The Annual Conference webpages are currently under construction. The information below was for the 13th Annual Conference which took place in March 2017. Information for the 14th Annual Conference in Boston is coming soon!
Jeff Cary is the outreach manager for the Boren Awards at the Institute of International Education (IIE). Before joining IIE, Jeff was a member of the U.S. Foreign Service in the Public Diplomacy cone from 2006 to 2014, serving in Syria, Lithuania, Pakistan, Senegal, and the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at State Department headquarters. Jeff has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Kansas and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Hana Cervinkova is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Education at the University of Lower Silesia in Wroclaw, Poland and the Director of the Syracuse University Study Abroad Program, the Culture and Politics of Reconciliation in Central Europe. She is the author of many articles and books that focus on transformation processes in Central Europe with particular focus on education, democratic citizenship and urban space.
Karen Chambers is a Professor of Psychology at Saint Mary’s College where she directs and coordinates the study abroad programs in Ireland. Her research has focused on the impact of the study abroad experience on student development.
Laura Cheng is the Manager of Global Affairs at NYU Shanghai. She serves as the onsite contact for study abroad issues for NYU Shanghai students studying out into the NYU global network, and as the academic contact for study abroad students who are in Shanghai. Additionally, Laura manages the summer and January term programs at NYU Shanghai. Laura received her Master’s Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is broadly interested in topics including international education, comparative cultural studies, and digital humanities.
Lisa Chieffo is associate director for Study Abroad in the Institute for Global Studies at the University of Delaware. Overseeing some 70 global programs enrolling about 1,300 students annually, she is responsible for program development, crisis management, policy development and implementation, and assessment. With 20 years’ experience in education abroad, Lisa has published widely and presented at multiple conferences. She earned her M.A. in German and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Delaware.
Simon Chu heads the University of Otago’s International Office. He is responsible for advancing the University’s global visibility and reputation, ensuring that Otago is a leading destination for international students. He has a strong background in international education through his work as Academic and Pastoral Dean of the University of Otago Language Centre and Foundation Year from 2002 to 2013. He has significant experience in critical incidence management and is a key author of process and policy for the Otago International Office.
Dr. Alma Clayton-Pedersen is the Chief Executive Officer of Emeritus Consulting Group, a Chicago-based firm that uses organizational development principles to assist nonprofit, public and education entities in enhancing their efficacy for the public good. She is also an AAC&U Senior Scholar directing the work of a three-year (2010 – 2013) project Preparing Critical Faculty for the Future, funded by the National Science Foundation. From 2001 until June 2010 she was AAC&U’s VP for Education and Institutional Renewal, when she established AAC&U’s national initiative Inclusive Excellence.
Dr. Eduardo Contreras is the Director of Studies Abroad at the University of Portland. He has taught and presented extensively on study abroad, diversity, and internationalization at UP, Harvard, and at other professional and academic conferences including AERA, AHA, Diversity Abroad, CIEE and NAFSA. His writing appears in peer-reviewed journals, professional blogs, and publications such as University World News and IIE Networker. In addition to an Ed.M. and Ed.D. from Harvard, he has a B.A. and M.A. from UT Austin.
Trixie Cordova is the Student Outreach Coordinator at Diversity Abroad. She oversees Diversity Abroad’s Student Services, which includes DiversityAbroad.com resources and scholarships, the Campus Fellows program, and the Passport Tour, which brings Diversity Abroad to campuses across the U.S. She is also currently a member of NAFSA’s Diversity & Inclusion in Education Abroad Sub-Committee. Trixie has her B.A. in Sociology from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in International Educational Development with a concentration in Peace Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Jaclyn Daddona has been in the field of higher education for over 10 years. In her current role as Manager for Custom Programs with The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University she develops faculty-led and custom programs, including first-year opportunities with other institutions. She has also worked closely with first-year students as the Assistant Director of First Year Programs in the Arcadia London Center and as a Program Manager. Jaclyn earned her M.A. in International Training and Education from American University.
Amelia Dietrich, Ph.D., is a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow, Assistant Editor of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, and the Assistant Director for Digital Resources at The Forum on Education Abroad. Her experience includes teaching college-level Spanish and linguistics courses and mentoring undergraduate research abroad in Spain, as well as research on topics in bilingualism, second language acquisition and language processing (psycholinguistics). As an undergraduate, Amelia studied abroad in Córdoba, Argentina. Her Ph.D. is a dual degree in Spanish and Language Science.
Christina Dinges is Director of Office of Cross Cultural Programs at Susquehanna University. She previously worked at The International Programs Center at University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of North Carolina Exchange Program. Her current/past duties include leading faculty-led programs, education abroad program development and advising, instructing pre-departure and re-entry courses for education abroad and budget management. She holds a M.A. in Liberal Studies (Global Studies) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Tim Dohmen is currently an Education Abroad Program Director for the College of Food Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Throughout his career in education abroad he has worked in a variety of capacities at the University of Wisconsin River Falls and The University of St. Thomas. Tim has been an advisor, program manager and onsite program leadership and has always been interested in collaborative programming that helps students to make meaning and add value to their experiences abroad. Tim earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Cloud State University and a Masters in Student Affairs Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.
Currently the Director of Social Pragmatics and Services at Landmark College, Andy Donahue is considered the college’s autism spectrum “specialist.” He is responsible for early orientation for ASD students and oversees both academic and residential services for this population. He is on a small team who are currently preparing to launch a new “study abroad (plus)” program to Berlin in 2017. This will be Landmark’s first program to be designed from the ground up for students on the autism spectrum.
Lisa Donatelli has over 22 years of experience in international education. As the founder of LiDon Inc (pronounced Lead on) Lisa serves the international education community in the areas of global activities and operations, strategic planning, program development and assessment, and organizational design and development. Lisa holds a B.S. in German from Georgetown University, an M.A. in Education and Human Development (International Education focus) from the George Washington University, and an Education Specialist degree in Human and Organizational Learning from the George Washington University.
Greg Downey, Ph.D., is Professor and Head of Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University. He has worked on integrating international experience into the curriculum and directs a field school in Fiji. In recent years, together with his co-presenter Tonia Gray, Greg has received over $800,000 from the Australian Government to investigate the impact of study abroad and have pioneered an e-book of Teaching and Learning resources on the subject.
Dr. Suzanne Droleskey is responsible for administrative oversight of accountability, assessment, and continuous improvement efforts for Public Partnership and Outreach at Texas A&M University and has oversight of the University office in Mexico City. In the past, she has also supervised the International Student Services Office, Sponsored Student Programs, the Study Abroad Programs Office, and the Santa Chiara Study Center in Italy. Dr. Droleskey also teaches Tai Chi Chuan for the Texas A&M Confucius Institute and for the Dept. of Kinesiology at Texas A&M.
Dr. Michelle Durán-Ruiz has been with Spanish Studies Abroad since 2003. She received her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Spanish Literature from Harvard University and has served as a Spanish Studies professor, Resident Director in Seville, as well as Academic Director for all program sites since 2008.
