Meet Students in the International Education Management Program!

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Thuy Nguyen

Program: International Education Management

Before MIIS: Taught English in Japan through the JET program

Fun Fact: Loves baking and decorating cupcakes and layer cakes

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Kimberly Bellows

Program: International Education Management

Before MIIS: Taught English in Chile; volunteered at a peace and reconciliation center in Northern Ireland; worked for a Congresswoman in Washington, D.C.

Fun Fact: Can eat an entire jar of pickles in one sitting

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Student Profiles

Meet the IEM students here at the Monterey Institute!

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Aurora Margarita Goldkamp

Before MIIS: Worked in a B&B, and taught English in France.

Career Goal: Working in a study abroad office, in the U.S. or Europe.

Fun Fact: Is a yoga teacher.

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Danai Sakutukwa

Before MIIS: Taught ESL in Brazil. 

Career Goal: Working for a study abroad program at UCB or UCSF

Fun Fact: Born and raised in Zimbabwe and Australia.

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Megan Levonian

Before MIIS: Got degree in Asian Studies from Claremont McKenna.

Career Goal: Promote citizen diplomacy programs to bring cultural understanding and greater peace to the world.

Fun Fact: Loves cooking breakfast food, but nothing else.


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Tessa Fancher

Before MIIS: International student volunteer program coordinator in Vermont.

Career Goal: Work in Higher Education with US or foreign students.

Fun Fact: Speaks Spanish and hopes to learn Portuguese.

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Allie Collopy

Before MIIS: Worked in Oregon for government-sponsored programs with AFS.

Career Goal: Managing study abroad programs overseas.

Fun Fact: Wildly skilled with chopsticks.

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Maritza Munzon 

Before MIIS: Working as an Administrative Assistant for SF State's Parking and Transportation Department.

Career Goal: Become a Peace Corps Volunteer, then develop and manage study abroad programs geared for underrepresented students.

Fun Fact: Is an occasional Lyft driver and have the fuzzy pink carstache to prove it!

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Three Guillory III

Before MIIS: Participated in grassroots internationalization. Taught English in Japan. 

Career Goal: Gainfully employed in Japan, or working to benefit children around the world. 

Fun Fact: Owned and travelled with my harp for years, and still can't play it.

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Maria Juliana Mejia

Before MIIS: Finishing BA in Languages (Spanish, French, Mandarin).

Career Goal: Work for an international education institute and later on start her own!

Fun Fact: Born at the salsa capital of the world, but isn't a huge salsa dancer.

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Luz Vazquez-Ramos

Before MIIS: Returned Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador.

Career Goal: Develop and implement curriculum for an NGO or education institution in Latin America.

Fun Fact: Enjoys playing the djembe drum.

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Sherry Chen

Before MIIS: Taught English in Taiwan.

Career Goal: Work as a study abroad program director in U.S. or Taiwan.

Fun Fact: Loves to bake but not cook.

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Matt Loehrer

Before MIIS: In San Francisco working for an education services company.

Career Goal: Work as an international student advisor or manage a language program abroad.

Fun Fact: Can make kimchi.

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Amy Slay

Before MIIS: Interning at CTBTO in Vienna, Austria.

Career Goal: Work for an international organization developing online platforms and/or working for a U.S.-Germany exchange program.

Fun Fact: Can whistle with vibrato.

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George Payne

Before MIIS: Spent last 5 years in Philadelphia as a co-op student in International Area Studies Program.

Career Goal: Travel and/or work as a teacher.

Fun Fact: Wishes he was a cartoon.

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Tylie Cramer

Before MIIS: Teaching English at an elementary school in Uruguay.

Career Goal: Work in Latin America organizing high school exchanges incorporating language and service learning.

Fun Fact: Going to run a half marathon in Antarctica in 2017.

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Kristin Wood-Hegner

Before MIIS: Working as a Global Security Supervisor at eBay/PayPal.

Career Goal: Work in an intercultural education non-profit.

Fun Fact: Studied henna arts in India.

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Chanel Bell

Before MIIS: Worked for 2 non-profits in D.C. after graduating from Howard U.

Career Goal: Work as a study abroad program provider like IES or at a university.

Fun Fact: Loves to cook. Made a New Year's resolution to cook 52 new recipes this year.

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Abasin Ludin

Before MIIS: Working at the Defense Language Institute.

Career Goal: Manage international education programs.

Fun Fact: Likes to play cricket in the rain.

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Aimee Devitto

Before MIIS: Working as a med tech to save money for grad school.

Career Goal: Work in a university study abroad office.

Fun Fact: Loves chocolate.

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Nate Hammond

Before MIIS: Working on investment projects for an EB-5 Regional Center.

Career Goal: Work on study abroad or other experiential learning programs in a university or other third party provider setting.

Fun Fact: Has a life long but as of yet un-acted upon interest in archaeology and ancient civilizations.

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Galen Anderson

Before MIIS: Working as a Resident Advisor and RA Director at Middlebury College.

Career Goal: Conduct field research as a cultural anthropologist in the Middle East.

Fun Fact: Is part Cherokee.

