Trainer Corps


The NAFSA Trainer Corps is made up of approximately 300 member volunteers who develop, deliver, and maintain the NAFSA Core Education Program (CEP) curriculum and materials. Trainer Corps members deliver the NAFSA CEP Workshops at various events, programs, meetings, and conferences throughout the year, including NAFSA's Annual Conference, Regional Conferences, and On-Site offerings all over the country.

The NAFSA Trainer Corps Program provides an array of professional development opportunities for Trainer Corps members:

  • Gain valuable training skills
  • Share core job knowledge
  • Keep abreast of changes in the field
  • Network with other international educators

Trainer Corps members are recognized as valuable leaders within their regions and Knowledge Communities. They are ambassadors for the NAFSA Core Education Program Workshops and e-Learning Courses, which build fundamental International Education Professional Competencies for international educators throughout their career. Trainer Corps provides service and opportunity for giving back to the development and advancement of international educators all over the world!

Trainer Corps Leadership

Trainer Corps Chair

Chanda ChenChanda Chen
Region I

Chanda Chen works as the Director of International Specialized Programs at the University of Washington and has an MA in TESOL from the School for International Training in Vermont. Chen has lived, studied, and worked in Austria, Germany, Japan, Korea, and Mexico, and she has traveled to over 60 countries. She has facilitated cross-cultural trainings and taught English for more than 15 years at institutions such as Yonsei University in Seoul and University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, where she was mentored by Dr. Bruce La Brack. Chen has also designed and taught cross-cultural training courses for international and education abroad students as well as for global communities in on-campus housing. In addition, she has worked extensively in international recruitment, advising, and administration. She is an Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Administrator, a NAFSA Trainer Corps trainer, the ESL representative on the NAFSA Region I team, and is a frequent presenter at NAFSA conferences.

Trainer Corps Chair-Designate

Chanda ChenLoveness Schafer
Region III

Loveness Schafer is the associate director in International Services at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Loveness has worked in this office since August 2000, managing LSU’s employment-based immigration program, and its exchange visitor program. She has served as a trainer at numerous NAFSA regional and annual conference workshops, and is a regular session presenter at these conferences. Loveness has a Master’s degree in Comparative Law from Indiana University in Bloomington, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Malawi. Prior to joining the staff at LSU, she worked with United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) as an Assistant Legal Officer in Malawi for two years, and for US Peace Corps in Malawi for several years, as a language and Cross Culture Trainer.

Core Education Program (CEP) Deans

Collaborative Approaches to Developing Faculty-Led Programs

Erin BellErin Bell
Region XI

Erin Bell is the assistant director for the Global Projects Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, MA where she manages the recruitment, housing, and orientation process for WPI’s 40+ faculty-led programs around the world. Bell has been working in the field of international education, primarily in education abroad, for over 11 years. Previous to WPI, she worked for a small Boston-based study abroad program provider where she oversaw student advising, recruitment, and marketing for programs in the UK, Ireland, South Africa, and Botswana. Bell also has experience designing faculty-led programs with a customized tour provider. She has been a member of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps since 2015, presenting at local and national conferences, and completed the NAFSA Academy program in 2009. She holds a BA in French and Education from Muhlenberg College and an MS in Global and International Education from Drexel University.

Education Abroad Advising

Jason KinnearJason Kinnear
Region VII

Jason Kinnear is a passionate higher education executive with experience in education abroad, service-learning and community engagement, program development and administration. Working in international education since 1998, he has held positions in international students and scholar services, education abroad, and service-learning at the University of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, and the University of Missouri. He currently serves as Deputy Director of the Study Abroad Office at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. These positions have focused on exchange, study abroad, faculty-led, service, and internship programs and touched on all aspects of education abroad program development and administration. He is active in the NAFSA, previously holding regional & national leadership positions and currently is a member of the Work, Intern, Volunteer, & Research Abroad (WIVRA) Subcommittee and Trainer Corps. He also served on the Forum on Education Abroad Glossary Task Force, Second Edition. Kinnear received a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado and is completing a PhD in Educational Leadership from Colorado State University.

Expanding Roles of the Education Abroad Adviser

Corrine HenkeCorrine Henke
Region I

Corrine Henke is the Director of International Learning Opportunities at Boise State University. She has a Master’s degree in International and Intercultural Management from the School for International Training in Vermont. She has worked at Boise State since December 2000. Prior to working at Boise State she was the Study Abroad Advising Center coordinator at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. In 2009, she received the Provost’s “Excellence in Advising” award, as well as a $100,000 grant for education abroad scholarships. For NAFSA, she led a team of trainers to create an e-Learning course for NAFSA: Association of International Educators “Mapping Short Term Programs Abroad”. She is the Fulbright Scholar Advisor at Boise State and was a recipient of a Fulbright International Education Administrators award to Germany.

