CET Staff

Leadership

Mark Lenhart

Mark Lenhart

Executive Director
202.349.7320
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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

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

Andrea Custodi, Ph.D

Senior 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

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

Senior Director of Employee Communications & Training
202.349.7320 x7343
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Jocelyn’s tenure with the organization started in 2001 when she served 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, information-sharing systems, and staff training. She now oversees employee communications and training for both CET and 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 an MS in Communications from Grand Valley State University (2017). She works out of her home office in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Shelley Jessee

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 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.

Ben Peacock

Senior 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 Affairs & 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, 2019). 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. Her list is 40 countries and counting.

Randall Salisbury

Randall Salisbury

Senior Director of Programs
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

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

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

Assistant Director of Institutional Relations & Strategic Partnerships
Serving students at: Brandeis University, Cornell University, Syracuse University, University of Minnesota, Yale University
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.

Kat Davis

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.

Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy

Southeast Campus Relations Manager
Serving students in: AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TN
202.243.8363
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A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Joe began traveling to Europe at a young age with stints in France, Belgium and Switzerland through Education First. As an undergraduate at Furman University, Joe completed an internship with the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, Ontario, transcribing between English and French. He would go on to spend a semester abroad with a host family in Versailles, France before earning a BA in Political Science and French in 2015. Joe then earned his MA in European Studies (2017) from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. His passion for travel, language and international education ultimately led him to CET, where he joined the Campus Relations team in 2017.

Torey Moore

Torey Moore

Midwest Campus Relations Manager
Serving students in: IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD and WI
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

Cameron Ruscitti

Northeast Campus Relations Manager
Serving students in: CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, 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.

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

Randall Salisbury

Senior Director of Programs
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.

Hector Cruz-Feliciano

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.

Savon Jackson

Vietnam & India Programs Manager
202.349.0683
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Before joining CET, Savon served as a Study Abroad Advisor and earned his M.A. (2018) in International Education with a focus in International Development at The George Washington University. Savon is passionate about increasing access to study abroad for diverse students, and his success in administering the Gilman Scholarship received national recognition from the U.S. State Department. Prior to joining GW, he spent a year in Kolkata, India, as a Fulbright-Nehru Teaching Fellow. While in Kolkata, Savon also worked with the U.S. Consulate to design and pilot a professional development workshop for local youth leaders. As a Religious Studies major at DePauw University (2015), he spent a semester in New Delhi, India and participated on a short-term, faculty-led program in China.

Lauren Kardos

Lauren Kardos

Custom Programs Manager
202.349.7334
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Lauren has earned two degrees from the George Washington University–a BA (2012) with a double major in International Affairs and Middle East Studies and MA (2017) in International Education. As an undergraduate, she studied Arabic in Egypt and Jordan. Lauren has worked for AMIDEAST Education Abroad Programs in the Middle East and North Africa, and for the Institute of International Education. In the latter role, she served as Program Officer for Project GO programs and Evaluation Officer on the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning team. In her spare time, Lauren is a yoga teacher, avid reader, and podcast enthusiast.

Emily McGhee

Senior Programs Manager, Czech Republic
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

Kate Maruyama

Senior Programs Manager, India & Japan
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

Colleen O'Connor

China Programs Manager
202.349.7341
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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 led 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

Allegra O'Donoghue

Senior Programs Manager, Middle East
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 has managed CET’s Middle East portfolio since early 2013. For fun, Allegra loves cooking, traveling, taking pictures, and getting outside.

Ben Pollok

Ben Pollok

China Programs Manager
202.349.7342 x7342
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As an undergraduate at Colgate University (BA, 2011), Ben studied abroad in both Shanghai, China and Geneva, Switzerland. The two very different experiences ignited his interest in both education abroad and education as an international development issue. In 2011, Ben returned to China to work as an Admissions Officer for Peking University, and later served as a Campus Relations Coordinator for CET in New England. He later pursued a Master of Arts in International Economics (2017) at Johns Hopkins SAIS, focusing on social development in East and Southeast Asian countries. While at SAIS, Ben worked at USAID and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He returned to CET in 2017 as Vietnam and China Programs Manager.

Jon Stern

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

Tara Sun Vanacore

China Programs Manager
202.785.2006
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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.