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Cortney Copeland

Before MIIS: Was an intercultural communications and religious studies undergrad at CSUS.

Career Goal: Be knee deep in the water somewhere.

Fun Fact: Used to have a speech impediment.

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Sandy Pelc

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Zi Ye

Before MIIS: Graduated from MIIS in 2010. After that, taught Chinese at DLI for three years.

Career Goal: Work in a university setting, with international scholars and students.

Fun Fact: Loves drawing automobiles!



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Jordan Bowlby

Before MIIS: Leading international academic and outdoor programs.

Career Goal: Design and run international academic programs for university students.

Fun Fact: Loves to rock climb!

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Kelsey Prima

Before MIIS: Teaching English in Austria with Fulbright.

Career Goal: 

Coordinating study abroad at a foreign university, preferably in a German-speaking country.

Fun Fact: Traveled to 10 countries in the last 2 years.


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Tobias Joel

Before MIIS: Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Indonesia.

Career Goal: Work toward global understanding and social change through study abroad/exchange.

Fun Fact: Set a jump-rope record in middle school.

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Jacob Jallah

Before MIIS: In Liberia, working with the Ministry of Youth and Sports

Career Goal: Top professional in international education, including NGOs, INGOs, public sector, and universities

Fun Fact: Loves thinking wide and global.

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Natalie Spencer

Before MIIS: Working at the University of New Mexico in the Physics & Astronomy department.

Career Goal: Work with students and administrators around the world.

Fun Fact: Gets hiccups when she eats spicy food.

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Danyelle Mitchell

Before MIIS: Serving with City Year, mentoring 8th graders in Philadelphia.

Career Goal: Work in the field of education reform; create an educational non-profit.

Fun Fact: Trying to learn the electric guitar, but has only gotten 4 notes in 4 years.

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Amy Marrion

Before MIIS: Coordinating an Intensive English Program in Washington, DC.

Career Goal: Develop accessible study abroad experiences.

Fun Fact: Was a volunteer diver at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

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Reginald N. Spence

Before MIIS: Working with the JET program.

Career Goal: Teach incoming and outgoing professionals travelling to different parts of the world.

Fun Fact: Loves to sing and dance, snowboard during the winter, and play board games.

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Eric M. Chávez

Before MIIS: Working as a marketing and operations analyst in Silicon Valley.

Career Goal: Work in international development with a focus on education for an organization like UNESCO.

Fun Fact: Loves flannel.

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Patrick McMurdo

Before MIIS: Finished Peace Corps Ukraine; worked as a coordinator for a diverse elementary in Portland.

Career Goal: Work in student exchange programs with Slavic countries.

Fun Fact: Played in the National Title game for collegiate lacrosse.

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Clare Teague

Before MIIS: Living in San Diego, running own math tutoring business.

Career Goal: Add Spanish and international aspect to tutoring business; see what other opportunities arise.

Fun Fact: Loves math and surfing.

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David Saide

Before MIIS: Coordinator of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program at the Consulate-General of Brazil in Chicago.

Career Goal: Work for an international non-profit focused on providing opportunities to minority students in Latin America.

Fun Fact: Has been a Bboy (break dancer) for 11+ years.

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Gloria Avalos

Before MIIS: Pursued undergraduate degree from Saint Xavier, double majoring in Spanish and International Studies.

Career Goal: Advise students who study abroad during undergrad.

Fun Fact: Has visited more countries in Europe than states in the US.

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Kelly Jacqueline Zuniga

Before MIIS: Working at the UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.

Career Goal: Work in higher education to make study abroad more accessible.

Fun Fact: Can be bribed with chocolate.

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Khatab Cissokho

Before MIIS: Argosy University for bachelor's degree in Business Administration and International Studies.

Career Goal: Be successful, know about IEM, and use it in UN internationally

Fun Fact: Is a performing artist: actor, dancer, drummer, and choreographer.

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Adrian Raye

Before MIIS: Working in the private sector; volunteering with SAWIP (South African Washington International Programs).

Career Goal: Work in study abroad at a university in the Washington, DC area.

Fun Fact: Enjoys playing tennis.

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Brian Pekrill

Before MIIS: Working at Brandeis University's Undergraduate Admission Office as the International Coordinator.

Career Goal: Assist international students in making smart decisions regarding study in the US.

Fun Fact: Was President of the New England JET Alumni Association.

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Katie Barthelow

Before MIIS: Living and working in the interior of 

Panamá with good food, lots of soccer, and my Panamanian cat, Nena.

Career Goal: To rethink, redesign, and innovate education, either in the US or abroad.

Fun Fact: Commuted by boat to an island of 200 people for 4th-5th grade.

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Aileen Evans

Before MIIS: Teaching English and eating cheese in southern France.

Career Goal: Work with a study abroad program, providing the same inspiring international experiences afforded in my life.

Fun Fact: Hitch-hiked in Senegal.

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Angélique Stevens

Before MIIS: Pursuing bachelor's degree in English on the French Riviera.

Career Goal: Manage incoming and outgoing exchange students at an American university, with a focus on trans-Atlantic relations between France and the US.

