OIPS Engagement Team

Professional Staff

Yali Pan, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Engagement and Assessment
Xi’an, China

Hello everyone, I am Yali Pan and I am the Associate Director for Engagement and Assessment in OIPS. Once an international student myself, I know how challenging but also rewarding it can be to be here on this journey of study abroad. That’s why I love what I do, which is to provide programs and initiatives to make you feel at home and connected to the Mason community. I love running, traveling, cooking, and enjoying delicious food from different parts of the world. I look forward to learning from each and every one of you!

Jonathan Carmona
Assistant Director for International Engagement
Dorado, Puerto Rico

Hello, I am Jonathan Carmona and I work as the Assistant Director for International Engagement in OIPS. I have been at Mason for almost 11 years (6 as a Mason student and 5 as a staff member), and I love working and meeting international and domestic students from all over the world! I love learning about other cultures and I want to visit Thailand, Brazil, Australia, and the entire Caribbean one day!

 

Graduate Professional Assistants

Michelle Melo 
Graduate Professional Assistant for Intercultural Engagement
Manila, Philippines

Hi! My name is Michelle, and I am a graduate student majoring in M.S. Systems Engineering here at Mason. I started working for OIPS in Spring 2021 to help facilitate events and activities focusing on intercultural engagement for both international and domestic students. I'm passionate about learning new cultures, trying out international cuisines, and traveling. I'm looking forward to learning from you all!

Hannah Park
Graduate Professional Assistant, Mason Korea Liaison
Seoul, South Korea

Annyeonghaseyo (Hello in Korean)! A second year doctoral student in Higher Education, I worked at the Mason Korea campus as the Campus & Office Coordinator prior to my transition to Fairfax. I look forward to supporting our Mason Korea students as they continue their Patriot Experience in Fairfax and integrate into the international student community. I enjoy traveling, long walks, and authentic home-cooked meals.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Saint Augustine

Student Staff

Jason Mercado
Program Assistant
Annandale Virginia

Hello! My name is Jason Mercado and I am a third-year student studying Biology here at Mason. I am Bolivian. I started working at OIPS in Spring 2022 to assist with event programming and facilitation for the international and domestic community here at Mason! I love to learn about other cultures through food and often find myself exploring nature through hiking and traveling. I look forward to learning from you all!

Valentyna Sihnaievska
Program Assistant
Kyiv, Ukraine

Hi! My name is Valentyna Sihnaievska and I am a graduate pathway student at George Mason University studying Conflict Analysis and Resolution. I am happy to be part of the OIPS team and to meet new people from all over the world. It is a great pleasure for me to discover new things and receive new experiences. I look forward to learning from you all!

Mykola Signayevskyy
Program assistant
Kyiv, Ukraine

Hello everyone! I am Mykola Signayevskyy, a Graduate Pathway student at George Mason University studying Data Analytics Engineering. I am happy to work at OIPS because I can meet people from all over the world, share different experiences and knowledge.