Senior Staff Bios
Shaun R. Carver, Executive Director
The Board of Directors appointed Shaun R. Carver as Executive Director of International House at the University of California, Berkeley in early August 2020.
Shaun brings a wealth of experience to this position, with over twenty years of leadership in international education and a lifetime of living and working in cross-cultural environments. He served as Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs in the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego (2017-2020) and as Executive Director of the Hult International Business School (Boston, New York, San Francisco, Shanghai; 2013-2017), where he oversaw 750 students representing 82 countries. Before that he served in leadership positions in institutions of international higher education in China (2002-2013) at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, Tsinghua University, and the Sino-British College of the University of Shanghai Science and Technology (USST).
Shaun’s father is American and his mother British, thereby allowing Shaun to hold citizenship in both the United States and the United Kingdom. As a child, the family moved around often, within the US and lived for two years in Ireland. Shaun traveled widely during his years in Asia, through China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Japan, and many other countries throughout the continent. He feels at home in cross-cultural situations.
Shaun became International House’s sixth Executive Director at a pivotal time in I-House’s history. While the COVID-19 pandemic and consequent temporary closure of the building for the Fall of 2020, and likely the full 20/21 academic year, has created unprecedented challenges, Shaun believes this has also created a unique opportunity to ensure that I-House is well prepared to continue advancing its mission well into the future.
Chory Bañez, Executive Office Manager, Secretary, Board of Directors
Chory joined the International House Team in July 2021. He is the Executive Office Manager and Secretary to the Board of Directors. Located in the Executive Office, Chory directly supports the Executive Director as well as the Board of Directors. He manages the day to day operations of the Executive Office along with coordinating and managing special projects and tasks.
Chory has a background in catholic education, spanning 17 years, which has given him the concrete foundation to cross into the corporate world and higher education. He entered corporate, supporting the Director of Corporate Marketing for a financial institution, armed with years of experience in communicating effectively with multiple personalities, a great skill set in conflict resolution, as well as superb organizational and time management skills. Chory’s most recent role was as the Office Manager / Administrator for the Oakland Office of J.S. Held, LLC for the Forensic Accounting Service Line. He was the Executive Assistant and President’s House Manager at Mills College in Oakland prior to his position at J.S. Held.
In his service to the community, Chory is President of the Board of Directors for Oakland Elizabeth House, a residential transitional program for women and children who have experienced homelessness, violence, addiction, or poverty. His expertise in events planning also extends to his very large family, for whom he coordinates and executes a number of events and gatherings, including reunions and destination vacations. His link to many organizations, individuals, and communities is a testament to his well-established connections. Chory has a passion for doing good and doing the right thing when it comes to helping others. Chory is bilingual in Tagalog and English and is a first-generation-born Filipino-American. His roots are in Berkeley, CA and he is currently a resident of Oakland in the Montclair area.
Admissions and Resident Support Services (RSS)
Roxanne Pifer, Director of Admissions and Housing Operations
Roxanne Pifer joined the International House team in 2017 and served in both Admissions and Resident Support Services roles prior to taking her role as the Director of Admissions and Housing Operations. As I-House's Director of Admissions, Roxanne has management oversight of Admissions, Resident Support Services and Financial Aid.
Roxanne has over 10 years of experience in student affairs and has a passion for working with residents in such a rich diverse setting. Her previous professional experience includes working as the Resident Support Services Manager and Assistant Director of Admissions at International House and previously serving as the Graduate Student Affairs Officer in the College of Natural Resources here at the Cal campus. Roxanne is thrilled help to International House advance its mission of peace, harmony, tolerance, and mutual respect.
Alumni Relations, Communications, and Philanthropy
Bill Howley, Director of Philanthropy
Bill Howley joined I-House in January 2019 as Director of Philanthropy, leading a professional team responsible for Development, Communications, and Alumni Relations. I-House relies on philanthropic support from Alumni, Foundations, Corporate Sponsors and Friends to provide room and board scholarships for students with financial need, to preserve our historic home, to expand and strengthen program offerings, and to position for the future.
Bill’s career experiences have been closely aligned with International House’s mission to foster intercultural respect, understanding, lifelong friendships, and leadership skills to promote a more tolerant and peaceful world. He has over thirty years of experience working to improve livelihoods, restore natural resources, and promote social equity.
Bill led the creation of the John D. Rockefeller 3rd Scholars Program, and served as a senior team member of Winrock International. There, he was responsible for the mentorship and leadership of a 300+ person global team applying sound science, philanthropic values, and market principles to society’s most pressing issues. Bill was Chief Development Officer for the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, and other previous positions include international leadership for Siemens Solar, ARCO Solar, and technical advisory services for World Bank and International Finance Corporation among others.
Bill received his undergraduate degree in Human Biology with Honors from Stanford University and his MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles. Bill participates in and supports creative pursuits in art, music, literature, and drama, and is especially fond of the lively dining, artistic, and cultural life of I-House.
Bill Gong, Director of Business and Finance
Bill joined I-House in September 2017 as Director of Finance and Business. Bill has over 30 years of not-for-profit financial management experience. He has worked for a variety of not-for-profit organizations, from small to large, from social services to educational and technology-focused organizations.
His responsibilities at I-House is primarily to ensure the financial health of I-House. He oversees the accounting, financial management, and IT functions and services at I-House.
Cedric Martin, Director of Hospitality Services
Cedric brings over 16 years of experience in leadership roles within complex operations, supervising diverse teams and managing challenging programs and assignments. In the last nine years, he has been leading large teams within the UC Riverside Dining Department. He is most passionate about building strong relationships with his team members, partner departments and constituent organizations. He is focused on getting results and brings a positive attitude with him to work every day.
Mark Cassettari, Director of Physical Operations
Mark Cassettari started his career at International House in November 1990 as part of the International House Maintenance staff. He is a second-generation Cal Berkeley staff member. Mark was promoted to Assistant Director of Facilities in 2012, and is currently the Director of Physical Operations. Mark enjoys playing the ukulele and riding his motorcycle.
Valerie Ong, Resident Engagement Manager
Having been an international student from Malaysia to the United States, Valerie is so excited to be working with the I-House community, which she just joined in April 2019. She brings eight years of experience in student affairs, specifically creating and running innovative programs at Stanford University and the University of San Francisco. Valerie also has international work experience with the Institute of Shipboard Education and Stanford undergraduate admissions. She has an M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership
Jason Patent, Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) Director
Jason Patent, Ph.D., Director of the Robertson Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL), is responsible for building International House’s existing training programs and expanding them to meet the needs of increasing numbers of International House residents, UC Berkeley campus units, higher education institutions, corporations, and non-profit organizations. With decades of experience in training and facilitation, Jason delivers high-quality intercultural consulting and training to individuals and teams across a variety of sectors.
Jason has served as American co-director of the Hopkins–Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China; inaugural director of the Stanford Program in Beijing; training consultant at Gap International, Cartus, ITAP International, IOR Associates, Dean Foster Associates; and vice president, communications & marketing at Orchestrall, Inc. Fluent in Mandarin, Jason has a B.A. in East Asian studies from Harvard, an M.A. in the same field from Stanford, and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in linguistics from UC Berkeley.Contact Jason: