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Dr. Keshia N. Abraham, Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion at CIEE, supports staff and students around the world.  She teaches the prestigious Frederick Douglass Global Fellows program and champions increasing participation in education abroad at MSI institutions worldwide.  With a B.A. in English from Spelman College, Dr. Abraham holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Binghamton University (concentrations in Postcolonial Literature, Autobiography and Popular Education).  A celebrated scholar, dynamic presenter, and published author, Keshia has received numerous prestigious awards.

Amer F. Ahmed, Ed.D, founder and CEO of AFA Diversity Consulting, is an organizational strategist who helps institutions and leaders address diversity and inclusion, equity, and intercultural development through consulting, coaching, group facilitation, and keynote speeches. Amer’s approach is grounded in a commitment to Inclusive Excellence in organizations and communities. He brings his identity as the son of Indian Muslim immigrants and extensive years as an intercultural and diversity consultant as the sources of a pivotal understanding of the depth of diversity and inclusion work.

After more than 25 years in the field of Education Abroad in Spain, Rosa Almoguera now works as independent Education Consultant. She has been able to combine her management positions with teaching. She has been a visiting professor at several universities in the US and has directed the International Programs at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo and Madrid. Rosa holds a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from Universidad Complutense and an MA in Romance Languages from University of Pennsylvania. She is an affiliate of Gateway International Group and a Forum QUIP Peer reviewer.

Miguel Ángel del Arco Blanco is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Contemporary History at the University of Granada (UGR). His work centers on the study of Fascism, the Spanish Civil War and Francoism. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and with relevant publishers. For 10+ years he has taught courses at the UGR to undergraduate, graduate and international students. Currently he is coordinating a course for CASA on the historical memory of Spain. He has participated in projects on the recovery of historical memory, such as the “Map of the Historical Memory of Granada.”

Dr. Stephen K. Appiah-Padi has 20 years’ experience in higher education. He currently leads international/intercultural initiatives at Bucknell University.  Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; a Master’s from the Loughborough University of Technology, Loughborough, UK; and a Bachelor’s from the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.  He is active in NAFSA having served in various positions, including Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Dean of Intercultural Communication Workshop. He currently serves on the NAFSA Board of Directors.

Minoo Askari is Professor of Biology at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, TN.  She has taught several biology courses abroad in Ecuador, Greece, and South Korea with the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS), the leading study abroad provider in Tennessee community colleges. She was a pioneer in creating short-term program in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands for TnCIS.

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Dr. Milton J. Bennett is a senior faculty member of IDRAcademy and holds adjunct faculty positions  at universities in Italy and Austria. Previously he was an associate professor of communication at Portland State University, where for 15 years he directed the graduate program in intercultural communication. Through the the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon and subsequently through the Intercultural Development Research Institute co-located in USA and Italy, Dr. Bennett consults with universities and corporations on topics of intercultural learning and global leadership.

Scott G. Blair served as Resident Director at Boston College Paris and Director of Assessment & Sustainability at TEAN. Based in Paris, he has worked in education abroad for over 30 years—as professor, onsite Academic Director, consultant, and Director of Assessment for US study abroad providers. His research appears in Frontiers, Routledge and Stylus publications and he is a regular speaker at educational conferences on learning outcomes assessment and SA program design around UN Sustainable Development Goals. Blair holds a doctorate in history from the Sorbonne and an MA from Georgetown.

Stacey R. Bolton Tsantir is Director of Health and Safety at DIS-Study Abroad in Scandinavia. She is responsible for risk assessment, analysis, incident response, insurance, legal matters, and related communication for DIS. She serves as the primary U.S.-based responder to incidents and emergencies involving DIS students in Copenhagen, Stockholm, and on study tours. Stacey has a J.D. in Law, M.A. in education policy and administration with a focus on comparative and international development education (CIDE), and a B.S. in communications and journalism. She is a licensed attorney in the sta

Gian Franco Borio, attorney at law and former CPA, is Legal Counsel to the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy and to the European Association of Study Abroad. Law degree cum laude from Florence University, specialization studies at SAIS of Johns Hopkins University in D.C., London City Poly, in Germany and France. He served as Technical Counsel for Italy at the Federation of EU CPAs (FEE) to the European Commission on Corporate Law, Tax Law, SMEs. He is admitted to the Florence (Italy) Bar.

