Meet the Staff

  • Adrienne Bergenfeld - Assistant Director of

    Adrienne Bergenfeld

    Assistant Director, International Student Services

    (831) 459-2858 |

    Specialization: F-1 & J-1 Students

    Liaison Units: All student-related items

    Adrienne is from Colorado but now calls Santa Cruz home. She has been in the field of International Education since 2009 and has worked in a variety of schools across the nation in both International Admissions and International Student Services. She earned a master’s degree in International Education from SIT (School for International Training) and has lived abroad for a short time in both Austria and Greece and studied abroad in Japan. When not supporting students at UCSC, Adrienne enjoys cooking, gardening, and discovering great food. She loves receiving restaurant suggestions from students, so if you have one, let her know!


  • Gabriele Schmiegel - Assistant Director of Sponsored Student Programs

    Gabriele Schmiegel

    Assistant Director, Sponsored Student Programs

    Specialization: Sponsored Students and J-1 Scholars and Student Interns

    Liaison Units: All sponsored student and scholar related items

    (831) 459-2858 |

    Gabi was born and raised in Germany. She originally planned to become an Egyptologist but switched her studies to Political Science and American Government instead. She came to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities as an exchange student in 1994 and stayed to complete her master’s degree. Gabi has traveled extensively to the Middle East and North Africa. She has been working in international education for 25 years and her passion to help international students get the support they need to succeed drove her to create and lead the sponsored student program at UMN for the last 10 years. She loves to travel, experience new cultures and cuisine, read, watch Netflix, cook, bake, and eat good food with friends. She has a cat but loves fluffy dogs as well.


  • Vanessa Orey - International Student Advisor

    Vanessa Orey

    International Student and Scholar Advisor

    (831) 459-2858 |

    Specialization: F-1 & J-1 Students and J-1 Scholars and Student Interns

    Vanessa joined the ISSS team in 2018 and has been involved in the world of international studies for over a decade. After a year-long homestay program in Belgium, she became hooked on traveling. Vanessa maintained her curiosity for different cultures by completing her bachelor's degree in International Relations at UC Davis, teaching English in South Korea for one year, participating in a Spanish immersion program in Ecuador, and backpacking in more than 20 countries worldwide. She previously worked for the Cabrillo College Transfer and Career Center and received a master's degree in Education and Counseling from San Jose State University. In Vanessa's free time, she enjoys being outdoors, dancing, hiking, sailing, and loves to call Santa Cruz home with an international twist! 


  • Lina Li

    Lina Li

    SEVIS/Applications Coordinator


    Lina graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2017 with a B.A. in Anthropology. She developed her passion for international education while working as a student volunteer in the Division of Global Engagement office and studying abroad for a year at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the International Christian University in Tokyo. After completing her undergraduate degree, Lina attended graduate school at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and received a master's degree in Public Policy.
    As someone who has studied and lived abroad, Lina believes the best way to learn is to immerse yourself in the country's culture. She is excited to support the students at UC Santa Cruz and to share her experiences studying in a foreign country. In her free time, Lina likes to bring her corgi to the dog park, and spend time outdoors while swimming, scuba diving, rock climbing, hiking, and running.

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