New spaces, services and faces at the International Services Department

Kay Van Vreede

Kay Van Vreede, head of the Workforce Development and Resources Section, wrote this column.

New spaces
A lot has been happening behind the scenes with the International Services Department. “Behind the scenes” is a fitting description as some believe that the International Services Department offices are not exactly easy to find. That is about to change: We are currently developing plans to relocate these offices to a much more visible, accessible and welcoming area in FY16. Stay tuned!

New services
We are planning to enhance the user’s overall experience with the delivery of new services, living assistance and convenience. Please help us understand what current services you find valuable and what services you would like to see enhanced or added. All lab users are encouraged to participate in the survey.

New faces
We are very excited to announce that Griselda Lopez is now leading the International Services Department in the role of manager. Griselda was a business analyst in the Core Computing Division prior to taking on this role. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Aurora University, is fluent in Spanish and brings with her more than 13 years of experience at Fermilab. In addition, Griselda brings personal experience in immigration and international travel. This has fueled her passion for this area of the lab. Welcome, Griselda!

Valery Stanley is our new senior international services administrator and comes to us from a law firm specializing in immigration. There she was a paralegal and a subject matter expert in immigration processing. Valery brings more than eight years of experience in U.S. immigration law. As a former immigrant herself, she can personally understand what it is like to go through the process. She obtained degrees in international business and international relations from Schiller International University in Germany and France, has lived and traveled abroad extensively, and is fluent in Russian. We are excited to have Valery on the Visa Office team to provide insight into the complicated immigration law regulations. Welcome, Valery!

Meet the International Services Office staff. From left: Linda Granbur, international services associate; Kim Pearce, international services associate; Stacey Vassallo, human resources services manager; Kappy Sherman, international services administrator; Griselda Lopez, international services manager; Valery Stanley, international services administrator senior; Cheng Hwei Liu, administrative support assistant. Photo: Reidar Hahn