Internships, Research, and Service Learning Abroad

Kate MooreKate Moore
Region XI

Kate Moore is the executive director for the Academic Internship Council, a nonprofit organization that partners with universities and colleges to develop and implement customized, comprehensive internship programs in Boston, New York City, San Francisco, Toronto, Singapore, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Berlin, Cape Town, and Santiago. Previously, she worked as director of internships for American University's Washington Semester Program and manager of curriculum and government relations for the Close Up Foundation. Kate currently serves on the NAFSA WIVA Subcommittee and co-chairs the Global Internship Conference content committee. She received her bachelors in international studies from The American University, masters in nonprofit management from Eastern University, and doctorate in higher education management from The University of Pennsylvania.

Managing the Education Abroad Office

Marne AusecMarne Ausec
Region VI

Marne T. Ausec is the director of the Center for Global Engagement at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. An archaeologist by training, Ausec's research specialties include material culture analysis, the archaeology of Honduras, and study abroad/curriculum integration. A member of the Naco Valley Archaeological Project for 10 years, Ausec has lived and worked in Honduras for more than 16 years. Her current position involves working with incoming international students, students who study abroad, and larger global projects for the college. She is particularly interested in helping students through the cultural adjustment cycle and integrating global experiences into the curriculum. Prior to arriving at Kenyon, Ausec worked at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where she is a PhD candidate in anthropology.

Mapping Short-Term Education Abroad Programs

Kristen KalbrenerKristen Kalbrener
Region I

Kristen Kalbrener has a life-long history of seeking out international and intercultural exploration through meeting people, study, and travel. She has a Master's degree from University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Master's degree in International Education from the School for International Training. Her BA is from Pacific Lutheran University where she developed a global awareness and acquired an interest in service and working together for the good of all. Kristen worked in corporate conference management for 14 years, much of it international. She lived in the UK, coordinating programs for study abroad students and again in California with inbound study abroad programs. Following 6 years as Director of International Programs at UMass Dartmouth where she enjoyed working with exchange students, faculty program leaders, administration and partner institutions, Kristen is now very pleased to be back in the Pacific Northwest. She is a proud member of the University of Oregon's GEO team, developing and managing unique study abroad programs that help students discover inspiration in intercultural experiences.

Risk Assessment and Crisis Management in Education Abroad Programming, and Student Health and Safety Abroad

Mandy ReinigMandy Reinig
Region VIII

Mandy Reinig is the Director of Study Away at Virginia Wesleyan College. She has a Master's degree in teaching English as a second language from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master's degree in Latin American studies from Ohio University. Prior to working at Virginia Wesleyan she was the director of international education at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Mandy has been extremely active in NAFSA serving not only on Trainer Corps but on the Region VIII Team and the Education Abroad Knowledge Community National Team. Additionally, she presents regionally, nationally, and internationally on a variety of topics.

Basics of Effective U.S. International Admissions

Michelle KowalskyMichelle Kowalsky
Region XI

Michelle Kowalsky is the Director of International Admissions at Western New England University. She has worked in International Admissions/Education for the past 11 years starting at Catawba College in NC. Here she served as the primary DSO and worked with the students from the recruitment stage to graduation and their OPT experiences. Since 2005, Michelle has been working with undergraduate and graduate international students at WNEU. She has participated in the strategic planning process for the growth of the international population, evaluated international credentials, and traveled extensively for the University. Michelle also serves on the International Programs Coordinating Counsel at WNEU which is a committee dedicated to internationalizing the campus. Outside of the office, she has served as the Chair of Study Western Massachusetts, is a member of Trainer Corps, and serves on the Region XI Leadership Team. She holds a BA in Elementary Education (Catawba College) and a M.Ed. in Higher Education (Springfield College).

International Credential Evaluation

Aleksander MorawskiAleksander Morawski
Region V

Aleksander Morawski immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1989 and is fluent in English, German, and Polish. He completed his BA at Marquette University and his MA at San Diego State University, both in political science, focusing on international politics. He began his career in international education at the Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and has since worked in credential evaluation and international admissions across the United States. Morawski has presented at state, regional, and national conferences, is an active member of NAFSA's Trainer Corps, and participates in the IEM Knowledge Community Leadership Team as the ACE Network Coordinator.

