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Staff

Leadership

Mark Lenhart

Executive Director
202.349.7320 x7347
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Mark has worked for CET since 1990, when he began as Resident Director of CET’s Harbin Chinese Language Program. After nearly five years studying and working in China, he became CET’s Director in 1995, and he oversaw CET’s expansion from a small provider of two Chinese language programs to today’s much larger organization. Mark is a founding board member of the Fund for Education Abroad and the 2014 recipient of NAFSA’s Lily von Klemperer Award. He frequently speaks at national conferences on topics related to study abroad safety, underrepresentation, CET’s local roommates, and the LGBTQ student experience. As a student, Mark focused on Asian Studies, Chinese language, and photography, and he has degrees from Bowdoin (BA), Harvard (MA), and the University of Maryland (MBA).

Laurie Black

Director, High School & Pre-College Division
202.750.8070
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Laurie’s career in international education spans 25+ years and has focused on strategic partnerships, marketing and enrollment, program development, and grants management. Her first professional position in the field was Study Abroad Advisor at the University of Vermont in 1992. She then joined the School for International Training, serving in a variety of roles before becoming Dean for External Relations & Strategic Enrollment Management for the high school, undergraduate, and graduate programs. Laurie earned her BA in Sociology/Rhetoric & Communications at the University of Virginia, and her MA in International Education at SIT Graduate Institute. She has served on the Forum on Education Abroad Council, worked actively for access and inclusion in education abroad, and presented on numerous topics at national conferences.

Andrea Custodi, Ph.D

Director of Academic Affairs & Strategic Initiatives
202.349.7489
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Andrea is a seasoned leader in the field of study abroad, with over 15 years of experience designing and managing high-quality academic programs, overseeing organizational growth, and developing policies and best practices.  Andrea has served as Chair of The Forum on Education Abroad’s Curriculum Committee, Standards Committee, and Outcomes Assessment Committee, and as member of the Forum Council, the Ethics Committee, and the Trained Facilitator Corps.  With a PhD in critical theory from The George Washington University and an interdisciplinary academic background spanning South Asian religious studies, psychoanalysis, and French feminist theory, Andrea also has extensive experience studying and living in Italy, France, and Switzerland, and speaks both Italian and French fluently.

Sarah Dixon

Director of Institutional Relations
202.243.8068
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Unlike most US passports, Sarah’s was first stamped going through immigration in French Guiana. She traveled in South America and in Europe as a child as part of an international peace organization called CISV. During her time as a student at Elon University, Sarah eagerly participated in study abroad. Her double major in Spanish and International Studies was profoundly impacted by her studies in Costa Rica, Spain and Guatemala. Sarah worked for two years as a Study Abroad and International Student Advisor at her alma mater, Elon. After learning about the field of international education behind the desk, Sarah decided to expand her perspective by teaching English in a small village in Japan through the JET Programme. Sarah is an avid runner and loves exploring cities (both in the US and abroad) by foot!

Jocelyn Flint

Director of Communications
202.349.7320 x7343
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Jocelyn’s tenure with the organization started in 2001 when she acted as Academic Director of CET’s Chinese Language program in Beijing. In 2003, she relocated back to the United States to step into a position as CET’s first China Programs Manager. Overseeing CET’s fast growing portfolio of programs in China piqued her interest in organizational communications and information-sharing systems, and in 2011, she made this new interest official by serving Director of Communications. In 2017, this role was extended to CET’s parent company, Academic Travel Abroad. Jocelyn holds a BA in East Asian Studies from Wesleyan University (1993), an MA in Chinese from the University of Michigan (2001), and will complete a MS in Communications from Grand Valley State University in late 2017. She works out of her home office in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Shelley Jessee

Director of Marketing
202.349.7350
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Growing up in East Tennessee, Shelley always wanted to travel abroad but never had the opportunity. Her first international experience was during her sophomore year at Radford University (BA in English and International Studies) when she studied in Beijing. Since her semester in China, she has been passionate about sending US students abroad. She earned an MA in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University in 2009 and has five years of experience serving as Study Abroad Advisor in GW’s Office for Study Abroad.

