Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Institute faculty members often act as mentors for students. Many Institute staff also have skill sets, work and life experiences, and/or professional networks that may be of interest to students. On this page, students can review profiles and contact any participating staff member. All staff mentors volunteer their time, and students should contact them directly to make arrangements to meet.

Shirley Coly

Shirley Coly
Director of Development

  • Email: scoly@miis.edu
  • Expertise: Fundraising, non-profit management, communications, proposal writing
  • Experience: More than 20 years of non-profit fundraising and communications in a variety of settings ranging from higher education, independent schools, health education, and conservation; worked for USAID subcontractor in health communications; RPCV Peace Corps Senegal (1989-1991); Toastmasters.

Isabelle Dubrana

Isabelle Dubrana
Associate Director, Admissions

  • Email: idubrana@miis.edu
  • Expertise: Admissions, interview preparation, international education, international counseling, language teaching.
  • Experience: MIIS admissions, CSUMB (advising for student success), Carmel Middle and High schools (advising international students), teaching French in American schools abroad (India).

Ann Flower


Ann Flower
Assistant Director, Library

  • Email: aflower@miis.edu
  • Expertise: Research, political organizing, nonprofit arts organizations
  • Experience: Program Chair, Democratic Women of Monterey County; Board member, Chamber Music Monterey Bay

Leah Gowron

Leah Gowron
Director of Alumni Relations

  • Email: lgowron@miis.edu
  • Expertise: Career development (networking, social media networking, resumes/cover letters, developing a personal marketing plan), strategic planning, project management and evaluation
  • Experience: Higher education (MIIS); cross-cultural training and consulting (now defunct Silicon Valley company); leadership training and development (Hudson Bay Company)


Evelyn Helminen

Evelyn Helminen
Assistant Director for Digital Initiatives, Digital Learning Commons

  • Email: ehelminen@miis.edu
  • Expertise: Blogging, graphic design, website design, professional online presence, social media marketing, speaking/presenting, writing
  • Experience: Over 15 years experience in graphic design and small business marketing; Web development and design for many small businesses, organizations, and projects; Toastmasters; RPCV, Peace Corps Armenia (2011-2013); Over 9 years of personal blogging experience


Rebecca Henriksen

Rebecca Henriksen
Dean, Enrollment, Advising, and Student Services

  • Email: rhenriksen@miis.edu
  • Expertise: Higher ed marketing and recruiting, building and leading teams, hiring and training, strategic and operational planning, using data to measure progress and make decisions
  • Experience: Thunderbird School of Global Management (4 years); Institute for Professional Development (23 years – a subsidiary of the Apollo Group that specialized in higher ed marketing and recruiting with special emphasis on non-traditional and adult learners)


Carol Johnson

Carol Johnson
Sr. Asst. Director of Global Recruiting

  • Email: cgjohnson@miis.edu
  • Expertise: International student recruiting; value as a major service export, utilizing services of the US Commercial Service, international trade organizations, networking, relationship building. 

  • Experience: Sales and Marketing in Electronics and International Education, Northern California District Export Council; Board Member, Study California Consortium; Board Member and Chair-Elect (2019).


Devin Luedekke


Devin Luedekke
Senior Director of Global Recruiting

  • Email: dluedekk@miis.edu
  • Expertise: Admissions, enrollment management, recruiting in higher education, youth exchange programs, leadership development
  • Experience: World Learning / The Experiment in International Living / School for International Training

Amy McGill

Amy McGill
Associate Provost for Integration Strategies

  • Email: mcgill@miis.edu
  • Expertise: Strategic planning, program development, higher education management, writing (from grant proposals to poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction). I enjoy helping colleagues analyze problems, develop collaborative solutions, and shape persuasive arguments.
  • Experience: Thirty years of program development and management experience with various Middlebury programs, including the Language Schools, the Center for Educational Technology, the Middlebury Institute, and the Office of the Provost. Led admissions and student services departments, and taught political philosophy, American history, and American government at several small New England colleges. Community experience included chairing boards of a community action agency and a domestic violence agency in central Vermont.


Carolyn Meyer

Carolyn Taylor Meyer
Director of Immersive Professional Learning and Special Programs

  • Email: cmeyer@miis.edu
  • Expertise: Study abroad, immersive learning, NGO and IGO career options, public relations, risk management
  • Experience: Monterey College of Law Mandell-Gisnet Center for Conflict Management, Monterey Peninsula College, Santa Catalina High School, Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), Partners in Health Rwanda (through MIIS partnership)


Rachel Muradyan


Rachel Muradyan
Marketing and Admissions Manager

  • Email: rvidmar@miis.edu
  • Expertise: Higher education administration, marketing, language program administration, admissions, social media
  • Experience: Fort Hays State University, Action Learning Systems, MIIS


Lauren Patron-Castro

Lauren Patron-Castro
Dean’s Assistant, Graduate School of International Policy and Management

  • Email: lpatron@miis.edu
  • Expertise: Higher education administration, event planning and facilitation, working with diverse communities and age groups, giving and receiving feedback, general interviewing tips.
  • Experience: Public Allies, An AmeriCorps Program (placed with Vision Literacy and The Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula’s Center for a New Generation), intern at KAZU 90.3, degree in Human Communication with a focus on Journalism & Media Studies (CSUMB).