Ilaria Borro received her MA and a postgraduate L2-teaching degree from the Università degli Studi di Milano, where she has been teaching Italian L2 for eight years. She is a member of GRAAL, a research group based at the Università di RomaTre whose main interest is in experimental research on TBLT and language teacher training. She published studies on TBLT and corrective feedback. While living and working in Italy, she is working towards a Ph.D. at the University of Portsmouth. Her dissertation research, focuses on the enhanced incidental learning of formulaic sequences by Chinese learners of Italian L2.

Elisa Bracalente is the Assistant Director of St John’s University Rome Campus. In her role, Elisa is responsible for overseeing all academic programming, student services and residence life for the undergraduate study abroad programs in Rome. She works closely with the Rome team and Faculty to create an academically and culturally integrated study abroad program with special attention to activities that relate to course material, experiential learning, and encouraging student engagement within the local community.    

Since 2005, Kendall Brostuen has served as director of The Office of International Programs, Associate Dean of the College at Brown University, where he also chairs the Board of Directors for The Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad.  He has extensive experience in managing education abroad programs, having served as a resident director at the University of Granada, Spain from 1988-1996, Dean of the Institute for International Studies, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania (1996-2003), and Executive Director of the Center for Global and International Programs at Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island (2003-04). Brostuen has articulated agreements with foreign universities in over a dozen countries, conducted numerous formal site reviews of college and university programs abroad, presented papers at NAFSA workshops and American Council on Education conferences, and served on panels at conferences sponsored by the Forum on Education Abroad and the Council on International Educational Exchange. From 2014 to 2016, he served as chair of CIEE’s Academic Consortium Board.  He currently sits on the editorial board of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal for Study Abroad, and has previously served as a member of the Forum on Education Abroad’s National Review Panel on Quality Improvement for the education abroad field.  Brostuen received his M.A. in international relations from the University of South Carolina, Columbia and his B.A. in Spanish and Political Science from the University of North Dakota.

Brian Brubaker, Director of Education Abroad at The Pennsylvania State University, has been active in international education for over twenty years.   He is currently serving on the Forum Council and has chaired the Code of Ethics working group.  In previous positions he has served as AVP of Customized Programming at IES Abroad,  and Director of global learning and engagement at Dickinson College.  He is a Forum Facilitator, former QUIP Peer Reviewer, and presents frequently at domestic and international conferences.  Brian holds an MBA in international management and has taught courses in global marketing.

Bill Bull serves as Vice President for Risk Management/Health, Safety and Security has been intimately involved with managing student safety in the study abroad world since 2013 and has presented at multiple conferences both in the US and internationally.  Previously Bill was a long time staff member of the Peace Corps serving in many roles both at the country level but also as Regional Safety and Security Director for the East and Central African Regions supporting over 3000 PCVs and 12 countries during his 5 year service in that role.

Francesco Burzacca is the Resident Director for the IFSA Rome program, and a member of the IFSA Working Group in Inclusive Practices. He graduated at the Università di Perugia in Foreign Languages and Literatures, and he holds a PhD in Comparative Literatures and Arts from the Università di Chieti-Pescara. Upon completion of a teaching assistantship in Germany and the US, he has taught German literature at the Italian university, and he has worked in international education as a professor and an administrator since 2001.

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Dr. Julia Carnine is the Resident Director of Dickinson in France and Contributing Faculty in French. With over 20 years of experience in directing students abroad in France and in China., Dr Carnine is first trained as a linguist and sociologist. Her research interests include questions of academic and social integration and specifically comparative Social Networks of International students while abroad. Julia is a recipient of an American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) grant to study learning relationships between French hosts and their American exchange students.  

Dr. Ida Castiglioni is a professor of the sociology of cultural processes in the Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca. At UMB she is vice director and teaches the graduate specialization of Intercultural Relations in the Programming and Management of Social Services and Public Policies (PROGEST) and is the Erasmus delegate for that program. Dr. Castiglioni is also a therapist with a Master Degree in Somatic Psychology and a Certificate in Clinical Counseling. She is an adjunct faculty member of the Institute of Somatic Psychology in Milano (IPSO).    

Laura Colm is a Research and Teaching Fellow at Bocconi University associated with the Center for Research on Marketing and Services and a PhD candidate at the University of Stuttgart. Her research and teaching address Services Marketing, International Marketing, Industrial Marketing, and Small-Medium Enterprises Management, with a focus on Qualitative Inquiry. She has taught in Germany and in multiple higher education institutions in Italy since 2015.

