The Membership 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, Membership Engagement Committee (MEC) members:

  • Welcome and engage new members each quarter and provide outreach with constituent groups at the annual conference that are new to NAFSA
  • Engage with Knowledge Communities and national committees for coordinated member cultivation activities
  • Support the Member Interest Groups (MIGs) at the annual conference by attending meetings, provide talking points on behalf of the MEC, and submit comments to the committee for the annual review report
  • Approve the MIGs according to the Guidance for MIG Leaders and Organizers.
  • Provide on-going support of MIGs as appropriate throughout the year
  • Support NAFSA Career Center activities at the annual conference, and as appropriate, throughout the year
  • Support the NAFSA International Education Awards Program, according to guidelines established by the Board. Make recommendations to the Board for specified awards: Life Membership, Award for Distinguished Service in honor of Homer Higbee, and the Rising Star Young Leader

Tami Renner

Tami Renner
Creighton University Global Engagement Office
Chair, Membership Engagement Committee
Tami Renner is the director of international student and scholar services in the Global Engagement Office at Creighton University. She earned her BA in elementary education and her MA in higher, adult, and lifelong education. Before joining Creighton, Tami was the associate director of ISSS at...

Jim Crawley

Jim Crawley
Hope College
Chair-elect, Membership 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 9 years in university relations with an independent ESL company...

Adria Baker, PhD

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Rice University
Member at Large, Membership Engagement Committee
Adria Baker, PhD, received the 2011 KC ISSS Award of Excellence. Adria Baker, PhD, Executive Director, Associate Vice Provost for International Education, Office of International Students & Scholars at Rice University, has held a variety of leadership positions in her 25 years of working in...

Kara Johnson

Kara Johnson
Governors State University
Member at Large, Membership Engagement Committee
Kara Johnson is the registrar for Region V and Member at Large of the Membership Engagement Committee.

Jason Lau, PhD

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Sonoma State University
Member at Large, Membership Engagement Committee
Dr. Jason Lau has over twenty years of experience in higher education. He is the executive director and senior business officer of the School of Extended and International Education at CSU Sonoma State University. He is also an adjunct faculty at the Santa Rosa Junior College. He holds a PhD in...

Jim Brosam II

Jim Brosam
Jameson Global & iTEP Midwest
Member at Large, Membership Engagement Committee

Stephanie Holleran

Stephanie Holleran
University of Houston-Clear Lake
Member at Large, Membership Engagement Committee
Stephanie Holleran is the senior international student adviser at the University of Houston-Clear Lake where she is in charge of immigration advising with a caseload of approximately 1000 students. She was the Region X KC-ISSS representative from 2012-2014. Stephanie has a bachelor’s in English...

Anize Appel, EdD

Anize Appel
Moravian College
Member at Large, Membership 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, Membership Engagement Committee
Cristiana Kunyczka, EdD, is the 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 international...

Kevin Timlin

Kevin Timlin
Southeast Missouri State University
Member at Large, Membership 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...

Bob White

Bob White
Masuda Funai
Member at Large, Membership Engagement Committee and 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...