Maggie Peters

Maggie Peters
Associate Director of Alumni Relations

  • Email: mpeters@miis.edu
  • Expertise: Volunteer engagement, program management, career coaching, strategic planning and partnerships, event planning, social media, communications.
  • Experience: 10+ years program management experience, former MIIS CACS advisor, former MIIS Net Impact club president, co-founder of Our Green Thumb Community Garden, community theater, Rising International intern, Resident Assistant at Siena College.


Meghan Rasmussen


Meghan Rasmussen
Director of Foundation Relations and Institutional Grants

  • Email: mrasmussen@miis.edu
  • Expertise: Grant writing, program evaluation, government consulting, Lean Six Sigma (process improvement), organizational assessment
  • Experience: Naval Postgraduate School, LMI Government Consulting, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Catholic Relief Services


Hannah Ross

Hannah S. Ross
General Counsel, Middlebury College

  • Email: hross@middlebury.edu
  • Expertise: Legal and compliance issues in higher education, including personnel matters, faculty issues, student affairs, litigation, governance, and international operations.
  • Experience: Princeton University (13 years), Hill & Barlow (Boston), Goulston & Storrs (Boston), clerkship with Justice Denise Johnson of the Vermont Supreme Court. National Association of College and University Attorneys (member/volunteer). J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, B.A. summa cum laude from Yale University.


Sarah Springer


Sarah Springer
Senior Design Specialist

  • Email: sspringe@miis.edu
  • Expertise: Human-centered design, design thinking, qualitative research, design research
  • Experience: MIIS since 2001 (student, faculty, and staff), State Department, DLI, a variety of schools and universities in the US and abroad (language learning, teaching, technology, and design-related roles)


Melissa Sorenson

Melissa Sorenson
Assistant Director for Special Projects
Office of Organizational Development & Digital Learning Commons

  • Email: msorenson@miis.edu
  • Expertise: Organizational development, meeting design and facilitation, management & leadership coaching, team development
  • Experience: IES Abroad (Study Abroad Programs), University of Wisconsin Madison (Orientation and First Year Experience Programs)


Jill Stoffers

Jill Stoffers
Senior Director of Institutional Partnerships

  • Email: jill.stoffers@miis.edu
  • Expertise: Partnership development, relationship management, student recruitment
  • Experience: Portland State University, Middlebury Institute. I have 20 years’ experience crafting recruitment plans to increase enrollment overall and in key segments including community college transfer students, first generation college students, international students, MBA students and others. In my partnership role I have worked with over 100 schools, governments and organizations developing and maintaining relationships. I’ve worked closely with IIE, the Peace Corps, City Year, The French Embassy and many more.


Patricia Szasz 2017

Patricia Szasz
Assistant Dean for Language & Professional Programs

  • Email: pszasz@miis.edu
  • Expertise: Language program administration, intercultural communication, leadership, budgeting, non-profit management, international education marketing.
  • Experience: Technical trainer and project manager (Oracle Corp), president of trade association (EnglishUSA: The American Association of Intensive English Programs), board member of professional association (CATESOL), Director of Intensive English Programs (MIIS), assistant dean for Language & Professional Programs (MIIS), Teacher trainer and consultant in US and overseas.


Rebecca Henriksen

Rebecca Vander Schaaf
Assistant Director of Global Recruiting

  • Email: rvs@miis.edu
  • Expertise: International and domestic student recruitment, email marketing, data analysis, return on investment optimization.
  • Experience: Northeastern University’s Summer Pathway Program (managed a bridge program for international students), Middlebury Institute’s Enrollment Department (recruiting and admissions), Omprakash Communications Manager, Lessons from Abroad (was Co-Chair and Marketing Chair for San Francisco conference)

Jason Warburg

Jason Warburg
Executive Director, Communications

  • Email: jwarburg@miis.edu
  • Expertise: Media relations, public relations, government & community relations, news writing, speechwriting
  • Experience: Warburg Communications (principal), Nelnet Guarantor Solutions (dir. of communications & govt. relations), EdFund (nonprofit affiliate of California Student Aid Commission) (VP of public affairs, dir. of communications), Lt. Governor Leo McCarthy (sr. policy & communications advisor), Senate Office of Research, Rep. Mel Levine


Scott Webb

Scott Webb
Career & Academic Advisor

  • Email: sdwebb@miis.edu
  • Expertise: Degrees from MIIS (MPA), San Francisco State (MA), UCSD (BA)
  • Experience: Catholic Relief Services (technical adviser w/ Humanitarian Response Dept.), Relief International (senior program officer for East Africa, managed Sudan / South Sudan portfolio), International Relief and Development (program officer, recruiter), Peace Corps (recruiter and volunteer). Has worked in countries including Niger, Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Gambia, Mauritania, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Peace Corps service in Niger 1997-2001.