Management Development Program: Trainers


We are currently accepting applications for Management Development Program Trainers. Read the full position description and find out how to apply.

As working international education managers with decades of international education management experience, the MDP Trainer Team is uniquely qualified to facilitate this program. The team is particularly adept at drawing on each individual participant's experience to enhance class learning.

cynthia banksCynthia Banks has extensive experience dealing with organizational development and change management. From 1990-2014, she was the founder and CEO of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, a global education abroad organization that has helped more than 30,000 students study or intern abroad at 120 programs worldwide. She has served as an elected member of NAFSA’s Board of Directors and has held four other significant leadership roles within the association, including chair of the Education Abroad Knowledge Community and Executive Committee treasurer for Region II. Banks is now in the faculty of business at the University of Colorado–Boulder and has co-founded the Global Leadership League for women in international education. To help support underrepresented students in education abroad, she started a non-profit scholarship organization named Foundation for Global Scholars and serves on the Diversity Abroad advisory board. Her consulting practice, New World Vistas, seeks to support organizations with business and leadership strategies. Locally, she serves as board adviser for the Colorado State University Institute for Entrepreneurship and University of Colorado-Denver Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship and is an elected member of the International Women's Forum.

Linda Drake Gobbo is currently a professor in international education, after having served in several dual administrative and teaching roles over the span of her career. Gobbo 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 Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certification program. She holds an MBA, a master's degree in education, and a TESOL certification, and has lived and worked in the United Kingdom on several occasions. Gobbo 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 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.

amy henryAmy Henry is executive director of international education at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), a position that followed many years of work with study abroad students and programs. The Office of International Education leads student-centered internationalization on the campus, and serves more than 6,000 F and J visa holders; 1,900 study and intern abroad students; and the 700 students pursuing the International Plan. Henry has degrees from the College of William and Mary and Georgia Tech. She has served in various advisory and leadership roles in international education, including as NAFSA Education Abroad Network Leader, on the Executive Committee for the Global Engineering Education Exchange consortium, and as a coauthor of NAFSA's e-publication, “Curriculum Integration of Study Abroad.”

Sara Kurz AllaeiSara Kurtz Allaei is executive director for the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Office of International Affairs and Indiana University assistant vice president for international services. She has more than 25 years of international education management experience, including English as a Second Language program management; international student and scholar services, and international enrollment management. Her current leadership role at IUPUI focuses on achieving goals for continued growth in international student enrollment in concert with comprehensive campus internationalization. Allaei also engages strategically in implementing university-wide initiatives involving international enrollment and services. A NAFSA member since 1991, she has held many member-leader roles in the association, including chair of Region VI, ethics coordinator for the NAFSA Membership Committee, NAFSA Academy Coach, and Trainer Corps member. She holds an MA in applied linguistics from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Karen Lokkesmoe has decades of experience crossing boundaries and cultures. She has lived and worked in four countries, is tri-lingual, and has traveled to 63 countries. Lokkesmoe has taught leadership and intercultural competence development at the graduate level since 2001 in leadership, business, and industrial organizational psychology departments. Her specialization is in global leadership, focusing on ways to build global skills that enhance a leader’s effectiveness when bridging cultural divides. Her master’s degree is in public leadership and management from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and her doctorate is from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Education and Human Development. Her dissertation, which won the Dissertation of the Year Runner Up award from the Global Leadership Advancement Center, focused on perspectives on global leadership from leaders from Brazil, India, and Nigeria. She has presented at many national and international conferences and won awards for publications in business, human resources, leadership, and management publications. Lokkesmoe led the Humphrey Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota from 2003-2007 and has remained connected to the fellows here and abroad. She has served on numerous non-profit boards and is a founding member of the Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research (SIETAR)-Minnesota group where she continues to hold a leadership position.

Amy Ramirez is the director of the Office of International Services (OIS) at the University of Maryland-Baltimore (UMB). Ramirez has 14 years of experience in international student and scholar issues. She leads the OIS and UMB Writing Center’s staff in the provision of services and programs to support UMB’s international community. She has previously held a number of volunteer positions in NAFSA, including serving as the International Student and Scholar Services Knowledge Community (KCISSS) representative and local arrangements chair for NAFSA Region VIII; facilitating workshops for NAFSA members; and presenting in sessions at regional and national NAFSA conferences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish language and literature from the University of Maryland-College Park, and a master’s degree in international education from The George Washington University.


The presenters were meticulously prepared and very insightful…a wonderful example of how adult learning should be conducted.Participant, Washington, DC, 2014

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