Management Development Program (MDP) Chair, Kerry Geffert is the director of campus relations at Athena Study Abroad. He began his career in international education more than 30 years ago, including 18 years in education abroad where his responsibilities have included management of day-to-day operations, sales, and institutional relations. He has worked in the international education offices of both public and private universities in Oklahoma and New York. Kerry earned degrees from Kalamazoo College and Bowling Green State University, and also studied in Erlangen, Germany. A longtime NAFSA member, Kerry has held many member-leader roles in the assocation, including chair of Region X, program coordinator of the 1999 Denver conference, conference chair of the 2002 San Antonio conference, chair of the former Nominations and Elections Committee, and the Education Abroad Knowledge Community representative to the 2013 St. Louis conference. He has just rotated off the chair stream of the Education Abroad Knowledge Community and is one of the original MDP trainers.
Mary Beth Butler is director of communications for the international division at the University of North Texas (UNT). Previously she was director of the UNT Center for Global Learning and Experience for 13 years and also served in the Texas A&M Study Abroad Program Office for 9 years. She holds an MA in English from Texas A&M. Mary Beth is a former SECUSSA chair for Region III and has been a member of the Trainer Corps since 1996. She has chaired, co-chaired, and presented in numerous NAFSA workshops.
Rodolfo (Rudie) Altamirano is the director of international student and scholar services at the University of Pennsylvania, with primary responsibility for overall leadership to determine and implement organizational and campuswide strategies, including the delivery of quality services and programs to international students, scholars, faculty, staff, exchange visitors, and community members. Rudie coordinates Penn’s International Students Advisory Board and International Partners Outreach Group. He conceptualized and is spearheading Penn’s Intercultural Leadership Program. He has served in international education leadership positions at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. He holds a doctoral degree from Michigan State University. Elected national chair of NAFSA's Knowledge Community for International Students and Scholars, he has also held numerous regional and national leadership positions in NAFSA. He has presented and conducted more than 100 immigration, cross-cultural communication, and conflict resolution workshops nationally and internationally.
Robin Catmur is director of international student, scholar, and immigration services in the Office of International Education at the University of Georgia (UGA). She has been in the field of international education since 1995. In her current position at UGA, she manages all permanent residency work for UGA and supervises seven colleagues who process immigration sponsorships for more than 2,400 international students, scholars, faculty, and staff at UGA. She previously worked as director of visa services at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. She is the recipient of the NAFSA 2012 Award of Excellence and is currently the regulatory ombudsperson for NAFSA’s Southeast region, serving as the liaison to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for colleagues around the country who may need assistance and troubleshooting with pending scholar and employment-based immigration cases. As a trainer for NAFSA, she presents workshops pertaining to nonimmigrant and immigrant visa sponsorships, and management development. She holds a BA in international development from the University of California-Davis, and an MA in globalization studies from Dartmouth College.
Linda Drake Gobbo is currently a Professor in International Education, after having served in several dual administrative/teaching roles over the span of her career. Linda teaches strategic planning, internationalization at the organizational level, curriculum development, and multicultural group processes at SIT Graduate Institute (School for International Training). She has designed and implemented faculty-led education abroad courses in Intercultural Communication to Morocco, Turkey, and most recently to Costa Rica coupled with a TESOL certification program. She holds a MBA, M.Ed, and TESOL certification, and lived and worked in the UK on several occasions. Linda annually consults on these topics as well, and is active in NAFSA leadership. She was one of the lead designers and facilitators of NAFSA's Academy for International Education, served as the first Chair of the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) Knowledge Community, was a representative on the Subcommittee for Information Management, and Chair of the Training Coordination Subcommittee. Recently she was honored to receive the Sally Heym award from Region XI, which honors a colleague who has made outstanding contributions to the field of international education.
Holly Carter serves as director of the Office of International Education at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. She has also been a senior international officer at Queens University of Charlotte where she was director of the Center for International Education, assistant provost, and assistant professor of health, and Augusta State University where she served as assistant vice president for international affairs. Holly has many years of international education experience developing and expanding international programs: as a U.S.-based director, on-site program director, faculty member, and student abroad. Holly holds a PhD in sociology and health services research with a focus on international health care delivery systems, as well as a master's in public health with an international emphasis. She has an master's in philosophy from the University of Glasgow and taught at the University of Surrey in London.
Jamie Kendrioski is the director of international student and scholar services at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. His primary responsibilities include advising Babson’s international community on (and monitoring institutional compliance with) immigration regulations, as well as designing and conducting intercultural trainings for a wide variety of audiences. Before joining Babson, Jamie worked at Brown University in Rhode Island and Marietta College in Ohio. Jamie is passionate about mentoring new international educators and recently completed his tenure as a coach in the Academy for International Education. Since joining the Trainer Corps in 2008, Jamie has led numerous NAFSA workshops and conference sessions, and currently serves as workshop dean for the Core Education Program workshop F-1 Student Advising for Beginners. Jamie is also involved in Region XI as member of the Government Regulatory Advisory Committee.
Kim Kreutzer is recently retired from her position as associate director of the Office of International Education at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she had worked since 1987. For the first 20 years, she worked in education abroad, switching to the broader arena of international education in 2007. She currently focuses on strategic planning; international partnerships and initiatives; and Fulbright advising (and was herself a recipient of an International Education Administrators Fulbright award to Japan). For the last 25 years, Kim has been involved with NAFSA in many capacities. Her activities have included serving on the Region II team, on the Education Abroad Knowledge Community as member services coordinator, on the Professional Education Pathways Task Force, and on NAFSA’s Strengthening Task Force as the co-chair of the Education Abroad Knowledge Committee’s Working Group. Over the years, Kim has presented widely for audiences in the U.S. and overseas (Hungary, India, and Wales). Kim is an anthropologist with a master’s degree from the University of Arizona.
The presenters were meticulously prepared and very insightful…a wonderful example of how adult learning should be conducted.Participant, Washington, DC, 2014