The Member Engagement Committee represent NAFSA members and serves as a conduit between the leadership of the association and those served by it. Per the NAFSA Standing Rules, Member Engagement Committee (MEC) members:

  • Welcome and engage new members with quarterly outreach and at engagement events and programs during the annual conference. 
  • Support knowledge communities and national committees with their member engagement activities. 
  • Manage the portfolio of Member Interest Groups, providing on-going support of MIGs as appropriate throughout the year, and convening with leaders on a quarterly basis. 
  • Approve and dissolve MIGs according to the guidelines in the Guidance for MIG Leaders & Organizers 
  • Complete tri-annual reviews of MIGs in accordance with the Standing Rules. Offer guidance to MIG leaders to improve group engagement activities. 

Jim Crawley

Jim Crawley
Hope College
Chair, Member Engagement Committee
Jim Crawley has been in international enrollment management since 1995, having started the international recruitment efforts at two state institutions, and revamped the SIEM plans at two private colleges, all in Michigan. He also spent nine years in university relations with an independent ESL...

Patriece Campbell

Patriece Campbell
Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Chair-Elect, Member Engagement Committee
Much of Campbell’s success in international education stems from her core value of being a servant leader. She has been active with NAFSA since 2003, serving in a variety of roles, including chair of the Michigan Association of International Educators, on Trainer Corps, and as a member-at-large on...

Craig E. Hastings

Craig Hastings
Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge
Member-at-Large, Member Engagement Committee
Craig E. Hastings is currently division advisor, Abu Dhabi Scholarships Division at the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK.) His previous positions include: regional director of operations, Latin America and the Caribbean at CIEE; manager, specialized enrichment at KAUST in Saudi...

Anize Appel, EdD

Anize Appel
Moravian College
Member-at-Large, Member Engagement Committee
Anize Appel, EdD, is associate director for the Center for Global Education at Moravian College. Appel assists in the development, management, and implementation of the strategic vision of the department, international student recruitment, enrollment and international student support network...

Cristiana Kunyczka, EdD

Cristiana Kunycka
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Member-at-Large, Member Engagement Committee
Cristiana Kunyczka, EdD, is the executive director of global initiatives at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where she works with a population of over 2,500 international students. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Stockton University, her master’s degree in global and...

Kevin Timlin

Kevin Timlin
Southeast Missouri State University
Member-at-Large, Member Engagement Committee
Kevin Timlin is the executive director of international education and services at Southeast Missouri State University, and has been involved in international education for over 20 years. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, he began working in international education as a Peace Corps volunteer in the...

Shabeer Amirali

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University of Louisville
Member-at-Large, Member Engagement Committee
Shabeer Amirali is director of graduate admissions and enrollment management at the University of Louisville. He has a MBA degree in the area of management and leadership from Bradley University and a master’s research degree in science from the University of Glasgow UK, after completing his...

Bob White

Bob White
Masuda Funai
Member-at-Large, Member Engagement Committee; Regulatory Ombudsperson - Scholar, Region V
Bob White is a partner in the Immigration Group of Masuda Funai in its Schaumburg, Illinois office. Bob has been practicing exclusively in the employment-based immigration area for more than 26 years. Bob was previously chapter chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's (AILA) Chicago...

Elena Selezneva

Elena Selezneva
Grand Valley State University
Member-at-Large, Member Engagement Committee
Elena Selezneva is an intercultural faculty and coordinator of faculty-led programs at Grand Valley State University, Michigan and has been in International Education almost 20 years. She received her bachelor of arts in education from Volgograd State Pedagogical University, Volgograd, Russia, and...