Co-founder of Academic Initiatives Abroad, Claudia Cremasco is its Italian Representative and its Coordinator of Language Instruction. She has taught and coordinated Italian language instruction in Italy and the USA since 1988. She has a Laurea in Literature from Rome’s La Sapienza University. She has taught at Harvard University and California Polytechnic State University, and was formally recognized for teaching excellence at both institutions. In Italy she has also taught at the Università degli Studi RomaTre, and for numerous American university study abroad programs. She is a member of GRAAL, a research group based at the Università di RomaTre.

Rosa Cuda is Associate Professor and Director of the Middlebury School in Italy. She received her Ph.D in Italian Studies at the University of Toronto and a Masters’ in  Didattica della lingua italiana from the Ca’ Foscari University, Venice.  She served as a junior faculty member and bilingual assistant for the Italian School at Middlebury College in 1998 and 1999. She was also Instructor in Italian at the University of Toronto 1997—99. Her research interests are Contemporary Italian Literature and Second Language Acquisition.

Dr. Mercè Cuenca is the Advisor for Welfare & Inclusion at the UAB Study Abroad programme.  She has worked in the field of Higher Education for over 20 years, as a lecturer and Academic Coordinator.  She holds a Phd in American Literature & Lesbian Studies, and her research has focused on the effects of homophobia and on literature as a means to survive discrimination.  Currently, as part of an ongoing project, she is contributing to developing D&I resources for the UAB Study Abroad programme to ensure that diversity is appreciated as an enriching aspect of the students’ academic experience.

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Michael Darrell is Associate Professor of Mathematics at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, TN.  He has taught several statistics courses with the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, the leading study abroad provider in Tennessee community colleges.  In addition, he has participated in study abroad professional development in China and is an active member of the International Education Committee at his home campus.       

Katie DeGuzman is the Director for Education Abroad at Dickinson College where she supervises the education abroad team, provides leadership regarding education abroad policies, procedures and best practices, and develops intercultural programming.  Katie holds a Master’s Degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Florida and entered the field of International Education in 2007. She is an IDI Administrator, a member of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps, a Fulbright grantee to Korea and the co-chair of Diversity Abroad’s subcommittee on First Generation/High Need students.

Brandi DeMont has a PhD from The University of Texas at Austin in Applied Linguistics and is currently in training as an Executive and Life Coach. Since 2000 she has taught university courses in a wide array of topics, including Italian language and culture, English composition and rhetoric, and communication for engineers. She has lived in Milan since 2018.      

Dr. Eny Di Iorio has served for ten years as the Dean of Academic Development and professor at Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici. LdM has been one of the most distinctive and well-established study abroad institutions in Europe for almost fifty years. The Institute offers innovative and experiential learning across 39 disciplines in Florence, Rome and Tuscania. He holds a PhD in Italian language and literature from Rutgers University.  

Dominic DiCamillo is the Program Manager for Undergraduate Experiential Learning Programs at The Ohio State University. Experiential programs include Fisher Global Internships, the European Innovation Academy and Fisher Global Consulting. Dominic has led the recent transition to virtual internships and micro-placement opportunities with companies around the world to OSU students. Dominic draws from his private sector experience working in supply chain management, as well as his public sector experience building the nationally-recognized Ohio Export Internship Program. Dominic is an Ohio State graduate, having received his BSBA from the Fisher College of Business, where he is also pursuing an MBA.

Amelia Dietrich is the Director for Research and Resources at The Forum on Education Abroad &Managing Editor of Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad. Her work focuses on The Forum’s data collection and research efforts and the development of a variety of print and online resources for education abroad professionals. She joined The Forum in 2015. Prior to that, Amelia taught college Spanish and linguistics courses and worked with students conducting research abroad in Spain. Amelia holds a Ph.D. from Penn State University. She is a Certified Professional in Education Abroad.

Benedicta Djumpah is student life assistant at Temple University Rome.  For the past two years she has worked to implement conversations and initiatives around diversity and inclusion in study abroad from orientation throughout the year, with the coordination of the Cultural and Identity Envoy program created by Temple Rome alumnus, Ewan Johnson. Benedicta is Italian of West African descendant. Her experience obtaining a degree in the UK has deeply shaped her identity and career. She strongly believes that more students from underrepresented groups should access study abroad.

Elena Dossetto is a physician who lives in north Italy, in a small town. She is the mother of two wonderful children. When she was a teenager she travelled around Europe with her family meeting people with cultures and habits different from hers. She participated in study-abroad programs in England and France.  Her most engaging experience was when her family took part in a cultural exchange program in 1989.  They hosted an African American young girl in a period in Italy when the society was just beginning to be aware of racism against black people due to the migratory flow from Africa.        

