Meet Our Staff

pngJim Trelstad-Porter

Phone: 612-330-1686

Jim Trelstad-Porter is the Director of International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS). He has worked in global education for Augsburg College for 25 years, holding different positions based in Washington D.C., Cuernavaca, Mexico and Minneapolis.  In his current role, Jim is responsible for the leadership and coordination of recruitment and advising services for international students and scholars.  He is also the primary liaison with the U.S. Department of State and Department of Homeland Security in representing the college in matters pertaining to F-1 international students and J-1 exchange students and scholars.  Jim’s passion is collaborating with the ISSS team and stakeholders across campus to attract international students and support them in achieving their academic goals and developing intercultural leadership skills in order to make a positive impact in the world.

Jim holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from The American University in Washington, D.C.  He received a B.A. in International Relations, Spanish and Theology from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD.

png-1Jie He

Assistant Director
Phone: 612-330-1659

Jie is the Assistant Director and International Student Adviser of the ISSS Office. Jie is deeply committed to supporting international students from their first arrival to graduation by providing  exceptional services including F & J immigration regulation advising,  academic advocacy, as well as personal and emotional support. Jie manages and implements the International Student Orientation which successfully prepares international students for the Augsburg academic environment and assists with students’ cultural transition. In addition, Jie also advises the International Student Organization (ISO) on their year-long programming and takes pride in contributing to ISO board members’ leadership development and personal growth. The meaningful connection with students has given Jie much joy and fulfillment.

Jie holds an M.A. in Teaching and Curriculum from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI and a B.A. in English Education from Southwest University, Chongqing, China.

Kelly Parpovic     Kelly Parpovic (1)

Senior International Admissions Counselor
Phone: 612-330-1359

Kelly has been part of the Augsburg community since June 2014. With eight years of experience in assisting international students, Kelly is the first point of contact for students interested in learning how Augsburg could be the place for them. Before Augsburg, Kelly served as an adviser for various public and private sponsoring agencies supporting international students as they transition into their undergraduate studies in the U.S. Originally from southern California, Kelly has lived all over the United States and in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Kelly holds a B.A. in International Relations from San Francisco State University and is pursuing a M.A. in Comparative and International Development Education and a minor in Evaluation Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.