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Meet our team

Scott Cantrell

Scott Cantrell, Director

scottcantrell@utk.edu
Scott Cantrell is the director responsible for both International House and International Student and Scholar Services at the Center for Global Engagement. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Ball State University, and a master’s degree in student personnel administration from Central Missouri University. Scott is no stranger to life as an international. He studied abroad in Mexico as an undergraduate. He also lived and worked in Germany for two years and in the United Kingdom for ten.



David Lawson

David Lawson, Coordinator

International Scholar Advisor
dplawson@utk.edu
David is a coordinator in International Student and Scholar Services with primary responsibility for the J scholar program and advising F and J students. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from East Tennessee State University and a master’s in counseling from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. David is originally from Maryville, Tennessee. After his undergraduate degree he lived in Nairobi, Kenya, for two years. He believes that personal intercultural contact presents a great opportunity for a richer self-understanding and expanding one’s horizon.



Brian Todd

Brian Todd, Coordinator

International Student Advisor
btodd@utk.edu
Brian is a coordinator in International Student and Scholar Services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Carson-Newman University and a master’s degree in college student personnel from the University of Tennessee. Brian has previously worked in international admissions and advising in the community college and liberal arts college settings. He has significant experience traveling and recruiting in Brazil, China, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. Brian enjoys welcoming people from around the world to Knoxville as well as hiking in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park and other places in the East Tennessee region.



Erik Simons

Erik Simons, Coordinator

International Student Advisor
esimons@utk.edu
Erik is a coordinator in International Student and Scholar Services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from DePauw University and a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University. Erik has lived and worked in Spain and traveled extensively in Europe and South America. He enjoys serving as a resource for international students and believes international education can be a powerful tool for teaching people about themselves and others.



Yevie Teyfukova

Yevie Teyfukova, Coordinator

International Student Advisor
yevie@utk.edu
Yevie is a coordinator in International Student and Scholar Services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in global studies and Slavic languages and literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Yevie also holds a master’s in international education management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Originally from the former Soviet Union, she has studied in Russia and has traveled extensively throughout Russia, Eastern Europe, and Israel. Yevie enjoys learning languages, exploring new countries and cultures, and supporting international students throughout their time in the US.



Jenni Wright

Jenni Wright, Administrative Specialist II

jwrig122@utk.edu

Jenni is an administrative specialist in International Student and Scholar Services. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she holds a bachelor’s degree in European languages (major in French and minor in comparative literature) from the University of the Philippines. She worked in the education and administration fields and has lived in the United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, and Italy. She is passionate about traveling, different cultures and languages, photography, music, nature, and animal rescue.



Atheeqa Aijaz

Atheeqa Aijaz, Graduate Assistant

international@utk.edu

Atheeqa is a graduate assistant in International Student and Scholar Services.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in geological science from the State University of New York in Geneseo.  She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in social work with a concentration in evidence-based interpersonal lractice. Atheeqa is originally from Chennai, India, and frequently travels back to visit friends and family.  She enjoys learning new languages, exploring different cultures, and trying ethnic cuisine. Atheeqa is thrilled to support international students and scholars throughout their stay in the United States.