Meet the Staff
Jenn Christ-- Director, Multicultural & International Student Programs
Jenn is passionate about creating environments to understand and appreciate difference. Jenn graduated from Webster University in St. Louis with a bachelors in Media Communications, a minor in Management and a certificate in International Studies. She studied abroad in Vienna, Austria. She earned a Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University, where in various capacities over eight years, Jenn implemented international students programs and services and diversity education programs. With extensive training from the Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication and a LGBTQ Safe Zone Trainer, she enjoys teaching others about intercultural sensitivity, learning from others, and encouraging others to explore their identity. Jenn likes to try new things, meet new people and explore the world locally and globally. In her spare time, Jenn loves reading, hiking, yoga, and cooking.
Annick Aska--Assistant Director, Multicultural & International Student Programs
Annick is the Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural & International Student Programs. She is a proud graduate of Hofstra University where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Annick is originally from the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Lucia and joined the Hofstra team in 2003. She has played an integral role in international and multicultural student life at Hofstra since her arrival and has a strong passion for working with students. She enjoys traveling and listening to music.
Sonia Fernandes—Assistant Director, Multicultural & International Student Program
Working with the international student population at Hofstra University, Sonia issues immigration documents and advises international students on the specific regulations and procedures pertaining to their immigration status. Sonia has a Bachelors degree in Spanish & French from Immaculata University and a Masters degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University. She was exposed to foreign languages, culture and traveling at a young age because of her Portuguese immigrant parents. This influenced her to continue learning and working in the field of international education. Sonia enjoys interacting with the international students and helping them achieve their dream of studying in the United States. Sonia is eager to help international students and be a part of the this strong and vibrant international resource on campus.
Evelyn Mackenzie—Senior Executive Secretary, Multicultural & International Student Programs
Evelyn has been working at Hofstra for almost thirty years starting as a stack attendant in the Axinn Library and then working in the Circulation Department for eight years. She also worked in University Advisement for approximately five years before becoming the Secretary in the International Students Office which is now known as the Office of Multicultural & International Student Programs. Evelyn was born and raised in Uniondale, NY and lived there until 1995 when she moved to Huntington Station, NY.
Michelle Cheung—Assistant Director
Michelle Cheung loves working with international students all over the world. She enjoys meeting people with different culture and background. Michelle is originally from Qingdao ---- a beautiful coastal city in China. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature from Qingdao University. Michelle was an international student and earned her Master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Mississippi College. Because of her personal experience as an international student, Michelle understands the needs of international students. She will do whatever it takes to make sure the successes in their studies and as well as their lives in their future.
Kenny Cordero Rubinos—Assistant Director
Hailing from Lima, Peru, Kenny Cordero Rubinos is passionate about aiding the international student population transition to Hofstra University. Before working in the office, Kenny was an undergraduate student at Hofstra University studying Political Science, History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He completed his Masters in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies at Hofstra’s School of Education. Kenny was a very active student on campus being part of the Student Government Association, Nexus Yearbook, Hofstra Historians, Phi Alpha Delta, and many other organizations. He was an active fellow in the Center of Civic Engagement. He also was very active in the University’s shared governance being chair of the Student Affairs Committee in the University Senate. From Fall 2008 until he graduated from Hofstra, Kenny volunteered with our office, welcoming different generations of international students to the campus. He is excited to continue to service the international student population in a professional capacity at Hofstra.
Rob Canobbio—Graduate Assistant
Rob recently graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelors in Economics. Continuing to pursue is education at Hofstra, he is currently working towards his Masters of Science in Education with a desire to become a high school history teacher. As an undergraduate he was involved with Relay For Life, Ask Big Questions, and the Student Government Association. Rob is very excited to work with the multicultural and international students at Hofstra and learn about their individual stories. He hopes to share his passion for education and equality with the students of Hofstra through the various programs put on by MISPO.
Jason Schaefer—Graduate Student Assistant for LGBTQ Programs
Jason is passionate about LGBTQ advocacy and support as well as promoting an appreciation and understanding for all kinds of diversity. Jason graduated from Adelphi University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and philosophy and is currently pursuing a master's degree in mental health counseling here at Hofstra. Jason believes that through self-examination, empathy, and an honest examination of the cultural factors that shape us, we can better understand ourselves, and in doing so, create more genuine relationships with others. Jason also enjoys reading, writing, movies, and yoga.