University of California, Riverside

International Students and Scholars Office

About ISC

Kimberly Gentile
Interim Director, International Students and Scholars Office

Kimberly Gentile joined the International Scholar Center in March 2011. She has a B.A. in Sociology and an AA in Paralegal Studies. Her primary responsibilities are working on H-1B and Green Cards Visas and overseeing policies and procedures for the International Scholar Center (ISC). Prior to working for the University of California, Riverside Kimberly had worked for The City of Hope as an Immigration Specialist. She coordinated and maintained all visa programs within the City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute. She also analyzed Federal and State regulations, prepared immigration policy, and ensured compliance. She has worked as an Immigration Paralegal and Legal Secretary. She brings with her extensive knowledge of H-1B and J-1 Visas. She is a strong asset to our university.

Makbule Koksal
J Scholar Advisor

Makbule Koksal, the J Scholar Advisor at in the International Scholar Center, has an international background and experience.  Makbule is a native of Ankara, Turkey and arrived in the US as an international immigrant in 2000.  Makbule left Turkey to join her husband and raise a family in Riverside California. Before arriving in the US, Makbule earned a BS degree in food engineering from University of Ankara, Turkey and then joined Ankara Chamber of Industry 1st Organized Industrial Zone where she worked as a Director for 10 years. There, Makbule established the necessary environmental organization in areas allocated for plantation which included oversight of irrigation, budget and maintenance of the plants. Upon her arrival to the US, Makbule participated in many programs for international professionals arriving in the US such as the International Women’s Group through UC Riverside. Makbule joined the International Scholar Center in March 2008.  Since then, Makbule has been gladly helping international UCR scholars with their immigration issues and needs. 

Stacy Mason
ISC Case Management Coordinator

Stacy Mason came to U.C. Riverside in March 2015. She has a B.A. in Intercultural Religious Studies with a concentration in Applied Linguistics and a Teaching English as a Second Language Certificate from Trinity Western University (British Columbia, Canada). In 2009 Stacy applied her intercultural skills by moving to Japan for four years to teach English to Japanese high school students. She is a member of NAFSA and is currently working on her Master of Arts in Intercultural Relations. Stacy is excited to be supporting our international faculty and staff. 

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

International Students and Scholars Office
0321 Surge Building

Tel: (951) 827-4113
Fax: (951) 827-3248