2019 National Leadership Bios

 

Below are brief biographies of the member-leaders elected in the 2019 national election.

President and Chair of the Board of Directors

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar has been in the field of international education for over twenty years and has worked in various types of institutions, ranging from small professional institutions and community college to a major research institution. He is currently the Director of the International Office at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. His NAFSA member-leader experience began in Region V as a community college representative. He has also served as KC ISSS representative; Regulatory Representative; Region V Chair; Membership Committee; Chair of the NAFSA task force on online case management tool (currently called Issue Net); NAFSA’s Diversity Statement Task Force; member-at-large on the Leadership Development Committee and chair of the Leadership Development Committee. Currently, he is the Vice President for Professional Development and Engagement on NAFSA’s Board of Directors.

His area of specialization includes intercultural communication, program development and nonimmigrant regulation.

Current Professional Position

Director, International Office, Northwestern University

Vice President for Professional Development and Engagement

Shinsaeng (Shinn) Ko

Shinsaeng (Shinn) Ko

Shinn Ko serves as director of international student and scholar services, global strategy, and initiatives at Emory University. She has presented numerous sessions and workshops at conferences and seminars. She has also held various national and regional leadership positions within NAFSA, including the Leadership Development Committee, the Training Coordination Subcommittee, chair of the Professional Development Subcommittee for the Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services, and community and campus programming representative for Region V.

Current Professional Position

Director, International Student and Scholar Services, Emory University

Members-at-large

Diana Carlin

Diana Carlin, PhD

Diana Bartelli Carlin served as the senior international officer at Saint Louis University and at the University of Kansas. She retired from Saint Louis University in January 2016. She has been a NAFSA member since 2000. In 2007 and 2008, she served as dean-in-residence and director of international outreach at the Council of Graduate Schools. Carlin chaired the NAFSA Task Force on the Bologna Process from 2006 to 2008 and has presented at several NAFSA annual conferences, regional conferences, and preconference workshops. She assisted NAFSA teams with preparations for the 2010 annual conference in Kansas City and the 2013 annual conference in St. Louis, and organized and chaired a Colloquium on Sustainability and Internationalization at the 2013 conference. During her tenure at Kansas, the university received the Senator Paul Simon Award, and the Center for Global Citizenship at Saint Louis University won the inaugural AIEA Innovation Award. She has authored book chapters on joint and dual degrees, international student support, and faculty international development. Carlin received a Fulbright International Education Administrators award to France in 2013 and a Fulbright Specialist Award to Myanmar/Burma in 2016.

Current Professional Position

Former Associate Provost for Graduate and Global Education at Saint Louis University
Professor Emerita of Communication and Former Dean of the Graduate School and International Programs at the University of Kansas

Susana Carrillo

Susana Carrillo

Susana Carrillo is an international development professional with more than 20 years of experience working across regions in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa (including fragile and conflict affected states) and Europe. Throughout her career, she has been successful in influencing policy making, bringing multi stakeholder teams together and motivating others to achieve goals and objectives. She previously worked with the World Bank, where she held several positions in operations and corporate initiatives. She recently served as an adviser to the Skills Development Working Group, Brazilian chapter of the BRICS Business Council. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as chief of program in Central America, sub-Saharan Africa and in New York at the Bureau for Development Policy.

Current Professional Position

Global Consultant for International Higher Education and Adjunct Professor, Honors College, George Mason University

Ahmad Ezzeddine

Ahmad Ezzeddine, PhD

Ahmad Ezzeddine, PhD is the associate vice president for educational outreach and international programs at Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit, Michigan, where he leads the university’s national, global, and corporate educational outreach programs. As the senior international officer, he is responsible for attracting international talent to the university and creating and expanding educational and research experiences for WSU students and faculty across the globe. A firm proponent of the crucial role that universities play in driving economic and community development, Ezzeddine is also responsible for academic community engagement that leverages the resources of the university and the talent and creativity of students to benefit local and international communities.

