Annual Conference Committee

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2019 Updates

The 2019 Conference Executive Team

The Executive Team provides vision and oversight and ensures the conference is aligned with NAFSA’s Strategic Plan. They set content and networking priorities for the conference (including both concurrent sessions and poster events). They lead the content planning meeting to review the program submitted by the Conference Content Team and, with their help, engineer or re-engineer sessions, seminars, and workshops to meet content goals. In addition, they evaluate data from the previous years’ conference to inform their goals for the upcoming conference.

  • Conference Chair: Judith Pennywell, University of Michigan
  • President of NAFSA: Elaine Meyer-Lee, Agnes Scott College
  • Vice President for Scholarship and Institutional Strategy: Jeff Riedinger, University of Washington
  • Chair-Designate for 2019 Conference: Kathy Hammett, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Chair of Conference Content Team: Dena Neese, Virginia Tech
  • Workshop Coordinator: Brad Sekulich, UNC Charlotte
  • Poster Chair: Namiko Bagirimvano, Tacoma Community College

The 2019 Conference Content Team

The Content Team develops a content plan for the conference and helps shape the Call for Proposals. They solicit and review proposals for sessions (including both concurrent sessions and poster events) and workshops that fit the conference theme and advance knowledge and skill-building for the field of international education and exchange. Each team member develops a ranked set of session and workshop proposals for their respective audience group to contribute to the creation of a coherent, comprehensive, and cutting-edge program. Posters are reviewed and organized under the direction of the Poster Chair.

  • Chair of the Conference Content Team: Dena Neese, Virginia Tech
  • Workshop Coordinator: Brad Sekulich, UNC Charlotte
  • Poster Chair: Namiko Bagirimvano, Tacoma Community College
  • EA KC Coordinator: Margaret Wiedenhoeft, Kalamazoo College
  • IEL KC Coordinator: Rick Lee, Rutgers University
  • KC ISSS Coordinator: Sam Brown, Brigham Young University
  • IEM KC Coordinator: Amy VanSurksum, South Puget Sound Community College
  • TLS KC Coordinator: Jennifer Creamer, Robert Morris University