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Meet The Team

Engagement Representative
Prior to attending Carleton and living in Northfield, Minnesota for four years, Emily grew up internationally. She lived in England, Hungary, and Australia and took a gap year before starting college. Being part of multiple sports teams in high school in Hungary, Emily traveled all across Europe competing with other international schools. After leaving Europe for Australia, and later America, Emily missed living in Europe and traveling easily between countries. So for her study abroad, Emily chose to go to one of the cities she didn’t visit with her sports team—Barcelona, Spain!
Resident Director, Mexico & Regional Director, Latin America
Originally from Quito, Ecuador, Diana was a high school exchange student to Louisiana and California and could never go home again. She has worked in the study abroad offices in the U.S. and has been a resident director in Ecuador, Spain, and Mexico. Her most memorable experience was taking a group of students to Nepal and seeing its amazing mountains!
Director of Human Resources
In my own winging-it travels have helped me to grow, both personally and professionally, and having the opportunity to help students study abroad is very exciting. I’ve have been very fortunate to have opportunities to travel through Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America, for both work and fun. It was through these trips that I have come to more fully appreciate other cultures, and the value of the friendships and connections that have lasted over the years.
Resident Director, Varanasi, India
Lara is from Italy and their opportunities to study abroad for Italian students, especially if interested in extra-European country, were not as developed as in the U.S. If you want to study abroad out of Europe, go for it, but do it on your own. Lara participated into a summer short-term Mandarin language course at the University of Peking and thereafter traveled for one month on her own in China, to visit some important ancient art heritage centers. The next year, following her interest for Asian Art, she traveled through Varanasi, North India, to reach Nepal. This travel made her understand that her further studies would have focused on art of Indian subcontinent. In 2000 she enrolled as Ph.D. scholar at Banaras Hindu University and continues to live in the city even after the completion of her dissertation.
Student Engagement Team
Lara is from Italy and their opportunities to study abroad for Italian students, especially if interested in extra-European country, were not as developed as in the U.S. If you want to study abroad out of Europe, go for it, but do it on your own. Lara participated into a summer short-term Mandarin language course at the University of Peking and thereafter traveled for one month on her own in China, to visit some important ancient art heritage centers. The next year, following her interest for Asian Art, she traveled through Varanasi, North India, to reach Nepal. This travel made her understand that her further studies would have focused on art of Indian subcontinent. In 2000 she enrolled as Ph.D. scholar at Banaras Hindu University and continues to live in the city even after the completion of her dissertation.
President and CEO
As an undergraduate study abroad student in Edinburgh, Scotland, Heather first discovered her passion for global cultures and education. Following graduation, she spent two years teaching in Japan through the JET Program. Since then, she has traveled to numerous countries for work and fun, and she continues to rediscover her passion for the world, as well as her empathy for first-time travelers abroad.
Director, Custom and Collaborative Programs
Emily’s first trip abroad was to Spain and France as a high school senior, during which time she was bit by the international travel bug. Studying abroad a few years later at the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in Guadalajara, Mexico solidified her goal to seek a career in education abroad. Emily’s most memorable travel experiences as an IFSA employee have been to Havana, Cuba, and Machu Picchu in Peru.
Director for Program Operations
Spanning over 20 countries and 35 U.S. states, Teresa’s travels have been tied to a variety of roles throughout her life, including choral singer, university exchange student, apartment mover, WWOOFer, education professional, and heritage seeker. However, it’s her academic year abroad studying French and Italian language and culture in Aix-en-Provence, France that solidified her life-long love of learning and awakened her approach to cross-cultural communication.
Resident Director, Cuba
In addition to Cuba she has traveled to Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Holland, and the Czech Republic.
Institutional Engagement Representative
In addition to Cuba she has traveled to Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Holland, and the Czech Republic.
Academic Programs Team; Students Academic Experiences Coordinator, Argentina
Romina has traveled throughout the different areas of Argentina, attracted by its cultural and geographic variety. She visited Mexico and learned about pre-Columbian cultures. She has also traveled several times to New York to visit her U.S. family.
Global Academic Programs Consultant
Colin spent a full year abroad in Regensburg, Germany during his undergraduate studies, which propelled him to earn his master’s degree in German, to complete a teaching fellowship in Innsbruck, to study in St. Gallen, and to work in Berlin and Munich. He has also studied in Shanghai and lived in London for the past six years. At heart, he is still a mountain boy and enjoys spending time in Southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and his home state of Colorado.
Institutional Engagement Manager
Danelle studied abroad in Spanish language programs in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and Barcelona, Spain. She sailed around the world with Semester at Sea visiting 10 countries in 100 days. Danelle has visited six continents and ponders breaking the ice for the seventh.
Regional Case Manager for Asia & Pacific
Sharna has lived abroad in the United Kingdom, studied abroad in Thailand, and spent nine months living in Timor-Leste while conducting Ph.D. research. Despite differences in each of these locations, many of the experiences, emotions and challenges associated with living abroad were the same and Sharna has been able to use her own experiences to help students successfully navigate their study abroad experiences.
Resident Director, Rome, Italy
As an undergraduate student, Francesco spent a year abroad in Salzburg, Austria from where he returned with lifelong friendships and the resolution to start a career in international education. Since then, he has traveled extensively in Europe and North America.
Admissions Counselor
Tamara lives in Australia but as soon as she was able to work, she began saving money to travel. One of her first trips was to America, but she has since also traveled to Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Ecuador, Russia, and throughout Europe. Tamara lived, worked, and studied in Germany for three years which was a life-defining experience.