Dr. Jeremy Doughty serves as the resident director for USAC’s study abroad programs in England. Jeremy has worked in the field of international education since 2005 in roles that range from an English instructor with the Peace Corps in Ukraine to the senior international officer at a liberal arts college in Wisconsin. Jeremy received his Ph.D. in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University. He spent his summers at the University of the Western Cape, and his research explored how South African community members are impacted by international service-learning programs.

Kirk Duclaux is the University of Oklahoma’s on-site Resident Director of Italian programs in Italy. In addition to overseeing the OU in Arezzo program, Kirk teaches Italian Renaissance Art History, Art and Activism, and Art Trafficking in Italy. He received his undergraduate degree in Art History from the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP, and his graduate degree from Syracuse University’s Renaissance Art History Program in Florence, Italy. He worked as a guide for the American Embassy in Rome and the American Consulate in Florence before building up OU’s own study abroad program in Arezzo.       

Weston Dulaney is Assistant Professor of Biology and Director of International Education at Columbia State Community College in Columbia, TN.  He has taught several biology courses abroad in three countries with the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, the leading study abroad provider in Tennessee community colleges.  In addition, he is currently the director of a short-term study abroad program in Ecuador.

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Cynthia Engel developed and directs CEA’s signature internship abroad programs since 2016. Her focus is ensuring that students engage in academically rigorous and quality pre-professional experiences that will inform their professional pathways upon graduation. Cynthia brings 20+ years of student affairs and international education experience from the community college and university sectors, and 10 years working with international internships for the Oregon University System. She earned her MA in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota (2000).

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Irene Fanini: “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” Ghandi said. This is Irene’s personal and professional motto. She is a creative and dynamic person with a true passion for education, social business, and traveling. Irene Fanini has served as the resident director for USAC’s study abroad program in Verona, Italy, since 2017. She is Italian and has an undergraduate degree in education, and two master’s degrees in international relations and cultural mediation. She studied abroad in the Netherlands and Brazil and has professional work experience in Brazil, where she lived for more than two years.

Elizabeth Frohlich serves as The Forum’s Director for Programs and Resources. She manages Forum Consulting, works with the Annual and European Conference Committees to develop conference content, and co-chairs several other working groups and committees. Previously, she was at Boston University where she taught French language, worked with students on-site in France, served as an Academic Affairs Intern at BU Study Abroad, and worked as anAdmissions Advisor. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Montpellier, France. Elizabeth holds B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in French Language and Literature.

In her 16 years in the field of international education, Adrienne Fusek has helped thousands of students and hundreds of faculty members engage in international experiences. As a former Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) student who managed to study abroad for a year, she has an unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in international education. Adrienne researches student motivation to study abroad particularly in relation to program outcomes. Her interests also include the confluence of racial justice, climate action, and international education.

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 Maureen Gordon is the Director of Health, Safety, and Security for the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University. She is responsible for crisis management, developing and maintaining The College’s emergency protocols and policies, collaborating with overseas staff on risk assessment, program safety and security, and training staff on health and safety issues. Maureen has worked in higher education for more than 15 years and spent the majority of her career administering Temple University’s study abroad programs in Italy, Japan, and Spain. She has presented widely with Forum and NAFSA.

Emily Gorlewski, Ed.D., is Director of Study Abroad in the Fries Center for Global Studies at Wesleyan University. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota in the Ed.D. for International Educators program. She was recently elected to serve on The Forum Council. She has served in leadership positions with the Forum on Education Abroad, NAFSA’s Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship national team, NAFSA Region V, and International Educators of Illinois. She has presented many sessions and workshops at conferences such as NAFSA, Forum on Education Abroad, and Diversity Abroad. Her research and practice interests include critical internationalization and the internationalization of multicultural student affairs.

Dr. Kim Griffin is Resident Director of PRESHCO. She received degrees in Secondary Education-Spanish from SUNY Oswego, an M.A. in Spanish at Middlebury College in Spain, and a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education from The Ohio State University. Griffin directed the Middlebury program; Languages, Translation and Study Abroad at the Universidad Europea de Madrid; the University of Cantabria/Comillas Foundation; and the Translation and Applied Languages degree programs and Study Abroad office at the Universidad Europea del Atlántico. She has taught Translation and Second Language Acquisition.

