Our 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.

Sophia Howlett
Sophia Howlett

President, School for International Training

Dr. Howlett comes to SIT from Kean University in New Jersey, where she was Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. She holds a PhD in European Renaissance Philosophy and Literature from University of York, UK, and a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University. She has international experience in more than 40 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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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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Daniel Lumonya
Daniel Lumonya

Academic Dean
Africa South of the Sahara

A citizen of Uganda, Dan completed a bachelor’s degree in social work and social administration at Makerere University in Uganda in 1991 and a master’s degree in social sector planning and management at the same university in 1999.

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Aynn Setright
Aynn Setright

Academic Dean
Latin America and the Caribbean

A native of Wyoming, Aynn earned a BA in international studies from the University of Wyoming and an MA in Latin American and Caribbean history from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN), Managua. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Zulia, Venezuela, and is currently completing her dissertation on Central American ecofeminism.

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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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Michael P. Smallis
Michael P. Smallis

Dean of Students

​Michael Smallis has been SIT’s dean of students since summer 2008. Michael 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. 

Mory Pagel
Mory Pagel

Director of University Relations

802 258-3492
mory.pagel@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

Northeast Region and International
802 258-3276
wanda.dutton@sit.edu

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Amy Burrows
Amy Burrows

University Relations Manager

Lower Atlantic 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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Melissa Heiden
Melissa Heiden

University Relations Assistant

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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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Craig McDonald
Craig McDonald

Southern New England and Ohio Region
802 258-3519
craig.mcdonald@sit.edu

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Kristen Ware
Kristen Ware

University Relations Manager

Midwest Region
802 258-3457
kristen.ware@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

Associate Dean for SIT Admissions

Since 2008, 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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Andrea Asai
Andrea Asai

Admissions Counselor

Andrea Asai is an admissions counselor at SIT Study Abroad, working with programs in Asia and the Pacific and the IHP Climate Change, IHP Rethinking Food Security, and IHP Social Entrepreneurship programs. She is an alumna of the India: Sustainable Development and Social Change program. 

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Tracy Bucossi
Tracy Bucossi

Admissions Assistant

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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, Nicaragua, Peru, and Panama.

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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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Craig Hinson
Craig Hinson

Admissions Counselor

Craig Hinson is an admissions counselor at SIT Study Abroad, working with programs in Europe and Brazil and with comparative IHP programs. He is passionate about study abroad, the organization’s mission, and the benefits of international education.

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Emily Montano
Emily Montano

Admissions Assistant

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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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Michael P. Smallis
Michael P. Smallis

Dean of Students

​Michael Smallis has been SIT’s dean of students since summer 2008. Michael 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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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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Andrea Crommett
Andrea Crommett

Assistant Director of Disability Services

Andrea “Andee” Crommett has been a member of Disability Services since 2015. She is the Assistant Director of Disability Services.

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Caitlin Holden
Caitlin Holden

Disability Services Associate

Caitlin Holden is the disability services associate in the Office of Disability Services and has been working with SIT since the fall of 2016.

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Janet Hulnick
Janet Hulnick

Director of International Student and Scholar Services

Janet Hulnick is the director of International Student and Scholar Services at SIT Graduate Institute and supports the Student Affairs on-call team for SIT Study Abroad. She has more than 25 years’ experience in immigration and support services for international students and scholars. 

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Beverly Langeveld
Beverly Langeveld

Student Health Services Assistant

Beverly Langeveld joined SIT as a 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 SIT Graduate Institute.

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Peter Starkey
Peter Starkey

Student Affairs Coordinator

Peter Starkey is the student affairs coordinator for SIT Study Abroad. He supports students with health and safety from the time they land in-country through to the end of the program. What he enjoys most is hearing what students want to research for their Independent Study Projects (ISPs).

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Cheryl Pennie Williams
Cheryl Pennie Williams

Manager of Student Health Administration

Cheryl Pennie Williams is the manager of student health administration for SIT Study Abroad and SIT Graduate Institute. She 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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For a complete listing of all World Learning/SIT staff, please use our staff directory.

 

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