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. 

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

 

Natasha Lamperti

Hiroki Morimoto 

Head Resident

Hi i’m Natasha, an RTVF major at San Jose State. I was born and raised in San José, Ca. and have been looking for a way out ever since (joking). I love San José and all the people in it. This will be my sixth and final semester in the International house and at San Jose State, then I will enter the real world where I will be a hopelessly unemployed child playing the part of an adult (and i’m a horrible actress). Come say hi and make me laugh!

 

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 :) 

 

 Melvin Mcelrath

 melvin

Resident Advisor

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 :)

 

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

 

 Yeri Lee

 Yeri Lee

Resident Advisor

Hi my name is Yeri from South Korea. I am a fourth year marketing major. 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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