Engagement Representative
Julianna studied abroad with IFSA at the University of Edinburgh during the spring of 2020. Her time abroad got cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but she says it was still an amazing experience.
Regional Director, Europe
Living in France as an undergrad, and even moving from Ireland to live in Scotland, have shaped Ruth as an international educator. These experiences have enhanced her sense of understanding and compassion for others and instilled a desire to help students reach their individual goals.
Engagement Representative
Vineeta has had the opportunity to visit a wide array of countries for both school and vacations. In Asia, she has visited India, South Korea, and Japan. In Europe, she’s visited the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Austria. In North America, she has made frequent trips to Toronto, Canada as she lives by the border in New York. Vineeta has also had the opportunity to study abroad with IFSA’s Contemporary India program in Pune, India. She hopes to visit more countries in Asia, especially Southeast Asia, in the future!
Social Media & Content Intern
Growing up, Vincent traveled throughout New England with his family, often visiting beaches, lakes, and state parks. His study abroad experience in England was his first time traveling internationally, and living in Europe allowed him to explore various cultures and locations. In the future, Vincent looks forward to traveling to Italy with his family and connecting with his roots through Italian cuisine and culture.
Director, England and Wales Programmes and Operations
With Terence’s mother born in Australia and raised in the U.S. before settling in the UK, travel has formed a large part of his life from an early age. Whilst studying he took the chance to intern in Brussels, an experience that jumped from three months abroad to almost a year! Having traveled extensively across North America and Europe, Africa is now firmly in his sights and has taken a piece of his heart.
Student Experience for Ireland and Northern Ireland
Rachel first study abroad experience was her junior year of college, studying abroad for a semester in Cork, Ireland. She returned to the U.S. feeling a little piece of her was left in the Emerald Isle. It took seven years, but return she did and she doesn’t plan to leave anytime soon. Rachel has traveled around Europe and has her sights set on trips to Asia and New Zealand in the near future.
Regional Case Manager for Europe
Rachel first study abroad experience was her junior year of college, studying abroad for a semester in Cork, Ireland. She returned to the U.S. feeling a little piece of her was left in the Emerald Isle. It took seven years, but return she did and she doesn’t plan to leave anytime soon. Rachel has traveled around Europe and has her sights set on trips to Asia and New Zealand in the near future.
Director of Finance
While working as the Corporate Controller at my previous employer, I had the opportunity to travel to many places in South America, Europe, and Asia. It was through this experience that I realized that, while cultures are different, people everywhere want the same basic thing, security, ability to provide for their families and happiness. The friendships that I made through the course of these travels remain even though the trips themselves are long over. Friendships made during such experiences make the world feel like a smaller place.
Engagement Representative
Sabrina’s global career kicked off with IFSA’s International Business in China (now IFSA Study in Shanghai: International Business) program in 2019. She interned for 247Tickets.com, an events marketing start-up in the heart of Alibaba’s Innovation Hub in Shanghai, first as a social media intern and then an e-commerce analytics. During her senior year of college, she studied abroad again in Rome studying international business and helping keep a wellness beverage start-up in Lazio in business during the pandemic.
Marketing Operations Manager
Jon didn’t have the opportunity to study abroad in college, which motivates him to encourage other students the opportunity he never had. He is well-versed in domestic travel however, having visited nearly every major U.S. city, visiting 43 of the 50 U.S. states, two U.S. territories, four Canadian provinces, and most of the beachside hot spots in Mexico.
Intern
Benjamin took his study of Spanish seriously in high school, knowing that in college he would want to study abroad. During his first semester studying abroad through IFSA’s Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Partnership, he decided continue for a second semester. He enjoyed comparing the perspectives of his professors from Colby and PUCP on several subjects including research ethics, politics, and science.
Vice President for Academic Programs
MT first studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain as a Penn State undergrad. She conducted her doctoral research in Portugal. She lived outside the U.S. for more than 25 years in Spain, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, and Greece. MT travels extensively, recently adding a “sola” trip to Rapa Nui (Easter Island).
Academic Programs Team; Student Services Coordinator, Australia
Michelle has traveled extensively—taking nine months off in 2012 and a full year in 2014-15 to travel the world. She has been to 56 countries and her list of places to visit seems to get longer, rather than shorter, every year.
Engagement Representative
Kate participated in IFSA’s Remote Summer International Internship during the summer of 2021 where she interned with Development Support Team based in Pune, India. Her work consisted of micro-finance loan allocations as they pertain to self-help groups in community-based settings. Kate traveled extensively throughout high school as well, visiting every continent outside of Antarctica, which is on her bucket list.
Resident Director, Peru
Panama was the destination of Danny’s first international travel, and for working or vacations he has traveled through North, Central and South America, as well as the UK, Spain, France and Denmark. He is always willing to share anecdotes about his visits to Senegal, Ghana, and South Africa while working for an international NGO.
Institutional Engagement Representative
Panama was the destination of Danny’s first international travel, and for working or vacations he has traveled through North, Central and South America, as well as the UK, Spain, France and Denmark. He is always willing to share anecdotes about his visits to Senegal, Ghana, and South Africa while working for an international NGO.
Regional Case Manager for Latin America
Traveling and doing research in Mexico and Latin America gave Tania the perspective of the value of one’s indigenous roots, and how one can find cultural diversity even in a small village.