Adam Jones

Director, Asia Programs
202.349.7344
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From 2004 to 2008, Adam served as the Resident Director and Beijing Programs Manager for CET in Beijing. He then returned to the CET Washington, DC office to serve first as China Programs Manager, and then as Asia Senior Programs Manager. Adam first became interested in China when he visited the country during a summer abroad trip through his university. Since then, he has spent more than ten years living, working and studying there. Prior to CET, he served as the Program Director for the Brethren Colleges Abroad Study Center at Dalian University of Foreign Languages. Adam received a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Ouachita University in Arkansas (1993) and an MA in East Asian Studies (2004) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ben Peacock

Director of Technology
202.349.7320 x7318
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Ben earned a BA in Chinese Language from the University of Michigan (2001) and an MA in International Education from The George Washington University (2010), where he focused on technology in education. His tenure at CET launched in 2005 when he moved to Beijing to serve as the Resident Director of the pilot Chinese Studies & Internship program there. After returning to the United States in 2007, Ben’s focus switched from Chinese language to computer languages. He develops in Ruby on Rails and is a Zend-certified PHP engineer. Now the CET Director of Technology, Ben manages CET’s technology needs, including web development, server administration, database management, and user support. He works remotely from his home office in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Amy Roshannon

Director of Student Services
202.349.7331
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Amy has been in the field of international education for over a decade. She has held varied positions in campus study abroad offices–administrative assistant, advisor, assistant director for faculty-led programs, and even tuition planner. Amy served as the Director of Study Abroad for Philadelphia University for six years, and most recently as the Assistant Director of Student Affairs for the California State University System’s International Programs Office. Amy studied International Relations at Saint Joseph’s University (BA, 2001) and is currently completing graduate work in Nonprofit Leadership at La Salle University (MS expected, 2017). She has studied and worked in London, traveled to Japan on a Fulbright grant, and usually spends her free time checking countries off of her ”Yep, been there” list. As of this writing, her list is 35 countries long.

Randall Salisbury

Director, Programs in Europe, Latin America, Middle East & North Africa
202.349.0679
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Randall grew up abroad living in India, Holland, and Finland before returning to Washington, DC for high school. Passionate about travel and language, Randall spent two consecutive summers in France, learning French, before switching gears to learn Italian. He spent his junior year abroad in Bologna, Italy and then, after graduating from Dickinson College with a degree in Political Science, returned to Bologna to work as the Program Associate for an American abroad program there. After two more years in Bologna, which included extensive European travel, non-stop consumption of the best Italian food in the world, and learning a lot about American students abroad, Randall came back to DC and joined CET as a Campus Relations Manager. He now leads the Europe and Middle East & North Africa programming teams.

Campus Relations

Sarah Dixon

Director of Institutional Relations
202.243.8068
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Unlike most US passports, Sarah’s was first stamped going through immigration in French Guiana. She traveled in South America and in Europe as a child as part of an international peace organization called CISV. During her time as a student at Elon University, Sarah eagerly participated in study abroad. Her double major in Spanish and International Studies was profoundly impacted by her studies in Costa Rica, Spain and Guatemala. Sarah worked for two years as a Study Abroad and International Student Advisor at her alma mater, Elon. After learning about the field of international education behind the desk, Sarah decided to expand her perspective by teaching English in a small village in Japan through the JET Programme. Sarah is an avid runner and loves exploring cities (both in the US and abroad) by foot!

Tim Baird

MidAtlantic Campus Relations Manager
Serving students in: DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, and WV
202.440.0690
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Tim grew up in Boston, Massachusetts where he developed a love for soccer and sailing. He attended University of Richmond (BA, 2007) with a double major in International Studies & Spanish and a double minor in Leadership Studies & History. His semester-long study abroad experience in Valencia, Spain sparked his interest in the field of international education and upon graduation, he moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina for a year to volunteer, travel, and perfect his Spanish language skills. Tim interned for CET before earning his MEd in International Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago (2015). He returned to CET in 2015 as member of the Campus Relations Team.

Janelle Bloss

Senior Campus Relations Manager for the Northeast
Serving students in: CT, ME, MA, NH, NY, RI, and VT
202.415.4743
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Janelle spent part of her high school years in East Asia, living with her family first in Kobe, Japan and later in Hanoi, Vietnam. She was so inspired by her early experiences that she returned to Japan to live with a host family and study in Kyoto while getting her BA in East Asian Studies from Smith College. After Smith, Janelle began studying Chinese and participated in the CET Intensive Chinese Language in Harbin program before going on to study at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. Janelle joined the CET Campus Relations team in 2010.

Katherine Davis

West Campus Relations Manager
Serving students in: AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OK, OR, TX, UT, WA and WY
202.430.3256
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Katherine was born in Northern California and has lived throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. She attended The George Washington University in Washington, DC (BA in Asian Studies, 2010) and studied abroad with CET in Harbin during the summer of 2009. Kat joined the CET staff in 2010, serving first as Asia Programs Coordinator and then Campus Relations Coordinator for the Southwest. Aside from her interest in Chinese, Kat also enjoys working on her French and Japanese and learning about costume and textile history in Asia and around the world.

