United States, and visited more than 15 countries. She speaks two languages. She joined the International Center in December 2011, Tamara’s duties include international student admissions processing and advising, as well as the DSO(Designated School Official) for the International Center. She is passionate about international education and works diligently to serve the students. 

Phone:
810-762-0867
Email:
colpaert@umflint.edu
International Center / International Admissions

Kathrine Colpaert

Global Outreach Coordinator

Education: MA

Kathrine Colpaert serves at the Global Outreach Coordinator at the University of Michigan-Flint. She previously held the position as English Instructor in the English Language Program and has taught internationally for a year in France and Saudi Arabia and for shorter terms in China and Senegal. She holds her Bachelor's degree in French from Michigan State University and Master's degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from St. Cloud State University. She is currently studying in UM-Flint's NetPlus MBA program. 

Kathrine's role includes serving as a coordinator for international marketing and recruitment efforts in the International Center as well as the Global Outreach Ambassadors pilot program. She also participates in other global outreach initiatives on campus including workshops and other programming. She serves as the liason for international alumni engagement and hopes to be considered a point-of-contact for anyone who would like to connect or collaborate with the International Center. She also serves as the staff advisor for the International Student Organization and on the Staff Council Committee. 

Her professional affiliations include NAFSA (organization for international educators), TESOL, and MiTESOL, which was hosted at UM-Flint in 2016. Kathrine presented with her colleagues on Civic Engagement and with a fellow instructor on Speech Acts and won the "Best of Affiliates" presentation award. Her most memorable professional experience was teaching a short-term program, English for Health Professionals, where she created the curriculum, course content, and programming.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with her husband and family.

Phone:
8107620867
Email:
jeculver@umflint.edu
International Center

Jessica Hammond

Administrative Assistant

Jessica Hammond is a recent graduate from The University of Michigan-Flint (GO BLUE!) She earned a Business Management degree and a Human Resource degree because she believes these both are equally important in a business world. She is passionate about people and employee relations and is known as the “peacemaker” to many. Along with her passion for human relations, she also has a newfound love of international travel. Her favorite thing about traveling is getting to experience different cultures and customs than her own. In the future, Jessica is excited to continue learning more about other cultures and hopes to be able to travel to more destinations. Fun Fact: She married her high school sweetheart, (who also graduated from U of M-Flint), and is a proud fur-mom of two adorable dogs and one cat.

Phone:
8107620867
Email:
riddhim@umflint.edu
International Center

Riddhi Mehta

Recruitment Coordinator, India

Education: MBA

Riddhi serves as the Recruitment Coordinator, from India for the International Center at the University of Michigan-Flint. Her role includes serving as the international marketing and recruitment efforts in the region, coordinating activities and serving as the point of contact for students, parents, and institutions. She has previously worked as the International Admissions Processor at the International Center, Research Analyst at the Office of Graduate Programs at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Riddhi has been working in International Higher Education for over seven years and travelled to over 20 countries across the world. She holds a master’s degree in Business from UM-Flint, and an undergraduate degree in Marketing from her hometown in India. She is passionate about meeting people from different cultures and learning about their ways of living.

During her time as a student at UM-Flint, she served as the President of the International Student Organization which was home to students from over 40 countries. Riddhi is a huge advocate for studying abroad and participating in intercultural exchange. She likes to believe that it helps you respect diversity, think big, and get a new perspective on the world.

In her free time Riddhi loves to bake, travel, and spend time with her loved ones.