Staff

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. 


 

Resident Staff
Chinese Museum San Jose History Park RA Team photo
 

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.

Isaiah DeMarco
Isaiah DeMarco 
Head Resident 

“Hello there! My name's Isaiah and I am a graduate student in Communication Studies at SJSU.

I am the I-House's Head Resident, and I also teach Public Speaking at SJSU! I am always available to help answer questions around the I-House. You can usually find me on the first floor talking to fellow residents or lesson planning for my next class.

I went to Arizona State for undergrad, and have lived most of my life on the West Coast in California or Arizona. My hobbies include going to the gym, studying Irish literature, or going to the movies! I also enjoy plays, ballets, and operas. I love spending time with residents at the I-House and hope to see you soon!”



Joanna Chong
 Joanna
Resident Advisor

Hi everyone!

My name is Joanna Chong and I am a undergraduate student from Malaysia majoring in Economics. Although I am far away from home, I have found the I-House community to be my newest family. Thus, my ultimate goal at the I-House is to make everyone feel at-home no matter which parts of the world they may have come from. I love listening to music, binge-watching tv series' and scarfing down chocolate. I always love making new friends, so do come up and say hi

Jin You "JJ" Goh 
 JJ Goh
Resident Advisor

Hi! Welcome to the I-House!

My name is JJ and I am from Malaysia. I am currently a senior at SJSU and its my 4th semester at the I-House, and the experience has been nothing short of amazing. The I-House's culturally diversified community has officially become my new home away from home. I am a health and fitness fanatic and some of my other hobbies are attending social events, playing board games, and meeting new people. Hence, please don't hesitate to approach me about anything.

Allen Huang 
Allen Huang
Resident Advisor

Hello,

My name is Allen Huang and I am from China. I am an undergraduate student studying Aerospace Engineering since Fall 2017 (I was in Physics major before). I have lived in the I-House since Fall 2016, I like living in the I-House because it is not only a mini international community but also a family. When I am free, I like watching animations, playing video games and mahjong, and hanging out with friends. I like meeting new people and making friends, so feel free to say hi and talk to me.

Michelle Lauricella 
Michelle Lauricella
Alternate RA

Hello!

My name is Michelle & I am an undergraduate student majoring in Global Studies. I am a California native, born & raised! I currently live in Santa Cruz, California & I have been living in I-House since Fall 2018. I love eating new foods, binge watching tv & listening to music. My hobbies include dancing, traveling, hiking & kickboxing. I love living in IHouse & meeting new people so please say hi!


Office Aides

Residents work in the I-House Office Monday to Friday greeting visitors, 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 Aides