Torey Moore

Southeast Campus Relations Manager
Serving students in: AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TN
202.731.7219
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Torey grew up in the Chicagoland area of Illinois and received his BA in International Affairs with a concentration in European Studies from Murray State University. While at Murray State, he took full advantage of the international opportunities offered. He studied in Regensburg (Germany) for a semester, in Beijing (China) for a summer session, in Gwangju (South Korea) for a winter term, and served as Education Abroad Office Intern. His passion for everything international has led him to choose a career path that combines travel, cross-cultural communication, and education. In his spare time, Torey enjoys playing volleyball, rowing, and traveling.

Cameron Ruscitti

Northeast Campus Relations Coordinator
Serving students in: CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, and VT
202.560.3594
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A native New Englander, Cameron graduated from Connecticut College in 2013 with a BA in Chinese Language & Literature. As a student, he completed two semesters at CET’s Intensive Chinese Language Program in Harbin and, upon graduating, returned to Harbin to serve as the program’s Resident Advisor. Through his experiences studying, working, and traveling in East and Southeast Asia, he developed a deep appreciation of the value of study abroad and is committed to providing students with the same opportunities he has been fortunate enough to have. He joined the CET Campus Relations team in 2015.

Todd Skauge

Midwest Campus Relations Manager
Serving students in: IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD and WI
202.243.8363
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Todd is a 2013 graduate of Macalester College with a Chinese Language & Culture major and a Political Science minor. His CET experience began his junior year of college when he participated in the Middlebury in China program in Hangzhou. After his semester abroad, he discovered he loved CET and made it his goal to work for the company. He served as Asia Programs Coordinator from 2013 to 2014, and now serves as Midwest Campus Relations Manager.

In Memoriam: Hiliary Douglas
Hiliary graduated from the University of Evansville in 1999 with a BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in International Relations. She then traveled to Vietnam with a Fulbright Fellowship to investigate modern theatre in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, focusing on how the increasing privatization of Vietnam economic policy was affecting the development of local theatre companies. After two more years working for various international cultural collaborations in Vietnam (including a brief stint as an interpreter for the film The Quiet American,) Hiliary joined the CET as the Vietnam Immersion Resident Director in 2002–a position she loved so much she stayed in it for the next five years. Upon relocating to Portland, Oregon in 2006, she transitioned to become the first CET Campus Relations Manager for the West Region.

Tragically, Hiliary died in a car accident on July 22, 2008. Hiliary’s family established a special memorial fund in her name. Donations made to this account will be used as a trust fund for her sons Anh, Hao and Kiet. We encourage you to consider donating to this fund. Checks to the “Hiliary Douglas Trust” can be mailed to: Rivermark Credit Union, PO Box 4044, Beaverton, OR 97076.

Program Management

Adam Jones

Director, Asia Programs
202.349.7344
[email protected]

From 2004 to 2008, Adam served as the Resident Director and Beijing Programs Manager for CET in Beijing. He then returned to the CET Washington, DC office to serve as first China Programs Manager, and then Asia Senior Programs Manager. Adam first became interested in China when he visited the country during a summer abroad trip through his university. Since then, he has spent more than ten years living, working and studying there. Prior to CET, he served as the Program Director for the Brethren Colleges Abroad Study Center at Dalian University of Foreign Languages. Adam received a BA in Economics and Business Administration from Ouachita University in Arkansas (1993) and an MA in East Asian Studies (2004) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Randall Salisbury

Director, Programs in Europe, Latin America, Middle East & North Africa
202.349.0679
[email protected]

Randall grew up abroad living in India, Holland, and Finland before returning to Washington, DC for high school. Passionate about travel and language, Randall spent two consecutive summers in France, learning French, before switching gears to learn Italian. He spent his junior year abroad in Bologna, Italy and then, after graduating from Dickinson College with a degree in Political Science, returned to Bologna to work as the Program Associate for an American abroad program there. After two more years in Bologna, which included extensive European travel, non-stop consumption of the best Italian food in the world, and learning a lot about American students abroad, Randall came back to DC and joined CET as a Campus Relations Manager. He now leads the Europe and Middle East & North Africa programming teams.

