Meet the ISSS Staff

  • Vacant - Director of International Student & Scholar Services


    Director, International Student and Scholar Services

    Specialization: PDSO/RO, Immigration Policy, Permanent Residency (PR) and O1

    For questions regarding PDSO/RO, immigration policy, permanent residency (PR) and O1 please contact Linda Harris at


  • Adrienne Bergenfeld - Assistant Director of

    Adrienne Bergenfeld

    Assistant Director - International Student Services

    E-mail address:

    Specialization: F-1 & J-1 Students, Incoming Sponsored Students ( KAUST, Fulbright, etc.)

    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!


  • Linda Harris - International Scholar Advisor

    Linda Harris

    International Scholar Advisor

    E-mail address:

    Specialization: J-1, E-3, H-1B, TN status

    Linda hails from the Midwest and has worked in the field of International Education for more than 14 years. She has worked at a community college, private institute, several different public universities as an international student advisor, employee and scholar advisor. In her current role, Linda advises scholars, employees, and hiring departments on J-1, E-3, TN, or H-1B visa matters, helping them navigate the complex U.S. immigration regulations. She enjoys meeting scholars and their family, learning about their background, culture, and research. She finds it rewarding to assist others to fulfill their academic, professional, or personal goals. In her free time Linda likes to swim, quilt, or play video games.


  • Vanessa Orey - International Student Advisor

    Vanessa Orey

    International Student Advisor

    Email Address:

    Specialization: F-1 & J-1 Students

    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 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!


  • Massey Pierce - International Student Advisor & SEVIS Coordinator

    Massey Pierce

    International Student Advisor & SEVIS Coordinator

    Email Address:

    Specialization: F-1 & J-1 Students, SEVIS Compliance, and Data

    Massey is from Ohio and a graduate of The Ohio State University (OSU). He developed a passion for the field during his senior year of college, and shortly after, began working in the Office of International Affairs at OSU. Later, Massey taught English in South Korea and is currently studying Korean. He eventually returned to OSU where he worked as an immigration coordinator, before coming to UC Santa Cruz. He enjoys being able to advise students from all over the world and learning about other cultures. Massey’s hobbies include working out, watching movies, and collecting vinyl records.