Vice President and CFO
Eric lived in Edinburgh, Scotland for five years while serving as CFO for the European division of a consumer products company. While there he traveled, for both business and pleasure, throughout Scotland, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Morocco, and Egypt. This experience gave both he and his family practical lessons in Intercultural Agility.
Human Resource Specialist
I took a bus trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon in November. It rained half an inch at once in Vegas and the roofs of the hotels and casinos were leaking. It was snowing in the desert. When we got to the Grand Canyon, it was so foggy that you could only see about an inch in front of your nose. I’m assuming we were actually at the Grand Canyon, but I have no visual proof of it. As I was having a first-class pity party on the return bus trip, I realized that the Japanese tourists were a lot sadder than I was. For most of them, it was their only chance to see it. It helped me to understand that sometimes you only have one shot and, if at all possible, you shouldn’t miss it.
Regional Director, Asia & Pacific
Christi is from Canada, lived in the United Kingdom and has traveled throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific. Moving to the UK to teach secondary school was life changing for her. The joy of exploring a new country, finding new community and embracing a new culture, made her realize that this was something she wanted to help others experience.
Admissions Counselor
Christi is from Canada, lived in the United Kingdom and has traveled throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific. Moving to the UK to teach secondary school was life changing for her. The joy of exploring a new country, finding new community and embracing a new culture, made her realize that this was something she wanted to help others experience.
Director for India Programs, Resident Director, Pune, India
A road side newspaper vendor in Mumbai asked me once, “Madam, what do you do? Who are these people?” I told him I work for a study abroad program and these are American students. He said, “I observe for last two years that your students are very well dressed. They follow our cultural norms! Not like other foreigners!” I was so pleasantly surprised and very happy about our orientation for students! I knew I should be doing what I do!
IT Team
A road side newspaper vendor in Mumbai asked me once, “Madam, what do you do? Who are these people?” I told him I work for a study abroad program and these are American students. He said, “I observe for last two years that your students are very well dressed. They follow our cultural norms! Not like other foreigners!” I was so pleasantly surprised and very happy about our orientation for students! I knew I should be doing what I do!
England and Wales Student Experience Manager
As an undergraduate, Miriam spent a year studying abroad at Queen Mary, University of London through IFSA. She has been trying to find a way back ever since. In addition to her year abroad, she spent two years working as an English language assistant in France, where she was quite happy to indulge in a daily pain au chocolat!
Associate Director, Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE)
Tilak has traveled to India, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates.
Director of Student Health and Safety
Blake found his first regular overseas travels on U.S. Navy ships a tough way to see the world. Undeterred, since then he’s journeyed to more than 30 countries through the Peace Corps, international work, and independent travel. He’s lived in Lithuania, Afghanistan, Jordan, and Germany, as well as eight U.S states, and once walked from Georgia to Maine.
Director of IT
I’ve traveled extensively in my career in the U.S. and abroad. Knowing a few things about the people and customs has always been fascinating and useful in conducting business. I have also seen first hand how this knowledge can set you apart in the workplace!
Director for China Programs
I have always wanted to visit countries that have a long tradition but with distinctive culture and lifestyle different from my home. I am particularly impressed by the EU countries, their histories, their vast and varying geography and demographies, ongoing changes and complexities triggered by interactions of global and local forces, as well as the efforts by individual countries like Spain to reinvigorate itself in the new world economy. It offers me critical angles of examining and reflecting our own journey of societal and cultural evolution, and the key values China programs can bring to our students.
Admissions Counselor
Griselda has a long travel experience within her birth country, Argentina, and the world is in her travel list, starting in the Latin America region.  
Interim Vice President for Engagement and Marketing
Brenda’s passion for exploring as well as her work has taken her across the U.S. to 40 states and into 27 countries. She is keen to get out of the cities take to foot exploring local communities and customs, and in particular the food and wine scene. Brenda enjoys the opportunity to return to favorite destinations to share highlights with family and friends and enjoy a deeper sense of place.
Engagement Representative
Julia first studied abroad in high school on a service trip to the Dominican Republic where she taught elementary students English. In college, she took two semesters abroad, one with IFSA in Melbourne, Australia and one in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2022, Julia is planning to live abroad for a year to visit some of her bucket list locations including Bali, Peru, and Italy.
Director for Strategic Initiatives
I had a professional development opportunity in Australia summer of 2014 working with three of our partner universities on academic integration of study abroad. It was wonderful to see cultural differences in how international education is perceived, delivered and valued.
Institutional Engagement Manager & Interim Director, Student Engagement
I had a professional development opportunity in Australia summer of 2014 working with three of our partner universities on academic integration of study abroad. It was wonderful to see cultural differences in how international education is perceived, delivered and valued.
Salesforce Administrator
Jennifer lived in Costa Rica for four years before returning to Indianapolis. This independent experience abroad gave her a greater understanding of culture and what it is like to live in a country different from your native home. Bonus: She met her tico husband there, too!
Manager, Scotland Programmes and Operations
In the first half of 2008, Kevin taught English to children from all over Barcelona as part of his undergraduate degree. Within days of the school year ending, he left for Chicago as part of a study abroad program. It was this year away that started a lifelong passion for living and working in different European countries such as Italy, Germany, Austria, France, and now Scotland.
Australia Outbound Program Manager
Lindsey has traveled in Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the UK, and North America. She is a huge advocate of solo travel, and sustainable, ethical tourism. She also studied abroad at The College of New Jersey for two semesters while earning her undergraduate degree and has since participated in short-term programs in Indonesia, India, and Italy. Her current dream destinations include Sri Lanka and Morocco.