Héctor M. Cruz-Feliciano, Ph.D

Senior Programs Manager, Latin America
202.349.7348
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Originally from Puerto Rico, Héctor has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has taught Social Sciences and Political Science at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, Universidad Metropolitana (Puerto Rico), Universidad Thomas More (Nicaragua), and in the Political Science graduate program at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. From 2003 to 2013 he served as Resident Director for CIEE in Nicaragua and Chile. He has traveled extensively in Latin America and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Hector is in charge of the design, implementation and execution of the CET programs in Latin America.

Emily McGhee

Czech Republic Programs Manager
202.349.7320 x7392
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Emily was born and raised in Paris by an American mother and Czech father. She has a BA in Comparative Literature from Wellesley College (2008) and studied abroad in Prague with CET Jewish Studies and in Senegal and Morocco with other programs. After graduation, she lived and worked in Prague for two years where she held positions at an educational training company and a non-profit humanitarian organization. She earned an MA in African Studies and an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2012) where she also studied Swahili as a FLAS fellow. She is fluent in French and Czech, and proficient in Swahili and Spanish. She has traveled to over 30 countries and hopes to increase that number! She enjoys learning new languages, is an avid reader and writer, and collects masks from around the world.

Kate Maruyama

India & Japan Programs Manager
202.349.7352
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Kate graduated summa cum laude from Macalester College in St. Paul with a double major in Japanese and Religious Studies. As an undergraduate, she participated in study abroad programs in Bangladesh and Japan. After graduation, she spent three years teaching English on the JET Programme in Osaka prefecture, Japan. Kate’s curiosity about new cultures has led her all over the world, to countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, India and Israel. Immediately before joining CET, Kate assisted in the organization of Concordia Language Villages’ Europe Day celebration.

Colleen O'Connor

China Programs Manager
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Colleen graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012 with a Bachelor of Philosophy in Chinese Language & Literature and a concentration in Asian Studies. Her first experience with CET was as a student in 2010 at MiC Kunming, which later inspired her lifelong passion for anthropology. After graduating, Colleen lived and worked in China for four years, beginning with a return to CET—this time in Harbin. She later pursued a Fulbright research grant studying a matriarchal society in Yunnan Province. Colleen then moved from the idyllic rural villages to bustling Beijing to join WildChina Travel, where she designed, managed, and lead cultural journeys for over two years. Before joining CET as a program manager, Colleen worked for Radio Free Asia and led student expeditions and documentary teams for National Geographic.

Allegra O'Donoghue

Middle East & North Africa Programs Manager
202.349.0676
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Allegra graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2008 with a major in Middle East Studies and minor in Music. In 2006-2007, she studied abroad at the American University in Cairo. After graduating, she continued her Arabic studies as a Flagship Fellow at Damascus University 2009-2010, and CASA Fellow at the American University in Cairo 2011-2012. She joined the CET MENA team in early 2013. Allegra chairs the Green Committee at CET and co-hosts and produces CET’s podcast Abroad Perspective.

Meagan Seitz-Smith

China & Vietnam Programs Manager
202.349.7342
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Meagan left her rural Connecticut hometown to study East Asian Studies and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. Following her third year, she studied abroad with UVa’s summer program at East China Normal University. After graduating from UVa, Meagan taught English for two years at a public high school in Shenzhen, then joined CET’s DC office in 2008. She started as a China Programs Coordinator, then managed CET’s customized programs in China. She currently manages the Vietnam and Beijing: Internship programs.

Kimberly Sine

China Programs Manager
202.349.0683
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Kim grew up in the US, China, Brazil and the Philippines. After finishing her degree in East Asian Studies at the University of Virginia in 2010, she worked at the Dalian University of Technology as a Princeton in Asia fellow. Passionate about teaching, living in China and avoiding snow, Kim then moved to the City of Eternal Spring (Kunming, China) and taught English at Yunnan University for two years. Kim joined CET in 2013 and now serves as China Programs Manager. 

Jon Stern

Italy Programs Manager
202.846.7654
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Jon is a native of Washington, DC. An interest in his family roots inspired him to study Italian language and culture as an undergraduate student at the University of Richmond (BA, 2007), and that led him to study abroad for summer and semester terms in Italy. After working in the medical field for several years, Jon decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Italian Studies at Georgetown University (MA, 2015). His thesis project focused on the identity of Italian Americans in the DC area. Jon simply loves all things Italy, and as the CET Italy Programs Manager, is very excited to help students experience their own adventures in Il Bel Paese.

