Meet Our Staff

Chandni Khadka

Chandni Khadka
Director, PDSO
ckhadka@jsu.edu

Chandni is originally from Kathmandu, Nepal. She completed her MBA degree from University of North Alabama. She loves working with international students and believes every student matters.

Byron Nichols
Byron Nichols
Assistant Director, DSO, ARO
enichols@jsu.edu 

Byron is originally from Mobile, AL, where he graduated from the University of South Alabama with a B.S. in secondary education with a focus on French and Spanish. Before coming to JSU, he worked at the University of Florida as an International Student Advisor. He and his family lived in three European capitals (Paris, Lisbon, and London). While in France Byron also lived in the region of Brittany developing learning resources for the Breton language. Byron also has a master’s degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a master’s degree in teaching languages from the University of Southern Mississippi. He has an interest in traveling, learning languages, and meeting people from different cultures and feels his life has been enriched by the many internationals he has met.
Cannon Connell
Cannon F. Connell
Administrative Assistant
cfconnell@jsu.edu 

Cannon is a native of Talladega, AL. She graduated from JSU with a BA in Communication. She enjoys working in a department with such a rich history and being a part of enhancing the international student experience.
Jason Mallet

Jason Mallet
Coordinator, International House and Study Abroad 
jmallet@jsu.edu 

Jason is originally from Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina but spent eight years teaching in South Korea, where he also earned his Masters Degree at Sogang University. He has a passion for traveling, learning languages and making sure students have a fun time!

Cindy Jeffers

Cindy Jeffers
International Admissions and Partnerships Coordinator
cjeffers@jsu.edu 

Cindy Jeffers is a native of Dekalb County, Alabama.  Cindy came to Jacksonville State University in September 2003. After working in Emergency Management, she moved to the English Language Institute in 2005. First as secretary and then program coordinator.  In November 2017, she moved to the International House as coordinator of international admissions.  Cindy has a special interest in international students and their educational needs. 

Sushant Chhetry

Sushant Chhetry
Student Worker

Sushant Chhetry is an international student from the country of the Himalayas, Nepal. He is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science. He is part of the International House program and is also the Vice President of Activities of ISO (International Student Organization). He believes in sharing, learning and experiencing new cultures and traditions from around the world and says that he is fortunate to do so by being a part of as well as working at the International House.

Destiny Ingram
Destiny Ingram
Student Worker

Destiny is from Jacksonville, AL and is majoring in Communications (Broadcasting). She loves to travel all over the world and meet new people and working at the International House is such an easy way to do so without leaving campus. She is grateful to be getting real world experience, while also learning about cultures that she might not have learned about if she wasn't working here.
Lauren McKenzie

Lauren McKenzie
Student Worker

Lauren McKenzie is from Hueytown, AL and is majoring in Biology (Pre-Health) hoping to achieve her dream of becoming an OB/GYN. She loves to interact with new people and help anyone in need. She also loves learning about new cultures. She says working at the International House is a blessing, because she gets to do what she loves the most, helping those around her and learn about new cultures.

Aqsa Parekh

Aqsa Parekh
Student Worker

Aqsa is from Hyderabad, Pakistan and currently resides in Anniston, AL. Her major is Biology with a concentration in Pre-Health Professional. She wants to pursue the Field of Medicine and is passionate about conducting medical research and learning about Patient Care. She believes that the International House provides an experience of working in a professional environment and gives her an opportunity to explore multiple different cultures at once.