Campus and Community Programming

Lin (Lin) ReedLin (Lin) Reed
Region VI

Lin (Lin) Reed is the Director of International Academic Engagement and Global Initiatives at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She is an integral part of advancing Ball State’s goal to promote global learning. She has particular responsibility for broadening the reach and impact of BSU’s initiatives by developing and sustains relationships with China and other countries. She also promote growth of effective and innovative “Sino-American CHEPD & YES” programs at Ball State University, and enhancing opportunities for U.S.-China cultural and educational exchanges. Lin received her M.S. in Counseling Psychology in the United States and her B.A. in English with a Psychology minor in Beijing, China. Lin is a proud member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps (TC), and the CEP Workshop Dean for “Campus and Community Programming”. She presents often at NAFSA national and regional conferences on “strategies for international student and scholar advising”, “campus and community programming”, “intercultural communication”, “international student mental health and support”, and “international recruitment and retention strategies”. Besides her expertise in international education, Lin had previously received cross-field trainings and worked at Residence Life, Multicultural Office, Counseling Center, and International Programs at other U.S. public universities.

Filing Academic H-1B Petitions

Michael J. GoldsteinMichael J. Goldstein
Region X

Michael J. Goldstein is a partner at Goldstein and Cheung LLP. Admitted to the New York state bar in 2010, Goldstein practices general immigration law, with a focus on EB1, EB2, academic institutions, extraordinary and professional nonimmigrant, and family and business immigrant petitions. Goldstein was selected to the 2016 Super Lawyers New York Metro Rising Stars list in the practice area of immigration. He also participates actively in the American Immigration Lawyers Association New York Chapter Media/Advocacy Committee, and consults on international student and scholar issues at International Education Training Services. Goldstein is a frequent presenter on immigration law at NAFSA’s national and regional conferences and state meetings, as well as at college and university campuses throughout the New York Metropolitan area. Goldstein earned his law degree from New England Law | Boston in 2009, and his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the Washington University in St. Louis in 2002.

F-1 Student Advising for Beginners

Darcia GauerDacia Gauer
Region VIII

Dacia Gauer is senior associate director of the Office of International Services at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). She has been in the field of international education for over ten years, primarily as an international student and scholar advisor. Gauer has worked at JHU for eight years. In her current position, she leads the F and J student and scholar advising team on the JHU medical campus and advises H-1B employees. She received a B.A. in History from Loyola University in Maryland and an M.A. in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute. Gauer has been an active member of Trainer Corps since 2014.

F-1 Student Advising: Intermediate

Erin GarciaErin Garcia
Region III

Erin Garcia is the Assistant Director, Immigration at St. Edward's University where she has been part of the Office of International Education for over 6 years. Having started out advising for both international students and study abroad (exchange programs), she now leads the offices International Student Services and serves as PDSO and RO. Erin received her B.A. in International Studies/German at Southwestern University and a M.A. in College Student Development from St. Edward's University. She has been involved in NAFSA in recent years having participated in Advocacy Day and Trainer Corps, and is currently the CEP Workshop Dean for the F-1 Student Advising: Intermediate CEP workshop.

F-1 Advising: Secondary Students

Sarah Curry
Region XI

Sarah Curry is a Consultant and owner of SMS Consulting. Starting her career at The University of Vermont in 2000, her work has led her to focus on international student and scholar issues. She now works with multiple institutions and organizations with a focus on internationalization. Curry received her BA from Marist College in Poughkeepsie NY and her M.Ed from The University of Vermont. She is an active member of NAFSA and has served as the Vermont State Rep, Chair of Region XI, and as a Coach for three years in the NAFSA Academy, in addition to presenting at Regional and National NAFSA conferences.

J-1 Advising for Beginners

Samantha LuSamantha Lu
Region X

Samantha Lu is the Director of the Office of International Services at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has been working in the field of international education for more than 15 years. She is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, serving in many roles both at regional and national levels. Samantha was an NAFSA Academy mentor. She is also the lead trainer for NAFSA certification educational programs. She has presented and facilitated numerous sessions and workshops at the AIEA and NAFSA. She served on the Annual Conference Planning committee and is the Past-Chair for the International Student and Scholar Services Knowledge Community (KCISSS). She has served as the Region X and Bi-region Conference Chair and is a NAFSA Trainer Crops trainer Working group. In addition to NAFSA, she also serves as a NAFSA United Nations rep. and is currently serving on the UN/DPI NGO Executive Committee.