Dr. Mary Dwyer is president/CEO of IES Abroad, one of the nation’s largest, most academically reputable not for profit study abroad and internship program providers. A published author in the field, Dr. Dwyer has initiated numerous innovative projects that have been adopted by many academic organizations such as the IES MAP series which sets standards and the only 50 year longitudinal study on the impact of education abroad. Dr. Dwyer was a founder of The Forum on Education Abroad and the Board vice-chair for 6 years and the Board chair for 6 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis.
Lauren Easterling is the Associate Director of UW Study Abroad at the University of Washington. She has worked in international education for 13 years, both in administration at the UW and in the field, having co-led three study abroad programs to Rome, Italy. Lauren serves on the leadership team for UWSA and manages the staff that support UW’s 90 faculty-led programs. She received her bachelor’s degree from UW in Art History and participated in three study abroad programs as and undergrad and graduate student to Rome and Japan. Lauren is currently working on a master’s in Art History from UW.
Karen Eisenhut is the Study Abroad Advisor at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in San Diego, California. At PLNU she is the primary advisor for all study abroad programs and oversees the Global Ambassador peer mentor program. Karen received a B.A. in a self-designed major combining Education and Sociology from Whittier College and is currently pursuing a M.A. in College Counseling and Student Development from PLNU. Karen has been actively involved in the San Diego and Los Angeles Lessons from Abroad Returnee Conferences since 2010.
Kira Espiritu is Director of International Studies Abroad at University of San Diego. Espiritu has held administrative positions at USD’s School of Business Administration and the University of California at San Diego. Espiritu’s dissertation examined the development of campus internationalization initiatives from policy to practice. Currently, Espiritu’s research interest is around the changing needs of students and how to best support student needs in education abroad. She holds a M.A. in counseling and a doctorate in leadership studies from USD.
Monique Fecteau has directed several U.S. programs in France since 1987 and is currently Resident Director of Wellesley-in-Aix. She holds a Ph.D. in French & Second Language Acquisition from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and has extensive teaching experience in French and English as a Second Language. Monique has lived and worked in France for over 20 years and also spent a year in Togo, West Africa and Amsterdam, respectively. She is a co-founder and served as the first president of the Association of American University Programs in France (APUAF).
Caine Francis is the Interim Director of the Office of Global Opportunities at Oregon State University, where he oversees the university’s education abroad portfolio including study abroad, international internships, and faculty-led programs. He previously coordinated international programs in the colleges of engineering at OSU and the University of Maryland College Park. His experience includes management of an education abroad office, development and instruction of faculty-led programs, implementing dual-degree programs, managing bilateral exchanges, and serving STEM populations.
Bill Frederick is the founder of Lodestone Safety International specializing in health, safety and security for educational & service organizations operating abroad. He has served as Director of Safety at SFS and as an Instructor/program director at Outward Bound for 16 years. He is a faculty committee member for Wilderness Medical Associates. Bill was chair for The Forum’s pilot incident database and served for 3 years as co-chair for the Forum Standards Institute: Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety and Security. He holds an M.Ed from Harvard University.
Zak Frieders is Director of UC Davis Study Abroad. UC Davis has one of the largest study abroad portfolios in the UC system, serving 1,400 students annually through 50+ faculty-led programs, internships, and seminars, as well as UCEAP exchanges. Zak holds a M.A. in Education Policy and has presented on faculty training, DACA/undocumented student participation in study abroad, campus-led program risk management, and associations between study abroad and academic achievement. He is particularly interested in study abroad access for underrepresented and non-traditional college students.
Julie Anne Friend is the Director of the Office of Global Safety and Security at Northwestern University. She is a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council Executive Board and writes regularly for NAFSA’s International Educator. She has a J.D. in Law and an M.A. in English from Michigan State University as well as a B.S. in Speech Communication from Syracuse University. She is also a licensed attorney in the state of Michigan.
Ana Rosa Garcia Covaria is the Assistant Director of Education Abroad at the Georgia Tech. She is originally from Mexico, but was raised in the United States, Zambia and Kenya, and has worked in Japan and Kenya. She holds an M.A. in Intercultural Relations from the University of the Pacific and the Intercultural Communication Institute. Ana Rosa leads the Education Abroad Work Group’s diversity and intercultural outreach at Georgia Tech. Throughout the past year she has worked closely with the LGBTQIA Resource Center at GT to provide support to both outgoing and returning LGBTQ+ students.
Carolyn Gibson is the Assistant Director of Short-Term Programming at Villanova University. She previously worked as the International Education Advisor, Study Abroad at Juniata College. Carolyn earned a B.A. in International Studies from Juniata College and an M.Ed. in Comparative and International Education from Lehigh University. Carolyn credits her passion for international education and study abroad to her studies at University of the Gambia, in the Gambia, West Africa.
Joan Gillespie is Vice President and Director of Off-Campus Study Programs at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM), a consortium that owns and operates international and domestic academic programs for undergraduates. She trains and supervises faculty leaders of ACM off-campus programs, develops and implements program standards, and has written on assessment and student learning outcomes in international programs. She also is an instructor at Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University.
Juliet D. Golden is the core curriculum professor and co-organizer of study-abroad programs in Central Europe run by the University of Lower Silesia in cooperation with Syracuse University and the State University of New York College at Brockport. In her research, she focuses on international education, memory, urban spaces and the Holocaust.
Susan B. Goldstein is Professor of Psychology at the University of Redlands where she teaches study abroad pre-departure and re-entry courses. Her research has focused on study abroad, intercultural attitudes, social justice allies, stigma, and strategies for diversifying the psychology curriculum.
Tonia Gray, Ph.D., Western Sydney University, has been involved in Experiential Education for over 30 years as a practitioner, researcher and curriculum developer. In 2014 she received the Australian Award for Excellence in University Teaching for her work in the field. For the past 17 years, Tonia has been the Resident Director for CIEE at Wollongong.
Liz Greenfeld is the Assistant Director of Global Support Services in the Office of Global Services at Georgetown University. She manages international partnership agreements and advises departments of best practices in implementing international initiatives. She joined Georgetown in 2001, and has worked in various positions at Georgetown within International Education. She previously worked at Virginia Tech, Concordia Language Villages, and International Studies Abroad. Liz holds a B.A. in Spanish from Colorado State University, and a Master’s Degree from the School for International Training.
Dana Gross is Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary and General Studies and Professor of Psychology at St. Olaf College, where she works closely with the Office of International and Off-campus Studies. She leads a short-term psychology course in India, is co-editor of and contributor to Internationalizing the Undergraduate Psychology Curriculum: Practical Lessons Learned at Home and Abroad (APA Books, 2016), and has organized faculty workshops about developing and leading off-campus study programs.
Megan Grover currently serves as Assistant Director and Short-Term Study Away Program Manager for the Wang Center for Global Education at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. The foundation for Grover’s profession is globally informed as a result of living in Italy as a child and from having studied abroad in China, Nicaragua, Samoa, and Spain with faculty from the University of Portland. She sees global education as an essential tool in transforming young adults into more self-aware, adaptable citizens who have a greater capacity to effectively engage in and positively contribute to our interconnected global society.
Jane Gunn-Lewis began as a lecturer in English language including four years at Basel University in Switzerland and then moved into learning support and international education. Jane moved to Queenstown with her family for a lifestyle change in 2000 and has been with Arcadia University since the inception of their NZ programs in 2001. She manages to squeeze in as much skiing and hiking as her busy schedule with US study abroad students allows.