Resident Director, New Zealand Programs
My interest in international education started with a six-week summer job that turned into a 15+ year career. My job was to welcome new students to the university. I was also part of a buddy program for new international students and one of the very first students I met was from the U.S., and with whom I still good friends. Being exposed to so many people embarking on their study abroad experience, I was inspired to continue in the international education field while traveling and living in London, UK. I feel very fortunate to be in a profession I am so passionate about.
Institutional Engagement Representative
My interest in international education started with a six-week summer job that turned into a 15+ year career. My job was to welcome new students to the university. I was also part of a buddy program for new international students and one of the very first students I met was from the U.S., and with whom I still good friends. Being exposed to so many people embarking on their study abroad experience, I was inspired to continue in the international education field while traveling and living in London, UK. I feel very fortunate to be in a profession I am so passionate about.
Resident Director, Argentina
Patricio lived in Columbia for three years after finishing high school and he’s an avid traveler. He has already visited 25 countries and, in the last few years, he fell in love with Asia (nine countries visited so far, most of them twice). This February, he visited India, Bhutan, and Myanmar for the first time and he’s willing to repeat the three destinations.
Admissions Counselor
Patricio lived in Columbia for three years after finishing high school and he’s an avid traveler. He has already visited 25 countries and, in the last few years, he fell in love with Asia (nine countries visited so far, most of them twice). This February, he visited India, Bhutan, and Myanmar for the first time and he’s willing to repeat the three destinations.
Assistant Director of Finance
My first adult international travel experience was to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico soon after college. I was intrigued by the difference in lifestyles (everything was at a much slower pace than I was used to), which I incorporated back into my own life to slow down and enjoy the moments as they are happening.
Technical Support Specialist
Bindesh travels back home to India once a year.
Associate Director, Australia Programs
Fiona studied abroad at 15, living with a host family in Taupo, New Zealand, for four months. She lived and worked in the UK for two years, and has traveled throughout Europe, South East Asia, New Zealand, and the United States. America is one of her favorite places to travel due to the incredibly diverse and the stunning landscape.
Academic Programs Team; Associate Director, Australia Programs
Fiona studied abroad at 15, living with a host family in Taupo, New Zealand, for four months. She lived and worked in the UK for two years, and has traveled throughout Europe, South East Asia, New Zealand, and the United States. America is one of her favorite places to travel due to the incredibly diverse and the stunning landscape.
Senior Salesforce Developer
Clayton has traveled throughout most of the eastern United States.
Admissions Counselor
Victoria has traveled extensively throughout Argentina and South America. She says part of her heart belongs to Brazil.
Director, Institutional Engagement
My first time away from North America was as a participant on a study abroad program that looked at the pre-history and history of Ireland. That January spent on the Emerald Isle made me realize that it was possible to leave my comfort zone and it started me on a path to explore the whole world!
Student Engagement Team
Katie took her first trip to Japan as a high school student at age 17 and made six more trips after that. She has traveled to many countries in Europe and Asia as well as the United States. She would love to travel to Bali one day.
Marketing Brand Manager
Emma participated in a faculty-led program conducted by the Ball State Department of Geography where she traveled to Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy to explore the cultural and political geography of the Central Europe region. This helped open her eyes to the study abroad world for college-level students and what goes in to making a successful educational trip abroad. The travel bug bit her years before when she toured with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir on separate occasions to Canada, Ireland, and Italy.
Resident Director, Barcelona, Spain
When I started studying languages I never imagined that by this point in my life I would have lived in five different countries and traveled to more than 25 countries. Travel keeps me alive and teaches me new things all the time.
Institutional Engagement Manager
Born and raised in Vietnam, Trung has lived and worked in several countries across Europe (the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, and Nordic countries) and the U.S since the age of 19. His favorite city is Prague where he often sat in antique cafés and eateries (rumored to be formerly frequented by Franz Kafka and Albert Einstein) daydreaming about their lives and adventures.
Senior Research Analyst
Lenka’s first time living abroad was in Brussels, Belgium, where she completed her high school studies. This experience opened-up further opportunities for visiting, studying, or working on both sides of the Atlantic, mostly in New England and in many of the Western and Central European states. So far, her most fascinating experience abroad has been in Turkey.
Assistant Director for Global Learning and Assessment
AJ first studied abroad in high school as part of a three-week exchange program to Munich, Germany. In college, he spent one semester in the Netherlands at the University of Maastricht and a second at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on a Killam Fellowship. AJ also loves to travel for work and pleasure—his favorite trips so far have been to Moscow, Russia; Israel; and Victoria, Canada.
Academic Programs Team; Housing Coordinator, Argentina
Esteban did not have the opportunity to study abroad as a student, but has been fortunate to have traveled to various countries in Europe and the Americas. For this reason, he likes to help students make the most of their experience abroad.
Resident Director, Prague
Jana’s first study abroad experience was in her senior high school year when she went to California to spend a year living in a host family, and studying at Placer High School. Jana soon realized the experience was only a beginning of a lifetime of exploration, challenges, and rewards of an international life. It is never late for travel but, as an educator, Jana believes that late high school and early college experiences abroad that are semi-structured (e.g. with an educational program and a relevant focus) are crucially formative and effective in developing important skills, influencing your view of life, and the choices you make in the future.
