ISFS Staff

Mario Rojo del Busto, LL.M.
Associate Dean of Faculties and Chief of Staff, Director of ISFS

Phone Number: 979-862-1719
Mario joined Texas A&M University in 2001. He holds a Masters of Law in Business, Taxation, and Transnational Practice from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. As the Assistant Dean of Faculties and Chief of Staff he is responsible for directly assisting and providing the necessary recommendations to the Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost as it relates to faculty hiring processes, risk and compliance matters, policy review, development and implementation, HR matters, business plans, processes and procedures, and any other matters as required by the Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost. He is also responsible for overseeing the operational area of Faculty Administration and Records as well as all facets of the daily operations of the office ensuring compliance with System policies, regulations and rules. In addition, he is responsible for directing the University's nonimmigrant and immigrant faculty, scholar, and staff employment caseload, including the Galveston and Qatar campuses, and providing assistance to 18 Texas A&M University System members (universities and agencies) regarding immigration employment matters.

Erin Pope
Assistant Director

Phone Number: 979-862-7455
Erin began working for Immigration Services for Faculty & Scholars in 1997 after earning a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from Texas A&M in 1996.  As Immigration Coordinator she provides guidance to TAMU and its system members on employing foreign nationals.  Additionally, she is responsible for ISFS’ forms and website maintenance.

Virginie Blum
Senior Immigration Coordinator

Phone Number: 979-458-0475
Virginie is responsible for the day-to-day management and overall development of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program (Professor, Scholar, and Student Intern) for Texas A&M University and the state agencies and ensures regulatory compliance with the federal agencies. She advises departments across campus who are interested in inviting and hosting international visitors at Texas A&M. She also assists and supports our exchange visitors and their spouses and children during their U.S. stay, and handles NetID accounts requests for international visitors and remote research collaborators.

Shilpa Hegde
Immigration Coordinator

Phone Number: 979-845-3798
Shilpa has worked for Immigration Services for Faculty & Scholars at Texas A&M University since 2006.  She is responsible for advising departments, international scholars, and international employees on many aspects of immigration regulations that affect employment and legal status.  

Sahar Zubairy
Immigration Specialist II

Phone Number: 979-458-9793
Sahar received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Texas A&M University, and her Master’s degree in Global Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Austin (LBJ School of Public Affairs). Sahar really enjoys meeting and assisting foreign employees and scholars from around the world. She is happy to share not only her knowledge of employment- based immigration regulations and processes, but also about life in Aggieland and Texas.

Maria Khmelenko
Program Coordinator

Phone Number: 979-862-7456
Maria Khmelenko joined TAMU ISFS in 2020. As a Program Coordinator she enjoys working on ISFS newsletters, helping visiting scholars to explore US culture and trying to build bridges between different cultures on campus
Maria holds an MA in Journalism from Moscow State Lomonosov University, yet has devoted Aggies in her family. Before joining ISFS she worked for 4 years as a Business Coordinator for TAMU IQSE.  Prior to that  she was a journalist in Moscow, Russia, held a position of Cosmopolitan magazine editor, and spent a lot of time traveling (visited 34 countries and even tried a life of a flight attendant).