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Staff

USAC staff are here to provide you with personalized support throughout your study abroad experience. We are comprised of staff located in the Central Office in Reno, Nevada, and program on-site staff or support of varying levels depending on location.

Departments

Central Office Staff

The USAC Central Office is located in Reno, Nevada on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. The office is composed of Program Advisors, Institutional Relations Officers, Enrollment Representatives, Accounting Specialists, and other staff who are here to provide personalized pre-departure advising and support you throughout your study abroad experience.

USAC Administration

Alyssa Nota, Ph.D

Alyssa Nota, Ph.D.

(she/her)

President/CEO

Advising

USAC Program Advisors are your main contact for questions about your program site, housing abroad, student visa process, travel plans, health and safety, pre-departure and arrival information, scholarships, and more. They are also the primary contact for students when they are studying abroad.

If you have questions about a specific USAC program or country and would like to chat one-on-one about it, please find the corresponding USAC Program Advisor below to schedule an appointment.

Cami Alfaro

Cami Alfaro, M.S.

(she/her)

Director of Advising

Justine Manuel

Justine Manuel

(she/her)

Manager of Advising

Emily Schmith

Emily Schmith

(she/her)

Partnership Program Coordinator

Alissa Qualheim

Alissa Qualheim, M.Ed.

(she/her)

Partnership Program Coordinator

Dominique Nelson

Dominique Nelson

dominique.nelson@usac.edu

(they/them)

Lead Program Advisor

Programs: Chile, Cuba, Czech Republic, France, Portugal, and Uruguay

Brandon Benny

Brandon Benny, M.A.

brandon.benny@usac.edu

(he/him)

Program Advisor

Programs: Australia, Costa Rica, India, Japan, and New Zealand

Belen Figueroa

Belen Figueroa

belen.figueroa@usac.edu

(she/her)

Program Advisor

Programs: China and Thailand

Kimber Guinn

Kimber Guinn, M.A.

kimber.guinn@usac.edu

(she/her)

Program Advisor

Programs: Korea, The Netherlands, and Sweden

Lauren Hudson

Lauren Hudson

lauren.hudson@usac.edu

(she/her)

Program Advisor

Programs: Italy and South Africa

Bonnie Matheson

Bonnie Matheson

bonnie.matheson@usac.edu

(she/her)

Program Advisor

Programs: Germany and Spain (Alicante and Madrid)

Diana Meza

Diana Meza

diana.meza@usac.edu

(she/her)

Program Advisor

Programs: Spain (Bilbao, San Sebastian, and Valencia)

Amanda Singleton

Amanda Singleton

amanda.singleton@usac.edu

(she/her)

Program Advisor

Programs: England, Ireland, Israel, and Scotland

Institutional Relations

The Institutional Relations team is ready to answer any questions you may have about USAC or our programs. The team works with universities, colleges, and other institutions around the country and travel to many study abroad fairs.

Richard Menard

Richard Menard

Director of Institutional Relations

States: Idaho and Washington

Schedule an Appointment

Sabrina Harris

Sabrina Harris, M.A.

(she/her)

Strategic Initiatives

Angela McNutt

Angela McNutt

(she/her)

Faculty-Led Supervisor

Caroline Anderson

Caroline Anderson, M.A.

(she/her)

Institutional Relations Officer

States: Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

Schedule an Appointment

Stephanie Cannata

Stephanie Cannata

(she/her)

Institutional Relations Officer

States: Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas

Schedule an Appointment

Raquel Cifuentes

Raquel Cifuentes, M.Ed.

(she/her)

Institutional Relations Officer

States: Alabama, Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and U.S. Virgin Islands

Schedule an Appointment

Jonathan Hakim

Jonathan Hakim

(he/him)

Institutional Relations Officer

States: Connecticut, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont

Schedule an Appointment

Matthew Long

Matthew Long, M.A.

(he/him)

Institutional Relations Officer

States: Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia

Schedule an Appointment

Charles Petranek

Charles Petranek, M.A.

(he/him/his)

Institutional Relations Officer

States: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Oregon

Schedule an Appointment

Thomas Phillips II

Thomas Phillips II, M.A., Ph.D.

(he/him)

Institutional Relations Officer

States: Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

Schedule an Appointment

Health and Safety

The Health and Safety team is your primary resource for questions regarding your health, safety, and security on USAC programs. Contact the Health and Safety Team with questions and concerns regarding travel, insurance, and other well-being abroad inquiries.

