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The Office of International Affairs is located in Building 71 on the Pensacola campus. The main phone number is 850.474.2479 or email

International Affairs

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Rachel Hendrix
Executive Director

Rachel has been active in the area of international education for more than 16 years and has served as regional leader with NAFSA: Association of International Educators and past chair for the Florida Association of International Educators.

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Randolph Scott

Randolph has been active in international education for more than 15 years and has lived and worked abroad in Japan and in France.

Jeanne de Simon
Jeanne de Simon
International Student Services Advisor II

Jeanne has a passion for international education and believes that building a global community starts with personal connections and relationships.

Sara Brake
Sara Brake

Sara joined UWF in 2006 and has a variety of experience in international education. She is engaged on campus and committed to community engagement.

Niki Savage
International Recruitment Specialist

Niki has been active in international education for nearly 10 years and has lived, worked, studied, and traveled extensively in Europe and Asia.

Jessica Prather
Study Abroad Coordinator

Jessica is a dedicated advocate for student growth and exploration.

Olivia Gardner
International Affairs Coordinator

Olivia is a UWF Alumni that is dedicated to a greater understanding of the global community.

Olga Batova
Olga Batova
IEP Coordinator

Olga has been fascinated with the English language from a young age. She has given hundreds of speeches on cultural diversity in high schools, rotary clubs, and churches in the USA.

Brenda Groat
Brenda Groat
Administrative Specialist

Brenda has been part of the Office of International Affairs (OIA) for over 15 years and cumulative time at UWF has been over 25 years working in various departments prior to joining OIA in March 2007.

Akiko Yamamoto
Akiko Yamamoto
Japan Outreach Inititative (JOI) Coordinator

Akiko is from Yamaguchi, in the western part of Japan.

Yen-Shan Lien
Exchange Scholar from Tamkang Universiy in Taiwan

Yen-Shan, an exchange scholar from Tamkang University in Taiwan, currently works as an instructor for Mandarin Chinese courses and the Intensive English Program at UWF.

Anayet Etxegibel Riezu
Anayet Etxegibel Riezu
IEP Instructor

Anayet is currently pursuing her master's degree in College Student Affairs and Administration. Her passion lies in fostering student development and creating transformative educational experiences.

Angela Gentry
IEP Instructor

Angela Gentry has always had a passion for education, travel, and cultural diversity.