NAFSA's eleven regions welcome you to join us at the NAFSA All-Region Summit, a special virtual conference held October 4 - 22, 2021. Participants gain access to live and on-demand region-specific content, as well as shared activities and events. This first-ever combined regional event will provide participants with new learning, networking, and engagement opportunities.
Region VIII Team Members
Old Dominion University
Past Chair, Region VIII
Heidi Fischer, PhD in higher education program from Old Dominion University. Her dissertation research centers around education abroad outcomes at US community colleges. Previously, Heidi worked in education abroad at universities in Region VII where she facilitated student exchanges and...
Chair, Region VIII
Jennifer Ellis Fritz is the Associate Director of Bucknell University’s Office of Global Education and leads office initiatives, including strategic planning for policy and program development. For the past 15 years, Fritz has been an active member of NAFSA and across the field of international...
KC EA Liaison, RegionVIII
Lotte is the Associate Director for Off-Campus Study at Swarthmore College. Previously she worked in the Education Abroad Office at Drexel University, and she has taught Spanish, literature and film at different institutions. She's active as a member of the Diversity Abroad Task Force for Faculty...
Old Dominion University
Registrar, Region VIII
Kimberley Cossey serves as the NAFSA Region VIII registrar. She is a PhD student in the higher education program at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. Her dissertation research focuses on the relationship of academic research to strategic planning and practice at community colleges. Kim...
Education Abroad KC Liaison, Region VIII
Elizabeth is the director of international and off-campus programs at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, and has worked in the field of education abroad for nine years. She has a scholarly interest in the personal development of education abroad students and has done research on the identity...
KCISSS Liaison, Region VIII
Mark Dennis is a senior international student advisor and outreach coordinator at Virginia Tech with years of experience working in both private and public higher education. He has an MA in theological studies from the Liberty University School of Divinity and a BA in philosophy from Roanoke College...
George Mason University
Conference Planning Apprentice, RegionVIII
My interest International Education began with volunteering with Youth for Understanding as an Orientation Coordinator. I worked with other people many of whom were teachers, and we facilitated the mandatory orientations for international exchange students who came to the US for a year in an...
Penn State University
Secretary, Region VIII
Ryan Geiger has been working in international education for over 10 years. He is currently serving in the role of Northeast region international student adviser and global education coordinator at The Pennsylvania State University. Ryan advises international students on immigration and a wide...
Regulatory Ombuds for Scholar Issues, Region VIII
Nichole is currently the Associate Director for the Office of International Student and Scholars at Lehigh University. Originally from Kentucky, Nichole has worked in Massachusetts for the last 10 years in various positions. Most recently as International Scholar and Student Advisor at University of...
Conference Planner, Region VIII
Ramona Kirsch has over 20 years of experience in internationalizing curriculum and campuses, engaging students, and promoting mobility on a global scale. Kirsch has lived, worked and studied abroad and has traveled to over 35 countries, honing proficiency in leading diverse groups and educational...
University of Maryland
Virtual Programming Coordinator, Region VIII
Natalie Lobb is the international graduate student support specialist at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She has been working in the field since 2017. At UMBC, Natalie works within UMBC's Center for Global Engagement and Graduate School. She oversees the day to day operations of the...
Old Dominion University
Regulatory Ombudsman, Student Issues, Region VIII
Kasie Reyes is the deputy director of the Center for Global Engagement at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a BA in international affairs, and from Old Dominion University with an MA in humanities. She lives very close to ODU, and you...
Loyola University of Maryland
International Enrollment Management KC Liaison, Region VIII
Rachel Scholten is the director of international admission at Loyola University Maryland, and the international enrollment management liaison for NAFSA Region VIII. She has worked with international students from all corners of the world at all levels of study, from ESL to PhD. Ms. Scholten holds a...
Christopher Newport University
Diversity, Inclusion, & Advocacy Coordinator
Ebony Majeed is the Coordinator for Financial Operations & Advising at Christopher Newport University. She assists students and faculty in developing plans for finance related to international programs and experiences. Prior to joining the Captains at CNU, she served as the Special Programs Advisor...
Treasurer, Region VIII
Lucinda Morgan has been the director of international education at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA since 2017. Previously she worked for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) creating study abroad and professional development programs. She speaks Mandarin and is conversational...
CEP Workshop Dean; Academy Coach, Region VIII
Lin Reed is the NAFSA Core Education Program (CEP) workshop dean for intercultural communication in practice and the 2022 NAFSA Academy Coach for Region VIII. Lin Reed is the Executive Director of Global Student Success Programs at Navitas USA. She is a senior administration team member who oversees...
Development Coordinator, RegionVIII
Rachel Reed (she/her/hers) is a Senior Program Officer at Cultural Vistas, a non-profit that specializes in international exchange and professional development. In this role, she implements the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) as well as grant programs with U.S. Embassies in Tokyo...
Local Arrangements Coordinator
Lexie is an International Admissions Coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to her role, she received her Masters in International Education and Development from the University of Sussex and taught English abroad in the Czech Republic. Lexie also holds a Bachelors' degree in Music...
Lauren Devan is the Study Abroad Program Coordinator in the Office of International Education (OIE) at Randolph-Macon College (R-MC) in Ashland, VA. She is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the education abroad process for all semester and year-long study abroad participants at the College...
University of Pittsburgh
Jessica Sun is currently a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. She has been a professional in international education for over eight years, both at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Most recently, she was the exchange program...