Laura Hammond has been the SASLI program coordinator since the inaugural Summer of SASLI in 2003. Laura has a BFA in ceramic art from the University of Washington-Seattle and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She is also the coordinator for the Project GO programs administered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Joe Harder is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Darden Business School of the University of Virginia. Previously, he was Associate Director of the Leadership Program and Assistant Professor at the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania. Joe has also been a ropes course facilitator for both Falls River Center and Poplar Ridge Experiential Education. He has consulted and taught executive education sessions internationally on topics of leadership, culture, motivation, teamwork, and organizational change.
Kline Harrison is the associate provost for global affairs at Wake Forest University. Prior to assuming his current role in 2007, he served as professor and associate dean in the undergraduate business school where he taught courses in organizational behavior and international business since 1990. He received his B.S. from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. His dissertation examined the comparative effects of training methods in preparing managers for cross-cultural assignments. His research has focused on aspects of international human resource management
Eric Hartman is executive director for the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship at Haverford College. Hartman has published widely on global citizenship, ethical community-campus partnerships, and high impact pedagogical practices including community engagement, service-learning, and education abroad. He serves as editor of globalsl.org, an online network dedicated to advancing best practices in global learning and cooperative development.
Mark Hayes is Director of AU Abroad at American University in Washington DC. He also serves on the advisory board for the US Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship Program and the Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards Committee and Title IX Working Group. Prior to joining American University, he lived in Europe (London, Cyprus, Prague, Moscow and Munich) working first for Intel Corporation and then later a large IT distribution company. He received his BA in Russian Studies from Amherst College and his MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Rachel Helwig joined BCA Study Abroad in March 2016 as Assistant Director of Health & Safety and Program Services. Prior to joining BCA, Rachel was Assistant Dean for International & Off-Campus Study at Franklin & Marshall College. She has significant experience in leading and managing service learning programs, including teaching a course on “Exploring International Development” in Jukwa, Ghana and serving on the board of Amizade Global Service-Learning. Rachel earned a Master’s in International Development from the University of Pittsburgh.
Ms. Christina Hendrix is a social studies teacher at Northeast Middle School in Kansas City, Missouri. She completed her Teach Abroad experience at Delhi Public Schools Bangalore – East in 2014. She received master’s degrees in Social Studies and TESOL from the University of Missouri.
Ashley Holben is the Project Specialist for the non-profit organization Mobility International USA (MIUSA). For six years, Holben has supported the U.S. Department of State-sponsored project, the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, to promote the participation of people with disabilities in international exchange. In her role, she provides technical assistance to exchange and disability professionals, develops resources for inclusion, and facilitates digital and social media communications. Holben has presented at several national and international conferences.
Landes Holbrook assesses international security, safety, and health risks, provides analysis for university administration regarding travel policy and procedures, conducts program security advance work, crisis management, and creates, plans, and implements training programs for students, faculty, and staff. He serves as the university’s key contact for government, non-government, and other professional organizations working with international security, safety, travel, and health issues. He also serves on several U.S. Government leadership councils.
Kris Holloway is the President of CISabroad, an international education organization. Kris entered the field of international education ten years ago from the non-profit development world, and holds a MPH from the University of Michigan. She served as a community health agent in the Peace Corps in Mali, West Africa in the early 1990’s and speaks (almost) fluent French. Her book “Monique and the Mango Rains” about her experience living and working abroad is used in over 200 university courses in the U.S. and Canada.
William Hoye is Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel at IES Abroad, a non-profit organization providing study abroad programs to over 6,000 U.S. college and university students per year. Prior to joining IES, Bill served as Associate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at the University of Notre Dame. For the past 22 years, he also served as Faculty Editor of The Journal of College and University Law. He has given over 100 presentations on international education.
Ann Hubbard is vice president, AIFS Study Abroad, where she is responsible for university relations for customized programs and academic assessment initiatives. She has conducted intercultural training, developed faculty-led programs, and taught an honors seminar. Ann developed a workshop series for students to reflect on the benefits from studying abroad, and has continued to expand her knowledge on the topic of students integrating learning abroad and career development with the use of ePortfolios. She is an IDI-qualified administrator and a QUIP reviewer.
David Imhoof is Associate Professor of History and Faculty Coordinator of Global Opportunities at Susquehanna University. He teaches classes on European and cultural history and study away and leads a three-week summer trip to Austria. He publishes on the relationship between culture and politics in 20th-century Germany, including Becoming a Nazi Town (2013), an edited collection on The Total Work of Art (2016) and a journal issue on sound studies (2016). His work on sports, movies, gun clubs, and music has appeared in journals and books in the United States, Britain, and Germany.
Michelle Janning is Professor of Sociology at Whitman College, focusing on gender, childhood, education, family, design and social relations, and culture. Her forthcoming book is entitled The Stuff of Family Life: What our Homes Say about our Lives. She has served as a visiting researcher at the University of York’s Centre for Women’s Studies, and as a visiting professor and consultant in the Sociology and Child Development and Diversity Programs at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. She was a Fulbright Specialist Scholar and is the Chair of the Council on Contemporary Families.
As the Western Regional Director with CEA Study Abroad, Matthew Janus works closely with university advisors, faculty and staff to support student exploration, advising and registration processes. With 10 years of experience in the field of international education, Janus has collaborated closely with university partners throughout the Western states to identify ways in which CEA can assist in the success of the campus agenda for internationalization. Janus is a member of NAFSA and CEA is a member of The Forum.
Martha Johnson is the Assistant Dean for Learning Abroad at the University of Minnesota and oversees one of the largest education abroad offices in the U.S., sending over 4000 students abroad annually. She has worked in international education since 1991 for organizations and institutions in the US, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Her experience includes on-site program management, program development and marketing, management of a large university education abroad office, and teaching of short-term programs.
Dr. Naomi Kagawa is an associate professor at Shimane University, in Matsue, Japan. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Her areas of expertise include communication, global education, and culture and education.
Darren Kaltved currently serves as the Associate Director of Career Services for the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He brings over 15 years of quality practitioner experience in career development, is a graduate of the NCDA Leadership Academy, and has held numerous local and national leadership roles. He is currently working on a book titled, Love at First Interview: Using What You Know About Dating in Your Job Interview. Darren earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and an M.A. in Student Personnel Administration from Springfield College.
Jonathan Kaplan is the Vice Provost of the Rothberg International School at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jon has been involved in international education since 1979 and has held various positions at the RIS, including Director of Semester Programs and Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Originally from Poland, Helena Kaufman, Director of Off-Campus Studies at Carleton College, holds a PhD in Luso-Brazilian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught Portuguese culture and literature at The Ohio State University before joining the field of international education in 2000. As director of OCS, Helena coordinates off-campus studies programming on campus and is involved in cross-campus global engagement initiatives, including the eportfolio pilot project. She is an active member of the Forum’s Outcomes Assessment and Research Committee.
