Staff

Professional Staff

Leann Cherkasky Makhni

Leann Cherkasky Makhni

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.

Kristen Pendleton

Kristen Pendleton

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.

Resident Staff

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.

Resident Staff

 

 Hiroki Morimoto

Hiroki Morimoto 

Head Resident

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.

 

Enrique Padilla

 Enrique

Resident Advisor

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 :) 

 

 Patrick Brown

 Patrick Brown

Resident Advisor

Patrick Brown is a Fourth year at San Jose State. He is a Music major emphasizing in Technology and is also purusing a Business minor emphasizing in Marketing. Patrick is an extensive lover of traveling having visited seventeen countries so far and planning on taking another trip this summer, He is currently taking suggestions. Patrick aspires to be a Circus Performer when he decides to grow up. This year in the house, he is most looking forward to the Pancake Breakfast ;)

 

Serena Organ

 Serena Organ

Resident Advisor

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

 

 Villy Bhatia

Villy Bhatia 

Resident Advisor

Hi, my name is Vilok, but I usually go by Villy. I love playing soccer (or just about any sport), I am an avid reader, a part time poet, a chocolate connoisseur and a music lover. My favorite pastimes include playing my guitar, watching TV shows, reading and playing video games!  I am equally at home both in the soccer field and in my chair in front of my computer. However, the thing I enjoy doing the most, is meeting people! I am fascinated by different people and their experiences. If you feel like you can tell me something about you, I’m in, I’m fascinated to hear what you have tell me.

 

 Yeri Lee

 Yeri Lee

Resident Advisor

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.

 

Office Aides

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.

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