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Carl A. Herrin is Chief of Staff to the President at Worcester State University.  Mr. Herrin’s responsibilities include representing the University President to the campus community and liaising with the local official as well as outreach to state and federal governments.  He previously served as the President’s lead for international initiatives and remains engaged in institutional strategic objectives with the University’s international partners.   He has worked in international education since 1980.

Hannah Hopkins Kilgore is the CASA-Trinity Programme Director and Study Abroad Manager at Trinity College Dublin. She began her career at the Harvard Graduate School of Education a decade ago when she earned a Masters in Higher Education, and worked for Harvard College’s Office of International Education for six years before moving to Trinity. She is a member of the Council of the Forum on Education Abroad, serves as the President of the Harvard Club of Ireland, and volunteers for the Fund for Education Abroad. She also holds an MPhil in Medieval Language, Literature and Culture from Trinity.

William Hoye is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and COO at IES Abroad.  Bill previously served as Associate Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and a Concurrent Professor of Law at Notre Dame.  He also was Faculty Editor of The Journal of College and University Law, the nation’s leading scholarly law review on the law of higher education.  He is an expert in legal and risk issues involving international programs.  Bill has given over 100 presentations, published many scholarly articles, and been quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education, NPR, and The New York Times.

Carol Huber is based in Montpellier, France and is the resident director of the UNC in Montpellier Programs.  In this position, she also teaches one of the program’s core language courses focusing on communication skills for cultural immersion. She has worked with U.S. students in France for 20 years. She currently serves as secretary of the Association of American University Programs in France (APUAF). She received her MA in French literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is interested in cultural integration in study abroad programs.   

Carmeisha Huckleby is the assistant director of Education Abroad at the University at Albany, State University of New York, in the United States. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Japanese and a master’s degree in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education at Michigan State University in the United States. She advises students who want to study abroad in East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Spain, and works with faculty members to develop and maintain faculty-led programs. She has worked in the field of international education for over six years, studied abroad twice, and taught English abroad.

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Dorothy Kelly is a professor of Translation at the University of Granada (Spain), where she has also been Vice Rector for Internationalization since 2008. She obtained her B.A. in Translating and Interpreting at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (Scotland), and her doctoral degree from the University of Granada. Her main research interests are translator training, directionality in translation, and intercultural competence, all areas in which she has published extensively.

Christine Kelly-Vereda is the Director of the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad Divisional Center in Granada, Spain.  During her 25+ years in international higher education, she has worked with both incoming and outgoing students at US and Spanish institutions including Sweet Briar College, Harvard, Brown, Arcadia and the University of Granada.  Christine holds a Master’s Degree in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College and is currently working on her doctorate at the University of Granada.

Amy Kuether joined IFSA as Director of Health and Safety in December 2019. Her 20 year career has included a variety of roles higher and international education and in the U.S. intelligence community where she focused on international affairs and security issues to include counterterrorism. Most recently, she was the Director of Academic Services at UW Madison, where she served on committees to include the university International Travel Committee and supported policies surrounding academic success, student crises, and mental health challenges.

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Simona Lai has been working with USAC since 2009, first in the Torino program as the program assistant, internship coordinator, and language instructor. She then moved to Reggio Emilia in 2016 to serve as resident director. Simona studied abroad in Germany several times before receiving her master’s degree in foreign languages for international communication. When Simona started to work for USAC, she developed her strong interest in teaching the Italian language to international students, and she finally received an advanced certification in foreign language teaching.

Julie Leitman is one of four founders of Academic Programs International (API), an IEO based in Austin, and the Vice President of University Partnerships. She has been with API since its inception, 23 years ago. Julie graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in Comparative Literature and received her MA in Spanish from Middlebury College. She taught English at the Center for Cross Cultural Studies in Sevilla, Spain, before working for eight years at LASPAU: The Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universities, affiliated with Harvard University.

Dr. Kerry Klima serves as the Associate Director for Assessment and Evaluation, and Director of the McNair Scholars program in Southern California at California State University, Long Beach. Her research centers on wellness, mental well-being, and professional development for student affairs professionals. She has assisted in international research projects and served as a student coordinator for a study experience for student affairs professionals in New Zealand.

A member of the international education community, creating global partnership opportunities for colleges and universities across the higher education sector for over ten years, Noreen Lucey specializes in partnership building, diversity, social enterprises, gender equality and equal access to education. She has developed extensive international communication experience through having lived and worked across the world. She is a strong advocate for sustainability within our industry and advocates for sustainability in her work with universities and stakeholders globally.