Chelsea Kindred is Director of Alumni Development and Research at Academic Programs International (API), an international education organization based in Austin, TX. Chelsea’s responsibilities include drafting curriculum, training, and providing professional contextualization of the international experience for alumni. Chelsea authored “Chapter 6: Re-Entry Advising Strategies and Programming” for NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad: 4th Edition. Chelsea was lead trainer for the inaugural Current Topic Workshop on Trends in Education Abroad Alumni Programming at the 2016 NAFSA Annual Conference.
Jacqueline Klein is the Assistant Dean for Global Affairs at NYU Shanghai. She focuses on supporting NYU Shanghai students through their required study abroad experience and oversees incoming study abroad students to NYU Shanghai. Jacqueline has been a part of NYU Shanghai since the campus opened in 2013. She has been working in higher education in academic affairs, student affairs, and most recently international education for the past 16 years. Jacqueline received a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Iowa.
Zack Klim is Senior Director of Global Affairs and Experiential Learning at NYU Steinhardt, where he collaborates with deans, chairs, faculty, staff and institutional partners to conceptualize, implement, and evaluate international programming at home and abroad. Prior to his work at NYU, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer, taught English in New York City schools, worked for USAID, and taught as affiliated faculty for SIT/World Learning. Zack is also a doctoral candidate in Sociology of Education applying organizational theory to the examination of internationalization in higher education.
Dr. Robert Kruger is in his seventeenth year as Director of BCA Xalapa. Originally from Rockford, Illinois, he studied anthropology and archaeology at the University of Illinois and received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. He specializes in the Olmec, one of the earliest Mesoamerican cultures, and was a Fulbright scholar to Mexico in 1992. Rob taught at the University of Pittsburgh and Guilford College in North Carolina, twice leading their Guadalajara program. He moved to Xalapa in 1995. Dr. Kruger has been working in Mexico since 1989, and living there since 1995.
Jane Kucko joined the University of Tulsa as Vice Provost for Global Education beginning August 2016. Formerly at Texas Christian University, Kucko was instrumental in implementing TCU’s plan for comprehensive internationalization (and 2015 IIE Heiskell Award winner for internationalizing the campus). Particular areas of focus include the development of Global Realities which frame the context for study abroad as well as spear-heading the campus wide global citizenship credential. Her most recent work centers around the TCU Global Academy—an interdisciplinary approach to study abroad.
Randeep Kullar is an Internship Program Coordinator for the Berkeley Study Abroad office at the University of California, Berkeley. She received a B.A. in History with a minor in Education from the University of California, Davis and a M.S. in Counseling with a focus in College and Career Counseling from San Francisco State University. Randeep has extensive experience working with traditional and nontraditional college students at both two- and four-year institutions. She is currently responsible for assisting in the program development process for the Global Internships program at UC Berkeley.
Jaime Kurtz is Associate Professor of Psychology and creator/instructor of the study abroad program, “Exploring the Good Life in Scandinavia.” In this three-week tour of two of the world’s happiest countries (Sweden and Denmark), students closely examine the elements of a happy, meaningful, and engaged life. In her forthcoming book, The Happy Traveler: Unpacking the Secrets to Your Perfect Vacation (June 2017, Oxford University Press), Jaime applies her research on happiness, decision making, and savoring to offer actionable advice on how to enhance travel.
Rich Kurtzman has been working in the field of International Education since 1998 but began his journey in the field as a student in St. Petersburg in 1996. He spent a semester in Madrid, a summer internship in Milan, lead groups of high schools students in Spain in 1999 and 2001 and has been working in Barcelona since 2002: since 2009 as Director of Barcelona Study Abroad experience but previous to that as a professor of courses such as Intercultural Communication and Global Competence, Contemporary Spanish Society, Spanish Civilization and Internship Seminar.
Lindsey Lahr is a Program Director at the University of Minnesota (UMN)-Twin Cities Learning Abroad Center (LAC), and oversees the LAC’s Instructor-led program models. She has worked at the LAC for over 5 years, and has worked closely with the LAC’s first year program opportunities for 4 years. Lindsey has an M.A. degree in Comparative & International Development from the UMN-Twin Cities, and is an IDI Qualified Administrator. She teaches for the LAC’s Global Identity course and has taught within the UMN’s Leadership Minor.
Deborah Lake is the Coordinator for Freshman Initiatives at the University of Maryland. She works with incoming first-year students going abroad in the fall and teaches a returnee course in the spring. Her responsibilities also include advising and working with student peer mentors. Prior to UMD, she worked for SIT Study Abroad and with a non-profit organization in Iowa doing Public Diplomacy programs. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and French from the University of Kansas and her Master of Arts in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute.
Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant, Assistant Academic Dean, Arcadia University, has been amplifying learning opportunities beyond traditional classrooms for 15 years. Alison manages center-based curriculum and program development for Arcadia. A strong advocate of programming that promotes the development of students’ social consciousness, Alison has taught courses on community engagement, service-learning pedagogy, and global connections. In addition to the work Alison does in education abroad, she has also directed trips to local, urban communities, and to struggling communities around the U.S.
Amy Lancaster received a bachelor’s degree from Wofford College and a master’s degree from Middlebury College, both in Spanish. She studied in Cuba, Argentina, and Spain and joined the Wofford College Office of International Programs in 2004. She has coordinated faculty-led programs and study abroad advising and was appointed Dean of International Programs in 2015. She has served on advisory boards for partner organizations and is a member of NAFSA and Wofford College is a member of The Forum on Education Abroad. Named IES Abroad’s “Volunteer of the Year” in 2015, she is currently serving as Local Arrangements Co-Chair for NAFSA Region VII’s 2017 Regional Conference. She has co-presented at the national level on a variety of topics.
Beth Laux is the Director for Learning Abroad at the University of Utah. She is responsible for education abroad strategic planning, program development, and policy coordination, and sits on the Office for Global Engagement Leadership Team. She has served in a volunteer capacity regionally and nationally to advance education abroad initiatives. Beth graduated with a B.A. in Spanish & Political Science from Aquinas College. While earning a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Toledo, she served as an intern for the U.S. Department of State Office of Foreign Missions.
Prudence Layne, Elon University, is Associate Professor of English. She has taught in Africa, Europe and the Caribbean, directed an island program in the United Kingdom, and administrate red curricula for study abroad programs. She is co-editor of and contributor to Global Innovation of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Transgressing Boundaries (Springer Press, 2015) and leads workshops on faculty roles, diversity, recruitment and marketing of short-term study abroad programs.
Megan Leff has been with IES Abroad since 1997 and currently serves as Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Program Dean for IES’ Centers in Arles, Dublin, Nantes, Nice, Milan & Rome. Megan was Secretary to IES Abroad’s Academic Council for 13 years and currently serves as secretary to IES’ Curriculum Committee. Megan completed a B.A. in French from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, spent her junior year abroad in Aix-en-Provence, and pursued a Maîtrise de lettres modernes at the University of Grenoble, specializing in Francophone literature and the works of Calixthe Beyala.
Eric Leinen is a program director in the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota. He holds a Masters degree in Counselling and Student Affairs and has worked in the field of education since 2004.
