International Student & Scholar Services Staff

Jen Fernandez-Villa, Director

Jen Fernandez-Villa has served as the director of International Student & Scholar Services for ten years. Prior to joining UNCW, Jen worked at the Center for International Faculty & Student Services at Rutgers University. Jennifer serves on the NAFSA Region VII board, served as chair of the North Carolina Association of International Educators and enjoys giving presentations and trainings at conferences. Jen is pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at UNCW, earned a Master's degree in Global Affairs from Rutgers, and a Bachelor's in Spanish from New York University. While attending NYU, Jen studied in Madrid, Spain for a year and Florence, Italy for a summer. Jen was born in Greece to an American father and English mother and is married to a Spaniard, with whom she has three amazing kids, ages 7, 5, and 3. Jen loves getting to know students and scholars from around the world and helping them as they settle in to their new life in the USA.

Jessie Heim, Assistant Director

Jessie Heim has worked at UNCW for over five years. Prior to working in International Student & Scholar Services, Jessie worked in the Office of Admissions at UNCW with international applicants. Jessie earned both a Master's degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from UNCW. Jessie studied abroad in London during her undergraduate program and has worked in South Africa, Fiji, and Australia as a photographer. Jessie serves on the board of Study North Carolina and enjoys visiting international schools, conferences, and events to connect with international students and scholars from around the world. During a student's time at UNCW it is Jessie's priority to ensure students have an exceptional global Seahawk experience from the moment they step on-campus.

Amy Mabery, Exchange Visitor Specialist

Amy loves supporting international students and scholars during their transformative U.S. adventure! Amy is inspired when she hears students proudly tell their stories of overcoming challenges in their new environment. Working with students and scholars motivates her to keep asking the question "How can I do this better?" As a result she is often trying out new ideas for making orientation and advising more useful for students and scholars as well as more streamlined for staff.

Tiffany Campbell, Program Coordinator

Tiffany Campbell is the Program Coordinator for International Student and Scholar Services. She is originally from Oceanside, California, but moved to Wilmington, NC when she was 14. She completed both her Bachelor's and Master's at UNCW, so she knows a ton about the school. She has studied abroad four times: one semester in Mannheim, Germany; two semesters in Bremen, Germany; and a summer semester in Canberra, Australia. She loves traveling and so far has been to twenty-five different countries. Tiffany's job is to help you before you arrive to UNCW, help you while you are here-and sometimes, even after you leave UNCW. It is what she loves to do, so if you have questions, ask them.