Meet the Staff

Michael Fekete
Deacon Michael J. Fekete

Director of International Students Services
(815) 836-5549

Michael is excited to be at Lewis, himself a product of a Lasallian high school education in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

He has been involved in international education for over 21 years. He is thankful for his training at the internationally-diverse University of Pittsburgh in both international education exchange and study abroad. He draws from his multiple experiences in student affairs, immigration and academic advising from Pennsylvania State University, School for International Training, The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES), Kaplan Inc., and Moraine Valley Community College here in Chicago.

An international student himself in Hungary and Scotland, Michael has traveled the world, assisting with recruitment for Lewis University in Asia.

His academic background includes studies in Rhetoric and East European history at the University of Pittsburgh, specialization in conflict resolution at the University of Glasgow's Institute for Russian and East European Studies and completion of Master's degree coursework in Educational Exchange at the School for International Training.  He has integrated his time over the last 10 years in the areas of service and ministry while earning graduate certificate's in pastoral studies from St. Xavier University, Lay Ecclesial Ministry from the University of St. Mary/Mundelein Seminary, further study of Lewis' founder through the Lasallian Leadership Institute and a Master's in Pastoral Studies from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, the largest graduate school of ministry in the world. He was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in June 2016. He presently is involved with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) University Ambassador Program on campus focusing on social justice issues and interfaith initiatives while serving the Church as a CRS Global Fellow.

He presently lives on the southwest side of Chicago and enjoys spending his time as a “foodie” and traveling with wife Mary Jo and watching his son Justin grow as he journey’s academically and personally as a student at the University of Pittsburgh.

Reece Parag Bhave
Reece Parag Bhave

Vice President of ISA

My name is Reece Parag Bhave, and I’m an Indian (born in Mumbai, India) who grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, finished my last 2 years of high school in Bahrain. I’m currently a sophomore student, double majoring in Aviation Maintenance Management and Aviation and Aerospace Technology, as well as studying to get my FAA Private Pilot’s License. By virtue of being an International student as well as experiencing so many different cultures and people from across the world, I was elected as the International Student Senator, in order to represent the growing and diverse populous of international students at Lewis.

Along with having the opportunity of living in different countries in the world, I’ve also had the opportunity of being a national swimmer for both South Africa and Bahrain. I’m sadly not continuing my swimming at Lewis due to time constraint with my studies, but I hope that I’ll have the chance of doing so in the future!
I’m currently a Student Worker at the International Student Services (ISS) Office, where I look forward to helping out our international student with any issues they might encounter during their time at Lewis! The feeling of being away from home can be quite overwhelming for many new students, and at the ISS, we try our best in order to make sure that all our students feel comfortable and right at home here on campus! As a whole, Lewis University has been nothing short of a second home for me, and I’m really grateful for receiving the opportunity (thanks to my Parents!) to study here.

To all the current international students, and any prospective ones that are reading this, I look forward to meeting you all and helping out in any way possible. Have a great semester!

Iā€™m really glad I can work in the International Student Service Office and help the students here. I hope my experience in the United States and Lewis University can help students who need help!

Mohamad Ali Hamada
Mohamad Ali Hamada

Student Employee

My name is Ali Hamada and I am from Aleppo, Syria. I studied one year architecture in my hometown but did not get a degree. I moved then to Istanbul, Turkey on the late 2014 and lived there for almost two years. I worked different types of jobs in Istanbul but mainly in tourism, where I got the chance to meet people from all over the world and I loved and learned a lot from this experience. In summer 2016 I arrived to the U.S started studying psychology at Lewis University. I also work at the international Student Services Office as a student worker where I still maintain my hobby to meet different people from different backgrounds.

Studying and working at Lewis University is one of the best experiences for me so far. I enjoy being me here as an international student from a very different background. I learn a lot from the people around me because they have different perspectives than mine and this makes my education and work even more interesting.

Enkhsaruul Davaanyam
Enkhsaruul Davaanyam

Student Employee
President of ISA

My name is Enkhsaruul Davaanyam, Enzo for short.

I was born in Mongolia, Ulan-Bator, where I studied in a private Russian school from preschool till freshman year of junior high.

Later on my family and I moved to Hong Kong, where I spent my Sophomore year on Tung Chung island.

Then, finally, I flew to the US of A, the land of opportunities, where I became a “Red Devil” at Hinsdale Central, my best years of high school (Jr.,Sr.).

After graduating from an American public school, I had a chance to go to college (which makes me the first one from my family).

So, here I am, a proud “Flyer” at Lewis University. Currently a sophomore, working hard towards my Bachelors here at Lewis. Majoring in Aviation Flight Management with a dream to become an Airline Pilot and accomplish greatness like Captain Sully.

G.E. Moore, a great philosopher writes, “the pleasure of human intercourse, is one of the most valuable things we know or can imagine.” By this he meant existence of friendship and the pleasures it brings, makes the world better. And that is my experience here at Lewis University in a nutshell. Whether you’re from the other side of the globe or fell from the sky, just know that everyone is welcome here at the University to become a “Flyer”.

Gerard Ortiz
Gerard Ortiz

Graduate Assistant

Hello! I’m Gerard Ortiz. I was born in the Philippines and lived there until I was 13. Before my 14th birthday my family moved to Uganda, in eastern Africa. I studied at the International School of Uganda where I was able study alongside students just like me ā€“ people from all over the world with different backgrounds, beliefs, and traditions. After high school I travelled to Lewis University to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

Studying at an international school set the stage for me as I became a student employee here at the International Student Services office at Lewis University while pursuing my bachelors. Here at Lewis University I studied Aviation Administration and double majored in Computer science with a concentration in data science. While at Lewis, I also earned my private pilot license.

I came back as a Lewis Alum to earn a master’s degree In Project Management. With that being said, I’m also now the Graduate Assistant here the International Student Services Office. With my past experiences as both being an undergrad and student employee here at Lewis, I look forward to meeting students every day and helping them which ever form I could.

“You can perform miracles by touching the hearts of those entrusted to your care.” ā€“ St. John Baptiste de La Salle

Designated School Officials: Assist in Signing of I-20AB for Travel and Basic F-1 Advisement

Tyler King
Director of International Recruitment

Dr. Leslie Jacobson
Director, Graduate Admission.

Christopher Swanson
Director Study Abroad


Ashley Skidmore
Dean of Undergraduate Admission