International Student Services Team

The International Student Services team includes dedicated staff who understand some of the challenges individuals may face while adjusting to life in a new country and are here to support international students reach their goals at TMCC and beyond.

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Yuli Chavez

Yuli Chavez Camarena


​​For the past eighteen years, Yuli Chavez Camarena has worked in programs and services that promote college access for students in the Reno/Sparks communities. She has a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration and a dual Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Women's Studies from the University of Nevada, Reno. Yuli is passionate about creating equitable and accessible programs and opportunities for all students. At TMCC Yuli supports operations for the Recruitment and Access Center, New Student Services, as well as International Student Services.Yuli was born in Michoacán, Mexico, and raised in Reno, NV. Yuli enjoys spending time with her kids and family, glamping, watching Sci-fi/fantasy movies, and napping. Proud of her heritage and in love with her Reno community, she looks forward to every opportunity to learn, laugh, play, fail and try again. All done with deep love and commitment to her work, family, and community.

Virag Nikolics

Virag Nikolics


​​Virag Nikolics was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. She has earned a BA in English: Creative Writing and an MA in Education: Special Emphasis in International/Intercultural Education. Based on her experience as an international student, Virag has devoted her interest to international education and has worked with international students for two decades. Prior to relocating to Reno, Virag was an International Student/Scholar Advisor at the University of California, Davis and lived in the SF Bay Area, teaching ESL. As International Student Advisor, Virag enjoys supporting students and staying in touch. Virag started the International Coffee Hour series, promoting cultural exchange and celebrating diversity, and she co-chairs the TMCC International Faculty Committee, focused on mentoring international students and creating social programming. Virag has served on the Poetry Editorial Board of the Meadow, and she enjoys family time, traveling, writing poetry, reading and hiking. She speaks Hungarian and Spanish.
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Alaine Marie Robles Obra

International Peer Mentor

Alaine Marie Robles Obra is an international student from the Philippines working as an International Peer Mentor at the International Student Services. She is currently studying for an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science. Back home, Alaine completed a year in undergraduate studies for Computer Engineering, and she aims to transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno completing a Bachelor’s Degree of the same program. In her spare time, Alaine loves learning about different languages and cultures, basking in nature, and traveling. Tennis is her passion though; she’s been playing since she was five and participated in several tournaments.