Current Professional Position

Associate Vice President, Educational Outreach and International Programs, Wayne State University

Heather Barclay Hamir, PhD

Heather Barclay Hamir, PhD is president and CEO of the Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA). Hamir has worked in international education for two decades at both public and private universities. Over her career, she has focused on inclusion in study abroad and enhancing the quality of the educational experience, serving as an active contributor in national discussions on both topics. While at the University of Texas-Austin, the institution was recognized with the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for Campus Internationalization and the Diversity Abroad Excellence in Diversifying International Education Institutional Award for initiatives that substantially increased participation among underrepresented populations. Heather is coeditor of Promoting Inclusion in Education Abroad: A Handbook of Research and Practice (2018). She serves on Diversity Abroad’s Advisory Committee, is an emeritus member of the Fund for Education Abroad’s Board of Directors, and a past member of the Forum on Education Abroad’s Forum Council.

Current Professional Position

President and CEO, Institute of Study Abroad

Fernando León-García, PhD

Fernando León-García, PhD

Fernando León-García, PhD has served as president of Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Y Superior University (CETYS) University since 2010, leading the institution to institutional and program accreditation in the United States (WASC, ACBSP, ABET) and one of the highest study abroad rates among universities in Mexico. He was previously chancellor of City University of Seattle’s International Division, covering campuses, sites, and programs across the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

León-García is president-elect of the IAUP, chair of ACE’s CIGE, and a member of different boards, commissions, and advisory councils such as WASC, CASE, AGB, HACU, CONAHEC, Universia-México, and FIMPES.

León-García holds a doctoral degree in educational administration and policy analysis, an MA in international development education from Stanford University, as well as a BA in industrial engineering from CETYS University.

Current Professional Position

President, CETYS University
Chair, ACE Commission on International and Global Engagement

Ann Mason, PhD

Ann Mason, PhD

Ann Mason has over 20 years’ experience in international education, higher education administration, and U.S.-Latin American academic cooperation. Mason currently directs her own international higher education consulting firm, Mason Education Group, based in Bogotá, Colombia. Her previous positions include executive director of the U.S.-Colombia Fulbright Commission and professor and chair of the Political Science Department at the University of the Andes, both in Bogotá. She serves on the boards of directors of the University of Rosario and of the U.S.-Colombia Binational Center and is a member of the Accreditation Standards Steering Committee of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). Mason has advised the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, the Institute of International Education, the World Bank, the Land Grant University Colombia Consortium, Colciencias, Javeriana University, Tadeo University, and the Ceiba and EDUCA Foundations. Mason’s NAFSA service includes chair of the TLS Knowledge Community and chair of the Latin American Forum. Mason received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, and holds a PhD in political science from Yale University.

Current Professional Position

Founder, Mason Education Group

Cecil P. Staton

Cecil P. Staton, DPhil

Cecil P. Staton, DPhil, became the 11th chancellor of East Carolina University (ECU) on July 1, 2016. He is a tenured professor in ECU’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Prior to his role at ECU, Staton served as vice chancellor for extended education for the University System of Georgia and as interim president of Valdosta State University. Staton held several positions at Mercer University, including associate provost, assistant professor, and university publisher, and he was an assistant professor at Brewton-Parker College. For 10 years, Staton served as a Georgia state senator, representing the state’s Eighteenth District. He was also the founding CEO of several companies in the fields of publishing and broadcasting. Staton earned his bachelor of arts degree from Furman University, his master of divinity with languages and master of theology degrees from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Oxford in England.

Current Professional Position

Chancellor, East Carolina University

Chair, Education Abroad Knowledge Community

Eduardo Contreras

Eduardo Contreras

Eduardo Contreras is the assistant provost for international education, diversity, and inclusion at the University of Portland, where he also teaches in the School of Education’s MA program in Higher Education and Student Affairs. With nearly two decades in public and private U.S. post-secondary education, Contreras has a long-term commitment to inclusive excellence and international education. He has also written and presented extensively on international education and inclusion. In addition to an EdM and EdD from Harvard, he has a BA in history an a MA in Asian cultures and languages from the University of Texas-Austin.