Tara Sun Vanacore

China Programs Manager
202.349.7336
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Tara started working at CET as a Writer and Communications Specialist, and transitioned to the Asia team in the fall of 2016. Previously, Tara was the Program Officer for East and Southeast Asia at the Global Fund for Children. She served as the Assistant Director of the US-China Strong Foundation, created the Mandarin program at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge, MA, and worked in the Mandarin Immersion Program in Portland Public Schools. Tara has also directed summer China trips for Putney Student Travel. Tara received an MA in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs from American University’s School of International Service and a BA in Chinese Language and Literature from Middlebury College. Tara studied in Beijing and Hangzhou with CET in 2005. A native Vermonter, Tara loves Cabot cheese, maple syrup, and snow.

Jason Wang

China Programs Manager
202.349.7341
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Jason’s first experience with CET was as a student of the Intensive Chinese Language program in Beijing in 2006. That transformative experience, followed by an internship at a local health education NGO, piqued his interest in living and working abroad, and led him to make his way back to China after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In Beijing, Jason worked as a teacher and then Director of Studies at New Oriental’s Elite Learning schools before joining CET, first as the Resident Director of the Intensive Chinese Language program in Beijing (2010-2012), and then as the Beijing General Manager (2012-2013). After 5 years working (and adventuring) in China, Jason is now back in the United States serving as China Programs Manager.

Student Services

Amy Roshannon

Director of Student Services
202.349.7331
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Amy has been in the field of international education for over a decade. She has held varied positions in campus study abroad offices–administrative assistant, advisor, assistant director for faculty-led programs, and even tuition planner. Amy served as the Director of Study Abroad for Philadelphia University for six years, and most recently as the Assistant Director of Student Affairs for the California State University System’s International Programs Office. Amy studied International Relations at Saint Joseph’s University (BA, 2001) and is currently completing graduate work in Nonprofit Leadership at La Salle University (MS expected, 2017). She has studied and worked in London, traveled to Japan on a Fulbright grant, and usually spends her free time checking countries off of her ”Yep, been there” list. As of this writing, her list is 35 countries long.

Kate Davis

Student Services Coordinator, Czech Republic Programs
202.349.7354
[email protected]

A local of Washington, DC, Kate has always loved to travel and has done so extensively throughout Europe and South America. As an undergraduate at Brandeis University, Kate double-majored in International Relations & Public Health; studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark; and volunteered in Cuenca, Ecuador. It was during her time abroad that Kate discovered her true passion for international education, and upon graduating in 2014, began working at CET’s parent organization, Academic Travel Abroad. Kate now serves as the CET Czech Republic Programs Coordinator and enjoys working with students before they embark on their own study abroad adventures.

Lauren Dinsmore

Senior Student Services Coordinator
202.349.7349
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Lauren is from the great state of Oklahoma. Her family roots led her to study abroad and travel throughout Asia, beginning with the CET Chinese Studies & Internship program in Beijing in 2013. A China novice at the time, Lauren developed a strong passion for the language and country. After graduating from Colorado College with a BA in Sociology and minor in Chinese Language & Culture, Lauren joined the CET staff in 2014. She first served as Asia Programs Coordinator and then Senior Student Services Coordinator. Along with her passion for study abroad, Lauren enjoys cooking, traveling, and collecting maps.

Lydia Hollingsworth

Student Services Coordinator, Asia Programs
202.785.3322
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Lydia is a recent graduate of the University of Puget Sound where she earned a BA in International Business and Chinese (2016). As an undergraduate, Lydia studied and traveled for 9 months throughout 12 different countries in Asia. She has also worked and studied in Shanghai. Her passion for international education led her to various positions in which she advocated global citizenship among youth and led high school study abroad programs throughout China. Lydia especially loves trying new foods and dancing while she’s traveling, and she is excited to help prepare students for their own experiences abroad.

Jessica Kuh

Student Services Coordinator, Italy Programs
202.846.7656
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Jessica is a Cleveland, Ohio native who fell in love with Italy. After living in Milan for her junior year of high school, she decided that she couldn’t get enough Italian culture and language. While attending Loyola University in Chicago, she spent her sophomore year at the John Felice Rome Center in Rome. After graduating in May 2014 with degrees in Italian and Communications Studies, Jessica worked for her alma mater as a Student Life Assistant at the same John Felice Rome Center where had been a student. Jessica is passionate about Italy and study abroad, believes that nothing beats reading a book while sipping a good cappuccino, and loves to help students embark on their own adventures in Italia.

