Center for International Programs Staff
Penelope Shaw, Study Abroad Coordinator
Penelope has been traveling all her life and is now encouraging students to do what she so loves. After living and teaching in London Penelope moved to Colombia and taught elementary school in Cali, traveling throughout South America while she was there. On landing in Arcata she taught at a local alternative school and then decided to continue her studies at HSU. While studying she discovered the world of international education and was hooked; here was the perfect combination of travel and education!
Recent journeys have taken her to Bhutan, a lifelong ‘bucket wish’ location, India, China, Guatemala and of course, the UK where it all started.
Megan Mefford, Coordinator of International Admission, Immigration and Advising & PDSO
Megan has had the pleasure of working with international students at HSU since 2006. Megan is responsible for the day-to day operations of international admission, immigration and academic advising for HSU international students. She advises and leads international students through the admission process continuing her support of HSU’s international students through her ongoing advisement on immigration and academic policies. Megan is a graduate of Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and is recently finished a Master’s degree in Education. Megan spent 6 months in Ghana during her undergraduate study and has visited many other countries over the years. Sheloves beautiful Humboldt County and enjoys spending her free time with her family. Megan enjoys meeting and serving students from around the world.
Emily Kirsch, International Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator
Emily is responsible for the marketing of Humboldt State University to international students, as well as recruitment and management of relations with China, Brazil, the Middle East, and Europe. She also does some student advising and helps with admissions, and works with special groups of sponsored students. Emily is an HSU graduate, completing her BA in International Studies with a Chinese Studies emphasis in 2007. She graduated with her Master’s in International Education degree at SIT Graduate Institute in 2014. During her undergraduate degree, she spent one semester studying abroad at Xi’an International Studies University (XISU) in Xi’an, China, studying Mandarin Chinese. Upon returning, she worked in the Office of Admissions at HSU before joining the Center for International Programs (CIP) in 2011. She enjoys working with students from all over the world and welcoming them to the wonderful community of Humboldt - one of her very favorite moments is when new students see the giant redwoods or the ocean for the first time.
Daeng Khoupradit, International Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator
Daeng is an alumna of Humboldt State University where she graduated with a degree in International Business. She currently supports the Center for International Programs (CIP) as a Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator. Before joining the CIP team, Daeng has worked on campus at the MultiCultural Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Institutional Research and Planning. When not working, Daeng enjoys cycling, gardening, backpacking in the Siskiyous, learning new languages, and traveling the globe as an exotic “fruit hunter".
Joel Herrick, Study Abroad, Admissions & Immigration Advisor (DSO, ARO)
Joel discovered his love for all things international while studying abroad in China as an undergraduate student at Gustavus Adolphus College. Two days after graduation, he was on a flight back to the People's Republic where he worked as a university instructor in Hangzhou and Shanghai for nearly three years. Joel joined the Center for International Programs and the HSU community in 2013 and works with both incoming and outgoing students. He is responsible for guiding incoming international exchange students through admissions, and also oversees and advises domestic students applying to California State University International Programs and other study abroad opportunities. Joel spends his free time relaxing with his family, running along the beautiful Hammond Trail, consuming a cornucopia of Asian media, and planning his next travel destination.
Jenn Soderfelt, Associate Director of IELI
Jenn manages the Center for International Programs office and is responsible for coordinating the annual International Education Week. She also has the pleasure of overseeing the International Student Intern and the International Cultural Festival organization. Jenn is an alumna of Humboldt State University, earning a degree in Liberal Studies, as well as a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and has over ten years of experience working for HSU. She enjoys meeting the many different students that come through the Center for International Programs and looks forward to helping others achieve their international goals and enjoys serving HSUs diverse students. When not on campus, Jenn enjoys the company of her family and spends as much time in nature as possible.