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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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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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David Shallenberger
David Shallenberger

Academic Dean
International Honors Program

David Shallenberger holds a PhD from Fielding Institute, an MBA from Stanford University, and a BA from Pomona College. David served as director of European and Middle Eastern studies for SIT Study Abroad from 2002 to 2006, when he joined SIT Graduate Institute’s international education program. He also served for one year as dean of SIT Graduate Institute.

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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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Michael P. Smallis
Michael P. Smallis

Dean of Students

Michael Smallis has been SIT’s dean of students since summer 2008. Mr. Smallis has over twenty-five years of experience in student affairs and is particularly skilled in the areas of student development and leadership, conflict resolution, parent relations, risk mitigation, and crisis management.

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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. 

Marianne Jorgensen
Marianne Jorgensen

Director of University Relations

802 258-3235
marianne.jorgensen@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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Wanda Dutton
Wanda Dutton

Senior University Relations Manager

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

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Mory Pagel
Mory Pagel

Senior University Relations Manager

Southeast Region
802 258-3492
mory.pagel@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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Amy Burrows
Amy Burrows

University Relations Manager

Midwest Region
802 251-1706
amy.burrows@sit.edu

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Jennifer Cinti
Jennifer Cinti

University Relations Manager

Mid-Atlantic Region
802 258-3348
jennifer.cinti@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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Jessica Lindoerfer
Jessica Lindoerfer

Custom Program Manager

Custom Program Manager - All Regions
802 258-3288
jessica.lindoerfer@sit.edu

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Amedee Ngarukiye
Amedee Ngarukiye

University Relations Intern

University Relations Intern
Amedee.Ngarukiye@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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Eric Wirth
Eric Wirth

Director of Admissions

Since 2008, as director of Admissions, Eric Wirth has provided leadership and oversight of the admissions policies, procedures, records, and communications practices for applicants and enrolling students for SIT Study Abroad.

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Wendy Mason
Wendy Mason

Assistant Director of Admissions

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Wendy Mason has a BA in communications with an emphasis on photography and digital imaging from St. Norbert College. She worked for three years as a digital artist in a professional photo lab before moving to Vermont to obtain her master’s in international education at SIT Graduate Institute in 2005.

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Vanessa Doyle
Vanessa Doyle

Admissions Counselor

Vanessa Doyle has been an admissions counselor for SIT Study Abroad since January of 2014. She oversees the programs in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, and Panama.

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Tracy Bucossi
Tracy Bucossi

Admissions Assistant

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Ian Hefele
Ian Hefele

Admissions Counselor

Ian Hefele has worked as an admissions counselor for SIT Study Abroad since April of 2013. His portfolio includes the following countries: Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Uganda, and South Africa.

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Melissa Heiden
Melissa Heiden

Admissions Assistant

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Craig Hinson
Craig Hinson

Admissions Counselor

Craig Hinson is an admissions counselor at SIT Study Abroad, working with programs in Brazil, India, and IHP Human Rights, Climate Change, and Cities in the 21st Century. He is passionate about study abroad, the organization’s mission, and the benefits of international education.

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Karin Ndzelen
Karin Ndzelen

Admissions Counselor

Karin Ndzelen is an admissions counselor at SIT Study Abroad, working with programs in Africa, South of the Sahara, and the IHP Health and Community: Globalization, Culture, and Care program.

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Peter Starkey
Peter Starkey

Admissions Counselor

Peter Starkey is the admissions counselor for the programs traveling to Serbia, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Mongolia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nepal, and Samoa.

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Michael P. Smallis
Michael P. Smallis

Dean of Students

Michael Smallis has been SIT’s dean of students since summer 2008. Mr. Smallis has over twenty-five years of experience in student affairs and is particularly skilled in the areas of student development and leadership, conflict resolution, parent relations, risk mitigation, and crisis management.

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Laurie Granger
Laurie Granger

Executive Assistant to the Dean of Students

Laurie Granger is the executive assistant to the dean of students and has worked in various capacities for SIT since 1991. She holds a BA in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany.

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Stephen Sweet
Stephen Sweet

Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Life
Title IX Coordinator

Stephen Sweet has been a member of the SIT Student Affairs team since 2011. He began his work with SIT as the Student Affairs coordinator for SIT Study Abroad and transitioned to assistant dean of students for Campus Life in early spring of 2012.

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Jennifer Core
Jennifer Core

Assistant Dean of Students for International Programs

Jennifer Core has been working in the field of experiential education, program management, and student affairs for more than 15 years. She holds a master’s degree in intercultural service, leadership and management from SIT Graduate Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in religion and English from Pacific Lutheran University; she is currently pursuing a master of arts in teaching.

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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. With more than twenty years as a mental health professional, she is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC), nationally certified counselor (NCC), and a trained mediator.

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Janet Hulnick
Janet Hulnick

Director of International Student and Scholar Services

802 258-3364
janet.hulnick@sit.edu

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Julia Karpicz
Julia Karpicz

Disability Services Coordinator

Julia Rose Karpicz provides disability support services to students at SIT Graduate Institute, SIT Study Abroad, and The Experiment in International Living. She holds an MA in international education from New York University and a BA in political science from UNC Chapel Hill.

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Beverly Langeveld
Beverly Langeveld

Student Health Services Assistant

Beverly Langeveld joined the World Learning staff as student health services assistant in 2007. She is first point of contact for students and parents with questions about the health forms and health information needed for SIT Study Abroad, and, more recently, The Experiment in International Living.

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Cheryl Pennie Williams
Cheryl Pennie Williams

Manager of Student Health Administration

Cheryl Pennie Williams holds a bachelor of science in social work, a master’s in information systems from Pace University and a second masters in social policy and planning (with a concentration on health, welfare and urban/rural development) from the London School of Economics. Prior to World Learning, Cheryl held careers in social work and education.

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

 

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