Paige Levesque joined NYU Shanghai in 2015 as a member of the Global Affairs teams in New York. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, she held a variety of positions throughout NYU New York. Paige is responsible for handling academic and registration related matters for Shanghai students studying throughout the NYU Global Network. She has a particular passion for data analytics and streamlining processes between campuses. Paige earned her Master’s degree in Higher Education from New York University in 2014 and has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Juanita Lillie is the Founder/President of Abroad With Disabilities. She has experience working with professionals on how to be more inclusive through Universal Design. Her educational and work background includes International Education and Disability Services. She is also the co-leader of the International Education for Persons with Disabilities Member Interest Group (MIG) for NAFSA.
Danielle Littman is a first-year Masters Candidate at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. A 2013 graduate of Northwestern University, she participated in Northwestern’s GESI program in 2011, traveling to Udaipur, India to support a women-led cooperative sewing business that now sells reusable feminine care products across India. For the past few years, Danielle has been working for the Chicago Park District to develop cultural organizing practices at a local level in Chicago parks. Since 2014, she has partnered with GESI to develop and facilitate original reflect
John Loggins has a M.A. in Leadership Studies and is Director of Community-Based Student Leadership and Learning in the Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action, University of San Diego. Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT 200® Yoga Alliance).
Gina Lopardo has been in the field of international education for more than seventeen years and is currently the Director of Education Abroad at Seattle University, where she has worked for the past nine years. Prior to entering higher education, she was a human resources professional. Both fields complement her interests in supporting others to attain personal and professional goals. Her areas of interest include student development through experiential learning and the integration of underrepresented students into education abroad.
Meggan L. Madden is an Assistant Professor at the George Washington University in the International Education and Higher Education Administration programs. Madden teaches comparative and international education, introduction to student services, and higher education administration. Madden previously held administrative positions in international scholarship management, international admissions, and education abroad. She holds a doctorate in Higher Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
Ola Mahmoud is a Research Officer with the IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact at the Institute of International Education in New York. Ms. Mahmoud manages Project Atlas, a collaborative global initiative that collects and disseminates current data on global higher education mobility trends as well as builds data collection capacity worldwide. She also designs and conducts research on U.S. study abroad for IIE’s Generation Study Abroad initiative. Ms. Mahmoud holds an M.S. in Educational Psychology from George Mason University.
Dr. Gabrielle Malfatti leads Global Engagement for the University of Missouri College of Education. She is responsible for the Mizzou Ed Teach Abroad program, international institutional partnerships and offers support to faculty and students in myriad academic collaborations around the globe. Malfatti is an active member of NAFSA where she chairs the Leadership Development Committee and the India MIG she co-founded in 2015. She received her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Missouri.
Kristen Mallory, Director of Global Education and Off-Campus Study at Claremont McKenna College, received her MA degree in International Education from the School for International Training, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chad. Her previous International Education positions were at UMass, Amherst and with The Forum on Education Abroad. She holds or has held numerous prominent committee appointments with The Forum, NAFSA, IES, IFSA Butler, and the CGS-Arcadia.
Angela Manginelli is the Director of Alumni Relations for the American Institute for Foreign Study. She attended Ball State University and graduated with a B.S. in Photojournalism and a Master’s in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education. She is the Vice President and New Conference Liaison for Lessons From Abroad and was a trainer for the inaugural Current Topic Workshop on Current Trends in Education Abroad Alumni Programming at the 2016 NAFSA Annual Conference. She also served as a member of The Forum on Education Abroad’s Best Practices for Returned Students Working Group.
Kate Manni is the Assistant Director for Embedded Programs and Special Initiatives at Penn State Global Programs. In this role, she advises and supports faculty members who are planning short-term embedded courses abroad. The main special initiative on which she works is the continued development of Penn State’s academic engagements in Cuba through service on a faculty task force and collaboration with Cuban partner institutions. Prior to Penn State, Kate taught English through a government program in Chile and coordinated domestic and international service trips at Marywood University.
Scott Manning is Dean of Global Programs and Associate Professor of French at Susquehanna University. He has a Ph.D. in French from the University of Kansas. He is the founding director of the Global Opportunities (GO) Program, in which he teaches Global Citizenship, a post-study away reflection course, and has co-directed short-term study away programs in France, Italy, and New Zealand. He has presented on a range of international education topics, including program assessment, student choices, and a strengths-based approach to study abroad.
Samantha Martin is the CEO and founder of Via TRM, a technology organization with a mission to “empower every advisor to engage every student.” Previously, she worked as a Study Abroad Advisor at SUNY New Paltz and a Program Coordinator at IEP at Jacksonville University. Samantha completed an M.A. in peace and conflict studies from the University of Ulster in Derry, Northern Ireland on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Her semester abroad as a Gilman Scholar in Cyprus inspired her to begin her career in international education.
Ariel Maschke is a second-year Masters Candidate at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration with concentrations in International Social Work and Community Development. A 2013 graduate of Northwestern University, she participated in Northwestern’s GESI program in 2011, traveling to Udaipur, India to support a community-based HIV/AIDS prevention initiative. Since 2014, she has partnered with GESI to develop and facilitate original reflection-based curricula dedicated to helping students, alums and staff unpack and process their international experiences.
Elsa Maxwell is the Academic Director of Intercultural Learning for CIEE’s Study Abroad programs. She has worked in the field of education abroad for over a decade, serving as resident staff and in academic affairs. She has extensive experience developing in-person and virtual intercultural learning curricula. She has a doctorate and a master’s degree from the University of Chile and a B.A. from Augsburg College. Elsa works remotely from CIEE’s study center in Valparaiso, Chile.
Kim McGrath has over fifteen years of experience within the field of International Education, holding degrees in journalism and international relations from Truman State and Webster University. She has taught and developed programs of study internationally and in the U.S. and regularly presents on topics of international education and on the topic of women’s leadership. In her current role as Director of the Webster International Network of Schools (WINS) program, Kim spearheads initiatives for WINS students and organizations worldwide.
Natalie A. Mello is The Forum on Education Abroad’s VP for Member Services & Training and oversees initiatives to train members in the Standards of Good Practice through workshops, the Critical Incident Database, The Forum’s Professional Certification Program, Standards Institutes, and other programs. Natalie served 18 years as Director of Global Operations in the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division at WPI. Natalie has published and presented in the areas of engineering education, education abroad and educational outcomes assessment at the national level.
Sue Mennicke is Associate Dean for International Programs at Franklin and Marshall College. Her career in international education spans nearly 20 years, and she has experience working at liberal arts colleges as well as a large research university. Sue has served on numerous education abroad advisory boards, has chaired national committees focusing on international education, and has published in the field. In Sue’s current position, she serves as SIO, offering her the opportunity to think broadly about internationalization and the liberal arts.
Elaine Meyer-Lee, Associate VP for Global Learning and Leadership Development at Agnes Scott College, has been an SIO for 14 years. She has taught and assessed intercultural higher education at institutions including Wesleyan, Rhodes, Yale, and Saint Mary’s College since earning her doctorate in human development and psychology from Harvard. She has authored chapters on internationalizing undergraduate education, intercultural competence, short-term off-campus programs, and assessment, presents widely on leadership, and serves on NAFSA’s board.
Kevanne Monkhouse is Assistant Director of Study Abroad at IUPUI. She holds an MAT in Spanish and a BA in International Studies and Spanish from Indiana University. Her professional background started in language teaching, but her first study abroad experience as a high school student in Mexico impelled her toward a career in education abroad. After working in institutional relations, Kevanne returned to her alma mater in the Study Abroad Office. Along with her director, she recently developed a study abroad taxonomy to serve as a resource to help faculty design and maintain quality programs.