Director, Custom and Collaborative Programs
Emily’s first trip abroad was to Spain and France as a high school senior, during which time she was bit by the international travel bug. Studying abroad a few years later at the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac in Guadalajara, Mexico solidified her goal to seek a career in education abroad. Emily’s most memorable travel experiences as an IFSA employee have been to Havana, Cuba, and Machu Picchu in Peru.
Intern
Benjamin took his study of Spanish seriously in high school, knowing that in college he would want to study abroad. During his first semester studying abroad through IFSA’s Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú Partnership, he decided continue for a second semester. He enjoyed comparing the perspectives of his professors from Colby and PUCP on several subjects including research ethics, politics, and science.
Director of Human Resources
In my own winging-it travels have helped me to grow, both personally and professionally, and having the opportunity to help students study abroad is very exciting. I’ve have been very fortunate to have opportunities to travel through Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America, for both work and fun. It was through these trips that I have come to more fully appreciate other cultures, and the value of the friendships and connections that have lasted over the years.
Director of Finance
While working as the Corporate Controller at my previous employer, I had the opportunity to travel to many places in South America, Europe, and Asia. It was through this experience that I realized that, while cultures are different, people everywhere want the same basic thing, security, ability to provide for their families and happiness. The friendships that I made through the course of these travels remain even though the trips themselves are long over. Friendships made during such experiences make the world feel like a smaller place.
Human Resource Specialist
I took a bus trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon in November. It rained half an inch at once in Vegas and the roofs of the hotels and casinos were leaking. It was snowing in the desert. When we got to the Grand Canyon, it was so foggy that you could only see about an inch in front of your nose. I’m assuming we were actually at the Grand Canyon, but I have no visual proof of it. As I was having a first-class pity party on the return bus trip, I realized that the Japanese tourists were a lot sadder than I was. For most of them, it was their only chance to see it. It helped me to understand that sometimes you only have one shot and, if at all possible, you shouldn’t miss it.
Assistant Director of Finance
My first adult international travel experience was to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico soon after college. I was intrigued by the difference in lifestyles (everything was at a much slower pace than I was used to), which I incorporated back into my own life to slow down and enjoy the moments as they are happening.
Director for Strategic Initiatives
I had a professional development opportunity in Australia summer of 2014 working with three of our partner universities on academic integration of study abroad. It was wonderful to see cultural differences in how international education is perceived, delivered and valued.
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President and CEO
As an undergraduate study abroad student in Edinburgh, Scotland, Heather first discovered her passion for global cultures and education. Following graduation, she spent two years teaching in Japan through the JET Program. Since then, she has traveled to numerous countries for work and fun, and she continues to rediscover her passion for the world, as well as her empathy for first-time travelers abroad.
Vice President for Academic Programs
MT first studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain as a Penn State undergrad. She conducted her doctoral research in Portugal. She lived outside the U.S. for more than 25 years in Spain, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, and Greece. MT travels extensively, recently adding a “sola” trip to Rapa Nui (Easter Island).
Vice President and CFO
Eric lived in Edinburgh, Scotland for five years while serving as CFO for the European division of a consumer products company. While there he traveled, for both business and pleasure, throughout Scotland, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Morocco, and Egypt. This experience gave both he and his family practical lessons in Intercultural Agility.
Interim Vice President for Engagement and Marketing
Brenda’s passion for exploring as well as her work has taken her across the U.S. to 40 states and into 27 countries. She is keen to get out of the cities take to foot exploring local communities and customs, and in particular the food and wine scene. Brenda enjoys the opportunity to return to favorite destinations to share highlights with family and friends and enjoy a deeper sense of place.
Director for Program Operations
Spanning over 20 countries and 35 U.S. states, Teresa’s travels have been tied to a variety of roles throughout her life, including choral singer, university exchange student, apartment mover, WWOOFer, education professional, and heritage seeker. However, it’s her academic year abroad studying French and Italian language and culture in Aix-en-Provence, France that solidified her life-long love of learning and awakened her approach to cross-cultural communication.
Academic Programs Team; Students Academic Experiences Coordinator, Argentina
Romina has traveled throughout the different areas of Argentina, attracted by its cultural and geographic variety. She visited Mexico and learned about pre-Columbian cultures. She has also traveled several times to New York to visit her U.S. family.
Global Academic Programs Consultant
Colin spent a full year abroad in Regensburg, Germany during his undergraduate studies, which propelled him to earn his master’s degree in German, to complete a teaching fellowship in Innsbruck, to study in St. Gallen, and to work in Berlin and Munich. He has also studied in Shanghai and lived in London for the past six years. At heart, he is still a mountain boy and enjoys spending time in Southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and his home state of Colorado.
Academic Programs Team; Student Services Coordinator, Australia
Michelle has traveled extensively—taking nine months off in 2012 and a full year in 2014-15 to travel the world. She has been to 56 countries and her list of places to visit seems to get longer, rather than shorter, every year.
Academic Programs Team; Associate Director, Australia Programs
Fiona studied abroad at 15, living with a host family in Taupo, New Zealand, for four months. She lived and worked in the UK for two years, and has traveled throughout Europe, South East Asia, New Zealand, and the United States. America is one of her favorite places to travel due to the incredibly diverse and the stunning landscape.
Assistant Director for Global Learning and Assessment
AJ first studied abroad in high school as part of a three-week exchange program to Munich, Germany. In college, he spent one semester in the Netherlands at the University of Maastricht and a second at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on a Killam Fellowship. AJ also loves to travel for work and pleasure—his favorite trips so far have been to Moscow, Russia; Israel; and Victoria, Canada.
