NAFSA's leadership structure is led by a Board of Directors. The board guides the work of the association through its Strategic Plan that sets out goals and objectives over a three-year horizon. Specific objectives are assigned to member committees, teams, task forces, and knowledge communities.

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar
University of Rochester
Ravi Shankar is the NAFSA President and Chair of the Board of Directors. Shankar has been in the field of international education for more than 20 years and has worked in various types of institutions, ranging from small professional institutions and community college to a major research institution...

Bonnie Bissonette, EdD

Bonnie Bissonette
University of Maryland-Baltimore
Bonnie Bissonette, EdD, is the NAFSA Vice President for Public Policy and Practice. Bissonette is currently Director, Education Abroad and International Safety for the Center for Global Education Initiatives at the University of Maryland-Baltimore. Bissonette’s NAFSA experience began as a mentee in...

Shinsaeng Ko

Shinsaeng Ko
Emory University
Shinn Ko is the NAFSA Vice President for Professional Development and Engagement. Ko serves as Assistant Vice Provost of international student and scholar services, global strategy, & initiatives at Emory University. She has presented numerous sessions and workshops at conferences and seminars. She...

Jeff Riedinger, PhD

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University of Washington
Jeff Riedinger, PhD, is the NAFSA Vice President for Scholarship and Institutional Strategy. Riedinger is the vice provost for global affairs and professor of law at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has leadership and administrative responsibility for the University of Washington’s...

Diana Carlin, PhD

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Saint Louis University
Diana Bartelli Carlin is the NAFSA Secretary. Carlin served as the senior international officer at Saint Louis University and at the University of Kansas. She retired from Saint Louis University in January 2016. She has been a NAFSA member since 2000. In 2007 and 2008, she served as dean-in...

Barry Morris, PhD

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University of Central Florida
Barry J. Morris, PhD, is the NAFSA Treasurer. Morris is chief global strategist and senior international officer at the University of Central Florida. He also serves as internationalization consultant for Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU). At BJTU, he was the founding vice dean for strategic...

Michael Adewumi, PhD

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IES Abroad
Michael Adewumi, PhD, is the executive vice president for academic affairs at the IES Abroad. Previously Adewumi was vice provost for global programs at Pennsylvania State University, and professor of petroleum and natural gas engineering. In this role, Adewumi oversaw the university’s global...

LaNitra Berger, PhD

LaNitra Berger
George Mason University
LaNitra Berger, PhD, is the senior director of fellowships in the honors college at George Mason University (GMU), where she has helped students secure more than 50 prestigious fellowships such as the Fulbright, Boren, Gilman, Truman, Udall, and Critical Language Scholarship awards. At GMU, Berger...

Susana Carrillo

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The World Bank
Susana Carrillo has more than 20 years of experience in international development, strategy and business and global partnerships. She serves as the senior adviser to the International Department, Brazilian System for Workforce and Skills Development. She was an adjunct professor at the Honors...

Nelson W. Cunningham, JD

Nelson Cunningham
McLarty Associates
Nelson W. Cunningham, JD is president and cofounder of McLarty Associates. Under Cunningham's leadership, McLarty Associates has developed into a firm with global reach and a global team of more than 80 seasoned international specialists in 18 countries. Previously, Cunningham served in the White...

James Dorsett, PhD

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Maryland Institute College of Art
James Dorsett, PhD has worked in international education for more than 20 years, mostly at large public universities. Currently he is the interim director of the Office of International Education at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Dorsett’s NAFSA involvement includes serving as chair of the...

Ahmad Ezzeddine, PhD

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Wayne State University
Ahmad Ezzeddine, PhD, is the associate vice president for educational outreach and international programs at Wayne State University (WSU) in Detroit, Michigan, where he leads the university’s national, global, and corporate educational outreach programs. As the senior international officer, he is...

Stephen Ferst, EdD

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College of Staten Island, City University of New York
Stephen Ferst, EdD, is executive director of the Center for Global Engagement at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, where he is responsible for all aspects of the college's internationalization. His previous NAFSA volunteer leadership experience includes serving as New Jersey...

Joël A. Gallegos

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University of North Carolina-Charlotte
Joël A. Gallegos is assistant provost of international programs at the University of North Carolina (UNC)-Charlotte. Previously, he served as the director of education abroad at UNC-Charlotte and as the director of study abroad at the University of Toledo. Gallegos, who was the chair of NAFSA's 2014...

Heather Barclay Hamir, PhD

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Institute for Study Abroad
Heather Barclay Hamir, PhD, is president and CEO of the Institute for Study Abroad. Hamir has worked in international education for two decades at both public and private universities. Over her career, she has focused on inclusion in study abroad and enhancing the quality of the educational...

Fernando León-García, PhD

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Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Y Superior (CETYS) University
Fernando León-García, PhD, has served as president of Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Y Superior University (CETYS) University since 2010, leading the institution to institutional and program accreditation in the United States (WASC, ACBSP, ABET) and one of the highest study abroad rates among...

Jesse Lutabingwa, PhD

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Appalachian State University
Jesse Lutabingwa, PhD, is currently associate vice chancellor for international education and development and professor of public administration at Appalachian State University. Originally from Tanzania, Lutabingwa has more than 20 years of experience in international education and international...

Ann Mason, PhD

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Mason Education Group
Ann Mason has more than 20 years’ experience in international education, higher education administration, and U.S.-Latin American academic cooperation. Mason currently directs her own international higher education consulting firm, Mason Education Group, based in Bogotá, Colombia. Her previous...

Cecil P. Staton, DPhil

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East Carolina University
Cecil P. Staton, DPhil, is chancellor emeritus of East Carolina University. He is a tenured professor in ECU’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Prior to his role at ECU, Staton served as vice chancellor for extended education for the University System of Georgia and as interim...

Sara Thurston, PhD

Sara Thurston
Kansas State University
Sara Thurston, PhD, has more than 18 years of professional experience in international education, including the last eight years that she has been at Kansas State University. Thurston’s past involvement with NAFSA includes presenting on numerous topics, mentoring, and serving in the Trainer Corp and...

Esther D. Brimmer, DPhil

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NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Esther Brimmer, DPhil, 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...