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Meet your UK ISSS Staff

ISSS advising is via appointment only. Walk-in services are available weekdays from 8:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:30pm and are for quick questions or transactions that take less than 5 minutes (e.g. document pick-up/drop-off, driver’s license requests, and other general questions).

Jason Patrick Carr

Immigration Case Coordinator

210 Bradley Hall

(859) 323-2121

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Elizabeth Leibach

Executive Director, International Student & Scholar Services

204 Bradley Hall

(859) 257-3782

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Elizabeth Leibach has an extensive and diverse background in international admissions, student and scholar advising, employment-based immigration law, and international programming.   International education has been her career path as an active member of NAFSA since 1997.  She has held positions in large state, public and private institutions and developed an immigration practice for an attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   In her local community she is the chair of the subcommittee on education, advocacy and communications for the Mayor's International Affairs Advisory Commission in Lexington.  Elizabeth has been a member of the NAFSA's Trainer Corp since 2011 and has previously served on the executive team of NAFSA's Region VI.  At the national level she served on the ISS-RP Travel Subcommittee and as a NAFSA Whip representing Kentucky and Pennsylvania on the grassroots team.  She was the first Whip to get a state resolution on international education passed in Pennsylvania, and she considers herself to be a passionate advocate for international education.  Elizabeth is currently pursuing doctoral coursework in higher education at the University of Kentucky.  Elizabeth has been with UK since June 2012.

Josh Burke

Data Management Specialist

216 Bradley Hall

(859) 257-7858

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Seth Hall

International Academic Coordinator

214 Bradley Hall

(859) 323-2119

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Seth Hall is the International Academic Coordinator at the University of Kentucky’s International Center where he focuses on advising and supporting international students. Seth graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and theater from a small liberal arts college in South Carolina. After college, he moved to Ohio where he received a M.A. in international affairs with a focus on modern Latin American history. Shortly after graduating with his first master’s degree, Seth began working with international students at Ohio University. Before joining the University of Kentucky in 2016, Seth completed his second master’s degree in college student personnel with a focus on international student services. In his current position, Seth works to support international students academically and socially as they transition to life at UK.  Additionally, he works with international students on academic probation to develop recovery plans to ensure success. Seth also supervises a nine member International Student Leadership Team that plans and executes campus-wide programming emphasizing academic success, career preparation, and social engagement.

Franny Henkel

Student Immigration Specialist

215 Bradley Hall

(859) 323-2122

Advising Areas: College of Engineering, College of Ag, Food and Environment, College of Fine Arts, College of Pharmacy, College of Education, College of Design, College of Public Health, College of Social Work, College of Nursing

Franny Henkel has been a Student Immigration Specialist for F-1 and J-1 students at the University of Kentucky since 2011.  She provides support for Undergraduate, Graduate, and ESL students so that they can maintain immigration status and abide by government regulations.  In addition to one-on-one advising, she also presents student employment workshops, new student orientations, and processes student verification requests. Before coming to UK, she studied, traveled, and taught in Italy and worked in the ISSS office at UNC-Chapel Hill where she earned her masters in Comparative Literature. She has served on the NAFSA Region VI Leadership Team as conference registrar and chair. In her free time, Franny enjoys reading and hiking with her family.

John Honeycutt

Student Immigration Specialist

213 Bradley Hall

(859) 257-4066

Advising Areas: College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business and Economics, College of Communication and Information, College of Dentistry, College of Health Sciences, College of Law

Marc Invergo

J-1 Scholar Advisor

205 Bradley Hall

(859) 257-8776

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Marc K. Invergo has worked at the University of Kentucky since 2004, and is currently the J-1 Scholar Advisor.  As Scholar Advisor, he has worked extensively with issues related to Research Scholars, Short Term Scholars, Professors, Specialists and Student Interns.  Previously he had worked with the Summer Work Travel program and J-1 Students.  He's attended national and regional conferences and presented at four of them; three as part of a panel related to J Scholar issues, and the other as the main presenter in the discussion of the ease of using the J Specialist category.  He finds the ever changing world of immigration regulations both challenging and rewarding.  He has also worked with a NAFSA group to review the initial online NAFSA manual.  He is currently part of the Trainer Corps program.  Marc has a Bachelor's in Business from Loyola University in Chicago and a Master's from Northeastern in Chicago.

Karen Slaymaker

Assistant Director

212 Bradley Hall

(859) 257-4065

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Karen Slaymaker is the Assistant Director for International Student and Scholar Services at the University of Kentucky. Ms. Slaymaker received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Messiah College in Grantham, PA. She is currently working toward a master’s degree in Higher Education with a focus in Student Affairs at the University of Kentucky. Ms. Slaymaker has taught English as a second language in Japan and the U.S. At the University of Washington, Ms. Slaymaker worked as a community coordinator for Graduate and Apartment Housing. She began her career at the University of Kentucky as an academic advisor in Chemical and Materials Engineering. As the Health Insurance Coordinator in the Office of International Affairs, Ms. Slaymaker oversaw the implementation of mandatory health insurance for international students. In her current position she helps international students transition to the U.S. and acts as an advocate for this population in UK’s planning. Ms. Slaymaker also leads cross-cultural workshops, plans international events such as the Cultural Diversity Festival, works with the Global Village and teaches UK 101. Ms. Slaymaker has been an active member in NAFSA: Association of International Educators. She has presented at NAFSA conferences on the topics of cross-cultural understanding, living learning communities, and international student recruitment.  She is a past KY state representative for NAFSA.In the Lexington community Ms. Slaymaker has served as a facilitator for Divorce Recovery Workshops.  She volunteers in a Sandwich ministry at her church Maxwell Presbyterian.  She has presented cross-cultural workshops for community organizations and businesses. 

Caitlin Johnson

Sponsored Student & Scholar Coordinator

211 Bradley Hall

(859) 323-2165

Advising Areas: Sponsored students, Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), College of Medicine, Martin School, J-1 Student Non-Degrees

Caitlin Johnson is the Sponsored Student & Scholar Coordinator at the University of Kentucky’s International Center. She provides F-1/J-1 student advising for students in the following areas: Sponsored students, Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), College of Medicine, Martin School, J-1 Student Non-Degrees. She also oversees the free adult ESL classes for J-1 scholars and their J-2 dependents at UK. Prior to moving into the Sponsored Student & Scholar Coordinator position, Caitlin served as the Immigration Case Coordinator for the office. Caitlin received an M.S. in Higher Education along with a Graduate Certificate in International Education from the University of Kentucky, and a BA in History and Spanish from Centre College.  

Will Arnold

H-1B Immigration Specialist

203 Bradley Hall

(859) 257-6685

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