Elizabeth Rice

Elizabeth Rice

(she/her)

Senior Health and Safety Manager

Dr. Christine Sieben

Christine Sieben, Ph.D.

(she/her)

Health and Safety Manager & Support Officer

Victoria West

Victoria West

(she/her)

Health and Safety Assistant

Academic and Enrollment Services

Academic and Enrollment Services is your best resource for questions about your application or our admissions process, internship placements, course registration, syllabi, and academic records (i.e., transcripts and grades.)

Kara Bingham

Kara Bingham, M.A.

(she/her)

Director of Academic Affairs

Justus Watt

Justus Watt, M.A.

(he/him)

Senior Academic Affairs Coordinator

Stacey Arnsdorff

Stacey Arnsdorff

(she/her)

stacey.arnsdorff@usac.edu

Academic Affairs Coordinator

Specialty Program: Virtual Internships

Rachel Alperstein

Rachel Alperstein

(she/her)

rachel.alperstein@usac.edu

Enrollment Specialist

Specialty Programs: Ireland (Cork Summer and Galway) and Italy

Joel Lippert

Joel Lippert

(he/him)

joel.lippert@usac.edu

Senior Enrollment Specialist

Specialty Programs: Czech Republic, Germany, and Spain (Bilbao and San Sebastían)

Ashleigh Magnan

Ashleigh Magnan

(she/her)

ashleigh.magnan@usac.edu

Enrollment Specialist

Partnership Programs: Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Portugal, and Scotland

Kathryn Rogers

Kathryn "Kat" Rogers

(she/her)

kathryn.rogers@usac.edu

Enrollment Specialist

Specialty Programs: China, France, and Thailand

Esmeralda Rosales

Esmeralda Rosales

(she/her)

esmeralda.rosales@usac.edu

Enrollment Specialist

Specialty Programs: Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, England (London-Imperial Summer), and Uruguay

Stephanie Seitz

Stephanie Seitz, M.Ed.

(she/her)

stephanie.seitz@usac.edu

Enrollment Specialist

Specialty Programs:

India and Spain (Alicante, Madrid, and Valencia)

Phoebe Stears-Macauley

Phoebe Stears-Macauley

(she/her)

phoebe.stears-macauley@usac.edu

Enrollment Specialist

Partnership Programs: Israel, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, and Thailand

Marketing, Communications and Engagement

The Marketing, Communications and Engagement Department comprises five key areas of focus — marketing, creative and web, development/alumni relations, external/internal communications, and PR/media relations.

The team provides strategic and creative counsel, facilitates connections across our target audiences, and enhances the engagements and experiences others have with USAC with the ultimate goals of advancing USAC's mission by enhancing its brand, reputation, visibility, and audience engagement.

This is accomplished through integrated and innovative approaches to marketing, creative communications, and fundraising/development solutions. Contact us at marketing@usac.edu

Marisa Dylan

Marisa Dylan

(she/her)

Director of Marketing, Communications and Engagement

Bill Goloski

Bill Goloski

(he/him)

Marketing Communications Manager

Lauren Broce

Lauren Broce

(she/her)

Social Media Manager

Allie Crichton

Allie Crichton

(she/her)

Web Content Specialist

Katrina Raenell

Katrina Raenell

(she/her)

Content Contributor

Accounting

The Accounting Department is ready to help you with billing, payment, budget sheets, and financial aid consortium agreements.

David Mustard

David Mustard, CPA

Director of Finance

Shelly Bass

Shelly Bass

Accounting Operations Manager

Leah Radcliffe

Leah Radcliffe

Accounting Supervisor

Schyler Tune

Schyler Tune

Staff Accountant I

Bonnie Hardy

Bonnie Hardy

Accounting Administrator

Jason Connolly

Jason Connolly

Lead Student Accounting Specialist

Ricci Curren

Ricci Curren

Student Accounting Specialist

Kai Mars

Kai Mars

(he/him)

Student Accounting Specialist

Jeadene Solberg

Jeadene Solberg

(she/her)

Student Accounting Specialist

Nicholas Steiner

Nicholas Steiner

(he/him)

Student Accounting Specialist

Joe Uhrich

Joe Uhrich

Student Accounting Specialist

Isabell De Jesus

Isabell De Jesus

Accounting Specialist

Human Resources

Human Resources supports USAC's world-wide employees empowering them to serve students participating in our programs abroad.

