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Vanessa PicVanessa Paulman, M.S.

Director, Immigration Services
508-856-2942
vanessa.paulman@umassmed.edu

Vanessa Paulman has served as the Director of Immigration Services, in the Human Resources Office for the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) since August 2014. Paulman has over 15 years of student and scholar advising, program development and organizational management experience. Faculty, scholars and students turn to her for insightful advice and strategic direction. Paulman offers a demonstrated ability to promote positive intercultural communication, interpret a solid understanding of the U.S. Immigration system, and educate others on HR related immigration, policy and nonresident tax issues. Paulman holds a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England and a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs from Florida State University.

KATE.jpgKate Carroll

Immigration Systems and Compliance Manager
508-856-3987
kate.carroll@umassmed.edu

Kate Carroll has served as an Immigration Specialist in the Human Resources Office for the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) since October 2012, serving as Immigration Systems and Compliance Manager since November 2020. Kate is the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) for UMMS’ F-1 student program and an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for UMMS’ J exchange visitor program.  She has been working in the field of immigration advising since 2004.  Kate currently serves as a primary point of contact for foreign national residents and fellows in UMMS’ Graduate Medical Education (GME) program.  Kate also serves as the UMMS Sunapsis super-user and is responsible for eForm development and maintenance.  Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dickinson College and is pursuing a Masters Degree in Technology Management at UMass Dartmouth.

Melissa Scher - 2.jpgMelissa Scher

Immigration Services Manager
508-856-3344
melissa.scher@umassmed.edu

Melissa Scher has served as an Immigration Specialist II, in the Human Resources Office for the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) since March 2014, serving as Immigration Services Manager since November 2020. Prior to joining UMMS, Scher has worked at law offices, Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Fragomen and in higher education at Babson College providing immigration services and solutions. Scher’s specialties include F-1 and J-1 visa regulations, nonimmigrant and immigrant visa categories. Scher holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish for the Business Professions from Worcester State University.

Veda Genkos - 2.jpgVeda Genkos

Immigration Specialist II
508-856-2663
veda.genkos@umassmed.edu

Veda Genkos has served as an Immigration Specialist II, in the Human Resources Office for the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) since September 2019. Prior to joining UMMS, Genkos worked in higher education serving in the International Students & Scholars Office at Clark University for over 16 years. While working at Clark University, Genkos served most recently as Assistant Director acting as a Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO). Genkos specialty is the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) in which she has over 9 years’ experience.

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