Our Staff

Chandni Khadka

Chandni Khadka
Director, PDSO

Chandni is originally from Kathmandu, Nepal. She completed her MBA degree from University of North Alabama. She loves advocating for international students and believes that international students are invaluable part of our campus community. 

Cannon Connell
Cannon F. Connell
Administrative Assistant

Cannon is a native of Talladega, AL. She graduated from JSU with a BA in Communication. She enjoys working in a department with such a rich history and being a part of enhancing the international student experience.
Javier Burrows

Javier Burrows
Coordinator, International House and Study Abroad 

Javier is from Birmingham, Alabama. He lived in the International House for four years; first two years as a member and the last two years as an International House resident assistant. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in business administration from JSU. He has also studied abroad in South Korea at our partner institution. He loves to travel, try different cuisines, and meet people from all backgrounds.

Byron Nichols

Byron Nichols
Assistant Director, DSO, ARO

Byron is originally from Mobile, AL. Before coming to JSU, he worked at the University of Florida as an International Student Advisor. Byron has also lived in Brittany, France, where he developed learning resources for the Breton language. He has an interest in traveling, learning languages, and meeting people from different cultures and feels his life has been enriched by the many internationals he has met.


Ara Mariz Madera, The Philippines
Resident Assistant

Ara is a junior from the Philippines majoring in Nursing. She has a special interest in becoming an OR nurse or a travel nurse. She likes to travel the world to see more about the distinct cultures and attractions of different countries. In her spare time, she also enjoys reading, watching movies, painting, and playing virtual games with friends.  

Bless Vincent

Bless Vincent, USA
Resident Assistant 

Bless is a senior majoring in Computer Information Systems with a Minor in Business. Bless likes to cook, listen to music, and hang out with friends.


Silvia Paz, Honduras
Resident Assistant

Silvia Paz is from San Pedro Sula, Cortés, Honduras. Her major is Special Education and plans to become a kindergarten teacher in the future. One of her long-term goals is to open an early stimulation center for kids with special needs back in her hometown.

Christian Strachan

Christian Strachan, The Bahamas 
Resident Assistant

Christian is a senior majoring in Marine Biology. Christian enjoys traveling, listening to music, and sharing his culture with others.