Current Professional Position

Assistant Provost, University of Portland

Chair, International Education Leadership Knowledge Community

Victoria Jones

Victoria Jones, PhD

Victoria Jones is the chief global affairs officer at the University of California-Irvine. She previously led international relations at Seattle University, the University of Texas-San Antonio School of Business, and FGV-EAESP in São Paulo, Brazil. Jones teaches and conducts research in international marketing and management. Her degrees are from Cornell University, the University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School, and the University of Southern California. Before her career in higher education, she worked in the arts, in public relations, and was, for a short time, a radio disk jockey.

Current Professional Position

Chief Global Affairs Officer, University California-Irvine

Chair, International Enrollment Management Knowledge Community

Salma Benhaida

Salma Benhaida

Salma Benhaida is the director of international recruitment, admissions, and sponsored student services at Kent State University where she overseas international recruitment and admissions over the eight-campus system. Benhaida also acts as liaison between Kent State University and various sponsoring agencies and foreign embassies. She received her BS in accountancy and her MA in communication from The University of Akron. Benhaida is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.

Current Professional Position

Director of International Recruitment, Admissions, and Sponsored Services, Kent State University

Chair, International Student and Scholar Services Knowledge Community

Tina Rousselot de Saint Ceran

Tina Rousselot de Saint Ceran

Tina Rousselot de Saint Ceran is a seasoned international education leader with more than a decade of experience supporting comprehensive internationalization efforts in higher education. Rousselot de Saint Ceran’s interest in the field began after her own transformative study abroad and student leadership experiences allowed her to understand the value of a global education. In her career, she has worked to support initiatives that provide greater access to education abroad and advance diversity and inclusion efforts in higher education. Rousselot de Saint Ceran currently serves as the director of international services at Clemson University where she oversees support for international students, scholars, employees, and families. She is active in the NAFSA Trainer Corps and has previously served on the national Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services team as the International Scholar Advising Network leader 2016-2018, the South Carolina Association of International Educators chair 2017-2019, and ISSS representative from 2014-2017. Rousselot de Saint Ceran holds an MBA from Clemson University and a BA in foreign languages from Austin Peay State University.

Current Professional Position

Director of International Services, Clemson University

Chair, Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community

Eylem Atakav

Eylem Atakav, PhD

Eylem Atakav, PhD is senior lecturer in film and television studies and associate dean international at the University of East Anglia where she teaches courses on gender politics and Middle Eastern media. She served as the leader for the Intercultural Communication and Training Network of the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community between 2015-2017. She is a National Teaching Fellow (HEA-UK) and the recipient of 2016 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Outstanding Contribution to Pedagogy Award. She is the author of Women and Turkish Cinema (2012) and the director of Growing Up Married (2016), an internationally acclaimed documentary about forced marriage and child brides in Turkey.

Current Professional Position

Associate Dean International, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, University of East Anglia

Chair, Leadership Development Committee

Elena Anderson-de Lay

Elena Anderson-de Lay

Elena Anderson-de Lay specializes in global workforce development and employment-based immigration. She previously served as director of global mobility and visa services at the Brookings Institution. Prior to Brookings, she served as a NAFSA staff member and as an international educator at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Anderson-de Lay’s NAFSA involvement includes serving on the Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services as the International Scholar Advising Network leader, two terms on the Leadership Development Committee, four years in the Trainer Corps, and as the 2008 Local Arrangements co-chair. She has also served as a member-leader in the Society of Human Resource Management, the Council for Global Immigration, the Forum for Expatriate Management, and the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council. A frequent presenter at NAFSA’s national and regional conferences, Anderson-de Lay has a passion for building bridges and leading at every level.

Current Professional Position

Cofounder and Lead Strategist, At Ease Solutions

Chair, Membership Engagement Committee

Tami Renner

Tami Renner

Tami Renner is the director of international student and scholar services in the Global Engagement Office at Creighton University. She earned her BA in elementary education and her MA in higher, adult, and lifelong education. Before joining Creighton, Renner was the associate director of ISSS at Loyola University-Chicago. She has worked with international students and scholars at Adler University, Wayne State University, and Northwestern University. Renner served as the chair of NAFSA's Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services and Regional Affairs Committee and on the Region V team.

Current Professional Position

Director of International Student and Scholar Services, Creighton University