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SIT Study Abroad Faculty and Staff

SIT Faculty and Staff

MongoliaSIT Study Abroad students benefit from the expertise, mentorship, networks, and support of numerous faculty and staff — based in the country of study and at our headquarters in Vermont.

The bios of individual academic and program directors, key lecturers, logistics support staff, and other SIT Study Abroad program faculty and staff are available on individual program pages.

Click on the tabs below to meet the SIT Study Abroad senior leadership team; our admissions, university relations, and student affairs staff; and for a World Learning/SIT staff directory.

Donald Steinberg
Donald Steinberg

President and CEO

Donald K. Steinberg became the president and CEO of World Learning on July 1, 2013. He has brought to World Learning more than 30 years of experience with government and nongovernmental organizations and expertise in the fields of international relations and development. Prior to World Learning, he served as deputy administrator at the US Agency for International Development where he focused on areas including the Middle East and Africa, organizational reforms, and enhancing dialogue with development partners.

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John Lucas
John Lucas

Provost
Chief Academic Officer

John Lucas brings nearly two decades of international education experience to his position as senior vice president for academic programs at World Learning. An alumnus of SIT Graduate Institute, Lucas serves as the chief academic officer for World Learning's graduate programs, SIT Study Abroad, and The Experiment in International Living, overseeing programs in more than 50 countries.

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M. Priscilla Stone
M. Priscilla Stone

Vice Provost

Dr. Stone joined SIT Study Abroad in March 2013. She previously served as director of international studies, as executive director of international programs, and, most recently, as assistant provost for international education, at Washington University. Dr. Stone brings more than 15 years of teaching experience in international studies and anthropology. She has authored two books — Commodities and Globalization: Anthropological Perspectives and Population and Environment: Rethinking the Debate, as well as numerous articles in anthropology and African studies.

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Laurie Black
Laurie Black

Dean
External Relations and Strategic Enrollment Management

Laurie Black received her MA from SIT Graduate Institute and a BA in sociology and rhetoric and communication studies from the University of Virginia. After an initial career in social services and research, Ms. Black entered the field of international education as a study abroad advisor at the University of Vermont. She joined SIT Study Abroad in 1993 as an admissions counselor, became the director of Admissions, and is now the dean for External Relations and Strategic Enrollment Management for SIT Study Abroad, SIT Graduate Institute, and The Experiment in International Living.

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Lauren Clarke
Lauren Clarke

Academic Dean
Custom and Comparative Programs

Lauren Clarke joined World Learning in 2011 as dean for custom and comparative programs, a new department that oversees the International Honors Program, as well as study abroad programs designed specifically for partner institutions. Dr. Clarke comes to SIT with more than 25 years in higher education administration, teaching, and international program experience.

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Said Graiouid
Said Graiouid

Academic Dean
Middle East, North Africa, and Europe

Said Graiouid has an M.A. (1989) in comparative literature and critical theory from the University Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat, Morocco and a PhD (2000) in communication and cultural studies from the School of Performing Arts, University of Surrey, UK. From 1992 to 1996, he had a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Radio-Television-Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Brian Hammer
Brian Hammer

Academic Dean
Asia and the Pacific

Brian Hammer joined SIT Study Abroad as academic dean for Asia and the Pacific in the fall of 2012. To this position, Brian brings several years of experience as an academic administrator and study abroad director, as well as study, research, and travel experience in Asia, especially in China. He has a PhD in geography from the University of Washington in Seattle.

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Ellen Holmes
Ellen Holmes

Dean
Academic Administration and Assessment

Ellen Holmes has been SIT’s dean of academic administration and assessment since late 2010. Until recently, Ellen directed World Learning’s strategic planning initiatives. She held the position of associate dean for programs at SIT Study Abroad from 2007–2009 and served as World Learning’s vice president for development and alumni affairs from 2002–2006; in the latter role, Ellen led the institution’s fundraising, alumni, and marketing departments as well as alumni affairs. Ellen is currently managing SIT’s 10-year re-accreditation effort in addition to her other duties.

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Tina Mangieri
Tina Mangieri

Academic Dean
Africa, South of the Sahara

Tina Mangieri earned a PhD in geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2007. She holds an MA in anthropology and certificate in social theory from the University of Kentucky and BA in anthropology from Pennsylvania State University.

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Karen Rodríguez
Karen Rodríguez

Academic Dean
Latin America

Karen Rodríguez joined SIT in January of 2013. She has a PhD in cultural studies (University of Kent, UK). From a psychoanalytical perspective, her research asks how the self encounters others and makes ongoing sense of difference. She is committedly interdisciplinary and draws not only from psychoanalytic theory, but also heavily from geography, the arts, and other areas.

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Michael Smallis
Michael Smallis

Dean of Students

Mr. Smallis has over twenty years of experience in higher education with private colleges and universities. He began his student affairs career at Fairleigh Dickinson as the director of student activities and operations and held various roles in residence life and judicial affairs until accepting the position of associate dean of students in 1994.