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Ms. Rachel Mantiñán is the Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Academic Solutions, a European organization that provides opportunities in Barcelona & London for US university students. She received a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Albion College, a M.A. in Immigration & Intercultural Education from the University of Barcelona and a Certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Diversity Abroad. Rachel hails from Detroit USA and has been in the field of International Education in Barcelona for the past 13 years.

Alexandra Massini is the Academic Director of CEA Study Abroad in Rome. In this role she offers support for curriculum development, program management and academic oversight. A faculty member since the opening of the Rome campus in 2008, she also teaches History of Art. Prior to joining CEA, Alexandra taught for 15 years at various study abroad programs in Italy. Aside of her academic activity she works as author of guide books, consultant and speaker for documentaries on art and history and collaborates as curator with various public and private art collections in Rome.

Lesley Melega is Assistant Vice President and Deputy General at IES Abroad where she specializes in the management of foreign legal entities, transactional law, and immigration and employment matters. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science in Business from Miami University.  Lesley previously practiced personal injury and employment law litigation and is admitted to the Illinois and Tennessee State Bars.

Dr. Wesley Milner is Executive Director of International Programs and Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Evansville where over 50% of students study abroad. He has been involved in faculty-led programs in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East in addition to teaching with Semester at Sea. Under his leadership, UE was named a 2019 recipient of both the NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization and the Institute of International Education (IIE) Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education.

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Teresa Nandín Vila is Resident Director of Boston College in Barcelona and serves on the Executive Committee of APUNE. Her 17 years of experience in the study abroad field include two managing positions at KU in Santiago de Compostela and Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad. Nandín has a BA in English from Santiago de Compostela University, a MA in Spanish from Kansas University, and completed her PhD courses in Comparative Literature at Santiago University.  As a professor and researcher, her areas of expertise are Comparative Literature, Multicultural Studies, and Second Language Acquisition.

Carlota Navarro is the Founder & CEO of We Find Group, a company among the Top-3 global internship program providers according to Go-Abroad.com. Carlota has a Bachelor of Law, with Spanish nationality, and is fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, having lived permanently in Switzerland, Cuba, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, France, Tanzania and United Arab Emirates.

Lynn Neddo is the Director of Continental Europe Programs at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill since 2009. She has worked in international education for 18 years. For 25 years, Lynn taught languages (French, Spanish and English) in universities, colleges and ran a language teaching company for business people. She holds a Masters in Romance Languages from the University of Georgia, studied at Michigan State University and at a School for Translators/Interpreters. Lynn is a TCK and interested in intercultural communication. She has presented at NAFSA, CIEE and European conferences.

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Yukiko Okazaki is the Director of International Programs at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain where she studied two semesters and started working as student coordinator in 1994. She also teaches the Community Engagement on Immigration course since 2009. Born in Japan, completed a one-year study abroad program in the USA during high school and received Masters in “Contemporary Spain” from Universidad de Alcalá de Henares and “International Immigration” from Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Spain.

Amy Olson, APUNE Treasurer, has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin- Madison (which includes one year of study in Madrid) and an M.A. in Translation from the Complutense University of Madrid, where she has taught translation for over 10 years. Amy has over 20 years of experience in study abroad in Spain and currently works as the Associate Director for the Indiana-Purdue-Wisconsin Program in Madrid. Her passion for study abroad drives her in her work with students to help them achieve intercultural learning and identify strategies for improving their personal and academic experience.

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Margherita Pasquini is the Study Abroad Coordinator at Università Cattolica, Milan where she has worked for ten years in different positions. Currently, her main responsibilities are the expansion of the university’s study abroad network and program development, with a special focus on short-term programs.  She has also served the ISEP community on a one-year project as Study Abroad Coordinator for Europe.  Margherita earned a BA in Arts and Humanities, a Master in Modern Philology and a Master in Marketing & Communication.

Cristina Pérez Calleja, PhD, has been teaching literature, translation and language and culture in Boston University since 2001. She has taught at Boston University and Tufts University in the USA and she is currently the professor of the Internship program at Boston University in Madrid. She also teaches in other American programs in Madrid such as New York University and Syracuse University. She spent 12 years as a foreign-exchange student in the USA. Cristina understands and connects with her study abroad students and their experiences in Madrid.