Academic Programs Team; Housing Coordinator, Argentina
Esteban did not have the opportunity to study abroad as a student, but has been fortunate to have traveled to various countries in Europe and the Americas. For this reason, he likes to help students make the most of their experience abroad.
IT Team
A road side newspaper vendor in Mumbai asked me once, “Madam, what do you do? Who are these people?” I told him I work for a study abroad program and these are American students. He said, “I observe for last two years that your students are very well dressed. They follow our cultural norms! Not like other foreigners!” I was so pleasantly surprised and very happy about our orientation for students! I knew I should be doing what I do!
Director of IT
I’ve traveled extensively in my career in the U.S. and abroad. Knowing a few things about the people and customs has always been fascinating and useful in conducting business. I have also seen first hand how this knowledge can set you apart in the workplace!
Salesforce Administrator
Jennifer lived in Costa Rica for four years before returning to Indianapolis. This independent experience abroad gave her a greater understanding of culture and what it is like to live in a country different from your native home. Bonus: She met her tico husband there, too!
Technical Support Specialist
Bindesh travels back home to India once a year.
Senior Salesforce Developer
Clayton has traveled throughout most of the eastern United States.
Engagement Representative
Prior to attending Carleton and living in Northfield, Minnesota for four years, Emily grew up internationally. She lived in England, Hungary, and Australia and took a gap year before starting college. Being part of multiple sports teams in high school in Hungary, Emily traveled all across Europe competing with other international schools. After leaving Europe for Australia, and later America, Emily missed living in Europe and traveling easily between countries. So for her study abroad, Emily chose to go to one of the cities she didn’t visit with her sports team—Barcelona, Spain!
Student Engagement Team
Lara is from Italy and their opportunities to study abroad for Italian students, especially if interested in extra-European country, were not as developed as in the U.S. If you want to study abroad out of Europe, go for it, but do it on your own. Lara participated into a summer short-term Mandarin language course at the University of Peking and thereafter traveled for one month on her own in China, to visit some important ancient art heritage centers. The next year, following her interest for Asian Art, she traveled through Varanasi, North India, to reach Nepal. This travel made her understand that her further studies would have focused on art of Indian subcontinent. In 2000 she enrolled as Ph.D. scholar at Banaras Hindu University and continues to live in the city even after the completion of her dissertation.
Institutional Engagement Representative
In addition to Cuba she has traveled to Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Holland, and the Czech Republic.
Institutional Engagement Manager
Danelle studied abroad in Spanish language programs in Playa del Carmen, Mexico and Barcelona, Spain. She sailed around the world with Semester at Sea visiting 10 countries in 100 days. Danelle has visited six continents and ponders breaking the ice for the seventh.
Admissions Counselor
Tamara lives in Australia but as soon as she was able to work, she began saving money to travel. One of her first trips was to America, but she has since also traveled to Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Ecuador, Russia, and throughout Europe. Tamara lived, worked, and studied in Germany for three years which was a life-defining experience.
Engagement Representative
Julianna studied abroad with IFSA at the University of Edinburgh during the spring of 2020. Her time abroad got cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but she says it was still an amazing experience.
Engagement Representative
Vineeta has had the opportunity to visit a wide array of countries for both school and vacations. In Asia, she has visited India, South Korea, and Japan. In Europe, she’s visited the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Austria. In North America, she has made frequent trips to Toronto, Canada as she lives by the border in New York. Vineeta has also had the opportunity to study abroad with IFSA’s Contemporary India program in Pune, India. She hopes to visit more countries in Asia, especially Southeast Asia, in the future!
Engagement Representative
Sabrina’s global career kicked off with IFSA’s International Business in China (now IFSA Study in Shanghai: International Business) program in 2019. She interned for 247Tickets.com, an events marketing start-up in the heart of Alibaba’s Innovation Hub in Shanghai, first as a social media intern and then an e-commerce analytics. During her senior year of college, she studied abroad again in Rome studying international business and helping keep a wellness beverage start-up in Lazio in business during the pandemic.
Engagement Representative
Kate participated in IFSA’s Remote Summer International Internship during the summer of 2021 where she interned with Development Support Team based in Pune, India. Her work consisted of micro-finance loan allocations as they pertain to self-help groups in community-based settings. Kate traveled extensively throughout high school as well, visiting every continent outside of Antarctica, which is on her bucket list.
Institutional Engagement Representative
Panama was the destination of Danny’s first international travel, and for working or vacations he has traveled through North, Central and South America, as well as the UK, Spain, France and Denmark. He is always willing to share anecdotes about his visits to Senegal, Ghana, and South Africa while working for an international NGO.
Admissions Counselor
Christi is from Canada, lived in the United Kingdom and has traveled throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific. Moving to the UK to teach secondary school was life changing for her. The joy of exploring a new country, finding new community and embracing a new culture, made her realize that this was something she wanted to help others experience.
Admissions Counselor
Griselda has a long travel experience within her birth country, Argentina, and the world is in her travel list, starting in the Latin America region.  
Engagement Representative
Julia first studied abroad in high school on a service trip to the Dominican Republic where she taught elementary students English. In college, she took two semesters abroad, one with IFSA in Melbourne, Australia and one in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2022, Julia is planning to live abroad for a year to visit some of her bucket list locations including Bali, Peru, and Italy.