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AD GroupEach SIT program portfolio is supported by a collaborative team of academics—deans, on-site faculty, traveling faculty, and guest lecturers—and highly trained professional support staff.

Detailed faculty and staff biographies are available on individual program web page.

Who directs SIT programs?

The majority of SIT programs are led by an academic director — an accomplished academic and experienced program manager who typically lives full time in the country of study. Academic and program directors are responsible for instructional content, synthesis of classroom and field experiences, and daily program operations. These faculty, in close consultation with SIT’s academic deans, craft a rigorous curriculum and design field and research experiences that match student needs and interests.

Who provides instruction?

Each program assembles an array of program contributors to serve as lecturers, Independent Study Project (ISP) advisors, workshop leaders, and local resources. Academic directors, traveling faculty, and country coordinators include tenured university professors, scientists, medical doctors, published authors, critically acclaimed artists, community activists, and others with extensive experience in higher education, study abroad, and international and local NGOs. They are experts in their fields and well networked in-country.

Guest lecturers and traveling faculty include leading academics at in-country universities, medical practitioners at local hospitals and clinics, political leaders, scientists conducting groundbreaking research, executive directors of NGOs and professional associations, MBAs, artists, community activists, and indigenous leaders.

Language instruction is provided through SIT instructors and experienced faculty at language institutes and local universities.

These individuals spend numerous hours with students and provide invaluable access and opportunities to explore local issues from the perspectives of the people who live there.

What other support is provided?

Students also benefit from the efforts of numerous local staff who provide vital academic, logistical, and cross-cultural support. Administrative staff on most programs includes a program assistant and homestay coordinator. 

Benjamin Efird
Benjamin Efird

University Relations Manager

Midwest Region
802 251-1706
ben.efird@sit.edu

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Betsy Judson
Betsy Judson

University Relations Coordinator

802 258-3289
betsy.judson@sit.edu

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Blake Hart
Blake Hart

University Relations Manager

Southwest Region
802 258-3233
blake.hart@sit.edu

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Jennifer Kloes
Jennifer Kloes

University Relations Manager

Mid-Atlantic Region
802 258-3348
jennifer.kloes@sit.edu

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Karen Kray
Karen Kray

Assistant Director of University Relations

802 258-3269
karen.kray@sit.edu

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Louis Berends
Louis Berends

University Relations Manager

Great Lakes Region
802 258-3519
louis.berends@sit.edu

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Marianne Jorgensen
Marianne Jorgensen

Director of University Relations

802 258-3235
marianne.jorgensen@sit.edu

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Mory Pagel
Mory Pagel

University Relations Manager

Southeast Region
802 258-3492
mory.pagel@sit.edu

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Shun Yanagishita
Shun Yanagishita

University Relations Manager

West Coast Region
802 258-3213
Shun.Yanagishita@sit.edu

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Wanda Dutton
Wanda Dutton

University Relations Manager

New England Region
802 258-3276
wanda Dutton@sit.edu

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Denver Miller
Denver Miller

Admissions Counselor

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Eric Wirth
Eric Wirth

Director of Admissions

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Ian Hefele
Ian Hefele

Admissions Counselor

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Karin Ndzelen
Karin Ndzelen

Admissions Counselor

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Vanessa Doyle
Vanessa Doyle

Admissions Counselor

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Wendy Mason
Wendy Mason

Assistant Director of Admissions

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Beverly Langeveld
Beverly Langeveld

Student Health Services Assistant

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Cheryl Pennie Williams
Cheryl Pennie Williams

Student Health Administrator

Cheryl Pennie Williams holds a Bachelor of Science in social work, a master’s in information systems from Pace University and a second master’s in social policy and planning (with a concentration on health, welfare, and urban/rural development) from the London School of Economics.

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Jane Buckingham
Jane Buckingham

Director of Counseling and Disability Services

Jane Buckingham holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from Antioch University New England. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and a trained mediator. Her areas of clinical interest include cross-cultural issues, spirituality, transitions, gender issues, women’s health, stress reduction, and time management. She also oversees disability services for SIT students.

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Laurie Granger
Laurie Granger

Executive Assistant to the Deans

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Michael Smallis
Michael Smallis

Dean of Students

Mr. Smallis has over twenty years of experience in higher education with private colleges and universities. He began his student affairs career at Fairleigh Dickinson as the director of student activities and operations and held various roles in residence life and judicial affairs until accepting the position of associate dean of students in 1994.

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Peter DeRego
Peter DeRego

Assistant Dean of Students for International Programs

Peter currently serves as the assistant dean of students for international programs. Prior to this role, Peter spent four years as the operations director for risk management at the Student Conservation Association, a nonprofit fielding approximately 4,000 young people annually into state and national parks doing conservation work.

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Quena Crain
Quena Crain

Student Affairs Coordinator

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For a complete listing of all World Learning/SIT staff, please use our staff directory.

 

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