Community is crucial to education abroad professionals. We rely on colleagues for advice, guidance, sympathy, and motivation. The Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC), which includes a discussion forum, called the EA KC Network, is your community focused on the needs of education abroad professionals. The Knowledge Community is led by a team of dedicated professionals from the field.

Get to Know the Community

Eduardo Contreras, EdD

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University of Portland
Chair, Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC)
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...

Mariette Thomas

Mariette Thomas
Loyola University New Orleans
Chair-Elect, Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC)
Mariette Thomas is the director of the Center for International Education at Loyola University New Orleans. Mariette has worked in international education for over 12 years. She holds a MA in international relations from the University of the Pacific and a BA in international studies from the...

Karen McBride, EdD

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University of Dayton, School of Law
Past Chair, Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC)
Karen McBride has been working in international education for fifteen years, having worked for two third party provider organizations, an Italian institute for higher education, a large public university and a mid-sized private university. Most recently, Karen has worked for the University of Dayton...

Kate Moore, EdD

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Academic Internship Council
Kate Moore is an international educator energized by our changing world of work and how we connect campuses, communities, and companies across the globe. She co-founded the Global Career Center (GCC) to partner with universities and colleges throughout the world, employers from a wide range of...

Jason Hope

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University of Kentucky
Co-Chair, Health and Safety Subcommittee
Jason is a native of Louisville, KY, but he has called Lexington home for more than a decade. He holds bachelor's degrees from UK in international relations and Spanish, and a master's from UK in educational policy studies and evaluation. He also holds a graduate certificate in emergency management...

Nancy Ongstad

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Cultural Vistas
Network Leader, Communication & Information Coordinator, Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EAKC)
Nancy (Campbell) Ongstad joined Cultural Visas in October 2019 as senior director for internship placements. Prior to this position, Nancy held various positions at ISEP Study Abroad including vice president for enrollment management and assistant vice president of program operations. During her...

Irene Scott

Irene Scott
Texas A&M University
Leadership Cultivation Content Coordinator and Co-Chair, EA Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee
Irene Scott is a program manager at Texas A&M University. In this role, she oversees processes and implementation of non-university sponsored programs for transfer credit, is the departmental liaison for Texas A&M Disability Resources, and serves on committees for diversity excellence (Texas A&M ADA...

Bradley Titus

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University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center
Regional Outreach and Management Content Coordinator, Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EAKC)
Bradley Titus works in the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota. He has served at the university for most of his professional career and presently is the director of institutional relations, diversity and inclusion, a position he has held since 2013. He is active in NAFSA and serves...

Katey Palumbo

Katey Palumbo
Worcester State University
Content Coordinator for Advocacy and Regulatory, Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EAKC)
Katey Palumbo, the director of international programs at Worcester State University, has worked in the field of international education for more than 15 years. Palumbo currently oversees international student and scholar advising as well as study abroad/study away advising and the development of...

Regional Liaisons

  • Region I: Krista Mantello, Western Washington University
  • Region II: Joe Milostan, Kansas State University
  • Region III: Sabrina Cortez, Trinity University
  • Region IV: Emily Dougherty, University of North Dakota 
  • Region V: Karli Webster - Marquette University
    Katie Burke - IES Abroad
  • Region VI: Erin Kunert, Valparaiso University
  • Region VII: Kim Priebe, NC State University
  • Region VIII: Kirsten McKinney, CAPA The Global Education Network
  • Region X: Catherine Collado, SUNY New Paltz
  • Region XI: Ilse Damkoehler, Boston University
  • Region XII: Randeep Kullar, University of California, Berkeley