Director of International House
Leann was born in Rochester, NY. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from 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. Leann is married, has two wonderful children, and has been working at the International House since the early ‘90’s. She loves travel, reading, gardening, and getting to know people from all parts of the world.
Community Operations Manager
Kristen Pendleton was born in San José, CA. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Studies from U.C. Berkeley and a Master’s in International Relations from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She speaks Spanish and some Portuguese. Kristen loves food, travel, world music, and learning about other cultures.
Our resident staff consists of one Head Resident and four 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.
Hiroki Morimoto was born and raised in Japan. After working for a high school as an English teacher for 6 years, he decided to study at SJSU to seek a Master's Degree in Teaching English (TESOL). This is his 4th semester at the International House.
Born in the States, raised in Nicaragua. Finishing my degree in software engineering albeit want my career more inclined towards people. I love meeting and interacting with new people, which makes me love what I do at the international house! I'm extremely competitive, but always enjoy a good challenge. Sports, video games, or books, you name it and I will probably enjoy it :)
Hey, I'm Melvin McElrath. I am 3rd year at San Jose State University and I'm studying Art/ Studio Practice. I really enjoy hanging out with others and just going places. I really love drawing too and video games, that's what I do in my free time ;P I am also a fan of puns and pranks. I've been in the I-House for two years now and every semester is awesome and amazing :)
Hello! I am Serena Organ, a double major in Systems Physiology (fancy for pre-Med) and Spanish. I always have a ton of energy and love to share it by doing fun activities with all of the residents. Find me for some Dance Dance Revolution, a hike, or even just watching a fun movie! Obviously, orange is my favorite color and foxes are my favorite animals, but i’m super excited to hear what your favorite things are! :D
Hi my name is Yeri from South Korea. I am a fourth year marketing major. I am going to be an Alternative RA this semester. I love talking and texting. Sometimes when i get lonely I set my phone's alarm to go off every 15 minuites and imagine people are texting me. Come by sometime and say hello.
Residents work in the I-House Office Monday to Friday responding to e-mail, doing database entry, filing, creating flyers and other creative endeaors, providing services such as vacuum and key check-out, and helping us make our residents feel at home.