Laura Tucker

Student Services Coordinator, Latin America & Middle East Programs
202.349.7355
[email protected]

Laura’s love of travel began early in life and flourished during the 10 years her family lived in Saudi Arabia. Her international upbringing inspired her to pursue a degree in International Relations with a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies at Elon University, from which she earned a BA with honors in 2013. At Elon, Laura helped found and lead Elon’s student-run Arabic Language Organization and spent a semester studying in Amman, Jordan where she found herself continually inspired by the language, the culture, and (especially) the food.

Malika Watson

Student Services Coordinator, Asia Programs
202.846.7648
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Malika is a Texan who grew up all over the place – Texas, India, Spain, Pennsylvania, Germany, and Tennessee. Finding her passion for language, education, and cultural studies at an early age, it’s no surprise her career path led to International Education. Malika studied Cognitive Psychology and Japanese at Vanderbilt University, and studied abroad at CET Japan in the Spring of 2012. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in 2013, Malika worked in student support at CIEE in Portland, Maine and moved to Washington, DC in 2015 to serve as CET Asia Programs Coordinator.

Administration & Promotion

Jocelyn Flint

Director of Communications
202.349.7320 x7343
[email protected]

Jocelyn’s interest in international education began with her own study abroad experience in China in 1991 as a junior at Wesleyan University. After earning a BA in East Asian Studies in 1993, she moved to Taiwan where she studied intensive Mandarin at the International Chinese Language Program in Taipei (formerly, IUP or the Stanford Center) for two years, the latter as a Blakemore Fellowship recipient. She earned an MA in Chinese Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 1999 and began working for CET in 2001, first in China as the Academic Director of CET Beijing, and then in the Washington, DC as the Senior Manager of China Programs. She is currently working towards an MS in Communications from Grand Valley State University and serves as the CET Director of Communications out of her home office in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Rachel Howard

Communications Manager & Data Analyst
202.349.7320
[email protected]

Rachel is a lifelong student of languages and cultures. Her undergraduate studies at Carleton College sparked an interest in Central and Eastern Europe, which she pursued by studying on several programs at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. She also studied in Vladimir, Russia, while completing her Master’s degree in International Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin. Rachel started with CET in 2006 as Czech Republic Programs Manager and now serves as Communications Manager. She has two small children and telecommutes out of a home office in Madison, Wisconsin.

Shelley Jessee

Director of Marketing
202.349.7350
[email protected]

Growing up in East Tennessee, Shelley always wanted to travel abroad but never had the opportunity. Her first international experience was during her sophomore year at Radford University (BA in English and International Studies) when she studied in Beijing. Since her semester in China, she has been passionate about sending US students abroad. She earned an MA in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University in 2009 and has five years of experience serving as Study Abroad Advisor in GW’s Office for Study Abroad.

Eleanor Nesbit

Senior Digital Marketing Coordinator
202.349.0680
[email protected]

Eleanor graduated from Colorado College in May of 2014 with a BA in Political Science. She studied abroad in Denmark during her Junior year, where she developed a love of international travel and education. After graduation, she worked as a photographer before eventually relocating to the East Coast and joining CET in 2015. Eleanor’s love of international travel and the great outdoors has led her to all corners of the world and some of her favorite travel memories include hiking through the Brazilian rain forest, kayaking the fjords of Norway, and exploring the Great Wall.

Ben Peacock

Director of Technology
202.349.7320 x7318
[email protected]

Ben earned a BA in Chinese Language from the University of Michigan (2001) and an MA in International Education from The George Washington University (2010), where he focused on technology in education. His tenure at CET launched in 2005 when he moved to Beijing to serve as the Resident Director of the pilot Chinese Studies & Internship program there. After returning to the United States in 2007, Ben’s focus switched from Chinese language to computer languages. He develops in Ruby on Rails and is a Zend-certified PHP engineer. Now the CET Director of Technology, Ben manages CET’s technology needs, including web development, server administration, database management and user support. He works remotely from his home office in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Steven Piels

Copywriter & Marketing Coordinator
202.846.7661
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As an undergraduate, Steven spent an entire year studying abroad at the University of Melbourne in Australia. He found his time there so enriching, he immediately followed this experience with yet another semester abroad learning French at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. After graduating from American University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 2008, his interest in living overseas continued with two internships in marketing and copywriting in London, England. The highest point of his international experience came, however, when he taught English in a variety of capacities in Paris, France, from 2012 to 2016. Upon his return to the United States, he was then able to combine his ardor for living and studying abroad with his love for writing when he joined CET as a copywriter in 2017.