Fun Fact: Constantly tuned into other time zones: dad lives in Tahiti, has friends on the East Coast, and family still lives in France.

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Steffa Collens

Before MIIS: Living in Hawaii and working for EF for the past 4 years, both in International Language Schools and in EF Tours.

Career Goal: Try out the non-profit and public and/or higher education world.

Fun Fact: Favorite flavor is pumpkin.

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Anna Santos

Before MIIS: Working at an education-based non-profit in NYC, bringing language programs into elementary schools.

Career Goal: Manage cultural programming for an international organization or with the State Department.

Fun Fact: Used to dance in a flamenco group.

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Veronica Soto

Before MIIS: Living and working in American Samoa as the Field Director for World Teach.

Career Goal: Work as an advisor for international students from the South Pacific at the University of Hawaii.

Fun Fact: Used to work as a production assistant for American Idol.

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Ashleigh Edelsohn

Before MIIS: Teaching English in a religious elementary school in Be'er Sheva through a pilot program teaching fellowship through the Israeli Ministry of Education.

Career Goal: Work with English-language programs overseas, specifically in education reform for teaching English in Israel.

Fun Fact: Award-winning jam-maker and baker!

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Casey Penn

Before MIIS: Managing a vineyard/winery in Cincinnati, OH.

Career Goal: Work in international student services for a university on the West Coast.

Fun Fact: Threw out the first pitch at a Cincinnati Reds game.

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Rachel Vidmar

Before MIIS: Teaching English and Marketing at an international university in Central China.

Career Goal: Work in an organization focused on improving US-Sino relations through education.

Fun Fact: Played rugby in Sweden before breaking two ribs during a game.

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April Danyluk

Before MIIS: Seoul, South Korea

Career Goal: Work to make quality education accessible to everyone.

Fun Fact: Fluent in ASL... although a bit out of practice.

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Julianne Farrar

Before MIIS: Bowdoin College, then took a year to travel around the US.

Career Goal: Hoping to discover this while at MIIS!

Fun Fact: Was a foot away from a live, wild grizzly bear in Yellowstone.

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Robert Broom

Before MIIS: Teaching English in Salzburg and Klagenfurt, Austria 

Career Goal: Work for an NGO or non-profit in Europe or Sub-Saharan Africa.

Fun Fact: Speaks German and Dutch / Ich spreche Deutsch und Niederlandisch / Ik spreek Durts en Nederlands

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Eli Hatch

Before MIIS: Working in automotive manufacturing, specifically with large Japanese companies.

Career Goal: Work as director of a study abroad program office at a university or in the foreign service with student visas and immigration.

Fun Fact: Big into Pinterest.

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Allison Newman

Before MIIS: Working in hospital administration at the Children's Hospital Colorado.

Career Goal: Consult for an international organization working at the university level.

Fun Fact: Certified yoga instructor.

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Kelsey Maher

Before MIIS: Teaching ESL in the Former Soviet Union.

Career Goal: Work for governmental organizations fostering a peaceful international community through cultural exchanges.

Fun Fact: Loves collecting recipes during her travels.

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Lynn Rampe

Before MIIS: Teaching kindergarten Spanish in Los Angeles.

Career Goal: Consult on educational policy writing.

Fun Fact: Read Harry Potter in 3 languages.

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Sophie Xue Xu

Before MIIS: Undergraduate school in Shanghai.

Career Goal: International program coordinator at a university, serving Chinese students who want to study in the US.

Fun Fact: Recognized as Mexican.

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Sydney McLoughlin

Before MIIS: Teaching English in Thailand to children and adults.

Career Goal: Study abroad advisor at a university.

Fun Fact: Loves traveling.

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Aaron Keshner

Before MIIS: Teaching ESL.

Career Goal: Serving other and paying off the loans.

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Christine Miller

Before MIIS: Teaching English abroad in Thailand for two years.

Career Goal: Work as a Study Abroad Advisor for a 4-year university, specifically UCEAP.

Fun Fact: First person in family to attend graduate school.

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Stephanie Rosenbaum

Before MIIS: Traveling, writing, and working as admin manager for Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra

Career Goal: Work in the field of international educational development.

Fun Fact: Legally blind without contacts or glasses!

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Peter Seilheimer

Before MIIS: Teaching at a German-immersion Pre-K - Elementary school.

Career Goal: Director of a study abroad program in Germany.

Fun Fact: Favorite books are kids' books.

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Ashley Machado

Before MIIS: Taught English in Chile for a year, then continued to teach ESL in Berkeley, CA.

Career Goal: Work with international students, especially women; dream job would be with the IIE.

Fun Fact: Hiked Half Dome in Yosemite twice.

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Christina Irvine

Before MIIS: Interning for World Endeavors, a study/intern/volunteer abroad organization based in Minneapolis, MN.

Career Goal: Work in education management with a humanitarian organization.

Fun Fact: Worked as a flight attendant.

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Gretta Herrin

Before MIIS: Working in international student services at Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School in Shenzhen, China.

Career Goal: Work for study abroad program in China or an international students office in the US.

Fun Fact: Was a figure skater.