Professional Staff

Leann Cherkasky Makhni

Leann Cherkasky Makhni

Director of International House

Leann has been working at the International House since the early ‘90’s. She is married, and has two wonderful children.  She loves travel, reading, gardening, and getting to know people from all parts of the world.

Leann was born in Rochester, NY. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the Residential College at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Master’s Degree in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) in Monterey, CA.  She speaks French and Spanish proficiently and has studied several other languages extensively. 


Natasha Lamperti

Community Operations Manager

Natasha Lamperti graduated over the Summer of 2015 with a degree in Radio, Television, Film from San Jose State. During her undergraduate degree she lived and worked at the International House only taking a quick break to study abroad for a year. Traveling and laughing are two of her favorite hobbies and they are always more fun with others. She believes that the I-House is an amazing experience and would like to help make that experience even better for others. If you have any questions, ask :)


Resident Staff

Our resident staff consists of one Head Resident and five Resident Advisors (RAs). These individuals are here to help you adjust to life in San José and to plan fun activities for you. They are students too, and understand your busy lifestyle. All of our RAs are here to provide you a comfortable, enriching experience at the International House.

Ben Salter 
Ben Salter  
Head Resident 

Greetings and welcome!

My name is Ben Salter. I am a graduate student pursuing my Master in Urban Planning here at San Jose State. I'm from Sacramento, California, and did my undergrad at UC San Diego before coming to SJSU and falling in love with the International House Community. I love food and tea, and my hobbies including eating, reading, and making friends. I can frequently be found in the dining room attempting to study. Please do say hi! My goal is to make everyone's experience at I-House as wonderful as my experience has been.

Terrence Soares
Terrence Soares RA
Resident Advisor


my name is Terrence Soares and I’m a US citizen living at the I-House. I’m a first generation in college. I’m currently an undergraduate working on my B.S for Aerospace Engineering. My dream is to build my own rocket company that will be known on an international scale and thus become a global asset.  To make these international connections though I must learn about different cultures;  this makes the I-House an ideal place because it holds the opportunity to make international friends as well as learn more about other parts of the world.

Anh Ha "Teddy"
Resident Advisor


My name is Teddy. I’m an international from Vietnam. I’m studying Business Marketing. I have been living at the International House since Fall 2016. I love panda, cats, and dogs. I like to travel and trying new cuisine.

Daanyaal Saeed "Daany"
Resident Advisor


My name is Daanyaal, Daany for short. I was born in the UK, did my schooling from Pakistan and have transferred universities from Malaysia. I am currently majoring in Software Engineering. If I'm not studying, then I'm either playing soccer or video games. You'll usually catch me hanging in the dinning room. Don't be afraid to strike up a conversation with me!

Kelsea Cannon 
Kelsea Cannon
Resident Advisor

Hello Everyone!

My name is Kelsea Cannon and I am a United State citizen. I am a double major in Humanities and Japanese language. I have been visiting the I-House since Fall 2015 and have been living in the House since Fall 2017. I spent the school 2016-2017 school year studying abroad in Yokohama, Japan. I am interested in different languages and cultures. I am a big fan of tea, coffee, and Ice cream. I love trying new foods and having new international experiences. My goals are making friends, helping others, and ultimately inspiring others. I can be found in most places within in the house, feel free to say hi and ask me if you need anything!

David Koster 
 David Koster
Alternate Resident Advisor


I'm David from San Diego, California. I've lived in the I-House since Fall 2016 and I currently study Digital Media Art. Some of my hobbies include playing video games (mostly Nintendo and PC), travel, getting milk tea, wearing Hawaiian shirts, and photography. I'm a very open person who takes every opportunity to introduce myself to new people, so feel free to come and talk to me about anything!

Miyuki Noda 
 Miyuki Noda
Alternate Resident Advisor


I am Miyuki Noda, and I am an International student from Chiba, Japan (If you do not know where that is, it’s East of Tokyo). I came to America in 2015 and have been studying for a Child and Adolescent Development degree. I transferred over to SJSU a year ago and found this wonderful place, where I could meet a lot of new people with diverse cultures.

If I am not studying, you can see me play games, listen to music, or having conversations with people in the dining room. I am generally an open-minded person and would like to learn more about different cultures and values, so please feel free to come and say hi!

Student Council 

Student Council Officers help organize meetings in which activities for the house are planned and vote on them. Organizing trips, buying new products for the house, and most importantly, listening to what the IHouse residents want are only some of the many things our Student Council Officers do for IHouse.

 Student Council Spring 2017

Office Aides

Residents work in the I-House Office Monday to Friday responding to e-mails, performing database entry, filing, creating flyers and other creative endeavors, providing services such as vacuum and key check-out, and helping us make our residents feel at home.


Office Aide 1 Office Aide 2 Office Aide 3