The Education Abroad Knowledge Community


Community is crucial to education abroad professionals. We rely on colleagues for advice, guidance, sympathy, and motivation. The Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC), which includes a discussion forum, called the EA KC Network, is your community focused on the needs of education abroad professionals. The Knowledge Community is led by a team of dedicated professionals from the field.

Get to Know the Community

Team Members

Margaret Wiedenhoeft – Chair Louis Berends – Chair-elect
Margaret Wiedenhoeft
  • Director, Center for International Programs, Kalamazoo College
  • Provides leadership to the Education Abroad Knowledge Community.
  • Oversees the work of the content coordinators, regional outreach coordinator, and other NAFSA committees.
  • Created the 2016 work plan
  • IE Competency focus: Comprehensive Internationalization
Louis Berends
  • Director of Academic Programs, Syracuse University
  • Creates the 2017 work plan.
  • Assists with the leadership of the EA KC Team.
  • IE Competency focus: Leadership
Amanda Kelso – Past-Chair Rebecca Pisano – Content Coordinator for Student Learning
Amanda Kelso
  • Assistant Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education, Duke University
  • Serves as the EA representative on the Annual Conference Committee the Annual Conference Committee.
  • Coordinates all Education Abroad related sessions for the 2018 conference in Philadelphia.
  • Assists with the leadership of the current EA KC Team.
  • IE Competency focus: Strategic Planning
Rebecca Pisano
  • Associate Dean of Winterim & Study Abroad, Stevenson University
  • Serves as the content coordinator for student learning including participation in the Work, Internships, Volunteering and Research Abroad (WIVRA) Subcommittee.
  • IE Competency focus: Intercultural Communication, Developing & Implementing Programs
Jason Hope – Content Coordinator for Health and Safety Shelley Jessee – Network Leader and Information Coordinator
  • Manager of International Health, Safety & Security, University of Kentucky
  • Serves as the content coordinator for Health and Safety including participation in the Health and Safety subcommittee.
  • IE Competency focus: Student Health & Safety, Risk & Crisis Management
Shelley Jessee
  • Director of Marketing, CET Academic Programs
  • Assists in coordinating posts and discussions for the EA KC network.
  • Hosts Collegial Conversations.
  • IE Competency focus: Communication with Stakeholders, Information Technology
Chelsea Kindred – Content Coordinator for Student Support Bradley Titus – Regional Outreach and Management Content Coordinator
Chelsea Kindred
  • Central Regional Director for University Relations, Academic Programs International
  • Serves as the content coordinator for student support including participation in the Diversity and Inclusion in Education Abroad Subcommittee.
  • IE Competency focus: Student Advising
BJ Titus
  • Director of Institutional Relations & Diversity Initiatives, University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center
  • Serves as the liaison to Regional EA KC Liaisons.
  • Holds meetings with the EA KC Regional Liaisons to stay up-to-date on trends/issues in the field.
  • IE Competency focus: Office Administration, Human Resources, Financial Stewardship.
Sarah Langston - Content Coordinator for Advocacy and Regulatory EA KC Regional Liaisons
Sarah Langston
  • Senior University Relations and Recruitment Manager, SAI Programs
  • Serves as the content coordinator for advocacy and regulatory including participation in the Financing Education Abroad and Visa Education subcommittees.
  • IE Competency focus: Advocacy, Funding & Financing

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