Our Team

The ISSSO is a team of knowledgeable advisors trained in F and J visa regulations and dedicated to supporting our international population. We are here to advise you regarding visa matters and also to lend support in other areas so that you can thrive while at KSU. We are available for advising and assistance in a variety of ways. We look forward to working with you!

  • Our advisors can be reached at isss@kennesaw.edu

  • Individual advisors can be reached using the directory below. You can also call the main office line and ask to speak with a member of the International Student and Scholar Services staff. The number is 470-578-6336.

  • We are continuing to offer virtual appointments from 9am-4pm as a convenient option for students and scholars.  No need to worry about traffic when you want to meet with an advisor, just click on the appointment link.

    Schedule a Virtual Appointment
  • We now offer in-person appointments on both campuses from 9am-4pm.  Please follow current CDC guidelines regarding masks and staying home if you are unwell.  You can schedule an in-person appointment below.

    Schedule an In-Person Appointment
  • Starting Fall 2021 we will have designated drop-in hours.  There will be an advisor available for short (<15 minutes) questions.  If you come outside of those hours, we will ask you to schedule an appointment and return later.  If you want to meet with a specific advisor or have complex questions about topics, please schedule an appointment.

    • Drop-In at the Kennesaw Campus
      Drop-In at the Marietta Campus
    • Mondays & Thursdays 1-4pm
      Tuesdays & Fridays 1-4pm
    • Academic Learning Center
      480 Bartow Avenue
      Suite 5625
      Kennesaw, GA 30144
      Lower Administration (B) Building
      900 Hornet Loop Road
      Suite 20
      Marietta, GA 30060 
  • If you are experiencing an immigration emergency outside of normal business hours, please call the KSU Department of Public Safety at +1-470-578-6666 and tell them that you need to speak to an ISSSO staff member. You will be redirected to an ISSSO advisor for assistance.

    Emergencies include:

    • Detention at secondary inspection at an airport and/or a request from a Customs and Border Protection agent to speak with an ISSSO staff member to make a decision about whether or not a student or scholar may enter the U.S.
    • The hospitalization or death of a student or scholar
    • The arrest of a student or scholar

    Emergencies do not include:

    • Registration and payment deadlines
    • Inquiries about the status of an I-20 request
    • Questions about the check-in process
    • Requests to transfer a SEVIS record to another college or university


See below for contact information for each member of the International Student and Scholar Services team.

International Student and Scholar Services Staff

  • Kathryn Gaylord-Miles

    Kathryn Gaylord-Miles Director


    Phone: (470) 578-4514
    Email: kgaylor3@kennesaw.edu
    Location: ALC 5625

  • Shannon Everett

    Shannon Everett International Student Advisor

    International Student Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-3165
    Email: severe19@kennesaw.edu
    Location: ALC 5625

  • Lissa Small

    Lissa Small Senior International Student Advisor

    Senior International Student Advisor

    Phone: (470) 578-6142
    Email: lsmall@kennesaw.edu
    Location: ALC 5625 G

  • Li Sun

    Li Sun Asst. Director of International Programs

    Asst. Director of International Programs

    Phone: (470) 578-4513
    Email: lsun6@kennesaw.edu
    Location: B 020B