Mónica Pérez-Bedmar graduated at Florida Tech University in Oceanography. Since 2000 she teaches oceanography and environmental science in several U.S. universities in Madrid. During the past three years, she has directed seminars on Marine Ecology on the Northern Coast of Morocco, and collaborates with the Mediterranean Alternatives Forum. At present, she is working on her doctorate about Citizen Science in the Ecology Department at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Furthermore, she is the Executive Director for APUNE, the Association of North-American University Programs in Spain.

Dr. Sasha Perugini earned a Laurea Magistrale in English and Russian languages and literatures and a Ph.D. in History of Performing Arts (Tufts University). Personally and professionally exposed to various cultures developing her multilingual and cross-cultural competencies. She has been in teaching and managerial roles in international higher education since 1994 in the US, Italy, and Australia. Director of Syracuse University in Florence since 2011, teaches a course on Cross-cultural Management. Co-Chair of OSAC Steering Committee for Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. Published 5 non-fiction books

Alexis Phylactopoulos is the President of College Year in Athens (CYA), 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, and the University of Cambridge. 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, and was Chair of the Organising Committee of the Forum on Education Abroad 3rd European Conference in Athens.

Graduate of Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, Portia Prebys moved to Italy in 1966 as a Fulbright Hays Fellow to research and teach twice at the University of Sassari from which she holds a dottorato in comparative literature. From 1970, through the College’s Rome Program, she introduced thousands of students to study abroad in Italy. Awarded three doctorates honoris causa, she is a founder and long-standing President of the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy, Curator of Ferrara’s Centro Studi Bassaniani. Recipient of Ferrara’s Golden Hippogryph Hippogryph Prize.

Dr. Carrie Prior Wojenski serves as Associate Vice Provost for Global Academic Programs at the University at Albany, SUNY. With more than a decade in the field, she provides leadership for globally-focused academics, education abroad, and distinguished international scholarships. She regularly presents on topics including internationalization, education abroad, and collaborative online international learning (COIL). Dr Wojenski holds an Ed.D. in the Design of Learning Environments from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

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Fabrizio Ricciardelli, Ph.D., was appointed Director of the Kent State University Florence Center in 2012 after serving in leadership and teaching roles at Georgetown University at Villa Le Balze. In 2018 Ricciardelli was named Secretary-Treasurer of AACUPI, the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy. His academic experience includes journal articles, conference presentations, and several reviews. He has authored and co-authored numerous books on institutional and political history. His main field of study is Italian city-states in Medieval-Europe.

Nannette Ripmeester is Director of Expertise in Labour Mobility & founder of the employability app CareerProfessor.works. She started her career at the European Commission in Brussels, after obtaining an MA from the University of Amsterdam. She also heads the European Office for i-graduate. She is a board member of the Dutch University Codarts. Her topics are employability, talent retention & cultural differences in job hunting. With over 25 years of experience working for corporate clients & HigherEd institutions across the globe, she understands what makes people internationally employable.

Stephen Robinson is Director and Professor with Champlain College Dublin, the Irish study abroad campus of Champlain College of Vermont.  British-born and Canadian-raised and educated, he holds a PhD from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and previously held the Chapin Chair in Geology at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. He is a co-founder and member of the board of both the Association of Study Abroad Providers in Ireland (ASAPI) and the European Association of Study Abroad (EUASA), and former Board Chair for the Irish Council of International Students (ICOS).

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Pia K. Schneider is an Affiliate Professor in the Departments of Art and Design and Architecture at the Iowa State University of Science and Technology and since 2007 the resident director of the ISU College of Design Rome program. Originally from Switzerland, she is the recipient of numerous fellowships and prizes, including an Exchange Fellowship at the GSD, Harvard University, and the Rome Prize at the Swiss Academy, Rome. She has published a survey on 50y of Study Abroad in Italy and in 2016 she has been nominated the chair of EUASA, the European Association of Study Abroad.

Dru Simmons is the International Risk Manager for The Ohio State University.  He executes the operating procedures of the International Travel Policy Committee, manages 24/7 international emergency response protocol and fulfills federal compliance obligations. He annually reviews over 100 programs, provides health and safety orientation to 400 faculty/staff program leaders and 3000 students and manages critical incidents. Dru has over 20 years’ experience in education abroad administration domestically and overseas.

Almendra Staffa-Healey is the Madrid Director of EUSA Academic Internship Programs. She has been working for 20 years in the field of international education, specifically in study abroad, experiential learning through internships, and intercultural competency development. She has a BA in Art History and Education and two Masters’ degrees, one an MBA and another in Anthropology. She is also an IDI Qualified Administrator and a Senior Facilitator of Personal Leadership Methodology. She is passionate about cross-cultural understanding and mindfulness.