Patrick Morgan is the Senior Advisor for International Health, Safety, and Security at the University of Michigan. He has worked in the field at U-M since 2011, is a Steering Committee member of OSAC’s Academic Working Group, and is a member of PULSE. Patrick creates international travel policy and resources and provides predeparture and emergency support for all U-M travelers abroad.
Dianna Murphy (PhD, Slavic Linguistics, Ohio State University) is associate director of the Russian Flagship Program, associate director of the Language Institute, and a core member of the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition. Murphy’s professional experience in Russian includes serving as resident director for many study abroad programs to Russia, teaching Russian language and literature, and developing instructional materials for advanced-level learners.
Dr. Annie Nguyen is the Coordinator of Study Abroad and Global Education at York College of Pennsylvania, where she is dedicated to increasing intercultural competence through comprehensive international programs. Her background in architecture and business has cultivated a unique perspective on the importance of intentional design when incorporating education abroad into larger campus wide strategies. Her research and work with Texas Christian University on their Global Citizenship Credential informs her current work in developing meaningful cultural experiences at multiple levels at York.
Currently a Ph.D. student in Human Geography at the University of Oregon, Belen Noroña is a specialist in community development processes. Over the last 10 years, she has worked in designing, administering and evaluating community based tourism in Ecuador and Peru. Additionally, she has worked as part time faculty for Beloit College, the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and Broward College. She co-founded the educational organization, Fundacion Quito Eterno and worked as the Regional General Program Specialist for Sustainable Horizons, applying short-term programming to rural community development.
Anthony C. Ogden is executive director of Education Abroad and Exchanges at Michigan State University. Dr. Ogden earned his bachelor’s degree from Berea College, master’s degree in International and Intercultural Management at the SIT Graduate Institute, and his Ph.D. at The Pennsylvania State University in Educational Theory and Policy with a dual title in Comparative and International Education. Ogden has published widely on key themes in education abroad research.
Carri Orrison is the Director for Institutional Partnerships at Global Experiences and has spent 25+ years in international higher education. She came to Global Experiences after 7 years at NAFSA as the Director of Member Relations and Leadership Services working with international educators to share best practices across the country. She spent 13 years working at the Embassy of Australia building international partnerships between Australian universities and their US/Canadian partners and at The Scholar Ship. She currently serves on the Region VIII team focusing on Workshops and Networking.
Meghan Ozaroski is Assistant Director of the Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) at Northwestern University’s Buffett Institute for Global Studies. GESI is a program that partners with Amizade, Foundation for Sustainable Development, and Social Entrepreneur Corps to operate community-focused service-learning abroad. Before working at Northwestern, Meghan worked at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). She completed her MSEd in Higher Education Administration at Northwestern, her B.A. at Coe College, and is now pursuing The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad.
Mory Pagel is the Director of University Relations at SIT Study Abroad and has been with SIT for the past nine years. Mory has worked extensively with SIT’s partners to help students achieve their study abroad goals through SIT’s experiential, field-based study abroad programs. Mory previously worked at Youth For Understanding International Exchange and at the National Council for International Visitors (now known as Global Ties). Mory completed his graduate studies at American University’s School of International Service, and has a bachelor’s degree from Wartburg College in Iowa.
Janelle Papay joined Elon University with a background in German studies, student development theory and experiential education. As Assistant Director of Study Abroad, her primary work involves overseeing operations for short-term programs and actualizing professional development opportunities for faculty and staff on campus. Janelle holds a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs from Penn State University and a B.A. in Globalization Studies and German from Gettysburg College, where she studied abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, and was awarded a Fulbright grant to Germany.
Janelle Peifer is an assistant professor of psychology at Agnes Scott College. Her research examines both intra- and inter-cultural processes that influence college students’ global competence development. As a clinician and scholar, she explores emerging adult’s identity formation, trauma/resilience, and the impact of travel-based experiences on young women’s leadership development.
Giustina Pelosi (M.S. College Student Services Administration) is the Regional Consultant, Northwest for CEA Study Abroad. She developed a passion for working with faculty on developing effective re-entry programming as the Faculty-led Program Advisor at the Portland State University, and at IE3 Global Internships, she developed greater programming for returning interns. She is a founding member of the NW Returnee Conference, and joined a working group for the Forum on Education Abroad that developed a toolkit for Best Practices, Resources, and Programming for Returned Student Services.
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng is Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Internationalization at the University of Cape Town. She holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education, and is a nationally-rated scientist who is as passionate about research as she is about teaching and community engagement. In 2016, she was awarded the Order of Baobab in Silver (South Africa’s highest honor), for her excellent contribution in the field of science. Kgethi, as she is affectionately known, is the founder of the Adopt-a-learner Foundation (www.adopt-a-learner.com), a non-profit organization which provides financial and educational support to students from township and rural areas to acquire higher education qualifications.
Alexis Phylactopoulos is the President of College Year in Athens, the oldest (est. 1962) and largest study abroad program in Greece. He earned his first degree from the Law School of the University of Athens and his post-graduate degrees from Princeton University (The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs), and the University of Cambridge (Wolfson College). Before joining College Year in Athens he served as a diplomat for the Greek government in Washington, D.C. and in Mexico City. He has been directing CYA since 1986. He serves on a number of Boards of educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations.
Dr. Margaret Plympton serves as Deputy Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities. She served in campus-level leadership roles at Lehigh, Bucknell, Yale and Harvard Universities, and Wellesley College. She also worked in the field of executive search. She is on the Board of the Wilson Center for International Scholars, and formerly on the Board of The Forum on Education Abroad for 6 years.
Dott. Ponti is an archaeologist specialized in Imperial Roman architecture. After earning a B.A. in Classics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dott. Ponti obtained a Laurea in archaeology from the University of Rome. His studies and research focus on the use of marble in Roman construction, the ancient marble trade, quarrying and carving techniques. He has been teaching archaeology courses at IES Abroad Rome since 2004 and has been Director of the IES Abroad Rome Center since 2013.
Leslie Ray holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from San Diego State University and is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California. She has been a psychotherapist for over 25 years, including 12 years in Aix-en-Provence, France (from 2004 to 2016) where she worked primarily with study abroad participants and expatriates. Leslie’s therapeutic practice focuses on transition, notably with respect to cultural adjustment. She developed a wellness program specifically for U.S. students in Aix and continues to serve as a consultant for programs in France and the U.S.
Lillian Read is the West Coast and Rocky Mountain Field Director for IFSA-Butler, a nonprofit study abroad provider founded in 1988. She previously worked as the Study Abroad Coordinator at the University of Liverpool in the UK and as an Education Abroad Advisor and Faculty-led Program Development Coordinator at Oregon State University. Lillian holds an M.S. in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University.
Ellen Reid joined the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota as a Program Director in 2015 after working for seven years at The School for Field Studies in Queensland, Australia and in Beverly, Massachusetts. Ellen works with the Minnesota Studies in International Development (MSID) programs in Kenya and Ecuador as well as intensive Spanish programs in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Ellen has a B.A. from Boston University and M.S. from Louisiana State University, both in biology. Ellen minored in Spanish and studied biology abroad in Ecuador and Costa Rica.
