AMIS Boards

Kirk Keene, President, Galleria/NW Kiwanis

Doug Elliott, Vice President, Unaffiliated

Rob Taylor, Treasurer, Northside Kiwanis

Patricia Hibbard, Secretary, Mt. Vernon Pres. Church

Heidy Brusitus, Atlanta Kiwanis Club

Mitch Costley, North Avenue Presbyterian Church

John Hibbard, Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church

Andra Martin, Ebenezer Baptist Church

Nikki Regis, Ebenezer Baptist Church

Amy Speas, Unaffiliated

Emily Texter, Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church

Rev. Irene Wong, AMIS Executive Director

Board of Directors

Academic Advisory Board

Marisa Atencio, Ed.D. (Chair)

Assistant Dean and Director of Global Education

Oglethorpe University


Veronique Barnes        

Associate Director, ISSS

Georgia State University


Jasmine L. Douglas
Director of Admissions

Beulah Heights University


Christian Gallie

Intensive English Program,

Georgia State University

Kathryn Gaylord-Miles

Director, ISSS

Kennesaw State University


Peter W.M. Karanja

Vice President of Operations

Beulah Heights University


Kate Kirk                      

Assistant Director, ISSS

Georgia Tech

Khalfani Lawson

Office of Student Affairs & Community Life
Columbia Theological Seminary


Sandra McQueen


GA Association of Fulbright Scholars

Adria Motiwalla           

Student Support Coordinator, Language Institute

Georgia Tech


Jody Pritt                     

Director, ISSS

Georgia State University


Wafia Sayf

International Student and Study Aboard Advisor

Agnes Scott College


Kirsten Schaetzel, Ph.D.

English Language Specialist

Emory University School of Law

In January 2021, we started a NEW Academic Advisory Board made up of representatives from twelve International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) offices and Language Programs at the higher education institutions we have been partnering with throughout metro Atlanta. The purposes of the Advisory Board are to give AMIS input for our programs and future planning, improve communication between our offices, provide an opportunity for networking, and strengthen our partnerships. For more information about AMIS's Board of Directors and Academic Advisory Board, view our most recent Annual Report.

Over 200 volunteers and donors of diverse faith backgrounds make our ministry a welcomed gift to international students and scholars. Our volunteers are blessed in return by the richness of international friendship.