NAFSA 2022 Annual Conference & Expo

Join peers and experts at the premier global professional learning and networking event for all international educators and organizations that support international education for the NAFSA 2022 Annual Conference & Expo, "Building Our Sustainable Future."

The Executive Team provides vision and oversight and ensures the conference is aligned with NAFSA’s Strategic Plan. They set content and networking priorities for the conference (including both concurrent sessions and poster events). They lead the content planning meeting to review the program submitted by the Conference Content Team and, with their help, engineer or re-engineer sessions, seminars, and workshops to meet content goals. In addition, they evaluate data from the previous years’ conference to inform their goals for the upcoming conference.

  • Conference Chair: Sam Brown, Brigham Young University
  • Content Chair: Sandra Janusch, University of Washington
  • Workshop Coordinator: Jennifer Creamer, Robert Morris University
  • Poster Chair: Tonya Veltrop, University of Missouri
  • Chair-Designate, 2023 Annual Conference Committee: Margaret Wiedenhoeft, Kalamazoo College
  • Vice President for Scholarship and Institutional Strategy: Ahmad Ezzeddine, Wayne State University
  • President of the Board of Directors: Jeff Riedinger, University of Washington

Sam Brown

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Brigham Young University
Past Chair, Region II; Chair, 2022 Annual Conference Committee
Sam Brown is director of international services at BYU. He leads the office team in assisting students and exchange visitors to maintain status and in providing supporting programs. Sam received a BA in English, an MPA and EdD in educational leadership and Foundations from BYU. He also received an...

Sandra Janusch

Sandra Janusch
University of Washington
Content Chair, 2022 Annual Conference Committee
Sandra Janusch, a California native, has lived internationally for most of her professional career, teaching and coordinating programs in China, Vietnam, Canada, the Netherlands, France and Indonesia. An expert teacher herself, her experience includes training teachers of English as a second/foreign...

Tonya Veltrop

Tonya Veltrop
University of Missouri
Poster Chair, 2021/2022 Annual Conference Committee
Tonya joined the International Center as assistant director of international health, safety and security in August 2019. She has worked in the field of international education for more than 20 years and has enjoyed experience in a variety of areas, including enrollment management, student...

Jennifer Creamer

Jennifer Creamer
Robert Morris University
Workshop Coordinator, 2022 Annual Conference Committee
Jennifer Creamer is the director of global engagement at Robert Morris University where she oversees education abroad, international student services, and campus internationalization. Creamer has experience studying abroad (Mexico and Japan) and teaching ESL in Japan. A cultural anthropologist by...

Margaret Wiedenhoeft, PhD

Margaret Wiedenhoeft
Kalamazoo College
Chair-Designate, 2023 Annual Conference Committee
Margaret Wiedenhoeft, PhD, holds a BA in international studies from Emory University, an MBA in international business from Western Michigan University, and a PhD from Western Michigan University. Margaret has been at KC for more than 20 years and at one time or another has performed just about...

Ahmad Ezzeddine, PhD

Ahmad Ezzeddine
Wayne State University
NAFSA Vice President for Scholarship and Institutional Strategy
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...

Jeff Riedinger, PhD

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University of Washington
NAFSA President and Chair of the Board of Directors
Jeff Riedinger, PhD, 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 diverse global programming, including support for international research; study abroad...

The Content Team develops a content plan for the conference and helps shape the Call for Proposals. They solicit and review proposals for sessions (including both concurrent sessions and poster events) and workshops that fit the conference theme and advance knowledge and skill-building for the field of international education and exchange. Each team member develops a ranked set of session and workshop proposals for their respective audience group to contribute to the creation of a coherent, comprehensive, and cutting-edge program. Posters are reviewed and organized under the direction of the Poster Chair.

  • Education Abroad Knowledge Community Representative: Eduardo Contreras, University of Portland
  • International Education Leadership Knowledge Community Representative: Rick Lee, Rutgers University
  • International Enrollment Management Knowledge Community Representative: Salma Benhaida, Kent State University
  • International Student and Scholar Services Knowledge Community Representative: Tina Rousselot de Saint Ceran, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community Representative: Ling LeBeau, Syracuse University

Eduardo Contreras, EdD

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University of Portland
Past Chair, Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC)/EA KC Representative, ACC
Eduardo Contreras, EdD, is the inaugural assistant provost for international education, diversity, and inclusion at the University of Portland (UP), where he serves on the President's Leadership Cabinet and Provost's Council. He also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at UP. With nearly two...

Rick Lee, PhD

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Cornell University
2022 Annual Conference Committee Member, International Education Leadership Knowledge Community
Rick Lee oversees the Einaudi Center's academic activities and programming, including undergraduate and graduate student learning and engagement, faculty grant programs, signature events, and opportunities at Cornell's new Global Hubs. He joined Einaudi in August 2021. He holds a PhD in English from...

Salma Benhaida, EdD

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Kent State University
Past Chair, IEM KC/IEM KC Rep, ACC
Salma Benhaida is the director of international recruitment, admissions, and sponsored student services at Kent State University where she oversees international recruitment and admissions over the eight-campus system. Benhaida also acts as liaison between Kent State University and various...

Tina Rousselot de Saint Céran, MBA

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Georgia Institute of Technology
Past Chair, KC ISSS; KC ISSS Rep, ACC
Tina Rousselot de Saint Céran serves as director for international student and scholar services at Georgia Institute of Technology overseeing immigration and support services for international students, scholars, and families. Tina holds a master's degree of business administration from Clemson...

Ling LeBeau, PhD

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Syracuse University
2022 Annual Conference Committee Member, TLS Knowledge Community; TLS KC Rep, ACC
Ling Gao LeBeau, PhD, is associate director of international student success at Syracuse University. LeBeau is a scholar practitioner in the field of international higher education with many years of experiences in teaching, research, and administration. She has served in various roles in...