Academic Affairs

Andrea Custodi

Andrea Custodi, Ph.D

Senior 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.

Caroline James

Caroline James

Data Analyst & Academic Coordinator
202.349.7320 x7363
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Caroline’s love for international experiences began her freshman year of high school when her family took a year off to travel around the world, visiting 17 countries and five continents. Later, she went on to study at Elon University where she majored in International Studies with a concentration in Latin America. Caroline studied abroad in Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua and spent two summers in El Salvador leading trips for US high schoolers. She also minored in Economics, which inspired her interest in data analysis and visualization. Caroline loves seeing the impact international experiences have on students and is pleased to be able to combine her passion for study abroad with her interest in data.

Student Affairs & Services

Amy Roshannon

Director of Student Affairs & 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, 2019). 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. Her list is 40 countries and counting.

Michelle Jenkins

Michelle Jenkins

Senior Manager, Student Services
202.349.7346
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Michelle was fortunate enough to go abroad with her school at a young age, sparking an interest in travel and other cultures. She has worked in Australia, New Zealand, and eventually Barcelona—where her position as an English teacher inspired her career in international education. With degrees in Philosophy (BA, Emory University) and Intercultural Relations (MA, Lesley University), she has worked as an advisor, overseas administrator, and an institutional relations manager at Babson College and The School for Field Studies. One of her career highlights was serving as an on-site coordinator for a multi-destination program abroad, where she worked first-hand with students studying in Russia, China, and India.

Vanessa Sterling

Vanessa Sterling

Senior Manager, Health & Safety
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Vanessa’s long career in international education began in 1995, during her time as a graduate student at CET Beijing. After several more years in China conducting research, she returned stateside and transitioned to working in education abroad. At the University of Pittsburgh, Vanessa ran an internship office, built semester programs, advised students, and even worked with CET as the faculty director of Pitt in China in Shanghai for two years. Most recently, she served as the associate director of Pitt Study Abroad—where she developed and executed the university’s health, safety, and security strategy and training. When not working, you can find Vanessa leading a theological reading group or indulging in some Bravo TV. In addition to an MA in History from Pitt, she also holds a BA in East Asian Studies from NYU.

Lauren

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.

Kay Nguyen

Kay Nguyen

Student Services Coordinator
Advises on programs in Italy & Vietnam
202.846.7656
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Kay was born in Vietnam but has spent most of her life in Southern California. She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of California, Irvine (2016) and an MA in International Education from The George Washington University (2018). During her years at UC Irvine, she studied abroad in Costa Rica, Spain, and Italy. Her interest in experiential education and international collaboration drew her to work at CET, where she is able to learn, create, and make a difference in students’ study abroad experiences. If she’s not at work, it is highly likely that she is doing something related to food or planning her next adventure across the globe.

Savannah Peery

Savannah Peery

Student Services Coordinator
Advises on programs in Colombia, Jordan, & India
202.846.7648
[email protected]

Savannah’s passion for international education sparked in high school when she participated in a summer service trip to Costa Rica. With a newfound love for Spanish language and Latin American culture, she majored in International Relations at Elon University, where she studied abroad in Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua before graduating in 2015. She has since traveled in South America and led service programs for high schoolers in Costa Rica. Savannah loves tapping into her own study abroad experiences to help connect students to opportunities all over the globe.

Laura Tucker

Laura Tucker

Student Services Coordinator
Advises on programs in Japan
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.

Alexandria

Alexandria Waters

Student Services Coordinator
Advises on CET programs in Harbin, Kunming, & Taipei, and Middlebury in China programs
202.785.3322
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Alexandria started studying Mandarin after she took an unexpected trip to China while a student at UNC Chapel Hill (BA, 2014). She has since traveled, studied, and worked in China — first as a CET Beijing Intensive Language student, then as a teacher at Hebei University, and most recently as the Resident Advisor for the CET Harbin program. Having spent time in several countries both in Asia and around the world, she is passionate about sharing culture & helping others become acclimated to new environments.

