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Esther D. Brimmer, Executive Director and CEO
Esther Brimmer, DPhil, currently serves as the executive director and chief executive officer of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Dr. Brimmer’s distinguished career includes three appointments within the U.S. Department of State, serving most recently as the assistant secretary for international organization affairs from April 2009 to 2013. Prior to joining NAFSA, Dr. Brimmer was professor of practice of international affairs at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where she served a two-year term as the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor. She was also an adjunct senior fellow for international institutions at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a senior adviser at McLarty Associates. She was previously deputy director and director of research at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) from 2001 to 2009, and was a member of the SAIS faculty. She also taught at the College of Europe in Belgium, and from 1995 to 1999, she was a senior associate at the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict. Earlier, she served on Capitol Hill as a legislative analyst for the Democratic Study Group in the U.S. House of Representatives. Immediately after earning her doctorate from Oxford University, she spent two years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company.

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  • Mary Grace Quackenbush, Executive Assistant
  • Beth Sharp, Special Assistant

Human Resources

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  • Adam Malyala, Human Resources Associate
  • Patricia Scott, Senior Director, Human Resources

Membership, Marketing, and Publications

  • Joe Vallina, Deputy Executive Director, Membership, Marketing, and Publications

Marketing and Creative Services

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  • Meredith Brodbeck, Associate Director, Web Communications
  • Dion Faradonez, Associate Director, Creative Services
  • Robin Little, Director, Production and Marketing Services
  • James Mahoney, Senior Director, Marketing and Membership
  • Henry Pazaryna, Senior Coordinator, Digital Marketing


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  • Brace Ford, Director, Membership and Career Center

Organizational Advancement

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  • Dina Gillespy, Associate Director, Organizational Advancement
  • Gail Hochhauser, Senior Director, Organizational Advancement


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  • Meredith Bell, Editor, Digital Content
  • Elizabeth Hendley, Editor-in-Chief, International Educator
  • Dara Liling, Senior Editor, Publishing Services
  • Wendy Rubin, Director, Publishing Services

Knowledge Development

  • Stacy Johnson, Administrative Assistant, Knowledge Development

Academic Affairs and Internationalization

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  • Dale LaFleur, Senior Director, Academic Affairs & Internationalization
  • Heather MacCleoud, Director, Academic Affairs
  • Shanna Saubert, Associate Director, Research and Scholarship

Conference Program

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  • Katarzyna (Kasia) Batorski, Senior Director, Conference Program
  • Shaina Dorow, Senior Coordinator, Conference Program
  • Christina McCoy, Associate Director, Conference Program

Finance and Administration

  • Jane Hoffman, Deputy Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer

Conference and Meeting Planning

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  • Tayhler Davis, Senior Coordinator, Meetings & Exhibits
  • Antoinette Dixon, Registration and Housing Specialist
  • Joanne Kuriyan, Exhibits Director
  • Shannon Mulvaney, Associate Director, Conferences & Meetings
  • Leslie Murray, Director, Meeting Planning and Services

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  • Jenny Heinritz, Controller
  • Brendan Long, Accounting Associate
  • Irina Schuster, Accounts Payable Administrator
  • Tonia Wise, Accounting Associate

Technology Solutions

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  • Kyle Contrata, Director, Data Science and Event Technology
  • Irie Gourde, Technology Solutions Coordinator
  • Kristen Johnson, Senior Director, Technology Solutions
  • Melissa Larkin, Director, Technology Solutions
  • Pete Mason, Director, Digital Experience
  • Ronnie Townsend, Event Technology Specialist
  • Norman Twitty, Manager, Technology Support

Leadership and Professional Development Services

Education Abroad Services

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  • Myra Engle, Program Manager, Education Abroad Services & Volunteer Engagement
  • Allison Cash Spiro, Associate Director, Education Abroad Outreach and Regulatory Practice
  • Caroline Donovan White, Senior Director, Education Abroad Services & Volunteer Engagement

International Enrollment Management
International Student/Scholar Services

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  • David Fosnocht, Director, Immigration Practice Resources
  • Erin Heffernan, Program Manager, IEM-ISS Services
  • Joann Ng Hartmann, Senior Director, IEM-ISS Services & Volunteer Engagement
  • Alena Palevitz, Associate Director, International Student & Scholar Services
  • Steve Springer, Director, Regulatory Practice Liaison

Professional Learning Services

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  • Sebastien Auguste, Associate Director, Online Learning
  • Corrie Fisher, Senior Learning Designer
  • Chad Goeden, Director, Programs and Training
  • Briona Graham-Clayton, Senior Coordinator
  • Marianne Haegeli, Senior Director
  • Cayle Judge, Coordinator
  • Lauren Newton, Associate Director, Professional Learning Services

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  • Elisa Becker, Program Manager, Regional Affairs
  • Chelsea Ridenour, Director, Regional Affairs
  • Julia Ruane, Program Manager, Regional Affairs

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  • Rebecca Morgan, Senior Director, Media Communications and Advocacy
  • Erica Stewart, Director, Advocacy and Media Outreach

Public Policy

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  • Rachel Banks, Senior Director, Public Policy & Legislative Strategy
  • Kasey Penfield, Associate Director, Public Policy
  • Matt Ruffner, Public Policy & Media Relations Specialist
  • Heather Stewart, Counsel and Director of Immigration Policy