Meet the Staff

Uttiyo Raychaudhuri

Executive Director, Office of Global Learning

Uttiyo Raychaudhuri, the Office of Global Learning’s first executive director, joined Cornell in April 2018. He previously directed Clemson Abroad in the Office of Global Engagement at Clemson University. A trained architect, Uttiyo holds a PhD in forestry and natural resources from the University of Georgia. His research and campus leadership promote global citizenship, environmental justice, and international engagement.


Laura Taylor

Associate Director of Faculty and Scholar Services
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Laura Taylor, with ISSO since 1996, specializes in United States employment-based immigration. She has published articles, been an invited speaker, and held many leadership positions with NAFSA: Association of International Educators. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, running, and playing music.


Sarah Hilsman

Associate Director of Student Immigration Services
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Sarah Hilsman oversees all immigration services for international students, including immigration advising, work authorization, immigration workshops, events, and more. She has traveled in India, Turkey, and Italy and enjoys hiking in Upstate New York’s many beautiful parks.


Scott Beemer

Office Coordinator
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Scott Beemer manages front desk operations and provides immigration assistance to our students and scholars, as well as administrative and accounting support to the office. A 2003 Cornell graduate, Scott taught English in Japan and enjoys travel, creative writing, and photography.


Adam Blakeslee

Immigration Assistant
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Adam Blakeslee began his career at Cornell in 2004 and joined ISSO in 2010. He advises international faculty, researchers, and staff. Adam has traveled to Europe and South America and enjoys playing ice hockey and pool.


Kim Jaenson

Immigration Assistant
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Kim Jaenson works with students at Cornell on immigration advising and programming. She has traveled across much of the United States and Europe and has plans to travel to many more places.


Emily Markes

Immigration Assistant
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Emily Markes has worked at Cornell since 2011, after teaching Spanish for 11 years. She has worked and studied in Argentina, Spain, Peru, Japan, Germany, and the West Indies and has traveled extensively in Latin America.


Ashley Reedman

Immigration Assistant
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Ashley Reedman joined ISSO after earning her master’s degree from the School for International Training in Vermont. She enjoys literature, art, and history and is working on expanding both her Japanese language proficiency and list of countries visited.


Elizabeth Shedd

Senior Immigration Advisor
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Elizabeth Shedd is a senior advisor at the ISSO, having served Cornell's international community, academic departments, and administrative offices since 2007. She has family from Syria, Ivory Coast, Israel, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic and is always up for practicing French, Italian, or Dutch.


Bill Webster

Application Systems Analyst
(607) 255-3893

Bill Webster is responsible for monitoring and maintaining international student and scholar data. He is an avid mountain biker, skier, and motorcyclist.