Kyana Waters

Kyana Waters

Student Services Coordinator
Advises on programs in Brazil, Beijing, & Shanghai
202.349.7484
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Kyana’s love for international experiences began in high school, where she attended a conference in Ecuador that inspired her to continue traveling and achieve Spanish fluency. She went on to earn a BA in International Studies with a minor in Music (2017) from Spelman College, and studied abroad in Cuba and Spain. In addition to traveling and music, Kyana enjoys mentoring and finding new ways to combine her interests. When not at work, you can find her volunteering, attending a show, dancing Rueda de Casino, or perusing a bookstore. Kyana is always happy to share her travel experiences and is passionate about helping students on their own international journeys.

Lydia Yount

Student Services Coordinator
Advises on programs in the Czech Republic
202.349.7354
[email protected]

Lydia’s enthusiasm for travel began in middle school when she lived on a sailboat in the Caribbean, and her excitement continued into high school so she embarked on an educational tour through Europe. She earned her undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (2015), where she studied abroad in Spain and England. She later pursued her master’s degree in International Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago (2019), during which she was able to study in Vietnam and Italy. In addition to her love for international academic exchange, Lydia loves thrifting, creating travel itineraries, and petting all the dogs.
Kate Bohan

Kate Bohan

Scholarship & Finance Coordinator
202.846.7663
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A Southern California native, Kate’s first trip abroad came right after her high school graduation. She knew immediately that exploring other countries and cultures was for her. After graduating from the University of San Francisco with a BS in Psychology (2009) and an MA in Teaching (2010), Kate moved to Chiba, Japan, for three years to teach English on the JET Programme. Upon returning from Japan, Kate worked as an International Student Advisor and at a technology start-up focused on literacy. Kate enjoys yoga, running, and creating videos of her recent travel adventures.

High School & Pre-College

Laurie Black

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.

High School Study Abroad Program Advisor

Tess Cannon

High School & Pre-College Manager
202.846.7661
[email protected]

Tess discovered the personal and academic impacts of cross-cultural exposure and exchange firsthand as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student during her junior year of high school. Later, she studied abroad in Italy, Germany, and Macedonia as an undergraduate at Seattle University, where she graduated as a Sullivan Scholar with a BA in International Studies and minors in Global Politics and International Economic Development (2010). Tess earned her MA in International Education at the George Washington University (2016). Prior to coming to CET, she was a Fulbright ETA, and worked at Amazon.com, Seattle University, and the George Washington University. Tess is from Juneau, Alaska and enjoys cooking good food, visiting new cities, and snuggling with her cats, Jobi and Roo.​

Brian Wiehr

Brian Wiehr

Marketing & Outreach Manager, High School & Pre-College Programs
202.650.7521
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Brian has worked in international education for over a decade, in roles focused on recruitment and admissions, strategic partnerships, and program development. He earned his BA in International Studies and Political Science at St. Norbert College (2006), and his Ed.M. in International Education Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (2012). Brian credits his interest in cultural exchange to his high school years, when he hosted an exchange student and participated in a sister-school program to Germany. He later studied abroad in Austria as an undergraduate and taught in Japan through the JET Program. In his free time, Brian enjoys traveling and exploring new places, trying new neighborhood, restaurants, and volunteering with a DC after-school program.

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Shelley Jessee

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.

Sarah Luther

Sarah Luther

Digital Marketing Coordinator
202.349.0680
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Sarah has been working as CET’s Digital Marketing Coordinator since 2018. She graduated magna cum laude from Elon University in 2018 with a BA in Communication Design, Art, and Art History. She has always loved travel and new experiences, and has long been committed to international education. Sarah studied abroad in Bath, England in her junior year of college, during which time she had her first solo art exhibition. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys painting, photography, traveling, and exploring as many museums as possible.

Megan Mancenido

Megan Mancenido

Marketing Coordinator
202.349.0688
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Megan grew up in Texas with free flight privileges that shaped her love of international travel. She later graduated from UT Austin in 2013 with degrees in International Relations & Global Studies and Chinese Language & Culture. During her junior year she did the CET Chinese Studies & Internship in Shanghai program and left determined to return to China for work. After graduation, Megan did a service year with AmeriCorps and then moved to Shenzhen, China to help manage the international programs and media at Peking University. Four years later, she returned to the US to join CET and encourage others to have their own experiences abroad.

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