As Academic Director of Online Learning, Ryan Richards develops and facilitates the delivery of high-impact online learning for CIEE’s students, faculty and support teams across the globe. Previously, Ryan led Serve Smart, a company that develops online and blended learning tools for international volunteer programs. This work built upon many of the intercultural lessons that he learned as Executive Director of Nourish International and Director of Development at the Asturias Academy.
Mark Ritchie is the Executive Director of ISDSI and has lived and worked in Thailand for over 20 years. With a Ph.D. in sociology and development as well as an extensive background in NGO training and participatory development, he is one of the founders of ISDSI and its innovative experiential approach to study abroad.
Gary Robinson has dedicated himself for over 30 years to helping students in college and university counseling center settings. His clinical specialties have included stress management, mood and anxiety disorders and life coaching/mentoring. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and did his graduate work in Counseling Psychology at the State University of New York at Albany. Gary was a staff member of the Semester at Sea program. He serves as Psychological Consultant to several Gap Year and Service Learning organizations.
Paloma Rodriguez has published on the use of eportfolio pedagogy in international programming. She is a contributing author to the upcoming AAC&U publication “Field Guide to ePortfolio” and to Raby & Valeau’s volume “Internationalization at Community College: Themes, Practices and Case Studies.” Paloma has led the implementation of an International Studies Certificate at Santa Fe College, including the design of the eportfolio capstone. She guides development of student learning outcomes for all international programs. She is Chair of the NAFSA Community College Institutional Interest Group.
Thomas Roman is Co-Director of IFE which has offered study programs integrating internships and field research in Paris for over 20 years and recently expanded to Strasbourg and Brussels. Thomas holds a Master’s degree in contemporary political history from Sciences Po-Paris, with a focus on nationalism in France. He has held research positions at Science Po’s Center for History and the French National Library and continues to teach at Sciences Po and in other institutions. He is a current board member and officer of the Association of American Programs in France (APUAF).
Adam Rubin has more than 25 years of experience in Education Abroad, including 20+ years with the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). He is the former CIEE Exec. Director of Program Development and Evaluation and has developed and managed programs in 40+ countries. He’s a member of the Forum Standards Committee and NAFSA Trainer Corps and former member of the NAFSA Health and Safety Subcommittee. Adam has presented on various topics, including program development, risk management, and experiential learning. He holds an M.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Whitman College.
Erika Ryser Garcia is Assistant Vice President, Program Management and Development for the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University. She has served as Director of Education Abroad for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences and as Illinois’ Associate Director of Study Abroad. Erika holds an M.Ed. in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University, and a B.A. in history, Spanish and Latin American studies from Macalester College.
A native Dane, Dr. Helle Rytkonen was an exchange student at UC Berkeley and subsequently earned her Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University. She also holds a B.S. and M.S. in Political Science from Copenhagen University. She was a PostDoc at the Center for Race and Ethnicity Studies at Stanford and subsequently served as a Lecturer at Stanford for 12 years before returning to her native Denmark. She is the Academic Director of DIS – Study Abroad in Scandinavia and serves on The Forum on Education Abroad’s Curriculum Committee. She currently teaches a class on humor.
Armine Saryan is the Senior Program Manager for the overseas Flagship, AFLI, and SAFLI programs. Throughout her employment at American Councils, Armine has managed the Arabic, Central Asian Turkic, Persian, Swahili, and Yoruba Overseas Flagship programs. Currently she oversees the Swahili Overseas Flagship, French/Wolof, and Portuguese AFLI, and the Hindi and Urdu SAFLI programs. Armine has had extensive experience in the field of education, academic and cultural exchange, and project design and management through the Peace Corps programs, directing their TEFL, business education, health and environmental awareness programs.
Victor Savicki, Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at Western Oregon University, has taught university students eight times in Austria, Germany, Greece, Argentina, and the UK. Twenty-eight of his peer reviewed publications emphasize some aspect of culture, including the research based book, “Burnout Across Thirteen Cultures” (2002); and the edited book “Developing Intercultural Competence and Transformation” (2008) and co-edited book “Assessing Study Abroad” (2015). His entry in the Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence (2015) “Stress, Coping and Adjustment in Intercultural Competence” synthesizes his views on study abroad student development.
Jennifer J. Schepers has worked as the associate director of employer development at DePauw University since April 2015. Jennifer has worked in the career development field for over a decade, serving both students and recent graduates in higher education. She loves devoting her professional life to helping students see their potential and creating lives of purpose.
Maria Segala is the Technology and Communications Specialist in the Office of International Programs at Boston College. She is the department’s LGBTQ student liaison and has coordinated efforts with the Dean of Students’ office to offer LGBTQ-focused study abroad outreach. Additionally, she has participated as a mentor in the annual Spectrum retreat, which brings together LGBTQ+ Boston College undergraduates for a weekend of reflection, connection, and community building. Maria holds a Master’s of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Boston College.
With 16 years of international education and teaching experience, Cory Smith holds a B.A. in Education and Spanish, a M.Ed. and an M.A. in Spanish. As an Education Abroad professional, she currently works as Assistant Director Academic at the University of Cincinnati, where she leads initiatives in strategic partner planning, faculty and program development through the mentoring and development grant program, runs the adviser ambassador program and coordinates 50+ faculty-led programs annually. She worked in Madrid, Spain for nearly 10 years for program providers on program planning to implementation.
Cristina Sosa emigrated as a political refugee to the United States the day the U.S. broke diplomatic relations with Cuba. She has lived all her life with one foot in her new, adopted country and the other in the country she left behind. She received her M.Ed. in Educational Policy and Administration from UMass Amherst. She has worked in international admissions as well as starting an international office for a state college in Massachusetts. Her current job as Associate Director of Education Abroad at UMass with responsibility for programs in Portugal, Spain, Greece and Latin America involves advising a diverse population of students of whom some are heritage seekers to Latin America and Greece.
Sara Spiegler serves as Education Abroad Advisor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where more than eighty-five percent of undergraduates pursue degrees in engineering, science, and technical disciplines. Her area of focus is exchange programs. She has worked across the campus on curriculum integration, to ensure that GA Tech students can participate in study abroad without delaying progress toward graduation. Prior to coming to GA Tech, Sara served as Study Abroad Advisor at UT Austin. Sara earned her B.A. in International Studies and Spanish from SMU & an M.A. from University College Dublin.
Dr. Hannah Stewart-Gambino, Professor of International Affairs/Government and Law, Lafayette College, has held a number of administrative roles at Lafayette College, Lehigh Valley Research Consortium, Lehigh University, and is the founding Director of Global Citizenship and founding Director of Community Fellows, Lehigh University. In addition, she served for 6 years on The Forum on Education Abroad Board of Directors.
Alex Stone manages the fundraising for Summit Assistance Dogs. While an undergraduate student, Stone and his recently-retired service dog, Fraser, completed a five-month internship in South Africa for the Secretariat of the African Decade Persons with Disabilities (now called The African Disability Alliance). Stone, who has cerebral palsy, holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs and Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University and will soon hold a master’s degree in International Education from the School for International Training (SIT).