Virginia Dunn

Virginia Dunn

(she/her)

Director of Human Resources

Stacey Puentes

Stacey Puentes

Senior Human Resources Representative

Information Technology

The Information Technology Department oversees network administration and application development, and supports users of the USAC Gateway and Global online portals.

Fritz Roske

Fritz Roske

Director of Information Technology

Josh Black

Josh Black

(he/him)

Software Development Manager

Francisco Becerra-Ortiz

Francisco Becerra-Ortiz

(he/him)

Software Developer I

Ognjen Grubor

Ognjen Grubor

Application Specialist

Mason Najima

Mason Najima

(he/him)

Support Specialist I

Andew Zeiser

Andrew Zeiser

(he/him)

Server and Cloud Systems Administrator

Staff Abroad

USAC programs offer on-site staff and support at varying levels depending on the program. Learn more about on-site staff on the program pages.

USAC Specialty Programs

Specialty Programs feature full-time, on-site support from USAC Resident Directors, staff, and faculty. Resident Directors run and manage the entire program on-site including academics, hiring, planning, emergency support, and more.

Country Program Resident Directors
Chile Santiago Jorge Molina (he/him)
China Chengdu Wentao Song (she/her)
China Shanghai Jessica Wang
Costa Rica Heredia Carlos Oviedo
Costa Rica San Ramón Dr. Carlos Salas
Cuba La Habana Sebastian Bombi
Czech Republic Prague Jan Stodola
England London (Summer) Dr. Jeremy Doughty (he/him)
France Lyon Stefano Pizzetti (he/him)
France Pau Robina Müller
Germany Lüneburg Dr. David Gilland
India Bengaluru

Abhishek "AB" Bhagwat

Ireland Cork Patrick O’Donnell
Ireland Galway (Summer) Dr. Mark Quigley
Italy Reggio Emilia Simona Lai
Italy Torino Eliana Silvestro
Italy Verona Gozde Lago
Italy Viterbo Francesca Del Giudice
Spain Alicante Luis Fernández Rellán
Spain Bilbao/Getxo Dr. Ibon Zamanillo Elguezabal
Spain Madrid Dr. Sara Elso
Spain San Sebastián Dr. Miriam Diaz Granado
Spain Valencia Laura Rostowfske Reilly
Thailand Chiang Mai Chaidarun "Jum" Tippawan (she/her)
Uruguay Montevideo Sebastian Bombi

USAC Partnership Programs

Partnership Programs feature support from the host university and international programs offices.

Country Program Program Directors
Australia Gold Coast
Brisbane
Global Mobility Team
Australia Melbourne
Geelong
Warrnambool
Global Student Mobility Office
England Brighton Mary Jones
Jeremy Doughty (USAC Resident Director)
England Bristol David Line
Jeremy Doughty (USAC Resident Director)
England London (Semester) Sue Wharton
Jeremy Doughty (USAC Resident Director)
England Reading Marcus Dowse
Jeremy Doughty (USAC Resident Director)
Ireland Cork (Semester) Marita Foster
Karen McSweeney

Patrick O'Donnell (USAC Resident Director)
Israel Haifa International School Staff
Japan Hiroshima Kiyomi Fujii
Japan Nagasaki Tomoko Mohri
Japan Nishinomiya Amina Dante
Korea Gwangju/Yeosu Shinhye Kang
Myunghee Lee
Korea Seoul (Kookmin University) Jeongwon Lee
Korea Seoul (Korea University) Global Services Center
Korea

Seoul (Yonsei University, January and Summer)

Eunah Kang
Korea Seoul (Yonsei University, Semester)

Gyuri Jeong
Su Hyun Jung

Netherlands Maastricht Center for European Studies
Netherlands The Hague THUAS International Office Staff
New Zealand

Auckland
Palmerston North
Wellington

Anja Sridharan
Portugal Lisbon Global Education Office & Dr. Michael Baum
Scotland St Andrews Cecily Davey
Scotland Stirling Jo Hagerty
South Africa Stellenbosch International Office
Sweden Växjö/Kalmar Åsa Dahlberg
Thailand Khon Kaen Khon Kaen University International College