international office consulting


International Office Consulting (formerly International Database Experts) formed when three Data Analysts decided to join forces to offer consulting for offices that support international education. Our ever growing team has over 20 years of experience with sunapsis, Terra Dotta, and Ellucian ISSM (formerly fsaATLAS) case management software as well as Higher Education HRSIS software including Ellucian Banner and Peoplesoft.


Jodi Barnhill

CEO, Founder

Jodi has worked in higher education for over 14 years specializing in case management software (CMS) for tracking international student and scholar immigration status. She is passionate about teaching and learning new technology. If you dream of a day when your international office can go paperless and enjoy 21st century technology to streamline workflow, she can make it happen.

She enjoys spending leisure time with family and friends. Her favorite place is outdoors where she gardens, walks, bicycles or spends time with chickens, rabbits, cats, dogs, alpacas and any other creatures she can befriend.

Jason Rowe


Jason has been in the international education field for over 12 years – with experiences as a PDSO/ARO at a large ESL school, a prestigious music college, and a state University.

He has worked extensively with sunapsis, Terra Dotta, ISSM (FsaAtlas) and several home-grown systems in between. His work with TerraDotta has included both StudyAbroad and Risk Management installations. Jason excels at analyzing business process and leveraging existing or developing custom solutions in the products.

Jason loves spending time with friends and enjoys films, dining out, travel, and the dastardly wielding of dark humor.

Steve Sevic


Steven Sevic worked in media production, journalism, and film making before starting work in software support in an international students and scholars office. Previous freelance work included developing websites, and learning programming and electronics as a hobby.

Steven has made several custom components in Adobe® ColdFusion® for the sunapsis® software.

Thomas Stockwell

Technical Consultant

Thomas Stockwell is an applications programmer with 8 years of experience working with international offices as well as graduate and undergraduate admissions offices. At his institution he spearheaded the implementation of sunapsis, Terra Dotta Study Abroad, and CRM solutions (EMAS Recruitment Pro).         As a programmer, he has developed numerous customizations for sunapsis, translated business processes from MS Access databases to enterprise solutions, and supported the Ellucian Banner system in varying capacities.      

     Thomas is an avid board game enthusiast who also enjoys horror movies, broadway shows, art museums.


Karen Chevrier

Senior Business Analyst

Karen has worked in the international education and exchange fields for over 15 years – with experiences as a DSO/ARO, a business analyst and a program analyst at the Department of State. She started when SEVIS became mandatory, implemented and maintained fsaATLAS for both Fs and Js, and worked on SIS to Banner switches. As a business and program analyst, she also has experience gathering systems and process requirements.

     She enjoys keeping track of data, creating reports, developing templates for analysis, and streamlining processes. Before catching the bug for databases and case management systems, she worked in advertising as a copywriter and a French teacher.
     Karen plays underwater hockey and sometimes underwater rugby, and she loves yoga, walks in nature, travels, and baking (French madeleines anyone?) for her family and friends.

Cindy Nair

Senior Business Analyst

Cindy has a background in cultural anthropology and is currently making progress towards her MBA. In her free time Cindy is an avid kayaker, bicyclist and loves looking for new veggies at the local Farmers Market. She also works for non-profit organization rescuing senior dogs.    

    Cindy has worked with International Students, Scholars and Faculty for over 14 years with a special focus on J-1 Exchange Visitors and H-1B application processing. She has worked extensively with sunapsis since 2014 at a large state University helping to implement sunapsis functionality to increase productivity.

Jenny Hill Ravanah

Exec. Assistant to CEO


 Jenny has worked in the field of education for 26 years. She is proud to work with the Fight Against Domestic Violence foundation as their Community Engagement Specialist and is attending a year-long leadership academy with the Illinois Council Against Domestic Violence. 



    Her need for organization systems to manage family, work and volunteering makes her uniquely qualified to be Jodi’s right hand woman. Jodi and Jenny both hail from Illinois and are happy to be reunited in their work for IOC. 

     Jenny loves spending time with her husband of 23 years, two teenage sons, and rescue pup, Bingo.

Angélique Stevens

Associate Project Manager

Angélique has worked in international education since 2015 after finishing a master’s in International Education Management. It was the support she received from the international office as an international student that made her want to study and work in international education.

     As a past Office Manager for an ISSS office and a current DSO/ARO, Angélique enjoys using technology solutions to keep international offices organized and happy thanks to IOC.

     Angélique loves spending her time with her family, traveling, learning new things, and catching up with friends.