Jon Stauff is Assistant Vice President for International Affairs at South Dakota State University. He oversees all areas of international education, including student services, education abroad, ESL, and international recruitment. Stauff taught modern European history at St. Ambrose University has also worked as the senior international officer at Monmouth University, The College of New Jersey, and Radford University. Stauff has been a member of the NAFSA EAKC leadership team as well as the NAFSA Region X team, and currently, he serves on the advisory boards of several organizations.    

Joyce Steffan leads Fisher’s global strategic planning to provide experiential and project-based learning initiatives for students both domestically and globally. She also directs the Ohio Export Internship Program which is a unique partnership between universities and colleges across Ohio, the state of Ohio Development Services Agency, and small to medium-sized Ohio companies interested in expanding their global strategies. Joyce has both a Master of Organization Development degree and a business undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University College of Business, where she taught prior to coming to The Ohio State University.

A Charlotte native, Lauren Stikeleather began working for the Office of Education Abroad in January 2019.  She completed B.A.s in Art History and Spanish Language & Literature at Agnes Scott College, where she studied abroad on a faculty-led program in Spain and a semester exchange program in Mexico.  After graduation she worked in Costa Rica for a year, where she discovered a love of teaching, which eventually led her to Japan.  From 2011 to 2018 she taught in Tokyo, taking a break to complete a Master of International Studies with a concentration in International Education Administration at NC State.

Amanda Swain has a PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. She is currently the Coordinator of Academic Affairs at IES Abroad Milan, where she also teaches courses on 20th century U.S. literature and culture and on intercultural competence. She has lived in Milan since 2016.

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Originally from Buffalo, NY, Jess Taylor received her B.S.B.A in International Business from UNC Charlotte in 2014. Jess studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain as an undergraduate and then took on the role of the Education Abroad Advisor at UNC Charlotte in June of 2014. She remains to be a dedicated International Education professional with a deep passion for learning. Jess is currently working on her M.Ed. in Learning, Design and Technology at UNC Charlotte and plans to use her degree to better serve students, faculty and staff in the field of International Education.

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Victoria Van Luit is the Director of the CET Siena program in Italy. Victoria is a dynamic leader with more than 20 years of experience in the study abroad field, and is passionate about helping students adjust to living in a new culture. Victoria has her degree from the University of California San Diego). In 1998, Victoria’s participation in UCSD’s program in Siena ultimately changed her life, She remained in Siena and has worked for the UC Siena Study Center as Program Coordinator and Business Manager and also the Dante Alighieri Siena Center. in 2012, she became the Director of CET Siena.

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Dr. David Wick worked for over 20 years at four U.S. universities to support international education programs. Now, as Associate Professor at the Middlebury Institute, he teaches graduate courses on educational equity and social justice, student learning and development, and other topics. He researches and publishes on equity and inclusion in international education. His current leadership activities include service as facilitator for the Diversity Abroad International Education Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Program, peer reviewer for the Forum’s Quality Improvement Program, and TLS representative for NAFSA Region XII.

Michael Woolf is Deputy President of CAPA: The Global Education Network. Mike has had much of his career in an international context. He completed a Ph.D. in American Studies and taught literature at the universities of Hull, Middlesex, Padova, and Venice. For four years he worked as a researcher-writer for BBC radio. He has held leadership roles in international education for many years and has written widely on international education and cultural studies. He was a member of the Board of Directors of The Forum on Education Abroad from 2006 to 2012.

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Alejandra Yanez-Vega is the Governance and Institutional Relations Manager at Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM).  She oversees policy development and advocacy strategies as well as relationships with external partners. She also organizes governance and coordinates the relationship with the Board of Trustees.  For ten years she served as the director for study abroad and internationalization of students.  A professor in the Social Sciences Department, Yanez-Vega has been active in international education organizations for sixteen years and provides media commentary on Mexican Foreign Policy.

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Dr. Ibon Zamanillo, Resident Director of USAC Bilbao, gained his M.Sc in Industrial Engineering and his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of the Basque Country. For 8 years he worked in several industries: automotive, electrical and consultancy. His teaching experience includes the School of Engineering in Bilbao as well as American and French Universities. In the area of research, he has advised 9 Doctoral dissertations, has published over 20 papers in scientific  journals and has been awarded with the Six Year Period research acknowledgement by the Spanish Ministry of Education.

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