Institutional Engagement Manager & Interim Director, Student Engagement
I had a professional development opportunity in Australia summer of 2014 working with three of our partner universities on academic integration of study abroad. It was wonderful to see cultural differences in how international education is perceived, delivered and valued.
Australia Outbound Program Manager
Lindsey has traveled in Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the UK, and North America. She is a huge advocate of solo travel, and sustainable, ethical tourism. She also studied abroad at The College of New Jersey for two semesters while earning her undergraduate degree and has since participated in short-term programs in Indonesia, India, and Italy. Her current dream destinations include Sri Lanka and Morocco.
Institutional Engagement Representative
My interest in international education started with a six-week summer job that turned into a 15+ year career. My job was to welcome new students to the university. I was also part of a buddy program for new international students and one of the very first students I met was from the U.S., and with whom I still good friends. Being exposed to so many people embarking on their study abroad experience, I was inspired to continue in the international education field while traveling and living in London, UK. I feel very fortunate to be in a profession I am so passionate about.
Admissions Counselor
Patricio lived in Columbia for three years after finishing high school and he’s an avid traveler. He has already visited 25 countries and, in the last few years, he fell in love with Asia (nine countries visited so far, most of them twice). This February, he visited India, Bhutan, and Myanmar for the first time and he’s willing to repeat the three destinations.
Admissions Counselor
Victoria has traveled extensively throughout Argentina and South America. She says part of her heart belongs to Brazil.
Director, Institutional Engagement
My first time away from North America was as a participant on a study abroad program that looked at the pre-history and history of Ireland. That January spent on the Emerald Isle made me realize that it was possible to leave my comfort zone and it started me on a path to explore the whole world!
Student Engagement Team
Katie took her first trip to Japan as a high school student at age 17 and made six more trips after that. She has traveled to many countries in Europe and Asia as well as the United States. She would love to travel to Bali one day.
Institutional Engagement Manager
Born and raised in Vietnam, Trung has lived and worked in several countries across Europe (the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, and Nordic countries) and the U.S since the age of 19. His favorite city is Prague where he often sat in antique cafés and eateries (rumored to be formerly frequented by Franz Kafka and Albert Einstein) daydreaming about their lives and adventures.
Social Media & Content Intern
Growing up, Vincent traveled throughout New England with his family, often visiting beaches, lakes, and state parks. His study abroad experience in England was his first time traveling internationally, and living in Europe allowed him to explore various cultures and locations. In the future, Vincent looks forward to traveling to Italy with his family and connecting with his roots through Italian cuisine and culture.
Marketing Operations Manager
Jon didn’t have the opportunity to study abroad in college, which motivates him to encourage other students the opportunity he never had. He is well-versed in domestic travel however, having visited nearly every major U.S. city, visiting 43 of the 50 U.S. states, two U.S. territories, four Canadian provinces, and most of the beachside hot spots in Mexico.
Marketing Brand Manager
Emma participated in a faculty-led program conducted by the Ball State Department of Geography where she traveled to Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy to explore the cultural and political geography of the Central Europe region. This helped open her eyes to the study abroad world for college-level students and what goes in to making a successful educational trip abroad. The travel bug bit her years before when she toured with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir on separate occasions to Canada, Ireland, and Italy.
Senior Research Analyst
Lenka’s first time living abroad was in Brussels, Belgium, where she completed her high school studies. This experience opened-up further opportunities for visiting, studying, or working on both sides of the Atlantic, mostly in New England and in many of the Western and Central European states. So far, her most fascinating experience abroad has been in Turkey.
Regional Case Manager for Asia & Pacific
Sharna has lived abroad in the United Kingdom, studied abroad in Thailand, and spent nine months living in Timor-Leste while conducting Ph.D. research. Despite differences in each of these locations, many of the experiences, emotions and challenges associated with living abroad were the same and Sharna has been able to use her own experiences to help students successfully navigate their study abroad experiences.
Regional Case Manager for Europe
Rachel first study abroad experience was her junior year of college, studying abroad for a semester in Cork, Ireland. She returned to the U.S. feeling a little piece of her was left in the Emerald Isle. It took seven years, but return she did and she doesn’t plan to leave anytime soon. Rachel has traveled around Europe and has her sights set on trips to Asia and New Zealand in the near future.
Regional Case Manager for Latin America
Traveling and doing research in Mexico and Latin America gave Tania the perspective of the value of one’s indigenous roots, and how one can find cultural diversity even in a small village.
Director of Student Health and Safety
Blake found his first regular overseas travels on U.S. Navy ships a tough way to see the world. Undeterred, since then he’s journeyed to more than 30 countries through the Peace Corps, international work, and independent travel. He’s lived in Lithuania, Afghanistan, Jordan, and Germany, as well as eight U.S states, and once walked from Georgia to Maine.
Resident Director, Mexico & Regional Director, Latin America
Originally from Quito, Ecuador, Diana was a high school exchange student to Louisiana and California and could never go home again. She has worked in the study abroad offices in the U.S. and has been a resident director in Ecuador, Spain, and Mexico. Her most memorable experience was taking a group of students to Nepal and seeing its amazing mountains!
Resident Director, Varanasi, India
Lara is from Italy and their opportunities to study abroad for Italian students, especially if interested in extra-European country, were not as developed as in the U.S. If you want to study abroad out of Europe, go for it, but do it on your own. Lara participated into a summer short-term Mandarin language course at the University of Peking and thereafter traveled for one month on her own in China, to visit some important ancient art heritage centers. The next year, following her interest for Asian Art, she traveled through Varanasi, North India, to reach Nepal. This travel made her understand that her further studies would have focused on art of Indian subcontinent. In 2000 she enrolled as Ph.D. scholar at Banaras Hindu University and continues to live in the city even after the completion of her dissertation.