J-1 Advising: Getting Started

Emily BrewEmily Brew
Region X

Emily (Quackenbush) Brew is the International Student and Scholar Services Manager within the SUNY System Administration Office of Global Affairs. Her responsibilities include providing general advice and referral for SUNY campuses on non-immigrant and immigrant visa categories as well as consultation and training to SUNY campuses, as needed, regarding services for international students and scholars. She also serves as the Responsible Officer for the SUNY J-1 Exchange Visitor Consortium and is responsible for monitoring visa and related immigration regulations, advising system administration on necessary adjustments to SUNY policy, practice, and compliance pertaining to international student and scholar services (ISSS) and convening ISSS personnel system-wide for purposes of consultation and professional development. Lastly, Emily has served on the NAFSA Region X Team in the capacities of Marketing and Development Representative, Conference Planner and most recently as a Chairstream member.

J-1 Advising: Intermediate

Meghan BargerMeghan Barger
Region VIII

Meghan Barger has worked in the field of immigration since 2006, in both the private and public sectors. In her current position as Immigration Paralegal at the law firm of McCandlish Holton, Meghan focuses on nonimmigrant visa work, and advises university clients regarding SEVIS compliance issues for F-1 and J-1 matters. Prior to this, she was an Immigration Advisor at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she advised F-1 students, J-1 scholars, and prepared H-1B petitions for the university.

Pathways to Permanent Residency

Lisa ScottLisa Scott
Region V

Lisa Scott is founder and owner of Scott Global Migration Law Group, and just celebrated her 30 year anniversary of practicing immigration and nationality law. As the first member of her family to be born in the United States, and the first in her family to graduate from high school, Scott understands the power educational experiences has to transform lives. Recently included in Who's Who Legal: Corporate Immigration for 2016 and for 2017, Scott remains committed to working with international communities with a specific emphasis on international student communities. She attended Vassar College through scholarships and grants and then received her law degree from Case Western University School of Law, after which she worked under the tutelage of Austin T. Fragomen of Fragomen, Del Rey & Bernsen.

Strategies for International Student and Scholar Advising

Amy CockrellAmy Cockrell
Region VI

Amy Cockrell grew up in the Cincinnati, OH area (but on the KY side). She joined Miami University in July 2012 where she currently serves as an International Student Advisor. She is responsible for advising international students and scholars, providing counsel regarding immigration, academic, cultural, and personal issues. She supports university retention efforts by working with international students identified as at-risk academically due to academic standing and through faculty and staff referrals. When not in the office, she enjoys reading, traveling, eating food that's bad for her, and catching up on comedy sitcoms at the gym (multi-tasking at its finest). Prior to joining Miami, she previously served as an International Student and Scholar Advisor at the University of Iowa. Amy earned her BA degrees in English Literature and Spanish from Hanover College, and her M.S. in Education from Indiana University.

Trainer Corps Preparation Program Training Team

Amy CockrellSusan Lochner Atkinson
Region V

Susan Lochner Atkinson is the associate director for advising at International Academic Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also worked in education abroad at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the University of Minnesota. Atkinson has been active in NAFSA for over 15 years, has presented workshops and sessions at the regional and national level, and has been a Trainer Corps member since 2009. She holds a BA in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an MA in comparative international development education from the University of Minnesota. Atkinson studied abroad in Mexico and Spain. Her professional interests include advising, curriculum integration, diversity and inclusion, process management, and training.

Joel WeaverJoel Weaver
Region XII

Joel Weaver spent his first 19 years as a missionary kid in Congo (Zaire), Africa, where he got his first experience in teaching ESL. Following an undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Joel obtained his master’s degree in ESL from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. For more than a decade, Weaver ran a proprietary ESL school in Honolulu, which under his leadership became the first accredited language school in Hawaii. Since May 2008, Joel has served as Director of the Hawaii English Language Program (HELP), the conditional admission pathway into undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Joel serves on a number of professional boards and accreditation bodies and is past Chair of NAFSA: Hawaii-Pacific District and an active NAFSA Trainer Corps member since 2006. He is active in promoting quality education and advocating for international students and the issues that affect their access to education here in the U.S.

Gabriele SchmiegelGabriele Schmiegel
Region IV

Gabriele Schmiegel is the sponsored student coordinator at the University of Minnesota. She also serves as the liaison between the international student and scholar office and the university's student insurance office. Originally from Germany, she came to Minnesota as an exchange student and has worked in international education since 1995. She received her MA in political science from the University of Minnesota and is completing her PhD in comparative and international development education, focusing on the human capital development in the Palestinian Authority. She is a frequent trainer for NAFSA workshops pertaining to immigration regulations and was twice a NAFSA Academy coach.


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