BJ Titus has worked in education abroad since 2002 both at the University of Minnesota as well as Macalester College. He holds a B.A. in Spanish Studies and Linguistics as well as an M.A. in Comparative and International Development Education where his thesis focused on identity development and how college students’ identity change or develop when they spent time in another country. He is currently the Director of Institutional Relations and Diversity Initiatives. In this role, he oversees the recruitment of non-UofM students on Learning Abroad Center programs as well as overseeing the diversity efforts both abroad on our programs as well as on the University of Minnesota campus. The larger diverse population at the University of Minnesota are Somali and Hmong.
Zach Tobin is the Assistant Director for Education Abroad at Northern Arizona University, where he coordinates faculty-led programs, advises for Northern European exchanges, and oversees general office management. Prior to his current role, Zach worked with incoming international students. He began his career working in sales with professional sports before starting his student affairs career within residence life.
Tricia Todd, MPH is Assistant Director in the Health Careers Center, AAMC chief medical advisor at UMN, and an instructor in the School of Public Health. She teaches the Future Physician course series, The New Health Professions Team and two Global Health Seminars (India, Thailand). Tricia serves on the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility leadership team and is lead designer for the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety online educational module. Her work in public health is the foundation for her interest in preparing students culturally and ethically for global experiences.
Michelle Tolan is Field Director for Inclusive Excellence and Research at the Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University. Michelle designed IFSA-Butler’s award-winning First Generation Scholars Program, which provides funds and support for first generation college students. A “first gen” herself, she has helped lead the growing discussion on inclusive excellence in study abroad through workshops and panels for Forum for Education Abroad, Diversity Abroad, NAFSA, IIE, and others. Michelle is chair of the Forum working group on Inclusive Excellence
Sara Troy is Director of Program Development at CEA Study Abroad where she leads and manages the program development team. Her focus lies in creating programs that facilitate students’ ability to achieve their academic and personal goals. Sara works closely with CEA’s international staff, and faculty & staff from U.S. universities to develop strong, academically sound programs. Sara has extensive experience in other student-related areas such as academic advising, international student advising, university housing, and program management at large public and small private liberal arts colleges.
Stacey Tsantir is the Director of Health and Safety at DIS. She has held leadership positions within several professional organizations including The Forum on Education Abroad, NAFSA and NACUBO. Stacey has a Juris Doctor in Law, Master of Arts in education policy and administration with a focus on comparative and international development education (CIDE), and a Bachelor of Science in communications and journalism. She is a licensed attorney in the state of Minnesota and is a trained sexual assault advocate.
Bert Vercamer is heading Sentio, Global Education Network, a subsidiary of AFS Intercultural Programs, focusing on global education through internships, study abroad, volunteering abroad, teaching and languages. He has worked in the organizational development, intercultural and educational field over the past 14 years, worked in 40 countries, and lived in 6 countries on 4 continents. He has a Masters in Economics and is pursuing a Masters in Intercultural Relations in the USA. He received his education in Belgium, USA, Switzerland and South Africa. Bert is qualified in the IDI, IAP, GCI, IES.
Originally from Argentina, Ivan Villasboa came to the U.S. in 1991 to study at DePauw University. While there, he participated in two Winter Term service programs. After graduating, he started working for CoCoDA, a non-profit organization that connects with projects for democratic, community-based social and economic development in Central America, where he is now the Program Director of CoCoDA. For the past 20 years, he has been working with universities, Rotary Clubs, churches, and more from all over the U.S., connecting them to grass roots development projects in El Salvador and Nicaragua.
Tracy Weber is the Assistant Director of Program Development and Operations in the division of Summer Sessions, Study Abroad & Lifelong Learning at the University of California, Berkeley. Tracy is responsible for new program development, as well as for managing ongoing programs, including faculty-led programs abroad; Global Internships; and programs on campus and overseas for newly admitted freshmen, transfer students, and high school students. Tracy holds a Master of Arts in International Communication from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, D.C.
Seth Weil is the Campus Relations Manager at BCA Study Abroad. Seth has been working in study abroad programming and administration for 4 years working at higher education institutions and private study abroad organizations. He has a particular interest in student development and student services throughout the study abroad process. Seth has worked on various programs to support LGBTQ+ students throughout the study abroad process and increase access to study abroad programs.
Annmarie Marlin Whalen serves as Vice President for Programs and Publications with responsibility for managing the full complement of Forum projects and activities, including the Quality Improvement Program (QUIP). Annmarie has worked in higher education for over 30 years in a variety of roles including Assistant Director of the University of Dallas Rome Campus and Assistant to the President of the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College. Annmarie is Managing Editor of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad.
Stacey Williams has an MA in Higher Education Leadership and is Director of Education and Program Development at Pacific Discovery. AmeriCorps VISTA and VISTA Leader Alumni. Yoga Instructor (RYT 200® Yoga Alliance).
Dr. Tracy Williams is the Associate Director of the Center for International Studies at Texas Christian University, where she oversees many of the daily operations of study abroad for the university. In addition, she teaches courses on global citizenship and serves on the executive committee for Discovering Global Citizenship at TCU. She helped design TCU’s Global Citizenship credential and the Global Realities framework. Her research on intercultural learning, including the “Change Your LENS” process for understanding intercultural encounters, has been published in various journals.
David Wong is an associate professor of educational psychology and educational technology. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He is especially interested in the potential for learning that comes when students from different cultures interact. He is the leader of several study abroad programs and conducts research related to students’ experiences in those programs. His areas of interest also include: intercultural experience, education abroad, and global education.
As Vice President of Academic Affairs, Alexandra Wood facilitates the design and delivery of study abroad experiences that are learner-centered, experiential, holistic, and transformational. Prior to joining CIEE, Alexandra was a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU, where she received a Ph.D. in International Education. While at NYU, Alexandra also managed the Multinational Institute of American Studies—a summer program for visiting scholars funded by the U.S. Department of State—and taught undergraduate and graduate courses.
Dr. Michael Woolf is Deputy President for Strategic Development at CAPA Global Education Network. Much of Mike’s career has been in an international context. He taught American literature in the universities of Hull, Middlesex, Padova and Venice; worked as a researcher-writer for BBC radio; and has held leadership roles in international education with, among others FIE, CIEE and Syracuse University. Mike has written widely on international education and cultural studies, serves on a number of boards, and was a member of The Forum on Education Abroad’s Board of Directors from 2006 to 2012.
Shun Yanagishita is University Relations Manager for the western region for SIT Study Abroad. In addition to working for a study abroad provider, she previously worked in study abroad on a college campus. She is passionate about providing access to all and in particular, is a strong advocate for persons with disabilities.
Noah Zeichner is a National Board-certified social studies teacher at Chief Sealth International School in Seattle, Washington. He currently works in a hybrid role, spending part of his day supporting international education in Seattle Public Schools. During his teaching tenure, Noah has traveled with students to Guatemala and China. In 2012, he journeyed to Brazil as part of the Teachers for Global Classrooms fellowship. Noah was honored with the 2013-14 World Affairs Council World Educator Award and was among 50 finalists for the 2015 Global Teacher Prize.