Resident Director, Cuba
In addition to Cuba she has traveled to Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Italy, France, Germany, Denmark, Holland, and the Czech Republic.
Resident Director, Rome, Italy
As an undergraduate student, Francesco spent a year abroad in Salzburg, Austria from where he returned with lifelong friendships and the resolution to start a career in international education. Since then, he has traveled extensively in Europe and North America.
Regional Director, Europe
Living in France as an undergrad, and even moving from Ireland to live in Scotland, have shaped Ruth as an international educator. These experiences have enhanced her sense of understanding and compassion for others and instilled a desire to help students reach their individual goals.
Director, England and Wales Programmes and Operations
With Terence’s mother born in Australia and raised in the U.S. before settling in the UK, travel has formed a large part of his life from an early age. Whilst studying he took the chance to intern in Brussels, an experience that jumped from three months abroad to almost a year! Having traveled extensively across North America and Europe, Africa is now firmly in his sights and has taken a piece of his heart.
Student Experience for Ireland and Northern Ireland
Rachel first study abroad experience was her junior year of college, studying abroad for a semester in Cork, Ireland. She returned to the U.S. feeling a little piece of her was left in the Emerald Isle. It took seven years, but return she did and she doesn’t plan to leave anytime soon. Rachel has traveled around Europe and has her sights set on trips to Asia and New Zealand in the near future.
Resident Director, Peru
Panama was the destination of Danny’s first international travel, and for working or vacations he has traveled through North, Central and South America, as well as the UK, Spain, France and Denmark. He is always willing to share anecdotes about his visits to Senegal, Ghana, and South Africa while working for an international NGO.
Regional Director, Asia & Pacific
Christi is from Canada, lived in the United Kingdom and has traveled throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific. Moving to the UK to teach secondary school was life changing for her. The joy of exploring a new country, finding new community and embracing a new culture, made her realize that this was something she wanted to help others experience.
Director for India Programs, Resident Director, Pune, India
A road side newspaper vendor in Mumbai asked me once, “Madam, what do you do? Who are these people?” I told him I work for a study abroad program and these are American students. He said, “I observe for last two years that your students are very well dressed. They follow our cultural norms! Not like other foreigners!” I was so pleasantly surprised and very happy about our orientation for students! I knew I should be doing what I do!
England and Wales Student Experience Manager
As an undergraduate, Miriam spent a year studying abroad at Queen Mary, University of London through IFSA. She has been trying to find a way back ever since. In addition to her year abroad, she spent two years working as an English language assistant in France, where she was quite happy to indulge in a daily pain au chocolat!
Associate Director, Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE)
Tilak has traveled to India, the Philippines, and the United Arab Emirates.
Director for China Programs
I have always wanted to visit countries that have a long tradition but with distinctive culture and lifestyle different from my home. I am particularly impressed by the EU countries, their histories, their vast and varying geography and demographies, ongoing changes and complexities triggered by interactions of global and local forces, as well as the efforts by individual countries like Spain to reinvigorate itself in the new world economy. It offers me critical angles of examining and reflecting our own journey of societal and cultural evolution, and the key values China programs can bring to our students.
Manager, Scotland Programmes and Operations
In the first half of 2008, Kevin taught English to children from all over Barcelona as part of his undergraduate degree. Within days of the school year ending, he left for Chicago as part of a study abroad program. It was this year away that started a lifelong passion for living and working in different European countries such as Italy, Germany, Austria, France, and now Scotland.
Resident Director, New Zealand Programs
My interest in international education started with a six-week summer job that turned into a 15+ year career. My job was to welcome new students to the university. I was also part of a buddy program for new international students and one of the very first students I met was from the U.S., and with whom I still good friends. Being exposed to so many people embarking on their study abroad experience, I was inspired to continue in the international education field while traveling and living in London, UK. I feel very fortunate to be in a profession I am so passionate about.
Resident Director, Argentina
Patricio lived in Columbia for three years after finishing high school and he’s an avid traveler. He has already visited 25 countries and, in the last few years, he fell in love with Asia (nine countries visited so far, most of them twice). This February, he visited India, Bhutan, and Myanmar for the first time and he’s willing to repeat the three destinations.
Associate Director, Australia Programs
Fiona studied abroad at 15, living with a host family in Taupo, New Zealand, for four months. She lived and worked in the UK for two years, and has traveled throughout Europe, South East Asia, New Zealand, and the United States. America is one of her favorite places to travel due to the incredibly diverse and the stunning landscape.
Resident Director, Barcelona, Spain
When I started studying languages I never imagined that by this point in my life I would have lived in five different countries and traveled to more than 25 countries. Travel keeps me alive and teaches me new things all the time.
Resident Director, Prague
Jana’s first study abroad experience was in her senior high school year when she went to California to spend a year living in a host family, and studying at Placer High School. Jana soon realized the experience was only a beginning of a lifetime of exploration, challenges, and rewards of an international life. It is never late for travel but, as an educator, Jana believes that late high school and early college experiences abroad that are semi-structured (e.g. with an educational program and a relevant focus) are crucially formative and effective in developing important skills, influencing your view of life, and the choices you make in the future.

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