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.
Team Member Bios
Delo Blough, Director of International Student and Scholar Services at James Madison University, has worked in the field of international education for more than 15 years. Delo currently supervises a growing staff offering services and immigration advice and compliance to the international population at JMU. In addition to office oversight, Delo has responsibility for completion of all H-1B and PERM petitions for international faculty and professional staff.
Delo received a J.D. Degree from Georgetown University in 1986 and immediately afterward began to practice immigration law in the Washington, D.C. area. Since that time, she has served as the Director of an International Student and Scholar Services office in both a small, private institution and a large, public institution. She has served on the Region VIII board in the Conference Planning Coordinator stream for the past two years. She has attended NAFSA conferences and has been a presenter and session chair on numerous occasions since she first joined NAFSA in 1997.
Brian Souders is the associate director of the International Education Services Office at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he has worked for 13 years. He previously worked as assistant director of the University of Illinois Study Abroad Office. He lived two years in Finland, a year in Estonia, and four months in Russia. He is also an avid runner and a marathon coach with the Team in Training organization.
Genevieve Cook is the associate director of the Office of International Services at the University of Pittsburgh. She began her career in international education in 1999, initially working with F1 and J1 students, and then J1 scholars. She joined Pitt in 2006 as an immigration specialist, expanding her immigration advising to include H1B, O1, and employment based permanent residency options for higher education. She later took on the role of assistant director before assuming her current position of associate director in 2011. Genevieve has been a member of NAFSA since 2000 and previously served as the Region VIII KCISSS representative and the NAFSA State Whip for Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Trainer Corps and has presented at regional and annual NAFSA conferences.
Emily Bailey is an Immigration Specialist and Orientation Coordinator at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. In her current role, she supports and advocates for international students and scholars in the College community by advising them on F-1 and J-1 immigration matters and coordinating a biannual orientation and peer leader program. Previously she also worked in William & Mary’s study abroad office, with a particular focus on transitioning the office to an online application management system.
Prior to joining William & Mary in 2009, Emily taught in urban schools in the Midwest. She holds a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and a M.S. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University, and has studied in the UK and Mexico.
Adam Copeland is the Center Director of the James Madison University International Study Center, where he has worked the past five years. He is responsible for the success of the students in the pathway program, providing leadership to the office and academic staff. He opened the center in 2009. Adam lived in Brazil when he was young and has spent time traveling abroad and across the U.S. He loves spending his free time with his wife and toddler and is an avid sports fan. He earned his M.A. in TESOL/Applied Linguistics from the University of Alabama.
Kelly Holland is the Associate Director of Study Abroad at Towson University. She first left the U.S. at age 20, and spent a semester in Granada, Spain with the American Institute of Foreign Study (AIFS). She returned several years later to teach English for the Spanish Ministry of Education in Andalucia. Kelly holds a M.Ed. in Comparative and International Education from Lehigh University, and a B.A. in International Business and Spanish from Moravian College. She currently resides in the state of Maryland.
Sara attended undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management in 2010. She currently lives in the North Hills of Pittsburgh with her husband and two children.
Teresa King, Assistant Director of the International Education Center at Radford University, has worked in the field of international education for nearly 25 years. Teresa serves as international student and scholar advisor, study abroad advisor, develops the center’s programming, advises various student organizations, and assists with day-to-day operations and oversight of the center.
A member of NAFSA since 1999, Teresa has served NAFSA numerous times as a presenter of sessions and workshops at the regional and national level. She served on the national trainer preparation team in May 2013, and is a member of the trainer corps since 2009. She serves on the board of the Virginia International Educators, affiliated with NAFSA, where she has been a member since its establishment. Teresa earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in counselor education from Radford University.
Thomas Lavenir, a native of France, joined JMU in the spring semester of 2004 as Assistant Director of the Center for Multicultural/International Student Services. He worked with international and multicultural students to provide them a safe place, advocate on their behalf, and organize events and programs to celebrate their cultures and heritages meanwhile educating the larger campus and community about diversity issues. As the Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), Thomas is responsible for the smooth transition and adjustment of international students by ensuring that ISSS becomes their "home away from home," as well as to enlighten the rest of the JMU campus and nearby community about the importance of looking beyond one's country to understand the world we live and to appreciate the richness that lies within all of us.
He is member of the NAFSA Rainbow SIG and the FBIE SIG.
