NAFSA has nearly 9,000 members at 3,500 institutions worldwide, representing 94 countries. The organization is divided into 11 geographic regions, which provide the all-important grassroots strength of the association. Many opportunities for involvement, association activities, and leadership are found at the regional level. Each region is governed by an elected chair and a team comprised of representatives of the professional sections and interest groups.

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Kelly Wagner

Kelly Wagner
University of Michigan
Chair, Region V
Kelly Wagner is currently the Program Manager for Global Engagement and Education Abroad at the University of Michigan International Center. Kelly has worked in the international education field for more than six years, and also has several years of experience working in the non-profit development...

Chamu Gowrishankar

Chamu Gowrishankar
Wayne State University
Chair-Elect, Region V
Chamu Gowrishankar is the Assistant Director at the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). Chamu’s responsibilities include overseeing OISS daily operations; advising and immigration services for students, scholars, staff, and WSU departments regarding federal regulations (F-1, J-1, H...

Catrina DeBord

Catrina DeBord
Northwestern University
Past Chair, Region V
Catrina has been in the field of international education for over 12 years and received her BA in International Relations, International Studies, and Italian from University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MS in Communication from Northwestern University. She studied abroad in France and Italy and has...

Ugo Buzzi

Ugo Buzzi
University of Michigan
Treasurer, Region V

Rachel Webb

Rachel Webb
Bradley University
Registrar, Region V
Rachel Webb currently works at Bradley University as director of graduate and international admission, which includes serving as PDSO and RO for the University. She has an MS in college student personnel administration and graduated from the NAFSA Academy in 2015. Rachel serves as the registrar for...

Jemma Lund

Jemma Lund
University of Wisconsin Green Bay
KC IEL Liaison, Region V
Jemma Lund is the Assistant Director of Study Abroad at the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay. Before working in higher education, she taught English conversation and speaking skills to students and adults in Ankara, Turkey. She has presented in local events on intercultural communication...

Karin Christophe Brown

Karin Christopher Brown
One Earth Evaluations
KC IEM Liaison, Region V
An enthusiastic world traveler, meticulous researcher and devoted international educator, Karin founded One Earth International Credential Evaluations in 2010. With nearly 20 years of experience in international student recruitment, university admission and credential evaluation, Karin is expertly...

Katie Burke

Katie Burke
IES Abroad
KC EA - Short-Term and Faculty-Led Programs, Region V
Katie joined IES Abroad in 2014. As Associate Director, she is responsible for overall operations, onboarding, reporting and the management of two Customized & Faculty-Led Program Managers as well as the Student Services team (four CP Coordinators and one temporary staff member). She received her M...

Karli Webster

Karli Webster
Marquette University
KC EA Liaison- Semester programs, Region V
Karli Webster has been the Manager of Education Abroad and Associate Director of the Office of International Education at Marquette University since October 2014. Prior to this position, she was the Director of Study Abroad at Kansas State University and earlier a Program Manager in the Officer of...

Kari Henquinet

Kari Henquinet
Michigan Technological University
TLS Liaison, Region V
Kari Henquinet is a principal lecturer in anthropology at Michigan Technological University. She teaches in the Social Sciences Department and Pavlis Honors College, and co-leads the Global and Community Engagement team of IDEA Hub. Her research is on international development and humanitarianism...

Kaitlin Loomis

Kaitlin Loomis
University of Michigan
KC ISSS Liaison, Region V
As an international student and scholar advisor at The University of Michigan, Kaitlin serves F and J status holders from over 130 countries. She takes a proactive approach to advising, intentionally offering challenge and support while being mindful of mental health and well-being. Kaitlin holds a...

Jodi Simek

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Regulatory Ombudsperson - Student, Region V
Jodi Simek is PDSO/RO at the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater. Jodi's involvement in NAFSA includes the NAFSA Region V regulatory liaison for international students, NAFSA trainer corps, and recipient of the 2015 Patti Jones Award for Outstanding Leadership in Region V. In addition, Jodi also...

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...

Lauren Nehlsen

Lauren Nehlsen
Elgin Community College
Community College Representative, Region V
Lauren Nehlsen, PhD, is the director of international education and programs at Elgin Community College and provides oversight and leadership for international student and scholar services, study abroad, faculty and administrator exchange, the International Student Homestay Program, and...

Emlyn Torres

Emlyn Torres
Northwestern University
Advocacy Coordinator, Region V
Emlyn Torres is an International Student and Scholar Advisor at Northwestern University experienced working with F-1 and J-1 students, J-1, H-1B, E-3 and TN scholars. She serves as Region V Advocacy Coordinator and was recognized as the 2016 NAFSA Advocate of the Year. Emlyn is an experienced...

Katerina Roskina

Katerina Roskina
China Credential Services
Exhibitor Coordinator, Region V
Katerina Roskina is the CEP Workshop Dean for International Credential Evaluation Workshops. Roskna is the exhibitor coordinator for Region V, and the owner and senior evaluator at China Credential Services. Her professional interests are credential evaluation and research, integration programming...

Danielle Clarizio

Danielle Clarizio
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Wisconsin State Rep, Region V
Danielle Clarizio is the assistant director for international student and scholar services at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Augustana College (IL) and began her work in higher education upon completion of her degree. She earned her master’s...

Alissa Lane

Alissa Lane
Grand Valley State University
Communications Coordinator, Region V
Alissa Lane has a master’s degree in education from Grand Valley State University and a bachelor’s degree in art and graphic design from Michigan State University. Her experiences studying abroad in China, the Czech Republic, and England led her to pursue a career in international education. Alissa...

Scott Manley

Scott Manley
University of Michigan
Michigan State Representative
Scott Manley is an Assistant Director in the University of Michigan's International Center, and leads the International Student and Scholar Services. He is a past-chair for the Michigan Association of International Educators and NAFSA Region V, and a former KC ISSS representative and Regulatory...

Sara Stene McGuinn

Sara Stene McGuinn
Northwestern University
Illinois State Representative, Region V
Sara McGuinn is a senior study abroad program manager in the Global Learning Office, part of the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs at Northwestern University. She serves as chair of International Educators of Illinois.