Instructors and Staff

Our Administrative Team

Sarah McGregor

Sarah McGregor, Ed.D. | Director

Sarah McGregor earned her doctoral degree in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco, an MA TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. She has taught in China, Costa Rica, New York and California. She began her Gateways career as an instructor teaching Business English. She loves listening to jazz, taking dance classes, and playing with her dog.

Kimberly Lynn Green

Kim Green | Associate Director / Instructor

Kim has worked at International Gateways for more than 20 years. She oversees faculty and student affairs. Kim also teaches higher level courses at International Gateways. She has a Master's degree in TESOL from Seattle University and taught ESL classes in places such as Japan, Seattle and Monterey before working at International Gateways. In her spare time, Kim likes to cook, eat and travel to learn about new cultures.

Ben Soller

Ben Soller | Academic Advisor / Instructor

Ben is the Academic Coordinator for International Gateways and has been teaching here since 2005. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Washington and an M.A. in TESL from Northern Arizona University. He enjoys listening to music, singing karaoke, riding his bike, and watching movies.

Ekaterina (Kate) Shcherbakova

Ekaterina (Kate) Shcherbakova | Admissions Manager

Kate earned a Ph.D. in English Lexicography from Ivanovo State University (Russia), and an M.A. in TESL/ Applied Linguistics from Iowa State University. She taught ESL and TOEFL preparation in Russia and served as a Fulbright instructor of Russian at Iowa State University. Kate joined IG as a part-time instructor in 2013 and taught a variety of English courses across all program levels. She especially enjoys teaching writing and TOEFL preparation. Since 2018 Kate oversees IG Admissions and provides immigration advising support. In free time she likes traveling with her family, cooking, reading, gardening, and making crafts.

Marwa Abbas

Marwa Abbas | Semester at SJSU (SAS) Manager

Marwa Abbas is the Semester at SJSU Manager at International Gateways. She recruits students overseas and helps with SAS Admission, course registration and selection. She has been working at International Gateways for 11 years and SJSU for 14 years. She received her M.A. in TESOL from San Jose State University. She has travelled to more than 10 different countries. She enjoys skiing with her family, and loves baking with her daughter, Jannah. She used to be on the National Team of Swimming in Egypt.

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Rick Murno| Custom Programs Specialist

Rick has over 20 years of experience teaching languages at various levels to diverse audiences, and he has been with International Gateways since 2011. Previously he had 10 years' experience in high tech marketing at Silicon Valley companies. Rick has also trained both non-native and native English-speaking Silicon Valley personnel in professional business communication skills.  He has an MPA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and B.Sc. degrees in French and lingusitics from Georgetown University. In his spare time, Rick enjoys studying languages, international film, reading, cycling, and a really good cup of coffee.




Julie Yang

Julie Yang | Path to SJSU Degree Manager

Julie Yang advises International Gateways students about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at SJSU and assists them during their application processes. She has been working at International Gateways for almost 20 years. She has a BA in Education from China and a Ph.D. in International and Comparative Education from University of London in
Britain. In her free time, she likes to travel internationally and watch K dramas.



Yi Kang

Yi Kang | Admissions Support Coordinator

Yi joined the International Gateways Admissions team in February 2022. After graduating from Santa Clara University, she served in Jesuit Volunteer Corps and AmeriCorps, assisting first-generation students in Newark, NJ throughout their college application process. In her free time, Yi enjoys rock climbing, reading, hiking, and looking after her growing houseplant collection.