After earning his Bachelors' degree in Rhetoric and Communication at Hamilton College, he pursued his masters in Intercultural and International Management at the School for International Training which landed him a position as Program Coordinator at Duke University's International House. His primary role consisted of designing, delivering and coordinating international student and family orientation programs, developing, organizing educational programs, overseeing the production of departmental marketing and publications as well as re-designing and editing the International House web page. Thomas' interests lie in the intersection of domestic and international issues of diversity. He has and continues to offer diversity and intercultural communication workshops. He is also fascinated by technology and how to integrate it as a learning tool. Furthermore, he serves as one of the Safe Zone coordinators. His favorite quote is: "The belief that one's own view of reality is the only reality is the most dangerous of all delusions." by Paul Watzlawick
Ian worked as an employment-based immigration paralegal for several years before attending law school. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Ian practiced employment-based immigration law until joining Virginia Tech in July of 2008. As the Director for International Support Services, Ian is responsible for overseeing all non-student immigration processes for the university and he personally coordinates the university’s permanent residency, or green card, program.
Kate S. McCleary, Ph.D. is a Program Director working jointly between the Office of International Programs in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) and the Learning Abroad Center (LAC). She works closely with the short-term programs in CFANS and the College of Education and Human Development, and is the LAC liaison with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad and HECUA. Teaching is a passion for Kate and she has served as an instructor for courses on intercultural communications and training, qualitative research methods, social justice, and a first-year seminar on university life. She thoroughly enjoys her time in the classroom with students as she appreciates being a part of their learning and discovery of themselves in relationship to other peoples and cultures. McCleary received fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, CARE USA, and Save the Children, through which she has conducted research in Spain, Honduras, and Nicaragua, respectively. She is a member of NAFSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, and the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Carri Orrison is the Director for Institutional Partnerships at Global Experiences in Annapolis, MD and has been in international higher education for 20+ years. She was at the Australian Embassy for 13 years in a variety of education office incarnations ensuring everyone knew that Australia had a fantastic educational system as well as beaches and beer. From there she worked for The Scholar Ship which was a semester study program sending US and non-US students around the world to study and develop cultural awareness. She was at NAFSA in DC for 7 years and was the Director, Member Relations and Leadership Services where she loved working with volunteer regional leaders across the U.S. and across leader roles amongst other duties.
She lives in Silver Springs with her husband, two brilliant, talented, sporty kids, and one furry dog.
Mandy Reinig is the director of international education at St. Mary's College of Maryland. She works with outgoing students in pursuing their study abroad opportunities as well as serves as the PDSO and the RO for the campus. Prior to this she was an education abroad adviser in a one-person office at Penn State-Altoona. She has a M.A.I.A. in Latin American studies from Ohio University and a MA in TESL from Pennsylvania State University. She presents regularly on social media as it relates to international travel at the regional, national, and international level. You can find more about her social media work by visiting http://www.mandysmashups.com. She previously served as the Education Abroad Knowledge Community Network Leader for a five year period and has also coordinated and organized the Technology Fair at the Annual Conference for the last three years.
Kati Von Lehman has served as the Compliance Coordinator for the Office of International Services at the University of Pittsburgh for the past 3 years. She has been working in higher education for the last 15 years in a variety of roles. She has worked in Residence Life, Student Affairs, Academic Advising, Orientation, and International Services. Kati first began working with international students in 2007 and now, at the University of Pittsburgh, she has the opportunity to work with international students, scholars, and employees. In her free time, Kati loves attending arts festivals, kayaking on the three rivers of Pittsburgh, and hiking with her family.
Brittany Wright is currently the senior coordinator for Graduate International Programs and Admissions at the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at the George Washington University(GW) in Washington, DC. In her fourth year working for SEAS, Brittany travels internationally recruiting graduate students from Eurasia and India for all GW programs, manages international exchange programs and academic agreements and serves as a liaison between SEAS and other offices and schools at GW. She works closely with admitted international students during the I-20/DS-2019 process and pre-arrival procedures. Brittany is also an experienced international credential evaluator specializing in evaluating transcripts from India, China and Iran.
Brittany received her B.A. in International Studies from the State University of New York at Cortland in 2009 and her M.A. in Education and Human Development with a concentration in International Education from GW in 2010. She is currently pursuing a MBA at the GW School of Business.